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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 Hemsworth...it 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 Colin...you 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 sunshine...here'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 ray...it 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 temperatures...today 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 22nd...book 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...
"RESULTS
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 comp...you 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' ...it 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 degrees...wow 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)....fishing 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 clear...so 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 eurika.....it was indeed a Flounder   about a pound. Put it back and cast again...my 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 Dab......now 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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Tough going for Neil... ( 21 January)
I had this report in yesterday from Neil Rodwell...
"Hi Tony, tried behind the station today to get out of the biting easterly wind. Managed a handful of small whiting, one dab and a rockling. All fish came to lug. There was a lot of debris in the water to contend with, mainly timber including what appeared to be part of a roof truss floating past! Was a nice bright day all day which probably slowed the fishing down but helped keep the temperature up a tad for us on the beach. Will be in again soon. Regards. Neil Rodwell"
It can be tough going in these 'Alpine' conditions but the air is crisp and clean...as for the fishing being Dungeness anything can happen...but most of all enjoy the day. 


Target dabs all tide round ( 20 January)
I had another report in from David Kingsman...out there making a small dent in the dab population...well done Dave keep it up...
"Hi Tony,
Following on from yesterdays success.
Fished HT behind the Power Station again. This time joined by fellow Seagull customer Patrick.
We had a really great day out and caught Dabs steadily at all stages of the tide.
Few Whiting about but nothing like a few weeks ago. 
Dabs came thick and fast. We ended up with about 8 each to 30cm.
Looking forward to the next trip.
Regards Dave.

DAA results to date... ( 19 January)
I had this update from Alex Veel of the new DAA league...results to date...
"Results from last Sunday and updated league table....
Next match Sunday 5th Feb at the Powerstation. Sign in 2pm -2:30pm (Meet at Dungeness gate). 
Fishing 3:30pm - 7:30pm."

Big baits...pay off ( 19 January)
Another great report from David Kingsman out in the 'sparkling' ( bur cold) sunshine enjoying the beach all to himself...
"Hi Tony,
Hung up the Cod rods and decided to concentrate of Flatties today.
Fished behind the Power Station.
It was a good move. 
Very enjoyable day. Caught 3 x decent sized Dabs then 2 x Whiting as I was going.
Strange really. I started off with small hooks and baits. Never had a touch. Started putting bigger baits on larger hooks then Bingo. I know its usually the other way around. 
Having another bash tomorrow..."

DAA Eleven 'Vets' brave the big chill ( 18 January)
Well done to the 'Vets' who turned out today in freezing conditions...fishing in 4 degrees with a wind chill feeling like -4 degrees!! Here are the results after the first match...next one February 22nd fish 6.30-9.30pm...



Dabbin at Dengemarsh ( 16 January)
I had this report in from David Kingsman...still out there giving it a go...
"Hi Tony,
Fished Dengemarsh with a friend today.
Lovely day to be on the beach.
Fishing was a bit slow.
Caught all the usual species with this nice Dab being biggest for me.
Great worms by the way.
See you soon, Dave."


DAA 'Vets'...reminder ( 15 January)
Just to remind you 'Veterans' we have our first match of 2017 on Wednesday...good news...it should be dry and clear...bad news B****y cold, so wear your 'long Jones'...


...and it all went black ( 15 January)
I had this report in from David Kingsman...
Hi Tony,
"Fished low water at the Diamond last night.
Had a bad start. While setting up, realized I'd left my headlight batteries in the car.
Went through the five stages of grief:
Denial
Anger
Bargaining
Depression
Acceptance
Had to walk back and get them.
Discovered its just as bad walking up there with or without your gear. Still, the 2017 keep fit plan working well.
Bitter cold but it was very enjoyable.
Nice night for casting. 
All species present. Nothing massive but caught  Dabs, Pouting, Dogfish and Whiting.
Having a week off so will have another go soon.
Regards Dave."

2nd match in series ( 13 January)
Just a reminder by Alex Veel of the DAA match on Sunday...at least the winds will be light...
"Morning all :)
Just a reminder for our next match this Sunday....
Sign in at Pirate Springs 10:30-11am. Fish 12-4pm.
It's a pegged match so bring a pen!
Hope to see you all there."


Tidal Surge? ( 13 January)
Just come in from Rye Harbour...

NOTICE TO MARINERS

No. 01 of 2017

 

ENVIRONMENT AGENCY – SOUTH EAST REGION

HARBOUR OF RYE

Tidal Surge

Mariners are advised that the environment agency is warning that high water on Friday 13th January 2017 at 23:56 GMT may surge up to 1.0m above the predicted level.

Boat owners are advised to take steps to ensure that their moorings cope with the predicted surge.

Further information can be obtained from the Harbour Master.

Tel:  01797 225225       VHF:-  Ch. 14

James Bateman
Harbour Master
January 2017


Flattie bashing behind station ( 13 January)
I missed this from Noel last weekend...
"Hi tony,
Thought i'd send a report in as to keep everyone up to speed.
My mate an i fished behind powerstation close to the boils 08/01/17 sunday.
We fished from 7 am till 6 pm catching lots of dabs mainly small a few whiting one small bass and 7 flounders all Between 30 cm and 37 cm being the Best one we had... All caught using frozen stinky Black Lug...
It was a glorious day to be out,we both thoroughly enjoyed..... And will be venturing Back down at the weekend to see if we Can get some bigger dabs...
Kind regards Noel luck"



Owen does a 'runner' ( 10 January)
I had this very engaging report from Ryan Taylor...you never know what can happen at Dungeness...
"Hi Tony,
Belated new year greetings to you. I had an interesting trip to the Point at the weekend, so i thought i'd share my yarns with yourself and all the seagull community..
On the way up on Saturday, i guessed many fellow anglers would have the same thoughts as me (small tide=point) and although i knew the chance of a cod was small, it was still a chance. Plus, i could obviously fish all stages of the neap so that was a bonus.
It was indeed pretty busy on my arrival but as i made my way towards an empty bit of shingle, blow me down, no more than 15 feet away was this friendly fellow in the picture who was attracting a fair bit of attention and demanding any Whiting that came ashore!
Onto the fishing, and the first cast produced my obligatory whiting but then some variety in the form of a flounder and some Dabs thankfully mixed it up a bit, and on the way back to base camp after releasing another Dab, my distance fished lug/squid Pennel was bouncing merrily in the rest but the resistance (or lack of) i felt on picking up the rod told me this wasn't a cod of leviathan  proportions but just this pair of herberts in the photo..
At half one in the afternoon, a friendly fellow from the estate by the name of Owen told me they were coming down to 'rescue' the seal as it had been reported along the coast over the previous few days but after he disappeared, Owen (as i was now calling the seal) had other ideas, and with his belly full of Whiting, he shuffled his way into the Channel and headed off Dymchurch- bound..
At the top of the tide around 6pm, the whiting activity had virtually died off so i took this miracle as a sign from the sea to go for broke for the last couple of hours. Big, straight lug pennels were deployed on both rods and powered out into the breakers along with a whole lot of hope and crossed fingers! 
This seemed to send the dogfish into overdrive, but i stuck at it just willing something a big bigger to boom one of the tips over. Sadly, it wasn't to be and by 8pm my lug supplies were totally depleted so home was calling. 
I'd had a great trip though with a flattie, Dabs, Dogs, Pout and plenty of English Channel Piranhas to keep me busy and restore my faith a bit after my last trip just before christmas resulted in plenty of lost gear to an unseen snag and a whiting blitz like no other. But that is fishing and what makes it the brilliant sport that it is. Despair to joy in a heartbeat. Viva Angling!!
All the best as always Tony and of course.. if it doesn't challenge you it won't change you! Ryan"


DAA match series 'kicks off' ( 9 January)
I had this report in from Alex Veel of the DAA...first match of the year...a great start...
Well done all who fished tonight in persistent drizzle & welcome to new member Ben. A solid start mate ;) 
Whiting, Pouting, Poor Cod, Dogs & Dabs caught.
Next match next Sunday (15th Jan) at Pirate Springs. Sign in 10:30-11am. Fishing 12pm - 4pm. Meet at venue.



Great turnout for first match ( 8 January)
I had this in from Paul Jarrett of the latest Southern Circuit Sea Angling Society match.

Result from match 1 at Hythe - 07/01/17 

Great turnout with 29 members fishing, Whiting, Dogfish, Dabs, Pouting and Rockling weighed-in 

Well done to David Wood-Brignall for winning the match 

Top 10, full result & league table to follow 

1. David Wood-Brignall - 12 fish, 9lb 12.5ozs 
2. Robert Bates - 11 fish, 8lb 14ozs 
3. Lionel Watson - 12 fish, 8lb 12ozs 
4. Steve Field - 9 fish, 7lb 9ozs 
5. Les Bates - 10 fish, 7lb 7.5ozs 
6. Brian Smith - 15 fish, 5lb 5ozs 
7. Tex Neil Sinclair - 11 fish, 4lb 14ozs 
8. Wesley Cheeseman - 9 fish, 4lb 13ozs 
9. Sam Collier - 13 fish, 4lb 7.5ozs 
10. Cieron Bull - 10 fish, 4lb 4.5ozs 

Heaviest Fish - 2lb 0.5oz Dogfish, Wesley Cheeseman 

Being entertained at Dungy ( 7 January)
I had this report in this evening from Neil...
"Just a quick report in from dungy today. Fished from about 9:45 till 3 down through the bottom of the tide. Had whiting and dabs all day from the offset. Nothing big but plenty to keep me entertained. I tried everything from big baits to single lug and the whiting shredded everything that landed in the water including a whole mackerel that came back after 5 mins as just a head. The bigger fish seemed to be further out with nothing but pin whiting close in, but I do enjoy my days at the ness and will be back hopefully next weekend with some live bait rigs! Regards. Neil Rodwell."

Giving the 'diamond' a go ( 7 January) 
I had this report in yesterday from David Kingsman...Going fishing is always hope over expectation...
"Hi Tony,
Gave the Diamond a go today.
Slim pickings but did manage to get a few.
2 x Dabs.
1 x Rockling.
10 Whiting ( Decent size).
Had a nice day though and had the beach to myself.
The hordes of Whiting seem to be going now. Quite nice fishing at the moment. 
See you when I get back from France."


Match this Sunday ( 5 January) 
Just a reminder the DAA has its first match of the year on Sunday (8th Jan) book-in at the gate on the estate from 14.30 - 15.00, the match is a 'rover' fish from 16.00 to 20.00, H.W. is 19.30.
If you want to join the DAA...you can on the day...good luck.


Simon cracks it ( 4 January) 
I had this report in tonight from Simon Ward...he had a big bait out in the briny...you never know...you have got to be in it to win it...not easy but why should it be...
"Hi ya Tony
I went fishing Monday night on my first beach cod fishing session of the year. I went down dungeness and started fishjng the tide up and at 12.50am (high tide) I had what can only describe as a fishing session I will treasure for the rest of my life. With crystal clear skies, the temperature dropping to minus 4, a flat calm sea and slight Northaly wind (not exactly the right conditions) a 10/0 hook pulley pennall rig with half a mackerel and 7 lug wrap was cast out at around the 40 yard range. Having cast out for only around 5 minutes I had 2 very hard knocks on the rod and then a slack line. As I picked the rod up I felt a very hard pull and struck into this fine and personal beach caught best cod weighing 10lb 11oz. The cod bug is definitely back! Lol.
Thanks Tony . Simon Ward"

Mixed bag in the sun ( 3 January)
I had this report in tonight from Rob Parsons...
"Hi fishing 3 hours up and 3 hours down. Lovely day with plenty of whiting and few dabs and another fish but not quite sure what it is!! Rockling I think. No Cod unfortunately. Cheers Rob."


So hello 2017...goodbye 2016 ( 31 December)
Lets hope 2017 can build on 2016...wishing you all 'tight lines' 

Fun in the sun ( 30 December)
I had this nice report in from Wayne fishing yesterday in the sunshine...
"Hi Tony,
Had a go at Galloways yesterday. Clear water,bright sunshine,hardly a breeze....not ideal, however it was a beautiful day to be out.
Fished 1000-1500 with HW at 1050 perfect for Galloways. Size 2, two hook flappers baited with (special) old frozen blacks that had been thawed, microwaved, and re-wrapped the day before (gave them a new lease of 'life'). Was very quiet for the first hour and HW went, then a very tentative bite resulted in a nice Flounder...result.
An hour later the same again...and another Flounder, this time a bit bigger...about a pound. Did have another decent bite but i think i was too quick off the mark......the worm had been almost pulled off the hook....my guess another Flounder..picking at the bait. Not a single Whiting. A lovely days fishing and not another angler in sight. 
Regards Wayne Beale.  PS Happy new year Tony.

 Giving it ago...you never know ( 29 December)
I had this report in from David Kingsman...enjoying the fine weather down at Dungeness last Tuesday...
Hi Tony,
Fished the evening HT just left of the Power Station.
Nice easy fishing. Flat calm and no wind. Plenty of anglers down there.
Only Whiting to report for me. Larger ones were in close for the record.
See you soon"


Do you want to see a nice cod?
Lovely late season cod ( 28 December)...on his way to beach?...I wish...click on the BOAT Catch Reports...

A Merry Christmas ( 26 December)
How to spend Christmas day...lovely weather...here is a report from Ian
"Dear Seagull fishing
My son and I fished behind the boats during the day on 25th December 2016. We fished the daytime ebb tide to 15:00hrs and had 35 Whiting, 4 Dabs (one being my sons first Dab as pictured below) 2 Dogs and a Rockling, but no Cod. Bait was squid tipped lugworm, with the odd Red Nose tip for a change, all baits caught.
Regards, Ian Milligan, Ashford. Kent


Have great day tomorrow...( 24 December)
Wishing you all a merry Christmas tomorrow!

