from Bembridge Harbour on the Isle of Wight
No need to go on about the weather, 34, trips cancelled, the most ever! Strong winds, during the Summer. Too much rain, no sustained sunshine. August was marginally better, with the most anglers.
Fish catches, down on quantities, but up on quality, poor Mackerel numbers, good fish initially, but as the season went on catches were small. Also fish associated with Mackerel, Scad, Garfish also fewer.
Main targets, Spring , Smooth hounds, Tope, all much reduced numbers, the Dredging at the back of the Nab tower, I believe, has removed most of the main food source for these fish, which is small crab. The process of dredging, then washing, leaves no habitat for all the small creatures that are sucked up in the collection of all the shingle? The Tope, good fish early, but with few Mackerel, they moved through much quicker, and stayed mostly offshore, over 10 miles.
Rays proved much better, with good multiple catches, Blondes, Undulates, Thornback and Spotted. Some Conger eels, but with weather restricting the longer trips, catches were down. Black Bream also down, early netting was seen to diminish catches around Nab rock, with fewer fish all over, but the Solent showed some fish.
At this time Whiting and Cod are the targets, with the best Whiting catches for some years, fish 2lbs plus. Cod early season was best, at this time one or two per trip. Best at 16lbs.
All subject to weather, the forecast for next six weeks looks cold.!
Boat maintenance cost us a month in September, but all is ship shape now.
Will be out for spruce up for 2013. March.
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