Well it’s my first boat trip, so more equipment needed yet again.

Ive gone with a 12-20lb class rod (Daiwa Kenzaki) and a Okuma Solterra 10L. Loaded with 30lb power pro Braid .

The rig I will be using is this one thats on the charter boats website http://www.onyermarks2.co.uk/the-tackle-2/

It was a Gerry’s staff day out so to speak with myself, Chris and Gerry… I was really looking forward to it as it was my first boat trip ever.

So first job of the day was sorting out some fresh mackerel bait, so off we set to our first mark..

We had to move about a couple of times until we got on top of the fish..after about 30 mins we had enough mackerel for our days fishing…

We were now ready for our first mark about a mile out, we were fishing on a sand bank in about 160 feet of water.

It was not long until Chris was into his first fish with a screaming run, after a few minutes of playing the fish all of a sudden no weight, the fish had got off a gutted Chris carried on and rebaited, I was next in and for the first time was hanging onto a fish that actually pulled back a bit…after some guidance from the skipper I was soon getting the hang of playing the fish, it took me about 10 mins to land the fish but was so chuffed. It weighed around 27lb’s

Was well chuffed with that, amazing looking fish….rebaits and back in eiger to get another…Then gerry was next in chris said to his dad its your turn so grabbed the rod and straight away we knew it was much bigger it continued to strip line from the reel with rod doubled over double, as Gerry was playing his fish the next rod went it was Chris this time more determined than ever to land this one, could we get a double tope on the boat at the same time? after 10-15 mins of playing the fish both were on safely and straight away you could tell Gerrys was a beautiful fish the male weighing about 45lb’s, Chris also got his on the boat safely and his weighed around 20lb’s.

and a pic of gerrys fish in all its glory

The afternoon contiued to deliver runs but no hook ups apart from me catching a couple of bullhuss’s and gerry landing another tope much smaller than his last but still a great looking fish.

My Bullhuss

Gerrys 2nd Tope

It was now time to move to an inward mark as the flood really started to move and the lead required was too big for our light rods.

This is where we would catch the bigger fish if we could find them.

We had been there about 45 mins before the first run on my rod and it screamed off and for what ever reason as i moved the real to strike mode i must have caught the drag so there was no drag, rod bent over double the fish got away, I was gutted but these things happen, few seconds later Gerrys rod bent over double was it the same fish? we will never know as the fish got away again, grr both of us gutted…there was only a few more runs and most fish got off which was highly annoying, we started getting a few dogs in what now seemed dog city.

Although chris did catch this little crab –

The day ended as follows

Gerry (Biggest Fish)

Chris (Most Fish)

Me (Most Species)

So all of us were very happy, the evening earlier we visited a mark known as flat rock for an hour with our spinning gear just a couple of mackie caught but it was a great location, although the walk back up the cliff was hard work for me.

The Lighthouse, apparently you can stay there for your hols!!

Walking to the mark.

The view from the top of the cliff.

I would like to thank the guys at onyermarks for a great days fishing, ill defo be back later in the year.


Well here goes,

I have been invited to the Isle of Man to fish a few matches a 3 day match and a 1 day match.

Never fished in a match before well not a proper match, There will be some big names no doupt in attendance, so where does a virgin match angler start?

Well first of all I need to talk with lads who have been before so hopefully, Hutch, Ash, Yilmaz and Simon will help me out here.

I am gonna need rods, reels, new line, new rigs.. but what gear is needed? first of all what will I be fishing over??? Clean ground, rocky mark, Kelp? all questions that need answering!!

So out of the 4 days there will be one day that I will be fishing over rough ground with lots of Kelp thrown in for good measure this will be the manx match.

Here are the dates of the match

Wednesday 16th May, 7-11pm, Point West
Thursday 17th May, 7-11pm, Dogmills.
Friday 18th May, 2-6pm, Manx Match.
Saturday 19th May, 10am – 1pm, Point West

Prize presentation, Saturday from 5pm at Ramsey Rugby Club.

We set off from Heysham on

Wed, 16 May 2012 Depart: 02:15 – Arrive: 05:45.

My first thought is which rod do I treat myself too, well with Hutch’s advice I have bought a Zziplex Dymic LT14.

Need something with a bit of grit for the Manx match, Its not only down to the rod its gonna be down too correct knots and rigs for the duration of the week.

As its a 3 hook 1 rod match Ill be using 3 hooked clipped rigs as I am sure most if not all anglers will be. So what do I need on the rig, what breaking strain snoods and rig body should I use, what size hooks, beads or no beads! Before I can answer these questions I need to know what species Ill have to target in order to have a chance of winning.

