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Eventful Dunwich 28/1/23

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Well myself and my fishing bud Gus planned a trip to Dunwich this morning aiming to get there for around low water. I nearly called off as I woke at 4am ish with a rather unpleasant back pain that I was hoping would shake off pronto! Anyway after several strong cups of hot joe and a couple of painkillers I went for it.
We arrived to an empty car park to our surprise and made our way to our usual mark (myself still struggling with the back). We got to our mark and I just couldn’t get into the spirit whatsoever but told myself to pluck up the motivation. So I took a minute to take in the surroundings, the calmness of the water and proceeded to get going just before low water. I didn’t bother with any frozen again and armed with some lug & rag. One rod with a 2 hook flapper targeting the dabs & a pulley pen in the hope for anything else. I had a slow start but Gus had a double shot of either dab or whiting nearly every time. Must have been his new rigs he made, they did look pretty nice! Eventually I got off the mark with a few whiting that were tiny but saves a blank I told myself.
As the morning progressed, more anglers were arriving on the beach and plenty of walkers & e-bikers! Then the day for me especially went down hill.. first of all I hefted up which took me by surprise as I’ve never had been in that mark before and I thought there was no way that’s coming back but to my surprise it was coming in while I lowered the rod horizontally and walked up the beach. After 10 minutes of trying I eventually see what I had got caught up in…. a mass of fishing gear! What a mess it was. So re-rigged and got back out there then proceeded to pick through the bundle of gear and then we had a visit from a rather dam right rude dog walker trying to lecture us about fishing and how we were the cause of the low levels of fish in the oceans. To be honest Gus was taking most of the brunt but some of the stuff she was saying was terrible, I’m glad I bit my lip! That put me in an even more of a mood! Anyway, carried on fishing trying to put it behind me and then blow me I got hefted again but this definitely wasn’t budging so lost that gear. At that point I could have happily gone home! So I didn’t bother settling that rod up again and fished the one rod with the tings coming in whilst Gus was reaping the dabs. Come 12:30-13:00 we called it a day and to be honest I was glad to get home.
Gus must have had over half a dozen of dab with a lot of whiting and me just some tiny whiting. I’ve never felt like that before fishing and I hope it’s not a thing that’s going to reoccur as no matter what I’ve always enjoyed my time fishing. So I will go locally on Monday to go a press the reset button and hopefully have a better session and better frame of mind.
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I couldn’t believe what was coming out of her mouth. Each to their own and all that but to walk up to us and say “do you enjoy killing fish” was pretty outrageous in my opinion.
I have fished for as long as I can remember and to be honest I don’t know what I would do without it as I kind of use it as a therapy to unwind. I will fish for as long as I physically can for the rest of my days and like you mentioned scuttlebutt I very much doubt I’d be anywhere near the amount of waste caused by these super trawlers etc. I take great care of anything that I unhook and handle etc but sometimes you do get the unfortunate ones. But least they are going back into the food chain whether it be a Gull, seal or whatever. It’s not as if I just leave them or bin them like another report I read in pakefield.
I think I was fishing next to you in the red tent. I also had a delightful conversation with that idiot. She actually called me a murderer and started to spout on about no fish left in the see because we were killing them. Talk about uneducated. I politely asked her if she could swim...needless to say she went away!!!!! As for the fishing I ended up with 11 dabs and two whiting in just under 3 hrs using one rod. Blacks and squid doing the business.
Ah yes, I did see you there and we noticed she had stopped near you. She was a funny one that’s for sure.
Nice bit of fishing then mate. I ended up bringing back a bit of lug/rag, I’ll use it up tomorrow evening when it’s a bit quieter 😏
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Its highly likely there will be representatives of the anti brigade in these better off areas, but down in Essex I saw a report, with video of a mad woman who snatched and walked off with a Bass someone caught while doing the ani-angling rant. They live among us everywhere!

Also we here like the Dunwich and Southwold stretch and used to stay in the area quite frequently as a family, walking with our dog on the beaches was part of the pleasure of a family trip out, but we are not by any means well heeled (wealthy). It was good to see other anglers on the beach and I saw it as an opportunity to have a brief chat with them, while keeping our mutt on his lead and away from hooks/line/bait buckets.
It took me by surprise to be honest mate, in all the years I have been fishing, I have never had anything like that. As mentioned, you often get the occasional walker asking how’s it going etc to which I have no problem with what so ever. They caught me on a day where I could have done with out that 🙄
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Like you say bud, I’ve never in all my years fishing experiences anything like it. It was one of those moments where it totally caught me off guard! I know what I would say if it was to happen again in a polite way.
It will be interesting if they decide to pop down tomorrow…fishing match going on. Is anyone else fishing the match? Be nice to meet some of you folk.
I'm hoping to pop down for an hour or so if the management at home is in a good mood and lets me out.
Would have liked to fish but this week has been hectic so I'll just have a mosey and a chin wag.
The predicted turnout is good so it will be interesting to see what comes out where.
Might see you tomorrow then bud, I’ll be the one who hasn’t caught anything 😂
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