Beach Catch Reports

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Great weather for the kids ( 18 Feb) 
I saw this post from Terry Carpenter of the DAA what a cracking day to encourage youngsters...
"Juniors had their first meet of 2018 . 9 juniors fished Dungeness with whiting & small dabs being caught. It was a lovely crisp morning with light winds"

What a good turnout for SCSAS ( 17 Feb) 
Ooops forgot to post this report from Paul Jarrett of Southern Circuit Sea Angling Society results from last Sunday's match at Deal...

"Result from match 2, Deal 10/02/18 

17 members fished, Whiting, Dogfish, Pouting, Dabs, Flounders and Rockling weighed in 

Well done to Philip Underdown for winning the match 

1. Philip Underdown - 6 fish, 7lb 6.5ozs 
2. Robert Bates - 6 fish, 7lb 2.5ozs 
3. Dan Hadley - 9 fish, 5lb 13ozs 
4. Michael Ferrier - 5 fish, 5lb 
5. Sam Collier - 13 fish, 4lb 13.5ozs 
6. Paul Jarrett - 6 fish, 4lb 10.5ozs 
7. Keith Neame - 5 fish, 1lb 12.5ozs 
8. Wesley Cheeseman - 3 fish, 1lb 11ozs 
9. Les Bates - 2 fish, 1lb 6.5ozs 
10. Steve Richards - 4 fish, 1lb 
11. Paul Cox - 2 fish, 8.5ozs 
12. Keith Johnson - 2 fish, 7.5ozs 
13. Dave Sales - 1 fish, 2.5ozs 
=17. Ashley Brown - 0 fish 
=17. Neil Creed - 0 fish 
=17. Kirk Barrie Skywalkers - 0 fish 
=17. Alan Jarrett - 0 fish 

Heaviest fish - 1lb 15.5oz Dogfish, Paul Jarrett"

  Loads of fish...and a fox ( 17 Feb) 
I had this report in from Joe Massiah who was fishing last night...
"Hi Tony, great to see you again. I took your advice and went behind the power station and was kept busy all night long with bites from dabs, flounders, rocklings, pout and the pesky whiting.  There were just 2 other groups fishing by me both not understanding the rule, NO fires!! On a lighter note, big respect for the fox that came by and ate my steak pie and cheese and pickle rolls from my beach buddy. But was kind enough to leave the squid and mackerel, so thoughtful. Your lugworms were top notch as always Tony. I will try and sort the email problem out so you can reply when needed. Take care Sir and hope to catch up again real soon when the bass arrive. 

Lovely day in spite of the weed ( 17 Feb) 
I had this report in yesterday from David Grinfield...
"Hi Tony 
I have came down to Dungeness on Thursday, passed by the shop and got some worms, frozen squid and some mackerel. I went behind the power station with westerly wind for most of the day. I have fished from noon, one hour after HW till 22.00. It was active all session with planty of small Whitings, Dabs, couple of Rockling and one Dogfish. The weed was quite an issue, I’m not sure if it is because of the big tide (spring one) or what??? Also I believe because of the strong current and probably the small fish you couldn’t even register one bite all session long on the rod’s tip even though almost all casts brought at least one fish. I couldn’t even register a clear bite even when I was bringing in a triple variety in s form of Dogfish and small Waiting and Dab on the flatly rig. Also I should mention that the only bait that worked yesterday was the Dungeness Lug Worm, not really anything else. I tried some Mackerel and Squid but without any success. 
It was a very lovely day at the beach sunny and not too windy. Thank you Seagull Tackle shop for the bait and hopefully see you next time soon. David."

Phil...can he keep it up... ( 14 Feb) 
I had this report of last weekends DAA match...
"Hi all here are the results from Sunday's match well done to Phil on the win, he's running away with it at the moment.
But a big congrats too Wes how did he manage a 3rd"

DAA match...a nice surprize ( 12 Feb) 
I saw this posted by Becky Lee Hodges after Sundays DAA match...
"So a lovely afternoon on Dungeness beach fishing the DAA match. Weather and conditions were perfect for some fish to be caught. I won’t give away the results, all I will say is that a Codling was landed indirectly by Fozz. He lost a rig earlier in the match and it was retrieved by another angler. Proof there are some around. End of the week looks promising for some Codling with the bigger tides. Loads of Dabs caught lots over 25cm...... could have done with them last week."

DAA Vets match last Wednesday ( 12 Feb)
Here are the results from last weeks 'Vets' match...good turnout in spite of the cold weather...

A real mixed bag... ( 10 February)
I had this report in from Harry this evening...
"Popped in Yesterday for some bait and the lights, thank you very much for the tips. Fished from around 2-9. Fishing was amazing; we were constantly reeling in 3 fish at a time, from rockling to ling, and plenty of flat fish too. Not too many whiting around but the ones that were there were very large (around 30-40cm) plus we had the beach to ourselves, not a sole in sight
Kind regards Harry Newbury."

What a nice pair... ( 10 February)
I had this report in from Neil Rodwell...
"Hi Tony. I had the beach all to myself today behind the station. Caught the usual mix of species for this time of year, whiting, rockling and dabs. I decided to pack up around one when the wind and rain started to get a bit stronger and the leads were getting beached. Finished with a double shot of dabs. Was nice to get out and watch the rod tips rattle. Cheers for the bait today and will speak soon. Neil."

Reminder from the DAA ( 8 February)
I saw this posted from our match captain...reminder...
"Hi just a quick reminder this Sunday's Daa match fishing from 12-4pm booking in at the gate from 10.30-11am Hope to see you there."

Great day...down the bay ( 7 February)
I had this report in tonight from Dave Kingsman...
"Hi Tony,
Fished the last two days afternoon tides at Hythe.
Yesterday was pretty uneventful. Just Doggies and Whiting.
Got down there today. It looked brilliant. Met Shane Edwards and away we went. Both had two rods ray fishing but I had a score of lug just to keep me occupied if things were slow..
They were.
Neither of us had a thing right over HT and ebb.
Most people packed up. We were on last cast. I’d put the worms out on one rod. Little tap and 30cm Dab that should have been in WDC Sunday landed.
Shane went but I planned to grab a few more Dabs on the ebb.
Still, kept the faith with the ray rod and had a classic rod nod and drop back.
I was over the moon. 8lbs." 

A great day, well done all... ( 7 February)
Here are the results of the WDC on Sunday, kindly posted to me by Terry Carpenter...
We are delighted to announce that this years Tronixpro World Dab Fishing Champion is Mr Tony Dean who weighed in 4 sizeable dabs (over 25cm) for 1.65lb.

188 anglers participated raising an incredible £5001.91p for the RNLI. Everyone caught fish with several hundred dabs caught but only 81 meeting the 25cm minimum size limit, the rest being returned alive at time of capture. Circa 50 of the weighed in dabs were donated, raising another £50 towards the trotal paid by the Pilot Inn Dungenesss. Free range line caught organic dabs will feature on the specials board at the Pilot for the next few days! LOL

The top 10

1. Tony Dean 4 fish 1.65lb
2. Angus Stephenson 3 for 1.56
3. Les Chappell 3 for 1.25
4. Cieron Bull 3 for 1.2
5. Ron Howard 3 for 1.15
6. Paul Judd 3 for 1.14
7. Becky Lee 2 for 1.05
8. John Wells 2 for 1lb
9. David Bullock 2 for 0.95
10. Ashley Keen 2 for 0.86

50 anglers weighed in, pools paid to 33rd place!

A huge thanks you to Tronixpro, Zziplex, Skarnsundet Fjordcenter, Sea Angler Magazine, Ammo, Seagull Tackle, Mighty Bright, Selco, Gillaroo Design and everyone else who assisted or supplied prizes....the list is very long but to everyone who attended, supported and assisted on the day, we salute you.

A chip of the old block... ( 6 February)
I saw this great report from in from Steven Foster on Sundays WDC...
"fished the world Dab championship at Dungeness on Sunday , took my eldest Grand daughter Rosie along to fish as well, only 6 so a bit difficult in those conditions but after an initial moan about the cold she settled down to try and catch a Dab :)Her first ever fish was a Whiting which was unhooked and returned to the sea , a while later she did land a Dab but at only 19cms too small to keep. Well done Rosie xx"

When the winds in the east... ( 5 February)
Andrew Elsey sent this report in this report from the WDC yesterday...yes it was very cold...north easterly wind...but well done to all taking part...
"Hi Tony the comp was hard going had one dab just under size and load of whiting  and a big pouting. But it was cold"

Dave's big day... ( 5 February)
Here is the report from David Kingsman fishing the 'World Dab Championship' yesterday...
Hi Tony,
The big day finally arrived.
I was up early and full of beans.
Thanks for the preparation X top secret worms. they did work.
Got signed in and headed for Dengemarsh.
It wasnt too busy but my comrades and I decided to walk to the diamond.
Bit of a killer with the shelters but worth it once we were set up.
11am kick off and we were away.
First hour and I had a 25cm Dab in the bucket. Got the feeling it would be hard going so felt ok with that.
Fished hard until the end at 4pm.
Ended up with 7 x Dabs but just the one to weigh in. 5 x 22cms and a smaller one.
Plenty of Whiting, Pouting, Rocklings and Dogfish about for the three of us.
There you have it. Bit disappointed to only get one out of seven but its same rules for everyone.
Great day for the RNLI and Dungeness.
Credit to the organisers as always.
Regards Dave."

Fun is what it is all about... ( 4 Feb)
I had this report in from Andrew Piper...
"Hi...Just a quick report from last week
On Friday I decided to have a drive to Hythe to see what the fishing was like, I live in Rainham . I hadn’t a clue where to go but ended up parking just round the bend facing towards Dover by Griggs, I noticed a rod just over the wall so I stopped. As I climbed out of my car this guy had a bite, so I thought this is going to be fun. I set my two rods up about 10 meters from the slope with Griggs to my back right and the fun started.using a mixture of blow lug, Rag and baby squid had a mixed bag.the usual whiting a few flat ties a hand full of dogs and a nice thorn back (my first ever) I fully intend to return to this spot with my grand kids."

Who told the whiting... ( 4 Feb)
I had this report in from Neil Rodwell...
"Hi Tony, I know it's not Dungy but thought I would drop you a quick report on my day at white horses near Pevensey bay today. The idea was to escape the seemingly endless torrent of whiting and head for a place I know throws up for few flatties. Unfortunately they followed me to east Sussex and after starting off with a solitary rockling I had whiting all throughout the day right till when I packed up. That'll teach me to look eleswhere! Lol. Still better than a blank and hoping to be out again soon. Regards. Neil"

Report from the dab 'magnet' ( 30 Jan)
I had this report in from Becky Lee Birtwhistle Hodges...I have a pretty good idea who is favourite for Sunday...
"Good day Dabbing Sunday 28th January
Hi Tony
Just a quick report to say that there are plenty of Dabs about. Fished from 07:30 to 1:30 and had 35+ Dabs. 10 over 25cm biggest two 29 and 30cm am the rest all between 21-23cm only 4 20cm or under. 
Good news for the WDC on Sunday 
Regards Becky"

Hello Tommy cod...your welcome ( 29 Jan)
At last some positive news...I have had a couple reports last week now this from David Harrington...well done Dave...

"Codling at Littlestone Wall (Well Tommy’s anyway)
Hi Tony
After work put a end to my trip to the Medway last night I decided to have a quick session at Littlestone. 
I got there about an hour before High & set up with just 1 rod using a 2 hook flapper loaded with Lug & Maddies & had Whiting from the off.
Then about an hour after high I had my first Codling only 20cms, but still a Codling. This then continued for the next hour with a steady stream of Whiting & Tommy Codling before the tide retreated back onto the sand & the bites dried up, where I then packed up & went home.
All in all a good little session with the biggest Codling of about 22cms, hopefully a good sign for next autumn.
Sorry mate no photos as I forgot my phone."

Warming up for the WDC ( 28 January)
At last a beach report from has been quiet...a great report from David Kingsman...
"Hi Tony,
Started having a practise for next Sunday’s World Dab Championship. Looking forward to it.Decided to try the Point area today with my mate Richard.
Planned to fish over low and get out before the big wind and rain arrived.
All went to plan at first. Whiting from the off. 3 at a time. 
We had a Dab each on low water with mine going a very decent 32cms.
Unfortunately that was all we had Dab wise.
The Whiting were out in force. I also had 3 Rockling and a Pouting.
Thanks for the bait. I know tides were tough this week. 
Upwards and onwards. See you Next week.
Regards Dave.

Local Angler sets new beach record... ( 21 January)
I saw this posted by Simon Newman of the DAA...from his fishing party out in Norway...
"David Wood-Brignall with his 153 lb new world record halibut caught this morning!"
...I believe Dave was out practising for the World dab fishing competition...

Looking for more dabs... ( 20 January)
I had this report in from Neil Rodwell fishing this morning...
"Hi Tony, today was WET. Still it didn't put me off. I went behind the station and got out of the wind with help from the shingle bank. It was the usual whiting all day most of which were undersized. Had a few rocking at the start of the session before the piranhas moved in and the 1 dab again. The fish were mostly in the shallows with not a great deal at range. Had a fox to keep me company for a while. Looking forward to the dabs making a more positive appearance. Cheers for the bait today and will speak soon. Regards. Neil."

Well that was breezy... ( 18 January)
I had this reminder for Saturdays match from Gavin Smith of the DAA...the conditions after the blow...should be perfect...nice tide as well...
"Hi all just a quick reminder we have the second match of the year.... Booking from 05:30-06:00 pm at the gate and fishing from 7pm - 11pm"

A dab warm up session... ( 17 January)
I had this positive report in this morning from Wayne Beale...

Hi Tony,
Me and a mate decided to take advantage of the decent weather and give Dunge a bash.
We arrived at the 'boats' nearest the point at 9.30am...a pleasant, albeit,  breezy day...with a stiffish Westerly.
Sea was a bit choppy....bit of weed and other rubbish etc
Bait: Fresh and frozen black, a few fresh Sprats, Butter Clams, Herring and Mackerel
Rigs: Size 1 two hook flapper.
We were using this session as a bit of a prelude to the WDC on 4th Feb.
It was the expected Whiting from the off...some quite decent size up to HW. This didn't much change throughout the tide, however we did get two Dab, 1 Rockling (I kept this to use as Pike bait, very good apparently?) and yippee....a Dogfish.
Plenty of birds 'working' close in...and saw a live Herring wash up on the, although the water wasn't ideal...we put on some small Sabiki's to try for Herring, but no joy.
My mate put tiny bits of Squid on his...and guess what? A full house of Whiting.
We packed up at 2pm.
If this report is anything to go by....Dungeness area isnt faring too good for the WDC.
Only one thing left and that is to bid Tony and all the other Dunge regulars a Happy new year...regards Wayne 
PS  The Plaice wont be long now!!!....hopefully.

Great fishing for January... ( 14 Jan)

I had this report in from Paul Jarrett...well done Steve for that 'mighty' dog...

Southern Circuit Sea Angling Society] Result from match 1 at Hythe - 13/01/18

19 members fished, Whiting, Dogfish, Pouting, Dabs and Rockling weighed in 

Well done to Tom Wells for winning the match 

1. Tom Wells - 34 fish, 22lb 1ozs 
2. Philip Underdown - 38 fish, 21lb 5ozs 
3. Wesley Cheeseman - 39 fish, 18lb 12ozs 
4. Keith Neame - 30 fish, 18lb 3.5ozs 
5. Martin Edwards - 28 fish, 16lb 13.5ozs 
6. Keith Johnson - 23 fish, 16lb 10ozs 
7. Luke Mooring - 27 fish, 15lb 14.5ozs 
8. Sam Collier - 31 fish, 15lb 
9. Martyn Hawes - 26 fish, 14lb 13ozs 
10. Paul Jarrett - 30 fish, 13lb 11ozs 
11. Dave Hough - 19 fish, 13lb 10ozs 
12. Dave Sales - 29 fish, 12lb 7ozs 
13. Les Bates - 26 fish, 11lb 6ozs 
14. Alan Jarrett - 18 fish, 11lb 3ozs 
15. Stephen Foster - 19 fish, 11lb 1.5ozs 
16. Steve Richards - 23 fish, 8lb 9.5ozs 
17. Paul Relf - 15 fish, 7lb 1oz 
18. Aaron Terry - 13 fish, 5lb 10.5ozs 
19. Kirk Eldridge - 6 fish, 2lb 4ozs 

Heaviest fish - 2lb 4oz Dogfish, Stephen Foster 

League table to follow

The magnificent seven... ( 12 January)
What a lovely evening...calm and mild! Here are the results from last Wednesdays match. Well done John Smith for carrying on where he left off last year...I owe 'Foss' a fiver for giving Peter 2nd place, when he should have been 3rd...but it was close!...hope to see you all at the next match...February 7 (2.30 - 5.30).

At least no one blanked... ( 9 January)
Here are the results from last Sunday...the first DAA match of the year...well done Steve...

That's the way...cook them... ( 9 January)
I had this report in yesterday from Raja... 
"Fished Hythe yesterday with my mate Alanzo we got there around 1.30pm it was cold water was very dirty big waves we got a spot and had a go we caught 3 lovely sea bass all returned but I must say the whitings we caught were massive they will be deep fried Jamaican style ha ha kids love em and To mix things up had a little dab and dogfish lovely day packed up around 6.30pm ..... No cod still praying 
Bait was blacks and squids. Thanks Raja" 

The bass are back... ( 8 January)
I had this report in this morning from Steve Latham...
"happy new year Tony went to Dengmarsh yesterday its was very windy but I stuck it out lots of whiting and fat rocklings then as the tide turned the bass came on the feed I had 6 in all 3 at 28cms and 3 at 38cms but no dab's the bait was fresh yellow tail's regards Steven."

What a cracker... ( 8 January)
I saw this posted today by Terry Noakes of Folkstone Trawlers...we can all dream
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Littlestone wall...under rated ( 7 January)
I had this excellent report in from Paul Child last night...
"Hi Tony
I popped in on Friday morning and bought some lug and squid from you. I said I was going along to Littlestone after the blow I wasn't disappointed as after fishing that spot for nearly 40 yrs when tide and conditions come together its well worth a trip its  underrated. The only drawback for fishing over high water is that as you know you can only fish high water up / down for a total of 3 hrs or so with any depth.
But saying that we sometimes buck that trend  like we have done over many years  and  have  a low tide session its very different on the very  low extreme spring tide we go through that sinking mud and walk out left of the ‘Mulberry’ the sand is quite hard here trawling our the shrimp net catching all sorts of  bait hermits shrimps crabs and small fish which we use as bait dig a few lug up.. We then wade out at low tide with chest waders say 80-100yds  up to the mid ribs then whack it out for another similar distance  its  hard work but we get very decent flatfish of all descriptions…and the odd bass great in the summer my dad taught me…  but you need to be aware of how quick the tide comes in and get back through that mud !
Anyway back to Friday I used  three rods two rods at distance pulley with single hooks loaded right up with either Lug Squid or both  and a smaller rod had for years 3 hooks all squid 30 -40 yards at edge of the hard sand before it hits the mud. Non-stop work with the three rods. The first Whiting came as the tide just about covered the sand in what must have been 4 feet of water the whiting were so close in out behind the waves and following the tide in.  At the turn of the tide the expected  Dogs  came in numbers from small baby ones to good size keepers.. My 2 gallon bucket was 3/4 full of good sized whiting 15 -16 inches .  It was a fish most casts certainly the 3 hook with squid was very effective at 40 yds getting a full house like Mackerel most casts. Of note which gives an understanding how many fish must have been out there after the blow  was when I reeled in the single hook rod and two fish came in a 6 inch whiting  hooked and a large channel whiting that had grabbed it and had sunk his teeth into it before letting go in the surf which I grabbed! But no Cod !
Kind regards Paul"

They are getting bigger...( 6 January)
I had this report in tonight from Paulius Radiunas...
"Evening mate
Big thank you for the worms and the needle
Me and my better half fished Dungeness behind power plant today.
Arrived at 1pm, 1 hr before high tide and fished untill 5pm.
Used bait rag, lug, squid, mackerel. Sandwiches and not.
Results dozen whitings 30 cm+ and one 35 cm. End of report."

Look at the photo...since those groins reappeared since the sixties they have exposed even further showing a real drop in beach careful on spring tides.

Last Saturday...( 6 January)
I had this report in from Ian fishing last week (3.12.17)...
My brother and I decided to fish the back of the boats from just before high tide in the morning all the way down to low tide. The water was nicely coloured with a few rollers making there way up the beach. The fish of the day were of course Whiting, but not the small pin Whiting. Try as we might we couldn't connect with any Dabs (and we won't mention "Cod"). All baits caught including Herring and Clams found on the beach and overall we had a good day, the rain stayed away and we managed a good bags of Whiting and three Doggies (two of which were on whole squid pulley rig meant for something else!).
Regards Ian Milligan"

At last...a report...( 6 January)
Well here is our first report of the year...from Duncan Pulley who was out on the big tide yesterday...
Hi Tony,
Thanks for the Bait this morning, Decided to fish Dungeness with my son today, arrived 2 hours before high tide and fished through till about 3 hours after.
There was only about a dozen other anglers that I could see and we fished just up from the boats, turned into a whiting fest all day which pleased my son as last time we fished we blanked! Couple of dog fish thrown in to break it up but no codling yet.
Weed and rubbish a nuisance on the flood but after high it wasn’t too bad.
Regards Duncan.

The first DAA 'Vets'match 2018 ( 3 Jan)
Hello all you 'Vets'...yes here is the full match list for hopefully seeing you at the first one next Wednesday...

The first DAA match of the year ( 2 Jan)
I saw this report from Alex Veel of the DAA...
"Reminder time....
The first match of 2018 is this coming Sunday (7th). Sign in is at the gate from 9:30 - 10am Fishing is 11am - 3pm.
The club will be fishing to the SAMF length to points table & our size limits as shown in the attached pics.
Both the conversion chart & size limits will be available at sign in.
Hope to see a few of you there....& happy new year!"

Not long to go...welcome 2018 ( 31 Dec)
Happy New Year to you all lets hope the year gets of to a fast start with a few cod.

Plenty of fish to end the year... ( 31 Dec)
I had this report in from Dave Kingsman...well done Dave for going...I hope you 'bag up' in 2018!...
"Hi Tony,
Certainly was Dungy at it fiercest  yesterday.
Thanks for the bait. I knows its been tough with the short tides.
We arrived just before low tide hoping for a calm spell.
Richard had a couple of Dabs on the ebb.
Plenty of fish out there. We had loads of Whiting and some Rockling.
Low was quite nice to fish but once the tide started coming in that was our lot. Plastic bags and other rubbish kept dragging us in.
Did not see any other anglers this trip.
Thats my lot until 2018.
Keep the faith and have a great NYE. Regards Dave.

What a great day, plenty of sun... ( 28 Dec)
After a gorgeous day at Dungeness (and it was busy with the sun out) here is a report from Neil Rodwell...the whiting king...
"Hi Tony. Cheers for the bait today. It was more of the same fishing the point from tide down through to low water. Had a zillion whiting from start to finish with pretty much all of them keepable size. I was casting as far in as 5 yards and was pulling triple shots in. The sea bed must look like the northern line at rush hour with the amount of whiting about at the minute! Also managed the obligatory single dab. It's a shame whiting don't grow to the same size as cod! At least using a three hook rig makes them feel like one big fish when pulling them in! Lol. Will be in again soon. Regards. Neil"

Not much better on Boxing day... ( 27 Dec)
I had this report in last night from Robert Gibson...
Hi Tony, thanks for the bait, fished denge today for only about hour and half, 5 whiting not much bigger that 11”, wind was getting stronger and some big waves so called it a day.