Happy days are here again ( 23 December)
I had this report in from David Kingsman who was fishing the beach yesterday...
"Hi Tony,
First just let me say thanks for sorting me out some great bait at short ( in fact no ) notice yesterday.
I decided on Galloways as the shooting has stopped. Arrived to a deserted beach.
Had a very enjoyable fishing session. 
Granted the Cod are not in at the moment but its still nice to sit out there forgetting the troubles of the world. Bumped into a friend walking his dog and passed the time chatting.
Tried a few baits and methods. Blueys, Lug and Squid. Long range and close in.
Not a bad day. Ended up with a Dab, 2 x Dogfish ( 1 large 2lbs ) and of course Whiting en mass.
Have a great Christmas and Happy New Year Tony.
Sure I am speaking for all the Dungeness and internet community when I say thanks for keeping the Seagull reports and forecasts up to date.
Certainly keeps me motivated when I'm at work.
I will be fishing over the holiday. Hope to see a few of you down there. 

Yes there is a cod...( 22 December)
We are getting reports of cod moving back in...check out the boat page latest report from inshore at the Kerton Road mark...

Another match report ( 19 December)
I had this report in from Dave Wood Brignall of the 'Madagascar' league on Saturday at Hythe...
"Today's result 
Conditions foggy/sunny light West breeze 
1st David wood brignall 11 fish 3.38lb 
2nd Mark Burnett 9 fish 2.46lb 
3rd Steve Field 8 fish 1.95lb 
4th b Lawrence 1.50lb 
Heaviest flat dwb .34 dab 
Heaviest round dwb .40 whiting 
Most fish dwb 11 
Dabs whiting caught"


More match reports SCSAS ( 19 December)

I had this email yesterday from Paul Jarret of the Southern Circuit Sea Angling Society...

"Result from our Christmas Hythe match - 17/12/16
14 members fished, Whiting, Dogfish, Dabs and Pouting weighed in
Well done to Michael Ferrier for winning the match

1. Michael Ferrier - 21 fish, 5lb 0.5ozs
2. Adam Horton - 13 fish, 4lb 12.5ozs
3. Dave Sales - 16 fish, 4lb 8ozs
4. Wesley Cheeseman - 16 fish, 4lb 6.5ozs
5. Ashley Brown - 17 fish, 3lb 14ozs
6. Tony Taylor - 15 fish, 3lb 14ozs
7. Keith Johnson - 14 fish, 3lb 12ozs
8. Paul Jarrett - 11 fish, 3lb 12ozs
9. Steve Richards - 12 fish, 3lb 1ozs
10. Les Bates - 10 fish, 3lb 1ozs
11. Stephen Foster - 11 fish, 3lb 0.5ozs
12. Philip Underdown - 11 fish, 2lb 12ozs
13. Keith Neame - 9 fish, 2lb 8.5ozs
14. George Underdown - 4 fish, 12ozs

Heaviest round fish - 1lb 5.5oz Dogfish. Adam Horton
Heaviest flat fish - 10oz Dab. Les Bates

Flat as your hat...and bass ( 18 December)
I had this report in from the 'Giffords'...nice day yesterday...
"Hi TonyFished between the wooden walkway and the tower, totally flat calm, warm sunshine one minute and cold fog the next and all on our own! Lots of whiting and then noticed something feeding on the surface about four feet out . . . bass, lots of them, one even breached the surface! Changed tactics and went light very close in and managed a few bass, biggest no more than a couple of pound but great fun, went on until about half tide then all went quiet for high (as usual)!
Thanks Terry and Ken Gifford"

DAA Juniors, end of term ( 18 December)
I had this full report in from Alex Whittlesea (Shirly Codling) of yesterdays DAA Junior get together...
"Today, Saturday 17th December was the DAA Juniors Christmas meet. 
6 Hardy anglers braved the chill and fog and fished with all their finely honed angling skills to catch but a few small Whiting from Littlestone's sea wall. 
This was their final meet of the year, the next time they will fish as a group again will be February (Dates to be confirmed shortly). 
After fishing, we all headed off the the Pilot Inn at Dungeness, where prizes, trophy's and presents were duly handed to the young anglers, before they all tucked into lunch and soft drinks, kindly provided free of charge by the Pilot Inn. 
All in all it has been a good year for the juniors with fish being caught at most meets and their skill levels now putting seasoned anglers to shame! 
Thank you for all have supported the Juniors this year.
Roll of honor: 
For turning up at the meets, general running of the junior section and teaching the juniors to fish.
Terry Carpenter
Jim McMurry
Paul Gunner 
For prizes and financial support.
The Dungeness Angling Association
Jon Smith
The Pilot Inn 
For hosting the juniors.
The Pilot Inn, Battery Rd, Lydd-on-Sea, Romney Marsh TN29 9NJ 
For promoting the junior section.
Seagull Tackle
Freshwater Informer 
Without your continued support, the DAA Junior section could not exist.
Thank you one and all. Shirl"


DAA Veterans, end of year results ( 18 December)
Seasons greetings to you all...
Sorry for the late posting of the last DAA Veterans match, and the end of year results. well done to John Wigston for winning the series for 2016 and and Peter you are getting closer.

I would like to say a word of thanks to some of our 'stalwarts' without this series would not function...Malcolm Jones, Alan Rudkin and John Smith. We have a full schedule for 2017...if you are over sixty and a member of the DAA give it a go...we are a very friendly bunch!


DAA Juniors Christmas meet ( 17 December)
I had this report on facebook from Terry Carpender...
"The D.A.A juniors had their xmas meet today at a foggy Littlestone fish caught was whitting.
Then all went for dinner at the Pilot pub , who sponsored the trophy & meal , many thanks to them & thanks to John Smith for donating the juniors prize"


Bass plans for 2017 ( 14 December)
I had an email today from the AT...what a cock up...as I understand it commercial fishing for bass in 2017 is restricted to hook and line fishing...us the RSA are the same as last year...no fish to taken till the end of July and then as this year one fish a day till the end of the year...but the netting by catch allowance has gone up from 1% to 3%?...when I get the full SP from the Kent & Essex IFCA I will post it up.

Things are 'hotting' up ( 12 December)
I had this email in from Adrian...
"Hello Tony,
I popped in for some bait yesterday and congratulated you on your website if you remember. You gave me some good advice regarding venues etc and spoke about sea temps so I thought you might like to read this from today’s ‘Guardian’.
Regards, Adrian Brett

(p.s. Caught 6 good size whiting for the table!!)"

"Britons may have to adopt a more continental diet when it comes to fish, as climate change sees cold-water fish such as cod gradually replaced by squid and other warm-water species, according to research led by Dr John Pinnegar of Cefas, the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science.
“Our models for 2025 and beyond suggest that seawater temperature may continue to rise in the future,” said Pinnegar. “As a result, UK waters will become more hospitable for some species and less suitable for others, with the overall result that most commercial species will move northwards.”

Squid numbers have increased dramatically over the past 35 years in the North Sea, according to Cefas, which has monitored North Sea fish populations for the past 114 years. It said squid was found at 60% of its 76 survey stations in 2016, compared with just 20% in 1984."
DAA match plans for 2017 ( 11 December)

I saw this report posted by Alex Veel on the DAA page...the plan for next year


"Morning all,
So the title race for the much coveted & highly prestigious DAA Winners hoodie starts all over again :)
Below are the proposed fixtures for 2017. These are possibly subject to change, dependant on adverse weather conditions on the day...or negative feedback for the new format! One or more fixture may also be sacrificed to accommodate any future opens.
It'd be great to see some old and new faces alike come out to support this great club. If match fishing is new to you, you'll be well looked after with advice & help, it's only £10 to join for the year and a fiver to fish each match. (Payout is for heaviest fish & 1st down to 4th dependant on numbers) Warm welcome guaranteed :")
Madagascar last night ( 11 December)

I had this on facebook from Dave Wood Brignall the result of last nights 'Madagascar League' match.
"Tonight's results 
1st David wood brignall 21 fish 19.25lb 
2nd Martin Swinyard 23 fish 15.80 lb 
3rd Stephen Foster 16 fish 11.35 lb 
4th Mark Howard 11 fish 5.80 lb 
5th Geoff Swinyard 11 fish 4.30lb 
6th Lee Harrison 1 dog 
Heaviest round David wb dogfish 2.20 lb 
Heaviest flat Martin Swinyard. .30 dab 
Dog fish dabs and whiting caught"


Great weights...great match ( 11 December)

I had this report in from Paul Jarrett of the Southern Circuit Sea Angling Society...great weights...

"Result from our Hythe match - 10/12/16 

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

Well done to Les Bates for winning the match, and well done to Graham King on winning the 2016 Championship, well deserved 

1. Les Bates - 34 fish, 24lb 1ozs 
2. Graham King - 38 fish, 23lb 14ozs 
3. Ashley Brown - 31 fish, 20lb 11.5ozs 
4. Paul Jarrett - 25 fish, 18lb 8.5ozs 
5. Colm Brennan - 21 fish,17lb 15.5ozs 
6. Keith Johnson - 29 fish, 17lb 14.5ozs 
7. Alan Jarrett - 34 fish, 17lb 14ozs 
8. Keith Neame - 24 fish, 17lb 0.5ozs 
9. Daren Edwards - 18 fish, 15lb 4ozs 
10. Sam Collier - 21 fish, 14lb 5.5ozs 
11. Cieron Bull - 18 fish, 13lb 4ozs 
12. Tony Taylor - 27 fish, 13lb 1ozs 
13. Steve Richards - 13 fish, 8lb 15.5ozs 
14. Dave Sales - 11 fish, 7lb 8ozs 
15. M Davies - 7 fish, 3lb 14ozs 
16. Doug Harrison - 5 fish, 2lb 5.5ozs 

Heaviest Fish - 1lb 12.5oz Dogfish, Ashley Brown"


Great to see more youngsters ( 10 December)
I had this report in from Alan Morris...
"Callum caught plenty of whiting at Littlestone this morning. 
20 frozen lug+sea full of fish=happy lad"



DAA Juniors...reminder ( 10 December)
I saw this report on the DAA page from Terry Carpenter concerning the next Junior get together...
"Juniors meet sat 17th dec meet at 10.30 at pilot pub"
Great fun all Juniors welcome...

Very 'tight' at the top ( 9 December)

I saw this post from Simon Newman...the latest position of the DAA match league...

EDF to repair road ( 8 December)

I had this report in tonight from Simon Newman chairman of the DAA...
"DUNGENESS NEWS........, EDF have funded a complete re surfacing of the main access road at Dungeness. Starts mid week next week, there will be traffic management in place on the main lighthouses road in daylight hours."
This is good news as the road has has become very poor near the 'Britania' pub.

Massive beach cod...30lb ( 7 December)
I saw this report on facebook...just put it up to remind you all what a cod looks like...well done Dale...you just never know...

"Sea Angler with Wayne Crossman and Martin Crossman.
17 hrs
**BREAKING NEWS** Dale Brenton beaches a 30lb 3oz cod from Chesil Beach today...more news as we get it. Well done Dale, what a fish!"

  • Dengemarsh, fun in the sun ( 6 December)

Dengemarsh fun in the sun ( 6 December)

I had this report in last night from Darryl Nickolas of his trip to Dengemarsh...some interesting beach formations by the car park...big tides mid month should straighten it out...
"Hi Tony, good days fishing on Sunday at Dengemarsh . A sunny but fresh day with plenty of fish. Nothing of any size but very enjoyable. Thanks Darryl."

Decent bags last night ( 5 December)
I had this report via facebook from John Smith of last night DAA match...
"Hi it's me again todays results 1st Phil Tanner 8lb 80 2nd gavin Smith 8lb 70 3rd Colm Brennan 6lb 30 4th JohnSmith. 5lb 90 5th Michael Smith 5lb 75 6th Paul Shepherd 2 lb H/F. gavin Smith dog 1lb 30. Dog pouting whiting and dabs caught"

Marooned on the shingle ( 4 December)
I had this report in this morning from Colin Hemsworth...
"Hi Tony,
After a bit of a break it was good to be fishing again yesterday. I decided to try the back of the power station, on arrival the weather was lovely, bit of an easterly breeze but didn't effect casting that much... definitely a bit more colour in the water then last visit which raised my hopes for a fried fish for dinner but alas no such luck. First cast pulled in a nice sized whiting and then 3 more just before HT until it went quiet..Almost marooned myself from the rods so had fun building a bridge instead. Thanks for the bait and see you soon. Colin"


Steady stream of dabs ( 2 December)
I had this report in this evening from Neil Rodwell...enjoying the calm weather today...
"Hi Tony. As promised just reporting in from behind the station towards the diamond. Arrived at the shore line to find whiting chasing bait fish in the shallows under the rod tip. Settled for a steady stream of dabs throughout the morning around the size of my hand and one whiting which had swallowed both hooks on my flapper rig! That'll teach it to be so greedy! The fishing died off around midday with the top of the tide and never came back to life so called it quits around 2:30. Still a nice rare calm day down on the shore without having to anchor anything down or retrieve my rig from further up the beach! Will be back in soon. Neil."

