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updateGents,

If you hate the thought of more Christmas shopping then please read on!

As requested by Rob F we will be trying a north Gower mark for flounder on soft plastics.

The tide that fits in with the mark and Rob's holiday is December 18th.

I am posting an invite to anyone who wants to attend but I must warn everyone that this mark is on North Gower where the Loughor estuary meets beach, the water can colour very quickly with heavy rain and or a swell.

We will be fishing a mud bank, be prepared to get dirty.

I would strongly advise anyone attending to be prepared for a change in tactics, we may find the water with zero clarity and fish baited spoons or mepps lures with vibration.

There are local guest houses available if anyone wants to travel and stay overnight one of which is very close to my local pub, happy to have a beer if anyone is staying locally.

Rob F is a flattie expert on lures, I am looking forward to seeing him pull out some of the 2lb fish that flood into the estuary in the winter.

If conditions are good it could be superb sport

I fished this mark last December with Simon where we had over 20 flounder in a session up to 2lb.

Any questions please ask.

UPDATE

The recent snowfall in the amman valley could kill the flounder fishing when it melts.

The past two years has seen a decline in catch rates following snow.

I am still going to fish this weekend but would advise against travelling distance to fish unless you fancy a day out with good fun and maybe no fish!


UPDATE

CANCELLED

I decided to see if the flounder have left the estuary for deep water with the ice and snow. There were lots of reported blanks where three weeks ago people were having good catches.

I headed to deeper water this morning in the dark and thick mud.

I had one fish at distance ( a nice flounder at 1lb 3/4), three weeks ago all fish were close. Now the only fish I caught was way beyond casting distance with sps

With more cold weather forecast I have decided to cancel the bumble. I don't want people travelling and fishing hard conditions with no sign of fish

Marc
 

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looks good to me marc there must be something i can catch surely lol . count me in .
 

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Marc / Rob,
Would love to be there but will be offshore that weekend. I'm sure it will be interesting and not at all competitive....well the drinking might be......
 

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I should be up for that i am only in swansea coul possibly rusel up another 2 for it aswell
what sort of sp you useing for them?
 

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I've got a selection i reckon will do the biz. I'll show you them in HR Chris ;).
Show and tell Simon! I haven't got a clue, apart from those adapted picol'eau jobs (still don't know if that was a "fluke" or not....) I don't have any specialist SP gear so I was thinking of drop shotting some Berkley Gulp type things or using the purple DOA jobbies Graham Barber gave me at the Angelsey Bumble (wrasse first drop! Lol!)

I was really hoping to learn from you guys about the SP side of things, my background up here is all bait fishing so was hoping to combine the two. For flatties though it's gonna take me some convincing for me to convert to SP's from baited spoons.... I don't share your lust for the soft stuff!
 

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I fished this mark last weekend, had 13 flounder (not on lures!) on the flooding tide. 10 were in size with about 7 of the 13 being pound and a half plus fish. The flounder were most active at the start of the flooding tide.
 

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looking forward to a little flattie bashing marc
 

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What sort of range do you find the Flounder at chaps?
Mark, the early flood sees the tide run up a gully running at 10 to 30 yards from the mud bank. I caught at 10 yards on Saturday. Then as the gully filled and I was fishing on a shallow mud / sand bank. The fish were being caught between 20 and 40 yards in about three to six feet of water.
 

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UPDATE


The recent snow may send the flounder out of the estuary. The estuary is fed by areas with lying snow. Over the past years when we have had snow the flounder catch rates have dropped.

I will still be fishing this weekend, if anyone wants to join me they are more than welcome.

If you fancy a good day of laughs, fun, mud, cold and maybe no fish then meet up!
 
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