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Baywater Anglers - December 2021 Events
While we are usually pretty lucky with the weather, there are times when it is pouring with rain or blowing a gale. In these conditions it is not much fun fishing - and sometimes unsafe to do so - meaning that the best thing to do is to cancel the event. Consequently, if the weather looks dodgy and an event looks in danger of being cancelled, the best thing to do is to phone me on my mobile number – 07704 602180 – beforehand to check and see if it is on.
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Since doing the Angling Trust Get Sea Fishing Event at Brixham Breakwater on 17th October, 2021, I have been contacted again by Dean Asplin, their representative, who has asked us to do a further two events, the first of which I will be scheduling for 9th January 2022. Dean was very complimentary about our club volunteers – quite rightly so, I was very proud of all of you - and I know that, with your support, we can make this event a success too. So, if anyone can help on that morning - it will run from 9.00 a.m. until 1.00 p.m. – it would be very much appreciated.

For the rest of this year, events are as follows:

Saturday, 4th December, 2021 Time: 4.00 pm – 8.30 pm Venue: Goodrington Promenade Event: Social fish and teach-in for adults and juniors High Tide: 6.04 p.m. Height: 5.0 m
   It is a good tide and there should be quite a few fish around, especially on float with starlite adaptors and mackerel strip. LRF tackle with ragworms or lures should do okay while legered baits on the bottom should also encounter species like bass, catsharks, whiting and pout.

Saturday, 11th December, 2021 Time: 9.00 a.m. – 1.30 p.m. Venue: Brixham Breakwater Event: Social fish and teach-in for adults and juniors High Tide: 11.27 a.m. Height: 4.2 m.
   By now, with luck, mackerel should still be widespread and coming in regularly on float or spinning tackle. There have been a few garfish around and hopefully some bigger pollack should also be making an appearance. Wrasse and cuckoo wrasse may well be present, especially if you are using ragworms as bait, while there is a chance that some coalfish may also show. (This is the time of year when big coalfish can be caught on legered peeler crab.)

Friday, 17th December, 2021 Time: 3.00 pm – 8.30 pm Venue: Babbacombe Pier Event: Social fish and teach-in for adults and juniors High Tide: 5.00 p.m. Height: 4.4 m.
The pier has been fishing well recently and there should be some whiting and small spotted catsharks around to put a bend in the rod. For tackle, you could use beachcasters but there is no real need to go as heavy as all that; carp rods will handle just about everything likely to come up on such a tide. Nor will you need sophisticated tackle with running leger and flapper rigs quite capable of pulling in a few fish. As for bait, mackerel or squid strip should do the trick but you could also experiment with whole sprats, peeler crabs or blueys just to see what comes along.
For those of you surprised by the mention of small spotted catsharks, I decided to get with the times and call the lesser spotted dogfish by its proper name. It was reclassified as a catshark in the early 1900’s but, since this was mainly mentioned in academic books referred to by icthyologists – people who study fish – the name change didn’t register until much later. (The difference between dogfish and catsharks is that dogfish don’t have an anal fin and the dorsal fin is further forward. Catsharks do have an anal fin and their dorsal is much further back.)
As Confucius said: ‘The beginning of wisdom is to call things by their proper name.’

Start of new club year. Subscriptions – from anyone who paid before 1st October, 2021 – now due please. £15 family, £10 single adult, £5 student (16 – 18) and £3 juniors under 16. (I hope that you have enjoyed your time with the club and will stay with us please.)

Sunday, 2nd January, 2022 Time: 3.00 p.m. – 8.00 p.m. Venue: Blackpool Sands Event: Social fish and teach-in for adults and juniors High Tide: 5.50 p.m. Height: 4.8 m.
With such a nice tide running, there should be a good chance of catsharks, whiting and bass on peeler crab, fish baits or ragworm. Best bet will be leger or paternoster rigs fished hard on the bottom. These might bring in a few eels but, if they do, then remember that these must be returned alive to the water. A few wrasse might come up on ragworms before the light goes. Once the light does go, we might get a nursehound (bull huss) on sizeable mackerel or squid baits fished into the dark.

Sunday, 9th January, 2022 Time: 9.00 a.m. – 1.00 p.m. Venue: Brixham Breakwater Event: Angling Trust Get Sea Fishing Event for adults and juniors High Tide: 10.46 a.m. Height: 4.4 m.
After the success of the first Angling Trust Get Sea Fishing Event, Dean Asplin was keen to get another one scheduled fairly quickly. With the mackerel running late and the other species around at this time of the year, I thought that this date was as good a chance as any for a second event. I know that, with your support, we can make it a success too. So, if anyone can help on that morning, it would be very much appreciated. If a couple of you are also able to help me set up from 8.00 a.m., that would be very much appreciated too.

Sunday, 16th January, 2022 Time: 7.30 am – 3.30 pm Venue: African Queen, Kingswear Event: Boat Fishing for Whiting, Rays, Spurdogs and general Bottom Species High Tide: 5.21 pm Height: 4.3 m.
By now, the plaice will have gone from the banks so we are going to have a go at some of the other species to be found, including rays, hopefully some spurdogs etc. (We had them to 8lbs 14ozs on the last trip.) We might even have a shift to see if we can get a nursehound (bull huss) or two. Cost will be £45 but will only go ahead if the weather is suitable and we have at least six anglers booked, preferably eight. For bait you are going to need squid and mackerel, possibly blueys if mackerel are thin on the ground, so it would be a good idea to start freezing down any sizeable mackerel if you would like to go. You will need heavier tackle than the baitcasters or light spinning rods that we normally use for plaice.

If the weather on the 16th is too rough, I have provisionally booked Saturday, 29th January 2022 as a reserve date. If the 16th cannot go ahead, we will keep our fingers crossed for the 29th! If it can go ahead, then we have the option of dropping the 29th or seeing if enough people are interested to make up a second trip. I know which I would like to do!

Sunday, 23rd January, 2022 Time: 8.00 a.m. – 12.00 p.m. Venue: Brixham Breakwater Event: Social fish and teach-in for adults and juniors High Tide: 9.15 a.m. Height: 4.6 m.
   Hopefully mackerel should still be widespread and coming up regularly on float or neutral buoyancy tackle. There may well be a few garfish and some bigger pollack around too. Wrasse may well be present, especially if you are using ragworms as bait, while there is a chance that some coalfish may also show. (This is the time of year when big coalfish can be caught on legered peeler crab.)

Saturday, 29th January, 2022 Time: 7.30 am – 3.30 pm Venue: African Queen, Kingswear Event: Boat Fishing for Whiting, Rays, Spurdogs and general Bottom Species High Tide: 9.15 a.m. Height: 4.6 m.
Reserve date if bad weather cancels the first trip on the 16th. If enough people want to have a go, if the weather allows, we could go on both days but only if we can get enough people – 6. I am up for both, especially as there will likely be a break until April for boat trips, but it is up to you. I was thinking that we could get Alan to target inshore marks where the nureshounds (bull huss) are likely to be found for at least part of the day.

Look after yourselves and have a lovely Christmas and New Year! (I didn’t plan anything for Christmas week as I thought that people might be busy...)

All the best
Martyn and Julie Green