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    Posted: 21 June 2010 at 8:00pm

thought i'd try my boat in the solent on sunday as it was nice and calm and the last 3 trips out ive  been in the harbour getting used to her.
got the boat down to the slipway for 6am  lauched and motored round to hillhead to see if there were any smooth hound about at low tide. found a mark and droped the anchor 1st drop, set the drag and a couple of mintues latter the reel was singing  and managed to catch a small smoothy of 5 or so lbs

that was it for a few hours so motored out to the obstruction marker off L.O.S dropped down and only managed a few dog fish so moved from there, went back to hill head for the start of high tide but got plauged with weed lines were down for mintues then they were being dragged so left there motored around a few other places  L.O.S, Brown down, Stokes bay trying to find a decent place to drop anchor but no joy. then headed in for around 6:30.

 was a good day out and my first time on my own boat in the solent and learnt quite a bit about trying to drop anchor so you end up fishing where you wanted to fish, and to take note of what the tide is doing so you know which way the boat will swing round when you do drop anchor etc etc

also next time i'll look at the charts and make a note of a few possible marks instead of motoring around and trying to find one and maybe try going east aswell
also need to get back on to the report section aswell so i can hopefully start to put catch reports on  

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote ekyone Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21 June 2010 at 8:40pm
There's a lot more to boat fishing than dropping a line over the side and hauling in fish isn't there mate Big smile. I find anchoring and ending up where you want to be one of the most difficult things to do too! If you have paper charts then buy a plotter (plastic about £10) you can then put the numbers into your GPS (the one I sold you Big smile) and away you go.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote lewis1 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21 June 2010 at 8:51pm
yea lots more to boating then just dropping and catching which i need to learn (good/BIG eye opener thou) and yea achoring so i ended up where i wanted was well dificult need alot more practise. at that brillant cheers mate i'll see if i can pick one of those up. getting used to the GPS and the fisher finder little more practise is needed Big smile.
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Buy an Admiralty tidal chart atlas for the Solent and approaches. It gives you the direction and speed of the tidal flow at any given stage of the tide.
 
 
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Lewis1, If you go on the web and type in "tidal streams of the solent" you can get some good info as to what direction the tides run at different times from portsmouth H W. I dont know if this helps you but it is worth a look. Mark.
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Hi Lewis1,   Sturbridge Shoal seems to produce consistently, I fished there often when I started as it easy to get to and we always caught something which kept the crew (and me) happy. Anchor on top of the bank and fish the drop off, or fish between the two banks. Mostly smoothounds, plus a variety of other species so you need some crab (frozen is fine). Hope this help. Hugh
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brilliant thanks very much for the advice guys, i could use as much as i can get at the moment, thanks for the info on tide direction that will hopefully make anchoring in the right direction easier and thanks for the mark, will be good to catch a few species while im  learning the basics.
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