This evening I post with a heavy heart and the permission of family members of the loss not only of someone I considered a friend not just to myself but many others also and know he will be greatly missed by many of the regulars on the marina.
Over the weekend and yesterday news slowly filtered through of the death of a marina regular who fished the walls for over 30years. Many knew him as Ali or simply as the eldest of “the ALI brothers” and even “Allibaba” as Dave would often call him in jest and the name just seemed to stick.
“Ali senior” died as I understand it after a blood clot was detected in his body and he was given medication to resolve the issue. At time of typing I don’t know if the meds were not given in time or not taken or simply had little impact on the clot but ALI died of a large aneurism or T.I.A. (stroke) so most likely very quickly. Dave was called by his younger brother Monday morning with the sad news, and I left a message on their answer phone mid-day.
I was stunned that he managed to call me Monday evening and we chatted about fishing their cooking on the wall and my lads liking to fish with them at night for bass. The call was a tough one for me and often hardly knew what to say but realised also what it must have taken for him to ring me as he did, and I fee quite humbled by the whole call and its impact.
Both were known well and would often fish the west wall for 2-3 days at a time camping on the wall often bay 1 when tents were allowed and more recently camping on the beach. His younger brother I commonly seen cycling around the marina for bait of shopping on an old beat-up bike :).
Between them both many have been introduced to fishing from London as well as being familiar friendly faces on the walls. I can’t say I have ever heard a bad word from either about other people and were always welcoming and helpful, so much so in that they were almost treated like fishing wardens by some as they often help those working while there were in Brighton.
There is a card of condolence in the tacklebox for a couple of days so if anyone reading this would like to leave a message or two thats where the card can be found. Please relay this message as I’m sure many would not only wish to know but would also like to add a few words For me one of the worst things about getting older is hearing of the passing of friends and loved ones and some losses hit harder than others, this one is a tough one.
Ali, I hope you are out there somewhere looking down with that sly smirk as it breaks into one of those big grins rest well my friend F
A couple of days of northerly winds brought back the mackerel along with a fair few gar in amongst them. For mid-October it has fished quite well and there are still plenty of cuttle and squid out there to be had. Bream catches are starting to tail off although there is still wrasse to be had on the walls. Conger and bass are fishing quite well also with still plenty of small species down the sides and in the “Vs”
A day of southerly breezes may stir things up a bit followed by 2 decentsettled days for Thurs /Fri but looking like the west will be closed Sat and maybe Sun as the west wind picks and tells us we are in Autumn ! thats it for today F
I have not done an update for a few days as things while ok have been a bit sketchy with the walls being closed on & off mostly to do with high southerly winds, which, to be honest have been expected as we are now firmly into the autumn. Bass are still there with some quality sizes, squid a little hit an miss in the choppy waters though. On calm days when the water clears a little there have been a few mackerel caught and its hoped there may be a late flurry as some northerly winds take control of the skies. There are still summer fish out there, bream, wrasse and gar doing quite well still, plaice are also ticking over with some decent ta\ke home sizes and similarly on the flat fish there are some decent sole still out there.
Plenty of decent fish though the summer numbers are now starting to tail off and most are expecting the whiting invasion as soon as the water temps dip a little more. If you plan a trip for late summer species now is the time to get a move on before the colder weather arives in November
things have been good on the bait this week with plenty of bass being caught, many in the 5-8lb range, some nice mullet also caught by one of the wall regulars(dave) and plenty to still catch just down the sides for the younger anglers’ interests. Bream have done well this week likewise plaice. out on the east sand there are still gurnards and sole with squid coming up on both walls at a steady pace when people target them with jigs. Other catches include wrasse, flounder, blennies, scorpion fish(bullheads)eels, rays are showing during the day again as well as at night so there is plenty out there to be caught although while we have squid against the wall the chance of mackerel are very low. Both walls open day today and day session tomorrow but defo closed FRIDAY night . Anyone thinking of fishing at night this weekend would be advised to keep an eye on the forcasts as well as for any updates on the home page as things look like closing in and potentially a close this weekend for some or all of the remainder. F
Well what a weekend this is proving to be. Im sat typing with the sun out and i’m looking out on a gorgeous fresh morning reporting on a fish bonanza of a weekend. plenty of bass, squid seemingly everywhere in the water, both walls reporting plenty of bream wrasse and garfish even as low as bay one on the east things have been productive. Not just daytime either. Night anglers are having a ball catching some cracking sole of local beaches and the marina wall.
