Like football September has been a month of two halves. The first half settled with fairly calm seas and the second sunny but choppy because of a persistent easterly flow. The plaice fishing has been generally pretty good and although there have been lots of small fish, some real beauties have been caught, like Tim Macpherson’s 4lb 6oz specimen (pictured right)
Trips I have been on in September included a trip for plaice on John Osmond’s ‘Lancer’ that produced around 30 decent fish amongst lots of returnables. A conger trip on ‘Deep Blue’ on which well known ‘Essex Boy’ Paul Maris hooked a 62lb fish (pictured), Nick Best had several up to 30lbs and I played about catching some nice bream to 3lb 11ozs. T
hen I nearly sank on the first day of the Eastbourne festival when a large split appeared in the boat I was in. (The name of the boat and owner will remain undisclosed in this report.) Then I had a day on ‘Misty Blue’ with skipper John Himpfen after turbot. It was a difficult day but we did catch debut turbot or brill for five of the six on board who had never landed one before.
What we did have was a pretty amazing range of species including the biggest garfish I had ever seen weighing near 2.5lbs. Other fish we caught were greater weaver, blonde ray, bream, bass, red gurnard and a whopping tub gurnard. While trying for mackerel we hit shoals of tiny scad, coming up with full strings of them each time. Steve Bradshaw on ‘ Blue Blue’ put the anchor down on one of his ‘secret’ marks and was rewarded with some very nice cod with several over 20lbs the best just under 26lbs.