DAA World Dab Championship ( 29 November)
Simon Newman has released the details for the 2017 World Dab Championship...
"This winters Tronixpro WDC RNLI fundraiser is to take place on Sunday 12th Feb.
A couple of important changes. To fit in with the tides, fishing will be between 10am and 3pm. Registration at Dungeness RNLI from 0715 (ignore what the poster says, this is being, Hot drinks and breakfast rolls will be available from just after 7am and burgers/hot drinks from 3pm.
Boundries: This is a non pegged event. To try to ensure we don't need to cancel due to weather, we have extended the boundries You can fish anywhere you like between Folkstone and Rye HOWEVER you must be in the queue to weigh in by 4pm.
This will hopefully meran we can fish in most wind directions with only a strong southerly gale forcing a cancellation due to weather.
Folkstome pier is out of bounds.
I'm delighted to announce that Tronixpro are again primary sponsors, covering the costs of the tophys and prizes for the top 10 anglers.
Zziplex are providing the star raffle prize of a new Zziplex rod.
Phil Dale of Scarnsundet is providing another star raffle prize of accommodation for 1 week for 1 person at their fishing camp just north of Trondheim.
Tight lines and see you on the beach! 

It's been a challenge ( 29 November)
I had this 'positive' report in from Ryan Taylor...
"Hi Tony
It's been a while since i sent you a little update on my own Dungeness exploits as the last few trips have simply seen me carry on my personal audit of the English Channel Whiting stocks and not alot else really, save for a trip after some Autumn roach where i was comprehensively outfished by my 10 year old son Fred(!), but this weekends trip at least provided something other than the usual white out.
So i was back for another shot on Saturday, and setting up between the walkway and lookout tower at lunchtime, i felt quietly confident that maybe something to get the juices properly flowing wasn't a million miles away as the easterly wind, although pretty darn cutting, gave some nice colour and chop to the water.
The obligatory first cast whiting was quickly followed by 2, 3, and 4 more but these were at least of a better stamp and as low approached a few mums and dads arrived in the high 30cm bracket which added to my thoughts of bigger beasts lurking out there somewhere.
I was completely in the zone by now and when one of the rods pulled down confidently before snapping back around half 6 in the evening i lifted into a 'thump, thump, thump' on the other end. Was this another big Doggie or had the mother ship finally decided to offload one of it's cod cargo my way? Well sadly that's something i'll never know as half way in the bleedin' thing fell off but a still alive and intact whiting on the bottom hook probably gave me my answer..
I rallied on 'till 11.30pm but the wind had ebbed away some time before along with my chances of a 'proper' winter fish so i packed up tired but happy with my ten hours of effort and a score card that at least gave me Doggies and Pouting aswell as the you know who's. 
It'll be a couple more weeks before i can make another visit Tony as the bait bill for loading up pennels all day and night amounts to a kings ransom but i'll keep digging in as i'm certain a Dungeness winter beauty isn't too far off now. 
All the best for now Tony and, as ever, if it doesn't challenge you it won't change you so keep at it one and all!!  Ryan."

SCSAS match on Saturday ( 28 November)

I had this report in by email from Paul Jarratt of the Southern Circuit Sea Angling Society yesterday...
Result from our Sandwich Bay match - 26/11/16 
18 members fished, Whiting, Dogfish, Dabs, Pouting and Rockling weighed in 


Well done to Philip Underdown for winning the match 

1. Philip Underdown - 34 fish, 12lb 11ozs 
2. Alan Jarrett - 31 fish, 12lb 6ozs 
3. Tony Taylor - 32 fish, 12lb 1ozs 
4. Steve Richards - 26 fish, 11lb 10ozs 
5. Graham King - 23 fish,11lb 1ozs 
6. Neil Creed - 26 fish, 10lb 0.5ozs 
7. Michael Ferrier - 25 fish, 9lb 13ozs 
8. Sam Collier - 20 fish, 8lb 10.5ozs 
9. Ashley Brown - 20 fish, 8lb 9ozs 
10. Adam Horton - 19 fish, 7lb 3.5ozs 
11. David Simon Bullock - 15 fish, 6lb 13ozs 
12. Dave Sales - 15 fish, 5lb 13ozs 
13. Paul Jarrett - 14 fish, 5lb 8.5ozs 
14. Keith Johnson - 13 fish, 4lb 15.5ozs 
15. Les Bates - 10 fish, 4lb 15ozs 
16. Nick Sladden - 10 fish, 4lb 2ozs 
17. Wesley Cheeseman - 11 fish, 3lb 15ozs 
18. Sam Hudson - 0 fish 


Heaviest Fish - 1lb 8oz Dogfish, Ashley Brown


DAA 'Vets' match list 2017 ( 25 November)
Here is the schedule of matches for next year...thanks to Alan Rudkin for compiling them...
  Bigger tides for big fish? ( 24 November)
I had this report in from Bob Fowler...
"Hi Tony, good to catch up with you yesterday for a yarn. Fished Denge on the range side of the car park probably 400 yards from the fence. Needn't have bothered - fished from 1:00pm to 7:45pm for a couple of schoolies, a half decent flounder and some small whiting. Tried in close for a decent bass with a double squid bait, medium distance with lug flappers and at long range with clipped down rigs. As it got dark I changed to long range livebait rigs - result of all this activity - pretty much a zero. Still, couldn't be accused of not giving it my best shot.
Will probably wait for another decent blow on a bigger tide before I make the near 200 mile round trip again. Best regards, Bob."


But nobody told the fish... ( 23 November)
I had this report from Elliot Watson...
Hello Tony, I decided to give it one last crack last night after the blow we had that morning. I got to the point about an hour before high and was still rather windy. I fished down to low and the first two hours of the flood. Over high the weed was quite bad but cleared as the ebb started, as it usually does. As low tide approached the wind had dropped off quite nicely and things were looking a little more favourable but it was just whiting all night! Since friday I've done 33 hours of fishing down there in near perfect conditions, the tides could have done with being little bigger I know but not even one codling... Not a good sign. Oh well it's always fun trying! Elliot"

The cod quest continues ( 23 November)
I had this report in this morning from David Kingsman...
Morning Tony,
Turned up at Dungeness yesterday afternoon hoping to fish HT and gather some free bait behind the Boats.
Bad move.
The wind was horrific. Spoke to a few guys and decided the rods were staying in the car.
Parked in the Lifeboat station for a look. As I pulled up, another angler was walking back to his car. The look on his face was the same as you see on soldiers who took part in WW1 tench warfare. He just said one word. NO.
That was good enough for me.
Remembering the Seagull fishing forecast. I decided to have a look at Littlestone.
Drove down there and was amazed at the difference. It was lovely. Nice sunny day with bit of a breeze. Cast a rod out and caught a small Bass.
Spent the next few hours basically relaxing and enjoying some worm fishing on smaller hooked rigs. Caught some more small Bass and Whiting.
Packed up for another crack at Dungeness low tide. On route stopped in the Varne chippy.
Arrived at the Walkway and shared my dinner with a fox and badger. Must admit, felt like Dungeness's answer to David Attenborough.
Few other anglers turned up and we all had a good chat before the off.
Fished left of the Walkway.
Turned into a nice evening.
Baits going out there nicely. Used Cuttle wraps, Live bait and the odd big lug.
Held bottom throughout fairly easily.
Occasional Whiting but no sign of a Cod for me.
Tide turned and I started moving up the beach around 2am.
Suddenly the Whiting went into Piranha mode. Whole Cuttle getting stripped in a few minutes. 2 at a time coming back.
Made up a last batch of wraps and decided when they are gone so am I.
Did not happen so the Cod quest continues...



The K&E IFCA Bass proposals (22 Nov)
I had a email in today concerning the proposal for bass management next year...here is the link...
http://www.kentandessex-ifca.gov.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/Agenda-item-B5.pdf
Elliot is being 'bassed' out ( 21 November)
I had this report in from Elliot Watson...

"Hello Tony,
                      I fished Dungeness yesterday afternoon through till the early hours of this morning. I arrived on the point 2 hours before high tide and it was looking nice and coddy! When I filled up my bucket this time the water was chocolate brown. Anyway to the fishing, in the first few hours of the ebb I had 3 small bass, which were all caught at distance, the biggest was just under 2lb. Over low it was just whiting and then I shot round to Dengemarsh to catch the rest of the flood and fish over high this morning. I had 4 more Bass round at Dengemarsh 3 where tiny schoolies and the 4th was just over 2lb. By half 4 this morning I was knackered and decided to call it a night. I shall be back down there tomorrow to fish over high during the day and down to low at one last shot at a cod. If I still get no joy I shall crawl back to Devon with my tail between my legs lol!
Here's my biggest Bass of the night... not that big I know! Now for some much needed sleep!!!  Elliot"


It got a bit wet ( 21 November)
I had this report in from David Kingsman...
"Hi Tony,
Probably the most eagerly anticipated session of the year for both myself and every Dungy angler who fished last night.
Text book perfect for Cod after the big blow.
Met Steve Collins at the gate and made our way to the Point for low water. It looked fantastic to be honest.
We got set up and away we went.
Felt totally different and everyone had an air of confidence about them.
Started off well. The Bass were going mad, no Whiting about and we picked up 2 x each around the same size. Guy to the right of me had bit bigger one that went home with him.
As the tide ebbed the Whiting started feeding.
OK, not our target fish but these were big ones. Had half a dozen around the 37cm mark.
Casting was a joy and the baits were going out a long way.
However, it turned bad fast.
Tide run started ripping through. Nothing was holding bottom and lines getting swept into the right. Really frustrating as this was when you wanted it right out there.
The baits were coming back untouched so obviously nothing was getting hold of them either.
I tried in a bit closer. Held bottom a lot better but not a touch.
Everyone suffered this for a few hours.
The tide started coming in but so did the freezing rain. Straight into our face/shelter.
We got soaked and were taking a real beating. Worst of all. We still couldn't hold bottom.
Very reluctantly we decided that was our lot.
Driving home, I was thinking ' Should we have stayed and fished the incoming tide?'
As I posted my key through Seagull Tackles letterbox the answer was clear. No.
The heavens opened up and a deluge of rain fell."


Look what turned up ( 21 November)
I had this report in from Arkam Belhouchet...
"Hi Tony
I fished DengeMarsh on Friday night looking for cod but no joy, just plenty of whiting . decided to try again yesterday  after the storm at dungeness. instead of whiting i been catching bass after bass for the whole session(with cod rig using 6/0 hooks!!!!)at distance . sometime 2 on one rig!! Few were sizable. until this codling showed up"

DAA match this afternoon ( 20 November)
I saw this report tonight from John Smith on the DAA page of today's match at Dungeness...
"Hi it's me again tonight's results 1st P Mortlock 4lb 45 2nd G Smith 3lb 35 3rd J Smith 3lb 30 4th P Tanner 1lb 95 5th J Loftus 1lb 80 6th P Shepherd 1lb 70 sea calmed right down and pleasant to fish H/F G Smith and P Mortlock whiting .80 whiting and dabs caught"

DAA Juniors...everyone wins ( 20 November)
I had this report from Terry Carpenter of the DAA juniors event yesterday...
"Juniors had their meet today down at littlestone on a nice crisp sunny morning 6 youngsters fished , all caught whitting some nice sizes. 
New member Aiden only aged 5 
caught nearly every cast with young George & Evan & Callum following up behind.A good days fishing had by all and we beat the rain as we packed up"


Well hello storm Angus ( 19 November)
I had this report just in from Elliot Watson...we are still waiting for some 'colour' in the water to bring cod to the beach in search of food...well this storm is predicted by the met office to be hitting from midnight to three in the afternoon...up to force 10 so the falling tide tomorrow could be 'magic' up the 'point'...
"Hello Tony,
I've just got back from fishing Dengemarsh, it was a night full of fork lighting, shooting stars, hail, rain and the inevitable whiting of course! I fished from low water up to high water and then 3 hours down. I had high hopes to start with given that there was a fair bit of wind from the SW on wednesday and thursday. But as soon as I filled up my bucket of water to wash my hands my hopes had dropped, the water didn't have as much colour as I was expecting... it was still rather clear. Given that it was 7.7m tide last night it was hardly running at all which didn't help things but hey ho. Also I didn't see any other people down there which I thought was rather surprising for a friday night! Anyway I shall be back out sunday night in search of Mr Cod again! Elliot"
   Is it worth it...of course it is ( 18 November)
I had this report in from Steve Collins...
"Just finished my 3rd session at dunge this week fished Monday night behind the power station Wednesday night at the boards and today's high tide at the boats not a cod in sight tried live baiting and big cuttle and lug baits only ting and a couple of small bass I do ask my self is it all worth it of course it is lol will be back next week!"
Rays save the day ( 18 November)
I had this report in from Dave Harrington yesterday as usual putting the hours in...
"A tale of 3 nights
Hi Tony I decided to try for Rays on Sun 13th, Tues 15th & for a possible Cod last night Wed 16th.
On both Sunday & Tuesday I fished Tower 23 using 2 rods on Sunday & only 1 rod on Tuesday. 
On Sunday the action was full on with both Whiting & Dogfish snuffing up my Launce & Bluey cocktails with gusto, but I did manage 4 Rays up to 6lb. I also dropped a good Ray in the surf.
Tuesday was a totally different story with heavy rain & hardly any Whiting & only 1 Dogfish, but I still managed a nice Ray (picture below). Bait of choice again was Launce & Bluey cocktails fished on up & over 3/0 pennel rigs.
Yesterday I fished the boards at Dungeness with my friend Dave Kingsman. Fishing was hard with a lot of weed in the water & only Whiting & Dogfish to report and a stiff SW wind. Baits used were Squid & Cuttlefish bought from you & fresh-out Black Lug all fished on 3/0 up & over rigs.
Well Tony till next time, tight lines"



David has staying power ( 16 November)
had this report in from David Kingsman...who keeps on trying...
"Hi Tony,
Tuesday 15th November.
On my official Cod fishing 2 week break from work,
I know its challenging at the moment but unfortunately my boss wont let me change dates to when the fish arrive so Ive got to make the best of it.
Rocked up at Dungy low tide. Planned to fish the Point but it was banged out. Really felt uncomfortable slotting in between. Saw two blokes get tangled and lose leads just while I was there.
Fishing the Boats today so had a brainwave and decided to give the Boils a go.
Got up there and found a ton of others had the same idea.
Went to the left anyway.
Kept one rod banged out there and tried this and that in closer on the other rod.
Only Whiting to report. Some big ones 33cms.
All we can do is to keep trying."



