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PostPosted: 21 Jan 2012, 15:35
by Hitsgroundrunning
Thurs 19 Jan Swansea

A bunch of the Penlan boys agreed to try to fish a midweek low water session on Swansea beach. Some couldn't make it from the outset others encountered problems as the week went on eventually it was just partners in crime Dai Crocker and Ian. The area on the beach they had chosen is a difficult venue but often throws up a good fish or 2. It's difficult as it has shallow gulleys which run the length of the beach parallel to the shore. This is all well and good on the flood as you can pop your bait in one of these gulleys and retreat up the beach confident that your bait is in the optimum catching zone. However fishing the ebb is difficult as you could wade out 50 or 70 yards and cast as far as you can but you wouldn't know if your bait and hooks would be in the water or on the high bit of the gulley

However a combination of inaccurately assessing when bottom water was exactly and estimating the size of the tide incorrectly meant that the twosome arrived at the venue a bit early and the water went out further than was planned for. They had hoped that low water would have been around one of the bigger of these sand gulleys but the tide went out a good 200 yards further which meant it had to be crossed and all the safety implications of this flashed through their minds.

They set up and fished the last hour of the ebb crossing and recrossing these small gulleys. A couple of times Ian lost his gear and needed dais help to find it. One time just as the tide was turning Ian left his rod on a sand bar and couldn't find it. He had to wade out to sea and walk parallel to the tide line until he walked into the line, eventually doing so. He then couldn't find his rod stand and he was wearing a quality 300 lumen headlight, gave him quite a scare, black as coal it was.

Bait was maddies, lug squid and mackerel. conditions were lively with a westerly in the high teen gusting to the mid twenties. Tactics were a big old cod bait cocktail a mixture of everything on a pennel 3/0 on one rod. the other rod scratching around with luminous beads and / or those little needlefish muppets size 4 hooks.

Nothing at all during the ebb was caught but at bottom Ian caught this little 5bd rockling on a lug bait tipped with a squid tentacle.

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He had a bit of blood coming out of him and was left in a little pool to recover. It was later observed swimming off strongly. Good job mind as he was just going to go on the hook.

A little into the flood Ian had snotty eel which must have been on the line a little while as he had turned a lovely pristine rig into a snotty brillopad.

Nothing then for an hour or so although in fairness they were not fishing comfortably with that gulley behind them. Another hour and the gulley was crossed and the fishing became less worrying, it was a shame the fish didn't see it that way, as we were pushed off that last gulley it was time to pack up, it was gone 12 and there was work in the morning, the both would have loved to have stayed. Ian beat the blank with a rockling and an eel, Dais run of bad luck continues with a third blank on the bounce.

Ian reeled his scratching rod in and had another rockling.

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As the bait had scarcely been touched and with 5 mins to go before the agreed upon pack up time, one last cast was called for, Ian waded as far as he dare and lobbed it as hard as he dared hoping to get into the aforementioned gully.

He then proceeded to break down the big rod and pack away. this done he proceeded to reel in his TT light with the now new (non eel obliterated) scratcing gear which was 12" 12lb snoods with a bit of bling #4 hooks. Strange he thought there is a bit of weight on here bloody hard work it was pulling this dead weight in, he was contemplating cutting his line as it was taking a bit of time, then..... nod! Nod! oh s**t! Theres a reasonable fish on here he thought. 5 minutes later there was a very happy angler having his photo taken.

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with this PB shore caught cod of 9lb 7oz weighed at home, originally measured 9lb 3oz on the beach but it was very windy.

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Re: 5, 4, 3, 2.......

PostPosted: 21 Jan 2012, 15:39
by Mike T
what a report look at6 the size of that coddo dude well done lads :gp: :gp: :gp: :thumb: :thumb: :thumb:

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PostPosted: 21 Jan 2012, 17:05
by Padsta Tel
You jammy bugger it's great when u get a big fish last cast makes you want to stay longer though good report well done. :thumb: :thumb: :gp: :gp: :gp: :gp:

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PostPosted: 21 Jan 2012, 17:31
by Rushy
Jeez.......that blows my 'when there's rockling about, you won't catch a big fish' theory clean out of the water!! :lol: :lol: what a STONKER of a fish that is!! :clap:

Excellent descriptive report too, really enjoyed that read and the pics speak for themselves :gp:

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PostPosted: 21 Jan 2012, 19:24
by robo
nice report great fish, we used to fish swansea every January for a long weekend we have had as many as 15 small boats make the trip, great place for cod some people think the next record will come from there

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PostPosted: 22 Jan 2012, 13:32
by phill 85
Now thats a fish

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PostPosted: 22 Jan 2012, 15:06
by john pie
Now that's what it's all about cracking Cod that 10 out of 10 as Rushy said blow's the theory rockling being caught no Cod about ....................There'
ss hope for us all :clap2: :clap2: :clap2: :clap2: :clap2:

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PostPosted: 22 Jan 2012, 17:13
by roger de dodger
that cod was prob eating the rockling :lol: nice fish ,and well deseved judging by the way others dropped out ;) and the breeze you had to endure!

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PostPosted: 22 Jan 2012, 20:04
by TerryG
Fantastic result with the cod mate, Happy days :clap: :clap: :thumb: :thumb: , Great report and got to say it's good to see a nice big fish :fish: :fish: :gp: :gp: :gp:

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PostPosted: 22 Jan 2012, 20:10
by Mike T
what that little tiddler pah haha its a little minow that we get them all the time in morecambe lol :twisted: :twisted: :twisted: :evil: :evil: :evil:

really well done mate awsome cod there :thumb: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap2: :clap2: :clap2: :gp: :gp: