May 14, 2013
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.
September 9, 2012
The boat has been out plenty of times during August as the weather eventually improved enough to get out to the deeper marks.
On the 10th Graham and I made a 5.15am start. We had a drift on a deep water bank and I found a brill of 2lb 8ozs. We then drifted a wreck for a while and Graham picked up a 6lb cod and a pollack nearly as big. Then as we were practicing for the Eastbourne Species Hunt on the 18th & 19th it was back to the Royal Sovereign Tower to check out the wrasse, pout and scad before trying near the red buoy where we filled up on bream.
The Species hunt went well for us as we landed 9 species and won the first day. Our species were mackerel, scad, pout, wrasse, plaice, dab, gurnard, smooth hound and bream. We also had cod and bass but both just undersized. Second day we caught a similar catch but couldn’t find a smooth hound and as a result we were beaten by one point but we hung on to win the festival overall.
On Tuesday 21st I took the boat out on my own and had 20 plaice off Hastings. On 23rd I again took the boat on my own and looking for specimens for Tonys Tackle month long competition, went to the red buoy and had a smooth hound then drove east to the plaice mark where I was fortunate to hook one of 4lbs 4ozs.
Tim had a go early one morning and fished a wreck behind the light tower with sidewinders. He was rewarded with a catch of bass, pollack and cod.
Mark Glynn and crew took the boat again on 1st September and with a little assistance from me with rods, bait, rigs and marks they had a very successful day landing around 30 plaice. It really has been a good year for plaice with several over 6lbs being boated off Eastbourne. The following day Alex and Graham got stuck into more plaice but unfortunately the weather turned and the trip was cut short.
September 6th was a red letter day for Lucky Git with 6 turbot coming aboard. My crew was John Lee, still suffering from his fall last November. Acting on info from Steve, skipper of the charter boat ‘Deep Blue’, I drifted an offshore bank and located the turbot hotspot. When we first got there the tide was a bit slack so we had a couple of drifts over a wreck catching a 5lb cod and a 4lb pollack before going back on the bank as the tide got up. Turbot are a fish that need a good tide flow to get them feeding. We boated 6 up to 4lbs but put back three of them as they were on the small side. For John it was a first as he had never had a turbot before.
July 10, 2012
Sat 7th July 12
The weekend forecast looked decidedly dodgy but ‘Lucky Git’ still managed to get out both days. Mark Glynn had booked the boat for the first time and along with his dad Pat and mate Paul Smith. It was a bit choppy but there was no strong winds forecast and they stayed out all day. They lost a couple of decent fish before landing the fish Mark is holding.
Although Sunday’s forecast was similar it turned out to be a much better day with winds dropping right down in the middle of the day. Robertas and crew had an early start and found plenty of cod in the 3lb to 6lb rangeagain.
July 2, 2012
26 June 2012
After eight long months of suffering with both legs paralyzed John Lee got back afloat with the considerable help the Harwell fishing guide Jim Whippy. A fall from a boat last November has left John wheelchair bound but Jim was keen to see John go afloat again despite the obvious difficulties as he was getting depressed sitting at home just wishing.
Getting John aboard proved easier than expected as he sat on the side on the side of the boat and lifted his legs in one by one. He then maneuvered himself into the passenger seat and off they went. They started on a patch of rough behind the tower with sidewinders but the cod weren’t around. Jim switched to a baited rig and caught a 2lb plaice. He then took ‘Lucky Git’ to a small wreck a few hundred yards away and they had better luck with 5 nice cod to 7lbs over the slack tide while they could stay very close to the wreck. John has very strong upper body strength and handled to cod well but had to remain seated all the time as his legs still won’t support him yet. They had a good laugh when they both pulled up the same greedy cod that had taken both their lures right down its throat.
As the tide increased Jim decided to take John plaice fishing off Hastings. This proved to be a good move as they were soon into some quality plaice drifting with spreaders baited with lug and squid. Out of around a dozen boated they kept six, all weighing from 2lb to 3lb.
June 1, 2012
June 01 2012
The boat has been busy during the past couple of weeks with several bookings and being lifted out the water for on Tuesday 29nd for maintenance.
Alex and Tim got a trip in at last and had several cod over the Horse on muppets. On Sunday 19th May, Robertas and crew caught cod on the Long shoal before moving to near the Sovereign Light tower where they had a few more cod including a beauty of 12lbs. On Wednesday 29th Alex and Mike were joined by Jim for a go over Long shoal. They caught 4 cod then, as the tide slackened, steamed down off Hastings to land a dozen plaice including one of 3lbs for Alex.
Rig; Two size 1/0 hooks with several beads on the trace and fished from a spreader was the successful method. Bait was lugworm tipped with squid strip.
May 15, 2012
May 12th/13th 2012
At last we have had some good weather over a weekend and the boat was out both days. Saturday I was out with Graham Bird and we started on the Horse then moved to Long shoal using blue and white sidewinders. We had 3 cod to about 6lbs and a 2lb pollack but the tide died away and we steamed down off Hastings to go for the plaice. As soon as the tide picked up we had a string of around 20 plaice to near 3lbs using lug and rag worm on spreaders and put back numerous small ones.
I was up at 4.30am to see Robertas and crew off early as the wind was forecast to increase in the afternoon. They went straight out to Long Shoal, their favourite mark and used various lures for the cod. The short tide meant very little movement for the lures to work and a switch over to lugworm baits produced some nice codling again up to around 6lbs. They finished with around 10 cod and they also had one bass. Not a bad weekend all round.
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April 11, 2012
Two boats recently went aground at the entrance to Sovereign Harbour. Check out LG weaving her way in during a recent charter! Read all about it at http://www.eastbournernli.org.uk/callouts.html
April 5, 2012
On saturday 31st March Alex took Lucky Git out and found another spring run of codling has arrived. Last year was the first time we had seen a decent spring run of codling off Eastbourne and it looks to me the quota system for commercial fishermen is resulting in more fish for us anglers. Alex had 10 cod on the Horse just 4 miles out from the harbour and that where I headed on Tuesday 3rd of April with Nick Brace from London. Using pirks, shads and sidewinders we landed 5 cod in the first hour drifting over the Horse. We then went for a drift away from the rocks looking for a plaice but had another cod on squid and lug. A short session with the anchor down produced dogfish and whiting then as the wind picked up we had a final drift over the Horse while I filletted the fish Nick managed to catch a nice wrasse on a shad. Jim Whippy
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