Greystones Harbour 16th April 2015

People:me, Neil and Derek

Duration:7pm-11pm

Tide:rising

Weather:cold Northeasterly breeze

Bait:rag/lug/mack

Rigs:2 and 3 hook flappers

Results:Pollock,Coalfish, Dogfish, Ballan Wrasse, Corkwing Wrasse, Shore Rockling, 3 Beard Rockling, Codling, Short spined sea scorpion, Dab

Report: Not having been out fishing for a couple of weeks due to the various ups and downs that life throws at you from time to time, I was anxious to blow the cobwebs off the rods, hit the road and hopefully have a good session :roll: . With Dublin Angling in Walkinstown now closed I had to get rag from River Range Mountain in Tallaght and in fairness to them it was not bad, €5 for 20 and with Fishface out digging lug in all weathers I knew I wouldnt run short :lol:

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I arrived in Greystones just after 7pm and set up 2 rods, which I kept close to the wall as there were boats coming and going from the Harbour entrance. I had a couple of corkwing wrasse and some small pollock by the time Neil(Fishface) arrived with his mate Derek. Derek was fishing a small rod and Neil gave him some of his hard dug wicklow lug. I exchanged some rag with him for some lug and he gave a couple to Derek. Derek put one of these ragworms on his dinkyfishing rod and tossed it over the Harbour wall,,,where it settled a couple of feet away from mine. He started to tell me that he hadnt been fishing in 4 years when ,,,,BANG!!!,,his rod bent over and he sprung into action :shock: .”This is a decent fish” he said as he struggled to get it up and over the wall . Decent it sure was as after a nice tussle he landed a fine chunky Ballan Wrasse of 37cms 8) .

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Neil got in on the action next by landing a fine coalie of 37cms

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I was catching plenty of small fish but the decent ones were coming in on either side of me :oops: . Neil was even pulling in 4 and 5 ounce leads from snagged rigs which litter this mark. At least I was doing well in the species tally,,,,with Horny gobblers, shore rockling , wrasse and pollock but even this was cancelled out when Fishface landed a couple of doggies , some decent pollock, a flatfish and even an East coast codling :oops::mrgreen: .

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Derek headed off about 9pm a very happy camper after having a rod rattling night with plenty of wrasse and pollock to keep him busy. I started to cast out a bit further when darkness fell and the boats were all back in the harbour. At last I started to catch a few decent sized fish and had a couple of coalies and pollock.

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37 was the magic number and it was honours even for us all. We couldn’t seem to get anything over the 37cms mark,,,kind of like when the pin whiting all stop at 29 when you’re looking for a 30cm one :roll: ,,,,but we weren’t complaining as it was a long time since we had such a decent session,maybe it was the rising tide into darkness and the northeasterly putting a bit of a chop on the water :?: . It was one of those nights when no bait was wasted,,which doesnt happen too often. Neil headed off at 10pm and missed me landing a lovely 3 beard rockling ,,,you guessed it,,,,37cms :shock: . I was delighted as I had been trying to get one all winter from here . Hopefully it will be the beaches of North Wicklow /South Wicklow for me from now on but what a good way to finish up on our go to winter mark. Roll on the Silver lads next then Summer and the Smoothies :wink:

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Species ’15 (11) 5 Beard Rockling,3 Beard Rockling, Shore Rockling, Pollock, Coalfish, Whiting, Codling, Dab ,Pouting, Corkwing Wrasse, Short Spined Sea Scorpion

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Marvellous May for Smoothies, A Wicklow Beach, 29th and 31st May

