May 3rd aboard True Blue
This was our second trip of the year with Steve Porter on True Blue. Steve had been fishing successfully for bream over the previous 5 days with fish caught off the “Ledges” to the west of Poole approaching 4lb. We agreed to try for some quality bream on that mark with a planned move to another mark to the East of Poole Harbour for the ebb. We drew for positions and it was the stern fishermen and those on the port side who started catching bream.
Over the next 3 hours, we had 13 bream and David T (on the starboard side) caught a small spotted ray, but it was clear that the mark was not fishing as well as it had the day before. There were a number of other boats (including Wild Frontier out of Weymouth) but they were fishing no more successfully than us and so we moved to the second mark.
Fishing here started slowly, but Steve assured us that as the tide increases he would be able to position the boat firmly over his mark and we would start catching.
This proved to be the case and we enjoyed a couple of hours of hectic sport.
Overall we caught 78 bream, the largest about 2½ lb caught by Ray H, a spotted ray, a plaice, wrasse, smooth hounds and dogfish. Paul B was champion rod with 11 bream, 2 dogfish, a plaice and a ballan wrasse, David T was second with 10 bream, a spotted ray and 2 ballan wrasse and Steve H was third with 10 bream. As the boat’s position changed, we all enjoyed sport and so the fish were fairly evenly spread.
The weather was kind throughout, although it was a bit chilly in the shade for the first part of the day. The water is still heavily coloured but our thanks go to Steve Porter who ensured we had a most enjoyable day’s sport.