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Wrapped black lug is one of the last baits I'd normally fish in summer from the beach in a clear sea. However, I'd had advice that it was getting bream at the moment around the Brighton-Shoreham area so I got a coupe of packs and set up this afternoon about 200 yards east of HDSA fishing a 2 hook flapper with size 4 hooks about 50-60 yards out just beyond the end of the groynes.

Spagetti weed was coming through from time to time in rafts quite close in but didn't really affect me too much although fishing 2 rods may have been tricky. Sea was very choppy but quite clear.

Started 1.5 hour before high and had a couple of firm bites from the off, second resulting in a small bass. Next up was a gurnard around 12oz to black tipped with squid and the next 2 casts produced fair size eels, 1 of which came to straight squid bait. Quiet for the next half hour and then around high tide a very solid take on the black lug and target species of bream came in, and a nice one at just over 1lb. Next cast the same again but smaller this time.

Final result: 1 bass, 1 Gurnard, 2 eels, 2 bream in 2 hours fishing.

f you'd asked me what you'd you cach with squid and wrapped black lug, daytime in late July from Hove beach I'd have said not much but you live and learn. I hope so anyway.

I also fished earlier in the low tide surf with big squid baits for no bites. I found a few slipper limpet and tried them at the end and landed 2 small bass in 5 minutes. The sea is full of them at low tide and will surely be the same tonight but can anyone bag a big one? The weed was no trouble at all this morning at low tide and I'd say that fly fishing of lure fishing in the surf would be very possible too in the relatively clear seas.
 

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I found a few slipper limpet and tried them at the end and landed 2 small bass in 5 minutes. The sea is full of them at low tide and will surely be the same tonight but can anyone bag a big one?

couldn't get through them in recent trips behind king alfred. must be hundreds out there! all states of the tide too as you said. good for the future of the species.

lug for bream, i wouldn't choose anything else along that particular part of hove in late summer. not an expert by any stretch of the imagination, but small bits of black on a size 4 has always out fished rag presented in the same way.
 

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lug for bream, i wouldn't choose anything else along that particular part of hove in late summer. not an expert by any stretch of the imagination, but small bits of black on a size 4 has always out fished rag presented in the same way.
Funny, because in the last 2 years I've had sessions at Carats cafe area where squid and mackerel very close in was bagging the small bream. So I assumed these baits would work fine off Hove but not true it seems. I live in Hove but hardly ever fish it daytime over high tide - but will try to do so more from now on.
 

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Hove in the daylight at h/w i think is very under rated..there are plenty of fish there but atm 2 hours this afternoon the weed in atrocious..3 casts = 20lb of spagetti..grats on finding a way throught it bud.
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Even if the bass are generally absent at present there's still fun fishing to be had :fishing: Interesting just wondering what species will pop out next and as you say, live and learn ! Nice fishing Simon
 
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