A Breezy Christmas day... ( 26 December)
I had this report in from Ian Milligan today...
My son and I fished the back of the boats on 25th Dec between 8 and 3, the SW winds churned up the water and certainly made for some difficult fishing, sometimes the leads would hold and sometimes not. We caught plenty of Whiting which were bigger then the normal Pin Whiting. The target fish was Dabs but only caught one. My son also had one Dogfish and I had my biggest Pouting, which was returned alive. All baits caught at distance and close in."

Operation Whiting... ( 25 December)
I had this great report in Christmas eve from Ryan Taylor...
"Hi Tony
Fridays trip to Dungy was only my second time out since June owing to moving house but with a pre-christmas/late house warming shindig for 25 hungry people planned, a small dent in the Channel Whiting stocks seemed a great way to feed the guests..
8am saw two sets of clipped down rigs sent out to different distances and as totally expected battle commenced straight away with our obliging friends. 
My aim was to try and avoid the pests and target better ones which made it alot more interesting, i found the bigger ones far more fussy than i'd probably ever give them credit for, they only wanted neatly presented baits on small hooks and longer links, straight lug was third choice, neat squid/lug wraps 2nd but far and away their favourite on the day was bluey/fresh lug tidy wraps on 1/0's.
Different states of the tide saw action increase/decrease and when it brightened up around lunchtime, almost instantly the fish scarpered into the deeper water and i had to go long to stay in touch with them. They kept me on my toes for sure!
3 palm sized Dabs on frozen lug and bling traces broke things up a touch, big baits on big hooks produced practically zilch and on packing up time i'd kept eleven decent ones so that was the party food sorted!
A real great trip all in all and hopefully i'll be back before too long.
Season's greetings Tony to you and all Seagullers and  as ever if it doesn't challenge you it won't change you. Bye for now. Ryan."

They still make a nice fish cake ( 24 Dec)
I had this report in from Robert Gibson last night...
Hi Tony, many thanks for the lovely bait today we fished in between the boats and board walk managed to bag about 12 whiting not much of any size.

A nice day at Dungy for David ( 24 Dec)
I had this great report from David Kingsman...
"Hi Tony,
Saturday 23rd December
Met up with a couple of mates for a spot of Dab fishing behind the Power Station today.
Really enjoyed it as Ive not been down for a while.
Fished 3 hours before HT. Had a few Whiting before Dabs started showing.
All good fun and we fished until 2 hours down.
End result.
My mate Richard had 10 x Dabs and Whiting
I had 3 x Dabs and 15 Whiting
Other mate Gary just had Whiting.
No complaints. Seems like the Whiting are thinning out and Dabs moving in.
Probably could have caught more Dabs if we stayed longer but my mate had to leave. I had a Dab last cast so they were still there.
Have a great Christmas everyone. Hope to see you all in 2018."

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas... ( 23 December)
I have had a couple of emails about my opening times over Christmas...I'm open all week just closed Christmas day, so if you need any bait just call 01797 366837.

Shane enjoys the 'Parade' ( 18 December)
I had this report in yesterday from Shane Edwards...
"Hi tony sorry for late report I had a lil go down on the parade on Saturday had a really good day plenty of fish there as well."

DAA end of year...well done Phil ( 18 Dec)

I had this report in from Alex Veel of the DAA...well done Phil Tanner on winning the DAA league...

"Last nights results & updated league table attached....
Whiting, Dabs & Rockling caught.
Well done to Gavin Smith on the win.

The league table has now been adjusted to reflect everyones best 19 out of a possible 24 matches. Only x3 members had fished more than 19 matches so points adjustment was one actually changed position on the table!"

Alternative Fish & Chips ( 18 Dec)

As part of my campaign to reduce the numbers of whiting by eating's a nice recipe...from  on the BBC food page.

For the chips

  • 225g/8oz floury potatoes, for example, Maris Piper
  • vegetable oil, for deep frying
  • salt

For the fish

  • 2 free-range eggs, separated
  • 200g/7oz plain flour, plus extra for dredging
  • 1 tbsp desiccated coconut
  • 200ml/7fl oz ice cold water (more or less if required)
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh tarragon
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh mint
  • 4 x 150g/5oz whiting fillets
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • lemon, juice only

For the tartare sauce


  1. For the chips, peel the spuds, then slice on a mandoline at its thinnest setting, or hand cut very finely.
  2. Place the potato slices into cold water and leave for 30 minutes (this will break down the starch and help them to crisp up during cooking).
  3. Heat the oil in a deep, heavy-bottomed frying pan until a breadcrumb sizzles and turns brown when dropped into it. (CAUTION: hot oil can be dangerous. Do not leave unattended.)
  4. Pat the potato slices dry with kitchen paper and add to the hot oil in batches to deep-fry for 2-3 minutes, or until crisp and golden.
  5. Carefully remove the cooked chips from the oil with a slotted spoon, drain on kitchen paper and sprinkle with a little salt.
  6. For the fish, make a batter by whisking the egg whites in a bowl until stiff peaks form when the whisk is removed.
  7. Beat the egg yolks and the flour together to combine, then add the water, coconut and chopped herbs.
  8. Add the beaten egg whites and gently fold into the batter.
  9. Season the whiting fillets with salt and freshly ground black pepper and add a squeeze of lemon juice to each.
  10. Dredge the whiting in flour, shaking off any excess, then dip the floured fillets into in batter to coat completely.
  11. Carefully place the battered whiting fillets into the hot oil and deep-fry for eight minutes, or until crisp, golden and cooked through.
  12. For the tartare sauce, mix the mayonnaise, capers, gherkins, horseradish sauce and parsley together in a clean bowl, then season, to taste, with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
  13. To serve, place a piece of battered fish onto each of four plates. Place a large spoonful of chips alongside and a dollop of tartare sauce beside.

Loads of tasty (big) whiting ( 18 Dec)
I had this report in from Mike Shine...nice and positive...
"Dear Tony
Thanks for the bait on Friday. A very busy day session with good size whiting from the first cast right thought to the last some quite plump and for anyone who enjoys eating whiting they could have taken enough home to enjoy. None of the 'pin size' stuff, these were all good enough to to give a positive rattle. The high tide had left some really big spider crab beached and there was some crab activity evidenced on the bat and whiting not brought in early but not enough to be a problem.
Dungi was quiet with only 10 anglers in sight so many missed a really enjoyable days sport. Best regards Mike."

Those starving whiting... ( 17 December)
I had this report in this afternoon from Mafia Muziq...
"Fished hythe on Friday evening from 7pm-midnight o boy whiting were everywhere some lovely size took a few home for the in-laws but just before packing up had 3 dabs on squid and frozen black the strange thing is I tried prawns sprats and Gulp squids all eaten by whiting there are really not fussy are they.
Freezing cold weather no bass or codling showed 😑"

Loads of 'piranhas' ( 17 December)
I had this report in from Neil Rodwell...
"Hi Tony, I've had trouble getting anything over to you so I've sent a report minus the photos to see if that works. It was a total whiting fest on Saturday behind the station. Had them from the 1st to the last cast. Triple shots were common and most were a good size. Even my live bait rig had both hooks swallowed by the greedy little things! I managed to winkle out a solitary dab which had somehow bullied it's way to the front of the queue. But other than that is was whiting all day coming from long range, medium range and behind the breakers. They were everywhere! Will be in again soon. Regards. Neil" Its no good we are going to have to eat them into extinction every whiting over 30cm goes home!!!
Well that was 2017 ( 15 December)
Here are the results from the final round in the 'Vets' series last Wednesday...
Well done John Smith on winning the series and the coveted DAA Vets 'hoody' and well done John Barnes for coming second...

The last one of the year ( 15 December)
I had this in from Alex Veel of the DAA...
"Reminder time.... 
Our final match of the year is this Sunday (17th). 
It's a Rover with fishing 4pm - 8pm. Sign in at the gate 2:30pm - 3pm."

Adam has a enjoyable day ( 12 December)
I had this report in from Adam Goldie have a very nice day down at 'Rock a Nore' Hastings...
"Hi Tony. We all upset not many cod turned up this year. So i thought a little about how to avoid the whiting. I fished during the day with old lug on size 4's bit of bling. Fishing was slow at first but soon picked up during the flood. Total was 12 dabs 6 whiting and just for sheer sticking it out a 37cm bass for good measure!!!. What a lovely day and enjoyable session. All the best Adam"

DAA Juniors 2018 ( 12 December)

I had this in from Terry Carpenter of the DAA Juniors...the dates for next year...


Feb -- sun 18th @ 9.45
Mar -- sun 18th @ 9.15
Apr -- sun  29th @ 9.15
May -- sat  19th @11.45
June -- sat 16th @ 10.45
July --  sun 15th @ 10.45
Aug --  sat  11th @ 8.45
Sep --  sun  23rd @ 8.45
Oct --  sun  27th @ 10.15
Nov -- sat   10th @  9.45
Dec -- sun   9th  @  9.15

If you know a Junior who could go...spread the word...its free!

Whiting...and more whiting...( 11 Dec)
I had this report in today from Becky Lee Hodges...who has been 'dabbing'at Dungeness...note how the beaches are packed...
"Hi Tony
I arrived at Dungeness at 07:45am and was fishing by 08:15am. As predicted the Ebb tide was racing through due to the Northerly wind. The tactics were to use a variety of baits and rigs to try and get through the hordes of Whiting that have been a plague on our coast in recent years. I fished the tide down to Low Water and then all the way up to High Water but could not get through the thousands of Whiting that were out there. Every time I brought my gear in it was a triple or double shot of Whiting of all sizes. The average size was about 25cm with the biggest going 36cm.

The plan was to see if the Dabs had turned up at Dungeness but they stood no chance with the whiting being straight onto the bait. It wasn’t until I was packing away that I brought in a Dab of 23cm. Within 5 minutes of the baits hitting the water the fish were on. It didn’t matter which bait you used the Whiting were straight onto it. To be honest whilst I didn’t blank and I was catching every cast it is a depressing feeling to know that there is not much else out there, and what is out there doesn’t stand a chance getting to the baits before the Whiting. 
hopefully more Dabs next time. Regards Becky"

One day Colin, one day... ( 11 Dec)
I had this in from Colin Hemsworth yesterday...
"Hi Tony,
Fished near the diamond yesterday, arrived for 11 and gave it a good go, it didn’t feel like there was any bass around so went all out for a cod. Big baits, Bluey/squid/lug wraps on 6/0 pennel rigs bound tight with elastic which I’m sure any self respecting cod would have gulped down, unfortunately the whiting didn’t give em a chance and the hooks were coming back completely stripped of any bait and a tangled mess with the elastic. All in all probably about 30+ whiting, with a few nice ones. Was a bit chilly yesterday, much appreciate the complimentary hand warmers which came in very useful! Thanks for the bait and see you soon. Colin"

DAA, battered but not bowed... ( 11 Dec)
I had this in last night from Alex Veel....
"X8 hardy souls came out to fish today's Rover.
Conditions were pretty full on with gusting 60mph westerly winds. These subsided after an hour into the match however.
Half of those elected to fish at Littlestone, the other half round by the boats. 
Littlestone was hard work with just 3 sizeable fish between the 4 anglers. The boats fished better but again just Whiting & 1 solitary dab.
Well done to David Wood-Brignall on the win.
Full results & updated league table to follow in the next few days."

....and here are the results and standings....

What a great match... ( 10 December)
I had this report from Paul Jarrett of the Southern Circuit Sea Angling Society...

"Result from our Xmas match at Hythe Princes Parade - 09/12/17 

15 members fished, Whiting, Dogfish, Dabs, Pouting, and Flounder weighed in 

Well done to Ashley Brown for winning the match, and everyone for braving the freezing conditions, good match to end the year 

1. Ashley Brown - 43 fish, 14lb 2.5ozs 
2. Robert Bates - 34 fish, 13lb 4.5ozs 
3. Neil Creed - 36 fish, 12lb 8.5ozs 
4. Martin Edwards - 27 fish, 11lb 2ozs 
5. David Simon Bullock - 30 fish, 10lb 11.5ozs 
6. Michael Ferrier - 29 fish, 10lb 7.5ozs 
7. Tony Taylor - 28 fish, 10lb 7ozs 
8. David Wood-Brignall - 23 fish, 9lb 6.5ozs 
9. Keith Neame - 23 fish, 8lb 5.5ozs 
10. Sam Collier - 24 fish, 8lb 4.5ozs 
11. Paul Jarrett - 22 fish, 8lb 2ozs 
12. Dave Sales - 18 fish, 6lb 10ozs 
13. Philip Underdown - 16 fish, 6lb 
14. Les Bates - 16 fish, 5lb 10ozs 
15. Keith Johnson - 17 fish, 5lb 5ozs 

Heaviest fish - 1lb 9oz Dogfish, Martin Edwards 
Heaviest flat fish - 12.5oz Flounder, Philip Underdown"

The DAA Vets last match of 2017... ( 9 Dec)
Yes it's our last match of the year on from 6.15 to 9.15 (high tide 7.49) John Smith can't be caught...but I will be fishing for something bigger than whiting...its worth a go...break out the 4/0 wide gapes!

Alex is dreaming of cod... ( 7 December)
I saw this from Alex Veel of the DAA...
"Reminder time....
Our next match is this Sunday (10th). It's a Rover from 3pm - 7pm. Sign in at the gate for the point from 1:30pm - 2pm.
Guaranteed Cod for everyone....probably.
Hope to see you all there" ðŸŽ£ 

The DAA Vets last week... ( 5 December)
Here are the results and series positions after round 11 last Wednesday...with one round to go John Smith is on a winner...

Santa came early... ( 5 December)
I had this report from Terry Carpenter of the DAA Juniors...

"Juniors had there last meet of the year today sat 2nd December on a cold fresh morning . 
The fish caught were whiting and dabs . 
Afterwards they went to the Pilot pub for a meal which was sponsored by the Pilot pub for which we are very grateful. 
The Junior Champion of the year is George Hanson , with the biggest bass prize going to Harry Clements and the biggest cod prize going to Aiden Lindsey all juniors had Xmas gifts for thank john smith of the DAA club for his generous donation to the juniors. 
All had a good time hope to see you all next year . 
Have a very happy Christmas and don't eat all the chocs at once"

Whiting in all sizes... ( 3 December)
I had this report in this evening from Matt Hukins...
"Hi Tony me and my brother fished Dengemarsh last night up to high tide. Nothing but Whiting all night, some keepers, but nice to get on the beach. Here's hoping for a blow to bring in something better?"

Colin gave it a go... ( 3 December)
I had this report in this morning from Colin Hemsworth...
"Hi Tony,
Fished Dengemarsh yesterday, there was very little wind all day so casting not a problem and a nice day to be out on the beach. Only whiting and dabs were caught, I was fishing fresh lug and Bluey/squid wraps. Tried out a few live bait rigs as well but no luck. Thanks for the bait, see you soon. Colin"

Hot off the press from Andrew ( 3 Dec)
I had this report in from Andrew Elsey this morning...
"Hi Tony fished Sandgate last nite lot whiting a couple dabs and dog fish.nothing else"

Very early or very late? ( 3 Dec)
I had this report in from Tony Holland this morning...
"A good days fishing today 2/12/17 at Hastings for Tony Holland and Brian Huggins. With 4 plaice from three quarters of a pound to one and a half pound along with a few dabs, small bass and the usual whiting,a little change from the Dunge, once again superb bait supplied cheers Tony"

Neil's dabs points the way... ( 26 Nov)
I had this report in this evening from Neil Rodwell...
"Hi Tony, decided to fish between the point and the station today. Very busy down there but managed to find a space. Had a constant supply of whiting all day to keep me amused, also had my first dabs of the season which broke the whiting fest up nicely. The frozen lug you supplied worked well and I didn't use anything else all day so happy all round. All the whiting were caught close in just behind the breakers and the dabs were at range. Shame it was so cold cos there wasn't a cloud in the sky all day! Will be back in soon. Regards. Neil" 

DAA Vets match reminder... ( 26 Nov)
Just a reminder for all the DAA Vets, we have round 11 in our match series this Wednesday.
at Littlestone Wall, fishing 6 till forecast, a barmy 7 degrees with a offshore North Westerly wind, no rain or snow...I can't wait!...loads of cod!!!

Plenty of bass... ( 26 November)
I had this report in today from Colin Hemsworth...
"Hi Tony, Had a good session at Dengemarsh yesterday, arrived a few hours before high and in not too much time was into the bass. Overall had 8 all caught on fresh lug. Also had a dogfish and as night fell lots of whiting which were on the bait within seconds no matter very close in or at range. Will be back for another go soon. Thanks for the great bait, see you soon. Colin."

If in doubt...try again... ( 25 November)
I had this report in from Brian Rees...
"Hi Tony,
I fished Denge in the tail end of that blow on Thursday evening, big surf running, perfect really - but couldn’t get past the whiting.  Same for a lad from Tonbridge who kindly gave me his leftover bait.  So I had another go in daylight on Friday, fishing really close to avoid the whiting, and it gave this bass  a chance to find the bait.  It hit so hard it took the rod out of the stand, so for a moment I thought it might be the big one.  Never mind, one day.  It was just short of 50cms and took a piece of clam.  v best, Brian.

Thanks Kevin for the report ( 24 Nov)
I had this in tonight from Kevin Collins...
"Hi Tony, thanks for the bait at short notice today, we fished behind the power station this morning up to high tide, plenty of whiting and a small bass to finish."
Plenty of fish for SCSAS ( 21 November)
I had the results in from Paul Jarrett of the Southern Circuit Sea Angling Society  

Paul Jarrett
19 November at 12:41
"Result from match 13 at Sandwich Bay - 18/11/17

10 members fished, Whiting, Dogfish and Dabs weighed in

Well done to Philip Underdown for winning the match

1. Philip Underdown - 47 fish, 23lb 2.5ozs
2. Ashley Brown - 40 fish, 18lb 10ozs
3. Robert Bates - 35 fish, 16lb 5ozs
4. Dave Sales - 33 fish, 15lb 5ozs
5. Alan Jarrett - 35 fish, 15lb 2ozs
6. Paul Jarrett - 32 fish, 13lb 3ozs
7. Keith Johnson - 30 fish, 11lb 10ozs
8. Martin Edwards - 26 fish, 11lb 4.5ozs
9. Keith Neame - 21 fish, 9lb 11.5ozs
10. Les Bates- 18 fish, 9lb 11.5ozs

Heaviest fish - 1lb 10.5oz Dogfish, Philip Underdown "
DAA results from Alex ( 21 November)
Here are the results and placings from last Sundays match from Alex can only get better...well done 'big Joe'...

Loads of bass on Sunday ( 21 November)
I had this report in from Darry...
"Hi Tony
Lovely days fishing at Dengemarsh on Sunday, 9 bass in total biggest weighing 4lb also had a few dabs!!
Thanks, Darry Nicholas"

Can't beat a PB ( 21 November)
Nice report from Alan Martin...better late than never...
"Afternoon Tony,
Apologies, I owe you a report. Sorry its a bit late!
Posted on WSF 4th November after fishing on the 3rd at Denge and Pirate Springs, photo attached.

Evening all,
Just got back from a long afternoon and evening on the beach.
I had booked this afternoon off work, as the tides looked great. So come 2pm I found myself setting up on Dengemarsh for part 1 of the day's activities. 
I was armed with plenty of bait, and after a quick set up both rods were sent seawards, well in search of anything to be honest! 
A couple of hours passed down to low water with not even a sniff of a rattle on the rod tips! Dusk set in and I made sure I has some prime bass baits sent out. Dusk was quickly replaced by darkness and then came the whiting. After reeling in a few I checked my clock and it was time to pack up and head to my next venue for part 2 of the evening.
Now my second venue has appeared on here a few times, But due to the relatively scarce information on it I'm guessing it's one the locals may wish to keep to themselves. Anyway, it was my first time at the venue and I arrived in plenty of time to scout out the features before the tide really came in.
My target for the evening was skate and bass. With one rod fished at distance and one close in. It didn't take long before it was a whiting each cast, and my heart sank as I thought this is all it's going to be for the evening. But fortunately my distance rod started to pull and jolt about, with a tell tale hallmark of a ray bite.
After a moderately hard fight my target species was on the beach, yippee it was not a whiting! And even more happy to see it was fairly large. A quick weigh and it came in just under 11lbs, which beats my previous pb of 10lbs on the nose! So yes joy, target species and a pb!
I pressed on for another hour and half over high water but just the same old ting gracing the hooks, including a first for me being 3 greedy whiting impaled on one bait! Ridiculous.
Anyway I thoroughly enjoyed the new venue, always great trying somewhere different. Even nicer to have the whole place to myself. I then made the drive back north and got to work on the wings in preparation for a few nice meals. 
Until next time Alan"

Make a note in the diary ( 21 November)
I had this announcement in from Simon Newman...

Enjoy your fishing ( 19 November)
I had this report in from Wayne, who fished Hythe last night...
"Hi Tony,
Have been fishing at Herne Bay in recent weeks. The stamp of Whiting have been very good indeed (30cm+) and very fat too...the odd small Codling too. 
So when my mate insisted on Hythe Saturday night, i wasnt overly excited.
Anyway, bait dug fresh Saturday morning and we started to fish at Hythe about 8pm. It was very slow going up to HW (about 11pm), with a bit of drizzle. Come HW, i started to get more bites...Whiting. Over the next 3hrs i managed to weedle out 5 decent Whiting (30cm), a couple of small Pouting and my first Dab of the season (25cm). The sky had cleared and it became very 'dewy' and temperature had dropped significantly. We packed up at 2am.
Rigs; A short pulley (2/0) with ½ a small cuttle as bait cast quite a way out.on one rod.
        A 1up 1 down (size 1) with single fresh lug tipped with fresh Mackerel, flicked into 'the gutter'. Most fish came the short range rod.
It was an enjoyable session....and i never scoff at decent Whiting (lovely eating imo)
My tip to others who are expecting Cod/Codling, is to lower yor expectations.....test your skills on getting the bigger Whiting....they can be targeted!
Most of all enjoy the fishing. Take care Tony. Best regards Wayne"

Tough going in daylight ( 19 November)
I had this report in from Colin Hemsworth...
Hi Tony,
I fished near the diamond yesterday, the sea looked promising as I walked up to the spot, a big choppy and with the wind casting shouldn’t be too bad. I tried all distances and baits but almost no bites all day, every bait was coming back untouched. I could see birds diving further out then I could cast with the wind but couldn’t reach them. I had one small flatfish as the light faded- a flounder I think? Then as night fell it picked up a bit with one bass and loads of whiting. I was fishing fresh lug on a two hook flapper rig for the bass and the other rod a pulley pennel rig 7/0 hook, lug/Bluey/squid wrap or whole squid to tempt a cod. Thanks for the bait see you soon, Colin.

Fish every cast...whiting ( 17 November)
I had this report in the other day on messenger from Tony Greggsboy...almost missed it...
"We got some ragworm, and a few blacks.
Fished up near the lighthouse on Tues Eve, 5pm to 10.
Whiting virtually every cast, shame they were slightly under size.
But a pleasant evening in fine conditions. Get them next time"

Turbo charged Dymchurch ( 16 November)
I had this report in from Simon Newman this evening...
"Visiting Dungeness, Castaways guests Carl and Beaver from Norfolk had a rare catch from Dymchurch yesterday chasing rays. A turbot, only around 12 oz but a first for Carl. They also had whiting and whiting and dogfish."

Reminder from Alex ( 16 November)
I had this report in from Alex Veel of the DAA...
"Reminder time.... 
Our next match is this Sunday (19th). It's a pegged match behind the powerstation. Sign in at the gate for the point from 8:30-9am. 
We'll then drive in convoy round to the car park. Fishing 10am - 2pm."

Well what a nice surprise ( 16 November)
This report has been removed due to a request from the person posting it.

