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PostPosted: Mon Jan 03, 2011 5:43 am    Post subject: Solent 3/01/11 Reply with quote

Going out on my mates boat from Eastney, near Portsmouth today. Hopefully going for some cod but I think we might struggle!
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 03, 2011 8:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

And struggle we did!!!

No cod but plenty of whiting. We had out 6 rods, 3 set up for cod with 3 whole squid on and 3 smaller set ups with small pieces of mackerel and/or squid. Before we set out we had a chat with another couple of guys who said the Solent was crammed full of spratts and as a result, the cod were gorging themselves on them and nothing else. This did turn out to be true as some of the whiting we caught had mouths full of spratts and most of the fish we kept had spratts in the stomach. We had a few knocks on the cod set ups but they defiantly weren't cod as they weren't the thumping takes we were hoping for.

Still it was nice to be out on the water even though it so fu@king cold!!!!!!!
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 04, 2011 7:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The cod have switched off right through the South coast since the sprats have arrived - I had a boat trip planned out of Dover just before Christmas that was cancelled at the last minute due to high winds. I doubt we would have caught many (if any) cod as the sprats had arrived.

The problem is the sprats tend to swim in mid water so the cod never come across your bait as they are chasing the sprats around far above your bait.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 07, 2011 5:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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The cod have switched off right through the South coast since the sprats have arrived - I had a boat trip planned out of Dover just before Christmas that was cancelled at the last minute due to high winds. I doubt we would have caught many (if any) cod as the sprats had arrived.

The problem is the sprats tend to swim in mid water so the cod never come across your bait as they are chasing the sprats around far above your bait.


I don't sea fish much at all Chris but is there away of targeting the cod in mid water with a sprat immitation of some sort?
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 07, 2011 10:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm no expert Nigel but some of those jelly worm type things on variously weighted jig-heads, jerked up and down, seem to be quite popular judging by what I've read and seen on the goggle box.


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