I don’t seem to get the time to write a catch report about every fishing session I have so I thought I’d write an extract of three combined sessions every week, unless I have a “Red Letter Day” then I’ll most certainly write a more in depth report!
Sunday 8th July – Port Erin Beach
No-one ever fishes the beach, so I am on a mission to catch something from there. I’ve now blanked twice in two sessions but I will not give up. I spent five hours fishing from low water in hope of a flattie but no avail. I’ve taken dabs from the pier a mere hundred yards away, so why not from the beach?
Rather than just call it a day I headed to Port St. Mary Breakwater!
Sunday 8th July – Port St. Mary Breakwater
The pier has been fishing pretty well for a couple of weeks now, especially for the wrasse. So I arrived on the breakwater geared up for flattie fishing. I had a nice colourful rig with beads and a spoon tied to a size: 1, Mustad Blue Aberdeen (3262)!
I proceeded to catch a few wrasse, basically it was one a chuck for about an hour. Then suddenly I had a couple of very gentle taps, like you would when a conger takes the bait. Then the rod hoofed over and the line parted! There aren’t any snags where I was fishing so I’m guessing a small strap conger took my rag and colourful rig!
I didn’t have long left before I had to head home so I put a spinner on my rod in hope of a coalie for my species hunt but after about half an hour of fishing I only managed a few mackerel.
Wednesday 11th July – Port St. Mary Breakwater
I had a small window of opportunity for a couple of hours fishing so I grabbed my spinning gear and headed down to Port St. Mary Breakwater. I was hoping to catch a coalie for my species list. Quite a few have been coming out albeit to everyone else’s rod. I was starting to wonder if it would become a nemesis for me!
The wind unfortunately wasn’t favourable blowing away from the pier. Nonetheless, plenty of wrasse was coming out to a rather packed pier so I thought I’d give it a whirl.
It wasn’t long before I had my first bite and I reeled in a sandeel! I then proceeded to take a dozen or so more sandeels or the next couple of hours! They put up a nice fight on my small lure rod. I was just thinking of calling it a day when my rod suddenly developed a healthy bend in it. Bingo! A Coalie! To say I was chuffed would have been an understatement. Not a biggie but a coalie nonetheless! I stopped for a few more casts and had a couple more coalie before heading home.