Who would do that  ( 16 November)
I had a phone call from Jason Adams (of Sea Otter) this morning...Jason was bait digging down at Camber last night about 7pm, parked outside Camber Sands Holiday Park. His car a black golf had its back window smashed in...1 uptide kit and 3 downtide combos stolen...if anybody hears or knows anything call Jason on 07772708317.

Keep at it Dave  ( 14 November)
I had this report in from David Kingsman...Simon's cod should 'perk' you up...
"Hi Tony,
Fished two HT's this week.
Friday 11th night on the Walkway.
Saturday 12th at Dengemarsh.
No complaints. Gave it my best shot but only Whiting and Doggies for me.
Plenty of people fishing so hopefully we'll start seeing a few Cod.
Back this week for another try anyway.
Regards Dave Best regards, Dave"

The cod will come Neil  ( 14 November)
I had this reeport in last night from Neil Rodwell fishing Saturday...
"Hi Tony. Managed to squeeze in behind the station today. very busy down there, with the northerly wind, bright sunshine and flat calm sea I wasn't optimistic. Had whiting from the offset all of a decent size sometimes two a cast. had 1 small bass in the morning close in and starting catching dabs around 1. everything else apart from the bass was caught at range on straight lug. No cod but I was there mainly to get out of DIY commitments so I'm happy with the overall results. will be back in soon. Neil" 

Hard work pays off  ( 13 November)
I saw this report from Simon Newman on facebook...
First cod session of the winter and first shore cod... Happy days! Just over 9 lb... Ate a whiting which was eating half a cuttle fish.

What a great session  ( 13 November)
I had this report in tonight from Arkam Belhouchet...
"Hi Tony....after a long wait we finally had a good SW wind this weekend,so i went today early morning to try my luck.i had a  great bass session😆i stopped counting after twenty😄nothing big though😟 Arkam"


DAA Vets latest results  ( 12 November)
I had this report in from Malcolm Jones of the full result of last Wednesdays DAA Veterans match...

DAA 'Vets' alright on the night  ( 11 November)
The DAA Veterans had a great match yesterday evening...horrendous weather in the morning but cleared up by evening and flat calm by the end.

Nine 'Vets' fished in whiting infested waters and caught...4,604 cms of whiting (that's 46 metres...a lot of fish)...I tried for something bigger...and failed again!...so well done all who took part.

That seal must like you  ( 10 November)
I had this report in yesterday from Gary Nicholls...
"Spent all summer trying to get a bass with no success so yesterday tackled up to give the cod a go. Fished behind the look out tower from just after low water up, very dead except for the seal who was wandering up and down just yards from the shore, about half hour before dark had these two school bass on a pennel rig on on the top hook one one the bottom. After dark the sea came alive with whiting so rapidly did all my bait. Can't think the last time I blanked at Dungie."


Having a good bass season  ( 8 November)
I had this report in yesterday from Arkam Behouchet...
"Hi Tony, the last time we met I was still looking for my double figure bass for this year and I was sure that I will catch it in Dungeness (my biggest catches were always from there- cod and bass). However, the weather for the last few weeks was mainly northern with clear water which made me look somewhere else and all my sessions was mainly spinning with plenty of bass been caught with some pbs on lure...I miss fishing in Dungeness and I'm on edge waiting for the next good blow to target my first cod of the year and maybe my next cod pb"

Putting in the hours  ( 7 November)
I had this brilliant report in from Kristian Walker...
"Hi Tony,
We fished at Dungeness on Saturday, Sunday and Monday at the point and Power Station using the Squid and Worms you supplied us.
Grandad had the Bass in the picture on Saturday and had another Bass just undersized and we both had Whiting.
On Saturday I had the 33cm Plaice and 7 pound Cod in the photos and we both had Whiting. Today we both had Whiting but did not see more any more Bass or Cod.
Thanks Kristian"

They just kept biting  ( 7 November)
I had this report in today from Wayne...
"Hi Tony.
I did consider fishing the DAA match yesterday, but decided to take advantage of early MOD ceasefire yesterday (6th) and fished Galloways instead, from an hour before HW 1300  (HW1410).
Two rods baited with fresh Seasalter Lug saw 9 Dogfish up and over HW (1½hrs)....i thought it was going to be a 'Dogfest', however, they disappeared an hour after high and was replaced with ravanous Whiting...some a good size (32cm). I fished till 8.30pm shortly after the rain stopped. A thoroughly enjoyable session.
Plenty of bait left over, so planning a trip to Dunge tomorrow.
Bye for now Tony. Best regards Wayne"

DAA match results  ( 6 November)
I had this report in from John Smith of this afternoons DAA match at Dungeness...pretty impressive results considering the conditions and the 'dead' tides...
"HI it is me again tonights results 1st phil tanner 5lb 50 2nd gavin smith 5lb 20 3rd john smith 4lb 30 4th colm brennan 3lb 40 5th w shrubsole 1b 50 6th p shepherd .80 7th m smith .50 and blanker foz made up the 8 who fished h/f dog 1lb 50 gavin smith dogs dabs pouting and whiting came to the scales rained hard after we finished fishing"
Great weather...pancake flat  ( 2 November)

I had this report in today from Steve Granville who had a nice sunny day at Dungeness...
"Hi Tony
Fished end of wooden walkway yesterday, sea like a clear mill pond. A rare feature. Small mackerel, but no Bass. Caught 4 Flounder and 1 Plaice on your lug, that were worth keeping. A good day out. Thanks Steve"


One big fat bass ( 31 October)
I had this cracking photo from Jonathan...well done a superb fish...
"Hi Tony
Had a result today, a nice bass at Denge was fat and heavy!! but didn't weigh it, we reckon was close to 10 lb took a pic wanted to get it back in the water . it put up a good fight took a whole mackerel was well happy my best bass"


It all went a bit flat...very busy ( 31 October)
I had this report in from Colin Hemsworth...with 'gin' clear water I wouldn't be surprised to see a few plaice about...but I think you had a flounder...but extra 'brownie' points for the hard work...
"Hi Tony, 
Fished the point area on Saturday, it was very busy so was bit of a walk to find a space, but eventually found a gap...must bring a packhorse next time. Started off with a few whiting before first HT then a 26cm plaice on bluey lug wrap, all quiet from then on until sundown when the whiting came out to play...saw the neighbours down the beach get 2 lb. bass on feathers. Thanks for the bait and see you soon. Colin"



Cracking 8lb 13oz bass ( 29 October)
I had this report in this afternoon from Darren...
"Hi tony
Went to dengmarsh this morning to get a few mackies for dinner had a joey so stuck a live bait out and had this beauty and 20 mackies as well fabulous morning Darren Cruickshank" 


Cod at range...well done Mark ( 26 October)

I had a visit from Mark Harvey today I heard from one of my regulars that Mark had a couple of codling on Monday night...so I asked Mark what he caught...he showed me on his phone a photo of the catch...2 cod, the best over 9lb!...so here is the photo...and Mark told me he lost two more...low water on the 'point' at distance...


Keep calm and go fishing ( 26 October)
I had this report in from Colin Hemsworth...
"Hi Tony,
Not much to report from Tuesday's session, had a small bass an hour before first HT caught on straight lug. Daytime was very quiet and the sea was dead calm, tried fishing close in, at range and everything in between.. As night time came so did the whiting in their usual top form, looking forward to a bit of weather to stir things up a bit.. Thanks for the bait and see you soon. Colin"


The sea is alive with fish ( 25 October)

I had this nice report in from Susan & David...the sea is alive with mackerel, scad and bass...the weather we have had...would have been brilliant in August!...
"Good Morning Tony,
Thanks for the bait as always.  The missus and I fished behind the power station on Saturday and despite everyone left and right of us catching, I managed my usual of nothing (8 trips of nothing now!) and the missus got a couple of small bass.
Sunday, we tried again, still behind the power station, but further west.  This time I caught!!!  A few small bass, then hit the mackerel terrorising the small fry - 30 fish for the day.
As we were down for the weekend, we decided to try a bit of night fishing, so left our accommodation at 3am and went back behind the power station again to fish the uptide.  Whiting everywhere, we couldn't get a moments peace.  I also got a small dab and then a couple of bass.  The missus caught a mackerel on lug.
On the final reel in, nothing on it, until a metre from shore when a 2.5lb bass took me by surprise - what a great way to end a weekend away.
Cheers Dave & Susan"

John said it was hard going ( 24 October)

I had this report posted last night after the DAA match by John Smith ( glad to see you back) on the DAA page...
"well im here again tonights results 1st nathan ellott 3b 55 2nd john smith 1lb 45 joint 3rd a veel ,.80 shane edwards .80 H / F n ellott whiting dab and dogs caught 12 fished hard going"
The best ray year ever ( 23 October)

I had this report in today on facebook from Nickolas Vousden...
"Fished Hythe last Thursday had a cracking day 1st cast caught a mackerel 2nd cast resulted in a 9lb+ Thorne back awesome many Mrs got in on the action her 1st ray at 5lb her pb also in the end I had 5 rays a mackerel and a whiting she had a weaver 3 whiting and a ray ! A very very good day considering the water was gin clear . Nick"


A big bass still time ( 23 October)
I had this report in from Colin Hemsworth... 
"Hi Tony,
Fished the back of the station yesterday, lovely weather with a slight breeze. Had a few bites but nothing hooked through the day and then as darkness came more whiting that I could shake a stick at (or rod).. a slight sense of panic setting in now but still time for that late season big bass! Thanks for the bait and see you soon. Regards, Colin"

A reminder of summer ( 23 October)
I had this report in from Tony Holland...classic late summer, early autumn fishing...
"Nice days fishing at Dungeness today 22 October, fishing with live bait rigs had two bass one 2 and a quarter and one 3 and a quarter, one for the pot and the other returned along with plenty whiting, lots of small mackerel surfacing, great days fishing had by Tony and Brian"

A cracking days fishing ( 22 October)
I had this report in last night from P. Child...
"Hi Tony
A report from Littlestone today 21/10/16. Water very muddy and cloudy. Fished three rods  2.5 hrs up and 1.5 down its was manic with bites couldn't keep up at times, can honestly say I have never caught so many whiting in the daytime in 40 years of fishing. I lost count they ranged from 6-7 inches to good size keepers   caught on lug , squid, mackerel .. at 120 meters and right down as close as 30-40m whatever formula I used ie bait / distance. The first came probably in no less than 3-4 foot of water. Other species a weaver fish  my first on rod /line two schoolies perfect condition returned of course (30cm ish) and three dogfish after high water on fish bait. Cracking days fishing lots of sport non stop...and also saw on the horizon  the Russian Fleet sailing past stalked by our once mighty Royal Navy."

What a little beauty ( 21 October)
What a nice surprise...sorry Lee for the delay in posting it got lost on my system...
"Hi Tony ,fished dengemarsh Friday night between the diamond and the outflow with my boy .The lad caught a couple of small bass before sunset and then it was whiting central upto high tide .Just on high my boy managed a black bream which he was well chuffed with catching .Left just after high at 23 00 for the short trip home back to hastings."

At least you got change ( 21 October)
I had this report in last night from Jason Baker...who was fishing yesterday...
"Hi Tony,just thought I'd let you know how l got on yesterday. Fished the diamond yesterday low water up. First cast produced a 24 cm bass,2nd cast a sizeable plaice. After that I  had a small dab,the smallest weaver fish ever and quite a few whiting one of which was a fair old size. Thanks for the great bait and my first new 5 pound note in my change ! Regards Jason"

As the wind dropped ( 19 October)
I had this report from Joe...who toughed it out and got the rewards...
"Hi Tony sorry for the late message, puled in on Sunday and picked up some bait and took your advise to fish the west bay towards the diamond.
Well bit of a walk and oh my god a force 5 to 6 in my face and a huge surf!
I took up the inpossible task and fished from 2pm to low tide.
An hour in I dug my heels in and plugged away, one small plaice picked up my hopes then using lug the rod slammed round with a bass of 47cm, then it was bass after bass, mostly 20cm but last cast saw another of 43cm.
Goes to show keep trying and rewards do turn up.
See you next week 
Joe Collins"


Every day is different ( 18 October)
I had this in last night from Dave Harrington...launce & bluey cocktail...sounds good...
"A tale of 2 nights (Sun 16th & Mon 17th)
Hi Tony I decided to fish Tower 23 on Sunday evening (16th) for a late season Ray. 
When I got there I was greeted by a rough sea & a brisk wind. After only 5 minutes of every cast I did, the weight was being pulled out by huge clumps of weed, but I did manage to catch a couple of Whiting though & after an hour I gave up & decided to fish this evening (17th). 
Well tonight's tide couldn't have been any better, flat calm & no wind or weed.
I had a Dogfish from the off along with a few Whiting & just after Low Tide I managed a nice Ray around the 5lb mark.
I had another couple of Whiting after, before I packed up & went home.
Bait of choice was some Launce I found along with Bluey fished at distance on 3/0 up & over rigs."



