Summer time in the north Wales sea fishing calendar, is one that’s buzzing with life around our inshore waters. Anglesey is the particular gem in the crown for sea fishing in north Wales, as no matter what the wind direction is, you can fish a sheltered spot and they almost always produce a catch.
The Sea around the Anglesey coastline in the summer is abundant with life, with a diverse set of species to target in crystal clear waters. The past month has been exceptionally clear with the sea weeds, kelp, jelly fish and smaller species thriving in this weather. It has also been great start to the season for spear fishing, but more of that in the next blog.
The sun has been out in full force and marine life has blossomed as a result, bringing in with it many summer species chasing the small bait fish for food.
Bait balls of sprat, mullet and sandeel are abundant this time of year, all keeping themselves close to the safety of inshore rocks amongst there weed. Shoals of sandeel are the most obvious to see when out and about, they swim in bait balls maybe thousands strong in some cases, keeping themselves protected from the predators such as bass, pollack and other round fish.
Just this morning, I headed out for some pollock fishing just off the coast near Porth tre castlell, also called cable bay to most. Its a five minute drive from home and I tend to go early, before every man and his dog are about and the quiet sounds of the lapping water on the shore are the only ones to be heard.
This morning was particularly good, with a little cloud cover from the bright sky and not much of a ripple on the water. These less bright conditions, give the bait fish and smaller fish more confidence to move around without the threat of being shown immediately by the suns rays, to their predators.
Its about a temporary minute walk to my spot which I will only fish over HW, which coincided nicely for about 10 this morning. I fish it 1 hour up, 30 minutes down and no more. I know when then highest probability of catch rates are and I try to maximise that to my advantage.
With the tide rising there is a current pushing across there bay and all species love the current, they use it to feed, so we have to optimise our times to fish based on the movement of the water by this current. Once HW is reached, I notice a drop off in catch rates within a ten minute window. Tackle losses much greater as the water drops also, so we want as much water under neath us here as possible.
Tackle wise today I oped for a Savage Bushwhacker Rod, Abu Soron 50 Reel loaded with braided line. I made a mistake this season in not replacing my braid or at least not ” back to backing it” (reversing it around on the spool – it gets another season out of it) and to my own down fall I have lost way more tackle, through snap pages and abrasion as a result.
Rigs wise I used the Sabiki Japanese lures (cut in half so 4 hooks) with a 4 oz weight. Normally I would use a smaller weight 2-oz max to avoid snaggy kelp on the rock shelfs comeing up, but in a disorganised fashion I didn’t have any this time around- time to get the molds out again!
I try and alternate my casts in a range of directions say 150 degrees either side of my sanding position, and I alternate the distance and depth of the cast until I find the fish. When I find where they are (as in what depth and distance) I will continue in that zone until I exhaust that region.
With the Bass ban for line fisherman this year (which I think is terrible and an utter hypocrisy by our governing bodies) I choose to target pollock with little lures which provide much good sport and fun.
In one session today I managed 35 of which, one was a take home size (see British sea angling size limits for your catches) Pollack is 35cm.
The fish came on the second cast with a two, then followed by another two then followed by a three fish at a time.. I knew it was going to be a good session and the choice of the lures was a good one. All fish where caught only 20 yards out with a quick lob. I only let the weight touch down briefly then begin the wind back and jigging. Each cast resulted in fish, and I think only 6 casts say out of 40 where blanks.
The weedy reefs you need to watch for and mention you retrieval rate fast to make sure you don’t snag. You will get hits 5 yards from the shore I promise! The fight of four pollock all going different directions is a wonder to feel, especially on the Savage rod. I have sung this rods Parises SO many times honestly its a pleasure to fish with, and I thoroughly recommend. Paired with the Abu Soron 5O its balanced quite well actually.
I lost one set of gear in total, which is part and parcel of the game. Good thing is on spring tides I can juts walk down or snorkel to go and cut my lines out of the water- which I often do whist no one is there.
So all in all a great mornings pollock fishing session. 30 odd fish, just pollack, 99% returned, one kept for the pot or the cat if he is very very lucky, all within ten minutes walk of your car. Admittedly I was also testing the waters for Mackerel but they have yet to turn up in their droves to the West coast of Anglesey, so we have to diversify our goals to fit in with mother nature!
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