[b]People[/b]:me and Fishface

[b]Duration[/b]:6pm to 11pm both evenings

[b]Tide[/b]:last hour of drop and then rising

[b]Weather[/b]:cool on 29th ,,glorious on 31st,,slack winds

[b]Bait[/b]:crab ,,,rag

[b]Rigs[/b]:pulleys and 2 hook flapper

[b]Results[/b]:Smoothies, doggies, whiting

[b]Report[/b]:29th May,,,,,After getting a call from Neil on Wednesday night to inform me that he and Mitch had been hammering Smoothies all evening I was in a pretty low mood 😥 ,,,,considering I had decided not to go out on that night 🙄 . Luckily on Thursday my darling wife got me some frozen and live peelers from Craig in Dublin Angling Centre in Walkinstown. He even gave her a bag of various legs and claws which were to play a vital part in Saturday evenings session,,,,but more of that later 😉 . I came home from work,,,,loaded the van,,,ate me dindins and was on the m50 in no time. Unfortunately the traffic was brutal,,,,well it was rush hour after all,,,,and then it got brutal again after Wicklow town,,,but I persevered and finally arrived at my chosen venue just after 6pm. I lashed out a crab bait as far as I could on my new rod,,,a Century Carbon Metal,,courtesy of Fishface,,,what a buddy 😯 . I had gotten a new reel seat fitted in Dublin Angling so I was glad to be finally able to use this rod. I normally use my Greys Triplex for smoothies and I found the CCM is a lot lighter and thinner but I was still able to whack a bait out a good distance and by the end of the session I had decided to use the CCM as my main beach rod. I had a tug on this after 10 mins or so and was delighted to christen the rod with a small doggie sized smoothie,,happy days. I recast and sat down trying to figure out how to video myself and then use the timer on my camera. When I looked up the line had gone slack and I jumped up and started to reel in the slack line. Nothing there,,,,nothing there,,,,,kept on reeling,,,nothing,,,nothing,,,,and then BANG!,,,fish on. He was quite near the shore when I connected with him but it was quite a struggle to beach him,,,what a fight and all on video 😉 “HANG ON DAVE,,YOU FORGOT TO TURN IT ON 😳 “. Still,,,I had caught my first decent Smoothie of the season so it wasn’t all bad and at least the news of my catch would help the Doctors who were still struggling to get the smile off Fishface’s face from the night before 🙄 . I had another two biggies,,,as I call them,,,and a heap of doggie sized ones,,,great night’s fishing and well worth the rush down after work and the late night drive home!

Here’s a short video of some of what happened,,,i’m the one in the hat who keeps sticking his tongue out,,,it’s a nervous reaction to getting a decent fish after a barren few months on the East Coast 😉

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31st May,,,,Bank Holiday weekend means packed beaches,,,campers on beaches,,,nowhere to park,,,,so would it be worth it to go out fishing,,,,BLOODY RIGHT IT WOULD 😆 . With Fishface perming oul wan’s hair all day I knew I would get there before him so I gave myself plenty of time to get to our chosen spot but when I arrived it was choc a bloc to say the least 😥 . I drove by all the usual spots but they all were packed out with no room to park up. Eventually I found a quiet corner and unloaded the van. I walked the short distance but when I arrived at the beach I saw 4 tents with a gang of early 20’s youths getting set up for the night. I set up and they came over for a chat,,,they turned out to be a really nice bunch and they were amazed when I told them I was fishing for sharks,,,,they thought I was joking but you should have seen the look on their faces when I landed a decent smoothie 😆 . Neil arrived and set up and we had a great evenings fishing,,,catching smoothies ,,doggies and a solitary pin whiting. Great to see decent numbers of Smoothound around at the moment,,,,this is what we’ve been waiting for over the long winter 8) . Neil left his house and forgot his flask of frozen peeler so he only had 4 crab,,,,he decided to reuse the same bits of crab which turned out to be very successful. He cut the crab into thirds and landed 3 smoothies on one of the thirds 😯 ,,,even doing a dance when he got the third one!

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South Wicklow 11th May 2014

People:Me and Fishface

Duration:6pm-11pm

Tide:rising

Weather:nice,,,,flat calm due to westerlies

Bait:peeler, lug, rag and mack

Rigs:pulleys and flappers

Results:smoothounds,,Bass, codling, whiting, doggies, Dab

Report: Heavy rain put paid to my fishing plans for Saturday but I had ordered bait so I was determined to get out on Sunday. After checking my list twice to make sure I had everything packed,,,I still managed to forget the most important item,,,the crab 🙄 , and had to turn back and get it 😳 . After some heavy showers all the way down the N11,,,It cleared nicely for me when I arrived at my chosen location,,,,a favourite Bass mark of Fishfaces 😉 . I got there first this week,,,,after craftily arriving an hour before Fishface, and set up the shelter in case it lashed. I needn’t have bothered ,as it turned out a lovely evening after. I sent a crab bait out in search of a Smoothie into the flat calm sea ,, and sent out a two hook flapper with lug/mack on one hook and rag on the other. I had a doggie on the crab,,,,the first of many 😉 . While baiting up ,,,I realised that my finger had a nice gash in it ( no good deed goes unpunished,,,,,I was helping a lad move his caravan from his garden when he caught my hand while putting the handbrake on 😯 ) and that the blood and guts from lug/rag etc would make things very uncomfortable for me. A quick call to Dr Fishface and he ensured that there were plasters on the way,,,,, I even got rubber gloves from him ,,,fair play to him. While he was getting me a plaster,,, I had a knock in close on the flapper. I lifted into it and realised I had a decent fish on 😆 ,,,,After a short battle I saw the big gob on him which confirmed it was a Bass,,,,thank you Lord 😉 . I landed him , took a quick pic and after a short debate in my head,,,,decided to release this very welcome Billy as it was so near the Ban. I don’t think he could believe it himself judging by the look on his face 😯 . And speaking about looks on faces,,,,Fishfaces was priceless when he arrived with my medical supplies and saw the photo 😆 😉

