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We've been fortunate to be blessed with a decent months weather and wind, allowing us to get to all the marks we like to fish.
We were proud to have been one of the boats used for the Finals of the Combined Services V's the Police force competition .
The format was 3 x 2 hour sessions. 2 hrs drifting rough ground, 2 hrs anchored over sand, 2hrs anchored over rough. A good all round test of angling ability.
. Day 1 was practice and showed a good variety of species,
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From Blondes to Cuckoos and most things in between.
On the first session of day 2 the fishing seemed a bit slow but was ok, Pollock, Coalies and lot of different Wrasse.
As we settled into the second session something seemed odd. In the first 10 minutes or so there were no dabs caught, no dogfish, no gurnards, in fact none of the usual species that normally show on this ground.
The reason soon became apparent as a couple of guys wound in with no hooks attached , was it spider crabs ? No, at the same time a couple of angry Spurdogs broke the surface. Within moments all the the guys changed rigs and moved upto heavier hook lengths and slightly heavier hooks. Pandemonium broke out all around the boat with anglers shouting for the net and shouting out for their fish to be recorded.
In the 2 hour session we landed 88, yes 88 Spurdogs onto the boat.the majority of the fish were in the 10 to 15lb bracket, a real handful. Many were lost at the side and on the way up as they ruined traces and bit through lines.
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The guys showed true prowess at adapting to catching what was in front of them, a real credit to all of them .
For the last session of the day we moved onto rough ground and anchored, it seemed a bit of an anticlimax as we sat catching Bullhuss , Doggies, pollock etc. Just as we came to the end of the session we started to catch Spurs again, the marauding packs had moved around the bay !
A few day later we hosted the England Boat fishing team, practising for the Home Nations Championship which will be fished from Milford Haven this Summer.
The lads had a couple of days fishing, again doing the 3 x 2 hour format.
All the usual species showed and a few novelties such as Dragonettes. Needless to say I can't disclose too much as the main competition is yet to come but the guys were quite impressive in their skills.
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The general pleasure fishing has been really nice as well, lots of new PB's being set for anglers and lots of first timers having cracking fun days out.
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New PB for Matt.
 
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