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As we entered August, I’m guessing most boat anglers had fingers crossed for calmer weather conditions compared to the windy Augusts of previous years. Sadly 2011 has proved to be a similar affair, with very unsettled weather blowing through our country with increasing regularity.

Flicking through the diary it is though fair to say we managed to sail on the vast majority of days in August, sadly many of these days were with restrictions as to where we could search out our prey. With many days seeing us sail no further than Holyhead Bay itself.

All said, inshore fishing around Holyhead bay can be very rewarding, if anglers are prepared to change tactics and baits in search of the vast variety of species ... you can be in for a fun filled day afloat.

Terrible situation though when the anglers take charge in search of fish, as young Michael demonstrates!


On occasions some choose to sit out in the hope of a good inshore Holyhead tope, these are amongst the largest in north Wales, with the current Welsh record of 79lb caught and released aboard My Way 6 years ago. Despite numerous fish from the deeps in the 25lb bracket and a few tope in the bay, our largest tope this year has barely hit 40lb.


The largest confirmed capture for our port in 2011 stands at a whopping 70lb, landed aboard Spindrift in August. They'll still be with us for a number of weeks, cross fingers for some decent weather!


Consistent through the year have been the rays, I’d never take a trip to set out and target the rays, with blonde, spotted and thornback being our most common. But when on a few particular marks there is always a good chance of a ray if particular baits or rigs are used. As these photos show, there are some nice fish to be had.




Huss and dogfish are plentiful, the latter being the scourge of many anglers, but also the blank savour on the odd day. Often referred to as the match anglers favourite, light rods, 3 at a time, fun can even be had with the trusty old dogfish ….. honest!


Huss though can be fun, with specimens regularly exceeding 12lb in weight, they have two fight modes – give up or scrap, you just never know!




If species hunting for the smaller fish in our waters, then your rigs really do need to be honed in to near perfection.



Fun can be had on a number of marks when searching out the more elusive of species such as scorpion fish, blennies, gobies and corkwing wrasse etc.



Maybe not on the A-list in fish, but these can be a welcome tick to many a species list for that year, or even lifetime species goal.

With 30mph winds on the cards for the next few days it's a case of battening down the hatches and having a chill. If you do manage a day out I hope you enjoy yourself and best of luck.
 

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The weather, out favourite subject :) . I was speaking to a skipper in Milford yesteray and he had similar to report. A friend who runs a boat in Weymouth was planning this weekend for Rugby then Pub! Hopefully when this next storm clears we'll have a settled spell for a hile.
 
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