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Another three hours but flat calm with no breeze,

3. Pout; bottom fished ragworm. West Bay

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4. Tompot Blenny; bottom fished ragworm, West Bay

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5. Whiting. bottom fished ragworm, West Bay

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After dark the harbour seemed to be full of pout, some up to about 12" long. Catching one after another can be boring.

No sign of a flounder, Tom at the tackle shop says one of about 4lb was caught recently.
 

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Four hours today, over the top of the tide in the harbour. Cold clear and calm.


6. Back Goby, Bottom fished ragworm, Weymouth Harbour.

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7. Rock Goby, Bottom fished ragworm, Weymouth Harbour.

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loads of pin whiting and some tiny pout too.
 

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Five hours on Swanage Pier today,

8. Gar.. on float fished frozen gar strip

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and then lots more on fresh gar strip, these are just those that swallowed the hook which have been kept for bait,. Nine more not in the photo caught on float while trying for something else and some on bottom fished ragworm intended for wrasse, put back to be caught another day.

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Managed to find a Rock Goby, picture added because it's more typical or their colouration than No 7

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9. Ballan Wrasse, bottom fished ragworm.

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I had a Corkwing too, not much about on the bottom, they could be keeping their heads down as there are squid about.
 

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Boscombe Pier today, four hours in the sunshine, flat calm, cold, no breeze

10, Plaice, ragworm on bottom

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Couple of hours on Swanage Pier, breezy, water choppy, lots of Gar around, had a few Corkwing and Ballan Wrasse.
Moved to the Stone Jetty for about an hour and had a Rock Goby, more wrasse, then


11. Shanny or Common Blenny bottom fishing, ragworm

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12. Long Spined Sea Scorpion.

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A lot of fresh water entering West Bay Harbour, A couple of hours at the end of the east pier resulted in plenty of pout at about 9" long, a few small pollack and

13. Five Bearded Rockling

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This particular specimen reminded me why I went on a diet last year.

I spent an hour trying to find a flounder or eel in the inner harbour but no takes, just crabs.
 

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A three hour session up to high water, West Bay, mainly fine and clear with a few small showers.

14. Huss

A mini version, frozen gar bait.

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and 15. Dogfish

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Could not get through the pout in the harbour to catch anything else, dozens of them, had to drop down to a single rod.
 

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Afternoon and evening on Boscombe Pier, light breeze, mild.

16. Turbot on ragworm.

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and 17. Sole on ragworm.


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a plague of small whiting kept the rod tip moving.

also caught, a tiny gar, a 5 bd rockling, plaice, whiting and pout,
 

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Five hours on Boscombe Pier, bright sun most of the time, breezy, calm

18. Brill, tiny hook and scrap of gar belly.

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and 19. Bass, on ragworm

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also caught, small whiting and plaice.
 

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Three hour session at West Bay, breezy from SW, rising tide.

20. Flounder, on old dead smelly ragworm

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21. Coalfish, on a scrap of garfish, good to see these fish back in Dorset waters.

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and 22, Conger Eel, took a small piece of squid on a size 6 hook.

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Dozens of Pout but no Poor Cod , four small Bass one of which a Cormorant decided to try to steal on the way in, a couple of Five Bearded Rockling and a small Pollack.

A busy session.
 

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Boscombe Pier, big swell, murky water.

23, Straight-Nosed Pipefish

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Caught on a size 18 barbed hook with a tiny scrap of ragworm, thought it was a piece of weed until noticed the weed wriggling on the decking.

Identified from Dr Henderson's book on Inshore Fish of the British Isles.
 

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Swanage Pier today, light breeze and choppy, 4.5 hours and just one bite and that bite was tiny, as you can imagine.

24. Dragonet


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It was my target species today but I thought I'd get one on size 6 hooks baited with ragworm, not on a size 18 with a tiny morsel of gar.

Not a single wrasse, must be a first for the pier. No small pollack to float either which is unusual too.
 

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A day on Boscombe Pier, hard going, southerly breeze neap tide, fairly calm

25, Dab At last, ragworm on size 6 hook

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also caught, small brill and plaice.
 

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West Bay Prom,
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From half tide to a half hour before high, big tide. You need a big tide here so that you can bring your fish through the rocks below.

26, Shore Rockling. Gar strip on size 2 hook fished a few yards out past the rocks.

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Also caught, plenty of pout, some about 32cm and three small dogfish.
 

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From just before high tide to about 4.5 hours after on Swanage Pier, light breeze from SE, calm but dirty sea. Would have been sunny but a sea fret spoiled it.



A pair of 10'6" Agility Flattie rods to christen, float rod still virgin, nothing biting at all. Bottom fishing with a tiny piece of rag on a size 14 hook cast onto a sandy patch got one small pollack, many swimming crabs and this little chap

27, Sand Goby

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Two bites, two fish but one of them a new species, not a bad day.
 

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Ilfracombe Harbour, wet and windy and a ******* cormorant that tries to eat bait, hooked fish being reeled in or being returned to the sea.

28. Poor Cod. size 14 baited with gar.
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29. Three Bearded Rockling. Size 14 hook gar bait

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Also caught, coalfish, pollack, pout, whiting ( some sizeable) and a prawn fairly hooked in the mouth
 
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