More than just whiting...( 12 November)
I had this report in this morning from Colin Hemsworth
"Hi Tony,
I fished Dengemarsh yesterday, arrived just on first HT around 10.30 and was straight away into whiting and that lasted for the whole session until I packed up around 11. Must have had about 80, also one bass, a pouting and a few dogfish. Conditions were good with the wind on the back and a bit of colour to the water closer to shore but further out very clear. 
I was fishing fresh lug on one rod and a whole squid on the other. Thanks for the lug and see you soon. Colin"

Wall to wall whiting...( 12 November)
I had this report in from David Kingsman...
"Hi Tony,
Thanks for the excellent bait yesterday.
Took my mate Zack to Galloways as there is no shooting this weekend.
Everything looked good and the rain stayed away.
No weed and while the sea was quite rough we have no trouble holding bottom.
No monsters to report Im afraid. The Whiting got us. 30 each I reckon.
Still, you never know. Have another try next week.
Regards Dave."

All to yourself...enjoy... ( 9 November)
I had this report in today from Mohammad...
"Hello Tony, sorry for the late catch report but could be useful for other enthusiasts. Went fishing towards low tide (spring tide) behind the boats at Dungeness this Monday 7th November and was surprised to see lots of whiting, albeit fairly small in size. Wasn't really expecting or prepared for much more. Full moon, clear sky, calm winds and only me and my brother on the beach. Beautiful evening. Sometimes it's not always about the fish. Thanks. Mohammad Adair."

Tower...gone to the dogs ( 9 November)
I had this report in from David Harrington...
"Hi Tony I fished Tower 23 last night after a late season Ray.
I got there around an hour before Low and fished until 2 hours after. I set up 2 rods, with 3/0 up & over rigs, both loaded with Launce & Bluey cocktails, and from the off I was into the Dogfish.
I was getting a Dogfish a cast with the odd Whiting as well. Sometimes the Dogs were on the bait so fast the Rays were not getting a chance to find the bait.
I tried at range, in close, just Launce or Bluey, but to no avail I just couldn’t get past the Dogs."

DAA Sunday's match... ( 8 November)
I had these results in from Alex Veel of the match on Sunday...

Some decent bass ( 5 November)
I had this report in from Darren Baldock yesterday...

A nice mixed bag for Colin ( 5 November)
I had this report in from Colin Hemsworth out yesterday...
"Hi Tony,
I thought I’d head for the diamond yesterday with the wind direction shifting in the afternoon. Arrived for first HT and set up, holding bottom not a problem and there nice bit of movement in the water. First cast I had a big whiting and I hoped I wasn’t in for a white out all day, but things quickly got better next cast a bass and had three more through the day all on fresh lug. Also had a dab and a few dogfish later on and all the whiting were of a good size. Packed up around 11.30 after 2nd HT. Thanks for the lug see you soon. Colin"
Still better than carp fishing ( 5 November)
I had this report sent in from Neil Rodwell this morning...
"Hi Tony. I was going to follow your advice and head for Denge today, however couldn't resist stopping at the station and having a look. Decided to set up just over from the concrete road and fished the big swell waiting for the wind to move round. Got a good soaking around mid day to the point where the pockets on my suit filled with water but stuck it out. Was surprised at how easy was to hold bottom considering the tide size. Starting catching bass in the surf as the tide started to drop, a couple at the 2lb mark. As the wind swung round and the sun come out so did the whiting. Final tally. 5 bass 5 whiting all on black lug. Will be in again soon. Neil. 
P.S yes its better than carp fishing on its day! Regards."

Stay calm...and go fishing ( 3 November)
I had this report in this afternoon from Mafia Muziq...a great report...that's what its all about...get out there and enjoy yourself...
"Hi I am new to fishing and to this post I fished hythe last night from 9-11pm it was so calm you could touch the waves i had two lovely bass and upwards of 40 whiting spent most of the evening returning whiting. sea bass were good size but not for keeping so returned to fight another day thanks"  

Cracking bait...lovely size... ( 3 November)
I had this report in this morning from Simon Newman...
"Hi Tony. Not quite Dungeness but not far, I had a go for squid last night  at Sandgate. Caught 12 in 3 hours so not prolific but a beautiful calm night to be out."

You won't blank... ( 30 October)
I had this report in this morning from Steve Barry...
"Hi all 
Nice day out down dungeness all i had is whiting rod was non stop around 15 whiting all gone back could be worse and have no fish at all
but bass or cod would be nice
not take photo phone batt almost dead Steve"

The sea's to warm?... ( 29 October)
This just came in this afternoon from Paulius...
"Hi Tony, we fished behind the boats yesterday night roughly one hour after high tide until roughly 11-ish. Used squids, frozen lugs and bits of mackerels. Tons of whiting, some good size, but not even one dog.
Is it a good gues, that water is still just a bit too warm for bigger fish?
Paulius Radiunas"

Beautiful bass...great pic's ( 29 October)
I had this cracking report in this morning from Colin Hemsworth...
"Hi Tony,
I fished the back of the power station yesterday, the beach was deserted when I arrived and walked down to near the hut and set up. The conditions were good all day and the wind no problem. First cast resulted in a bass and had dogfish and whiting till I packed up around 11. Overall 4 bass the best 3lb, 4 dogfish and countless whiting. I fished one rod black lug on a two hook flapper rig and a whole squid presented on a pulley pennel rig 5+6/0 hooks. Thanks for letting me test that akira fishing line it definitely put some distance on my cast and cut through the waves better then my usual 15lb line. Thanks for the lug and will be back for another go soon. Colin"
More anglers = more reports ( 29 October)
Another report that came in last night...from Joe Collins...
"Hi Tony, fished the walkway towards the powerstation this afternoon,  28th
Wow what a swell, loads of colour and a packed beach!!
Fished Pennal pulls rig with whole squid hoping for a monster bass or passing codling......but..... Not sure if the whiting attacked the squid or the squid attacked the whiting....... The little white things were taking everything or trying....
So nothing major happened just whiting.
Hopefully as the beach was packed more reports will roll in.
Got to be in it to win in...
See you soon and thanks for that spare score... Joe
Oh.. Got a pic of a weird rainbow thing over the light house..."

Dungeness is unique...( 29 October)
This report came in last night from Mohammed Adair...
"Hello Tony,
Third ever week fishing behind the boats at Dungoness. Three weeks ago 37 mackerel and 15 decent sized whiting. Last weekend only 7 whiting and a dog fish and today 5 whiting and a dogfish. Still this is now my second favourite place to fish after Deal/sandwich bay. Take care"

Torn to pieces...'piranhas'... ( 28 October)
I had this report in this afternoon from Joe...
"hi tony i noticed that you don't have any reports from the weekend.
i fished on Saturday night behind the boats, tackeled up at 9pm for a 1am high tide.
nothing major happened apart from our little white friends.
they was destroying everything from lug to muscle wraps i even put whole sprats in a pennel rig and you can guess it… they still took a whole sprat.
did get one pouting and a large dog but it was a fun still night.
see you soon. joe collins"

Last weeks DAA match... ( 27 October)
Sorry for the delay (again) in putting up Alex Veels match results from last weekend...where does the time go...
"Todays results & updated league table attached...
X10 members fished this rover with the majority electing to fish the point round to the boats area.
Whiting, Pout & dogs caught.
Well done John Smith on the win. 
Please note, number of fish is unknown for 3rd to 10th incl...if you remember how many you had or know anyone else's, let me know & i'll update the table ðŸ‘
Next match Sunday 5th Nov."
I had this update for Alex Veel..."Tony, Just for updating the table I had seven fish that counted in last weeks match. Thanks Trevor Loveridge" 

Tough going for Dave... ( 26 October)
I had this report from David Kingsman...
Hi Tony,
Bit of a report for you.

Planned to fish Behind the Boats but it looked a bit crowded.
Knew anywhere else would be tough with the wind but decided to fish the Wooden Walkway.
Surprised there were quite a lot of other anglers behind the power station.
Few had the shelters up and looked like they were there for the long haul.
The water was chocolatey brown  up to 50 yards then clear further out.
To be honest it was hard going.
Wind wasn’t really a problem but loads of weed.
Had a mega pull down and thought my number had come in. Turned out to be a white towel plus Whiting.
Bloke next door thought same as me and run up to investigate. 
Guy told me there wasn’t a lot being caught to the right of him.
In general a pretty tough day all in all.

Well, for the Purists I guess I fished the Point proper.
Lighthouses lined up so away I went.
Got there early for low tide and sort of did it by the book.
Big Cuttlefish bait one rod and Big Worms & Squid the other. 
Wind was behind me so I felt bit like Paul Kerry.
Disaster struck early. 
There was old line or something about 30 yards out. Lost left hand tackle and got caught up reeling in the right.
Decided a move to the left was in order.
Walked 100 yards then set up again. Much better.
Gave it a good go. Kept changing the baits.
Only Whiting graced the rods I’m afraid. Lots of them.
Plenty of other anglers down there today so you never know.

We can only try. Regards Dave"

Thanks to Dave raising this issue...I thought I would put a note up to help those who haven't fish the 'ness' before...

We have had more anglers over the last two weeks...but remember that we have a very strong current (even on average tides) running right to left (looking seaward) this pushes shingle as well as food & water.
The storms we had last week would have created shingle ridges under water, you cast out, you could have your line resting on the ridge...shingle with the tide can run across your line, when you retrieve your line comes through the shingle but your lead won't and your snagged!! You break off and it adds another bit of lost tackle!

So what can you do...don't leave it more than ten minutes when the tide is running before you retrieve...get a feel for what's happening. Use 'lead lifts' to lift your tackle up into the water column, as soon as you start retrieving. Fixed spools are more effective than multipliers when it comes to the speed of retrieve at distance.

So when you fish  around Dungeness remember it's a harsh environment...and the deepest point of the south coast...but that's what makes it special.  

Then the bass arrived... ( 25 October)
I had this report in this morning from Paul Howells...
"Morning Tony. Fished the walkway yesterday from low water. Plenty of colour and wind but plagued by whiting..........right up until 2 hrs before high water. Then the bass arrived. 8 bass from 1lb upto 3lb with a token codling. Bass all on fresh lug no more than 30yds out and the codling at range on a squid/lug cocktail. 1 hr after high the whiting came back to feed. See you soon matey. Paul"

Plenty of fish of fish about... ( 24 October)
I had this email in from Johnny Boone this morning...
"Dungeness 23 oct fished near the boats yesterday 45 whiting 1 bass about a pound 
nothing massive, enjo"
You've got to be in it to win it ( 23 October)
This report came in last night from Arkam Belhouchet..."Hi Tony.i fished Dungeness today. Got 4 bass and my first coding of the year 😁 Regards,Arkam"

Bass in the breeze... ( 22 October)
I had this report in from Colin Hemsworth who was out braving the wind...showing it could be done and you can catch fish...
"Hi Tony,
I decided on the back of the boats yesterday as probably the only fishable spot with the winds. Casting was no problem as the wind was on the back and the sea was coloured with a good swell. First cast resulted in a bass and had 5 through the day all on lug, loads of good size whiting as well. Packed up around 11 and retreated to the car, quite pleased my cheap pop up tent took the battering. Thanks for the bait and see you soon. Colin"
Wave report from Elliot ( 22 October)
I had this report in from Elliot Watson...not quite so bad at could still fish behind the boats...
"Hello Tony, hope you're well! It's not a catch report but a wave report. Here's some photos I took earlier this afternoon down on the SW coast at Porthleven, there were some cracking waves!. Hopefully I'll manage to make it up to Dungeness at some point over the Christmas period for a few sessions! All the best. Elliot."

Bit of a breeze today ( 21 October)
I had this photo of Dover sent in this afternoon from Dave Kingsman...looks like ideal bass conditions to me...tomorrow the wind backs westerly and moderates, with high tide lunchtime (1.19pm)...ideal behind the boats!

That was summer... ( 21 October)
I almost missed this report from Kevin Warden last Wednesday...what a difference a few days can make...
"I fished The Point 10am-4pm and caught 1 small whiting on frozen lug.
I also caught about 15 mackerel,3 of which were keepers and a tiny
bass on feathers."

Exciting weekend? ( 19 October)
I had this report in from Terry Carpenter on Wednesday...
"Fished Dungy last night 6-11pm with Luis Chuva both had whiting upto 36cm along with the usual doggies .Luis had a cracking sole of about 38cm  weren't a bad night just no bass"
Looking at the weather forecast...strong south westerly winds...looks ideal for behind the boats!
DAA 'Vets' results, round 10 ( 19 October)
Here are the results from last week after round 10...sorry for the delay in getting this report up...good news loads of fish being caught...with two rounds to go it's all to play for!

Better late than never ( 16 October)
I had these updates if from Alex Veel of the DAA last week...
"Sundays results & updated league table attached...
Well done Shane Edwards on the win & heaviest, nice to see a decent fish carded 
Whiting, Pout & a solitary Thornback caught. Next match Sunday 22nd Oct."

Dawn Patrol on the DAA road ( 15 October)
I had this report in this evening from Hakan Can...
"Hi tony I went by the boats this morning 5am till 8am one bass and plenty Mackerel. Nothing else."

Lovely night at Hythe ( 15 October)
I had this report come in today from Wayne Beale...
"Hi Tony,
Two of us tackled up along Princes Parade (nr white shelter) yesterday at about 5pm. The water was gin clear...hardly a breeze and bright. I knew these conditions could make it tough going to start with....but hey, we were heading into darkness!! While it was still light i noticed a chap further up the beach catch a set up with some feathers and gave it a hour later i had 37 of them in the bucket....result. As the light faded i changed to baited pulley rigs with single worm on a 2/0, cast to a fairly reasonable distance...thinking maybe a Plaice, Sole or possibly even a Bass. The bites were quite slow to come...but come they a comfortable pace really.
Whiting first off...followed by Dogfish. No flats or Bass, but i did expect it to be less busy with the clear water....even when dark. There were a few others fishing close by....headlights flashing all over the place and stomping about close to the water so distance casting seemed the way to go. About 9pm  fog/mist came down soaking everything....but hey, what a lovely night to be fishing....plenty of fish and some good eating fish to take home (and for future bait).
Packed up abot 11pm, but I will be out again next few days to try again. Bye for now, Take care. Regards Wayne"

And this is October weather ( 15 October)
I had this report in today from Colin Hemsworth...
"Hi Tony,
I fished the back of the boats yesterday, very calm conditions and the whiting were chasing the small fry right up to the surf and beaching themselves. Loads of Whiting all day and one dogfish in the evening, I was fishing straight lug, squid/lug cocktail and a live bait rig. Thanks for the bait, see you soon. Colin"

Cracking 'boards' weather ( 15 October)
 I had this report in this morning of yesterdays fishing from Tony Holland...
"Good days fishing today at the Dungeness boards,this pound plaice for Tony Holland along with lots of channel whiting and a few weavers and even a small mackerel on the super lug all the best cheers again."

Plenty of good bass about ( 12 October)
I had this report in from last weekend from Arkam Belhouchet...
"Hi Tony. I have been away from Dungeness this summer spinning for bass. After the blow on Saturday with good tides,decision have been made to fish Dungeness on Sunday. Fished behind the boat from low all the way to high.ended up with 8 bass and 4 for my friend. One gready bass tooked a live whiting (intended for a early cod).because the water was calm and quite clear,nearly all of them have been caught at a far is certainly good coming back to Dungeness. Regards,Arkam"

A sign of species change ( 12 October)
I had this very unusual catch report in from Robin Barnes from last weekend...
"Caught 3 Gilthead Bream off Hythe Beach last Friday 6th October, caught using lug.
Thought you may be interested?"

Big the trick... ( 9 October)
I had this in from Colin Hemsworth...who 'braved' the wind last Saturday...
Hi Tony,
I fished Denemarsh on Saturday. Really big tide which made holding bottom a bit tricky, was using the 175g weights which helped but had to recast every ten mins to stop the lead getting pushed back up to the shore and get buried in the shingle. Things got a bit easier as tide went down and could leave the bait out longer, one rod with a lug/squid cocktail and just lug on the other. I had one small bass in the daylight a few hours after ht and a few large whiting after the sun went down. Thanks for the bait and will back for another try soon. Colin

At least a nice sole... ( 9 October)
 had this report from Lucas Kirk...with these massive tides it's very easy to get buried by 'running' shingle, so be careful if you get buried 'crack off' that could make a nice 'snag' for someone else...
"Hi Tony,
Thanks for the excellent bait and advice. We fished behind the boats from just below low water to just after high tide (1:30 am). It was a lovely evening, very warm for October, with a full moon and plenty of fish. Sadly no codling, just whiting and a nice sole, maybe the sea temperature needs to drop? One thing, directly behind the boats there seemed to be some snags at low water, everyone there was losing tackle which is no doubt compounding the problem. After moving down the beach we had no problems. Thanks again and looking forward to next time. Cheers, Lucas"
DAA Juniors...a sunny day ( 9 October)
I had this from Terry Carpenter yesterday of the DAA...
"DAA Juniors had there Oct meet today . 
Ten juniors aged from 5yrs to 11yrs old fished by Jerry Oillers boat on a nice sunny morning James had a nice bass of 32cm and Harry had one of 34cm while Max had 2 whiting ...Next meet is 5 Nov @ 10.000"

Galloways...sunny afternoon ( 8 October)
I had this sunny report in from Dave Kingsman...have returned from 'pond dipping'...
"Hi Tony,
Ive not been to Dungy for a while so wanted to ease myself back into in gently.
Saw the big 8+ tide today so decided to fish Galloways.
Lovely sunny day to be on the beach.
Tried my usual of one rod big bait with 2nd rod roving about with worms.
Wasnt a great deal about until about an hour before HT.
Had a bit of a Whiting fest but at least they were of a reasonable size.
37cm was biggest but quite a few over 30cm.
Blown out the cobwebs so will be back soon.
Regards Dave.'s a match... ( 6 October)

It looks like Sunday is match day for the DAA...Alex Veel posted...
"Reminder time....
Our next match is this Sunday (8th) at Littlestone. It's a pegged match, sign in 9:30-10am at the venue. Fishing 11am - 3pm."

And this from Terry Carpenter...
"DAA Juniors next meet is on sun 8th oct at 11.00am at the Pilot pub dungeness
If you want to try sea fishing why not come along"

It's looking good for codling ( 5 October)
I had this report in today from Charlie Chawner...
"Hi Tony. Fished Hythe last night and had these 2. Charlie"

Loads of fish jumping ( 1 October)
I had this report in from Paulius Radiunas yesterday...
"Hi Mate Results are in from today, fished behind the boats. Arrived at the low tide and fished all the way past the high one. Nothing much at beginning, but then mackerel started to jump around, so nailed a good few dozens of them, some reasonable size also, and along on same feathers came a small bass, just couple of cm short of legal size. As the night fell, loads of whiting and a dog. I'd say, a good day's fishing that was...
By the way, all undersized fishes were told to grow larger and released back in to water."

Knee deep in mackerel ( 1 October)
I had this report in from Nina Hunt...great to see so many mackerel about...
"hi Tony started the day at dengemarsh nothing biting but crabs so moved behind the boats few whiting  then two bass then the mackerel started running so quick change to feathers  awesome catch  had 100 plus  whiting caught on feathers too  great days fishing" 

Three reports in one...( 30 September)
I had this report in from Tim Knight...a play in three acts...
"Hi Tony,
So for the lateness of these reports just been too busy!

Chesil Beach -August bank holiday weekend
Headed down to a busy Chesil in search of big soles. I have caught plenty this summer but was determined to crack the 2lb barrier.
I ended up with 2 soles around 31cm so alas no monsters but I did end up with 9 species in total. These included, dogfish, mackerel, scad, smoothound, sole, plaice, dab, pout and small eyed ray. I was pleased to get the small eyed as never caught one before, best went around 3lb.

Galloways - 24th September
Fished with the boys from about 2 hours after LW to 2 hours after HW. Target was bass and ended with 8-10 mainly small fish with the best two going around 38cm so no keeper.
Around HW I had a surprise 39cm codling which was nice to see, although was a bit thin. Other Fish caught were a few dogfish and a few whiting.

Chesil - this week gone
Headed back down Chesil chasing the illusive 2lb sole. This time accompanied by long time fishing friend Chris Babbage. 
The first night was quite exciting. Non existent on the sole front for me but Chris had one around a pound followed by a lovely conditioned fish of 1lb 13oz.
Shortly after my big bait rod gave a nice slack line bite and after a little tussle I landed my first ever male undulate ray at 10lb 11oz.
After this catch Chris opted for a big bait too and quickly had the longest bass I have ever seen! It was 85cm long and pulled the scales to 12lb 6oz. We later discovered that using online length/weight charts this fish should have been 14.5-16.5lb (depending on what chart you use), but due to its lean form and empty belly was well under. A fantastic fish none the less!
The following day Chris caught very little but my swim produced much better with two 46cm bass, two sole 27cm and 33cm, a thin plaice of 37cm and a welcome codling of around 47cm.
Moving into the last night hopes were high for more sole but it wasn’t to be, I just don’t think they were there. Following ours success on the big baits we both persevered with these on the second night too.
After a very fish less few hours the tip of my big bait rod slowly went over, stayed there and started slowly stripping line. I walked to the waters edge to play the fish which was obviously very heavy.
I had to walk the fish about 100 yards along the beach before I could get it in and was well pleased when the swell receded to reveal a lovely 28lb 10oz conger.
After a titanic wrestle with the fish it finally calmed down and I ran the 150 yards back to wake Chris to record the capture. Very happy indeed.
Cheers Tim"
Chesil August Bank Holiday
Galloways last Week...
Chesil This Week

A lovely bass...( 28 September)
I almost missed this on 'messenger' this came in last Sunday from Andrew...

"Hello Tony, I hope you are well. Been fishing next to the boats last night. Plenty of whiting were hitting the bait as long hit the water. Caught one baby smooth hound and the cracking PB this year 63cm beauty (6Lb 4oz). It was a great night! Take care! Andrew Caught the bass on whole squid"

What a cracking surf...( 27 September)
I had this picture sent in from Nigel Goldsmith...I wonder what the bass fishing is like?...
"Hi Tony
A long way from Dungy and Hythe but fancy fishing from this in a force 7 SW blow!!
Tight lines- Nigel in Sri Lanka"

Neil goes light at the 'hoe' ( 25 September)
I had this report in yesterday from Neil Rodwell...

"Hi Tony. My original plan was to fish dungy today but after looking at the weather forecast showing calm conditions I thought  I'd go with samphire hoe and break out the LRF gear and other bits of tackle that are ill suited to Dungeness. France looked like it was almost in casting distance it was that clear a day. Had a few small wrasse and one reasonable sized pout. The fish seemed to be further off the wall than usual. Didn't see any mackerel in the water but had fun with the ballans. Had a good day in all and didn't loose too much gear as a bonus! Speak soon. Neil."

DAA Juniors ( 22 September)
I had this email in from Terry Carpender...calling all young fishermen...give it a go...and it's free!
"DAA Juniors next meet is on sun 8th oct at 11.00am at the Pilot pub dungeness
If you want to try sea fishing why not come along"

DAA reminder ( 20 September)
I had in from Alex Veel of the DAA...
"Reminder time....
Our next match is this Sunday (24th). It's a Rover with sign in at the gate 8:30-9am. Fishing 10am - 2pm."

SCSAS at Galloways ( 20 September)
I had this report in from Paul Jarrett with the results of Southern Circuit Sea Angling Society latest match...well done all...good weights...

