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Printed Date: 22 July 2019 at 12:36am


Topic: Western Solent
Posted By: TideFlow
Subject: Western Solent
Date Posted: 12 May 2019 at 8:43pm
Had a go down the Western Solent yesterday, fished a spot that has been pretty consitent the last couple of years.   

Between 3 of us we had over 40 Bream, nothing big 1 - 1.5lb range often getting double shots, but given the last couple of trips have been very slow it was nice to be busy only able to fish 1 rod.

Topped it off with a very welcome double figure Thornback. Was hoping the bigger Bream would put in an appearance on the flood but it was not to be.

   

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Bumblefish - Merry Fisher Marlin 6 - Gosport Marina



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Posted By: Ahab
Date Posted: 13 May 2019 at 7:47am
well done scott sounds like you were at one end of the boredom scale with that many fish   and I was at the bottom of the scale   I had 4 fish allday down at bracklesham bay   had a massive mackerel on the bream rig todays lunch a gar fish next weeks bait a nice male bream 2.9 at the start of the day tomorows tea and a small bream at the end of the sesh tide was beam on all afternoon so feeling shattered lol


Posted By: Salar
Date Posted: 13 May 2019 at 9:24pm
Ray you showed the advantage of patience and tenacity! After I got fed up with catching dogfish on my bream rig I decided to have a couple of drifts for a plaice before moving to a different bream mark. Then nothing but pout and lost a lot of tackle so I moved off to my go-to bass mark for a drift to catch one for tea. Second drift, 47cm so that was my quota for the day anyway. I use a Fiiish lure gently hopped along the bottom and that seems to work because the bass was stuffed with half-digested dragonets which must look very similar. So I went home with enough fish for a few meals anyway. I'm glad it's not just me feeling shattered with that beam wind, I was thinking it was age catching up with me.

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Harley 25 "Rebel Runner"
web site www.boat-angling.co.uk


Posted By: Whitewash
Date Posted: 13 May 2019 at 10:50pm
Sunday - charter crew who wanted smoothound & rays. Fished marks in Hard grounds & 3 wrecks areas. Not a sniff on squid but 8 double fig smoothound plus some smaller ones on frozen velvet crab. A charter friend a bit further out had similar but caught all bar one on squid. Fish baits resulted in dogs - no sign of any rays.

Gave the bream a miss as boulder & hounds / Bracklesham full of boats.

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David Cox
"Whitewash"
Itchenor


Posted By: rag & stick
Date Posted: 26 May 2019 at 2:06pm
Hi Guys, have the mackerel arrived yet has anybody heard of any reports?


Posted By: Garrydog
Date Posted: 26 May 2019 at 8:26pm
Not seem any yet. One of the guys at Gosport said he had 3....


Posted By: rag & stick
Date Posted: 26 May 2019 at 9:05pm
Cheers Johnny, never caught last year which is unbelievable. big barrel jelly fish seen at Barton so hope its a sign of a good summer to come and the arrival of summer species. 


Posted By: Garrydog
Date Posted: 26 May 2019 at 11:41pm
Fingers crossed, looking pretty windy tomorrow so I think need to wait until next weekend...


Posted By: dkstenson
Date Posted: 27 May 2019 at 9:55am
We are catching them.
Not full strings, but a few.
They are sporadic, but find them and easily enough for bait for a day within ten minutes.

The ones we are finding are "Large".... Would be much better suited for eating than bait... But needs must and all that...



Posted By: Garrydog
Date Posted: 27 May 2019 at 10:48am
Clearly more effort needed!
I will redouble efforts next time out...
Looks like you have been having some good trips, long may it continue 😊


Posted By: rag & stick
Date Posted: 31 May 2019 at 11:04pm
Out in the west tomorrow probably Totland will report on catch. If the fish don't play the beer will be obliging


Posted By: Garrydog
Date Posted: 01 June 2019 at 9:07pm
Nice sunny day today. Couple of decent plaice.
Wind kicked up a bit later.


Posted By: Doombar Dave
Date Posted: 02 June 2019 at 5:14pm
Tried Sandown for bream lovely calm day hardly anyone else there, fishing was hard going only 1 small bream and lots of dogs moved about to try different areas but no luck.

But was a nice day to be out


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Parker 660 AmyJames


Posted By: rag & stick
Date Posted: 02 June 2019 at 6:22pm
well we went out and fished off Milford just up from Hurst Castle. A lovely day in sunshine and flat sea but only managed small bream and hounds. Also had loads of star fish and whelks, but as I have said before the fish are the bonus being out there is what its all about Tongue


Posted By: TideFlow
Date Posted: 03 June 2019 at 10:06am
We had an exploratory trip to New Grounds (Never fished it before) We tried a spot on the western edge at anchor with just lots of dogs.

Was hoping we might see a few hounds but not so.

Sacked just after the tide turned and headed into Hillhead, Had a few hounds nothing particularly big.

Do you guys find drifting New Grounds more productive than at anchor?

Trying to find some fairly reliable Hound spots over this side and had heard new grounds does produce.

Cheers

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Bumblefish - Merry Fisher Marlin 6 - Gosport Marina


Posted By: sail&fish
Date Posted: 03 June 2019 at 5:45pm
I reckon the best place for hounds is off Hillhead, at least until the Solent weed becomes a problem.