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What a start to a session, ,,a Bass in daylight a few days before the ban,,,I was happy out 8) . We both were getting dogs at distance on the pulleys and we were getting worried that they’d be around all night ,, but finally the smoothies arrived,,,just pups with the largest just about doggie size. Neil was getting them easier on the frozen crab, he must have had 5 or six to my three on fresh peeler. At least I was betting a few fish in close on the crab legs,,,with a nice little codling falling to a lug tipped with crab legs.

After darkness fell , Neil had a right tussle with a Bass,,,a couple of centimetres bigger than my one 😦 ,,,but in truth I was delighted for him. (I’d never have heard the end of it 🙄 ). Neil also released the fish,,, in truth he probably didn’t want me to get all the praise for releasing mine 🙄

He had a Dab shortly after this,,,just to add to the species list. We were picking up whiting on the flappers in close and I thought I had a good fish which turned out to be 2 fish on one hook,,,,a hooked Smoothie and a doggie caught up in the line 😯 . We packed up at 11pm,,,,two happy campers after one of our best sessions in ages 😆

Not that i’d milk it or anything but I couldn’t resist 🙄

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South Wicklow Smoothie Hunt 4th May

People:Me and Fishface

Duration:6pm-12-30am

Tide:didnt move very much,,,,was dropping when we arrived

Weather:cool and southerly breeze

Bait:fresh and frozen peeler,,lug ,rag,and mack

Rigs:pulleys and 2 hook flappers

Results:pups, doggies, whiting, codling and rockling

Report:After an unsuccessful smoothie hunt last week to Wexford,,,I headed out to South Wicklow this weekend to try and nail the first of the year :wink: :wink: . Fishface had already beaten me to it and I was fed up of his constant bragging so I was determined to outfish him for once as I has sourced some nice peeler in Dublin Angling in Walkinstown and he just had frozen crab :wink: . We were to meet at seven and I got there at six to get the hotspot but the crafty Fishface was already set up :shock: I should have known it as that’s a regular trick of his :shock: . I set up and cast out into the coloured choppy water and had a nice little codling on my first cast ,,,,falling to a lug and mack cocktail. At least I was off the mark and my second cast nabbed another plump little codling,,, 27 cms. 2 nil to Eyes 8) . There was a fair ‘oul Southerly breeze which was bringing our casts to the left/North , and into the snaggy ground. After losing a rig, Fishface moved to my right and his luck changed straight away. He was off the mark with a small codling. We both had several more codling and whiting but nothing at distance on the pulley’s. Then ,,,as darkness fell, Fishface’s cheesy grin revealed that,,,,horror of horror’s,,,he had again beaten me to it as he came over with a small pup Smoothie. He followed this with another a few minutes later and then there was no listening to him. “How many Smoothies have you caught,,,,oh,,,,none,,,,and i’ve two”,,,,,you know how he goes on :roll: . My hopes were raised when I had a bite on my pulley rod and reeled in,,,,but my other rod lunged forward and I grabbed that and reeled that in first. I thought there had to have been a Bass or a Smoothie but it was a codling /whiting double. When I went to retrieve the other rod it was snagged and I had to pull for a break :oops: . Plenty of doggies later I still hadn’t got a Smoothie,,,though I did manage to eventually retrieve a rockling that had me snagged for a while in the rocks. . Fishface then left but not before catching another smoothie pup and rubbing salt into my wound :? . “Don’t forget to put into the report that my frozen crab outfished your fresh peeler” he jeered as he lifted his old frame up the hill and into the darkness :evil: . “Damn you Fishface , you’ll get your comeuppance one day”, I muttered under my breath. I determined to do an “Al and Jordan” and turn this session into a 48 hr marathon if neccessary in order to achieve my objective of getting my Smoothie :shock: . Luckily I only had to stay another hour to get him,,,and he came in on a two hook flapper falling to ragworm with a doggie on the other hook. I have to say that the doggies there were amongst the most lively i’ve ever encountered,,fighting all the way in :lol: . At midnight I started to pack up and then made the climb back to the van,,,falling into a rabbit hole on the way up,,which might sound funny but I could have easily twisted my ankle or even worse,,,,,and i’m bad enough already :roll: . Well it might not have been a balmy Summer’s night and a tackle testing Big Smoothie session,,, but it was as enjoyable as any other ,,,and great to have peace when out fishing (except for you-know-who :wink: ) Roll on the next one!

