Well that was a long read lol, i have to agree with the peir of porthcawl and the waves though
great read as always derekGood evening members,
WINTER....ENTHUSIASM....NOT A LOT!
I have to admit that as the years pile up, I look forward to winter with less and less enthusiasm, usually ending up doing very little in terms of fishing during this period apart from the odd Flounder sortie, light tackle spinning after whiting, maybe codling and only then when weather conditions, tide etc promise the best opportunity of moderate success. Maximum duration of any session is 2 hours, perhaps stretching it to 3 hours if the fishing is good. Breaking with traditional methods and always trying something different, is one way of maintaining the interest during these arduous times.
For many years now, I have had the ambition to switch disciplines from sea to coarse during the winter, with an aspiration to take on the Perch, but to date this has not happened. Following the interest in the "Mullet and the Baited Spinner" sticky thread, I have been having a hard look through "The Mepps Guide To Spinning" again, trying to pin down appropriate in-line spinners that could prove attractive to both Codling and Whiting. Also Flounder although in the past, the coloured bead strategy has been very successful, never-the-less, proving a version of the baited spinner with this species would be a good challenge...anything to take the mind off the conditions (frost and bitterly cold) on the day. Apart from being an attractive technique, regular casting and retrieving, plus mobility, moving from spot to spot along the estuary bank or the waterline of the new flood on the beach, will keep the blood flowing and the body warm.
In Days-Gone-By, convenient spots like the Eastern Promenade, Porthcawl were popular, a comfortable, fall back venue for an hour or two fun fishing for whiting. If the wind was from the east, coming in across Coney Beach (Sandy Bay), at least the option was to hunker down behind the wall, and if conditions became unbearable, it was only half a dozen steps to the car. Fortunately or unfortunately the Eastern Promenade has grown in popularity over the years as a strong winter venue when the tide times are sociable, and it is not unusual to find anglers standing shoulder to shoulder with the ever present risk of crossed lines.
The lower deck of the Porthcawl Pier was a popular winter venue also, but having watched the behaviour of a summer storm via the RNLI webcam, I am dubious about risking life and limb at the behest of the more than frequent aggressive winter storm surges that crash and spill dramatically over the Pier breakwater. Remember that iconic photograph of the huge wave crashing over the coastguard (round) watch tower, that went viral around the world!