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Kev, myself, Tom Phillips, Gary Aubert, Paul Butel, Darren Green and his missus Star attacked St Catherines tonight.
Faced with gin clear sea and low wind (was this Jersey ?) it started out quite tough.

Darren had a float rig out whilst he was jigging and soon the float slid away. A nice fish but then quiet again for some while.

I started fishing tiny xlayer to a 1/8oz megabass head and was soon into fish. I turned to see Darren into a fish also.



Laid side by side, fish no 2 and 3.


Then, a short run of fish, all taken on the drop to light jigheads.







Star with a nice pollack taken on Gulp ragworm.



Megabass head, megabass xlayer tiny. Accounted for 9 of my 14 fish tonight.



As the tide dropped away, Tom Phillips moved down the end to take 3 Pollack to 1.5lb. Paul and Kev moved around to the adjacent reef and I started to play from the slipway. Shortly afterwards, we all regrouped. It started to get crazy as Paul and I rigged to take Grasdos (smelt).



5 fish fell to my super LRF rig. 3lb fluorocarbon leader, size 14 hook, and my secret weapon enjoyed it's first outing. Can you see the SP ? Rigged Carolina carrying only 1.1g the fish were smashing into me whilst everyone looked on in amazement. I was pretty stunned too as they just kept coming. Absolutely incredible fun.



A change is as good as a rest. Kev with a xlayer caught Pout. He had Pollack too.

An absolutely brilliant night for me. Totally enjoyed it. We are there tomorrow from 7:15 -7:30'ish if anyone fancies some really fine action and fun.

Insane, that's the word. But we love it.
 

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Absolutely brilliant!!! Cursing the fact that I can't find a similar type of venue within an hours drive!!!! Going to have to adapt I think and suss how to fish the more local, sandy, estuary harbours I think. Had a quick go tonight but got there too late as the tide had turned and was firing out in the wrong direction (for me to be able to fish it from where I was). I don't think it's the ideal place though. Being able to catch pollack would be a nice confidence booster, whereas this is likely to be whiting only - which in itself is highly experimental!

Jealous! :mrgreen:
 

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Firstly, well done chaps, brilliant session by the sounds of it!

Secondly, AARRGGGGGHHHH!! Why didnt I go!!!!
 

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Firstly, well done chaps, brilliant session by the sounds of it!

Secondly, AARRGGGGGHHHH!! Why didnt I go!!!!
Mark:

If you are going tonight...

Be ready for 7:10 and PM me as to if you are going.

If so, please bring your Major Craft rod.

Last night was crazy. Paul is in need of some fabric conditioner though ..LOL
 

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How small is that tiny x layer keith , brilliant report.....ive got to get into this LRF big time looks fun, can you give me a full run down of your LRF set up, would the bushwacker do the job or are we talking lighter ???
 

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bushwacker is way overkill. Great rod, would be a good HRF rod for 10-15lb braid and would tag the Wrasse no worries.

We are in the process of getting real LRF rods but i have been using the Cormoran ULX 1 -10g with 6lb braid and jigheads or weights 1g thru 6g mostly.

tiny xlayer is small. 3 and a fraction inches but thin. Overall, looks less than half the size of a standard xlayer.

However, last night, made the switch to the Yamashita SP, 3lb leader and a small hook. Started to catch straight away. Was awesome.
You need the right rods, braid, and playing skill with the correct drag as the fish didn't drop in size proportional to the lure.

Keep watching these reports as we learn more, it gets passed along.
 

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Looks like another great night out! Well done guys.

Keith, can you show a picture of your rig? and the soft baits? Where are you getting the small SPs from? Do you think the way you fished lastnight is an improvement over jighead and SP?

Is there any cheap accommodation is Jersey?!?!? (serious question!)

Some of the SPs in the Japanese magazines are literally the size of a matchstick!!!!
 

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Thanks yes thats LRF
I have a very light solid glass rod that came from canada ill find a small reel and try that, I have plenty of the 2 1/2" fin-s type sp smallest leads i have are 6g but pear shape,
this is going ot be fun
 

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ok, here are a few pictures of the SP's. Some have been put in for size reference.



Here you have...

(top left down )Hazedong, xlayer (standard), tiny xlayer, Yamashita worm bake II 8BR, Yamashita worm bake II 5F, Giant Xlayer X2, DOA 3" shad and above that...2 X sp's from AGM



Tiny xlayer, Yamashita worm bake II 8BR, Yamashita worm bake II 5F close up.



AGM stuff close up.

Will get some rig pic's tonight.

As to travel and accomodation:

Now must be cheap. Shakespeare is open and angler friendly. 3 minutes from me and all the fishing we are doing right now.

Do it. You know it makes sense.
 

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Kind of a boring question, but have you had much on the Hazedong's Keith? I have them down to 3 inches in wakasagi and bubblegum.
 

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Would like to know about the hazedongs myself please keith are they a good likeness to a gobies if so think they would be great in the menai aslong as they can be rigged weedless.
 

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Hazedongs are great.
Good Wrasse plastics and Pollack/Bass love em.

Just sorting out the pics from tonights trip then....

sleep.
 

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Well done Keith ... very interesting thread. How small are some of those SP's!!

Can you expand on type of harbour location/situation you fish please? We have a few harbours combined with Marin's over here, so maybe worth a try?
 

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Well done Keith ... very interesting thread. How small are some of those SP's!!

Can you expand on type of harbour location/situation you fish please? We have a few harbours combined with Marin's over here, so maybe worth a try?

I was asked by one of the guys who is out there in the cold and the rain to start expanding the articles with why we choose certain jig heads, where it might be used and what each one does or potentially can do.

So, that is coming. Along with details of harbour structure etc..
 

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Ok sounds great ... look forward to reading it, and thanks for sharing.
 
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