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Species ’14 (9) 5 Beard Rockling, Shore Rockling, Codling,Whiting, Pollock, Coalfish, Pouting, Sea Scorpion, Lesser Spotted Dogfish

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Greystones Harbour, New Years Eve, 31st December 2013

People:me

Duration:10pm till 1am

Tide:dropping

Weather:Beautiful starry night

Bait:mack

Rigs:2 hook flapper

Results:As in the title above.

Report: Well, Happy New Year to all you fishy folk out there and as you can see, my plan to get the blank out of the way early has worked perfectly :oops: . In fact, it was the perfect Blank,,with not even a nibble all night to give me hope. I didn’t mind too much until midnight came,,,as the plan was to get my first fish of 2014,,,,but as the fireworks exploded all around,,,and the revellers started to make a bit of noise,,,I realised that this could actually end in the dreaded Blank :shock: . :shock: The rod tips only moved once during the entire session,,,,and that was when a lump of weed must have done an impression of a fish nibbling at the bait. I quickly struck into the weed and successfully landed a fine lump of it around the 6lb mark :roll: The only good luck I had was that the revellers who strolled down the pier didn’t ask me how I was doing :oops: That would have been too much for me in my delicate state of mind :wink: . I didn’t get any photos of the Blank,,,but you’ll just have to take me at my word :roll: . Speaking of photos,,,,,as I hate reports without photos i.e. Fishface’s reports for example,,,,i’m including two photos from the previous night, 30th December. One is of the lifeboat heading out into the dark,,brave men,,,and the other is of a lovely Pouting of 30cms,,,my best from the shore,,,which was so nice that I took out my special fishy teatowel to act as a backdrop :wink: . I noticed afterwards that the image of the pouting had burned itself onto the teatowel and i’m hoping that this teatowel will now become as famous as the Shroud of Turin :shock: I’m hoping that the image of this Pouting will counteract the negativity of last nights blank and bring some good vibes to this report :lol: . Onwards and upwards from here on ,,,,,have a good Year everyone, Dave

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Greystones, December 22nd 2013

People:Me and Santy

Duration:8-30pm-11-pm

Tide:LW 8pm

Weather:calm ,cold with slight southerly breezes

Bait:mack, frozen lug, crab,sandeel

Rigs:2 hook flappers

Results:shore rockling, pouting, pollock and whiting

Report: With herself out of action for the last week with the flu, I didnt get the chance to get out :cry: . The weathers been brutal lately so with a gap in the weather forecast for Sunday I got some frozen bait in case I got the chance to get out. Fishface was otherwise engaged so I headed out to Greystones on my own. Well not entirely alone as for the last few weeks I’ve travelled everywhere with this little guy :wink: :P

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He usually stays in my van to keep an eye on her, but on occassion I cut him some slack and this was one of those occassions, so with the van safely in view I brought him down the pier with me and we set up. We set up one rod each and I cast out a two hook flapper baited with mack and frozen lug, with Santy casting similar baited with sandeel and lug. I was first in with a chunky Shore Rockling , 30 cms, happy days.

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It was cold but surprisingly calm and as we were both well wrapped up it was comfortable fishing for the few hours we were there :wink: Santy was especially warm in his thermal suit which he said was designed for much colder Polar weather. I had a couple of small pollock, some pouting and two pollock and was feeling well pleased with myself but Santy was feeling a bit down and with a busy night ahead of him in a couple of days time I told him to sit down and relax for a while while I baited up his rod for him.

