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Lot of questions here but any help offered will be greatly received.

I am planning to fish Brighton Marina Thrusday night/friday morning. High tide is about 1.00a.m and the height is 7 metres which I think is fairly high for the area.

I have decided on the west arm, unless you all tell me differently and am thinking of thinking of using one rod with a size 2 flapper with rag tipped with squid/mackeral and the other rod with a big crab bait on a pennell rig whacked as far out as I can, the huge distance of about 100yards! This will probably be broken up with short periods of spinning.

Are these tactics and good, what's about at the moment and am I likely to be surrounded by pith heads and other annoyances all evening.

Sorry for all the questions but I have had a good look on google and on here and not managed to find all of the answers from any recent webpages or posts.

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I am no expert so only what i have heard. They say the west arm is a bit snaggy. Lots of lost tackle.Also there are also a lot of easern european tinsel boys out there. The east arm isnt as busy coz of the extra hassle to get there. There was a lot of weed on the west arm today apparently, i fished the east. I have only night fished once there but there was no loud p~~~ heads on the east arm. Might go up myself for the nice high tide
 

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Thanks foletron,

Can anyone tell me what size weights I would need to fish the east arm. If anyone can give me some more details re bay numbers that aren't snaggy/hot spots etc will be greatly appreciated.

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Stick to the East Arm for night fishing as it offer the best chance and variety of species. Low bay numbers ofr Bass and just after the bend for flatties and hounds. Spinning for Mackie just before dark is usually very successful, subject to the colour of the sea.
Check the wind direction and strength before you go as I think it is going to be a little windy (and that could mean getting wet!)
 

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Stick to the East Arm for night fishing as it offer the best chance and variety of species. Low bay numbers ofr Bass and just after the bend for flatties and hounds. Spinning for Mackie just before dark is usually very successful, subject to the colour of the sea.
Check the wind direction and strength before you go as I think it is going to be a little windy (and that could mean getting wet!)
Cheers rugbymad, the met office is showing winds nwn of 15 mph am I likely to get wet in these conditions? Do you know what ouce weight I might need up to?

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RubyMad 40 is right about getting wet in the wind - got caught out a couple of times last friday by getting soaked from the spray coming up over the arm :eek:

It's pretty snag free from bay 20 onwards (I was fishing bay 26).

As for weights, most of my fishing was done tight to the wall - one rod with 3oz, one with 5oz - no grippers. These held fine. On the occasions I cast out, I changed to a 5 oz gripper. This was more to do with holding in the strong wind and swell rather than current. Did the trick for me.
 

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You should be OK on the East arm with that direction and wind speed. I always find before peg 14 to be snaggy on that arm as there is a rocky reef. The tides can be quite strong there so I often used 4-5 oz grippers when the tide is really shifting.

I cannot tell you about hounds and I am sure somebody else will but you don't need to whack out a hundred yards for most other species as they are close in to the wall as that is where the food is! :fishing:
 

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Hello

I am very new to sea fishing. I am looking at getting down the marina a couple of hours before High tide Friday night..

Does anyone have any tips? After looking at previous posts, I'm thinking it's best to fish off the east arm.. & avoid bays up to 20..

Would be nice to catch anything really, but would be especially nice to catch some Bass... Any tips on fishing for bass? (baits/Rigs etc)

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Mart
 

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Hi
I am looking to get down to the East Arm on Friday night a couple of hours before High tide..

I am new to sea fishing & was hoping for some advice on sea bass..

From these previous posts I understand not to fish before bay 20 to avoid snags..

Best baits?
I understand they like rough conditions best?
Best rigs to use?
Do I need to cast out far or fish relatively close to the wall?

Any helpful advise would be much appreciated.

Cheers, Mart.
 

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Lot of questions here but any help offered will be greatly received.

I am planning to fish Brighton Marina Thrusday night/friday morning. High tide is about 1.00a.m and the height is 7 metres which I think is fairly high for the area.

I have decided on the west arm, unless you all tell me differently and am thinking of thinking of using one rod with a size 2 flapper with rag tipped with squid/mackeral and the other rod with a big crab bait on a pennell rig whacked as far out as I can, the huge distance of about 100yards! This will probably be broken up with short periods of spinning.

Are these tactics and good, what's about at the moment and am I likely to be surrounded by pith heads and other annoyances all evening.

Sorry for all the questions but I have had a good look on google and on here and not managed to find all of the answers from any recent webpages or posts.

Thanks
Ok lets try answering all.
Thurs weather forecasted, wind 10-14 mph wnw so the straight section of the east should avoid the wind
Tide 01.58 high (bst 7 meter)so left drag on gear until the high , then a deep right hand drag on the curved section of the east arm. Yes I recommend the east over night for fishing, previous posts answer why.

I would advise your flapper rod to use size 4 hooks, bream,wrasse,gurnard,& various mullet seem to favour the smaller size & mix the bait if you have it, B-lug & squid are working with bream & gurnards, rag are producing rays & wrasse while bread is fetching mullet & bream.
Mack baits are producing bream takes on small sizes & larger schoolies & decent sized bass.
Crab for the doggies & smooth-hounds.

Distances.
LOOK >>> 3 foot off the wall gets u bream wrasse gurnard pollack & rays, you don't need to be a top caster.

Sometimes it's not only where but how you fish.

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High end of the east arm bend will get you a variety if the fish are running.
straight section is sandy & will produce flatties.
58+ is rocky & will produce bass & pollack.
low end , under 20, float & close in fishing reduces gear loss.
 

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Dreanai, your a star, exactly the type of post I was hoping for.
 

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Dreanai, your a star, exactly the type of post I was hoping for.

ya welcome,

that said the west arm at night has its own production points & has seen bass hitting 6lb around bay 10, smoothies on 16 & mackerel running after sundown.

Like all areas its trial & error. Finding out what works & where is 1/2 of the joy of this thing ppl call fishing.

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Thanks guys, just one more thing (for now) what about parking. Google shwos that there is parking virtually directly North of the east arm but I keep hearng about parking in a multi storey. Can anyone shed some light on this one please?
 

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Thanks guys, just one more thing (for now) what about parking. Google shwos that there is parking virtually directly North of the east arm but I keep hearng about parking in a multi storey. Can anyone shed some light on this one please?
marina parking is in the multi , its posted as 4hr sessions , ignore that , the signs are to deter the long stay dudes that abuse free parking .

The parking to the east is visitor bays for the businesses there.
 

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Hi
I am looking to get down to the East Arm on Friday night a couple of hours before High tide..

I am new to sea fishing & was hoping for some advice on sea bass..

From these previous posts I understand not to fish before bay 20 to avoid snags..

Best baits?
I understand they like rough conditions best?
Best rigs to use?
Do I need to cast out far or fish relatively close to the wall?

Any helpful advise would be much appreciated.

Cheers, Mart.
Hi Mart

Looks like you've already been given some excellent advice / recommended sites.
 

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After all the advice received thought I should post a little report.

Started fishing bay 38 at about 6.30 with 1 rod with a big crab bait pennel style and the other 3 hook flapper with rag, squid and mackeral. The crab rod yielded absolutely nothing whereas the flapper rod produced right from the start.

I had pout, smelt, pollack, bass, smoothy pup, mackeral and scad. This lasted until about 11.00p.m, with me getting bites every 5 mins or so but then it just stopped and had nothing for the next 3 hours. The bass was caught on the smelt I caught and weighted a couple of pounds.

Nice venue, will def be giving it another go son.

Again, thanks for all the advice.
 
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