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    Posted: 20 February 2017 at 8:30pm
Went out yesterday for the first trip in my new boat.  Was hoping the first fish on board would be a nice Plaice.  Within 10 minutes of dropping the anchor I had a nice bite, great I thought.  It felt heavy then I started to feel the the tell tale twisting of a Dogfish.  Not a great start but a fish on board.  Ten minutes later another bit and this time it was a Plaice of around 1 1/2 lb.  It then went quiet for an hour or so and another Plaice came on board.  At about midday the Plaice started to feed properly, 4 were caught in quick succession and a further 2 as the tide eased.  Biggest fish was only 1 3/4 lb.  

8 Plaice is a good start and bodes well for the next few weeks.  There are very good reports from shore anglers in East Sussex (Pevensey Bay and Brighton) so hopefully they are filtering down the coast.

7 of the fish were caught uptiding well away (60 -70 yds) from the boat and only 1 on the down tide rod (which was still cast well back from the boat.  Lug (Blacks and Blow lug) tipped with Rag was by far the best bait, only the Dogfish, 1 Plaice and a couple of Whiting to straight rag.  If this mild weather continues the crabs might peel early and peeler will help pick out the bigger fish if they do arrive in numbers.

There were a few other boats in the area.  One idiot in a what looked like a Wilson Flyer anchored 40ft from my bow almost over my anchor rope.  This was despite the huge amount of space in the area.  This meant we couldn't cast uptide properly on the port side and if he had still been there when we we packed up it would have been difficult to steam out the anchor on the buoy.  I seem to experience this every year when Plaice or Bream fishing.  There seem to be a lot of inconsiderate boat anglers in our area who do not seem to consider the result of their actions on others.  They also don;t realise that by fishing close to others all you are doing is sharing the fish and by increasing the number of anchor ropes just creating a larger scare area.  Hopefully it won't happen again but expect it will.
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Great news, Last week it was my turn to have man flu so really looking forward to getting out there. It was this time last year when I caught my first ever plaice on rod and line so hoping this is a good omen.
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"Hopefully it won't happen again but expect it will."

Of course it will.
Its the "Im alright Jack, and sod the rest of you" culture.


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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote OddBall62 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21 February 2017 at 2:33pm
nice were you up the solent or hayling area ,ive had the same when cod/whiting fishing at browndown/gilkicker throw the anchor over and someone always appears over the horizon and ties up to my stern cleat.  still i didnt do to well with the cod so at  least i had someone to talk to
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Well done on catching the plaice, I know what you mean about the other boat fishing right on top of you, I find that bloody annoying when that happens as a bit of thought and respect is all that it takes to give each other enough space to fish comfortably.
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Originally posted by Doombar Dave Doombar Dave wrote:

Well done on catching the plaice, I know what you mean about the other boat fishing right on top of you, I find that bloody annoying when that happens as a bit of thought and respect is all that it takes to give each other enough space to fish comfortably.

Yeah but, conversely, there are some people who think they have private rights to the whole of the Solent. Last year I anchored about 1/2 a mile away from a boat only to get various rude hand gestures and something shouted that I was too far away to hear. 

I anchored inshore of him and more or less parallel so, even when the tide turned, we wouldn't be fishing across each others' lines or 'stealing' each others' fish.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Doombar Dave Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 February 2017 at 5:33pm
Getting fishing with drawl symptoms spent the morning going through my tackle bag now all tidy all traces made up ready just need some settled weather to get out fishing LOL
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OUCHE, Dave,
Been on boat sorting and cleaning can't wait to get out. A dogfish will do even a lump of weed every thing seems such a struggle when waiting for weather. Dave
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With the weather the way it has been forecast it will be a fortnight before the water has cleared enough for any chance of a Plaice.
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It's mad...been buying new drag washers and sorting tackle bags too. Also buying new things which even I am debating whether I really need!
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