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MDD

Winter Sea Fishing

I don't know the long-range weather forecast, but as it's currently pretty mild I was thinking of going fishing off the end of the pier sometime over the Christmas and New Year period.

But I'm something of a beginner. Does anybody know what I'm likely to catch (apart from a cold) down Devonshire way at this time of year, and what bait to use?

I read somewhere that Mackerel (one of my favourite fish) can be caught in December, though I'd always thought of them as summertime fish.
bodger

You catch more Mackerel in the summer months but there's a chance of you catching some at anytime. These record temperatures we're experiencing right now could improve your chances.
MDD

Thanks Bodger.  
adirondack-jim

Did you get out yet?
MDD

I did, once, and the b***** reel collapsed on me! So now I have a broken reel and I'm going to have to wait until after the weekend before I can buy a new one. But I'm going to begin tasting the homemade wine tomorrow. Merry Christmas all..  
adirondack-jim

Did you get back out yet?  We're supposed to have some mild weather this weekend so may try for some more lake perch.

MDD

Generally it's not been good sea angling weather: too much rain, wind, and stormy seas. But I did get out yesterday. Caught a Pollack and a decent size Bass. I was hoping to catch a dogfish, delicious to eat, but whatever bait I use they don't seem to be hungry!

There's the possibility of Cod, Pouting and Pollock. But next time out I think I'll try for some Dab and Flounder off the bottom. Boat fishing off the wrecks should be fine for Conger, Ray, and Cod, etc. but those rough seas put a stop to that.

I've been watching a TV documentary series, The Fisherman's Apprentice, featuring marine biologist Monty Halls, in which he spends six months with the men of Cadgwith, a Cornish fishing village. Well worth watching. May be on YouTube.
Ferret

How do those Lake Perch eat and what methods do you use to catch them.
MDD

That looks a decent fish, Jim. Posting pics is unfortunately beyond my technical capabilities. Do you have any of your lakes, Hawaii, etc.?

I bought a very useful book recently: 'Sea Fishing' by Nick Fisher. Full of good information.
adirondack-jim

MDD, would like to see some fish pics when you try your hand at posting as I'm not familiar with some you mentioned. Most of my fishing is freshwater in New York state on both our lakes and rivers. I do a bit of saltwater fishing when we travel.

Ferret, lake perch are a local favorite, normally somewhat easy to catch, nice white flesh that can be cooked in a variety of ways. Below is a picture to give you an idea of size, larges one would weigh a pound. We use them for fish cakes (I posted a recipe in "Around the Kitchen Table") or seasoned, breaded and fried. Also good for fish tacos.  Normally use a small 1" - 2" bait minnow called fatheads or a couple of types of insect larvae available at local bait shops. Spinning gear with light line (4# test), small hooks and a bit of weight to fish in 6' to 20' of water.





MDD

Wow, that looks fantastic, Jim. Can't see myself posting pics in the near future, but I'll find some links soon, to show you some local species on other websites.
MDD

Here are some links, and there are links within the websites to show more detailed pictures of the fish species:
http://www.gofishing.co.uk/Sea-An.../Sea-Fishing-Advice/Fish-Species/
http://britishseafishing.co.uk/fish-species/identifying-uk-sea-fish/
http://www.torbayfishing.com/fish-species/sea-fish-species.htm
http://www.southwestseafishing.co.uk/
http://www.worldseafishing.com/
adirondack-jim

Thanks!

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