Ryan had a 'blowout' ( 17 October)
I had this great report last night from Ryan Taylor...anticipation, the controlled excitement of what could happen then the slow realisation that it not going to happen...man up and get ready for the next trip...it could be the one...
"Hi Tony
A quick couple of lines to fathom in my last couple of visits, and what a 'chalk and cheese' couple of sessions they were.
The first two were the Saturday night and Sunday morning tides in the full moon mid September period, shared between Dengemarsh and the Boats, and apart from a solitary dogfish, they were such a complete 'white out' that i lost a bit of focus between the frantically rattling rod tips and became more interested trying to get a shot of the power station, moon and rods with limited success...
My latest trip was this Saturday's big tide and after nabbing some squid off you at the shop i arrived at the Diamond at 4pm and it looked absolutely prime, a decent blow but not too bad (little did i know), great colour and not too much weed.
Rods out at half 4 (just before it absolutely bucketed it down) then my first Schoolie arrived at 5 which left me absolutely rubbing my hands at the thought of a couple of Codling making there way up the shingle tonight attached to my pennels. Oh the best laid plans eh Tony..!
Two more small bass arrived before LT then, along with the arrival of the match lads, mother nature decided to show me who was boss as the wind and weed cranked things up to the max. I gave it my best shot 'till half 9, with another Schoolie and two Whiting, but it was comical watching the rods get torn into the edge no more than 90 seconds after putting one out 10 yards or 100 yards so i accepted defeat and abandoned ship to make my way back to SE London somewhat tail between legs.
Reflecting on these last 3 visits on the way home felt very much Dungy 3 Ryan 0 and i don't give in that easily regardless of the 3 hour round trip so I've pencilled in next Saturday night (and about another 6 before the years out, thank you my better half Ellie) to see if the bass or cod gods will send me a fin wrapped present.
Well done the match lads who stuck it out and all the boys who gave it a go on Saturday and as David said I'm intrigued to hear how the lads on the point got on.. but.. if it doesn't challenge you it won't change you..
All the best Tony and bye for now. Ryan."

Putting the hours in...( 16 October)
I had this report just in from Steve Latham...who gave it a good go...
"Hi Tony thanks for the bait I came in Thursday afternoon fished Dengmarsh that night just whiting .
Friday morning was a good start two Bass the first was 40cms and the second was over 42cms and both went back to fight another day .that was all I caught until dark then lots more whiting.
so Saturday night moved over to Sandwich bay yes more whiting and this small thornback all fell to lug thanks again for the bait
see you soon. regard Steven Latham"

And down the bay...( 16 October)

I had this report in from Michael Wibley...cracking fish...right place right time...
"Hi Tony We was fishing Littlestone last night when 1 hour after high tide have this lovely 7.2lb bass. On a large lug worm bait."

'Piranhas' tore him to shreds ( 16 October)

I had this report from David Kingsman ...
Hi Tony,
Fished Galloways Friday night.
Nice day but turned into a real Whiting fest. Like a pack of Piranhas out there. I know I shouldn't have told you in the shop that Iv'e stopped catching Dogfish... They are back...
Saturday...
Turned up at the Boats expecting SW wind but got a Southerly. It was crazy. Weed horrendous.
Gave it a go. Had a Doggie and 2 Whiting but that was enough for me.
Lots of guys stayed fishing the Point proper. Interested to know how they got on.
Regards Dave.

Tough match...only the brave ( 16 October)

I had this report in from Paul Jarrett of the Southern Circuit Sea Angling Society match last night at Dengemarsh...tough going...

Result from our Dengemarsh match - 15/10/16

21 members fished, Whiting and Pouting weighed in

Well done to Mickey Ferrier for winning the match

1. Michael Ferrier - 4 fish, 1lb 6ozs
2. Sam Hudson - 1 fish, 9ozs
3. Graham King - 2 fish, 7 1/2ozs
4. Ashley Brown - 1 fish, 5 1/2ozs
5. Robert Bates - 1 fish, 3 1/2ozs

Heaviest Fish - 9oz Whiting, Sam Hudson
Beaten by the 'weed' ( 16 October)

I had this report if from the 'Giffords'...
"Hi Tony
Fished between the walkway and the power station, started around 7am Saturday 15th. Was ok to start but as the 8m tide started pushing in along came the weed, made it totally unfishable but we persevered until the drag started breaking lines! In the meantime we managed a couple of bass, whiting and crab, was a bit of a shame as it was perfect bass weather with a decent surf but we know when we're beat!!!
Best of the bass taken by Lee, see picture. Thanks Terry, Lee and Ken 

A lot of weed fish ( 16 October)

I had this report in from Steve Savage fishing with Nick Burton...tough going...but remember...when the weed gone, it's gone...
"Hi Tony have just endured a six hour session in the west bay today where the fishing was not easy with rafts of brown weed dragging your tackle up the beach.Managed to find a few small bass.Photo showing one of the better ones.Regards Steve."

Bit of a bummer ( 15 October)

Here is a report from Neil Rodwell...tough going on a 8.1m tide...after one cast I think I would have moved to behind the boats...you have to have bad days to enjoy the good ones...still plenty of fresh air!
"Hi Tony. Not much to report on. Found a spot behind the station, conditions were completely unfishable with weed pulling the rig into the shore in a tangled mess every cast. Stuck it out for a couple of hours until my sense of humour vanished and called it quits around midday. Bit of a bummer for a 120 mile round trip but that's fishing. I'll be in soon and thanks for the bait. Neil"


Anything could turn up ( 12 October)

I had this report in from Brian Rees...who had a nice trip to the 'Diamond'...
"Hi Tony, thanks for replacing my tip ring the other day.  I didn't expect you to fit it for me, you are a diamond.  Talking of which,  I christened it with this 64 cms  fish by the diamond on Tuesday evening an hour before high water / just as it was getting dark.  It took a whole squid on a 3/0 Aberdeen fished right under my feet - 20 yards out at most.  A very solid fish, my rough and ready spring scale put it at 6lbs 12ozs.  Other than that it was lots of little whiting ripping bait to pieces.  My theory is the best chance of a bass is just as the light drops before the hordes of whiting come in close to the beach.  Whatever - my last three bass have all come in exactly the same way.   Next chap along from me was pulling out joey mackerel with feathers.  In mid October?  Strange, but true. all the best, Brian."

Floundering around ( 12 October)

I had this report in today from David Kingsman...

"Hi Tony,
I wasn't expecting miracles due to the East wind.
Fishing was  tough going. Crabs very active.
The Whiting moved in at High Tide. 
I did manage to get a Flounder which under the circumstances wasn't too bad. 
Fingers crossed for some big blows soon.
See you soon. Regards Dave."

Another great bass ( 11 October)

I had this report in from John...using a nice traditional bait...at my favourite spot...
"Hi,
This is an 8lb bass caught Sunday afternoon at Dengemarsh. Pulley rig with mackerel head. John Barnes 

Cracking Dymchurch bass ( 10 October)
Another great bass report from Robert...
"Hi Tony, 
Here is a 10lb 4oz Bass that I caught at Dymchurch on Saturday night. It was caught on a flood tide only about 30ft out, using a small piece of Bluey on a pulley dropper pennel/livebait rig. 
The bottom (baited) hook was a 2/0, with a 6/0 mounted just above. 
The bait was taken by a Whiting about 9” long and had only been on there a few minutes. The rattles on the rod tip became noticeably more frantic in the couple of seconds before the bass took it. Kind Regards Robert Grain"

Bloody brilliant ( 10 October)
I had this brilliant report in from Roy Brett...
"Hi Mr seagull Angling, thought I would just this message, I fished off the front of the power station and like everyone else was watching white bait and joey's chasing up onto the beach, so I put on a string of white bait tied with elastic, about 30yds out and had this cracking bass that went about 8 or 9lb, returned safely. It went like a bloody steam train!!!!! Roy" ...well done Roy, good angling...by the way its Tony.

A real red letter day... ( 10 October)
I had this report in from Ray Carr today...it was one of those days...
"Hi Tony
Fished by the point yesterday and it was chaos, if you wanted mackerel then yesterday was the day, the water was clear and boiling with them chasing the small white bait to the point where shoals of White bait were forced onto the shingle. If you had 3 or less on every cast you felt hard done by lol even the Mrs was getting involved. Great fun on light gear.
I must have thrown back a 200 but kept a few of the decent size to eat and a few for winter bait but there were people taking everything they caught. 
Tried fishing some bigger baits like lug sausages, mackerel fillets and cuttle but no luck. While the Mrs and my little one was having a ball pulling out mackerel she gave me a shout and when I looked over my little spinning rod was doubled over and she was struggling so I went over and helped her to land 2 lovely bass, one around 3 pound and the other around 2 pound (smaller one went back and the other for dinner tonight) well done the Mrs 
All in all another great day at Dungeness. Ray"
So many mackerel ( 9 October)
I had this report in from Andrew Elsey...yep he's right 'knee deep' in mackerel...I saw on face book that Becky Lee had 75...he must have a big freezer...
"Loads of mackerel off beach in between  the two light houses"

Hard work...DAA well done ( 9 October)
I saw this report on the DAA site from John Smith...well done guys...not easy...
"tonights results 1st paul shepherd 1lb 35 2nd L watson .90 joint 3rd s foster and p mortlock .75 joint 4th g smith and j smith H/F Lwatson and s foster 12 fished whiting dabs and a gurnard caught"

Nothing very big...but loads of ( 9 October)
I had this report in this afternoon from Colin Hemsworth...
"Hi Tony,
Fished back of the station yesterday to the early am, conditions were very calm and a nice day on the beach. Started off with two small bass on straight lug then a little weever fish, also had a small mackerel attracted to a strip of bluey skin leftover on the hook from a wrap and then it was an all out onslaught of whiting until packing up. Thanks for the bait and see you soon. Colin" 

A clear winner ( 8 October)
I had this photo sent in from Terry Gifford this morning...after the strong easterly winds this week...that clears the water locally, I'm getting reports of mackerel down the east bay...not only mackerel taking the 'feathers' this morning at Dungeness...

A sight of summer ( 7 October)
A late summer visitor as she makes her way down the channel...here is a report from John Hodgkinson...
"Hi tony fished littlestone wall today 1 large eel about 2.5 lb and then the weed came in with the tide"

Look whats blown in... ( 6 October)
I think autumn has arrived...it takes a dedicated angler to brave the winds...here is a report from Lee Jell...
"Hello decided to brave the weather on Wednesday evening at Sandgate castle happy I did lovely little bass on low tide pulley pennel rig fishing lug worm and sand eels" 

Dymchurch session ( 4 October)

I had this report in from 'Patsbait'...it just goes to show those rays just keep coming...
"Just a quick post,I fished Low-tide up with my Nephew Angus Attenborough over the weekend. Tbh the wind was howling and we were optimistic about our venue choice..Well within the 1st hour it did`nt look promising..But the next hour proved different..Within 3 hours we landed 8 Rays..."


Get those feathers out ( 4 October)
I had this report in yesterday from Paul Child...
"Hi Tony been to Hythe today Sandgate end 2 hrs over high water...Caught the first of the mackerel this season on 9th May down there and believe it or not caught more today in October !! Was fishing at distance on the bottom with bait and starting catching them amongst dabs and small whiting so dug deep into the tackle for the summer stuff,,, it worked  so  late on in the season. Regards Paul."
Yes Paul the sea is still warm and we have a real mixture of late summer and early winter species...last year I was still getting reports of mackerel into November...

A nice Walmer bass ( 4 October)
I had this report in from Mark Harris on Sunday...yes it is not Dungeness, but we like a nice report...
"Fished Walmer green a slow day just 1 fish apart from a fowl hooked pin whiting a little bit off your patch but thought I'd post it anyway. Had it on lug 3-4lb just before h/w."

Calling all DAA veterans...( 4 October)
One of our number has just called me to say the forecast for tomorrow has got worse...winds gusting force 6 full in your face from the East...so I have decided to cancel it...so please spread the word!...see you next month.

Things are looking up ( 3 October)

I had this report in from Ben...yes things are looking better...
"I fished the diamond today, 6am-2pm. I caught lots of little bass, 2 nice sized Flounders, 4lb Codling and I lost count of how many Whiting. Lovely day down the beach. All caught on fresh blacks. Cheers Ben Trudgill"

Madagascar match yesterday ( 2 October)

This came in on facebook from Dave Wood Brignall of yesterdays match...I believe it was hard going with only 4 weighing in...14 fished...
"Results Madagascar comp on princess parade . 
1st Dave Wb 2 fish .90 
2nd mark Howard 2 fish .85 
3rd Brian smith 1 fish .75 . 
4th Paul Jarrett 1 fish .25 
Fish caught plaice and dabs ! .
Heaviest fish Brian Smith plaice .75 ."


Bits and pieces for Colin ( 2 October)
Colin Hemsworth sent in this report in this morning...fairly tough going, but as I said to Colin the more you go...the better your luck gets!...
"Hi Tony,
Headed for dengemarsh on Saturday, it was fairly windy but fishable with a lot of rain later on, a few whiting, flatfish and pouting in the end. Ended the night when a fox nabbed my bait-must remember to hide it when those bandits are about, thanks for the lug and see you soon. Colin"



Nothing very large ( 1 October)
I had this report in this morning from Rob Parsons...
"Hi Tony
    Popped in to your shop yesterday afternoon for some lug and bought a 14ft mitchell rod. Thanks for advice. I fished from about 3.30pm till 8.30pm. By the power station. Caught 3 sandwich size Bass and about a dozen very small whiting. The rod performed really well and the tip glowed really well when it got dark. Cheers Rob"

Back on the rays ( 1 October)
I had this report in from David Harrington...
"On the Rays again Friday 29/09
Hi Tony my mate Simon Heathfield & I had a session on the Rays yesterday.
I got there an hour before low with my mate joining me shortly after.
Both of us were using Launce & Bluey cocktails as bait fished at range. Things started slow with a few Whiting showing, then I missed a nice slack liner before Simon had a small Ray.
Then just after Low Tide Simon caught a nice 7lb+ Ray (picture below) and shortly after, I followed that up with a nice plump Dogfish, followed by a lovely little 3lb Ray.
We carried on fishing in until nearly Hi Tide with only a few more Whiting showing"


Bass and then bust (30 September)
I had this report in from Brian Rees...
"Hi Tony,
Caught this little fella near the diamond on Tuesday evening.  It took a whole squid fished right in the surf.  I didn't bother weighing as I wanted to get it back but guesstimate about 50cms / 4lbs.  In all the excitement I managed to stand on my rod tip and bust the end ring.  Do you sell end rings perchance?
v best, Brian."
Yes Brian I do have some 'tip eyes' in stock...it only takes a minute to change.



