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hi , I am a fellow angler from the other side of the english channel , usually fishing 30 odd miles out from the coast of Normandy , just on the fringe of uk waters ! ( but sometimes venturing your end )

I have been reading quite a few subjects in your interesting site and can but deplore that we are not so lucky as you are when it comes to cod fishing these days . However , i try to fall back onto pollacks which are still quite plentiful our end.

My technique might not be so appreciated by the purists but i ll still explain it in case some people want to have a go.

I use a couple of down riggers ( one of them a home made one from a 400 watts windlass with a teflon spool which replaced the pulley ) the other one a cannon magnum 20 , the difference being that i modified them and fitted the end with the end half a conger rod , which entitles me to have enough supporting strength and yet see the bite immediately as opposed to taking pot luck and winding up the std cannon one which has only got a rigid boom on the end which does not allow you to see the bites .

I use 135 lbs multifilament and a 12 pounds lead weight , this allows me to gauge almost exactly the depth at which the line is operating ( by means of a meter counter afixed to the down rigger spool) since the weight is heavy enough for the main line to be almost vertical even during spring tides ; this is quite useful when trolling over a wreck since pollacks are more ofen than not above the wreck . By setting the depth in conjunction with what the echo sounder shows , this enables me to hopefully fish at the right level and also avoid ( not always ) getting the line stuck in the debris .

the rest of the rig is a 20 to 30meters line ( rat tail ( 80 then 60 lbs ) with n°2 or 3 swivels spaced out every ten meters , the terminal is 50lbs , 5 meters long with three "anguillons" ( rubber tube over a n° 7 or 8 /0 mustad offset hooks , favourite colours being red /white black with the red on the end , the terminal line being fixed above the lead on a free rotating swivel .to avoid entangling

Alternatively if those are not available your end , you can use red gills ( 17 cms )
favourite colours being black on the terminal and deep red , it may be sufficient in that case to have only a terminal one as red gills are less simple to rig up in the trowling fashion than anguilons , or a dark jointed minnow (red fin type my favourite and cheap from stamina fishing inc )

Alternatively , for more sport a release clip properly set at the adequate tension )
tied to a fairly strong rod will entitle you to have direct contact with the fish all the way up )


best season in my opinion is feb to april on moderate to strong spring tides , avoiding north easterly wind )


Its amazing how the stiff conger rod end will show bites even for a smallish pollack (2lbs) from 35 to 40 meters down .

Soon as the biite is detected , i reel the down rigger up and can even tell what s gonna be on the end by just listening to down rigger motor when reeling up .

Once the lead weight is just under water , i retrieve the main line with a gaff and start pulling the end line by hand



Anyhow i find this method very effective , sometimes yielding 2 to three biggens at a time ; last year s record was over 600 pounds of fish in 6 hours . averaging 10 to 14lbs each

('this also works with bass with a longer terminal and a single white red gill )

The trouble is you cant release them since by the time they' ve reached the surface , they are nackered with decompression . Anyway , dont forget , i am french and we have to eat our catch, babaric primitive people that we are ! and I have plenty of friends who love fresh pollack , so I hope you will forgive me !

If any one is interested i can send a drawing but only once i ve been told how to attach a pdf doc .

('this also works with bass with a longer terminal and a single white red gill)

Now if someone is willing to give me precise specialist s clues on black bream fishing ( my favourite type of angling ) I shall be very grateful as my results are not to expectation , and whilst i do that i shall not exhaust the pollack stocks !

Next summer I intend to wander up to "warilda" any tip ?


very best regards from froggy waters

R Quibel
 

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Bonjour Richard, I noticed your mail of 2 years ago about your Pollack fishing off Normandy. I am planning to come to Normandy and hire a Merry Fisher. I am planning to fish some wrecks 30m-50m deep, hoping for good Pollack and Bass, maybe Turbot. Please send me a message and I can perhaps telephone you, for some help with tide speeds, good wrecks etc.
Kind regards

Jon Davis
 

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WOuld you believe i only saw your message now 2 years later ! anyhow , in case u are planning to come to France again , ill only be too pleased to invite you on my boat for a fishing trip , depending on season , pollack , bream ( which I now kind of master since my last communication )

Anyhow my phone is 00 33 6 80 45 50 29 / e mail [email protected]

cheers

Richard
 

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Jon

WOuld you believe i only saw your message now 2 years later ! anyhow , in case u are planning to come to France again , ill only be too pleased to invite you on my boat for a fishing trip , depending on season , pollack , bream ( which I now kind of master since my last communication )

Anyhow my phone is 00 33 6 80 45 50 29 / e mail [email protected]

cheers

Richard
What a nice and kind guy, you deserve a point
 

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Great, bumping of a post from someone who is happy to take 600lb of fish in a day, wonder why our wrecking sport is crap :(

Close this dead thread and let it rot.
 

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That has to be the slowest conversation in history - 4 years for three posts!!:fishing:
I know its great. I can keep up cos I type with one finger in Scottish then I have to convert it to English.
 
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