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Fishing has taken a little bit of a back seat as my first child was born on 04/12/2017 - Joshua Gifford, weighing in at 6lb 8oz, That said, I've had a lot of time off work, so I've managed to sneak out a couple of times when my Mrs has had plans with her mum etc.

18/12/2017
There were a number of people booked in for this trip, including a family with young children; so catching plenty of fish and being comfortable was a higher priority than quality fish, with that in mind, I oped to start the day at what I call the whiting bank, it can normally be relied upon to produce a lot of whiting... unfortunately, we only had a few, along with a conger and lots of dogs.

As the tide built in strength we move inshore to some rock to see if we could find some bigger whiting, which we found in reasonable numbers, along with a few dabs, small bull huss and more dogs.

The young ones caught plenty so we headed back in around 2pm before the tide changed.

23/12/2017
Boarded at 6:30 am, started the day on a new mark - a muddy hole south of the SWIGG. This was pants! A few odds and sods, but I think there were a few spurs in the area so may have pushed the smaller fish off.

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We moved inshore to another new mark near the middle of the bay here we had more small whiting, but some cracking dabs too! Unfortunately, once the tide started to ease the dogs started to feed hard; for this reason, we headed offshore to some rocks to target some bigger whiting, which we found in reasonable numbers, along with poor cod, pouting and bull huss; I also had one of the Swansea bay super slams... a Dog, a Whiting and a Rock - all on the same trace, at the same time!!

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A low numbers trip, so we end up eating like gluttons!!
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28/12/2017
The trip that was never meant to be!!

The first issue, for weeks there had been a group booked in for this trip... the day before, they cancelled. the 2nd issue, the tawe lock gates failed the day before, so we were unsure if the trip could go ahead! Thankfully this was resolved late in the afternoon.

After defrosting the block of ice that contained my car, then slowly edging our way along the frozen pontoons, we boarded @ 6:30 am.

After leaving the pontoon and the third issue presented its self - the swing bridge wasn't operational due to the cold- so we were another 45mins late leaving the marina than planned.

The plan was to fish Aberthaw - but after 10miles or so, we passed the exposing sandbanks where the sizable swell was breaking heavily so, I decided to head out wide past them, rather than risk running through the nash passage at low water. While running up the middle of the channel it looked like it would be a bit lumpy where I'd originally planned so we headed over to Blue Anchor instead.

Here we found lots of strap congers, loads of whiting, a few thornbacks and dogs... Sadly no cod!

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As the tide was about to change, and the wind on the south side of the channel was still fairly strong we decided to start heading back around 2 pm, to miss the worst of wind over tide

The passage back was better than expected, by the time we arrived within 10 miles of Swansea the sea state was great and all the wind had disappeared so we had an hour on the whiting grounds on the way back which was really productive!
 

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Congratulations to you and the wife
 

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Great report Dean as always. And congratulations to you and your good lady on the new arrival !
 
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