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Brighton Inshore Fishing - Catch report 22nd July to 27th July

Once again apologies for bundling up the blog into one entry. Despite dropping one sailing per day, I still struggle for life / work balance and when I am tired, the blog is perhaps the thing that suffers the most. Now I sit on a windy Sunday (not too upset... Lots of roasts to try in town...) attempting to recall all the memories of another busy week. I think the overall theme of the current state of the fishing is TOO MANY FISH IN THE SEA!!... Go back to this time last year, and you will see we were suffering the same problem. So much brit in the water the bass quite literally just have to swim around with their mouth's open to get a feed. I made one journey of about 3 miles yesterday, an

Brighton Inshore Fishing - Catch report 21st July 2019

Another stolen session, before once more the days wind comes to mess things up. Whole boat charter with just Luke and Rick on board. Bass we found, in huge numbers, but bass prepared to ignore the britt and hit our lures were far less. Enough to keep everyone occupied though. Sizes again not so good, although slightly better than the previous day. Perhaps 20 bass to 4lb in the 3 hour session. Cant grumble at that.

Brighton Inshore Fishing - Catch report 19th July 2019

Just stole one sailing before the wind came in to mess things up. Tim, Neil, Dave and birthday boy Will. Will did catch a table fish, early on in the proceedings. He did what many do... "No, dont worry, I will wait to catch a bigger one for the table..." Famous last words... Action we had, everybody catching bass. But sizes were disappointing, and that first table fish was also the last... Moral of this story... Only gamble if you are happy to be hungry...

Brighton Inshore Fishing - Catch report 13th July to 17th July 2019

Another combined blog, as I simply havent been able to sum up the energy to blog after being at sea for long days. Its enough to fit in a bit of personal hygiene and some food before collapsing. However, with the days shortening, four sailings a day are now finished. First sailing remains 0500, 2nd sailing around 0930, and 3rd sailing flexible, although 1700 seems popular at the moment. I should be able to get back to daily blogging. The week started reasonably well. Indeed, I think I can shorten this blog even further. It goes something like... Launch - Good session... turn around ... poor session... last sailing good session. Some of the poor sessions have been really poor, with just two s

Brighton Inshore Fishing - Catch report 12th July 2019

Just the one sailing today, owing to the forecast. And the one sailing was a "Compass Homecare" staff day. I like when the guys from Compass are on board. "Caring" is a word that should rather set the standard when it comes to care support for either disabled, sick or elderly people. But from my families experience, attempting to get quality care for our elderly mother in her own home, the care bit is actually often missing, with the staff pressured to make x amount of visits to x amount of clients. That is why my good friend Luke set up Compass a year ago. Having worked in the industry, since he was just 16 years old, he also spotted that quite often, the pressures from the companies he wo

Brighton Inshore Fishing - Catch report 11th July 2019

Dawn at sea, is no different to dawn on the land. All the creatures are happy for the lack of people and people related activity. This is the time to see the dolphins in close, and that was our first fun of the day. Just Paul and Dave to enjoy the spectacle, I was initially concerned that they may have chased all the bass away. I need not have worried though. The fish were there. It took a good hour and a half into the session for it to happen though, as the fish, reluctant to feed on anything but Brit, needed the push of the ebb tide to get their appetite for larger things back. A couple of mackerel, and a cuttle, accompanied a steady stream of fish and action. We finished with perhaps just

Brighton Inshore Fishing - Catch report 10th July 2019

Two days could not be more different. Yesteday it was a struggle to find fish, although the signs were that bait was building through the afternoon, perhaps confirmed by the last sailing being quality fishing. Today, despite having not many rods on board, all sailings were quality, with perhaps the last sailing being a struggle. Having said that, I did not do an early sailing today. It had been booked for fly popping (surface flies for bass) and you need good calm seas for that. The forecast I went to bed on actually suggested zero sailings for anything. On waking up, and finding flat calm seas, I managed to pull back all but the fly rodders. Clinton was out for two sailings, and was rewarde

Brighton Inshore Fishing - Catch report 9th July 2019

A very interesting day. A full boat for first sailing, and the fishing was dire. A real struggle. Just a few schoolies, and one that scraped through the legal limit for the table. I went pretty much everywhere, and although I found bass pretty much everywhere, they were distinctly doing their keeping their mouths shut thing. Chris, Garry, Jazz and Stuart did well to not throw their skipper overboard... 2nd sailing, with just Garry and Damo on board, and first drift a 3lb fish. Here we go I thought. But we didnt go much more than that. Lots of miles, lots of litres of fuel, and very few fish once more... 3rd sailing, Damo, Mark and Nick, who builds and sells the amazing Dingle Bobcat boats, w

Brighton Inshore Fishing - Catch report 8th July 2019

Just two sailings today. Kind of happy for it as I didnt have to set the alarm for 0345 for the first time in a while. Indeed, first sailing was at 1400 which meant I could catch up on admin, banking, hygiene, that kind of thing... First up, was Stan, Kate, Chris and Nick. We headed out, and got into it. I had warned that numbers might be low, but quality would be good. And that is pretty much how it turned out. The guys soon had the technique nailed, and fish began to fall. Not loads, I counted 7 I think. But sizes were a little down on previous sailings, with just two fish for the table. Stan has his own boat in Newhaven, and I hope to hear of him catching on ground he previously had not,

Brighton Inshore Fishing - Catch report 30th June - 7th July 2019

Apologies for the combined catch reports. With good settled weather finally dominating, I am up at 0345 and to bed around midnight at the moment, which does not leave much time for blogging. This coming week will be the final week of 3 sailings per day, so normal blogging will be resumed shortly. Meanwhile, here is an update of what is happening out there... The week began a bit scratchy. Some sessions quite clearly better than others, with first and last tending to be the ones to go for. But, as the tides got bigger, so did the fish. To the point, it became hard towards the end of the week to find fish SMALL enough for the table (I run a max 5lb kill size. Most fish 5lb or over are female,

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