In contrast to August ,September has got off to a calm start allowing the boats to get out regularly but they have had to contend with some very big tides. This is the time of year to go for the plaice as they are in the peak of condition. They have been feeding up all summer and are deep bodied and fit and will give a good account of themselves on light tackle. They also seem to be taking just about any bait put down, with fresh lug, frozen lug, oiled lug, squid strip, mackerel strip and prawn all catching their share.
The wrecks still have plenty of the 3lb to 5lb cod on them and they are taking sidewinders, with pink, white and the old favourite rhubarb & custard being the most popular. There have been some bigger cod to 20lbs landed to boats anchoring down on rough ground, along with congers , some big bull huss and black bream.
The turbot fishing has continued to be pretty good with the bigger tides producing more fish mostly up to 5lbs with the odd bigger one now and again. Undulate rays and blonde rays to 15lbs have been landed over the slack tide on the banks. September and October can be the best months for boat fishing as there is a good mixture of summer and winter fish. As the black bream gather before moving offshore the cod are moving in to the winter feeding grounds making it an interesting time to get afloat.
Pictured right:4lb 8oz Bream for Danny Clahane and 7lb 14oz Bass for Publisher Tim Macpherson