Plaice are there , while not in the numbers like bream there is plenty going on. Rays seem to be returning for round two with plenty of small hound pups and im guessing the dogfish are lurking also. This week has seen red mullet on both walls as well as some lovely gurnards in full colour. The only thing obviously missing are mackerel but that is hardly a surprise with so many predators out there feeding on something. Whatever it is (i suspect small mackerel shoals) the bass, cuttle rays, codling (yes codling) and hounds seem to be back and on the feed.
Now is the time to arm up , load up with bait and get out there as things seem to have ramped up another level and the catching around the marina is good. Get out there and get some in 🙂 F
A meeting was held in the marina yesterday (wed 21st) and it has been decided to follow the pattern of Shoreham harbour and insist that all powered lighting (headlamps/under water lamps and battery lighting on rods)should now be blue in colour. The wardens will be carrying blue markers as a quick fix but anglers should like on Shoreham harbour walls use blue Lense covers of some form.
As many will know the marina walls were closed yesterday for the occasion of HRH the Queens funeral. Prior to that catching thing’s up while the weekend was slow formost hunting mackerel, over on the bass side of things they quite well with squid baits proving popular for many. Strangely that brings me to a familiar phrase so YES, the SQUID (and cuttle) are most definitely in around Brighton. one angler i’m told managed to bag up 20+ squid on the west through Fri or Sat night (sorry not a lot in detail) as one happy angler told me Sunday afternoon while having a chat.
The offshore boats are also reporting large numbers so for those wanting a stab at them now seems a great time for cephalopods around Sussex shores. While talking shores and local catches, the marina may not see many COD or codling but the beaches seem to be teeming with codling many sub 5lb (please watch the min sizes) but there are plenty of anglers saying its the best start to Autumn they have seen in a fair few years and one local private boat managed a lovely cod of 10+lb while out yesterday. It does seem time to get a boat trip under the belt locally as cod, squid Turbot trips are all thriving and there seems also to be a late burst of bream activity with many boats reporting plenty of 2-4lb fish out there on many of the usual marks. One angler sent me a pic from the weekend of the largest garfish I have seen on the marina for a couple of years and I will try to get it up on the gallery this week with a few other pics I have been hoarding back to upload as a batch on the various galleries. Tons and tons of decent species out there right5 now so well worth baiting up unless you are targeting mackerel which seem to have strangely dropped off the map over the last 2 weeks. Some poor weather yes but not enough to account for the distinct lack of shoals this year. There has been a decline year by year but last year to this is quite a shock in less numbers than expected. I suspect the sudden drop in air temps may be a factor even that cant make full sense of it all.
Strange thing is I cant help but feel the temps may rise in a week or so and see a late October flurry of mackerel, as they say time will tell.
The final bit of news I can’t report in detail as I have yet to get further information and permission to post further details.
