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Oystercat fishing trip
Sunday 14 January 2018
Skipper Dean Gifford
Reasonable day aboard the Oystercat today; plenty of congers to 28lb 8oz, spurdogs to low teens, just a couple of dogs and a few huss approaching double figures - one that dida very impressive cod impression!
Decided to go to the Devon side of the channel fishing a wreck off Lynmouth. The sea had a small swell and shelter from southerly wind. Also the wreck lies across the tideso is a bit more forgiving in the anchor position. I have also done well there this time of the year.
We had the wreck to ourselves on the flood and when we swung off we hit a shoal of spurs which delayed moving to the to the flood side, so only had a few fish before the tide started hammering. The swell increased causing us to slip anchor a few times towards peak flow. So we shot back across.
We took a kicking on the way back to Swansea, with short choops from the east and biggish long swells from the west, very messy. Cont....
We didn't have anything big all day, a few 20lb+ biggest 28lb. but no monsters, I've never had any over 30lbs. Normally get eels between 15 & 25lbs. It's a very big wreck so I'm sure there are some big fish on it, but more of a numbers game. We had one eel around 15lb that had 5-6 bite marks on its tail where another eel had him on the way up.
We rarely  fish this wreck, only when the wind is from the south east and the tide is tiny. So the catch is usually eels, spurs and huss. Ther must be other species there like a few pollack in the summer when the water is clear, which is not often.
We had an hour on the Welsh side on the way back, it was rough as hell. One of our anglers was spewing up within 10min, having been fine all day. So we kicked it on the head and came in.

Skipper Dean Gifford
Large conger for Colin Albert
Spr dog for Alan Jones
Conger for Dean Gifford
Spur dog for Paul Eaton
Conger for Alan Jones

Conger for Colin Breen

Conger for Paul eaton

Bull Huss for Alan Jones
Conger for Colin Albert
 Oystercat fishing trip
Friday 12 January 2018
Skipper John Elvins
Great trip ...if you want to show people how different the world is 4 miles off the pierheads!
Went out just before slack low water so thought we could hover over Strombus wreck to pick up anything that was there. No chance a SE slop every 1.5 seconds kept the boat rolling side to side. Reverted to plan, anchored just off the SWIG with the incoming tide and the SE wind hitting the port side/bow. This was ok for a couple of hours and some Dabs dogs and whiting were taken.
By then we were sitting nicely broadside into the SE swell with a bigger ground swell from the west every now and then slopping the sea all over the place. With one angler *never been seasick* and one turning grey we called it a day.
Came back into the Marina on the 11.30 lock, conditions great there. We had fresh air at least and as I say different world ....
Skipper John
Belle Fishing Trip
Thursday 11 January
Skipper Vic Lilygreen
Belle trip today was mechanically & electrically sound, things were great but the fishing was poor.  It must have been poor generally as most of the boats that were out were moving about, which is usually a bad sign. We had keeper whiting but no jumbos, & plenty of dabs but no "dinner plate" specimens, weather was good until about 12:00 then it lumped up so we went into Mumbles, where we had more of the same fishwise. It was a very enjoyable day overall & I will be looking for another suitable day with a bigger tide next week.
One thing that was unusual was Peter Mansell's big toe sticking out of his orthopeadic boot? Is that his doctor taking the p**s? He claimed at one stage that he had frostbite in it

Skipper Vic
Fishing West Pier
Sunday Night 7 January
Member Jon West
Jon caught a couple of whiting like those in the photo on the left.
Oystercat fishing trip
Sunday 7 January
Skipper Dean Gifford
Poor day aboard the Oystercat today, a few strap congers and dogs up east this morning

Lots of pin whiting, dogs and a few dabs closer to home; we finally managed a few insize whiting at the end of the day.

The wind kept it chilly all day but the sea state was comfortable enough inshore.

Sorry again to the guys who were originally booked in but couldn’t make it after the change of plan; it was poor planning on my part, that said you didn’t miss much of note, other than fried spam sandwiches!

Skipper Dean

Whiting for Jayson Whitehouse