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Arrived at Porth Ceiriad on the Thursday and made my way down to the beach; only had one small rod with me as I decided my new beach caster was **** and took it back. I used a two hook rig for flatties with mackerel strips; caught a nice little weaver :mad: who'd must have been on for ages and swallowed the hook totally so using the advise given in this months' SeaAngler, I cut off its head with scissors... brutal.. I have been stung before, it really hurts! The next cast I brought in two small turbot about the size of my hand, too small to make the rod move, so again, both had swallowed the hook and could not be saved. The same happened with the third cast, another small turbot and no matter how hard I tried, could not unhook it so had to kill it. I gave up after that as I certainly wasnt there to kill way undersized fish. I did clean and eat them by the way, I thought it was the least I could do...
Over the next couple of days I fished Porth Iago and Porthdinllean from the rocks using both spinners, lures and mackerel but to no avail. It was really hot and calm every day and nothing seemed to be biting for any anglers.
 

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Arrived at Porth Ceiriad on the Thursday and made my way down to the beach; only had one small rod with me as I decided my new beach caster was **** and took it back. I used a two hook rig for flatties with mackerel strips; caught a nice little weaver :mad: who'd must have been on for ages and swallowed the hook totally so using the advise given in this months' SeaAngler, I cut off its head with scissors... brutal.. I have been stung before, it really hurts! The next cast I brought in two small turbot about the size of my hand, too small to make the rod move, so again, both had swallowed the hook and could not be saved. The same happened with the third cast, another small turbot and no matter how hard I tried, could not unhook it so had to kill it. I gave up after that as I certainly wasnt there to kill way undersized fish. I did clean and eat them by the way, I thought it was the least I could do...
Over the next couple of days I fished Porth Iago and Porthdinllean from the rocks using both spinners, lures and mackerel but to no avail. It was really hot and calm every day and nothing seemed to be biting for any anglers.
Hi mate,

If you get one of those titchy turbot that's swallowed the hook, let it go with the hook. They'll rot away in a week or two and the fish should recover.

Cheers - John
 

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they have a better chance of surviving if you leave the hook's in them or try smaller barbless hooks.
 

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Thanks for the tips guys! So the hooks break down that fast?? I didn't know that! I felt sooo bad having to kill them, they were such beautiful little fish! :(
 

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Dont beat yourself up about the Turbot, whats dones done. Plus 90% of flatfish taste beautiful lol. I read that in Sea Angler about unhooking Weevers- Alan Yates you have blood on your hands ;)
 
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