I have the sad news of our former warden Colin’s recent passing in the care home he was being looked after following a very serious period of time in hospital late last year with health complications and covid issues. While in hospital I understand he was revived on a few occasions and had been transferred to a care home for closer care after being left unable to walk unaided with much recuperation needed. Sadly, news came through that Colin passed on or around the 10th of September and will be greatly missed by many on the marina and my thoughts along with others go out to his son and family. Funeral details are yet to come. F
Things fairly quiet over the last few days but still plenty of bream and plaice out there to be had. Gurnards still about over the sand and red mullet had over on parts of the west wall. The bigger story this week is the increase of catches either on the wall or very close of squid and cuttle fish who seem to have started their Autumn run, not prolific in that they are easy work but for those that regularly catch they will be there for them. other catches about are bass, wrasse sole even a lobster or two im told have been reeled in now the crabs have gone back into the deeps. Rounding up whiting have been slowly arriving at night alongside the horse mackerel and garfish have made what seems a bit of a rare visit this week, numbers for them seem very down on usual number. Thats it for now bar a reminder thaat Sunday the west will close at midnight, and both walls will remain closed on Mon 19th as a mark of respect for the queens funeral. For those wanting bait that day the shop WILL OPEN 7am to 11am Mon. F
Dave has chosen to close on the day of HM the Queens funeral on Monday the 19th as a mark of respect, The Queen did open the marina for public use so as a mark of respect for the countries Queen of 70 year the wall will close.
The night session on Sunday 18th will end at midnight with the walls close on Monday the 19th. the SHOP WILL OPEN on the 19th from 7am to 11am for anglers wanting bait to fish the beaches as many will be out as the day will be classed as a bank holiday.
Yes it was Sunday yesterday so how did it fish , well on the west again it fished ok for bream but 99% on the wall were waiting on mackerel. Lesser number Sunday (people) than the day before and was gated over for about 2 hours so most got onto the wall fairly quickly.
The incident on wall Sunday, One incident to speak of on Sunday with a dude fishing the ledge under almost bay 1, and with the wall full 2 guys fishing bay 1 ended up crossing lines and starting a verbal fight over how and where lines should be. This escalated quickly into threats and violence before I could intervene it became quickly a screaming match.
The dude under the wall should have moved and had been earlier advised by security the same but chose to stay. as he got wound up further, he then chose to come up onto the wall shouting and trying to pick a fight fairly aggressively, by this point I was already trying to talk to the angler and calm him so I could resolve things, but…
If he reads this, I thank the regular that assisted myself in separating the now aggressive pair and calm the situation down. I very much doubt just myself would have managed as both kept confronting each other as I tried to split them … Id push one back away and other would then come close behind myself making it hard to split and talk/calm either so the intervention of the wall regular (sorry I have forgotten your name again & did tell you Im crap with names) but Im very grateful for your step in.
One of the pair chose to ring the police (he had a small son) as he felt over threatened and as were parked close to the wall on the beach and I fully agree with the choice he made, and security confirmed they had the incident caught on their cameras but were not needed to assist. Plenty of witnesses if needed for when the police arrived (yes it drew the attention of everyone in eye line on the wall) who did attend and spoke to the 2 dudes and myself for views of incident and things all settled down again with the guys fishing bay one moved up to bay 24 away from any further incident clashes (Yes, the troublesome one was still fishing under bay one on that ledge!) so, it wasn’t really started by anyone on the wall, the police I believe did go and speak to him on the ledge) Once moved things calmed back down allowing people to fish again. and the silliness was over
It was again tough going on the walls as the water was still very sandy colour with heavy silt in the water from recent windy weather and as a result only a few mackerel were about to be caught. Plaice were coming up at a steady rate for one gent on bay 4 who took full advantage of the low bay and sand patches with a few gobies and other micro stuff scattered along the wall. Early arrivals also had some horse mackerel and some pout of similar sizes to the said horse mac. I guess I only saw about 30-40 in total caught but, the tides are cleaning the water up and come Tuesday the water should be much cleaner and mackerel I recon will be back in numbers come mid week. there were a couple of eels caught in the coloured water and both walls saw some reasonable bass caught. Over on the east things were little better and tough going as I understand it but there were bream and wrasse on the rockier bays but the sand on the front of wall was somewhat stubborn for fish although there were plaice, gurnard and again horse mac caught in the coloured water. I didnt hear of any sole caught but would be surprised if non were had. Again mackerel were almost non existent and the water need to clear the silt that is still holding in the water. Thats it for today