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Last night I heard the sad news that another 2 anglers lifes have been lost on the north coast of Cornwall.:(

With ever increasing numbers of people spending their recreational time by the ocean year on year the number of people losing their lives is also increasing.

Many of you are well aware of the dangerous nature of shore fishing especially when fishing rock marks in big seas.
But for any newbies reading this tread then please take this information on board.

The day before you plan to go out check the magic seaweed website. Find the surf spot closest to where you intend to fish then check the surf forcast.

Look at the size of the swell and the period (the seconds). The period is the important bit the longer the period i.e. 14 second the further the swell has traveled and the faster and more powerful it will be. If this long period swell is accompanied by strong onshore winds these conditions are to be avoided.

The Shorter period swell i.e. 4/6 second period means it's a localised wind swell. Localised wind swell travel with less speed and power but depending on the strength of the wind (usually an onshore wind) this short period swell due to its messy unorganised nature still has the potential to catch you out.

Check the tides this is also important..look at the times and the size. The bigger the tide the faster it's going to come up or go down. The swell can influence the size and the speed the tide moves.
If your fishing a pushing tide then that seemingly safe high rock mark your perched on can easily be washed over by sets of waves amplified by large tidal surges so BE AWARE of what the tides doing.

So you've done you homework...hopefully you've arrived at your chosen mark and it's picture postcard stuff, nice and easy, happy days.

But it's not and you knew that it wouldn't be before you arrived right.....

You've come fishing with a buddy...(that made no difference to the poor guys yesterday by the way) and your both wearing the appropriate kit.

So take your time, watch it for 10 mins..no rush.
What's the swell doing, is it increasing, decreasing...what's the tide doing, coming up, going down?
How safe does that mark look now...how safe will it be in half an hour.
Weigh it all up.

Often with long period swells the ocean can look deceiving....
It will look flat calm but then every 5 maybe 10 minutes sneaker sets or 'rouge' waves will plough through and these are often the ones that will catch people out.

If your watching it and have any doubts then DONT FISH go with your gut instinct.
That mark will still be there tomorrow the day after or the following weekend. Better to play it SAFE.

You've both made an educated decision and decide it looks ok...

When your on your on your mark even if it all looks good take any unnecessary kit off and stash it high so that your more mobile.
Work out your escape route as a precaution. If you do need to move fast make sure you know where your going to go.
Work out where and how your going to land your fish...often those good fish will come when the oceans lively.

Most importantly when your fishing...
Keep your wits about you, stay sharp and concentrate on that horizon 100% of the time.


Number one bit of advice to really take onboard though is...

If in any doubt at all,

DONT FISH....it really is that simple.

Enjoy your fishing and Stay safe out there folks.

Cheers Marc:)
 
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