"Result from match 9 at Galloways - 16/09/17 
12 members and 1 guest fished, Whiting, Pouting, Bass, Dover sole and Eel weighed-in. Well done to Ashley Brown for winning the match 

1. Ashley Brown - 27 fish, 12lb 2.5ozs 
2. Michael Ferrier - 23 fish, 9lb 9.5ozs 
3. Neil Creed - 18 fish, 6lb 8ozs 
4. Paul Jarrett - 16 fish, 5lb 15ozs 
5. David Simon Bullock - 12 fish, 4lb 5.5ozs 
6. Sam Collier - 12 fish, 4lb 4.5ozs 
7. Justin McLaren - 8 fish, 3lb 15ozs 
8. Lionel Watson - 10 fish, 3lb 14ozs 
9. David Wood-Brignall - 10 fish, 3lb 10ozs 
10. Tony Taylor - 9 fish, 3lb 10ozs 
11. Keith Neame - 6 fish, 2lb 3ozs 
12. Philip Underdown - 3 fish, 1lb 2ozs 
13. Les Bates - 0 fish 

Heaviest fish - 2lb 2.5oz Bass, Ashley Brown"

  DAA 'Vets' result ( 19 September)
Here are (at last) the results from last Wednesday's match...getting very tight at the top...with three matches to go...

Lets play...guess the weight ( 16 September)
I had this report, just in from Brian...yes Brian Rees it is what you think it is...
"Hi Tony, is this what I think it is?  It is so long since I’ve caught one that I can’t remember what they look like!  I was after a bass up by the diamond on Thursday evening when this gave me a slack line bite, bang on high tide, right in the surf. Nice little surprise, bodes well for this winter hopefully.
Got any rod rests in stock?  Mine has fallen to bits, which is a bit of a shocker as I’ve only been using it for about 40 years. All best, Brian." 

The mackerel are back  ( 16 September)
I had this report 'messaged' to me on facebook today from Paulius Radiunas...
"Overall can't complain and neither can brag about it. Got between the boats just on the high tide. Loads of whiting at first, some decent enough size and as tide started to go down, caught 3 dogs, one of them rather small, so he was let to grow a bit bigger for the next time. Around midnight it went completely quiet, nothing was even touching bait, so we ended that at that. Better luck next time.
By the way, heard that people still caught mackerels at day."

Loads of bass  ( 16 September)
Another report linked on Facebook By Simon Newman fishing Wednesday...
"Fished Dungeness between the boats and the Lifeboat station this afternoon. 15 bass in 3.5 hours. Packed up 45 mins before high when the whiting turned up and invaded the pitch stopping play. 3 legal, best 47 cm, all on straight lug."

It was looking so good  ( 16 September)
I had this report in from Colin Hemsworth fishing last weekend...
"Hi Tony,
Sorry bit of a late report from last Saturday at Dengemarsh.  Fished from first HT around 1pm to midnight, it was looking very promising on arrival with a nice colour to the water and fairly churned up. The wind was a bit challenging at times, a few times I casted full power and watched the rig change direction in mid air and start coming back to the beach. From the get go I had whiting and that continued all day until I packed up. I tried from close in to as far as I could cast and found them everywhere. I'm sure there must have been some bass lurking somewhere but they didn't get a look in.  Tried the live bait rig and left it out for a while once I saw the rod rattling with a whiting-no takers unfortunately. I'm going to give the live bait rig a good go this cod season as 9 times out of 10 it hooks perfectly and can whack it out quite far.Thanks for the lug and see you soon. Colin" 

Moved by the wind  ( 14 September)
Here are last Sundays DAA match results from Alex Veel...relocated at Littlestone due to the wind.

Bass in the breeze...( 12 September)
I had this report sent in yesterday from John...Taylor least the wind is on your back...
"Hi tony john Hodgkinson fished Taylor road nice bass 47cm and a customary eel from the venue"

Look whats blown in...( 11 September)
I had this report in from Stuart this afternoon...
Decided to fish high tide today, expected some bass, however, I've just pulled in a nice little codling..happy fishing.
Regards Stuart Brown"

A great start to the season ( 10 September)
I saw this on facebook this morning posted by 
Peter Mcgrady added 3 photos in Solent Tackle Portsmouth.
"Graham butler fishing the mighty Chesil catching 11 cod in total biggest 8lb on Solent Baits squid lug cocktails"

DAA Veterans ( 9 September)
Wednesday 13th the next round in the DAA Veterans match series, fishing from 3 to 6pm...high tide 16.38 (6.8m)...could be breezy, but should be on your back...we hope for plenty of fish for our first autumn match.

DAA match tomorrow... ( 9 September)
Match update...I missed this...been a bit busy...sorry Alex...
"Reminder time....
Our next match is this Sunday (10th). It's currently a pegged match at the power station.
Booking in 11-11:30am at the dungy gate before we drive round in convoy. Fishing 12:30-4:30pm.
This may be subject to change if the forecast stays the same though...the regulars can decide where but it's a decent h/tide at about 2:15pm so Littlestone could be a good alternative. Watch this space 

Well that was wet... ( 9 September)
I had this report in from Stephen this morning...
"Thanks for the bait today. Worked  a treat. I thought I was going to be in for a tough time today when I saw the life boat making very heavy weather through the seas. 
Went for the back of boats hoping to drop out of the wind, but the tide was so high there was not a chance.  Too windy to even get the beach shelter up. Stones on everything trying to keep it from blowing away. 
There were a couple of fellas to the left of me who were in the lee of a boat or two and had a beach shelter up – now why  didn’t I think of that. 
Set up one rod – didn’t even need to cast that hard with the wind assistance – seemed to be going a long way without much effort. 
Anyway on the recovery the line broke.  Replaced that set up, and got the second rod out.  It was too rough and windy for me to see the bites, but it was a case of  a fish or two each time I went to change bait. Nothing big maybe eight or 10 in total all whiting 
The weed slowed things up, and then the rain came.  I was going to say the rain came ‘down’ but it was closer to horizontal. After a couple of very heavy showers, and water running in to my already wet boots,  it was time to call  it a day. 
I would have posted photos – I may have some if the phone recovers from being in a water filled pocket. All the best – back soon SH"

I want to tell you a story... ( 8 September)
I was told many years ago by a local boat angler Steve Savage, that in his opinion the cod season starts the same time as last night of 'the Proms'...well tomorrow is the last night. Checking the weather forecast (wet & windy outside) tomorrow has the classic cod forecast a break between two last some coloured water...will we see some codling tomorrow?...met office map 1pm. tomorrow.

A drive from Dungeness ( 6 September)
I had this report from Paul Child...a great report...and I hope your dream comes we always say...'you've got to be in it to win it'... 
"Hi Tony not dungie but just had to pack my whippy telescopic rod in suitcase with a small reel 14lb braid when came here... Fished under the road bridge nr to Cape Canaveral on shore around the posts / stilts caught sea trout and black bream ..using prawns its a lagoon called banana river ..then a massive take 3 feet from the wall around a bridge pile cant believe i landed it used drag on reel tactically otherwise would have snapped rod in half. Its a black drum just under 25lb and a really strong fighter.. uk 1 usa 0 as the locals looked if only i could swop that for a cod this size this autumns at dungy! Regards paul"

A 10lb cod...I'm jealous ( 3 September)
I had this report in from Colin Hemsworth...great contrast...
"Hi Tony, Fished Dengemarsh yesterday, really nice conditions with a calm sea and light winds. Put out some whole mackerel and squid baits in hope of big bass but quickly found out the crabs were on top form. After catching a mackerel on a lug bait I got the feathers out and had about 50, some good sizes as well. I thought I'd include some photos of a recent trip to Iceland- great fishing out there, had wild brown trout in some highland lakes and then in the North West managed to get out on a boat for a few hours in a Fjord. Within 10 minutes we were into good sized cod and pollack and red cod, girlfriend got the biggest at about 10lb. Thanks for the bait yesterday, all the best, Colin"

He will remember this day ( 3 September)
I had this in today from Lukasz Loza...
Fishing in Dungeness,43 mackerels in 3 hours with my son Oliver. 02.9.2017 We love this place😉

A dungy angler on tour ( 2 September)
I had this report in from David Kingsman...small point Dave, some people think good frozen lugworm is even better for sole?
"Hi Tony,
Sole fishing at Dungy on hold this week due to the difficult bait digging tides.
Ive been fishing local on the Medway for a change.
Saw a few Bass jumping close in so plonked a rod on top of them. 
Managed 7 in two days with this 4lb'er being best one.
Hope normal service resumes soon as would like the magical 2lb plus Sole we all dream of. See you soon. Regards Dave."

Knee deep in mackerel ( 30 August)
I had this report in from Phillip Judge...out this bank holiday enjoying the mackerel...
"Hi Tony, many thanks for the bait today but hardly touched it..... it was just a complete Mackerel fest today! Went to the point as normal. Started just after we arrived about 11:30 and carried through till dusk (20:30). Overall we had 130+ mackerel today. All ways were catching them. Even at last light the kids were casting just 10yds and catching 3 at a time.....they were like crazed animals jumping everywhere and beaching the white bait. Not a sign of anything else up or down the beach. Thanks again and hope to be back soon. Phil."
At least we got a nice tan ( 30 August)
I had this report in from Neil Rodwell...out on Sunday...tough conditions in the sun...

"Hi Tony, tried behind the station today for mackerel or anything else that was about. No fish but missed a few cracking bites close in on the baited macky feathers but nothing to show for it. The sea was as clear as I've ever seen it down there with visibility to the bottom a good 20 yards out. Topped up the tan if anything else. I think the mackerel were a little further out today. Will be in again soon. Neil."

Tough going at Hythe ( 28 August)
I had the results in yesterday from Alex Veel of the DAA from Saturdays DAA match...
"Hi Tony, Results from last nights match attached...Cheers Alex"

But what a lovely day ( 26 August)
I had this report in John Hodkinson this morning...
"Dengemarsh today tony 1 small bass and a string of mackerel very busy down there mainly fluff chuckers"
Well, flat calm, warm, clear seas...not your usual 'Bank Holiday' weekend...plenty of mackerel and bass!

Don't mention the 'C' word ( 25 August)
I had this report in this afternoon from Phil Lucenti, very heartening as autumn approaches, ...well I think it has come early...

"Hi Tony, I know it's not Dungeness but fished the night tide at Hastings last night, was a bit Calm for the bass but me and my mate caught some whiting, an eel, a small shool bass and 2 codling around  1-2 lb, all returned to fight another day,
Cheers. Phil"

Bank Holiday Monday ( 24 August)
I've had a couple of phone calls...are you open Bank Holiday Monday...yes I am, I now close Mon, Tues and Wed...but it being a bank holiday I will open...cracking weather forecast!

Looking good for the weekend ( 24 August)
I had this report in name...
"Hi tony fished behind the boats today strong tides and weed but plagued by pins had a pouting 3 dogs and a surprise shad when the feathers went on" 
So many dogfish behind the boats...they just keep coming...and this is my fifth report of a 'shad' this summer!

The next DAA match ( 24 August)
I saw this from Alex Veel of the forecast...warm, calm and dry...Ideal for sole...
"Reminder time....
Our next match is this Saturday (26th). It's a Hythe rover between Murco & Imperial groynes. Meet at Murco car park 5:30-6pm, fishing 7-11pm."

Sole fishing in Hythe ( 22 August)
I had this report in from David Kingsman...a real fisherman who enjoys the chase...
"Hi Tony,
It all looked good. Started off well.
Guy next door had two decent sized Soles early which fired everyone up. Gave the evening a feeling of expectation.
Fished it hard. 
Felt like a match. Cast, bait up rinse and repeat. It certainly wasn't relaxing with all the Whiting that arrived.
Tried all the ranges. Just couldn't get a bait in front of a Sole.
Dread to think of the final tally. 50 Whiting maybe?
Left pretty disappointed really. Guy next door only had the two in the end. No more. Really thought we were in for a haul.
Got a feeling this is going to be the way it is from now. The Whiting have certainly arrived en mass. Same as last year. The Sole are still there but its not going to be easy extracting them. Regards Dave"

Calling all Juniors ( 22 August)

I had this on facebook this morning from Terry Carpenter...

DAA Juniors  Next meet is on sat 9th Sept, meet at 11.30am at pilot car park. For info phone 07866514138

Last Wednesday 'Vets' match ( 22 August)
Sorry for the delay in getting this report up (software problems) it was a lovely fish (for me)...but a lovely evening...well done mick!

Right species...wrong size ( 20 August)
I had this report in this morning from David Kingsman...
"Hi Tony,
A tough day....
Bit of a marathon yesterday.
Met my mate down the Medway early morning. Sorting out a carp fishing trip but decided to have a few hours after the Bass.
Both had a few small ones but nothing to write home about.
While we are fishing. He starts talking about going to Dungy in the evening. 
Before I know it, we are heading down there after a breakfast stop at Kent's best burger van at Snodland the Blue Gem...
Picked up some excellent blacks  at Seagull Tackle 👍
While in Seagull, planned where to fish.
Long shire drift/ Wind was all discussed...
I decided to fish right of the boards for low tide then join my mate behind the lifeboat station for HT.
Bit windy as expected but I got sorted and had a bit within 30 seconds of casting out.
Schoolie Bass to start the ball rolling.
Had 3 more same size. Suddenly got a big tug.
Thought I'd got something decent. Turned out to be 1lbs 8oz eel plus Whiting double shot.
The wind died down as the tide came in.
I had my best Sole in this areas last year so pressed the reset button, took off the big baits, gave it my best shot and gave the lifeboat station a miss.
Alas, the Whiting moved in. Double shots of Pin.
That's it for this week. Regards Dave."

Still plenty of dogfish ( 20 August)
I had this report in from Paulius Radiunas...
"Hi Mate
We stayed just behind the boats on Friday night hopping for bass, arrived at around 6pm, and reeled in 3 dogs before high tide. During high tide there was a lot of weed and one dog and a couple of very small poutings. After it it became very calm, so not even a nibble,  we packed up around 1am. Different session overall, very strong winds, cheers for good tackle and lead (it holds very well).

Beautiful day for bass ( 17 August)
I had this report in yesterday from Dave...we are getting to the time of year that the bigger bass should start to show...
"Hi Tony, 
Took my son Charlie out 12/8/17 to get his first bass, a beautiful day out. All went well for him in the morning but Dad beat him in the afternoon. 
Not too sure about weights but a couple of nice ones. 
Thanks Regards, Dave Bishop"

DAA Sundays match result ( 16 August)
Here are the results from the DAA Samphire Hoe match on Sunday
Match report from Alex Veel  "Todays results & updated league table attached...
x8 members fished Samphire Hoe for a mix of wrasse & pouting. Pretty slow by S.Hoe standards....thankfully no one blanked! 
Well done Cieron on the win.
PLEASE NOTE: The next match will be on Saturday 26th Aug & NOT Sunday 27th Aug. It's a Hythe rover between Murco groyne & the Imperial Hotel groyne. Sign in at the murco car park 5:30pm - 6pm. Fish 7pm - 11pm."

Reach for the stars ( 15 August)
I had this report in Colin Hemsworth yesterday...
"Hi Tony,
Here's my report from Saturday at Dengemarsh. Fished from first HT around 10am to midnight. A fair bit of weed around and the wind was affecting casting but no problem holding bottom. Only two fish all day, I had a bass around HT and an eel a little later. The crabs were a real nuisance and stripping the baits in about 10 min. Was treated to a lovely meteor display in the evening, and with no clouds in the sky I saw a good few glittering trails as they burned up. Thanks for the great Lug and see you soon. Colin"

Sometimes it pays off ( 14 August)
I had this report in yesterday from Richard...
Lucky I read your note last week about Shad.
I foul hooked this today at Dungeness while looking for a few Mackeral. No harm done and put him back.Lovely day on the beach. No other fish but watching the Porpoises was enough. Richard"

The dog days of summer ( 13 August)
I had this report in from David can't win them all...
"Hi Tony,
Did Saturday afternoon HT at Dengemarsh.
Pretty hostile conditions.
Wind, weed and heavy tide run.
Managed a small Bass and a Crab.
Thanks for the great worms. 
Nice to be fishing not working anyway.
Regards Dave."
A evening at Samphire Hoe ( 12 August)
I had this report in from Paulius Radiunas...
"We decided to fish Samphire Hoe on Saturday evening. Arrived there around 6pm, straight away caught one mackerel and used it as a bait for more fun fish. Exactly at low tide we landed 2 poutings, each around half a kilo in weight and a few smaller ones. And finally for a first time a spotted dogfish (or a catshark) roughly 54cm in length. A fun session overall. Paul"

Tomorrows match...looking good ( 12 August)
I saw this for tomorrow ...should be a great day...I would go but I'm working! 
"Reminder time...
Our next match is this coming Sunday (Aug 13th). It's an away fixture at Samphire Hoe & will be pegged 
Sign in is at the Hoe car park 11:30am - 12pm. Fishing 1pm - 5pm.
Just a reminder for anyone not sure of our rules we fish to the Angling Trust guidelines....there's a link on our website page here:...
See more"

Dungeness Angling Association
DAA Vets match reminder ( 11 August)
A reminder for next Wednesday....DAA Veterans match fish 4.45 to 7.45 (6.15 high water)...I'll be in the shop at 4 if anybody needs anything.
A rare catch ( 10 August)
I found this message for me from Alan Amner...a very interesting report from Yvonne who had trouble getting the catch report to me...
"Hi I caught a 5lb mullett at dung gie 2 weeks ago I was talking to someone one on beach he said it a mullett he said he never known that and I must say that was my first fish lol Yvonne"
Well its not unknown but it is rare...a cracking fish.

A timely reminder ( 8 August)
I had this report in from Rob Parsons...very timely...this time of year I get quite a few of these...what you caught was a Allis Shad...a protected species of of the herring family that spawn in fresh water...if caught should be returned unharmed...
"Hi Tony
     Took my nephew down to Sangate. Only caught 3 mackerel and something that I could not identify. It looks like a Scad but only has 1 dorsal fin. The photos online show different fin positions. Perhaps you know what it is. Cheers Rob"
From Wikepedia
"The allis shad (Alosa alosa) is a widespread Northeast Atlantic species of fish in the herring family lupeidae. It is an anadromous fish which migrates into fresh water to spawn. It is found in the eastern Atlantic Ocean, the western Baltic Sea and the western Mediterranean Sea. In appearance it resembles an Atlantic herring but has a distinctive dark spot behind the gill cover and sometimes a row of up to six spots behind this. It sometimes hybridises with the twait shad(A. fallax). This fish becomes mature when three or more years old and migrates to estuaries, later swimming up rivers to spawn. Populations of this fish have declined due to overfishing, pollution and habitat destruction. Conservation of this species is covered by Appendix III of the Bern Convention and Appendix II and V of the European Community Habitats Directive."

At least it was nice weather ( 8 August)
I had this report in from Neil...
"Hi Tony,
Just a quick one from the wooden walkway today. Fished from around 10 to 3 using black lug. Had 6 or 7 fairly decent whiting throughout the day. They seemed to be between 40 - 100 yards out. Weed was a bit of a problem on the rise but dissipated afterwards. Nice gentle breeze and hazy sunshine watching the familiar rod tip rattle of the piranhas. Will be in again soon. Speak to you later. Neil Rodwell."

A Samphire Hoe Sunday ( 8 August)
I had this report in from Ray Woodland...
"Hi Tony,
Decided to fish the 11:15 HW at Samphire Sunday with my Big Son.
Arrived to a wall mostly packed area by the walkway down from the car park.
Plenty of curved rods & some very happy anglers.
We walked a 100/150 & found a nice quiet bit of wall.
From the off my son was into them. I had my 7ft Ron Thompson Spinning rod set up with two small lures.
Hooked a couple & then I was grateful that I had only fished with two hooks. Those little suckers don`t like that lift up that wall.
Anyway about an hour later Tide started to ebb & things went a bit quiet.
Thankfully we had our fill so it was back home for a welcomed rest.
Bloody smashing time, "so its welcome back Mackies"
Regards Woody"

real fun...and advice is free ( 7 August)
I had this report in this morning from Harry Newbury...
"Fished yesterday evening from about 3 PM till about 1 AM. Rather large bass around high tide, caught an eel, a dogfish and a small codling  too but plenty of whiting. Thank you for the tips and bait. Kind regards Harry"

Knee deep in mackerel ( 7 August)
I have had quite a few reports of mackerel being caught yesterday...this one from M.Day...
"Having been unable to obtain any fresh lug for sunday decided to try 1st mackerel session this year ,went to hythe  within 2 hrs had  117 mackerel caught headed ,gutted and on my way back home fantastic  no more paying for tinned or smoked mackerel for along time .happy days"

They're back... ( 6 August)
Just had this in from Andrew Elsey...
"Loads  of mackeral off Sandgate"

Pre dawn....well done the lads ( 6 August)
I had this great report in from Kris Hatton...
"So I woke up at 4am Sunday morning and got the boys up as we'll 😫   Got to a fishing mark at 5am and strait away hooked into 3 rays between us I had the smallest and the boys had the two biggest what a amazing morning."

Mixed bag for Colin ( 6 August)
I had this report in from Colin it a 'good go' down at Dengemarsh...
"Hi Tony,
I fished near the diamond yesterday, conditions were good and was a nice sunny day on the beach. Arrived for first HT and fished through to the evening.  I had one schoolie and a few whiting in the daylight along with an eel. The dogfish came out at nightfall and had more whiting and a final bass before calling it a day. Thanks for the bait, see you soon. Colin"

Wednesday behind the boat ( 5 August)
I had this report in yesterday from Sam Mitchell...
"Hi Tony
Fished Wednesday. lots of big whiting and dogfish.
Foul hooked a bundle of line with was attached to 2 separate entangled rigs and a dogfish on each one... Both returned."

Dave's sole comp report ( 5 August)
I had this report in this morning from Dave Kingsman...I hoped the frozen bait worked (with the shortage of fresh due to the short tides)...different today with one of my 'heroes' and pumping at three this morning!!!...
"Hi Tony,
Great turnout to Chris North Sole match.
39 anglers.
I fished next door to the eventual winner Shane Edwards. He landed a 40cm right at the start. Think we knew it would be a tough one to beat on the night as the match was just the  biggest with no 2nd or 3rd.
We all soldiered on regardless.
I had a good night landing 3 to 36 cms. 
Absolutely no complaints from me. Enjoyed the evening and happy to see Shane get the prize money. He has a baby boy on the way so nice windfall for him.
Re our conversation about Whiting earlier today.
The larger ones were at Hythe as well."

Autumn is coming...cod soon? ( 4 August)
I had this report in from David Kingsman...out braving the wind...
"Hi Tony,
Fished behind the Boats today..
Not really many other options with the wind like it was.
Well it looked pretty good for Bass and we saw a few decent sized ones knocking about.
Had some cracking crab. I thought it would be just a formality casting out and catching one. WRONG.
They were certainly out there but not interested in eating what I was offering.Baits used were: Crab, Lug, Rag and Squid.
Fishing was pretty tough going. I did end up with a few Doggies and some Whiting but not many.
Out of interest. Most of the Whiting I caught were over 30cm with the biggest going 38cm.  Regards Dave"

Mackerel 'points' the way ( 2 August)
I had this heartening report in from Clive...great to see the youngsters enjoying fishing...
"Hi Tony, 
We called in with the intention to fish over low water on Monday fishing which was unproductive but yesterday evening we, along with many others, scored enough mackerel to eat from the Point. Result? Happy kids and happy days. Thanks for the tackle and the advice. Regards. Clive Witton."

Jurys Gap bass bonanza ( 31 July)
I had this great report in from Perry Wilkins...
"Hi tony it's perry I come in this weekend couple times for lug. Is it possible to order 200 fresh lug for Friday also could you confirm the price. I went jury's gap Sunday brilliant night once wind dropped loads of small bass and x4 bigger ones 36cm 42cm 43cm 46cm couldn't weigh them forgot my scales"

Slimy session ( 31 July)
I had these photos from my son Robert who had a high tide session down at Littlestone wall with his girlfriend Sophie...a breezy day but down there the wind was offshore...just the odd eel for Sophie.