Hard work...enjoy the view (30 September)

I had this report in from Kevin Warden...
"Fished 10-4pm behind the boats. Nothing until low tide then 5 small whiting.I put them back but could not save them from the seagulls. The porpoises were in close too." 

Very nice ray for David (26 September)

I had this report in from David Kingsman...as I have said before it looks like rays could be with us all year round...
"Hi Tony,
Slight change of venue for last night.
Fished down the road from you at Dymchurch.
Very pleased to catch this 8lbs 7oz Ray.
I wish every weekend was like this one has been.
Normal service resumes next week. Watch out Doggies and Whiting...
Regards Dave."

Elliot, putting in the hours (26 September)
I had this encouraging report from Elliot Watson...
"Hello Tony, I just got back from fishing the point. I fished over high last night down till low through the early hours of this morning. When I arrived early last night there was a fair bit of breeze from the SW and good amount of colour in the water, which looked like a promising start. Over high tide it was mainly just whiting with the odd doggy and pouting then by about 10ish the wind had completely died down and had swung round to the NW making the odds even more in my favour, then 2 hours before low  water I had this nice little codling which was just over 2lb. Then after that I was plagued by dogfish until I packed up at 4am and now it’s time for me to get some much needed sleep! Thanks again for the bait! Elliot"


They found it hard going (26 September)
Here is a report from John Smith of the DAA of the latest match at Dungeness...
"well it was hard going in tonights comp 1st phil tanner 9 lb 35 2nd paul shepherd 8lb 3rd john smith 7lb 4th stephen foster4 lb 95 and 5th w shrubsole 1b 25 heavest fish dog phil tanner 1lb 65 dogs pouting and whiting caught"

Nice run of bass (25 September)

I had this report in this afternoon from Colin Hemsworth...
"Hi Tony,
Headed for the back of the station on Saturday, started the day with a bass at 38 cm, then it all seemed to go quiet for a while...then lost a bass in the surf, nothing monstrous but was happy to catch it's bigger brother about an hour later (48 cm) on straight lug pulley pennel, thanks for the great bait as usual, see you soon. Colin"




Dave hits his target (25 September)

I had this report in from David Kingsman who had a great day down the west bay...
"Hi Tony,
Saturday 24th September ( Galloways)
Really happy to catch a decent Sole before the start of the Cod season.
I fished the HT and started off with a Bass which was followed by a small Ray.
Thought that might be my lot then things went a little crazy. I had a mad hour.
Weaver fish followed by another two Bass then an eel and finaly..... drum roll..... my target species Sole.
1lbs 7oz... A PB for me.
Did have a few Whiting but they were not biting in close.
See you next week, Regards Dave."



Fluff chuckers by the bucket (21 September)
I had this report in from John...flat calm...clear water = mackerel...
"John Hodgkinson hi tony fished Dengemarsh daytime today no luck but our eastern friends turned out in force and caught mackerel of varying sizes by the bucket full"

Nice mixed bag (19 September)

I had this report in last night from Alex Veel...are rays now all year round?...
"Hi Tony,
Fished Littlestone yesterday 2.5hrs up & 2.5hrs down. Had an eel, schoolies (best 41cm), whiting and a hound pup.
Moved round to Dymchurch a couple of hrs before low & managed just the 1 slip Sole amongst the Whiting. Also had another Schoolie & a flounder as well as a Thornback around 5lb. Stayed till gone 1am hoping for a bigger Bass at the top of the tide but didn't happen...
Dave (Harrington?!) also fished Dymchurch & did well....won't steal his thunder as I know he was going to let you know :)
A long day all in but a nice variety to keep things interesting.
On another note, one of a couple of jet skiers got into a bit of trouble just before dark but thankfully the coastguard rescued him about an hour into darkness...much to the relief of his anxious family pacing the beach"


Dave's on the rays (19 September)
I had this report in from Dave Harrington out ray fishing last night...
"Hi Tony I decided to give Tower 23 a go after a late season Ray. 
Got there about 2 hours before low and was greeted by a nice flat sea and a beautiful evening. After setting up I decided to fish 2 rods, 1 close in for soles using fresh Lug & 1 at range for Rays using up & over rigs loaded with Launce & Bluey raps. I had Whiting from the off, nothing big, but a least I was catching. Then just after low I had a slack liner followed by a nice 6lb Ray. After that, had more Whiting, but no more Rays."



Fishing...it's child's play (19 September)
I had report in from Steve Savage last night...lovely photo...
"Hi Tony, my four year old grandsons catch at Littlestone sea wall today.Regards Steve Savage."

First codling for Dave (18 September)
I had this report in from Dave...
"Hi Tony
Fished Dungeness Sat night, and had my first codling of the season (plus many dogfish). Nice night to be out, kind regards. Dave Knott"

Classic autumn (18 September)
I had this report in from Andy Elsey...
"Fishing the ranges. Nice bass and dover sole"

Good session for Colin (18 September)

I had this report just in from Colin Hemsworth...
"Hi Tony,
Fished the back of the power station on Saturday, conditions were good with a slight breeze from behind..started the day off with a whiting followed by two small bass followed by too many whiting to keep count of... nothing sizeable but a good session none the less, thanks for the great bait and see you soon. Colin"



Good turnout last night (18 September)

I had this report on facebook from Paul Jarrett of last nights Southern Circuit Sea Angling Society match...well done Graham King...you haven't lost your touch...

"Result from our Dungeness match - 17/09/16 

16 members fished, Whiting, Dogfish, Pouting, Dover Soles, Eels and Flounders weighed in 

Well done to Graham King for winning the match 

1. Graham King - 10 fish, 10lb 7ozs 
2. Paul Jarrett - 11 fish, 7lb 3.5ozs 
3. Daren Edwards - 8 fish, 6lb 8ozs 
4. Adam Horton - 7 fish, 6lb 2ozs 
5. Ashley Brown - 9 fish, 4lb 15ozs 
6. Alan Jarrett - 13 fish, 4lb 14ozs 
7. Tony Taylor - 5 fish, 3lb 15ozs 
8. Stephen Foster - 5 fish, 3lb 3.5ozs 
9. Philip Underdown - 5 fish, 2lb 5.5ozs 
10. Steve Richards - 6 fish, 1lb 12.5ozs 
11. Keith Johnson - 2 fish, 10ozs 
12. Dave Sales - 1 fish, 7ozs 
13. Martin Edwards - 1 fish, 6.5ozs 
=14. Tony Stylianou - 0 fish 
=14. George Underdown - 0 fish 
=14. Lionel Watson - 0 fish 

Heaviest Fish - 1lb 11oz Dogfish, Ashley Brown"




Loads of babies (17 September)

I had this report in from Neil Rodwell...
"Hi Tony. As promised just reporting on my session behind the station today. Started the day with catching small bass, sometimes two at a time close in which included one of a fairly decent size. As the tide began to drop the bites from the bass died away and made way for the whiting which were spearing themselves on my hooks left right and centre. Had a visit from a young seal as well that popped it's head up in the surf right on the shore line in front of me but darted off before I could find my camera phone. Packed up around 3:30 when the rain started. Will speak soon. Neil"
Good morning (17 September)
I had Dave Walter pop in on his way back from 'on the road' at Dungeness he had a few bass this morning...including this nice 3lb beauty...

The countdown has started (14 September)

I had this report emailed in yesterday...didn't leave a name...
"Fished dengemarsh tonight tony whiting city but looking good for when the codling come in"...I have to agree it is looking good...lets see what these big tides bring! 
Loads of fish on Saturday (12 September)
I had this report in this evening from Colin Hemsworth...
"Hi Tony,
Bit of a late report, fished the back of the boats on Saturday conditions were good at first with a little wind then the rain came, lots of whiting some a good size throughout the day followed by a small smooth hound and a few dogfish. Thanks for the bait and see you soon, Colin"



DAA Juniors (12 September)
I had this reminder in from Terry Carpenter...concerning next week DAA Juniors meet...
"Juniors fishing Sun 18th sept meet at 11.30 at Pilot pub 
All under 16's welcome"


DAA match result (12 September)
I saw this report on the DAA page by John Smith of last night DAA match...well done Gavin, great result...
"Tonights results 1st Gavin Smith 10lb 65 .. 2nd John Smith 6lb 95 .. 3rd Phil Tanner 4lb 70 .. 4th Paul Shepherd 4b 35 .. 5th Paul Mortlock 2lb 75 ..6th Nathan Elliott 1lb 85 ..7th Com Brennan1lb 25..8th Michael Smith 0.75 heaviest fish Gavin Smith dog of 1lb 50 fish caught dogs plaice pouting and whiting"

Beautiful bass (12 September)
I had this report in yesterday from Steve Hammond...nice fish...
"Hi Tony bit of a late report done Dungie had a good day on the bass bait was fresh yellows and blacks regards Steve"

The whiting are biting (12 September)

I had this report in yesterday from David Kingsman...lovely photo...
"Sunday 11th September,
Fished the early HT at the Wooden Walkway.
Clear skies and calm sea.
Was expecting a few Whiting but not in the volumes I ended up with. Started as soon as a bait hit the water  and even my final cast yielded a double shot.
Don't think any of species got a look in. Think they have even ousted the Dogfish.
Had about 50 in all with half a dozen over 30cms.
Back to the drawing board. Try to find a Sole again next week.
Regards Dave."

Results and positions (9 September)

Here are the 'official' results of Wednesday's DAA Veterans match plus the current 'Vets' league positions courtesy of Malcolm Jones...roll on autumn...next match October 5th fish 12.30 to 3.30.

Hot...Hot...Hot... (8 September)

I had this great report in from Bob Holdstock (one of our DAA Vets)...there I was yesterday getting scorched...and after to go back to work...Bob had the right idea...
"It was a hard 3,hours, of sunshine fishing the vets comp, but in the end finished up with catching a pint,"


You can't catch them at home ( 8 September)
I had this report from David Kingsman...
"Hi Tony,
Thursday 8th September. (3am High Tide)
Still pursuing Sole.
Decided on Galloways last night.
Arrived to a deserted beach. Sea was very calm.
Whiting were out in force last night but didn't let them rattle me.
Stuck to my game plan and was lucky to pick up the target species with a few bonuses.
August was a lean month fish wise for me mainly due to the large numbers of Whiting arriving.
Just shows though. Keep plugging away and it will come good eventually. Like you always tell me.
You can't catch them at home 😀
Did notice the signs for roadworks at Dengemarsh had been removed so it looks like it's open again. See you soon. Regards Dave."


Don't forget your sun cream (6 September)
More DAA news...its the 'Veterans' comp tomorrow fishing 1.30pm to 4.30pm...I'll be booking in at 1pm...if I can remember to turn up?

You know where you stand  ( 6 September)
I saw this on the Dungeness Angling Association page...put up by Simon Newman ...the updated results of the current series of matches...



 Bit of a 'blow' = Codling ( 4 September)
I had this cheering report in from Colin Hemsworth...
"Hi Tony,
Fished behind the power station on Saturday, conditions were good on arrival with a nice bit of sun and a slight breeze. Bait of choice was fresh lug and bluey wrap and the target was bass. Unfortunately no bass that day but an hour after HT had two taps on the rod and reeled into find this lovely little codling, 42cm and caught on running ledger 3/0 pennel rig. Thanks for the great bait and see you soon. Colin"

Dungeness...it's not ( 3 September)

I had this report in from Ryan Taylor...great to see the kids doing some fun fishing for small sea bream ( I think)...fishing light can be real fun...
"Hi Tony,
Well it's not exactly the Kent coast, and there's not a blacklug or breakaway in sight, but i've just returned from a family holiday to Stoupa in Greece so just for fun here's a holiday report!
Armed with a little telescopic, stick floats and plenty of sliced white, my kids Fred and Nancy and i had great fun with some of the weird and wonderful critters that inhabit these rocky coastlines.
Yellow bream, a beautiful coloured, long, wrasse-type fish and a bucketload of the dude's in the pictures which we just called "spikey's" as i found out to my cost (on too many occasions!) that the rather impressive spikes on their dorsal, pectoral's, anal and tail fins possessed something on the tips that was akin to a wasp or bee sting..ouch...
Although they were all armour plated to cope with the rough environment they call home, their mouths are incredibly small and delicate in comparison to our breathen at home and even with 3lb line and size 12 hooks the lightning quick bites were easily missed and they soon realised they were being fished
for, although one afternoon i did hook something that seemed to have booked a one way ticket to Dungeness, until mercifully the hook pulled leaving the clutch on my little shimano match reel breathing a sigh of relief.
Hopefully i'll be back in the real world soon and motoring down the M20 for my next visit but until then regards to yourself Tony and all anglers, sea or otherwise, and remember how lucky we all are to have this wonderful sport of ours to enjoy. As ever, if it doesn't challenge you it won't change you.
All the best Tony, Ryan."