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I was getting a bit anxious for him ‘cos as you all know it’s a bit nerve wracking when you bring someone to one of your marks :roll: You desperately want them to catch , so I put on some crab on Santy’s rod and hoped for the best. He watched the rod-tip anxiously as it danced in the breeze :shock:

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I noticed the tip moving out of step with the wind and called out ,, “You’re in, Santy :wink: “, and after a small struggle he landed a nice little rockling :shock:

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With Santy on the scoreboard,,,that took was the pressure off me ,,, so I could concentrate on whipping his ass,,,but he turned the tables on me and just kept pulling in fish after fish,,,pouting , pollock and more rockling and finished up with a double of whiting and rockling :shock:

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Of all the baits the mack was best , but the sandeel and crab worked too. The frozen lug didnt attract anything on it’s own, but then it’s usually reserved for flatties. All in all it was a good night, plenty of fish and looking out today I’m glad I went last night. Hopefully Santy is hooked for life now :roll: ,,,but I wont be bringing him with me any more, he can stay in the van from now on,,,,at least until tomorrow night when he has to head off :wink: I have to say he was great company and very quiet, not like my last fishing partner :roll:. Merry Christmas to you all and best wishes for 2014, Dave

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Shore Rockling, 5 Bearded Rockling, Pollock, Whiting, Flounder, Scorpion Fish, Pouting, Codling,Lesser Spotted Dogfish,Dab,Bass,Corkwing Wrasse, Ballan Wrasse, Goldsinny Wrasse, Smoothound, Starry Smoothound, Gurnard,Dragonette,Plaice,Blenny,Tompot Blenny, Mackeral,Silver Eel,,,more to follow shortly hopefully!

wishlist 2013,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,23 Species this year,,,,,,,,,,,Oh Great,,,,I’ve done it :)

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Greystones Harbour 23-10-13

People:Me and Neil

Duration:5pm-10pm

Tide:Dropping

Weather:Sunny and mild,cold later

Bait:rag,mack and squid

Rigs:2 hook flappers

Results:Silver Eel, Corkwing Wrasse ,Flounder, Whiting, Pollock, Codling, and Shore Rockling

Report:With me stuck in the house on painting duty last weekend and Fishface having one of the best night’s fishing in years on Sunday evening,,, I was determined to get out during the week to wet a line :roll: . My chance came on Wednesday afternoon and I got to Greystones early to catch a few hours of daylight fishing in peace before Fishface arrived :wink: . I set up on the Pier and got bites on my rag baits straight away as there were plenty of Whiting (of the Sub Species”Pin”) about. I had a couple of doubles of them before getting a better bite on my second rod,,,,which turned out to be a silver eel of about 50cms. I unhooked him with the help of another Angler handy enough without him tangling up my rig and sliming up my teatowel :wink: .

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I cast over to the base of the far pier in the hopes of a late season wrasse and managed to pluck out 3 before it got dark :lol: Eat your hearts out Al and Jordan :twisted:

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Neil arrived at around 6pm and guess what , he had another new rod and reel :shock: He was soon pulling in pouting and whiting but I managed to hook into a nice pollock and after initially getting snagged , I gave him some slack and then caught him unawares and pulled him up out of the depths below. It would have been a right sickener to lose that fish, especially as I could see him shining in the water below.

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As darkness fell, there was a real chill in the air and it was time for the winter suits to make an appearance,,,,,though I was a bit worried when I saw Fishface was wearing what looked like a knee length skirt under his coat,,,,,but everyone to his own I suppose :roll:

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It was the bottom of the tide now and the bites were starting to dry up,,,though I did manage to get a nice flounder and then when I remarked on the absence of Shore Rockling,,,,, one made an appearance on cue :shock:

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As per usual,,,I lost a few traces to the rough ground , but all things considered , I’d rather lose a few to catch a few :roll: . Plenty of codling about, but sadly despite punching above their weight in the bites category,,,,they were all tiny :cry: . The fishing died off around 10 pm and we headed off. On a final note,,,,just another reminder to keep an eye on your vehicle,,,or better still ,,,park where you can see it as there are reports of a few a few Bogey’s about :wink:

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Shore Rockling, 5 Bearded Rockling, Pollock, Whiting, Flounder, Scorpion Fish, Pouting, Codling,Lesser Spotted Dogfish,Dab,Bass,Corkwing Wrasse, Ballan Wrasse, Goldsinny Wrasse, Smoothound, Starry Smoothound, Gurnard,Dragonette,Plaice,Blenny,Tompot Blenny, Mackeral,Silver Eel,,,more to follow shortly hopefully!

wishlist 2013,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,will let you know shortly !!

