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Treacodactyl
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PostPosted: Thu May 02, 13 8:53 am    Post subject:  Reply with quote    

Northern Boy wrote:
Treacodactyl wrote:
The velvets I find on the beach are too small to collect; I must sort out my pot.

A quick google found this site for the sea temps
http://www.devonandcornwallwildswimming.co.uk/tide-times-sea-temperature


Thanks - the water by you is a lot warmer than on the S.Wales coast!


I'm just across the channel from you, so temps probably similar to yours. I was just using the numbers from the link to confirm the sea is colder than last year. IIRC there was something on the news a month or two ago that said the sea was particularly cold this winter compared to previous ones.

gardening-girl



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PostPosted: Fri May 03, 13 1:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Have just returned from Seatown in Dorset,and we could see the mackerel about 5/6 ft away from the shore.Its very deep,with a steep shelving beach.
Lots of small boats out catching well.
After about an hour, they moved on up the coast towards West Bay.

dpack



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PostPosted: Fri May 03, 13 1:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

oooh recon a couple of weeks to get north then as they are late

Northern Boy



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PostPosted: Sat May 04, 13 8:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Gonna have a go on Monday, tho the water still looks far too cold!

Northern Boy



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PostPosted: Tue May 07, 13 10:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Summer is here!



(Caught from a kayak off the Gower coast yesterday, by Mrs Northern Boy)

gardening-girl



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PostPosted: Tue May 07, 13 11:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Lots at West Bexington this morning.

dpack



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PostPosted: Tue May 07, 13 7:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

gower is warmer than northumberland so i will plan for eating bait

as it is still quite chilly in the north sea i recon shellfish and rocklobster are a fair possibility. i will report back if there are any fish.

SandraR



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PostPosted: Sun May 26, 13 9:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

OH and daughter caught 28 mackerel off Torcross tonight. Just about everyone on the beach had a good night.

pricey



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PostPosted: Thu May 30, 13 9:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

They are here finally!

celestialspore



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PostPosted: Thu Jun 20, 13 6:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

They have finally arrived, in dribs and drabs, off Stonehaven.

Northern Boy



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PostPosted: Fri Jun 21, 13 6:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

It's still very slow here, there are some about, but not many. Am starting to think that it will just be a quiet year..............

celestialspore



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PostPosted: Wed Jun 26, 13 4:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Roughly where abouts are you, Northern Boy? I think I spoke too soon. I've been out most days this week, and have had a grand total of 4 mackerel. I think you might be right, quiet year.

Northern Boy



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PostPosted: Wed Jun 26, 13 8:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

SW Wales

The other thing I've noticed is that, of the few mackerel we've had this year, about a third of them have been heaving with parasitic worms. I don't know whether this has anything to do with their scarcity, but I have never noticed it in mackerel before.

Treacodactyl
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 18, 13 5:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Are there many still about? I've managed to catch a good few this year from the beach and I'm wondering when they move off-shore.

Jonnyboy



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PostPosted: Fri Sep 20, 13 11:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Caught some from a kayak two weeks ago, only about 40m off shore. I might try again this weekend if the weather is favourable.

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