Monday, 31 May 2010

Beach recon from Minnis Bay to Reculver Castle

Having been out on a wlk from Minnis Bay to Reculver allowed me to have a low tide recky of the shore. The whole beach is sandy and flat from teh botton of the sones at the foot of the sea wall. The groins at the Minnis end are, all bar one, wooden or concrete. The areas between the groins have stony weeded sections that would be good for fish to search out snacks when high tide comes in.

Sanded area with rocky weeded area

This is the rocky/weeded areas up close

This shows the beach from a higher view. Flat sand with some rocky groins.

This shows one of the lower rocky groins which are many towards the Reculver area.

Bass were seen caught along this beach at a certain location that will not be revealed.

Sunday, 16 May 2010

Session #15 Pike Fly Fishing on the RMC

I finally managed to meet Tony, another PFFA member, after ages of schedules not working out. I met up with him at about 6:30 on Saturday 15th May. We then drove to a section of the RMC he had tried previously and caught 2 pike of 12lbs and 14lbs. After parking up and setting up we hopped over the gate and started working our way along the bank. after about 30 minutes I had three follows of the fly in the same spot. I decided after about 15 minutes to move on and come back later.

We headed even further along the bank until the point that it would be impossible to land a fish let-a-lone return it. We headed back to one of the bends in the canal and Tony started casting whilst I headed back to the area I had seen my pike. I was trying to remember exactly where it was as it looked pretty much the same everywhere. 

Some minutes later I heard  Tony shout and he had one on. I pegged it up the bank to help out, not that it was needed. He had landed a 3.5lb jack.

Tony's Jack
Releasing the prize

Not long after I located my spot and tried my original fly and saw no movement. I poped on a PikeTrek second and with in 5 casts the pike appeared again and took the fly down. I shout for tony who had the net and he pegged it across the field to me to help me land it.

I started to try and unhook it, but wasn't confident enough so Tony was kind enough to do it for me.

Tony unhooking my Pike

This Pike was 3.5lbs also, but Tony insists his was bigger, not too sure about that though...

We headed back to the bridge and over the road to the other side of the bridge. We fished for a bit over here but saw no movement, but did  find catapillars on the nettles in the hundreds:

Hungry little fellas's

We headed back to the car at about 11:30 and chatted to a couple of fishermen by the bridge about the area which was useful.

All in all a very very good mornign for me as I broke my bad run of blanks and also broke the no Pike run too. Cheers again Tony,

Here are the flies I used:

The mornings flies I used

Top Fly is a PikeTrek 2nd which I caught the pike on
Bottom fly is a self tied pattern which got the initial attention

Tuesday, 11 May 2010

Session #14 Hayling Island

I headed back to Hayling Island Langstone car park for about 08:30. I fished all along the channel and back around the beach towards the golf club. The tide was going out so I tried a few areas where I though the fish my hold up. It was very cold so I figured the fish may have been out a way any way, but it was worth a go.

All in all I fished till 10:30 and headed home

Session #13 Hayling Island

Having headed home for Dad's birthday I headed to Hayling Island and parked up next to the golf course and headed down to the beach. We wandered along for a while and cast out 5-6 times in each breakwater. We chatted to another spinner and he hadn't had anything in 2 hours. So we packed up and headed to the langstone car park and cast out from the shell bank near the pub.

I got have a go with some of my deeper plugs and they seemed to work well. We headed home shortly after when my spool hit a massive tangle.

Session #12 Spinning near Chatham

I headed out to catch what I thought was a 5PM high ide. Turns out it wasa 7PM high. This gave me some time to have a recky around the area to let the water in. I headed around the bay at Motney hill towards the sewerage works. The water didn't look too deep and it was very murky. There was another guy fishing who I caught up with later.

I headed around to near the sewerage point but decided to go check out another area also whilst I still had time. The point may be good with a weighted line and bait but possibly not for spinning and definately not for fly.

This shows the muddy channels that are around this area. You need to be careful as some of the paths are very thin. Do not slip in!!

This is the outlook to the bay with Motney hill over to the left.

This shows the point to fish from. You can cast into the deeper channel from there.

I headed to the other side of the outward lying area and the sewerage works. This had a sea wall which slopped down to the rocky/weedy ground before disappearing under the very murky waves. It was a very windy day which made casting tricky.

This is the sea wall

This shows the rocky/weedy areas at the base of the sea walls.

I had a few casts here and christened the area with a lost lure. I then headed to the area by the car park to go out on the arm again. I chatted to the fisherman who explained about getting peeler crabs if you get the tides right. I had a spin for a while and headed home expectedly with empty hands.

There are another few areas to try around here and they will be gotten to shortly.

Tuesday, 4 May 2010

Session #11 Motney Hill

After heading out over the bank holiday weekend to a place called Motney Hill, near Chatham, and being blown all over the place, and not in a good way, I didn’t manage to do any fishing. This was mostly due to 20+ mph head winds.
I did mange to scout 2 areas pointed out to me by Tony from the Pike fraternity. I headed over to Motney Hill car park and literally 10 meters from the parking is the water. There is a man made arm of earth covered rock that stretched out into the sea and this creates a bay. This mostly made of mud and small areas of weed.

The other being a massive concreted area that looks like an old jetty for unloading ships no in disuse. Having been battered by the elements for long enough I headed home.

I headed back out today for another look with winds of up to 10mph which was a lot nicer. I only fished on the arm today to give that a decent crack. I was fishing about 1 hour after high tide until about 2 ½ hours after. I started with a popper, which I lost on my 2nd cast due to it snagging some rope in a clump of weed. I could not get it back for love nor money. And after 3-4 minutes the metal click gave way as the line still had the look intact.

Move onto my next lure, the SwinShad, I was casting about 50-60 meters across the bay in a fanned approch and getting to know the lures, as many were from first use. They all acted very well in the water. At about 2 ½ hours after high tide the plugs were running along the bottom. So I gave up and headed home.

Whilst this was not a proper session, being more of a recky, it was good to start trying some new areas out, ready for the better months of the year. I hope to line a few areas up and get out after work even if it is only for an hour, tides permitting.

Here are the lures that I used:

Here are a few photo's of the area:

This is the main stone arm

 This is the area to the east of the arm

This is the area to the west of the arm

This is the small beach to the east of the arm and in front of the other eastern area 

This is the bay from the public path

This shows the weedy margins at the edge of the bay

This shows the view straight out north from the small beach and also the weedy margin

I will get to trying the concrete area sometime soon as the water could be quite deep and worth a go.