Happy New Year Wrecking Style Jan14

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Happy New Year Wrecking Style

 

A NEW YEAR SUNRISE OFF DARTMOUTH

 

Early dawn off Dartmouth on the way to a wreck 35 miles off shoare on Ian Nobles samuel Irvin

The perfect way to start the new years fishing season

Traditionally this was the hot time for wrecking off the south coast but with all the seasonal changes its now better in April and May with the post spawn pollack and early Cod

The weather is also a lot warmer

This day though was perfect with a light North Westerley and clear skies and 10 happy anglers,including a group who had driven that morning all the way from Manchester

The first wreck was fished on the last 2 hours of the flood tide before the tide slackened out.

It was a 4.6m tide and getting bigger everyday

We therefore had light wind and tide pushing us the same way which is exactly what you want

Most anglers had 20l class wrecking outfits with 30lb 4 strand braids such as power pro

Reels were standard ABU level wind 7000  and the such like

Lurea were the standard rubber Eels such as 5 inch sidewindwers in Rhubard and Custard or orange

 

 

 

A nice winter pollack caught on a standard Sidewinder lure

 

 

I H owever like to fish as light as possible and with the discovery of 8 strand braids,half the diameter of 4 strands has allowed me to scale down accordingly.

 

I am using a Tenryu Spike rod  I won in a bass competition sponsored last year by Pro lures Direct and  jigging braid from Toray supplied from them

At £19.99 for only 75m its not cheap but believe me it makes the difference

 

With the high density  carbon rod and the very thin braid you can feel everything

 

The bottom

Nets

The Wreck

Weed

Other peoples gear trying to tangle your line

and best of all, very light takes from the fish

 

This makes all the difference on tough days when the fish are not feeding well

 

As the tide slowed down I scaled down to small light jelly worms ,in this case Berkley Power worms in black with fire orange tails

 

 

 A jelly worm caught fish

 

 

 This tactic  certainly caught the fish last week when the tide was slack and nobody else was catching switching to 5 oz leads from the standard 8 oz

 

AS you approach the wreck with the tide you slowly retrieve allowing the fish to chase the lures from the bottom near the wreck

 

You get tap tap tap and a gradual increase in weight on the line

 

DO NOT STOP WINDING

 

EVENTUALLY THE LINE TIGHTENS AND THE FISH IS ON

 

FEEL IS EVERTHING

 

 I was also using very thin leader line allowing the lure to move freely

 

In this case my own Titanium Spin  leader line

 

At .40 for 21 kilo breaking strain it certainly works.

 

 

A GREAT HARD FIGHTING WINTER POLLACK

 

I WAS SMASHED TWICE BUT THATS THE DOWNSIDE OF FISHING LIGHT

 

THE UPSIDE IS MORE FISH,    A LOT MORE FISH WHEN THEY ARE FINICKY

 

 

Not all the fish were pollack

 

This was caught on a orange ribbon worm fished hard on the bottom