Thought id do this a little different today before posting “my report” from walking the west on friday , so in no real order ive poached some anglers reports from the facebook group 🙂 & what i think is my fave pic of the day.. so good to see kids having a great day out.
A quick update from the East over the last few days. As Frank said very slow, Yesterday (Friday) 11am – 7pm bay 29ish just past the gate. Several plaice had been caught before I arrive. Bait was 5 wraps black lug and 2 packs rag worm from the Tackle Box. Nice bait through not a lot in the rag packs. £32.50, have prices gone up? Anyway back to fishing, it was a day of hard fought mini species, 3 dabs, 2 place and 2 mackerel, dabs and plaice went back, mackerel kept for bait today, Saturday. Lost hooks, didn’t count, but 2 very large spider crabs brought in and hand lined up the wall. 1 given away, one sent back to torment other anglers. Today, 7:30am – 4pm, wet start, bays packed, managed to find one around 32ish. still setting up when mackerel on, surprise to everyone around as nothing else had been caught. Had one plaice 33.5cm early on and kept, see picture, the rest of the day was spent again with a few dabs and plaice undersized and supplying the content of my hook box to the crab community. Bites were few and very far between. Weed hit at high tide and tidal pull created a few scenes with lines 3 bays away catching other lines. Sun decided to bar-b-q those without suntan lotion but didn’t improve the mackerel situation with many a bad back tonight after feathering all day with little joy. Great to be back on the wall, not great to be static just outside the Blackwall tunnel on the way home for over an hour. Good luck all, tight lines and stay safe. (Nick)
Very good night on the arm 2 smoothounds 2 dogs a small conga and 2 place and a big spider crab
· Well, the cool wind is still blowing at night, bastard thing… I arrived at the marina yesterday very early to get the spots we wanted, there’s issues with this as my fishing buddies would be arriving in dribs and drabs all evening, and it’s a Bank Holiday and it’s sunny, and we all know how that can be….However…. A champions league final meant EVERYONE was leaving as I arrived, being a Chelsea boy I really didn’t want to miss this, but I wasn’t going to miss the tide either…..I set up, and decided as bugger all would happen till darkness I’d have a tackle box tidy and make some rigs….Matt Barnicoat was the first arrival, bringing with him the bt sports so I watched the game , then Lewis Hide then Steve Cooper… We all set about trying for lives…..We had plaice, wrasse, pout, sole, eels n dogs… Everything but the lives we wanted, I’m never shocked by this as darkness is always the bringer.We fished till high this morning, and I don’t think I’ve laughed that much in ages, Lewis with tinder tales, matty with the jokes and coops bought the crudeness… It was brilliant For all our efforts the only bass of the night fell to me, on squid.. And a conger, then a bigger conger… But all in all, like the football, it was a night to remember, even if it wasn’t a goal fest.
And finally if you got this far, my sum up of the west yesterday
so a west wall round up … it was a bit pants ……ok revised to make it look better …a couple of nice bass had, a decent wrasse up by the tower, 5 mackerel100 pout and likely as not a crab or crabs for everyone that wanted them .. and those that didnt…Was a tough old day , at one point the wall reached what id call capacity with maybe 5 rods per bay BUT.. ppl were all in a good mood which made the monitoring side a pleasure and easy..a hard start with everyone staring at the water as the crabs marched in , I swear they were carrying knives n forks coz many of the baits stood no chance… a little flurry of mackerel flashed past b4 ppl even realised they had been .. n gone. Mark got a pic of a small bream and for me i think the best fish of the day was the wrasse landed & pictured prior to being released.A couple of decent bass got winkled out but in all things were tough. Busy in number , some old faced popped down or were having a go but all in all it was controlled, calm & i feel people were happy to be out & having a go , for me it was great to be back at it, its been a while.A couple of issues over night as the new warden got tested by some idiots on the east, 2 got their marching orders and visitors need reminding we have a NO TENT/NO BBQ/NO GLASS policy on the wall.Feel free to test that , but you will be asked to leave rather than camp on a bay preventing other from fishing prime spots.we will get there and the anglers that fish at night will work with us to make the marina a venue that ppl can enjoy, and can fish in peace while feeling safe. That we do with your help.Ive had a great day on the west, made time to speak to everyone and the jabs in my knees have genuinely given me a fresh lease on life with luck for a few months… see you out there