A couple of days after the Yorkshire trip and it was time to head down to the harbour to see how it was doing.

There was a cold north east wind blowing and I was down for the start of the flood. This was to be a quick session as I only had a couple of hours to spare, but LRF tackle really helps me make the most of it.

In fact my rod was still set up and in the car from dropshotting on the canals, so it was easy just to grab the rod and a tub of gulp sand worm and be fishing straight away! I really love the fact that my LRF set up is so adaptable. I can keep the rod set up with a drop-shot rig and be fishing where ever there is water, fresh or salt I am ready to be catching fish at the drop of a hat!

The Rod is a Hart 1-7g Absolut Rock and street, paired with a 3000 size reel and PE0.6braid.  The drop-shot rig itself is a 5ft length of 8lb YGK Nitlon Fluro,with a #6 slim offset worm hook tied with a Palomar knot 1ft from the bottom of the trace. Due to the strong wind I was using a 7gram drop-shot weight and a full size 4″ Gulp sand worm in natural colour.

So I really only had one fish in mind that I wanted to catch and that is flounder! They are one of my favourite targets with LRF gear, I love the bites you get from them, the fights and I am still fascinated by their predatory behaviour. My general tactic is to search around the harbour casting and retrieving the drop shotted sand worm over the patches of mud and sand.

A slow twitched retrieve all the time keeping the weight in contact with the sea bed gets me the best results.

It probably only took about 15 minutes before I felt the first pluck from one of the harbour flatties. When I get these soft plucks on the lure I drop the rod tip back towards the fish for a couple of seconds. this gives them enough slack to suck the lure in before I strike. Sure enough I struck into the fish and after a lively fight on the LRF gear a plump harbour flattie slid into the waiting landing net! Another great thing about lure fishing for flounder is that they are all easy to unhook as they are hooked at the front of the mouth. A couple of pics and I released the fish back to the harbour with the promise that I would see it again once it put on some more weight.

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After that fish I managed a further 4 or 5 over the period of a couple of hours. The fishing was slower than I had hoped it would be but again it was down to the colder water temps brought about by the spate of North east winds. However, it was great to get back to the sea and although the sport wasn’t manic it was consistent and it’s only going to get better!

 

Tight Lines

Jake

 

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