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Monday 19th, too hot to be ashore, slack neap tide and wind might get up to 4mph! Very quiet when I arrived on the shambles, the tide is running and plenty of launce but only 1 mackerel all day. The drift speed never got above 1.4kts even at the west end, so no turbot but the tope were everywhere. Managed to net a couple, one small and 1 was over 150cm as tape doesn't go any further. The trace snapped in the net so, quick measure and picture - back it went. Probably a bit over 30lb.

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The smaller one around 7-8lb
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Wed 21st July, more tide, same wind forecast. Arrived at slack on the shambles for bait and its alive with whitebait. Water was erupting then gannets and gulls would pile in, less a minute and it stops until the next lot surfaced. The whitebait was visible in the water - hoards of 2in fish going past the boat. However it seemed that only launce were going for them - no mackerel or bass just launce on the lures. Took a picture of the sounder later, shoals like this appearing all day.

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The morning was again slow, only grey gurnards and the real nuisance fish of the summer, weevers - had at least 6 of the blighters. Tried live launce on the drifts - it was still alive and unmolested after 3 drifts down the banks from E to W. 2 mackerel put in an appearance as the tide eased. So off to the bream mark for the change of tide. Diced up 1 mackerel and loads of pout before the tide stopped, nothing until tide picked up to 0.5kts. Second mackerel diced and 6 bream come up best around 1.5lb, 2 small ones went back. Bream fillets for dinner instead of turbot! Back to the shambles for 1 last drift, small tope makes off with a launce.

The water temperature has increased a lot here, 20.4C on the way through Portland Harbour and from the screen shot above its over 17C on the shambles.
 

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Sorry you’re slumming it on the bream Steve. If it make you feel better, the Central Line was about 40c.

I’d rather be where you were!
 
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