Saturday, 2nd December 2017 Time: 2.30 pm – 6.30 pm Venue: Blackpool Sands, meeting up on the right (facing the sea) Event: Social fish and teach-in for adults and juniors High Tide: 4.57 pm Height: 4.9 m. Training Focus: Distance Tackles
With such a good tide, there should be quite a few fish around to put a bend in the rod. Personally, I would bring two beachcasters, putting one out with rag or lugworms on a flapper rig and the other rod out with peeler crab on an up and over leger. Target species will include flatfish, dogfish and whiting but there may also be a few other species around to add a bit of variety.
Friday, 8th December 2017 Time: 6.00 pm – 10.00 pm Venue: Babbacombe Pier Event: Social fish and teach-in for adults and juniors High Tide: 9.51 pm Height: 4.5 m. Training Focus: Flapper rigs
Besides conventional legering and general bottom fishing, there are a few things that you could do to have some fun at this mark. You could, for example, start with float tackle, to which you have added a starlite to the top of the float. If that doesn’t produce then I would suggest going onto the bottom with leger or flapper tackles – targeting dogfish and whiting – but you could introduce a flyer over the top to see if there are any mackerel nearer the bottom. Quite often, in the past, we have done this and had whiting and mackerel on the same rig. Depending on the number of people fishing, you might also have the opportunity to squeeze in some hybrid float and fly tackles but just bear in mind that this strategy is now nearing the end of its useful period. In the past, I have used it successfully to the end of December but a sudden cold turn could knock this on the head.
Sunday, 17th December 2017 Time: 3.00 pm – 7.30 pm Venue: Teignmouth Beach, fishing from front car park Event: Social fish and teach-in for adults and juniors High Tide: 5.36 pm Height: 4.6 m. Training Focus: Attractor Rigs for Flounders
This time of the year, there should be a few fish around with the flounders making their way down the river ready for their annual migration. There could also be a few bass and eels. For tackle, I would stick to two beachcasters – you’re going to need their power for the tide - with a running leger on one and a flapper on the other just to see what else is around. Bait could be ragworms, mussels or peeler crabs with the crabs by far the best chance of hooking into a flounder or two. Attractor beads and spoons will probably increase your chances with black and green beads above a hook baited with mussels worth a shot if you can’t get hold of any peelers. Don’t forget the bait elastic though!
Saturday, 23rd December 2017 Time: 6.00 pm – 10.00 pm Venue: Torcross Event: Social fish and teach-in for adults and juniors High Tide: 9.06 pm Height: 4.2 m. Training Focus: Up and Over Leger
Torcross can throw up a few surprises over the years so it is well worth a go in the winter months. Personally I would put one rod out a ways with an up and over leger while simultaneously fishing a second rod closer in with some variation of flapper rig. You have got several choices for bait but lugworms, peeler crabs, mackerel and squid all stand a good chance. Tide can be quite strong so bring along beachcasting rods capable of casting a 5 ounce weight.
Saturday 30th December, 2017 Time: 12.00 pm – 4.00 pm Venue: Brixham Breakwater Event: Social fish and teach-in for adults and juniors. High Tide: 3.29 pm Height: 4.5 m. Training Focus: Leger Tackles
Although it is now late in the year, there should still be a few fish willing to play. Personally, I would suggest putting one rod out on leger while bringing another lighter one to see if there is anything around on float. I would probably put a peeler crab on the bottom rod, just to see if there is anything decent around, and stick to mackerel strip on the float. Another option is to put a live ragworm onto float and see what happens. As far as the bottom rod goes, there could be some bass around but on occasion, at this time of the year, we have also contacted some good-sized coalfish, including a few specimens taken on peeler crabs. Wrasse are also a distinct possibility.
Sunday, 7th January 2018 Time: 7.00 pm – 10.30 pm Venue: Preston Beach Event: Social fish and teach-in for members High Tide: 10.22 pm Height: 4.4 m. Training Focus: Distance Leger Rigs
I have not scheduled in a trip to Preston for a few years now so thought that it might be interesting just to see what’s around. There should be whiting and rockling, with the odd dogfish or two, but there may also be a few surprises. Mussels, rigged up with the green and black beads, are sometimes worth a try while lugworms or ragworms tipped with thin strips of squid are also worth a go. We will fish close to the rocks on the clear ground to the right of the big pool.
Our very best wishes for a happy Christmas and a great New Year.
Look after yourselves!
Martyn and Julie Green
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