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Northern Boy



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PostPosted: Wed May 01, 13 7:09 am    Post subject: Mackerelwatch 2013  Reply with quote    

Anyone?.....anywhere?........ give me some hope that summer is on the way........?

Treacodactyl
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PostPosted: Wed May 01, 13 5:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Looking at the local sea temps they seem to be 1 to 2 degrees colder than last year, so I expect they'll be a few weeks later.

I've been looking for peeler crabs on our local beach but there's not much sign of shore crabs anywhere other than at very low tide so far (and then there just seems to be loads of small edible crabs and velvets about). I think it's just been too cold, loads of sun about but the nights are still very cold.

I did find another octopus last weekend so perhaps I'll try eating them.

Northern Boy



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PostPosted: Thu May 02, 13 6:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Well, that's progress of a sort, velvet swimmer bisque is fabulous.

Where do you get your info about sea temps?

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PostPosted: Thu May 02, 13 7:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

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

Northern Boy



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PostPosted: Thu May 02, 13 8:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

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!

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.

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