Hard work at Dengemarsh ( 30 July)
I had this report in from Colin Hemsworth...who deserves 'bonus points' for giving it a real 'go' in spite of the rain...
"Hi Tony, 
I fished Dengemarsh Friday/Saturday, Friday was quite tough with the wind and just managed to hold bottom with the 200g leads. Three fish caught- a pouting, small eel and a bass (44cm) all on fresh lug. Gave it another go on Saturday and arrived for HT, the wind had died down which made casting a bit easier but with lots of weed in the water, only had whiting all day and packed up around midnight. Thanks for the bait and see you soon. Colin"

A postcard from Cornwall ( 27 July)
I had this report in this morning from David Kingsman...
"Hi Tony,
On holiday with the wife this week in Cornwall.
Managed to sneak out for a few little beach trips.
Plan was to catch something we dont get at Dungy.
Very pleased with two Couch's Bream. Lovely fish.
Nice 3lb Bass and a Strap Conger.
Can't complain. Lot of fun.
Well worth having a go if any of you are holidaying here.
I fished Seaton beach just out of interest.
See you Saturday when the Kent Sole hunt resumes.
Regards Dave."

A ray saves the day ( 27 July)
I had this report in yesterday from Dave Harrington...
"Hi Tony. 
I fished a local mark last night. 
Got there around 2 hours before Low tide and set up 2 rods. I had 1 set up with a 2 hook loop using size 4 hooks with lugworm as bait. This blasted as far as I could get it. The other rod had a 2 hook boom rig with size 2 hooks and again lugworms as bait. Cast in close for Soles. 
Well I had nothing until just after high tide when I had a bite on the boom rig and a nice little Thornback Ray of around half a pound came out of the surf. Then came the usual procession of Whiting on both rods as well as a couple of Dogfish. 
Then about an hour after Low my distance rod had a nice slack line bite which resulted in a nice Ray of around 5-6lb hitting the beach (photo below). After that it went back to Whiting and Dogies until I packed up. 
So no Soles, but a nice Ray caught on a size 4 hook instead. 
All fish were caught on inch pieces of lugworm."
Great first night for Jaiden ( 25 July)
I had this report in this morning...
Took my 7 year old son Jaiden to Hythe on his very first night fishing trip. 
He had a little thornback ray and a little smooth hound. 
He was made up and nagging me to go again! 
Please see photos attached. Kind Regards Ashley Knight"

DAA match...early start ( 24 July)
This came in this morning from Alex Veel...
Yesterdays results & updated league table attached...x12 members fished in a fresh W swinging to a strengthening SW winds. Weed was a bit of a pain for the remaining flood tide but then eased over high.Very few sizeable fish showed with just x5 being carded. (Whiting, Eels & a dog).A warm welcome to new members Becky Lee & Trevor...hopefully see you for some more matches 
Well done to Gavin Smith on the win.
Next match pegged at Samphire Hoe on 13th August....should be an interesting one!

A long walk pays off ( 24 July)
I had this report from Joe in this morning...
"Hi tony, set off last night from Chatham to the power station last night, arrived just after 8 for a near midnight high tide.
Unable to get advise I decided to take a long walk around the station and set up just short of the diamond.
A rough start, a surging tide and heavy surf but 40 minutes in I had double whiting at distance, at least they wasn't pin size but both about 12oz, a better size. This continued till high tide both on my distance and short range rods, all falling to lug. Just after high tide the bass showed, had three in total two at short range both about 25 cm then another at distance of 43cm not bad. Went a bit quiet as the tide dropped with more whiting and a stray doggie! Packed up at 3am, was a fun night. See you soon, Joe collins.

Galloways...loads of bass ( 23 July)
I had this report in this morning from Colin Hemsworth...
"Hi Tony,  
Fished Galloways for the first time yesterday, arrived for first HT and got set up, a bit blustery with a south westerly but was fishable. I was targetting bass, one rod with lug and the other with whole squid/mackerel/bluey lug wrap. First cast resulted in a schoolie about 35cm and had 8 in total through the day, an especially greedy shoolie fell for the whole squid. The wind picked up in the evening which made casting a bit tricky. Overall was a good day fishing and in the evening nice to have a break from whiting to give other species a chance. Thanks for the all the bait and directions! See you soon, Colin.

Unleashed in the east ( 23 July)
I had this report in this morning from David Kingsman...our roving reporter...
"Hi Tony,
With an upcoming Sole match at at Hythe. I thought I would have a practise yesterday night.
First a motivational stop in Seagull Tackle for some great bait and bits and pieces.
Set up at Hythe with five mates to fish the late HT.
It was really hard going. Not a touch for hours.
Tried just about everything in the Kingsman book of knowledge. Nothing.
Couldn't get a Whiting of Doggy either. It was a very unusual night. My mate to the right ended up with two small eels. Another friend Dave Blainey on my left did best with a decent 49 cm Bass and two Soles biggest going 38 cm.
Another mate Trev had a schoolie. It was hard work.
I stuck to it anyway and finally got the bite I was after.
Very happy with my favourite species. 35cm.
Most of the group went home just after HT leaving myself and Mark to fish the ebb. Like me, this guy had blanked all evening and tried everything known to man trying to get a bite.
We gave it an hour or so then started taking the shelters down.
You guessed it.
It absolutely bucketed down. We got soaked.
As the rain stopped. I got another bite that turned out to be a Doggie.
Sure any older people reading this will remember those Hamlet cigar adverts on TV.
Well this was certainly one of those moments.
That's my lot for a few days anyway. Taking the wife on holiday to Cornwall.
See you when I get back. Regards Dave"

Great day for a bass ( 22 July)
I had this report in from the 'Giffords'...
"Hi Tony
Caught this 6lb healthy specimen just after high with single lug at short range, returned to fight another day. Thanks Terry, Ken and Lee Gifford"

The bass hunters...out and about ( 22 July)
I had this report in from David Kingsman this morning...
"Thursday 20th July.
Hi Tony, Sorry for the late report. 
Ive been night fishing this week as you can see. So, Galloways.

Well, it all looked good Thursday. SW winds spelt  Bass to me so headed off to a no shooting Galloways. Plenty of others obviously had the same idea. It was busy.
Conditions were really tough. Leads getting dragged down the beach and wind blew us to bits. It did look Bassy but we struggled for a fish.
I was first off the mark with an eel then a 32cm Schoolie. 
My friend Mark got one about the same size just before the end. Everyone else had packed up when we walked back.
Rough day at the office all in all. Think we should have fished the deeper water up the other end. Still, you have to try these things sometimes.
Regards Dave. "

DAA 'Vets' getting close at the top( 21 July)
Here are the results from last Wednesdays DAA Veterans match...tough going but as the year rolls on things should get better...

Neil got the 'bird'( 21 July)
I had this report in from Neil Rodwell up at Dungeness...
"Hi Tony not much to report from behind the station today. Quite a strong wind made casting difficult but the sun was out which was nice. Only managed a solitary bootlace eel all day. Nice to see them appearing again even if it did granny knot my rig and glue it together with slime. Still a nice day to be on the beach and couldn't think of a better way to spend a say off. Note to self: don't feed the seagulls your sandwich crusts. Alfred Hitchcock springs to mind! Speak soon. Neil." 

DAA match Sunday ( 20 July)
I had this reminder from Alex Veel of the DAA...
"Reminder time....
Our next match is this coming Sunday (July 23rd) pegged at the Power Station. Sign in is 8:30-9am at the gate for the point before we drive in convoy round to the powerstation. Fishing is 10am - 2pm. Hope to see you all there.

You have to try things out ( 20 July)
I had this report in from Joe Collins yesterday...yes it was busy for the weekend but quiet now...
"Hi tony, still not many reports from the weekend seeing the beach was packed, come on people, tell us how you all got on..
We'll tonight I know it was not the point but seeing i live in Chatham I explored the Medway tonight, hit Morrison's, got Some squid and had a hour below Rochester bridge.
Was so weird surrounded by traffic! Worth o try though!
10 min in to a hour session and a slamming bite! Nice eel, about 15 inches.
We'll a enjoyable and different evening!
Hope to see you soon Joe Collins"

Smoothies save the day ( 20 July)
I had this report in from Tony Ferrari yesterday...
"Hi tony
Just finished an early session off the board walk. Had a fantastic display on the journey down from the thunderstorms, and was beginning to wonder if it would be a washout. Arrived 0400 just after the last storm cleared and with a 7.20 am high tide the plan was to fish down to low tide. First casts saw two of us land a smooth hound pup each, quickly followed by three whiting. Looking good so far, sadly after a couple of tentative bites nothing else was had. On a brighter note though it was both our first ever smoothies so two pb's and another species off the bucket list"

Piranhas save the day ( 17 July)
I had this report in from Joe Collins...tough going but daylight in July can be hard...but disaster turns to success if the five pound bass turns up...
"Hi tony, thanks for the great bait!!!
We'll parked the car and headed on foot behind the power station to be greeted by a packed beach! After a little stroll I found a spot and tackled up.
Two hook  worm rig at short range and a fishy pully rig at distance.
With a nice breeze and a growing surf and tide bass were on the menu, although so i thought!
Nothing not even a bite for the first hour apart from a greedy crab, a naughty nippy little thing that was quickly re cycled thanks to some elastic onto the puppy rig.
3 hours in and things were looking bad, very bad! With no bites and the seagull impressions getting worse something had to change!
An hour after high water the little White  piranhas moved in! Never thought I would be so pleased to see them!
So no bass just 25, 30 whiting! Better than a blank!!!

See you soon joe"

Deserted Dengemarsh ( 16 July)
I had this report in today from Colin Hemsworth...
"Hi Tony,
After a few quiet sessions at Dengemarsh I thought I'd try my luck yesterday, I arrived for first high tide about 3am and got started with whiting. They slowed down at dawn and then had my only bass of the day, around 40cm. All went quiet in the daylight and took the opportunity for a little nap (above the high tide line). The whiting picked up again at dusk. I'm trying for a big bass this summer so on one rod mixing it up with large squid/fish baits and the other lug. Expect to blank a lot but the payoff will be worth it one of these days! Thanks for the lug and see you soon. Colin"

Glorious Galloways ( 15 July)
I had this great report in from Wayne Beale today...
"Hi Tony,
I trust you are well and still 'doing a bit'?
After a bit of a lay off , i decided to tackle one of my favourite venues last night...Galloways.
A reasonable tide imo, and i considered that with an early hours HW (0310hrs) i would have a chance of a fish or two.
Only two other anglers there.....i set up 'out of the way' 100yds to the right of carpark around LW (2200hrs). 1 up 1 down rigs...size 1 hooks....baited with fresh Seasalter lug.
Casting about 30yds into the shallow water and rolling breakers. My first fish came Eel. This was followed with another 3 of the same. Nice to see them.
2hrs into the flood and Whiting started to show....some decent ones too, 30cm. This continued till 1½hrs before HW...when all went spookily quite. Something was going on i thought?
One of the rods suddenly lunged over resulting in a nice Bass (and also me chucking my tea all over myself!!.).... Just sizable and a welcomed sight...this was quickly followed by another...and another and another......i ended up with 6 up to HW some sizable, some not.... plus i missed some 'unmissable slam downs'.
I packed up at 0340hrs just as the sky was lightening in the East....and a few Whiting starting to reappear. 
I had a great little session...very busy..and some lovely fish....all returned...with no fatalities. Great stuff.
All the best Tony.
Regards Wayne"

Watch out for tornadoes! ( 15 July)
I had this report in from Andrew Elsey...some times its not easy but you don't know till you go..."Hi Tony had 3 dog fish and whiting then it went dead.but did get pick of a funnel cloud off dungeness" 

If you don't won't know ( 14 July)
I had this report in from David Kingsman this few people reports are at a premium...
Hi Tony,
Had another long walk to the left of the Diamond last night.
My favourite species Sole the target. Started the session catching lots of Whiting.
I feared the worst. Dogfish appeared and it was all I could do to keep baits out. Must have caught 30 Whiting and Doggies back to back.
Nobody else fishing so I spread out a bit and moved my rods around.
Found the Bass. Caught four in the end up to 47cms.
All gave a good account of themselves. Really fun session. 
Little Smooth Hound at the end as well.
Not of the elusive Sole but no complaints from me.
Regards Dave.

Last Sundays DAA match ( 13 July)
Last Sundays match results...sorry for the delay, here is the report and results from Alex Veel...
"x10 members fished this rover with all electing to fish deep water around the point & boats area. This proved to be a smart move in this settled weather - no one blanked!
Well done to Phil Tanner chalking up another win.
Dogs, Whiting & a solitary Dab caught.
Next match Sunday July 23rd 10am - 2pm. Pegged behind power station."

Dave flying solo at the 'boils' ( 11 July)
I had this report in from David Kingsman...
Hi Tony,
Fished HT behind the power station. Mega walk to right of the Boils.
Flying solo up there tonight.
Caught a target Sole first cast then the tide flow really kicked in and it was all about Bass.
Managed to get 4 in the end with biggest 47cms (2lbs).
Baits used: Blacks, Rag, Bluey and Squid.
Rigs: Rigs 2 hook flapper clip downs.
Range: 80-100 yards.
Glad to get among the fish again. Been a really tough July so far.
Regards Dave. 

First time winner ( 11 July)
I had this report in from Adam Goldie...
"Hello Tony. Fished Jury's Gap for the first time. What a lovley venue. Felt a venue where precise casting into the deep gulleys and holes would get you onto the fish. Was hoping for Sole. None this time but there were plenty a small bass to to make it exciting. All the best Adam"

Colin was crawling, beach alive... ( 9 July)
I had this report just in from Colin Hemsworth...
"Hi Tony,
Fished Dengemarsh yesterday, arrived for first HT and fished through to the night. Not much action to report, had dogfish and whiting as the sun went down. There were a lot of earwigs on the beach last night as well, my tent and bag were covered in them when packing up, spent 20 mins shaking them off everything. Shiver. Thanks for the bait and see you soon. Colin"
Deep water for doggies ( 2 July)
I had this report in this morning from Kristian Walker...
"Hi Tony,
We fished off the point just across the boardwalk last night using the worms and squid you provided us.
We fished the tide up from 3.30 and then fished the tide down after high tide until 22.00. 
We had bites from High tide onwards catching lots of dogfish and whiting but sadly no bass or sole showed up but it was still a fun session.
Thanks Kristian" 

Colin gives it a go at Dengemarsh ( 2 July)
I had this report in from Colin Hemsworth...
"Hi Tony, not much to report from yesterday's trip. I thought I'd head to Dengemarsh and try for a sole or plaice, no such luck this time, only had whiting. Will be back soon for another go,  thanks for lug see you soon. Colin."

Wow cracking Galloways hound ( 1 July)
I had this great report in from Michael Wibley...
"Hi Tony I fished Galloways last night wit my son Ashley. From low till 3 hours down we only had pin whiting on the flood. On the top of the tide 1 Ray 7.5 lb and 3 smooth hounds the largest 9lb Ashleys PB.The ray came on Rag worn as I fishing for Sole size 2 hooks the hounds came to Crab.

You are not alone... ( 1 July)
I had this report in last night from Andrew Elsey...
"Good few hours behind boat had few dog fish and whiting. And the seal was watching as well. thanks for bait"

Dave's gone commercial? ( 30 June)
I had this report in today from Dave Kingsman...I bet that net gave a good fight...who knows next time maybe a seal...
"Hi Tony,
Well, its no secret Ive been having a bit of a lean time lately fishwise.
Got invited on a boat trip to Hayling Island yesterday.
Started off at the crack of dawn then disaster. Accident on the M25. Really bad one.
Long story short. Game over. Sat there for over an hour, missed the boat so came home.
Obviously still had the bait and packed lunch so in my infinite wisdom decided a session behind the power station was in order.
Fished low up with smashing Welsh chap I met down there.
I was fishing crab and suddenly got the bite you dream of. BANG.
Played it in. Taffy was hand lining it for last 20 yards.... A PB fishing net.
Just wasn't my day.
We both managed a schoolie Bass a piece.
For some reason, I caught loads of Whiting and a Dogfish and he didn't. Cant work out why as everything looked the same."

DAA 'Vets' match results yesterday ( 29 June)
Damp day at Littlestone...It was tough going for the 'Vets' yesterday...and with a poor turnout...either members don't like the weather...or they don't realise were waterproof...
Well done 'Wiggy' your catching 'Smithy' up...
...thanks to Mick Reynolds for checking my maths :-)

DAA match results from Sunday ( 27 June)
I saw this report from Alex Veel on facebook yesterday of Sundays match 25 June...
"Well done to all who fished today's match at expected, another toughie!
Mainly undersized hounds and the odd whiting & dogs.
Unluckiest man on the day has to be Steve Field with a specimen eel of 2lb 2oz but only being allowed to card the allotted 38cm for it! 
Best fish was a smoothound of 76cm for Nathan Elliott plucked out from somewhere over the horizon....contributing to his tally for 1st place

DAA 'Vets' match tomorrow ( 27 June)
Reminder to those 'brave' vets fishing tomorrow...bring some waterproofs...from the met office...
"Between 16:00 Tue 27th and 09:00 Wed 28th

There is an increasing risk of heavy rain, with thunder possible, developing over southern England on Tuesday afternoon before spreading northwards during the evening and overnight. Many places will miss the worst of the rain, but there is a low likelihood of flooding of homes and businesses as well as disruption to transport."
...Lets hope it dries out by the afternoon!e 27th and 09:00 Wed 28th

disruption to transport.
DAA Juniors meet last Sunday ( 27 June)
I had this report in from Alex Whittlesea of the DAA Juniors...
Hi Tony
The DAA Juniors held their monthly meet at the fishy looking waters of Littlestone today.
Conditions looked perfect for the turnout of 5 regular and 5 new members, with coloured water, a good chop and slightly overcast conditions.
All fished extremely well and never gave up hope of catching a fish.
Several had really good bites that were clearly from Bass, but sadly failed to connect.
Eventually one of them did manage this fine Eel.
Remember, our next meet will be Saturday 8th July, book in at the Pilot at 10am
Fishing 10:30 to 1:30, venue TBC on the day subject to weather conditions.
Come along and have a go if you are aged 16 or under, everything is provided completely free. Shirl.

A real bass 'fest' ( 25 June)
I had this report in from Colin Hemsworth this afternoon...
"Hi Tony,
Fished Dengemarsh yesterday, it was a bit tough at times due to the wind but the bass were liking it. Arrived for dawn and had 4 schoolies, restocked with fresh lug and had 15 bass in total, the biggest at 46 cm, all caught fairly close in on lug. Had a few whiting in the evening and called it a day around midnight, thanks for the lovely lug and see you soon. Colin" 

Dave's 'cunning plan' ( 25 June)
I had this report in this morning from David Kingsman...I wish I had his energy...
"Hi Tony,
It all started off with this cunning plan.
I had been working away all week so had a small Saturday night HT window.
Looked at the Lydd shooting plan first.
Told me the ranges were open until 10pm.
OK, not ideal but doable as HT was at midnight.
Wind was supposed to be dropping a bit according to my weather app so it all sounded good.
I thought I would have Galloways beach to myself. Surely nobody would bother going at 10pm???
Bass ahoy...
I arrived there at 9pm. No red flags.
Drove to Galloways and it was packed. 8 cars indicating 8-16 anglers. 
I popped my head over the top and yep it was busy.
On top of that, the wind was horrible. I was faced with a big walk and uncomfortable session for sure.

Under normal circumstances I suck it up but on this occasion I opted for comfort.

Jumped in the car and drove to Littlestone.
It was lovely. Decided I would just have a nice few hours instead of getting blown to bits or dealing with a big tide at Dungy.
No monsters but loads of action. Doggies and Whiting galore. 
Took a few home for the missus so she was happy.
Came home unscathed anyway. Not a bad trip.  Best regards, Dave."

Dungeness, behind the boats ( 23 June)
I had this report in this afternoon from Andrew Elsey...
"Hi Tony I Andy had good 5 hours behind boats whiting dog fish plaice and nice smooth hound"

DAA match this weekend ( 22 June)
I had this reminder in from Alex Veel...
"Reminder time.... 
Our next league match is this Sunday (25th) at Littlestone. It's a pegged match 11am - 3pm. Sign in is 9:30-10am opposite the water tower. 
Hope to see you all there"

It's that time of year ( 21 June)
I had this report in last night from Tim Startup...
"Hi Tony,
I went fishing behind the power station early on today when the tide was in.  The water was nice and clear and the wind was on my back.  As a result I caught these four mackerel, after about 10am it went quiet with the tide going out and the water muddying up, I gave up at about midday.  I saw the seal about 100 yards out, probably mackereling as well! Take care, Tim"

Beautiful bass ( 21 June)
I had this report in from Matthew Barwick...
"Hi tony fished Dengemarsh last night had a few mackeral in the afternoon. Used the heads for bait and had this lovely bass around 1.00 am before low water. Also thank you to the fisherman next to me who gave me all his mackeral heads. Fish measured 72cm and weighed just over 8lb returned to fight another day. All the best Matt fromTonbridge"

Size isn't everything ( 21 June)
And this came in Monday...from Lukasz Loza...
"It was a lovely Sunday,and this beauty"

More fun in the sun ( 21 June)
I had this report in Monday from Phillip Judge...nice to see people enjoying themselves...
"Hi Tony, Just wanted to report after first time in the shop yesterday. Thanks very much for the bait and advise. First cast resulted in a couple of nice dogfish and then had double figures of small whiting. The infamous seal was about at low and high tide but didn't seem to put fish off! Thanks again and be back soon."

Cooking down at the Diamond ( 18 June)
I had this report in this morning from Colin Hemsworth...
"Hi Tony,
It was tough going yesterday but worth it in the end, arrived for 1st HT at the boats yesterday and had dogfish and whiting till I ran out of frozen lug. After restocking with some fresh I headed for dengemarsh, the weather was scorchio all day and I'm glad I brought a tent. No bites all day, the water was clear and the crabs were teaming up with small fry and stripping baits in minutes. Attached some floater beads to the snoods which made the worms last a bit longer on the hook. I snagged a big spider crab which is going in the pot today. It started to liven up a bit in the evening and had a nice bass around 3lb on lug. Thanks for the bait and tackle, see you soon. Colin" 

You are not alone...( 17 June)
I had this report in from Kevin Warden...
"Fished 10am until 2. Caught 2 decent dogfish and 3 small whiting. All
returned. The nosy seal was about 100 yards out most of the time"

A week in the life of...( 17 June)
I had this excellent report in from Becky Lee Hodges...
"Hi Tony
Fished a few places this last week
Sunday 11th June - Hythe Ranges and Galloways
Wednesday 14th June - East Bay
Thursday - 15th June East Bay
Had a mixed Bag at the ranges with the target being Skate. Managed a small one of 3lb and a couple of small Smooth Hound Pups. I then in the evening moved round to Galloways for a Bass as there was some nice surf. I managed 8 Schoolies and a nice Bass of 5lb.
Wednesday evening saw me land 6 different species Eel, Sole, Skate, Whiting, Pouting and a Bass. The sole was 33cm.
Thursday evening was a much slower evening with a few bites but only two fish (only had week old and frozen worm) i still managed a 30cm Sole and a Pouting.
Regards Becky"
As dawn broke... ( 16 June)
I had this report in from 'Gizzy' Gillespie this morning...there he was as dawn broke at the 'long pits' Dungeness...start of the coarse season...I know its not sea fishing...but what a lovely catch to start the season...
"Caught this morning at long pit dungeness"

That seal is watching you... ( 16 June)

I had this report in from Carl Maidment yesterday...sorry a bit late...almost missed it...
"Hi Tony,
New to posting here but thought I would send you our report from today (weds).
Arrived just after low water to fish behind the boats for the day. A few others about so some pleasant conversation plus an inquisitive seal which made for rather quiet fishing. Didn't see anyone else catching much and we took until after HW before we we landed our first fish of the day, a tiny whiting which was returned. Fished the tide back down for the evening and things finally got better, six dogfish, a bass and a plaice before both daylight left and the seal returned. My son and I enjoyed the day and hope to be back soon."