Galloways for mixed species (2 September)                                                     
I had this report in from David Kingsman... "Hi Tony, Ive been doing the nocturnal bit this week. Fished two high tides at Galloways for a change. Caught plenty of different species but no monsters.Bass, Flounder, Eels, Ray and a Smoothound on crab plus Whiting of course.Fishing Dungeness again at the weekend so hopefully Lady Luck will give me the XL version of one of my captures. See you soon. Regards Dave.

Dengemarsh road closed ( 1 September)

I had reports from Anglers over the last two days that the Dengemarsh road was closed I contacted the National Grid ( UK power Networks) and here is the email response...

"Dear Tony
Thank you for your call earlier.I can confirm that Dengermarsh Road is now closed for our refurbishment work. It closed earlier this week and will remain closed until 11 September.I have attached the update that Ryan issued previously which includes the map of where the road is closed. I hope this is helpful, but please do not hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions.
Kind regards, Sam
Sam Cranston
National Grid Community Relations"


Quiet Sunday night for DAA ( 30 August)
I saw this report from Simon Newman of the DAA result yesterday...lovely night...but not many fish...well done Gavin Smith on winning...two in a row I believe!




Fun in the sun at Galloways ( 28 August)

I had this report emailed to me by Paul Jarrett...the latest Southern Circuit Sea Angling Society match...
"Result from our Galloways match - 27/08/16 

13 members fished, Whiting, Plaice, Pouting, Flounders and Red Gurnard weighed in 

Well done to Tony Taylor for winning the match 

1. Tony Taylor - 3 fish, 1lb 10ozs 
2. Stephen Foster - 3 fish, 15.5ozs 
3. Louie Smith - 1 fish, 13.5ozs 
4. Wesley Cheeseman - 1 fish, 8ozs 
5. Paul Jarrett - 1 fish, 7.5ozs 
6. Alan Jarrett - 1 fish, 5ozs 
7. Keith Neame - 1 fish, 5ozs 
8. Steve Richards - 1 fish, 5ozs 
9. Dave Sales - 1 fish, 5ozs 
= 10. Les Bates - 0 fish 
= 10. Cieron Bull - 0 fish 
= 10. Keith Johnson - 0 fish 
= 10. Philip Underdown - 0 fish 

Heaviest Fish - 13.5ozs Plaice, Louie Smith"


David...no complaints from me ( 27 August)
had this report in from David Kingsman...
"Hi Tony, Well, I wasnt expecting miracles today.
Boiling hot and sunny. Fished the Wooden Walkway. Actually it was a lovely day to go fishing.
No Dogfish, weed or crabs. Plenty of Whiting about that kept the rods tips moving.
Tried one rod for Bass and one rod for anything flat.
Got a Flounder at HT. Happy with that all things considered.
Thanks for the bait and the motivational chat before the off.
See you soon, Regards Dave."



Yes we have plenty of bass ( 24 August)
I had this email in today from Ja...
"47. Cm bass couple of schoolies from behind the lifeboat station all on fresh lug"


DAA Juniors had a good day ( 22 August)
I saw this report from Terry Carpenter on the DAA facebook page they had a fishing meet at the 'Pilot' yesterday...
"The juniors had there august meet today .Severn fished and they all caught fish mainly whitting with a small bass for james."

Tough conditions ( 22 August)
I had this report in from Colin Hemsworth...the last year or so we have seen a great increase in pouting...one of the cod familly (hint, hint)...
"Hi Tony. Fished the back of the boats on Saturday trying to escape the wind, in the end had two pouting, a whiting and five schoolie bass (still waiting for that double figure!) lost a few rigs and at some times holding bottom was near impossible but it was good to be out and see the beach so churned up. Thanks for the excellent bait- absolutely monster lug! See you soon. Colin"

Back on the Bass ( 22 August)
I had this great report from Dave Harrington...
"Hi Tony fish twice yesterday for Bass & it was mission accomplished on both trips. 
First was at Littlestone Wall and it was tough going. Was fishing 2 rods, 1 at range, the other close in (20yds). I had nothing all session at range, but managed a small 37cm Bass on the close in rod. 
Second trip was to Galloways, fishing 2 hours down, over the Low & 2 hours back up. Had a stiff wind in my face all session along with drizzle. 
This time I decided to fish just the 1 rod using up & over rigs. Had a couple of small Bass to begin with, then just on Low I had a nice 53cm, 3lb 10oz Bass (pictured), then after another small one. The sea was very choppy and bait of choice was fresh out Black Lug."


Don't get washed away ( 21 August)
I had this report from Neil Rodwell who was out fishing the 'big' tide today...
"Hi Tony. Tried behind the boats again today. Had to settle for the point to find some available room.  Same story pretty much as Friday with a handful of average size whiting and a small bass. Packed up around half 2 when the waves started to come over the shingle bank. I twice nearly had my rods claimed by Neptune so decided to call it quits. There was quite a lot of sea life washed up including crabs, starfish, sea cucumbers and razor clams, the latter of which went on the hook! Thanks again for the bait today and I'll see you soon.  Neil."

The best bass so far ( 21 August)
I was copied in this report by Richard Yates...what a great bass...the best I have heard off so far this year...
"Plastictaff Lewis caught this truly magnificent 15lb 12oz bass last night in Shoreham in rough conditions, pictured this morning outside Anglers Den.
As bass restrictions mean that anglers can only take one bass per day at the moment, this is the way to do it... 
The fish was caught on Bluey bought from Anglers Den. Well Done Taff "



The bass hunter ( 21 August)
I had this report in last night from Dave...
"Couple of bass this evening again local 49 and 42 . Few whitings and plenty of eels !!! . Regards Dave wood-brignall"

Yes its open ( 21 August)

I had a phone call from a customer on Thursday, with the concern that Dengemarsh road was closed. I went down there to check it out...yes there were signs at the top but the road was open down to the car park. I spoke to "UK Power Networks" they told me the road was open and the signs should have been removed, they apologised and said they would be taken away.

All nice and Local... ( 20 August)

I had this report in today from Dave...
"Had skate to 5lb bass to 4lb eels 2lb sole 1lb 5 and a few whitings . All nice and local . Skate came at range . Rest came from in close .
Regards, Dave wood-brignall"


If you love whiting... ( 19 August)

I had this report in from Neil Rodwell...
"Hi Tony. I took your advice and went behind the boats to get out of the wind today. Even though there wasn't any when I got there! Even the torrential rain forecast all day never made an appearance and I had a rather pleasant day watching the water traffic chug past and the occasional seal. Had my first whiting first cast and then got assaulted by the crabs. I found the answer with pop up beads that seemed to do the trick and had a steady stream of whiting throughout the day which kept me occupied. no other species but it was great being away from work and watching the rod tips rattle. I timed my exit just right as the wind and rain arrived around 4. Thanks for the bait and hopefully might be able to see you Sunday! Many thanks. Neil"


Hastings Pier...good news ( 19 August)
I had this email from Steven Barry, the good news concerning Hastings pier...
"Hi there
Hastings is starting to do night fishing from tomorrow night thought it be good to let you know Regards.  Steve"

Juniors...fun in the sun ( 16 August)
 had this email from Terry Carpenter of the DAA juniors...
"Juniors meet Sunday 21st August, meet at 11.30 at Pilot pub"
What a great day ahead...don't miss out !

Start them young ( 15 August)
I had this nice email in from David...
"Hi Tony,
I popped in and bought a score of ragworm last Saturday (i had a rubbish guess on how many views your website got !).
Anyway just to say thanks for the tip, i got 2 Seabass at sunset  at St Mary's bay .
They weren't keepers so put them back but I got my 9 year old to land one . He then said "Daddy can we stay 
here until we catch one we can keep  for dinner "... (yes....good lad !!)...the wife just rolled her eyes  and was having none of  it !
Keep up the good work on your website and hope to be back again soon.
Thanks David"

Enjoy the day... ( 15 August)
I had this report in today...
"Hi Tony,
Thanks for the bait - that quality lugworm would make you a millionaire in the North East in December - great stuff.
Great day for sunbathing and getting city life out of my head, but one flounder in 6 hours wasn't a great effort.  Still a cracking day out watching the kite-flyers and a few seals at Dengemarsh. All the best, Ross"



That time of year again ( 15 August)
I had this report in today...a timely reminder of what is about this time of year...the dreaded 'Lesser Weever'...
"Tony,
We went for a few Mackerel first thing the is morning off the walkway. No joy unfortunately but 4 or 5 Porpoises kept us entertained. Hooked this bad boy by chance. Treated it with caution.Wikipedia says that the only person to die from a weaver fish sting was a fisherman at Dungeness!
Cheers. Richard and Dave"
Well I had my fair share of 'weevers' over the years, but if you carry a thick hand towel you should have no problem...'weevers' have poisonous gill covers and dorsal fin...this time of year more turn up inshore...no need to kill them...just treat them with respect!
If stung I'm told place the stung area in hot water to dissipate the poison...and if you have a serious reaction seek medical advice. 


Cracking smoothound in DAA comp 
( 14 August)


I had this photo sent in by Gavin Smith whilst the match was on but couldn't post (computer crash) but here are the results posted on facebook by John Smith (thanks for that John)
"for who ever wants it tonights results 1st gavin smith 27lb 03ozs 2nd phil tanner 11lb 08 3rd paul maltlock 8lb 03 4th paul shepherd 4lb 09 5th john smith 4lb 08 heavest fish gavin smith a hound of 9lb 7 ozs dogs whiting and a smooth hound"

The best bass so far ( 13 August)

I had this photo sent in from Lee Jell...with this report...14lb bass caught at Hythe...wow!...that the best bass reported to me this year...so far.
"After deciding to go fishing with a good friend Scott shell we decided to try Hythe ranges so after a long hike with all our gear we had arrived ( my words were I better catch something worth while because I'm knackered already) so after setting up with a pulley rig and frozen lug tipped with mackerel supplied by Folkestone angling I had a huge bite it put up a big fight but in the end I landed it official weight was 14lb confirmed by Folkestone trawlers the next morning needles to say I have a huge smile on my face this weekend"


The official placings ( 12 August)

Here are the 'official' placings from Malcolm Jones...the next match in September...should see more fish as the days shorten.

You remember the first ( 11 August)

I had this report in from David...I love his enthusiasm you first is a great memory (mine was a eel 55 years ago on Dungeness beach)...
"Wahoo 10th august the day I caught my first proper fish (not mackerel) think it was a pouting, it had big eyes. 10pm galloways is dark so couldn't take a photo, so let the little guy back into brine from which it came (karma gets you everything)." 

This month DAA 'Vets' match ( 10 August)

Well thanks to the eleven Vets who turned up to fish the match today...it was tough in good weather on a 'neap' tide. Well done to Mick Reynolds who came first with 58cm (eel and bass) second John Barns with 43cm ( two bass) third Steve Sargent with 26cm (whiting) fourth Alan Rudkin with 21cm (bass)...the rest of us blanked...roll on September!

A session of first's ( 8 August)
Here is a great report from Ryan Taylor...
"Hi Tony,
A few lines to let you know how i've faired on my last couple of Dungie visits, encompassing the Saturday morning tide last week and both Saturday tides this week.
Having returned to a bit of beach angling in February after a 28 year absence spent chasing carp, i have a mountain of first's to achieve, first cod, first bass, first sole etc and Dengemarsh seemed just the place to get a couple ticked off the list.
A 4am start last week saw a practically deserted beach (bliss) and an hour and a half later my first sole arrived so that was me made up already!! Doggies, whiting and pout rounded the day off nicely but no bass so i was back this weekend for another crack. My girlfriend had taken the kids camping so that gave me the green light for a full on Saturday day/night assault. First cast from the Diamond about half ten saw a decent pull and skipping back through the waves was my hoped for bass, no more than a pound but a beautiful fella none the less and a little kiss before i sent him on his way with instructions to get mum. The next bite brought one half a pound bigger, quickly followed by a flattie, then all quiet 'till 4pm, save for the obligatory few whiting. After a cracking fish supper at the Pilot i was back ready for the night ahead, and with the surf still crashing would tonight bring a real bar of silver my way? Despite a bit of a fishing marathon from 7pm all the way through until 4am i think the Captain of the SS Whiting Enterprise had decided to assemble all of his troops of 12 inches and under in front of me (save for one rouge schoolie) and it was a rather windswept angler who made his way back to the car at dawn. It was a school boy error to only bring lug but that's all part of the learning curve for me. All the best for now Tony and as ever if it doesn't challenge you it won't change you.
Regards, Ryan."

Madagascar Match League. ( 7 August)

I saw this report from Dave Wood Brignall last nights match behind the Power Stations at Dungeness...
"Match 10 dungeness sole comp 
1st DWB .80lb sole 
2nd Geoff Swinard .45lb sole 
3rd Mark Howard .35lb sole 
Largest round Tim Knight l.45lb dog 
Very hard fishing with crabs and whiting proving to be a pain !! 
14 fished"

The sights of summer( 7 August)
I had this report in from Neil Rodwell who was fishing yesterday down at the 'Hoe'...
"Hi Tony. I know it's not dungy but thought I'd give you a report on my regular summer daytime venue of samphire hoe which I fished today. Fished from about 9:30 ish to about 3. Lost count of the amount of small wrasse I had down the side of the wall. Also thrown in were blennies, pollack and a decent wrasse taken on a spinning rod (a first for me). Was hoping for some mackerel to show up and was hopeful after hearing stories from other anglers of them turning up in force last week they seemed to be elsewhere today. Still, had a nice day in the sunshine next to the sea and was chuffed with my pb ballan. Will be in at some point to nab more bait off you at some point and I'll see you soon. Neil"


The crafty fox ( 7 August)
Here is a report from David Kingsman...I must say thanks to David for taking time out and supporting the sight..."Hi Tony,
Fished HT last night at Galloways hoping for some Sole.
Plenty of Whiting about but I managed to pick up my target fish plus a little Hound.
Very busy down there with plenty of people camping out all night in the car park.
Was planning to put out a fish bait but my little friend IE ' The Fox' ran off with my whole Mackerel while I was chatting to my mate next door.
See you next week. Regards Dave."