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Greystones Harbour, 7-10-13

People:Me and Fishface

Duration:Him 4-30pm to 10pm,,,,me 7-30pm till 11-30pm

Tide:low at 6-30pm approx

Weather:Beautiful, mild night

Bait:rag, lug and mack

Rigs:2 hook mini rigs

Results:Pouting, Codling, Shore Rockling, Pollock, and the One that Got Away :oops:

Report:I was confined to Barracks painting the Kitchen all Saturday and Sunday so I had to get out somewhere for a Session :shock: . Fishface was out from the late afternoon so I guessed that by the time I arrived at the Harbour he would have pre baited my fishing area with his various concoctions of rag/lug/ mack :wink: . Being in the good books after all the painting, I got dropped off by my good ladywife at 7-30pm and was instructed to “Have a great time”. I headed down to Fishface who, after 3 hours, had already caught a small Dab, and set up my 2 rods. My cheap Aldi Quiver tip was sent out with 2 rag and a 3oz weight towards the other wall of the Harbour and my 5 foot four piece mini rod was dropped down the wall a couple of yards out. A short time later on I had a knock on the Quiver tip and pulled in a small codling.

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Fishface was next in with a nice fat pouting from the channel between the walls.

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There were a few pouting about, I’ve noticed that they seem to be more active at low later, as are Shore Rockling, who also made an appearance. Then I also had a small pouting .

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Things slowed down for a while then and I tried the Quiver tip in close as well as the mini rod. I had a thump on the Quivertip which turned out to be a nice pollock of 30cms, caught on lug, which was accounting for most of the fish. Fishface was getting the odd pouting and rockling every now and then , steady fishing,,,but there again he’s an expert (so he tells everyone :roll: ) With him ahead in the numbers game (though my pollock was the stand out fish so far :wink: ) I decided it was time for a decade of the Rosary and I cast another big lug bait down below me. This resulted in a decent knock which turned out to be a Nodder of 38cms,,,,,Mondays dinner sorted :lol:

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This was the last straw for Fishface and he packed up early,,,having only been there for 5 and a half hours :shock: Fair play to him, he gave me some rag which had been given to him earlier by another angler :wink: The Missus collected me at 10-30pm but it was such a nice mild night, we decided to stay a while longer. I put the last of the lug on a 2 hook flapper and dropped it out a few yards. With things going quiet , I decided to pack up and put the mini rod away. Then I started to reel in the quivertip and the rod went ballistic, The fish ducked and dived and I struggled to keep him up and out of the rough bottom but I got him to the surface and lifted up,,,,then the line went slack as he fell off,,,not too surprising as I had a size 6 hook on :oops: . I was gutted as I knew it was a better fish than the codling I had caught earlier. “Why dont you try again, you might catch him”,,,I heard the Missus saying :roll: “I won’t get HIM again”, I answered,”Cos he has a sore lip from that small hook and will be extra careful now :cry: “. But I upped the hook size and cast back to the same spot just to please her. The bait was only in the water when BANG,,,,fish on ,,,,and after a short battle I reeled in a nice Pouting, biggest of the night at a porky 27cms

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This was a nice fish to end the Session on but I went home thinking about the one that got away,,,,ah well ,,, he’s still out there somewhere, and thay say (whoever THEY are :? ) Fish have got short memories and by the next time I head back he’ll have forgotten all about that size 6 hook

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Species ’13 (23)

Shore Rockling, 5 Bearded Rockling, Pollock, Whiting, Flounder, Scorpion Fish, Pouting, Codling,Lesser Spotted Dogfish,Dab,Bass,Corkwing Wrasse, Ballan Wrasse, Goldsinny Wrasse, Smoothound, Starry Smoothound, Gurnard,Dragonette,Plaice,Blenny,Tompot Blenny, Mackeral,Silver Eel,,,more to follow shortly hopefully!

wishlist 2013,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,will let you know shortly !!