Summer sole moving in ( 14 June)
I had this report in this afternoon from Darren Brooks...a cracking fish...
"Hi tony, fished east bay last night had plenty of fish including a couple of sole. :)cheers Darren"

The latest DAA match result ( 12 June)
I had this report in from Alex Veel of yesterdays match...
"Results & updated league table attached...
x10 members fished this rover at Dengemarsh. Well done to Steve Field on the win.
Turns out i couldn't of been more wrong....a fish-fest it wasn't! A grand total of x3 Whiting brought to the scales.
Fished in strengthening winds.
Next match pegged at Littlestone 25th June 11am - 3pm."

The 'dog days' of summer ( 11 June)
I just had this report just in from Colin Hemsworth...yes it was a bit busy yesterday...deserted all week and then comes Saturday...
"Hi Tony. Fished the back of the boats yesterday, quite a busy day there as well but found a spot. Water was fairly clear but still a bit stirred up from the weather earlier on in the week. Started off with a small bass and then the dogfish came out in force and that lasted the whole session, had a few fair sized whiting towards evening and lost a bass in the surf, all in all a fun day's fishing and glad I  brought the sunscreen! Thanks for the lug and see you soon. Colin"

Good weekend for Dave ( 11 June)
I had this report in overnight from David Kingsman...
"Hi Tony. Fished the HT at Galloways tonight.
Lots of aggressive Bass bites. Loads of fun. Ended up with 5 x Schoolies.
Perfect evening for Sole. Got Lucky and caught a cracker. 42cm. Well happy😀👍.
Lot of Whiting about tonight. I cashed my chips in before HT as I was getting double shots on both rods. 
Really enjoyed fishing Dungy this weekend. Its been brilliant.-- Best regards, Dave"

Dave blown away, with first sole ( 10 June)
I had this report in from David Kingsman this morning...
"Hi Tony,
Fished Galloways last night. Very windy. Not for the faint hearted.
Plenty of fish about. Ended up woth 8 x Bass to 40cm, 3 x Flounders, an Eel and my first Sole of 2017. Going again tonight so will keep you regards Dave"

Loads of fish in spite of the weed ( 9 June)
I had this report in this evening from Paul Child...
"Hi Tony 
Went to Dungy today started an hour after low and fished up and down 2hrs, conditions got steadily worse very strong winds couldn’t get shelter up , sea  was a good muddy colour..… first cast Bass second cast Bass and the third another  all returned   just after low so gambled on a bigger one which came just under 3lb..I lost count of how many dogfish I caught some were a very decent size almost 2 and a half ft long kept a few.  Problems with weed which nearly made me give up but on the turn of the tide it went and along came the Dogs in  serious numbers  a fish every cast and in some cases on the two hook rod I was catching two dogs each cast so were others.. In all most casts using two rods got fish today upwards of 50 plus fish poss more just lost count.. just goes to show what a good blow does lots of empty shells on beach.. Also caught medium sized whiting in numbers and  a decent sized Eel forgot how slimy they can be but good to see them back of course it was returned ! In all, a great day and stacks of sport. Regards Paul"

Two bass are better than none ( 9 June)
I had this report in from Kris many bass...
"Went fishing behind the boats today wanting to bag some doggies but no joy only two small bass both went back at least it's not a blank" 

Another great catch of bass ( 8 June)
I had this report in from Chris tonight...
"Fished behind the boats last night 8pm to 1am. Pretty windy and wet later but sea was calmish. Obviously not the case earlier cos the tide line resembled bouillabaisse with piles of cockles, gappers, razor shells, crab, sea slugs, and fish. Needless to say the freezer is now stocked. Had fish from first cast with 30 cm bass. Caught regularly until 1 hour after high tide. Total was 11 bass to 54 cm and a handful of whiting. All caught on fresh out lug nothing on shellfish. Chris Herbert ."

Brilliant bass conditions ( 8 June)
 had this report just in from Steve Davis...
"Hi Tony it was very rough behind the power station today the only other fisherman on the beach today was my cousin Howard, I managed to fish for 5 hrs a good result in these condition I caught 14 bass the  best was 36cm all the best Steve"

Great day for Clive ( 8 June)
I had this report in yesterday from Clive ...
"Hi Tony,
Fished last week during the day from 5pm to 10pm on the ebb left of the boats, caught 30 fish,22 Dogfish,6 small Whiting, 2 small Bass and a 3/4lb Sole. Had 2 rods all the fish caught on worm, Biggest Dogfish 1lb 14ozs. Great day fishing, made driving home easy back to Huntingdon Cambs. Thank you, Clive Jenner."

DAA update ( 7 June)
I had this reminder from Alex Veel of the DAA...
"Our next match is this Sunday (June 11th) & is a rover at Dengemarsh. 
Sign in is at Denge car park 9:30-10am. Fishing 11am-3pm. 
Should be a few fish there this week :)"

A bit different today ( 5 June)
I had this report in from Colin Hemsworth...

"Hi Tony,  not much to report from Saturday, headed for the back of the boats with hopes of a bass or two, literally no bites all day and there were lots of small crabs going for the bait, I did see a seal that was hanging around come up with a nice bass in its mouth and eat it in front of me so the fish were definitely there, lots of small fry in the water with terns and gulls having their fill, I wonder if the bass were busy chasing them instead of sniffing out my lug, looking forward to trying out some lures. The day wasn't a complete waste as had whiting towards the evening saving a blank! Thanks for the lug and see you soon. Colin"

Dave had a 'dose' of the crabs ( 5 June)
 I had this report in from David Kingsman last night...
"Hi Tony,
Sunday 4th June. Thanks for the great bait again.
Decided on a trip to Galloways chasing Bass in the wind.
Really looked good when I arrived.
First cast discovered the crabs were on top form with baits only lasting a few minutes.
Next came the weed. Lots of it. Made life really hard going.
As the tide came in further it cleared but no bites. 
Out of the blue had 3 x great bites and 3 x identical 30 odd CM Bass.
Fished a bit of the ebb but nothing. That was my lot.
Did enjoy it but it was a tough days fishing. Regards Dave"  

Whiting won the day ( 5 June)
I had this report in from Andrew Elsey yesterday...
"Hi Tony not much fish Saturday evening just loads of whiting and 1 dogfish."

Plenty of bass about ( 4 June)
I had this report in this morning from Hamza Nazir...
"Hi Tony
Had a nice day but rough conditions but got OK at the end of it with a small bass."

Lovely summer fishing ( 2 June)
I had this report in from David Kingsman fishing yesterday...
"Hi Tony,
A nice sunny day on the beach. Plan was to catch a few Plaice.
No luck on that score but did manage a small Bass, Gurnard and a 32cm Flounder.
Tide run was strong today and water clear. No weed to speak of. Crabs not bad either.
Did enjoy it and will be back for another go soon. Regards Dave."

A real summer mixed bag ( 2 June)
I had this report in from Darryl Nicholas...
"Hi Tony, a very good weekends fishing at the Hythe Redoubt at low water. A very mixed bag a of fix including Rays, Bass, sole, dogfish, Eels and smooth hounds. Thanks Darryl Nicholas."

More bass in the sun ( 31 May)
I had this photo sent in from Darryl info but a nice fish...

Plenty of bass being reported ( 29 May)
I had this report in yesterday from Hamza Nazir...
"Hi had a nice time caught a nice bass on a spinner" 

Still plenty of dogfish about ( 29 May)
I had this report in last night from Andrew Elsey...
"Fished behind the boats this evening as nice evening had 7 dog fish on low tide all on frozen black lug"

What a nice day...enjoying fishing ( 29 May)
I had this report in from Lee yesterday...
"Thanks for getting bait for me at the last minute, went to galloways to fish over low, was a nice bit of surf and colour when I got there which died down later, ended up with six bass of around a lb each plus a surprise large eel. Lee"

Very pretty fish ( 28 May)
I had this report in yesterday from Neil Rodwell...very pretty fish...great fun on the float...
"Hi Tony. Thought I would send you some pics of my short session at samphire hoe today in the sun. Caught loads of ballan and corkwing wrasse and the one pollack. All on ragworm down the side of the wall. Great place to go when you tire of whiting! Regards. Neil."
Bass galore ( 27 May)
I had this report in this morning from Nina Hunt...
"Hi mate fished back of boats low tide  on thursday 26th may  lots of surf  10 bass  largest 4lb   great days fishing  windy but plenty of sunshine  more bass about today than caught in  last couple years  
Fished again today  27th at littlestone   another bass and   decent size eel  at high tide"   

Calling all in the sun ( 23 May)
I had this reminder from Terry Carpenter of the DAA juniors...
"Juniors fishing this Sunday meet at 11.45 at pilot pub car park 
New members welcome"

Hard work behind the power station ( 22 May)
I had this report in from Alex Veel of the DAA match on Sunday...

It helps if you like doggies ( 21 May)
I had this report in from Andrew Elsey...
"Hi Tony had 11 dog fish and 1 bass all went back.that was behind the boats cheers for bait" Nice day to be on the beach ( 21 May)
I had this report in from Colin Hemsworth this morning...
"Hi Tony,
Arrived for early HT Saturday and headed for the back of the boats, I thought I'd use up the frozen lug leftovers from last the few sessions  before restocking with fresh lug once the shop opened. Started the day with a few whiting and dogfish, followed by a schoolie and then on the last cast a bigger bass, goes to show nothing wrong with frozen. After a quick visit to seagull tackle I set up near my first spot,  had one more bass but the dogfish were coming thick and fast, at one point the lead was barely hitting the bottom before hooked. It was a nice day to be out on the beach, thanks for the lug and see you soon. Colin"

East and West with David ( 19 May)
I had this report in from David (waterproof) Kingsman...
Hi Tony,
Thanks for some great bait today before I start.

Weds night.
 Ray fishing in the East with my friend Shane.
Loads of action but no monsters. 
3 Rays between us and a few small Hounds.
Crab, Blueys and Sandeels all working.
Rained all night but you don't seem to notice things like that when your catching.

All this Hound and Ray fishing is great but Ive been missing just a normal days fishing at Dungy. Good old fashioned worm baits and casting about after everything.
Got to Dengemash few hours before HT.
Thought it looked alright. Tried in close first ,
going further out until I located something.
Got the range right then say back and enjoyed the action.
Didn't stay too long after HT as the heavens opened up again.
Ended up with 6 x Dogfish, 2 x small Bass and a rather large Pouting.
Great fun and I really enjoyed it. Tiny bit of weed but no problem.
See you soon, Regards Dave.

Not so good for David ( 19 May)
I had this report in from David...bad luck...the day before one of my customers had a 7lb bass from the same venue...
In case you are on for posting this report so today as I said I was fishing the walkaway from 8.15am until 15.15 when the rain have started... was very nice day up to this point.! 
 Fishing wise... well,  I'm not sure what it was. I could see either plenty of seals or dolphins, very close to the shore but I didn't even have a crab bite the entire session. All my bait came back untouched. Very weird but as we say that's fishing. 
Many thanks David Grinfeld "

DAA Match on Sunday ( 18 May)
I saw this update on the DAA page from Alex can join the Dungeness Angling Association on the day if you want to take part.
"Reminder time....
Our next match is this Sunday (May 21st). It's a pegged match at the powerstation 5pm-9pm. Sign in is 3:30pm-4pm at the gate by the point, then as per, we'll drive round in convoy. Hope to see you all there"

Cracking photos from Tony ( 17 May)
I had this report in this afternoon from Tony Castle...
"Loads bass at Reculver no more than 12 feet out and good size. Best place is first rocks right of Reculver Towers.  All the best"
Well I have to say bass are coming out all over...Great news...but remember, no keeping until the end of June...and then only one per day till the years end.

Bertie bass...a nice fish ( 17 May)
I had this report in today from Richard Briers today...
"Hi Tony, 
Thanks for your wonderfully fresh bait yesterday (Tuesday). My wife & I decided to take advantage of the good weather forecast and come down to fish at Dungeness. We set up at 11:30am (2 hours after low tide) behind the boats and had the beach to ourselves. The temperature was over 20 degrees and the wind was behind us from the west. I caught this 46cm bass at medium range with the first cast which made the trip more than worthwhile. We packed up at 3:30pm having also caught ten dogfish and one whiting. The fishing was fairly easy but the May bloom started to become a nuisance just before high water. 
Will be back again soon. Regards, Richard"

Plenty of fish behind 'the boats' ( 14 May)
I had this report in from Andy...plenty of fish...
"Had good day at Dungeness behind boats.thanks for bait as normal bait was good all fish catch on black lug thanks again Andy Elsey"

"Sharks" on the wooden walkway ( 14 May)
Here is a report from yesterday by Terry Gifford...
"Hi Tony 
Fished to the right of the wooden walkway from low to high tide. Was surprisingly chilly and as the wind grew so did the surf, turned into great bass territory!!
We managed three schoolies, rockling, copious amounts of whiting and another first for young Oscar a doggy (or a shark as he insisted!!)
Most action happened at low tide but pretty steady all day
Cheers. Terry, Lee, Ken and Oscar Gifford "

A nice mixed bag ( 11 May)
I had this report in this morning from Stephen Davies...
"Hi Tony we've been fishing at Dengemarsh for the last three weeks I didn't send any catch reports, it's been very hard work with dog fish and whiting with a few fatties, we decided we go back to the power station yesterday, we fish from about 8.30 to 3.30 pm the weed was driving me mad I was ready to go home when a good bite and a 34cm plaice. Ken caught lots of small whiting but did catch this very small codling yes codling and I did catch a 35cm bass. Steve Davies."

Nice to see such fun ( 9 May)
I had this FB report yesterday from Lukasz Loza...
"Very fishy Dungeness"

DAA match last Sunday ( 9 May)
I has this report in yesterday from Alex Veel of the DAA...
"Yesterdays results & updated league table attached...
x15 members fished this full rover match, with most opting to fish near the point or boats. The dogs were in a feeding mood around low water with some decent weights being brought to the scales. Well done to Phil on the win & a warm welcome to new member Dave.  Dogfish, Whiting & Pouting caught."

Dog after dog for Colin ( 9 May)
I had this report in from Colin Hemsworth yesterday...
"Hi Tony,
Fished near the walkway yesterday, I arrived a little later then usual and set up on HT, I was hoping for a repeat of last week and to see a few more vigorous bass taps on the rod but no so luck, I guess it wouldn't be as exciting if you caught every time! I was kept very busy with dogfish almost every cast and most were big ones as well along with two mini whiting for a bit of variety. Fished until the worms ran out along with my hopes of an early evening bass but appetite definitely whetted for the summer and that bass pb!  Thanks for the bait and see you soon. Colin"

DAA 'Vets' match last Wednesday ( 7 May)
Here is the result from last weeks 'Vets' match...well done John was in a challenging north easterly wind...

Hard work...but worth it ( 4 May)

I had this report in from Ryan Tailor yesterday...
"Hi Tony
A late couple of lines from my Saturday visit behind the station, which certainly proved a tricky day. 
A combination of fierce tide and equally fierce crabs meant it was always going to be tough, but keeping to the game plan of fishing at distance and regular recasting at least ensured the rigs were primed and ready.
My final total was a very modest 2 flounders and 2 bass, but i was pleased enough as one bass measured 42cm and for me that represented a pb, (woop, woop) on a day that may not have changed me but it certainly challenged me!
Bye for now. Ryan."

DAA match...very tough going ( 2 May)

I had this report in from Alex Veel yesterday of Sunday DAA match...
"Yesterdays results & updated league table attached...
Rock hard fishing in a stiff S.E.wind and the start of the may weed. x11 fished with just x3 weighing in. Well done to Colm on the win & heaviest fish.
Dabs, Flounder & Whiting caught. (Bass also, but excluded from match)"

Wind blown...but not down ( 2 May)

I had this report in from Ben May yesterday...
"Hi mate thought I'd give you an update! Today, regardless of the weather me and the old man ventured down to dungeness in hope of a bend in the rod. Using all different baits like lugworm, squid, bluey, herring and mackerel we was only able to bank a very small whiting! Very poor conditions with the waves towered high and big breakers smashing onto the shingle. Wind in our faces all day long which with that the rain hit us hard we ended up packing up and calling it a day! (As well as every other dedicated angler out there) we shall be back for another crack soon!"

What a cracking photo ( 2 May)

I had this cracking photo sent in by Lukasz Loza...but I do worry about that rod :-)

A mixture of baits pays off ( 1 May)

I had this report in from Tim Friday...
"Tony, thank you ever so much for the advice, much appreciated. Didn't fancy contending with the breakers at Dymchurch so headed for Dungeness.
Arrived at 3pm, fished the tide down until 11 from behind the boats. In the daylight hours caught a pouting and about half a dozen small whiting. From 9 until 11 caught 7 dogfish. Baits used were king prawns, blueys, herring, squid and frozen lug.
Thanks again. Tim"

Good day for Colin ( 1 May)

I had this report in last night from Colin Hemsworth..."Hi Tony, Fished the back of the boats today, arrived a few hours before high tide and fished till about 5 when the wind picked up a bit. A fun day's fishing, conditions were good, had dogfish first few casts followed by two bass about an hour after ht, whiting, more dogfish and a slug, all on lug. Thanks for the monster worms and see you soon, Colin."

What a way to start ( 1 May)

I had this great photo in from Kris Hatton yesterday...
My son Charlie caught this next to power station on low tide at 10am this morning 30/04/17 Kris

Nice mixed bag for Andy ( 29 April)

I had this report in from Andy Elsey...I had further reports of more bass and smoothounds..."Thanks for bait today.had good catch plaice dog fish and nice bass from andy"

DAA Juniors 'meet' report ( 29 April)

I had this report in this evening from Terry Carpenter... "Hi tony
DAA juniors had their latest meet today sat 29th April  on a lovely sunny morning with light winds .They fished behind Jerry's boat fair chance and had a good bit of fishing with Aden catching a 39cm bass which was returned everyone caught a fish with bass being the prominent fish caught along with whiting and slug .Very good day had by all Cheers Terry"

May Day...May Day ( 27 April)

Another reminder from the DAA, Chairman Simon Newman posted...
"Hi Folks, just a quick reminder that the lock on the EA gate changes on Monday 1st May."

DAA match this Sunday ( 27 April)

I saw this reminder from Alex Veel...
Reminder time....
Next match Dengemarsh rover this Sunday (April 30th). 
Sign in 11:30-12pm at Dengemarsh car park. Fishing 1-5pm.

Smoothounds being reported ( 26 April)

After complaining about no reports I had this one in from Hakan Can...
"Hi tony this was last week near to power station"

DAA 'Juniors' reminder ( 26 April)

I saw this reminder on the 'Dungeness Angling Association' facebook page from Terry Carpenter...
"Junior fishing this sat 29th @11.30 @pilot pub fishing dungeness this week"
...Have a great day...and send me a report.

It has quiet this last week ( 26 April)

It has been quite after the bank holiday with very few fishing...and those who do have not sent in any sorry I have had nothing to give you...lets hope it picks up and we get more fish to report...these massive tides coming at the end of this week should have a effect .

A hard day at Denge...( 23 April)

I had this report in from Neil Rodwell fishing down at Dengemarsh yesterday...
"Hi Tony. Nothing to report from denge today unfortunately. Tried worms bluey and cockles and not so much as a sniff. Think there was quite a bit of crab activity due to my rigs sometimes coming back with the hook missing.  Still, i won't catch fish sitting at home so I'll keep trying! Thanks again for the bait today. Speak soon. Neil"
I thought I would put up one of your previous catches Neil...just to cheer you up...and hopefully whats to come...
What a cracking fish...( 23 April)
I saw this on 'south eastern fishing' page yesterday...well done Ashley Brown...
"Just had this at Herne bay in a match..... 65lb" what a cracking sting ray...I know its not Dungeness...but it beats a whiting...

DAA 'Vets' round four ( 19 April)

Round four of the DAA 'Vets' fished a chilling onshore east wind which kept the fishing slow...welcome to Janet Luck fishing her first match today...well done to John Wigstone for coming first.

Well done hit ( 18 April)

I had this report in from Ryan Tailor...well done catching your plaice...we have been very busy over the bank nice to see so many 'first timers' wanting to give beach fishing a go...
"Hi Tony
Ventured down to Dungy on Saturday with 'Operation orange spot' firmly in mind and this is how it went..
I'd decided to avoid Dengemarsh and go behind the station, on the basis our dog friends seem (slightly) less prolific there this time of year, which in turn meant the baits may stay untouced long enough to give the flatties a chance. Not forgetting the crabs and piranha, of course..
The first couple of hours were quiet then the first Whiting came ashore, and is often the case a few then appeared, along with the inevietable doggies, but with the tide now really running the action picked up. Everything was coming at distance, and with the amount of line out, spotting bites in the conditions was nigh on impossible. 
However, one hour before HW, one of the rods showed a small quiver, and lifting into it showed there was definately something attached. In it came, and then just behind the first breaker, a flash of creamy belly surfaced, my pulse quickened, then one more wave saw a beauty with red spots resting on the shingle. Bingo! My first Plaice since i was a schoolboy fishing on Southend pier in 1988!
I fished on 'til 4pm with only doggies and (of course) whiting for company but it mattered not, that Plaice had made my day and the drive back to London was a happy one!
Good luck one and all and of course if it doesn't challenge you it doesn't change you.
Regards and bye for now Tony, Ryan."

DAA 'Vets' reminder ( 17 April)
Just to remind you 'old boys' the next DAA vets match is on Wednesday fish 2.30 till 5.30 high tide 3.50. Book in at the 'wall'  2.00.
Just enjoy the day ( 17 April)
I had this report in from Kristian has been a busy weekend but with this north easterly airflow the west bay would be my choice...but it can be tough but 'hey' you never know...that's fishing...
Hi Tony,
Had a good day out at Dungeness today using your bait. Fishing not so good with only 1 dogfish and 2 whiting due to the fact the wind got up to around 30 mph at 12. 
Still in search of my first plaice of the year but will try again soon and hope for better conditions. Thanks Kristian"

I know i'm strange...I like dogs ( 14 April)
Neil Rodwell sent me this report this afternoon...woof...woof...
"Hi Tony. Quick report from denge marsh today. Started at low tide with a flat calm sea. Had dogfish from the start. Some big some smaller with the odd pin whiting and rockling thrown in. They ate anything I threw at them. The bites died off on high tide approach with baits coming back untouched. Decided to call it a day at 2 with the wind blowing quite hard by that point. Didn't get any rays or spotties but if you're gonna catch nuisance species than you can't beat the doggies! Speak soon. Regards."

Sharks 'R' US ( 14 April)
I had this report in last night from John...I have never known so many large dogfish being reported...what with the rays...
"Hi tony john Hodgkinson fished behind the lifeboat 2 schoolies 2 doggies 1 flounder and a few whiting and rockling" 

Each day is different ( 12 April)

I had this report in from Steve...
"Hi Tony We decided to go fishing yesterday because the weather forecast look better than today's the sun did shine all day, but what a difference a week makes last week more fish than we could count yesterday we managed just two, I  had one bite all day and caught this 36cm plaice let's hope next weeks better. Steve Davies"

Dengemarsh...and plaice ( 11 April)

had this report in today from John...with these big tides lets hope it gets better...
"Hi tony john Hodgkinson Fished dengemarsh today 10 till 14.00 2 nice plaice 38 cm and 34 cm and only a couple of piranha" 

Tough in the bright sun ( 10 April)

I had this report in from Colin Hemsworth...another tough day...
"Hi Tony, headed for dengemarsh yesterday with the hopes of a place or maybe even a ray, the weather was lovely but no bites all day, tried casting close in to far out but no takers, bait was straight lug on one rod and herring/bluey lug wrap or bluey chunks on the other. Night came I had a little flatfish and then the whiting appeared to save a blank, thanks for the bait and see you soon, Colin."

