Lucky Git was back out again on Wednesday 27th November after a lengthy spell of bad weather. Alex, getting only his 4th trip of the year, fished with Jim near the royal sovereign buoy on a very short tide and found it hard going. On the first mark Alex landed a cod of around 7lbs while Jim picked up four dogfish and a 2lb codling. Over the slack tide they tried with sidewinders over long shoal where Alex hooked two ballan wrasse on the lures and Jim found a pollack. Next move was down to the head ledge where the tide took a while to get going and they both caught more dogfish and a few large whiting. As the tide started to run Alex had a cod of around 8lbs and Jim hooked one of about 7lb. Last fish was a small codling for Alex which he released to fight another day. The previous week on the big tides the local boats had some fish to over 20lbs but the high pressure and short tides definitely affected the fishing. Bait used was cuttle, squid and a cocktail of squid and lug which on this occasion proved the most effective, probably because the fish were on the smaller size, when the bigger ones are feeding they seem to prefer the cuttle.
Is it really September? The weather’s great!
After a weekend with very few fish being landed on ‘Lucky Git’ by either Minde (Sat 21st ) or Ernasttas (Sun 22nd) Jim took ‘Lucky Git’ out on Tuesday 24th September to find where the fish were. Andy and Ricardo from Chores Cleaning made up his crew and Jim decided his best bet would be to look for some plaice. It proved to be the right decision. They fished 6 miles off Bexhill and were rewarded with around 50 plaice with all the smaller ones returned to fight another day, taking over 20 eating size fish to 2lb 8lzs back home. Best thing about this mark is they were not pestered by pouts and the only other fish they had were a tub gurnard and a few mackerel.
Highly experienced sailor MIke Harry made the long trip from Devon and enjoyed the late summer sunshine catching bass, pollock and bream on the offshore wrecks. Most of the fish fell to jellyworms with bream to 2lbs respsonding well to a small rubby dubby bag attached to the lead.
Martin took Lucky Git out on Friday 2 August with his mate Derek and Derek’s son Keith. They had a catch of cod and plaice plus some mackerel that have at last put in an appearance. Pictures show Derek (in blue) with a plump codling and Keith holds a double shot. They fished over long shoal and The Horse to catch the cod and drifted between the two reefs for the plaice.
Lucky G has been busy these last few days of July with plaice and cod making up most of the catches. On Friday Jim took out Rodney Goodship who runs ‘Fish the Dream’ based in Florida Keys. Rodney used to fish the Sussex coast as a youngster and wanted a go at the plaice and bream. It was a very big tide but they found plenty of plaice down off Hastings before and over the slack tide. Then they headed back to the Royal Sovereign Buoy to try for a bream. The bream have been late to arrive this year, just like the mackerel , and fishing the flooding tide found pout by the number. The addition of a some ground bait lowered down in a dropper saw Jim pick up a couple of bream and surprise, surprise a couple of bull huss on the size 6 hooks.
Next day Ernastas and crew got away early with a view to trying for cod and bream. The fished for bream for four hours and caught just one bream amongst all the pout. They had better luck over Long shoal with six cod to 7lbs, some pollack and a bass.
The following day Jim took Martin on a guided trip that started poorly but ended well. First they tried for cod but didn’t get a touch, then they tried near the Sovereign Buoy but found only pout. So it was off to the plaice grounds off Hastings and this proved a good choice as they landed lots of the red spotted beauties including fish to around 3lbs. Later they tried for mackerel in the area of the light tower but to no avail-they certainly are late arriving this year. As the wind increased they had a last couple of drifts over Long Shoal and Martin hooked a 4lb cod and a smaller one to finish off the day on a high.
As the great weather continues it was near perfect conditions when Martin Thomas and Graham headed out for a spot of summer cod fishing. Nearby reefs produced a steady supply of 2 to 6lb codling as well as pollock, mackerel and the occasional bass. With such good conditions and the tide dropping off quickly they then headed out to one of the many wrecks to the west of the Sovereign Tower. The third wreck they visited produced half a dozen cod to 10lbs. In total they took home 10 cod and put at least 5 back to fight another day. At long last the mackerel have started to show and the bass shouldn’t be far behind.
With such good conditions and with Lucky Git properly trimmed they only used 20 litres of fuel for a full days fishing.
The cod have stayed around during June and with some medium sized pollack and plenty of plaice, catches have stayed pretty consistent. The first of the bass have been taken by the various crews but we are still awaiting the arrival of any significant number of mackerel.
Martin, Derek and his son took the boat out early in the month, following Jim’s advice they targeted the plaice and had over 20 with a few decent ones amongst them.
Ernastas and crew took advantage of a 6.1 tide to fish over Long shoal, and the Sovereign shoal to find several nice cod to 7lbs along with some pollack and a small bass. As the tide was fairly slack they had most success using pirks.
Fishing the big tides at the end of the month Minde and crew found the going harder and the cod not so plentiful but on the bright side they did catch some nice bass to 7lbs as well as several small pollack.
Although the year started slowly with constant cold winds blowing and weather not suitable for small boats, things have picked up during May. Robertas and crew had a good catch of cod in the deep hole and several pollack on long shoal. Martin and Derek enjoyed a guided trip with Jim who found them five plump codling around the 4lb mark and 30 plaice of which 10 of those were kept for the pot. Derek caught his first ever plaice followed by several others and Martin achieved a personal best with a fish of 2lb 12ozs. The inshore cod should be around for a few more weeks while the plaice will continue for even longer.
After a winter tidy up and service Lucky ‘G’ is ready for action! Look out for Jim Whippy’s updates on Sussex Angling Media. We’re already catching lots of cod and plaice..it’s going to be a great summer!
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A Lucky Git regular, Graham Bird took Martin Thomas from Chichester out for only his second ever boat fishing trip. Whilst Martin is a keen freshwater angler he was keen to try his luck at sea fishing and true to form he showed Graham how to catch fish.
The conditions at 6.30am couldnt have been better blue sky and a flat sea. Heading to a point 3 miles off shore Martin was straight into the codling. White and red shads on 1.5m traces were dropped to the sea bed and then slowly retrieved no more than 10 turns before being dropped to the bottom again. This accounted for 5 codling between 3 to 5lb. We then decided try a drift for plaice starting outside the red buoy. Within 10minutes Martin landed our first (and only plaice).
As the tide picked up we anchored and put out a variety of lugworm, squid and raw prawn baits. Surpringly the first fish was a small smoothhound this was followed by a whiting. When the tide eased we made our last move out to a mark called the Deep Hole. By now the wind was starting to pick up and fishing was not quite so comfortable. Martin pulled out the biggest cod of the day around 6lb and Graham the smallest.
All in all a great day with fine weather, fish and maybe a little sunburn.