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Hi Lads, Anyone got any tips about it ? Im pulling me hair out chasing a shoal. Ive been watching them smashing into the minnows right in the tideline but everything Ive tried so far has given me 1 line bite. Not good. Im now putting my Pike head on and am gonna try livebaiting, if only I can catch some small fish first
 

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Try using feathers for Joey Mackerel,
Or sand eel or launce.
Live pout is a must
 

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Cheers JonBoy. Perhaps I should have mentioned that Im so far up the waters liquid mud, and no chance of mackie or launce, just eels :rolleyes: My coarse tackles coming out tomorrow, quivertipping rag on a size 8 should hopefully sort some sprats out.
 

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When I used to do shore fishing years ago a trick I used then may come in usefull to you. You will need some live sandeel though.

Cast out with just a plain grip lead. Allow it to settle and then tighten up on it. Clip a trace on to your main line with a live sandeel on the trace. Hold the rod high and gravity and the eel swimming will do the rest. You can send a couple down like this and hopefully one of the bass will be tempted.
 

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ChrisP, interesting idea and one I will certainly try. Kin Wife, Ah, the old jif lemon trick ;) . Unfortunately havent had the opportunity to get back down there and with a day off tomorrow am looking at a leisurely daytime session hoping for an early sole or a straggler Thornie at Redwick, but as Arnie says, I`ll be back for them Bass :) .
 

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short snoods, size 4 aberdeens and blow lug and rag as bait, you might consider using kamasan specialist size 4's as there are a few conger about there as well as thornies and codling and they are really strong hooks, just use a baiting needle to put the worms on.
 

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Use your standard float/quiver tip rod but tie on a three hook rig with small hooks baited with worm (wriggling rag is best) cast into the closest water(!!!!) The lead is dependant on casting distance. I've taken to tying up my rig using blood knots and about 6" snoods ( a bit like a wet fly setup). I've used this succesfully from shingle, East coast beaches and in the Menai Straits. The fish are close because they've been forced there by bigger predators or because the surf is exposing food. I've caught Pouting, whiting, pollack, codling, and wrasse using this method. The rig is scrapped every trip although I re-cycle the hooks if they're any good (I like those blue Mustad Crab hooks and some carp hooks with long points, oops ... Drennan somethings !!!!!!!!!!!!!) In the deeper water close to shore of the Straits I use a 17' float rod with the a quill or small (waggler?) float set at varying depths until i locate them!

I freely admit that my excuse for fishing like this is to catch baitfish. The real reason is that it is fun to keep catching tiddlers (up to about 1/2 lb) when the main rod is being ignored by any/all fish! (When I catch the litttle ones I usually kick them about the beach before feeding them to passing cats and seagulls - Actually that's a lie, I just wanted to see if you were awake!)

For livebaiting I use a carp rod (nice big rings) with a Bait runner reel and pike wire traces simply because they seemed to be so well tied when I saw them in the Freshwater fishing tackle shop! I've still got some old-fashioned 'peg' floats to finish off the set-up.
 

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I usually kick them about the beach before feeding them to passing cats and seagulls - Actually that's a lie, I just wanted to see if you were awake!)

It's not a lie!!Once he gets a cat or seagull he uses that as bait. 15lb Bass on a ginger tom/herrin gull cocktail. :D
 

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Didnt make Redwick yesterday so went for an evenings Smoothie fishing at Aberthaw. Bit windy it was. Didnt catch a smoothy but did catch a 5lb BASS ! :) .
Reckon I`ll just pulley rig a crab at my local Bass :D

Barrelreef, when fishing Redwick you need low tides at Newport. Today its 10.9m which is just about perfect. Im packing the suncream and Im off now for a sunbathe on the muddy ledges as I dont really think we`ll have much in this sun, but the beauty of fishing is, you just never know :D

Swelleyman, you are on my wave band there mate. Im always messing about with me tiddler rod too. Im thinking on the exact same lines and am intending to float fish a live bait on my Barbel rod when I get there next,
 
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