Blanc de Blanc ( 10 April)

I had this report in from Warren Salter...after that I think you need a stiff drink...
"Sadly not a single sausage. Nada. Nothing. Dengemarsh fishing from 10am till 6pm the only thing seen caught was a small plaice and that was it. We had 7 rods out different distances, rigs, baits and nothing at all. I did win the sunburn competition though. Could not believe the amount of cutflefish bones around. Crazy how we export millions of them each year and we don't eat them here."

DAA match result...yesterday ( 10 April)

I had this report in today from Alex Veel of yesterdays match...summers coming...somebody hooked a mackerel...
"Plenty of flatties with Plaice & Flounder fact not one round fish carded! Well done to Shane for winning 2 in a row now.
Next match April 30th. Dengemarsh rover 1-5pm."

Plaice in the sun at Galloways ( 9 April)
I had this report from David Kingsman this afternoon...
"Hi Tony,
Sorry for the late report.
After a nice day (Weds) Plaice fishing. I was really happy to learn there was no shooting for a while at Galloways.
Headed down there Thursday to fish high tide.
Little amusing story.
I'm happily fishing away when my friend Patrick turned up. We had a natter and he asked me ' What are you fishing on?'
 I replied ' Sand of course'.
He laughed and told me that the beach has all moved and I was actually fishing on black gravel. 
Whats amusing is the fact that before he told me that. I was convinced I must be casting miles further than normal and reaching some faraway gravel ridge at the back of the sand ðŸ˜ðŸ˜ðŸ˜
Anyway, had a move but it never made much difference. Tried fish baits all day but only caught Dogfish. It was tough going. Whiting on the worms and the wind got chilly in the evening.
Friday 7th....
Pressed the reset button and headed back to Galloways.
Totally different today.
Plaice from the off. Nice sized 38cm with 2 x others same size. Nice Flounder on the ebb. 
Just shows you.  Every day is different.-- 
Best regards, Dave"

A lovely gurnard for Tony ( 9 April)
I had this report in from Tony Holland...
"Hi Tony,
We had a days fishing today 8/4/17 at Hythe, fishing a bit slow with a few small plaice and dabs and then this for Brian Huggins a 2lb 1oz gurnard looked as if it had gone for s small whitting on the hook, something a bit different and once again super advice from one Tony to another "
Lovely fish...we are getting more gurnard reported...I'm told they're great eating.

DAA match reminder from Alex ( 7 April)
I saw this on facebook from Alex Veel of the DAA...
"Evening all, just a reminder for our next match this Sunday (9th)....
Pegged match at the Powerstation 9am-1pm. Sign in 7:30-8am at the gate. As normal, we'll then drive round in convoy.
We've got the weather on our side, fingers crossed a few fish feature for everyone...don't forget we're now on the summer size limits which might help"
Dogfish have been warned...break out the sandeels!

No rays for David ( 6 April)
I had this report in today from David...
"Hi Tony 
Went yesterday to Dengemarsh trying to target Rays, (I didn't have the time to pass by you so I was relaying on the bait I had). I fished from low water into 3 hrs after HT, mostly fished on Herring, Bluyes and Sandeels I had. It Produced quit few dogfish (6 or 7) and some Whitings as usual. Couldn't produce a Ray though . Few other anglers long side of me didn't produce as well but the dogies, some flaties and the occasional Whitings. Even a guy The was fishing on Peeler Crab and he didn't produce any different. Anyhow every time is a different experience. Thanks for the info. Many thanks David Grinfeld"

 Sun shining...light breeze ( 6 April)
I had this report in this morning from Steve...
"Hi Tony our weekly fishing trip this week was Dengemarsh beach, when we arrived at about 8.15 am the sun was shining and a light breeze from behind us, the water still not very clear but fish were on the feed from the start, we fished just to the left of the water outlet, by the end of our day we caught more dogfish and whiting than we could count, but we did catch our target species we had 4 plaice and a flounder till next time Steve Davies"

Dengemarsh fishing well ( 6 April)
I had this report in from Dave Kingsman fishing yesterday...
"Hi Tony,
Thanks for the short notice bait today. It was great.
Decided to fish Dengemarsh.
Water wasn't as clear as the purists like.
Still thought it was worth a go.
Caught 3 x decent Plaice in the end but had to cast for them.
Plenty of other species about.
Fishing well done there really and a lovely day to be on the beach."

Fun in the sun for Ryan... ( 4 April)
I had this report in from Ryan Taylor, its important to enjoy the day...sad to say Ryan I was fishing Dungeness in those says and the shape of the 'point' was totally different...with 'cod fever' very busy...a long while ago...
"Hi Tony
As promised, a little report from my impromptu trip to Dengemarsh on Sunday, which only started as my girlfriend had 'Wedding head' (read monster hangover) and i didn't!
After grabbing some lug from you, (lovely worms btw, compliments to your diggers!) i made my way to Denge with hopes of a plaice or two, but dissapointingly coloured and choppy water on arrival meant that may be a tall order. Still, i hadn't got a rod out for at least 4 or 5 weeks and with the promise of some good weather, i was definately going to enjoy it no matter what.
It didn't take too long for me to wonder who let the dogs out as our finned canines were arriving at a rate of knots, and then it was onto a mini beasts convention as whiting, schoolies and slugs gatecrashed the party but i was enjoying myself all the same and when packing up time arrived without my hoped for plaice who was i to complain??
It was a perfect day for being by the seaside anyway!
Unrelated, but maybe of some interest to all the seagull community, was an article i came across in an old copy of 'Angling' magazine. It centred on Dungeness and specifically the Point and how it wasn't the spot it used to be... and this magazine was from April 1969!
Check out the picture!
Anyway, that's me for now Tony and hopefully i'll be back down soon for another crack at anything flat.
As ever, if it doesn't challenge you it won't change you. Regards Ryan."

Is this our best ray season ever ( 2 April)
Another great ray from the east bay...Roy Godden had a couple of rays this morning the photo being the best of the bunch...hitting 10lb on the scales...

Galloways...another great ray ( 1 April)
I had this cracking photo from Alex Whittlesea...
"Hi Tony, here is the photo of that ray I had the other day, all 9-6 of it lol. Shirl.

What a great day? ( 1 April)
I had this report in from Neil Rodwell...
"Hi Tony. After the fun and games of my card not working and having to find a cash machine (which was of course broken) I finally got to the station around 10. Fished to the right of the boils and had to deal with crabs and weed most of the day. Grand total was 5 fish 4 species. Rockling, whiting, dogfish and the world's smallest codling. Got back to my car and slammed my finger in the waste bin taking the skin off it which takes me back to our conversation on why people aren't going fishing anymore! Lol. On the up side I got talking to a couple of friendly bird watchers who let me view a peregrine falcon through their binoculars. The sun was out which was nice. I'll be back again for those rays and plaice soon. Regards. Neil"

A nice west bay ray ( 1 April)
I had this great email this morning from Lester Kellerway...
"Hi Tony
Had another crack at the rays again.Chasing my elusive double.
I had the entire beach to myself.Bit surprising,But being such a late high tide i guess it's only the mad ones out at his time.
From the off i was plagued by dogfish and the odd whiting,until the golden hour arrived. A beautiful female weighed at 10LB 7OZ  That's one target ticked off the list for the year. Next on the list a double smoothound.
Once again bait was fresh herring.

Dungeness & District reports ( 31 March)
I had this update from Simon Newman of the DAA...
"Hi Tony
I noticed you haven't had many reports in from Dungeness and area so I thought I'd send you an update.Not many targetting the point area, but Dengemarsh is still producing plaice (the further you cast the more plaice you will catch, Chris Harris and Alan Wright fished Denge on Tuesday and caught plaice, flounder, whiting and rockling).  
Alex Whittesea and Darren Brooks fished Galloways recently and caught thornback rays (Alex had a cracker at over 9lb) and Darren and myself fished Dymchurch a couple of nights ago and caught 6 rays between us (ok Darren had 5 LOL). 
Dave Knott fished Dymchurch over low yesterday and caught 4 skate, best again just over 9lb. Bluey and herring best baits for the rays at the moment. No need for big baits, a bait about the size of your little finger is perfect." 

As things calm down...more plaice ( 30 March)
I had this report in from Vehit fishing down at Hythe...
"Hi Tony
Not a bad days fishing on Tuesday down at hythe near the fishing boats, Managed to get 4 nice plaice between 35cm-39cm. Really was a lovely day to be fishing.
See you soon mate. Vee" 

Mixed species at Hythe ( 30 March)
Very few reports coming in...not many fishing Dungeness, quite a lot fishing Hythe chasing the plaice (still a bit thin). Here is a report from Steve that came in yesterday...
"Hi Tony we went to Dungeness today it was very windy so we decided to go to Hythe, we fished at Slade Road I caught over 30 fish, I had 5 nice dog fish, dabs, rockling, pouting and whiting as you can see. Steve Davies"

Not the best direction E.N.E.... ( 26 March)
I had this report in from Alex Veel of the DAA with the results of last nights match...
a 'rover' in the west bay...
"A warm welcome to new member Janet & well done all who fished. Not easy in the strong E.N.E wind. 
Flounders, Dabs, Pouting, Whiting Rockling & Dogfish caught. 
Next match April 9th. Sign in 7:30 - 8am Fish 9am - 1pm."

Breezy dawn patrol... ( 26 March)
I had this report in from John Moxon who had a great early start this morning...but that must have been breezy...
"Went to early morning of Dover pier got 20 doggies and a huge thornback ray on squid with a 4/o hook" 

Sunny day...out of the wind ( 25 March)
I had this report in from Lester, fishing yesterday...I must say some very nice photos...
"Hi tony
Thought i would give the west bay a try for a ray or two.
Just the one this evening though.Plenty of dogfish and the odd whiting thrown in for good measure. All taken on fresh herring.
Best regards. Lester kellaway"

Target flounders...only dabs ( 24 March)
I just had this report in from David Kingsman...
"Hi Tony,
Not much to report from yesterday I'm afraid.
Gave behind the Power Station a go at low tide.
Plenty of fish about but no target Flounders this time.
Dabs, Dogfish and Whiting for me.
Guy next door had quite a nice one so there was the odd Flounder about anyway.
See you soon, Regards Dave."

DAA Veterans match results ( 24 March)
Hear are the results and standings from the DAA Veterans match on Wednesday (22nd)...tough going with the wind and rain...thanks to John Smith for 'booking-in' well done to all taking part.

DAA match on Saturday ( 23 March)
I saw this reminder from Alex Veel on facebook...
"Mornin' fish botherers :) 
This Saturday (25th) is our next league match...looks like it's going to be a fresh N.E. wind but the good news is it's a rover and in darkness so hopefully no blankers! 
Sign in at the gate 5:30-6pm. Fish 7-11pm. 
See you all there..."

A tale of two sessions ( 20 March)
I had this report in today from Becky Lee...a great report...
"Hi Tony
Fished last Thursday 16th for Rays. Only Dogfish caught all night and lots of them sometimes just lassoed not even hooked.
Then fished again on Saturday 18th in the East Bay all day. The fishing was tough and the conditions were against getting a Plaice so my target was the Rays again. You can only fish for whats there.
Baits were Black Lug, Sandeel, Bluey, Herring and some shell fish. Worm Baits managed the usual Whiting, Dogfish, Pouting and a small Bass. I did manage a big Pouting on a big Bluey Bait. I was really surprised there was no flatfish at all but the Whiting were there in plague proportions. 
High tide came and went with no Rays and I was thinking of packing up early. At 15:30 I noticed the tell tale bite of a ray. Not to Jump the gun I left the rod for a good 5 minutes before picking it up and setting the hook. The characteristic nod and pull of a Ray. A short while later a 5 lb female hit the beach. After this my hopes were reignited, where there was one there should be more. Noting the bait it was caught on I focused on using that and within another hour number two hit the beach a small female of 2.5 lb. Half an hour later and 3 hours after high water number 3 arrived on the beach, this time a chunky male of 5 lb. Things were getting better, then half and hour later the fourth and final one hit the beach. It was another small female of 3.5 lb. All of these came to Bluey, as the tide dropped back on 3/0 Pulley Pennel at distance. There were about 10 others fishing too but none had any Rays so in the end I was pleased with the four I managed. 
Until next time Becky"

DAA 'Vets' reminder ( 19 March)
Just a reminder the next DAA Veterans match is on Wednesday 22nd book in at Littlestone Wall at 4.30 fish 5 to 8pm.

Now that's a surprise ( 19 March)
I had this report in from Colin just shows you can't win them all...maybe its time to put away those 12/0 hooks till next winter...
"Hi Tony, 
Headed for Dengemarsh yesterday and fished 3 up 3 down, unfortunately no bites. Tried a number of rigs close in to at range but no luck. Still was a nice day on the beach with a bit of sunshine, thanks for the bait and see you soon. Colin" 
...well done have got to be in it to win it...cracking looking sea.

Great weights for the HMML ( 19 March)
I saw this posted on facebook by Martin Swinyard the results of yesterdays 'Hythe Madagascar Match League' comp...great weights for the time of year...
"Match 3 results 

1st David wood Brignall 10.35lb 
2nd Mark Howard 8.45lb 
3rd Brian Smith 6.90lb 
4th Geoff Swinyard 5.50lb 
5th Stephen Foster 4.70lb 
6th Martin Swinyard 3.75lb 
7th Steve Field 3.30 lb 😂 
8th Phil Vincer 2.95lb 

Heaviest round DWB 1.9lb dogfish 
Heaviest flat Martin Swinyard 0.5 plaice 

Species weighed in 
Whiting Dogfish Pout Dabs and Plaice 

Coming soon to a beach near you ( 17 March)
I had this nice report in from Chris Voller...
"Hi Tony, just to let you know my Dad and I made several long trips to the east bay in the last few weeks for a ray. No joy, but plenty of doggies and whiting. One whiting measured in at 45 cm! But was as skinny as a rake. Decided to head the opposite way to Hampshire last night and found this 13lb 2oz undulate! Spring is here! Good luck to all! Chris from sunny Sussex!"

Decent plaice at Dengemarsh ( 16 March)

I had this 'sunny' report in from David Kingsman...
"Hi Tony,
Had a great day at Dengemarsh yesterday.
Happy to report my first 40cm Plaice of 2017.
Really was a lovely day to be fishing.
Ended up with 4 Plaice, 2 Flounders, 2 Dabs and a small Bass.
See you soon. Regards Dave."

'Piranhas' in vast numbers ( 16 March)
I had this superb report in from David Grinfeld...I have to say for the time of year we have a lot of fish out there...
"Hi Tony 
Yesterday I have fished as been told by you behind the power station from 16.30 - midnight. Nothing special aside of none stop activity with 90% of the catches are Whitings in various sizes (some over 35cm). The Whitings were so brutal; When I try up & over pennel rig with 2/0 & 1/0 hooks for a chance for a Ray on bait fish, the Whitings snatched it immediately, not leaving a chance for anything else. As you can see from the pictures, there were two of them on the pennel rig. Beside that the variety were Dabs, Dogfish, one Pouting and couple of Rockeling. The truth is that from the 8 hours I have been fishing, maybe 3 casts came empty. Mose of the casts came double or triple header! 
It was a beautiful day and clear evening with a moon that looked more like the Sun till the fog came in about an hour before midnight. 
Thanks for the bait it was a great day"

What a lovely spring day ( 15 March)
I had this report in from Simon Newman..."Plenty of plaice at Dengemarsh today" I have to say the plaice fishing has been brilliant from the reports I have seen...calm seas and warm in the's Simon's photo...

You can't grumble...said David ( 14 March)
I had this report in last night from David Kingsman...superb photo...I almost got my rods out...
"Hi Tony,
Had a go behind the Power Station today.
Not a bad day really. All the usual suspects.
Caught what would have been a very welcome Doggie should I have been fishing a match. Just under 2lbs.
Still Dabs about and a few small Flounders. Best for me today was this Plaice.
See you soon, Regards Dave."

Codling at Littlestone! ( 14 March)
I had this report in from Terry Carpenter of the DAA juniors of their Sunday match...
"Hi Tony Juniors had their march meet on sun on a calm flat sea at littlestone . All who fished caught fish good variety whitting pouting slugs and a bonus 4" baby codling Alex (shirley codling was gutted)"

What goes bang in the dark ( 12 March)
I had this report in from Gavin Smith... 
Hi tony
I had 3 small rays last night in quick succession all came on bluey on the flood nothing big but nice to get out for a short session. 

Well done...great turnout ( 12 March)
I had this email from Paul Jarrett of the Southern Circuit Sea Angling Society...

"Result from match 3 at Dungeness - 11/03/17

23 members fished, Whiting, Dogfish, Dabs, Pouting, Flounders and Rockling weighed-in

Well done to Robert Bates for winning the match

Top 10, full result & league table to follow
1. Robert Bates - 15 fish, 14lb 15ozs
2. Sam Collier - 16 fish, 14lb 3.5ozs
3. David Wood-Brignall - 15 fish, 12lb 11ozs
4. Ashley Brown - 16 fish, 6lb 2ozs
5. Michael Ferrier - 18 fish, 8lb 15.5ozs
6. David Simon Bullock - 11 fish, 8lb 12ozs
7. Les Bates - 7 fish, 8lb 11ozs
8. Keith Neame - 10 fish, 8lb 10ozs
9. Steve Richards - 11 fish, 7lb 13ozs
10. Keith Johnson - 7 fish, 5lb 13ozs

Heaviest Fish - 2lb 1oz Dogfish, David Wood-Brignall"

What size hook did he use? ( 12 March)
I saw this posted from Kieth Johnson during the Southern Circuit fishing match... 
"First dogfish of the night in the Dungie match"

Flat calm and sunny! ( 11 March)
I had this report in tonight from Darren...
"Hi tony
Have a lovely afternoon in the east bay flat calm sun was out and had this Ray to finish the day and returned to fight another day. 
Darren Cruickshank"
The right plaice for a the roll ( 11 March)
I had this report in from Neil Rodwell fishing Dungeness today...
"Hi Tony, as mentioned to you this morning I tried not far from the boils to target flatties. Had to work hard for it. Nice day to be on the beach with blue skies and not a puff of wind which meant as usual the fishing was tough. Had a whiting first chuck followed by a rockling then a beer mat sized dab. After that it went dead till mid day. Changed over to a diamond shaped lead and let it roll around to find the fish. Managed a specimen dab on said method and also a small plaice (my first ever) so quite chuffed with the results. All fish came at range on lug. Now at home smearing on after sun! Cheers for the bait today. Speak soon. Neil"

DAA Junior reminder ( 10 March)
I saw this on facebook from Terry Carpenter of the DAA juniors
match Sunday 12th meet at the 'Pilot pub' Dungeness 10am.

No escape for David ( 10 March)
I had this report in from David Kingsman...lovely photo...
"Hi Tony,
Had a nice day on the beach but the Whiting got me. 
Started off left of the Boils. 
Double shots from first to last cast. Tried everything, long range, short range, different baits the lot.
Moved to right of the Boils and had the same result. 
Caught a lot if Rockling but nothing flat this trip.
See you soon, regards Dave."

A great short session ( 9 March)
I had this brilliant report in from Dave...
"Hi Tony, 
Had a trip to the East Bay today after work - great short session with 7 rays (3 kept), they were certainly biting today on almost every cast. Lovely day to be on the beach, see you soon. Cheers, Dave Knott"

Cracking rays by the dozen ( 6 March)
I had this report in tonight from Becky Lee...some great fishing...and as for the blond ray I predict this won't be last one to be reported...
"Hi Tony 
Just a quick update to let you know how I have been getting on. in the last two sessions I have had 12 Thornback Rays caught on Bluey and Herring. Best one was 9lb smallest 3lb, the average has been over 7lb though. Most of the fish have been Females and all were returned. Here are the pictures from the last session. I even managed a Plaice and had a Whiting Mauled by a Ray. Oh and I was there when Pete landed that Blonde and I can confirm it was from the beach on sandeel as I know some are doubting it. Regards Becky"

DAA blown away...hard going  ( 6 March)
I had this report in from Alex Veel of Yesterdays DAA match...moved from behind the power station to Littlestone with the extreme weather.

Schoolies on the move  ( 4 March)
I had this report in today from Colin Hemsworth
"Hi Tony,
Had a good day fishing yesterday, decided on the back of the boats and arrived about 3 hours before HT and fished to nightfall. Great weather, a slight breeze, a bit of sun and some colour to the water. Bait was straight lug, bluey wraps and squid/lug cocktails and all produced dogfish pretty much every cast- a few nice ones. The whiting must have been busy elsewhere because I only had three all day. Noticed a good few schoolies feeding closer in around HT as well. Thanks for the bait and will see you soon. Colin" 

The best fish of the year ( 4 March)
I had these pictures in this afternoon of a great fish today...a 20lb Blonde was just a matter of time before a big blond was caught on the beach (we have had blondes to 30lb. on the boats close in).
So well done to Peter Sharp catching the best fish of the year so far on sand eel..from the east bay.

A nice mixed bag ( 4 March)
I had this report in from David Kingsman...
Hi Tony,
"Read this weeks forecast you wrote  on Sunday afternoon.
Must say, you got it spot on.
I wanted for a break in the wind then fished behind the Power Station today.
Had a very productive session. Lots of nice Flounders, Rockling, a small Bass and some Dabs. The Whiting moved in at HT but again decent size.
See you next week, Regards Dave."

A little ray of sunshine ( 3 March)
I had this report in from Becky Lee Hodges of last nights fishing with Tim Knight...

"Last nights efforts 6 for me best 8.5lb two others of 8lb as well and one for Tim 7 3/4lb."

DAA reminder from Alex ( 3 March)
Just had this in from Alex Veel on facebook...
"Reminder time :)
Next league match this Sunday. Sign in at the gate 12:30-1pm then drive in convoy to the powerstation for pegged match 2-6pm.
Also the DAA AGM is tonight at 7:30pm. Heysham Hall, Taylor Rd. Greatstone. All members welcome :)"

This should be October food ( 1 March)
I had this report in from Steven Davies...always good to use the 'freebies' but remember to keep it short...
"Hi Tony we fished between the boats today we caught a lot of sizeable whiting, small dabs, two nice size pouting, lots of rockling and three dog fish, as you can see from the photos lots of shell fish and a large crab wash up just before high water, we did catch two whiting on the queen cockles but we caught all the others on lugworm. Steve Davies"

Dave likes them 'juicy' ( 1 March)
I had this report in from Dave Harding yesterday...
"Fished Dungeness Friday night, we got our fresh worm from yourself and you pointed us in the direction of the power station. Caught some lovely big whiting a tiny rockling and a dogfish... very successful night. Fresh black lug was amazing, so juicy..."

Dungeness all weekend ( 28 February)

This report came in from Hakan Can yesterday on facebook...he spent the weekend on Dungeness...
"Hi. Mate this was yesterday"

Hythe Saturday night ( 27 February)
I saw this report from Martin Swinyard on facebook of 'Hythe Madagascar Match League' Saturday's nights get together...

