Poole Fun Fish (Flounder) January 19th 2014.
Piscary headed towards Brownsea Island and fished 150 yards from the shoreline.
After two casts Neil Cottington was winding up his first flounder (and his fellow anglers on the boat). His rig was two down with four glass red real beads. Neil Bryant changed over to the same rig cast and had a fish within a few minutes he cast out again and caught another and that was that he spent the rest of the day waiting for another.
Steve spencer and his son were also using the same beads and caught a fish each, the only different rig was Ashly Currier who used black and Fluorescent beads.
Strongbow headed towards a deeper mark near a large bed of slipper limpets, the skipper often dives this area and has noted numbers of larger fish in the deep area (over 7m) the smaller fish tend to shoal towards the top of the bank, strangely they seem to avoid the area with the slipper limpets.
The anglers on the sandbank side took 3 fish within the 1st hour the action then slowed as the tide slackened. Various style rigs were used including; 2 up paternoster, float, the “Denmark rig” that is basically 1 up 1down with a pirk in between and 2 down flowing trace. There appeared to be more fish caught with rigs that contained yellow either beads or rig tubing but yellow was the colour.
Our Gemma turned right out of marina then fished a bank just off main channel in around 2-2.5m of water. Various rigs were used, some tried float fishing but with little success, others 2 hook flowing traces or as Kim with a 2 up paternoster, though once cast out they would have been on the bottom, Kim did have beads and small spoon on his rigs, but as said to Mr Bryant Kim accredited his catch of 3 down to the size 2 Sasame hooks he was using!
The skipper said he very often uses no bling just a hook on the trace and catches ok. More a case of try and cast it around a bit and bait up often before crabs eat all the bait I think than the glitter
The majority of the beach anglers headed to Baiter Park as there is easy access to the fishing grounds and a wall that allows comfortable fishing, Reg and Jan managed 3 fish between them from the wall area. Dave lovelock headed to Rockley park, this area is a little harder to find a suitable swim but the gamble paid off for Dave as he managed to beach 5 nice flounder to secure him not only top shore angler but also top rod for the day.
The scores on the day were pretty even, top boat was Strongbow with 9 fish closely followed by the beach anglers with 8 then Piscary with 7 and Our Gemma with 6.
So the conclusion is you need to use either a two hook flowing trace, a Denmark style 1 up 1 down, 2 up paternoster or a 3 hook flapper rig and the rigs must have either yellow, red, orange or no beads + spoons and pirks or rig tubing or no bling at all!
Report by Martin Bobbett
1st Dave Lovelock (Shore) 5 fish = 5lb
2nd Kim Bowden (Boat) 3 fish = 4lb 5oz
3rd Mike Smith (Boat) 2 fish = 3lb 3oz
4th Gareth Croft (Boat) 2 fish = 3lb 1oz
5th Neil Bryant (Boat) 2 fish = 2lb 11oz
6th Reg Clough (Shore) 2 fish = 2lb 9oz
7th Mark Smith (Boat) 2 fish = 2lb 8oz
8th Neil Cottington (Boat) 2 fish = 2lb 2oz
9th Richard Russell (Boat) 2 fish = 2lb 1oz
10th Steve Spencer (Boat) 1 fish = 1lb 14oz
11th Jan Peach (Shore) 1 fish = 1lb 10oz
12th Ash Currier (Boat) 1 fish = 1lb 2oz
13th Matt Osborne (Boat) 1 fish = 15oz
14th Marcus Wuest (Boat) 1 fish = 14oz 2drms
15th Like Allen (Boat) 1 fish = 12oz 6drms
16th Haydn Spencer (Junior) (Boat) 1 fish = 11oz
17th Andy Smith (Boat) 1 fish = 6oz