My third trip of the year to Samphire Hoe, this time armed with the favoured bait of the venue, ragworm.
Once again the place was near deserted.
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Made use of a couple of redundant carp rods.
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a good hour passed by with little action on the rod rips other than the customary rattle from the pesky crabs. Eventually a light rattle developed into a proper dip of the tip and my first pouting was landed, their bronze colouring is rather handsome.
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A Border Force vessel out on patrol.
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A few more pouting landed before the species I'd been after for some time, at last, a wrasse, small in size but gave me a huge grin.
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A few more pouting and then a second slightly larger and more colourful wrasse, they don't half put a scrap for their size.
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After high tide the action came to a standstill, crabs weren't even interested. The venue is unpopular with many because of the amount of tackle lost in the rocks.
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I was feeling pleased with myself when packing up, having caught my first wrasse, the pouting a first too, and feeling quite smug that I hadn't lost a single item of tackle, my homework doing a recci at low water on a previous trip paid off. My smugness wasn't to last long!
It was still quite early so I decided to stop off at Hythe for a spot of spinning. It's only a further 10 miles along the coast but the conditions were so different, an onshore breeze with a bit of a swell.
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That had coloured the water up so lure fishing wasn't looking promising but thought I'd give it a few chucks, the "last cast" was a fateful one with my rod snapping two foot from the tip whilst retrieving the lure, a clean break , no line wrap, no snags and not an Acolyte, very odd.
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I've emailed the company I bought it from in the hope they can get me a spare top section, fingers crossed.
Back to freshwater for the next outing.
Nice report, your first fishy photo is a Pollock