"Results match 2 Princes Parade 
1st Geoff Swinyard 7 fish 4.15lb 
2nd Matt Warby 5 fish 3.70lb 
3rd Martin Swinyard 4 fish 1.75lb 
4th Stephen Foster 4 fish 1.35lb 

Whiting Dogs Pout and Slugs weighed in 
Hard nights fishing lots of micro whiting but good company 
Well done Geoff on first Madagascar win and Matt on second place"

Mmm...looks vaguely familiar ( 27 February)
I had this report come in from Lester Kellaway yesterday...
"Hi tony 
Had success friday.
Lots of whiting,some pretty chubby ones and the usual dogs.
Last cast i had the usual rattle,Then slack line :-)
It took a small whiting foul hooked  on a loop rig with  1/0 hooks.More luck than judgment
Better late than never. You've got to be in it to win it."

Dawn patrol...great turnout ( 26 February)
I had this report in from Alex Veel of todays DAA match...
"An early start didn't stop x16 members turning up for this match, well done all 👏 
Well done too to John Smith on the win & a warm welcome to the new members who fished. 
Dogs, Whiting, Pout, (undersized) Flounder & slugs caught."

Loads of fish...but whats out there? ( 26 February)
I had this report in from Colin Hemsworth fishing DungenessColin Hemsworth fishing Dungeness yesterday...
"Hi Tony,
Arrived for high tide yesterday morning and headed for the back of the boats for a bit of wind protection, very quiet on the beach all day, only saw two other anglers. Fished one rod close and one at distance and was kept busy with fish every cast, just whiting and rockling but haven't had many rockling in my time so was good to catch them, a few of the whiting came in covered in bite marks, looking like their whiting brethren turned on them once hooked. Reeling in the last cast a small gull was caught up in the line and came out a bit soggy, wrapped him in a cloth to recover and it was really good to see him stretch his wings and fly off half an hour later as the sun went down. Thanks for the lug and bluey and will see you soon. Colin"
Interesting Colin...with those teeth marks...maybe a whiting fillet would have been worth a go?

Whats next...a bit breezy? ( 25 February)
We used to get just weather...I saw this on 'magic seaweed'...
"The Atlantic Tip Jet Bomb For Europe"

Catching a few rays in Hythe ( 24 February)
I had this report on 'facebook' from Andrew Cook...
"Evening Tony, fished Hythe today from 06:30 until 14:00, cracking session, whiting, pouting, school bass, dogfish, dabs, and these two nice thornbacks, 8lb and 8lb 4oz"

Great day in the sun ( 24 February)
I had this report in this evening from Neil Rodwell...
"Hi Tony. Cheers for the bait today. Decided to fish the point by the wooden walkway from top of the tide down. Had action from the beginning right the way through to when I left with dogfish and rockling coming in the morning and dabs later in the day as the tide got lower. Of course I also had the usual onslaught of suicidal whiting coming in double shots and turning my rigs into granny knotted messes all throughout the day. Nothing amazing to report but was kept busy with non stop action. I decided to see how near I could fish to the shoreline to see how close in the fish were for nothing more than my own amusement and concluded they were as far in as the back of the breakers. Had a great day in the sunshine and will be in again soon. Neil"

Wakey wakey...from Alex ( 23 February)
saw this on facebook from Alex Veel...a reminder of the DAA match on Sunday...
"Afternoon all, just a reminder for this Sunday's DAA match...
Sign in is 7:30 - 8am opposite the water tower at Littlestone.
Fishing 9am - 1pm.
It should hopefully fish better than the Pirates Springs match after this blow "

Feel for it...rough or smooth ( 23 February)
I had this email from Charlie on our flatfish identification debate...very useful...

"Hi All, a message from a former fishmonger. 
Here is the simplest of ways to tell the difference between a Dab, Flounder or a Plaice. 
On the upper side of your fish Run your finger up the skin from tail to head . if it feels rough. (a bit like sandpaper) including on the centre lateral line . it’s a DAB. 
When the rough feeling is only present on the Lateral or centre line from tail to head its a FLOUNDER. 
When the skin is smooth all over it’s a PLAICE 
Easy. And remember Red spots make no difference ! 
Kind regards and tight lines. Charlie Moss"

DAA 'Vets' match result ( 23 February)
Here are the results from last nights DAA Veterans match...very challenging in a south westerly gusting force 8. Turnout was down (not surprising with the weather forecast) but everybody caught. A special mention must go to John Smith who is getting over a 'stroke' with sight lost in one eye got a lift to the match, and then the car broke down got another lift and arrived half an hour after the start...and still managed to win!

Shingle extraction starts ( 22 February)
I had an email today from EDF with their plans to extract shingle from the 'borrow pit' road...
"Work will start on Monday 27 February 2017 at 08.00 and is expected to continue until 31 March 2017, although the temporary beach road will be installed on 23/24 February 2017. Work will be carried out between 08.00 and 16.00 Monday – Friday."
I expect we will be allowed on the beach to fish if we keep clear of the area being worked...any problems let me know. 

Dengemarsh...mixed bag ( 21 February)
I had this report in from David Grinfield last night...we have had a sudden rise in sea 7.6 degrees, at the end of January it was 5.2 degrees! I think the flatfish was a dab...
"Tony hello  
Yesterday the 19th I went to Dengemarsh at 13.30 ish, about 4 hours before high water and started with two rods mainly with lug and some squids on 2 and 3 flapper hooks. All what I had were few small rockling. Actually on the run out of the tide when it was dark I moved to lugworm only and fish started to come in one after another. 
Small flaties(I don't know if Dab or Palice) small Whittings and one sizeable dogfish (came with a Whitting on the 2 hooks flapper). 
Some representative pictures here below.
Total was 5 rockling 6 whitings 6 flatties and 1 dogfish. (Also one crab) and will be nice if you can command whether it's Dab or Plaice."

DAA Veterans match Wednesday ( 19 February)
Just a reminder to our DAA Veterans that we have a match coming up on Wednesday the in at 6pm fish from 6.30 to 9.30...high tide 8.13. forecast westerly winds (on your back) small tide but hopefully dry.

Dengemarsh Sun Sea Fog? ( 19 February)
I had this report in from David Kingsman of yesterdays fishing...
"Hi Tony,
Thanks for the bait today. Know its not easy this week.
Had a great day at Dengemarsh,
Nice and sunny and not many other anglers.
Sat there for quite a while before I got a bite.
Baits coming back untouched.
Caught a nice 38cm Plaice followed by 3 more, 2 x Flounders and a Dogfish.
Suddenly a bank of fog came over the bay then that was that.
I sat it out for a while. Got cold and never had another touch.
Really enjoyed today which is the most important part."

Spots don't mean a plaice... ( 17 February)
I had this report in from Neil Rodwell...well Neil you are right, both flounder and plaice can have spots...but the flounder is more of a 'diamond' shape with a 'creamy' underside and a longer 'wrist' (tail) with a more square cut finish...plaice have a shorter 'wrist and a more rounded tail...the underside is a colder white...and yes both can have spots...
"Hi Tony. As we discussed this morning I settled on Dengemarsh today to target some flatties. Managed to pull one flounder out at low tide when I arrived tho I'm not exactly a marine biologist when it comes to fish identification so attached photo should confirm it for you (don't think it's a plaice). Managed a couple of dogfish around 12 then after that it was all rockling till I packed up at 3. Regardless of the lack of flattie action it was a nice day to be down on the beach with the slight breeze and no rain. Hopefully these south westerlys persist for next weekend.  Speak soon. Neil"
Fun in the sun... ( 16 February)
Rusty Carter popped in to show me a nice plaice he had down at Sandgate...this 40cm fish was well over a 1lb, the best of three plaice, also caught the usual dabs and whiting...and Rusty got sun burnt.

Plenty of fish... ( 15 February)
I had this report in this evening from Steve...
"Hi Tony fishing behind the boats with Ken Ware today, we got there about low water it was a bit breezy but we started to catch a mixture of fish from the start, we fished until about 1pm we had a lot of under size whiting,rocklings a few small dabs and 8 dogfish.Steve Davies."

Who's getting the 'chips' ( 14 February)
I had this great report in from Steve Savage...cracking photo...lovely early season plaice, we had quite a few caught in the 'dab comp' I was told...early but very welcome...well done Max!
"Hi Tony my grandson Max caught this plaice weighing 1lb 8oz at Hythe today.Regards Steve."

The 'Good, bad and the ugly' ( 14 February)
I saw this on facebook...the top three from Yesterdays Dab World Championship...but the real winner was the RNLI...great job well done.

The World Dab...full results ( 13 February)

Here are the full results from yesterday...posted by Simon Newman...
Tronixpro World Dab Fishing Championships 2017
World Champion: Becky Lee Hodges 0.89 kg (4 dabs)
Runner Up: Nigel Holt 0.81kg (4)
Bronze Paul Mortlock 0.71 kg (4)

Pools paid to 19th Place (Stuart Newman 1 dab 0.195kg)

165 anglers took part and raised an absolutely staggering £4100 for the RNLI.

A cold and blustery day saw a lot of dabs caught but not many making the 25cm minimum size limit. Lots of other fish caught including dogfish, whiting, rockling, bass and plaice.

Our biggest thank you has to go to the 165 brave souls who stood for over 5 hours on a cold and windswept beach all trying to catch a pretty little flat fish

There is a long long list of sponsors without whom this event could not take place. They are:

The Crew of Dungeness RNLI station
George Cunningham and Tronixpro
Lee and Barbara of Zziplex
Phill Dale Scarndset Fjordcenter
Paul Fenech – Sea Angler Magazine
High Potter of Mightybright
Terry Small of 24/7 bait
Tim Knight (Timeazybait)
Seagull Tackle
Andy Moxon

And as always there is a small army of people whom without their help this event could definitely not take place:

Steve and Kim Field
Nigel and Wendy Packer and Judith Richardson on the hot food
Sam and Lisa on the hot drinks
Jason Davey and Jim Midgley– the raffle mafia!
Dorian Partridge, Kieran Bull, Jason Adams and every one else who has helped in any way.

If I've missed anyone I apologise profusely and if you see me in the Pilot, I'll buy you a drink.

We look forward to seeing you all again next year....same time, same place and I guarantee a warm and sunny day!"

DAA Juniors...start the year ( 13 February)
I saw this report from Terry Carpenter of the DAA juniors last night...
"Just back from 1st junior meet of 2017 .The juniors fished a crowded Littlestone in a bitterly cold wind 
but thankfully no rain fish caught was small bass -whiting-rockling 
Well done to the young uns who fished and caught"

The World Dab Championship ( 13 February)
I had this report in last night from David Kingsman...
Hi Tony,
Just got home from the match.
Good turn out but pretty tough going in the East wind.
I ended up fishing near the Boils with my mate Andy Cook.
It all started off so well.
Andy had a 27cm Dab within 10 minutes.
My first cast produced a 1lb 8 oz Flounder and second 3 x Dabs.
Unfortunately that was about our lot. I did manage a few more but all under the 25cm match limit.
Still had a great day. A credit to not only the organisers but all the anglers who fished in great spirits.
The RNLI Lifeboat station had a good day I think, which is obviously the most important part of the day.
Local angler Becky Lee won the match. A very worthy winner.
Ive really enjoyed the build up, practising and banter over the last couple of weeks. Bit disappointed I'm not World Dab champion but I'll settle for the Flounder crown until next year 😀. See you soon, Regards Dave.

Great turnout for 'SCSAS' ( 12 February)
I had this report in from Paul Jarret of the 'Southern Circuit Sea Angling Society'

"Result from match 2 at Dungeness - 11/02/17

22 members fished, Whiting, Dogfish, Dabs, Pouting, Flounder and Rockling weighed-in

Well done to Wesley Cheeseman for winning the match

Top 10, full result & league table to follow
1. Wesley Cheeseman - 20 fish, 10lb 3ozs
2. Steve Richards - 14 fish, 9lb 11.5ozs
3. Brian Smith - 8 fish, 8lb 3ozs
4. David Wood-Brignall - 13 fish, 7lb 8ozs
5. Neil Creed - 13 fish, 7lb
6. Graham King - 8 fish, 6lb 14ozs
7. David Simon Bullock - 12 fish, 6lb 12ozs
8. Lionel Watson - 7 fish, 6lb 8ozs
9. Keith Neame - 20 fish, 6lb 0.5ozs
10. Dave Sales - 10 fish, 5lb 1ozs

Heaviest Fish - 2lb 1.5oz Dogfish, Graham King"

A calm day at Dengemarsh ( 12 February)
I had this report in from Austen who timed it right...
"Flat seas flat fish
Enjoyed the day at Dengemarsh on Friday , with dabs , flounder and plaice in the days catch .
Arrived at the beach just as firing had stopped which aloud us more room to fish , plenty of dabs keen to sample your top quality bait , a couple of nice flounders and a surprise early plaice .
A bit chilly in the NE wind but a steady stream of fish kept us busy only one whiting which was unusual and a few rockling made up the round fish total
Thanks again for sorting the bait
Regards Austen Alderton (Bognor Regis)"

The Final Countdown ( 11 February)
I had this report in from Dave Kingsman...getting 'reved' up for tomorrow...
"Hi Tony,
Still practising for the Dab match on Sunday.
Tried from the Boats to behind the Power Station over the last week with Dabs coming from everywhere really.
Tonight was good but a tad on the chilly side.
Must admit. A U turn to the Pilot for Cod and chips did cross my mind when I got out of the car.
Once you got set up it was fine.
7 x over the magical 25cm mark.
Becky fishing next door had about the same but at different times to me.
Really enjoyed the build up to the match over the last few weeks. Plenty of banter, plans, tactics and schemes. What its all about really.
Good luck to all who attend. Regards Dave.

North east winds...lovely ( 10 February)
I had this report in this evening from Neil...
"Hi Tony.  To put it mildly, today was COLD. A persistent north easterly wind meant the sea lacked colour and hence bites were slow. Had a couple of small fish when I arrived around 9:45. At the top of the tide everything went dead. Was greeted by a seal which appeared right where my short rod was and wondered if this might have had something to do with the lifeless rod tips. The action picked up again on the drop with the usual dabs and rockling. The absence of whiting made me wonder if I should have got some bluey and squid and tried for a ray what with the calm sea. That was the que for the piranhas to appear and that's mainly what I had for the last hour. Overall had dabs rockling and whiting all at range. Will be in again soon. Neil Rodwell" 

Better late than never... ( 9 February)
I had this email in today...
"Hi Tony I know is a bit late I caught this 7 lb bass in early November behind the power station, I lost one in the surf a little earlier on the other rod. Steve Davies"

You just don't know whats next ( 9 February)
I had this great report in from Steve...
"fishing behind the power station on Tuesday with Ken Ware at about low tide, we were just getting ready to go home, when  he caught this 3lb 14oz tub gurnard he was fishing in close at the time, we had a lot of under size dabs and whiting on the day but 2 good flounders all best Steve Davies"

DAA match Sundays results ( 6 February)
I had this email from Alex Veel of Sundays DAA match...
"Tonights results & updated league table attached...
Well done to Phil Tanner on another win. Quite tight this week with just a sizeable Dab separating the top x4!
A warm welcome as well to new members, J.Stone & D.Rhummer....sorry, didn't get your 1st names!
Next match, Sunday 26th February 2017 -­‐Littlestone (pegged) Booking in 7:30am to 8:00am (Opp Water tower) -­‐ Fish 9am to 1pm."
A great dab day...and sun!  ( 4 February)
I had this report in from Neil, a great day in February for the dabs...
"Hi Tony. Had a good productive and busy session on the beach today. Had fish from the get go right through to when I packed up. Started the day off in the drizzle which slowly ebbed away to leave a bright sunny after noon behind the station. Had dabs (some big) plenty of chunky looking rockling and whiting all day long. Got a massive bite followed by a slack liner  (glup) which turned out to be two keeper dabs. All fish caught on lug and returned. The dabs and rockling were caught at around 40-50 yards out with all the whiting caught at range. I've got a few Fridays off this month so hope to see you in less than a week! Speak soon. Neil Rodwell."

World Dab Championship ( 4 February)
I had this reminder in from Simon Newman...
"Hi Tony
Would you mind putting up a reminder that the Tronixpro World Dab Fishing Championships is taking place a week on Sunday at Dungeness (12th Feb).  I've attached the poster.  Fishing is from 10am - 3pm and registration is at the Lifeboat Station from 0715.  Breakfast rolls and hot/soft drinks will be available plus burgers afterwards. Once again some fantastic raffle prizes !!!! Many Thanks Simon"

Dave's getting ready...serious ( 4 February)
I had this report in yesterday from David Kingsman...
Hi Tony,
Bit windy today but that wasnt going to stop me fishing after 10 straight days at work.
Borrowed my mates posh Continental rod for a try out.
Started catching after about an hour.
Tried every flat fish rig known to man.
Good fun. Had about 20 Dabs all in all. Did quite a long session up until about 2 hours down from HT.
Few larger sized Whiting about as well.
Thanks for the bait which obviously worked.
Not many anglers today which was a bit of a surprise.
Only a week to go until the Dab World Championship
See you next week for more Dab match"

 Do you want it...dab heaven ( 1 February)
I had this reminder come in from Alex Veel on 'facebook' of the next DAA can join on the day...
"Afternoon all, just a reminder for our next league match... 
Sunday (5th) fishing at the Power Station, from 3:30 - 7:30pm. 
Sign in will be at the gate at Dungeness from 2 - 2:30pm before we drive round in convoy to the powerstation. 
Hope to see you all there"

Would you 'Adam & Eve' it ( 1 February)
I had this report from Roger who had seen my report on the temperature rise...
"Hi Tony
Just a quick note, saw your report on water temperature so I ventured out yesterday first time for 6 months after knee operation, went to Pirate Springs fished 1 hour up 2 down result 5 Tesco sized bass 2 pins and a rocking, summer must be on its way!
Regards Roger Barker"

Things are heating up ( 1 February)
Well on the 27th of Jan, the sea temperature at the Folkestone buoy was as low as 5.2 degrees, today it was reading 6.2 degrees!...what a difference a week makes...what next. 

Why not in October...( 31 January)
I saw this on 'magic seaweed' looks like 'Storm Doris' could be paying us a visit on Friday?

Deep into rockling season ( 31 January)
Just been up to Dungeness...busy with four fishermen on the road and 'point'!...
I had this report in this morning from  Kevin Collins...
"Hi Tony, Fisher behind the PowerStation yesterday, lots of small dabs and whiting. 2 very plump rockling and one dab over 30cm. Lovely days sport. Thanks for the advice. Kev"

Pleasure angling...its a pleasure ( 30 January)
Another report in last night from Ryan Taylor...
"Hi Tony
As promised, a quick report from my Saturday visit. I was thinking along the lines of the Lookout tower/Station area on the drive up to get in on the Dab action, but with a bracing S/SW on arrival, i wimped out and took refuge behind the boats, Julie Jean to be precise!
A 4pm start was a bit later than i hoped, and the first hour or so was extremely quiet, but to be fully honest i didn't mind, as the idea that there was still a presentable bait in the water for 15 plus minutes without a Whiting hanging itself at least gave other species a chance.
Of course, it didn't take too long for some of our piranha friends to make an appeareance, but what they lacked in size they made up for in beauty, they really were perfect little things. You wouldn't even get a fish finger out of the two put together in the picture but i thought they were magic anyway!
As the tide started to build around 9pm, some better fish began to arrive in the form of Whiting, Dogfish and some nice Dabs. Bigger baits were bringing bigger fish so i was folding and strapping the lug up, and my 'Big Game' rod (read big lug/squid pennel) at distance was now seeing some action too so maybe a cod isn't out of the question yet..
I called it a night at half twelve, predictably cod-free i'm afraid(!), but i'd had another great trip after a slow start and at least the future of our Whiting fishing looks rosy with all them beautiful pins about!! (Gulp..)
Upwards and onwards one and all and of course if it doesn't challenge you..
Bye for now Tony, Regards Ryan."

Giant rockling...good news? ( 30 January)
I had this report in from Becky Lee last night...
"Bit of fishing today at Dungeness. Windy and a bit wet later on but a great day catching loads of Dabs. Kept a few all over 25cm, best one was 33cm a proper Sprat Dab. Also foul hooked a few Sprats on the way in. Must of caught 60+ Dabs only a dozen or so 25cm +. Some huge rockling too."

Nice catch of dabs for Ian ( 29 January)
I had this great report in from Ian...
"Dear Seagull Fishing
I went fishing behind the boats with my son Bradley during the day on Saturday 28th Jan. The strong winds created some spectacular waves with the south westerly wind. Had to fish with 6 ozs fixed gripped leads to hold bottom. Plenty of Dabs on fresh lug only tipped with squid. Tide turned to the ebb and was able reduce to 5 ozs and still hold bottom but the pin Whiting and Rockling started to show. Ended up with 9 Dab keepers and one decent Whiting. Also some lovely cloud formations from Mother Nature. Ian Milligan Ashford"

Hard going at Hythe ( 29 January)
I saw this report from Martin Swinyard...yesterday the first match this year of the Hythe Madagascar Match League...
"Results match 1
1st Steve Field 3 fish 1.0lb
2nd Martin Swinyard 3 fish 0.75lb
3rd Mat Warby 1 fish 0.2lb
Heaviest round Steve Field
Heaviest flat Martin Swinyard
Whiting Dabs pout and rockling weighed in

Match 1 proved to be hard going with very few sizable fish in amongst the pin whiting"

On the road at Dungeness ( 28 January)
I had this report in from Andrew Cook this evening...
"Evening Tony - Slow day at the boats today, steady stream of whiting, all tiny, and a couple of small dabs. Saw a really big dogfish landed just up from me. All fish taken on blacks and whole squid."

The lowest in years ( 27 January)
I just checked the Channel Coastal Observatory sea temperature at Folkestone...5.2 that is low...lucky we have some warmer weather coming...might see a few more fisherman?

Fun in the sun...not a breath ( 25 January)
I had this great report in Wayne Beale...
"Hi Tony,
I ventured to Dengemarsh yesterday (24th Jan) the tide from HW down in front of the 'car park'.
Not a breath of wind (see flag in pic)...and what turned out to be a lovely warm sunny day.
Water gin a two hook clipped down rig with size 4 hooks....baited with fresh blow lug or stinky old black cast as far as i could.
Baits were coming back untouched for first 3hrs....then a very fickle bite.Flounder? Well i let the bite develope into a small pull down....reeled in and was indeed a Flounder   about a pound. Put it back and cast max distance again, hoping for something else, however, even with a bit of ebb flow developing.....not another sniff until last cast,when i reeled in a small 3.30pm decided to call it a day. So, not very productive but a great day all the same....and i'll be going back tomorrow (26th) to fish the deeper water on the point at Dunge.
With your water temperature reading of 5.8° perhaps the fish have moved off shore and into 'warmer' deeper water?  Regards Wayne"

They came in 2 by 2... ( 25 January)
I had this report in from Noel Luck...
"Hi tony,
Another report to keep You and the fellow piscators up to speed.
We arrived at Dungee at 10.30pm sunday night not to cold,but terrible journey with fog all the way from Sussex.
Fished the point last of the ebb and over low catching whitings and dabs on the big baits intended for the elusive cod,with dabs hanging themselves on 5/0 and 6/0 hooks. See picture Simon holding a greedy dab on a 5/0
We then moved round to the powerstation for some flatfish action for the Flood and high tide and a little of the ebb.
It turned really cold the freezing fog came in freezing the line and rod rings brrrr.
We stuck it out until 10.30 am with a total of over 30 dabs catching them two at a time,which is great fun.....with my mate Simon being the victor this week out classing me with the majority.
Despite freezing conditions we had a lot of fun.
Kind regards Noel luck"

The big chill... ( 23 January)
I was just checking the sea temperature at the 'Folkestone Buoy' it was giving 5.8 degrees at 11.o.clock today...that is the coldest I have seen for quite a few years.

DAA Juniors match dates... ( 22 January)
Terry Carpenter placed on line the DAA Junior dates for the year...
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