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Following a short session on the small stream mentioned in the previous post, I was handed a load of spare maggots by fishing buddy Steve. Well I wasn’t planning on any coarse fishing for a few days, so what to do with them?

So there are me and John down along Poole Quay with the LRF gear set up with size 14’s and 12’s on split shot rigs drowning triple and quadruple maggot in the sea. And the Corkwing Wrasse, Goldsinnys, Blennies and Gobies loved them. So don’t go throwing those maggots away. Go catch some minis on the UL gear.

A Mouthful of Maggots starring Rock Goby

A Mouthful of Maggots starring Rock Goby

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The small and friendly forum I belong to here on the south coast holds a (mostly) monthly points competition for it’s members. These points add towards an end of year result. Nothing stupendous like winning a couple of expense paid weeks of Tarpon fishing or a years supply of bait with a couple of Zzippy’s thrown in (you reading this Bazza). Nah, this is for fun. This particular months comp is spread over a week and has points for Best Smut, Best Ray, Best Flat, Best Round and Most Species caught during the week. Note the last category. I mention all this guff as I will probably mention a ‘Species Competition’ quite a bit in my posts, and I hate confusing people. I don’t require an excuse to go fishing, but an incentive sometimes is nice.

That said I have been building up the species count the last three trips for the comp (currently standing at 10), and I was looking to add a couple more to the count. So down to Poole Quay with No. 2 Son for a couple of hours (read three) of LRF with a mix of SP’s, Isomes and Ragworm bits. My main target being Scorpionfish and Pollack, though a surprise would be nice.

No surprise on my saying that we had plenty of Ballans (up to a 1lb), Corkwings, Goldsinny and Blennies, but the Pollack stayed away tonight. It’s not very often that happens, but then it’s not that often that I REALLY WANTED one!!! Most fish caught on the ragworm bits as usual with a couple of Blennies on Isomes. Various Sp’s used to try and tempt a Pollack, but there you go.

I did, almost right at the end of the session, manage to bag a solitary Scorpionfish though, so not a total loss for the comp. Always a pleasure to catch one of these fish, and I am often surprised by the variation in colouring.

It was nice to see a few small Mullet feeding off the boat hulls while we were there. Soon be time to target them.

Scorpionfish - Poole Quay

Scorpionfish – Poole Quay

Scorpionfish (Long-Spined)

Scorpionfish (Long-Spined)

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Following my teaching session with No. 2 son on the Tuesday, I found my self with a few ragworm left over. Now I hate waste, so I just had to use them for something. So out with the LRF gear and size 10 jigheads and a trip down to Poole Quay was slipped into the evening. Needless to say as soon as I mentioned the trip to Michael (No.2) he was keen to have a go himself, so out with the spare LRF gear, a few SP’s and Isomes just in case, and down to the Quay we went.

One of the main problems with LRF fishing at this venue is the massive quantity of natural bait available to the resident and visiting fish. In addition to this, they are fed a large quantity of worm and fish baits by local families and tourists out crabbing / fishing with the youngsters. As a result SP’s and Isomes catch, but nowhere near as well as naturals. No worries, just use small half inch to one inch pieces of Ragworm, Squid or Mackerel. Lets be honest here, LRFing is a highly enjoyable, ultra-light finesse method of fishing. There are purists out there who state that you are not fishing LRF style if you use bait. Sorry, that’s rubbish. Wise up you people and match the hatch. If that means ignoring the artificials, so be it.

To the crunch, we had a cracking session with plenty of rod bending action with the 0.5-5g LRF rods, 6lb braid and 4lb F/C leaders to 4g size 10 jigheads (a bit heavy but the tide was racing, lol). Goldsinny, Ballan Wrasse, Corkwings, Gobies, Black Bream and Pollack all showed with the largest fish being a few Ballans around the pound mark. All magic fun with the finesse gear. For those of you who haven’t yet tried this, do so. I promise you will enjoy it. I’ve been LRFing for close on two years now and just love it.

A few photos for your delectation, with a special mention to the awesome lime green Ballan caught by Michael. I’m well jealous of this fish.

Goldsinny Wrasse

Goldsinny Wrasse

Ballan Wrasse (Boring Colour)

Ballan Wrasse (Boring Colour)

Corkwing Wrasse

Corkwing Wrasse

Mini Black Bream

Mini Black Bream

Awesome Green Ballan Wrasse

Awesome Green Ballan Wrasse

All together we probably had around 25 fish during our 1.5-2 hour session. Not bad considering the strength of the tide and the large amount of weed sweeping through. Some great sport with the Wrasse diving strongly for the holes at the base of the harbour wall. Michael is even more hooked now.

 

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The original plan last night was to have a 2-3 hour session from the wall at the Haven Hotel next to the Sandbanks ferry at the entrance to Poole Harbour. A lovely little spot for both LRF and HRF with many mini species around and the chance of a good Bass or Wrasse. However, John’s continuing foot problems meant that balancing on the rock reinforcing by the wall would have been a tad uncomfortable for him.

So, change of venue, and back to Poole Quay by Fisherman’s Dock with the hope of a few minis. We have had Pollack, Pout, Gobies and Scorpionfish here before, and have spotted quite a few Bass, Mullet and Mackerel roving amongst the boats and pontoons. No such luck tonight though. We only managed a few Gobies (Common, Rock and Black) and were frustrated time and time again with Pollack following our lures right to the surface but refusing to take. C’est la vie. Most fell to green Power Isome (gotta love these lures) with a couple to a Ecogear Grass Minnow in Pearl. The Pollack were following any lure that moved.

One good sign was a large increase in the numbers of Sandeel and Smelt around. Hopefully this might bring in the Bass and Mackerel in numbers.

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The Friday evening session this week was a bit of a mish-mash. I had arranged with Simon to meet myself and John at Ferry Road, Poole Quay for a fish and mainly a chat about LRF (Light Rock Fishing). While there, John and I would bait fish for the minis and any possible Bass, while Simon would display his LRF gear for me to see and maybe try out.

Well it started out OK but we had to cut short the quay session as the tide race got to strong with plenty of weed around. It would probably have been OK on the other side of the quay due to Fisherman’s Dock and quite a few boats moored up that would have greatly reduced the tidal effects, but that on a Friday night is a bit rowdy. However, I did get a view of a dedicated LRF rod, and boy is that fine and light. One hardly knows that you have a rod to hand! I can’t wait to obtain one myself.

I did muck about with totally inappropriate gear using LRF Soft Plastic lures by using a 9.5 ft light quiver tip rod from my coarse gear. Set-up with a small fixed spool loaded with 8lb braid and a 5lb Fluorocarbon leader, I attached a small jighead to a tiny 1.5 inch Grass Minnow and surprised myself by hooking and landing a small 7-8 inch Pollack. Great fun.

Once the tidal flow got too strong we moved to Evening Hill. There was quite a few there along the main wall but myself and John found a spot between them, while Simon moved further down under the hill in search of deeper water. No more fish for John and me, but Simon was very pleased to land a couple of school Bass, his first on LRF gear. I did notice one good Flounder come in to another angler, with reports of others.

It was a shame that I didn’t get to spend more time with Simon but unfortunately this evening was already set with John and after the quay it was a bit difficult to think of somewhere that would have suited all. We will definitely have to organise a dedicated LRF session together very soon. I am already looking for a rod and reel combo and hope to have something sorted over the next couple of weeks.

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