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Jim Whippy on Sussex Angling March 2016


Four local anglers , Glyn Morgan from the Anglers Den, Budge Booker, Kim McGreevy and Andy Reeves took the long trip down to the Ascension islands and experienced some fabulous fishing for a range of hard fighting species from the boat and shore. Glyn reported “The locals are the most warm and friendly people I've ever had the pleasure of meeting. Everyone waves, smiles and says hello, and nothing is too much trouble - crime is virtually unheard of on the island. T

There are wild donkeys wandering around the town and huge Green Turtles nesting on the beaches. Ascension is the 2nd largest nesting site for Green Turtles in the world. Of course, none of the above were the reasons we visited Ascension in the first place. That was for the fishing, which was at times breathtaking and magical. Lure fishing during the day produced some great sport, but it was as darkness fell that the fishing took on a whole new dimension. Baitfishing from the steep-shelving sandy beaches, produced fish after fish, most were double figure, stripping line from our reels with powerful screaming runs. What surprised us most was number of different species we caught using the same tactics.

Here's a list of the ones we managed to identify, Goatfish, Blackjacks, Almaco jacks, Horse-eye jack, Amberjack, Triggerfish, Rainbow Runner, Rock-Hind Grouper, Spotted Moray eel, Galapagos Shark., Squirrelfish, Puffer fish, Yellow fin Tuna. (boat).