Shock & Awe from David ( 5 August)
I had this report in from David Kingsman...who was getting some fresh air yesterday...
"Hi Tony,
I did notice the shock horror on all your faces when I said I was going Sole fishing at Dengemarsh this morning....
Must admit. It was very wild in the wind. On the limit I'd say.
Did manage my target speices and a couple of small Bass. Well pleased with a daytime Sole.
Bit of a grueling session but it always feels great catching at Dungy.
See you soon, Regards Dave."


More sole being reported  ( 2 August)
I wandered down to Galloways on Sunday and I was pleasantly surprised how many sole were about...when I checked my inbox I found this message from Terry Barber fishing on Sunday...
"Went fishing down Galloway's yesterday with my mate Lance Wilkinson and we had some sole some plaice a dab and lots of whiting in it was a good nights fishing considering" At the moment we have a bit of wind this should ease by Friday...so looking for more sole by the weekend.

Lovely sole session  ( 31 July)
I saw this on facebook from Jurgen Weyne...nice bag of sole on Friday night...on the other side of the channel!!

The fun is fishing  ( 30 July)
I had this report from Neil Rodwell...
"Hi Tony. Cheers for the bait again today. As mentioned in the shop I decided to have a bash near the outflow behind the station to see if any mackerel were about. I usually fish samphire hoe during the day in the summer but the aggro with the ferry terminals has put me off somewhat. So armed with absolutely everything I gave the outflow a go. I tried everything from feathers to lures, floats etc. But they evaded me. The bottom baits were being stripped within seconds from crabs and pop up baits yealded nothing either. Frustrating but at least the weather held off. It was nice to be on the beach in any case and will try again at night at some point. Speak soon. Neil"

All to himself  ( 27 July)

I had this report in from Paul Child...what a good day...he caught me stocking up...
"Hi Tony 
Got some lug from you on Monday not realising you were closed but grateful you served me as you were in the shop !! Went to Pirate Springs as the tide flooded in really good colour was joined by two seals that eventually swam towards Dungie. Very slow at first small whiting etc..Waves got up a bit and by the end of the session 4 Bass no more that 1.5 lb each, 2 silver eels one was a whopper  good to see them back a dab and a doggie..really enjoyed the day so peaceful and such a lonely solitude beach great stuff.All fish I returned.. a great day with a sunburn ! cheers Paul"
Bags of bass  ( 27 July)
I had this report in yesterday from Arkam Belhouchet...

"Hi Tony... after a long wait, on Sunday we finally had a good SW so I decided to fish Galloways with a friend of mine. We were looking for bass. The beach was empty with a good surf. To cut a long story short, with every single cast, there was a bass! I ended up with 23 bass and a few flounders. My friend caught 12 bass and a baby skate. Many of the bass were a good size, approximately 4lbs. Went back on Monday night and wow, you cannot havethe same night twice. It was good, but not as good as Sunday. Managed to catch 5 bass and countless amount of flatties. My friend managed to catch a few aswell , including a 6 lbs bass with a sole rig!!!!. Sorry, no pictures for the second night....Arkam"

They seek them here...they seek them there...   ( 26 July)
Since the flurry of mackerel last week it has got a bit silent...I need help, I'm getting loads of phone calls asking me...are there any mackerel...I say I don't know...I think I need a full time secretary!...Please call me if you get lucky so I can tell people...Just in case you have forgotten what they look like...
They came in packs  ( 24 July)
I had this report in from David Kingsman of last nights 'manoeuvres'...
Hi Tony,
Saturday 23rd July. Thanks for the great bait again.
Fished both high tides yesterday after anything Flat...Fished the right and left of the Boils as Dengemarsh packed with Mackerel anglers.
Nearly exact repeat performance from last week. 
Daytime.
Knew it was going to be tough as water was gin clear. Aggro with crabs as well. Managed a Flounder anyway.
Night.
Started off having the odd Whiting but it did feel good and I was confident of banking the target species.
Suddenly seals and birds started going mad in front of me obviously feeding on something. Thought the weed had come back until I looked closer. It was actually mashed up fish from the power station. Had to clear my line same as May weed. Couldn't reel in.
Sat there mulling it over. Was this a curse or a blessing?
Answer came in the form of Dogfish. Millions of them..They must have come up from everywhere for this feed. All the ones I caught were spewing up minced fish.
Flattie rod with small baits was going mad with 2x Whiting at a time. Bass rod getting a Doggy as soon as it hit the water. Tried short, medium and long range. All same.
Bait was depleted at a rate of knots. The cat was happy when I got home anyway .😀

 The Match will go on ( 23 July)Well done all in spite of the traffic chaos, the match was held...here is a report from Paul Jarrett
Result from our Samphire Hoe match - 23/07/16 

Challenging start to the day with the M20/A20 and A2 being closed, 8 members managed to find a route through the lanes, Pouting, Wrasse, Pollock and 3 bearded Rockling weighed in 

Well done to Sam Collier for winning the match 

1. Sam Collier - 8 fish, 4lb 7ozs 
2. Alan Jarrett - 8 fish, 4lb 6ozs 
3. Stephen Foster - 6 fish, 2lb 6ozs 
4. Paul Jarrett - 4 fish, 1lb 8ozs 
5. Graham King - 3 fish, 1lb 6ozs 
6. Ashley Brown - 2 fish, 1lb 5.5ozs 
7. Philip Underdown - 3 fish, 13ozs 
8. George Underdown - 2 fish, 12.5ozs 

Heaviest Fish - 1lb 9.5ozs Pollock, Sam Collier



Out for a spin ( 20 July)

I went up to Dungeness behind the power stations (the boil) last night...in the hope of catching a few mackerel, after the reports from Dengemarsh...needless to say...not a sniff...my dogs were not impressed...no fish for tea...better luck next time!
  
Back on the bass ( 20 July)

I had this report in from Dave Harrington who was fishing on the 18th...
Back on the Bass (18/07)
"Hi Tony I know it's a bit out of your patch, but I had a great day on the Bass on Monday at Sandwich Bay. 
I ended up having 3, with the biggest at 3lb 5oz. 
The killer bait was straight Blacks fished at distance on up & over rigs with any other bait coming back untouched. Thanks again for the great bait. Dave."


Knee deep in mackerel ( 19 July)

I just had a customer come in to pick up some more mackerel gear, he had lost a few rigs on the outfall at Dengemarsh...he told me that loads of mackerel were being caught this morning and the beach was packed with our usual 'friends' (they must have an amazing information network).


The one that got away ( 18 July)

I had this report in from Ryan Tailor...
"Hi Tony
Finally got myself into gear to re-visit Dungy after my maiden voyage in April (where a solitary Whiting saved a blank) so a couple of lines to let you know how things panned out this time.
We arrived around half past six on Saturday evening and quickly assembled around the boats as i was absolutely champing at the bit to get some rods in the water. It was brilliant to be back, and with a few anglers about things looked promising. Two rods with clipped down lug rigs were soon sent sailing out there and one deep breath of Dungeness air saw me smiling from ear to ear! A first cast doggie meant no blank at least and then 1 hour before hw two big whacks on a rod at distance saw me attached to something that was distinctly different to our canine friends. Head shakes and thumps a plenty as i lead the (as yet unseen) leiviathan gingerly to the shore. No more than 50 yards from victory, disaster struck. The tip sprang back and i was skipping an empty rig onto the shingle. That horrendous hollow feeling you get when you lose a good fish swallowed me up and i was left to reflect on what might have been..
From then on it was a dogfish bonaza (with a few whiting thrown in) with 2 at a time most casts. We packed up at 1am a happy bunch, but i couldn't get the "What if" thought out of my mind on the long drive home so i'll be back in a couple of weeks to see if i can settle that score but like i said in my last report if it doesn't challenge you it won't change you...All the best Tony, Ryan."


Don't you just love summer ( 18 July)

I had this email in from David Kingsman...
"Hi Tony,
Had a trip to Dungy with the wife Sunday.
With base camp established near the Walkway. I gave it my best shot trying to catch anything flat. Managed a Flounder on the run up to HT.
The Dogfish seem to have gone AWOL but the Whiting here in numbers. 2 at a time until 1 hour down. It was a nice day anyway. Best regards, Dave"


Don't you just love summer ( 18 July)

I had this great report in from Dave...fishing the Dungeness area...
"Hi Tony
Fished the bay Saturday evening, after a bass and ended up catching this nice hound. Very good sport on a carp rod!! making two good runs before landing it. Kind regards, Dave Knott"


Last nights DAA match ( 17 July)

I saw this report on the DAA page, Cieron put up the results from last nights match at Samphire Ho...
"Match results for DAA comp at Samphire. Nathan Elliott 1st with 475 cm. Cieron Bull 2nd with 425 cm. Gavin Smith. 3rd with 362 cm. Fozz 4th with 289 cm. Phil Tanner. 5th with 256cm. Paul Murdock 6th with 210cm. John Smith. 7th with 128cm. well done to all that fished was not easy fish that were caught were dogs, wrasse, pouting"

They hunt in packs ( 16 July)

I had this report of Fridays fishing from David Kingsman...
"Hi Tony,
Arrived at LT and fished on the Point.
Not a lot happening so moved to the left to get out of the wind.
As soon as the baits hit the water the rod tips were bobbing up and down. Doggies, Whiting and Pouting in abundance. 
I'd scaled down my tackle this week and was surprised to catch scaled down Doggies. Smallest ones Ive ever seen.
Plenty of anglers this week. Think they were enjoying a bit of action.
Thats my lot this week. Off to work for a bit.

Regards Dave."

The full result DAA 'Vets' ( 15 July)

Here are the full results from last Wednesday from Malcolm Jones...
"Hi all, Latest Veterans match result. Regards, Malcolm"


A Happy Chappy ( 15 July)

I had this report in from David Kingsman fishing yesterday...
"Hi Tony,
Thanks for the great bait before we start. Had a nice day fishing the Walkway.
Lot of Dogfish and better sized Whiting about. Watched a Seal swim past at really close range. Definitely feel in touch with nature down there.
July has been a bit slow for me so I was delighted to pick up this nice Sole.
Made my day. See you soon, Regards Dave"

Well it could have been worse ( 14 July)

With a 'dodgy' weather forecast, holidays and car breakdowns we only had 7 'heroes'
take part in this months DAA Veterans match...very hard fishing...except for Mr. Smooth (Howard Relf) who found two smoothounds on crab followed by Richard Pedder who found another smoothound on lug!...It can only get better...roll on August.

DAA reminder...( 12 July)

Yes its 'Veterans' time again...fishing tomorrow from 5 till 8pm (HW 6.25pm)...I have organised light winds...but we could get the odd shower?
But we have had worse...remember the last match!

What a beauty...( 12 July)

And yes I mean the fish not Becky...talk about a fish of a lifetime...well done Tim and Becky...brilliant report...
"Hi Tony
I know its not local but thought this may be of interest. Tim and I ventured down west to chase the Hounds. This was Tim's first time from the shore with his new beach gear. It was a frustrating night missing more than we landed. However Tim managed 5 the best one a PB of 14.1lb and me 6 best one 15.8lb.

All came to hardback crab on Pulley dropper rigs.
A thoroughly enjoyable night and early hours of the morning looking forward to the next tip. Love fishing for these hard fighting fish. Becky"



Getting some decent fish in your site's ( 12 July)

I had this report in yesterday from Darryl Nicholas...
"Hi Tony, good days fishing on Saturday at Hythe ranges. 5 thorn back Ray's biggest weighing 5 1/2lb, plenty of dog fish and a nice 4 1/2lb bass. All got returned safely.. Thanks Darryl."

Giving Dungeness a rest ( 11 July)
I had this report in yesterday from Ian...
"Hi Tony
Thought my son and I would venture east from Hastings yesterday, not 
knowing how busy Dungy would be decided on Hythe.
Fished from half an hour after HW to about 7 in the evening.
We both had fish from the start, in a fairly stiff SWly breeze and a 
very dirty sea.
We caught numerous dogfish, small whiting a flounder and silver eel, as 
well as the two nice sole
pictured.Also pictures of Jack and one of the dogfish. All were caught 
using lug as bait. Regards Ian and Jack Shepherd "

Don't you just love 'crabs' ( 11 July)
I had this report in from David Kingsman on Saturday...
"Hi Tony,
Gave Dengemarsh my best shot today.
Had a Pouting then Flounder to start with and really fancied my chances of a Bass.
Unfortunately did not happen for me.
Hardly any weed but the crabs were stripping the baits quickly.
Guy on a kite board went past me which was different. 
Back for another try soon.
Regards Dave."

What puts a bend in your rod ( 9 July)
I had this report from Neil Rodwell (no rod pun intended)...
"Hi Tony. Thanks for the new rod today (a replacement after my mate used the old one and gave it back in more bits than was intended). Decided to test it out behind the station today and see what it was capable of. I got on really well with it and it copes with large clumps of seaweed nicely! I'll have to tell you another time how it copes with actual fish seeing as the two very small bass I had today were both on the old rod. The wind was quite strong making casting difficult but nice to get out. Thanks again and see you soon. Neil."