For the rich, there is therapy. For the rest of us, there is FISHING! —

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GREYSTONES HARBOUR 22ND SEPTEMBER 2013

People:Me

Duration:7pm to 10-30pm

Tide:low at 7-30pm approx

Weather:mild evening,

Bait:rag, crab, mack

Rigs:2 hook mini rigs

Results:codling, wrasse, pouting

Report: Forgive the title ,,,but thing’s have been very poor lately :oops: After another woeful East Coast beach session on Saturday night near Ennereilly during which I caught the grand total of 2 pin whiting and a solitary flounder, I decided to stick local on Sunday with the left over bait :roll:. I decided to hit Bray Harbour with the small rods and mini rigs so I reorganised my tackle bag with small rigs and 2 and 3 oz weights replacing the pulleys and 5 and 6oz I had been using all Summer. I had a half dozen rag, some mack and some small peeler crabs which I thought would be ideal for wrasse :wink: . I left after the whistle blew in the Big match in Croker and arrived in Bray to the sight of sand, not water in the Harbour :shock: . I had made a bo((0c@s of the tides (again :oops: ), so I used the opportunity to take some photos of the ground I normally fish to see where the snags were :wink: . Then it was off to Greystones Harbour where at least there would be some depth of water in which to fish.
The Harbour in Greystones was deserted for a change so I had my choice of spots to set up in. I baited up 2 light rods with rag and flicked them out . Looking behind me, I could see the sky darkening over and it looked as if it was going to rain later on. No bites on the first casts, which was worrying , especially as I had scaled down to size 6’s, and then when I went to put on some small peeler crab I discovered I had forgotten my bait elastic :evil: . With a light misty rain falling, I cast out another 2 rag across the Harbour to the bottom of the other pier. I legged it the short distance to my van for my wetgear and when I got back I noticed the rodtip was hopping :shock: . Reeling in , there was a bit of weight on and I knew it was a bit decent :wink: . I got up on the wall (not to be tried at home :wink: ) and kept reeling, trying to keep the fish from diving to the weed and rocks under me. As I directed the headlight downwards, I could see the light underside of the fish flashing . I realised it was a codling, half decent at that, and on a size 6 hook . I gingerly lifted him up the wall by handlining, expecting him to fall off at any time, but I managed to get him up eventually 8) . Unfortunately for him , all I could see at that moment was the brand new filleting knife I had been bought at the start of the Summer and which was yet to lose it’s cherry :roll: , so I gave him the Last Rites :cry: .

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This was my best fish in week’s , I was delighted, and I hadn’t driven for hours to get him :lol: . The next fish brought me back with a bang, a 10 cm pouting :lol:

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The other rod, an Aldi special with a quiver tip, also started bouncing about and when I reeled in there was a Ballan Wrasse on it, not one you’d be proud of, but there again i’m not ashamed of him either :?

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With my rag used up I had to use the peeler crab but I had forgotton my bait elastic :oops: . I upped the hook size to size 2’s and put a small peeler as best I could on each hook. On the top hook I had used an elastic band to try keep the crab on so I was surprised when, after a massive tug on the rod and an ensuing battle, I handlined another decent fish up the wall. This time it was a porky Pouting, 26cms, and on the crab on the bottom hook which wasnt tied on :shock: .

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I had another couple of pouting when I cast into the channel between the Piers but I was struggling for bait now, even resorting to looking through the contents of the bin on the Pier, but all I could see was some chips and a bit of someones half eaten sandwich.

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Then I had the catch of the night . I noticed a bit of a rattle on one of the rods and lifted into it . I reeled in and brought up an orange nylon rope. There was something heavy on the end so I pulled it up,,,,,10 yds,,,,20 yds, ,, 30 yds ,,and still no end to it :shock: .I kept pulling it up over the rounded edge of the wall ,,,what if there was a body on the end of it :? It turned out to be the life preserver from the Pier which some idiot must’ve thrown over the side so I put it back in it’s proper place :roll: . I headed off with my codling soon afterwards, happy enough after a decent evenings fishing. Good luck to the beaches till next year,,,,well, maybe,,,,,Unless :?

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Shore Rockling, 5 Bearded Rockling, Pollock, Whiting, Flounder, Scorpion Fish, Pouting, Codling,Lesser Spotted Dogfish,Dab,Bass,Corkwing Wrasse, Ballan Wrasse, Goldsinny Wrasse, Smoothound, Starry Smoothound, Gurnard,Dragonette,Plaice,Blenny,Tompot Blenny, Mackeral,,,,more to follow shortly hopefully!

wishlist 2013,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,will let you know shortly !!

For the rich, there is therapy. For the rest of us, there is FISHING! —

 

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