Posted By: rag & stick
Date Posted: 03 June 2019 at 8:13pm
Weed already a pain in the arse in the west even out of the Solent towards hurst


Posted By: palmshank
Date Posted: 03 June 2019 at 8:29pm
Agree hillhead,Lee on solent and lepe best for smoothounds. Crab and king rag seems to land the bigger ones. Fished off netley other eve with some good sizes landed. As for new grounds,I fish it regularly at anchor with rays,conger,smoothies and mackerel but it's been very slow there last 12 months. Have seen many boats drift close to shipping lane. Good luck.

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oh well, there is always next weekend!!


Posted By: Ahab
Date Posted: 04 June 2019 at 8:08am
I went down the hounds still plenty of bream there kept busy most of the tide   my buddy broke the rule of the boat and caught the biggest of 2.7 pound a pb for himalso had pout nd pollack


Posted By: Salar
Date Posted: 05 June 2019 at 10:32pm
Originally posted by TideFlow TideFlow wrote:


Do you guys find drifting New Grounds more productive than at anchor?


New Grounds was my go-to mark for years, fishing at anchor over a gully but last year is was very poor for some reason, or maybe it was just that mark. You can easily fish on the drift because the bottom is very flat with few snags. The tide is not too fast so you can have a few leisurely drifts and cover a lot of ground. I have caught bass and rays on the drift but not smoothhound. I have had a few smoothhound at anchor but not so many to be worth targeting. I like New Grounds because of the variety of fish that I have caught there - from dabs, pouting, mackerel, scad, gars, dogs, gurnard, bream, rockling, conger, all the rays, bass, pack tope, smoothies even pollack plus cod and whiting in winter. I have heard of a monster turbot caught somewhere in that area too.


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Harley 25 "Rebel Runner"
web site www.boat-angling.co.uk


Posted By: TideFlow
Date Posted: 06 June 2019 at 6:08pm
Thanks for the info Neville, i'll keep trying different spots on it. Should have types Eastern side not Western.

Rays are on my target list this year along with tope. Going to give Pullar a go for the tope when weather and tide are favourable.

So many different spots this end, sometimes its a job to know where to go. New Grounds is an itch i've wanted to scratch. Medmerry next on the list.

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Bumblefish - Merry Fisher Marlin 6 - Gosport Marina


Posted By: Salar
Date Posted: 08 June 2019 at 6:27pm
Originally posted by TideFlow TideFlow wrote:

 Medmerry next on the list.

Go armed for tope in the gulley between Medmery and Selsey. I kept being bitten off there then scaled up the trace and then caught tope to 30lb. Also cod in the winter. It is a bit patchy, you can blank there as often as catch so if there is no  action, be prepared to move.


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Harley 25 "Rebel Runner"
web site www.boat-angling.co.uk


Posted By: rag & stick
Date Posted: 14 July 2019 at 2:53pm
Went out yesterday and fished in Christchurch bay as west Solent too weedy. Very disappointing to find weed problem nearly as bad. Caught thornback, spotted ray and bream. Gave up at 1600 hr. is there anywhere that is weed free?


Posted By: Hooka
Date Posted: 17 July 2019 at 7:39am
It seems very difficult atm to get results any suggestions to get a satisfying trip out there
Mackerel a couple of keepers and a bend in our rods that are sizeable fish would be good
Can’t be the only person feeling a bit disappointed with the state of play at least when bass was on the menu the hunt was on locally anyway
Out this week but at a bit of a loss what to do had my boat 3 or so years now and just struggling to justify it costs versus results
I love my fishing but finding myself extremely disappointed these days
Best days fishing this year was a smoothie trip western Solent 8 fish up to best fish a fine 9 pounder
How’s your best trip so far?
Be good to hear some successes too 👍

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Hooka
ICI ROSE
Aqubell 27`
Gosport


Posted By: Whitewash
Date Posted: 17 July 2019 at 3:05pm
If you want hounds - get some velvet crabs k/a "flyers". use live or frozen ones. Dead ones that not been frozen live are no good.
Speak to a local crabber. personally I use frozen cut in half (collected Jan - mar)
Harbour crabs are second best. Sometimes squid does well. rag gets the small ones in the main.

Fish up to base or down banks or Hard Grounds just SE of Nab.

My best tally is 33 hounds between 2 of us until ran out of bait & my charters have been averaging over 30 a trip. Find harbour crabs work best once the velvets have got the hounds feeding.

So far tope fishing has been disappointing - targeting next week on charters.

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David Cox
"Whitewash"
Itchenor


Posted By: Hooka
Date Posted: 17 July 2019 at 4:25pm
Thanks whitewash hounds are good fun, I must admit I miss the Bass fishing and yet to find turbot.
Caught some nice Dover sole this time last year at hill head cliffs
Overall I guess it needs more time put in and the more fish you will find.
So cheers for the advice on smooth hounds never had much luck on any sizeable Tope but love to catch some are there any mackerel about yet I imagine the Tope will follow them about ?

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Hooka
ICI ROSE
Aqubell 27`
Gosport


Posted By: Whitewash
Date Posted: 17 July 2019 at 4:57pm
Mackerel are patchy but hope to go for Tope with fresh macks with my crew who are fishing Wed - Thurs - Friday next week - weather permitting.

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David Cox
"Whitewash"
Itchenor



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