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  1. South & West Wales Catch Reports
    Good Friday - 30th Did a very long range wrecking trip; fishing was fairly slow, a dozen or so pollack, some jumbo pout and a few grey gurnard. Surprisingly we had a few pollack that still had live 3-4inch scad in their mouths; while this isn't unusual in the summer, it seems very early for...
  2. South & West Wales Catch Reports
    Due to poor weather and a lock closure for maintenance we haven't been out for a month or so. With a reasonably favourable weather forecast falling on a tiny tide (very rare occurrence at the moment) I decided to target some of the offshore wrecks. Long story short, it was pants!! We covered...
  3. South & West Wales Catch Reports
    A very small lull in the weather saw us heading to an area that normally provides good general fishing; to start the swell was fairly sizable but as the ebb started the swell eased so did the wind. Fishing here was slow; this could have been down to the seal feeding behind the boat, along...
  4. South & West Wales Catch Reports
    Smallest of weather windows presented its self on Sunday; the tide was small, big westerly swell and wind were from the south-east, which meant fishing locally would be difficult to find somewhere where we'd hold reasonably well, so we headed over the other side to fish one of the wrecks...
  5. South & West Wales Catch Reports
    Fishing has taken a little bit of a back seat as my first child was born on 04/12/2017 - Joshua Gifford, weighing in at 6lb 8oz, That said, I've had a lot of time off work, so I've managed to sneak out a couple of times when my Mrs has had plans with her mum etc. 18/12/2017 There were a number...
  6. South & West Wales Catch Reports
    27th The weather forecast was poor for the weekend, the forecast showed we'd have a spell of good weather Friday evening, so I organized an evening trip. Thankfully the forecast was accurate; the weather and sea state was good. We locked out at 5 pm - fishing was just ok, lots of dogs, plenty...
  7. South & West Wales Catch Reports
    The forecast was for a small lull between 2 periods of strong wind, as the forecast was for Southerly winds and it fell on a small tide we opted to head over the other side of the channel to make the most of the shelter the land would offer. We left on the first lock, arriving at the wreck we...
  8. South & West Wales Catch Reports
    The forecast for the days leading up to the trip was poor; 3-4 days of high winds and a reasonable swell would have dirtied the inshore waters - a massive (nearly 13m) tide will have dirtied the offshore banks; so both bassing, breaming and ray fishing all would have been hindered. Instead, we...
  9. South & West Wales Catch Reports
    Afternoon/evening trip - first mark was Langland reef, the wind was far stronger than forecast, and from the south-east making things a little uncomfortable; a few little pouting, poor cod, 3-4 bream, a good codling, a red mullet, goldsinny wrasse, huss and dogs made up the bulk of the catch...
  10. South & West Wales Catch Reports
    Started the day fishing for bass locally, the first mark didn't produce - nor did it look like there was any bait there; so we moved to another area close by, here we had 3 bass here before the tide died off. We headed down to Oxwich to get some live baits and have some breakfast in...
  11. South & West Wales Catch Reports
    I didn't hold out a lot of hope for the first mark we fished as it was the wrong state of tide, but as we were passing anyway I stopped for 2 drifts 'just in case'; 2 drifts later, only one schoolie caught so we headed a few miles further west; here we had about a dozen more bass - a few of a...
  12. South & West Wales Catch Reports
    Only 3 onboard - after fueling up we made our way east up the coast up to Aberthaw; we dropped the anchor but it was only 20-30 mins before the wind became stronger than the last of the ebb so we repositioned - For the next 6hrs fishing was steady, lots of strap conger, blonde rays, spotted ray...
  13. South & West Wales Catch Reports
    25th Really poor evenings fishing on the Oystercat; a dozen or so bass. Only 3 insize, 2 smooth hounds - one on a red gill on the drift!! A couple of hours on the reef only yielded a few dogs, hounds and huss. At least the weather conditions made it a pleasant boat ride! 26th A lovely...
  14. South & West Wales Catch Reports
    Fairly poor day yesterday, wind over tide in the morning made it a little messy - but not too bad; bassing was slow - finished with 20 or so, mostly small - only one well insize fish; we had a handful more fish which were probably insize but they were put back to grow another couple of inches...
  15. South & West Wales Catch Reports
    04/08 I finished work at 3 pm, 3 of us headed out into a really snotty horrible sea. We made our way across the bay to an inshore wreck that has a lot of shelter from the Westerly wind. Fishing here was steady, a few corkwings, plenty of pouting, pollack, rock gobies, tompot blennies...
  16. South & West Wales Catch Reports
    Small tides meant tope would be the primary target for the weekend. Saturday 17th Only 4 of us onboard - we made our way out on the first lock; quick drift on an inshore wreck saw us have a few pouting for fresh bait options; we moved further off shore where we found good numbers of mackerel -...
  17. South & West Wales Catch Reports
    28th: Tide was pretty large so hindered where we'd be able to fish comfortably; plan was to get mackerel, drift for plaice then have an hour or 2 on the tope over slack; Unfortunately, mackerel didn't play ball - after 3 hrs drifting around (Mid Oxwich bay, Oxwich head, cables, 3mile inner...
  18. South & West Wales Catch Reports
    A really slow day fishing wise; only 3 of us onboard so we were restricted a little in how far to travel not for the trip to cost a fortune. We started the day on a small inshore wreck, we first drifted for a little while hoping to get some mackerel or herring for fresh bait, unfortunately, the...
  19. South & West Wales Catch Reports
    As the boat has been out of the water for 2 weeks for antifouling etc I've been itching to get out. The forecast for the weekend was pretty poor Friday/Saturday but great for Sunday so, I put a trip together to head down to Lundy for the first time this year. We put the boat back in Saturday...
  20. South & West Wales Catch Reports
    02/04/2017 The locks were closed for 2 weeks; so the 2nd of April was the first trip out in Swansea in a couple of weeks. Only 3 of us on board so we had plenty of space. We started the day in Oxwich - normally we'd try drifting around this time of year to avoid the dogfish, but as there was...
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