Brighton Inshore Fishing - Catch report 23rd October 2019 C.A.T. 28

A much tougher day today. Three sailings, all full. And all three dogged by the stiff E wind. Not a problem finding fish. Problem was they wouldnt open their mouths. Even the squid were less happy to play, although that changed on darkness. 1st sailing, out with Paul, Howard, his brother Alfie and Jon. No blankers, and indeed, Alfie expanded his lure caught species count with his first Gurnard on a lure, soon followed by his first codling on a lure. The codling was the most interesting part of the day really. I spotted a feature I had never noticed before, thanks to the ordinance survey type markings on my Navioinics platinum chart. I think I would normally be zoomed in on the GPS when drif

Brighton Inshore Fishing - Catch report 22nd October 2019 C.A.T. 25

I love this time of year. And how quickly the bait is reforming. And how much more bait is arriving. It is all happening. And when the bait shows, the interesting stuff also shows. Which is really good for my clients, as the one thing that does seem to have vanished from the inshore, are those 5lb + bass. Lots of bass out there, which is very typical for late October, but sizes are a problem. But when the byecatch is cod, John Dory and Bream, not such a bad problem after all. First sailing, I had now regulars Jon and Jamie on board, joined by new to BIF1, Charlie. Three very good anglers (I worked that out quite quickly about Charlie) and as a result, thanks to perfect calm seas allowing me

Brighton Inshore Fishing - Catch report 21st October.

These sailings were in the balance, right up until the night before, when the forecast gave in and suggested light northerly winds all day, with rain finishing just as we set sail at 0700... Righto... In actual fact, we got the gusting to 30 mph winds originally forecast, and the rain finally finished around 1500... grrr... To add to that, first sailing with regulars Armando and Mark on board, was a complete blank. Not a single tug. I really didn't want to go back out for second sailing, where Armando escaped and we welcomed Dean and Stuart on board. Very happy we did though, as was Mark. Far better fishing, with forty plus bass landed. A bonus squid. A big for the time of year Gurnard. Even

Brighton Inshore Fishing - Catch report 20th October 2019

Another break due to the weather. Although the return to the fishing was not nearly so poor, although still not great. First sailing, we found six bass, and a bonus squid. Two of the bass small, four legal, although only two went into the fish well. Even though it is quite legal to take a fish per day (for another 11 days only) not all of my clients choose to do so. 2nd sailing, and the water was clearing nicely. Fishing was less good, with just four bass landed. But critically, two of those were to my lovely client Daohong's father, visiting all the way from China. Daohong also had one, around 3lb, as did I. Slow. Slow enough to propose something radical for last sailing... With the stiff N

Brighton Inshore Fishing - Catch report 12th October 2019

A single day of calm, in a midst of a whole lot of really not calm. Probably the worst time of the year to be spending on new engines, but it has been done, and this was the first time using her in anger. Well, I wasnt actually angry, you understand. That very rarely happens these days, but you get the gist. There are two problems with spells of wind that last weeks. The first, is the bait shoals get smashed up. It takes a few days of settled weather for them to all find each other again. Which means the predators are also dispersed. Instead of hunting big balls of bait knowing predators will be around, it is more about chasing small pockets of bait, with smaller groups of attendant predator

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