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Going out on my first charter trip reef fishing from Weymouth on Sunday. Really looking forward to it. Hoping to catch a nice sized bream, a Ray of any size or type (this'll be my first ever ray) and if im lucky I'd like to get a Turbot.

Any tips? what should I expect and take with me for the day out, I've already been reading up on avoiding sea sickness.

I guess we'll be fishing the shambles, does anybody know how its fishing at the moment. Main fishing time will be during the ebb with i think is just after spring, forcast is for a 15mph south westerly. I'm hiring the skippers tackle as I dont have any boat gear myself.
 
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Which boat are you on?

Unlikely to fish the Shambles as the tides are very big. If you do, you'll have more chance just off the bank in the race for Bass. You may fish the Shambles with the skippe dragging a dirty great weight, but with big tides I'd prefer to go and fish a nice inshore reef for the cracking Bream that are around at the moment.

If hiring the gear and you are Breaming, try and get a really nic light set-up. 12lb class or lighter.
Ask the skipper to help yo set up a Portland Rig ending in either single size 4 or preferrably a pennel rig with little size 4 hooks.
The pennel works well as you will see your fishingbuddies regularly getting bites, but finding the bait has simply had the end bitten off. With a pennel, if baited neatly, you won't lose these fish as there is a hook in the end of the bait too!
Fish with squid strips and worm for bait and use just enough lead to hold bottom.

Drop your gear down and touch bottem. Keep the reel in free spool, but with your thumb on it. Lift smoothly and at 11 or 12 O'clock let go of the spool and let a bit of line go downtide with the lead. When it touches bottom, put your thumb back on the spool and tighten up slightly. Give it a few minutes and then bump it back downtide a little further.

By doing this, you will cover more ground and find the fish. The bites will very sharp fast rattles. Give the fish a moment or two to get confident enough to take the bait properly.

Groundbait also works a treat. Small amounts of very finely chopped squid, a little cooked rice, trout eggs. Little and often works well.
Remember there is no point in simpy droppping groundbait in. You have to get it to the bottom. A bait dropper is the answer to this, but as good is "the plastic bag technique" which your skipper will be able to show you.

Good luck and have fun

Tom
 

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Going out on my first charter trip reef fishing from Weymouth on Sunday. Really looking forward to it. Hoping to catch a nice sized bream, a Ray of any size or type (this'll be my first ever ray) and if im lucky I'd like to get a Turbot.

Any tips? what should I expect and take with me for the day out, I've already been reading up on avoiding sea sickness.

I guess we'll be fishing the shambles, does anybody know how its fishing at the moment. Main fishing time will be during the ebb with i think is just after spring, forcast is for a 15mph south westerly. I'm hiring the skippers tackle as I dont have any boat gear myself.
Get to church now and start praying!:giveup:
If you do get out, take a rabbit's foot if you want all the above!:g:

if you havent done this before!
 

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Thanks for taking the time to give all that info Tom, should be really useful. We're going on Duchess II. Breaming should be fun I've only cault tiny ones before. (see my signature piccy)
 
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It's looking to be fairly breezy so you may find that if you get out the skipper will tuck you up against Portland where you'll still easily beat your current PB and more.

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That's good, hopefully I'll have a Bream to eat for when I get home.

I really hope it doesn't get called off. I've been looking forward to it for weeks.
 
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Don't worry if it does, you will soon get used to it being part of boat fishing.

Your first ever trip out will wipe the floor with your old PB's, but we are very much more weather dependent.
 

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Best of luck. Eat a good breakfast. Take plenty of fluids (Not alchohol) and don't stare at the bottom of the boat too long. Look at the rod tip and the horizon. Wear layers of clothing. You can take them off. You cannot put them on if you didn't take them. Sounds obvious, but a mistake made by many on a wet day.

Do what the skipper tells you.
 

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Had a good day out, weather couldn't of been better. Not too many fish for me but I saw some nice ones being cault. I had one Bream around 2Lbs, a Pout, and a mackerel.

Did'nt have the best spot on the boat, I was up next to the wheel house. People at the back with there own rigs and rods seemed to be doing alot better. Saw some nice smoothounds come out, big Bream I think it was 4 or 5 Lbs they said, small Tope, and a lovely 10Lbs Turbot.
 
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2Lb is not bad for a fist time out Bream. Temptation now is to go through the tackle sites for gear!
I have a beautiful Shimano Speedmaster 6/12 for sale :secret: .

Great fun on the mini species, but will stil handle a 20lber when it needs to.

8'6" version, ideal for braid. PM me if interested.

Tom :kissing:
 
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