Ill leave it there for now but more will be added to this as we get closer to the match.

Coming next.,

Target Fish
Casting lesson
Other equipment needed

So the preparations are well underway now just over a week until I go.

I fished my first match as a way of some preparation report can be view here – Otterspool Prom – First Match, so what fish will I have to target over there to have a chance of doing well?

Well with the much anticipated return of the beloved dogfish you can guess Ill be catching these, now all dogfish are a set length in the match Ill be fishing, suppose it saves time measuring each one, also dependent on the peg I draw depends on the species I target, I may have to target little fish if I cannot get among the dogfish, so if this should happen Ill be targeting whiting.

So what baits will I be using well to target the Dogfish Ill be using Ammo Sandeels, the only other bait I will be taking will be crab, 2 baits easy to take care of and both extremely good baits.

Ill try and put together a video on how to hook sandeel and keep it in top notch condition.

So I’ve had a casting lesson from Hutch, off the ground cast and also a cast where by I can keep the rig off the ground and still cast a good distance, I was expecting it to take a lot of time and effort to gain extra distance but as soon as I had a few practice casts after Hutch’s guidance I was already gaining distance. The hardest part is getting used to the reel being at the bottom of the rod, feels really wierd and is going to be even stranger trying to reel in a treble shot of dogfish on it

So what equipment am I taking well Ill be taking 3 rods with me my LT14, My GRX-s and also a century undecided yet which one. Ill also be taking a Ian Golds Supermatch tripod and a ron thompson beach shelter as well as 4 reels, my beta box and all my other terminal tackle.

Day 1
We set off from Heysham Harbour at about 3am, due to leave at 215am, ferry was running late, 2 hours late but they managed to get the ferry loaded and gone 45 mins later….those drivers can certainly load the lorries extremely quick, some skill involved there.

Anyway, we were soon on our way to the Isle of Man dressed like Smurfs, all wearing a Gerrys Hoodie!!! We arrived on the island at about 7am, think we all managed an hour’s kip, although some less due to a few lads snoring, no names mentioned!

First port of call was grab some milk and tea bags, then we set off to sulby to our accommodation, lovely little cottage 3 bedrooms, 2 doubles and a single that has bunk beds in, the first job to do was decide who was gonna sleep where, after a bit of debate it was decided to draw out of a hat to decide who gets what, anyways Id brought my camp bed for myself but it was decided I should have the same chance as all to draw, so we proceeded with the draw, I ended up drawing a double bed to myself…maybe my luck was in?!!

Next job was to pop to the supermarket and grab some grub, while we were there Yilmaz took a liking to a fleece, a staff fleece…in honesty they look the business, anyways Yilmaz managed to sweet talk the lady behind the checkout to give him one, she said “meet me tomorrow in the carpark at 1030am and you can have my spare one” to be continued.

We then headed back to the accommodation for a sleep, think everyone was shattered, so we all got a few hours in, everyone woke at 3pm and it was time to now get our gear ready and get down the draw for pegs at Ramsey Rugby Club. Everyone was excited to say the least especially myself only my 2nd match so was really looking forward to it. Anyways we all drew our pegs for the 3 days.

Day 1
Myself – Peg 38
Hutch – Peg 66
Simon – Peg 54
Yilmaz – Peg 11
Ashley – Peg 28
Tony – Peg 14
Day 2
Ashley – Peg 44
Yilmaz – Peg 56
Tony – Peg 42
Myself – Peg 23
Hutch – Peg 12
Simon –Peg 6

Day 3
Manx Match
Myself- Peg 39
Hutch – Peg 4
Yilmaz – Peg 13
Ashley – Peg 51
Simon – Peg 29
Tony – Peg 52

Results Day 1 (Points Order)
Ashley – 936cm
Ash finished 4th out of 17 on day 1, again it came down to distance in these matches. The first hour cost ash as those around him were catching early on.

Yilmaz – 624cm
Yilmaz finished 7th out of 17 on day 1, and could have done with a bit more distance during the day to get out to deeper dark water where the doggies stay until darkness.

Simon – 354cm
Simon finished 10th out of 18 on day 1, to many pin whiting cost Simon late on, to many small fish taking the bait before the doggies could get a look in.

Tony – 295cm
Tony finished 12th out of 17 on day 1, again it seemed those early first few hours cost Tony, hard to find fish in the first couple hours.

Sam – 111cm
Sam finished 16th out of 17 on day 1, I struggled to find any fish in the first few hours at this cost me, I did not have enough distance on my cast so could not reach the fish till late on, last hour was very hectic for myself around 32 pin whiting caught treble shot every cast but this was causing issues and could not get and dogs till late on.

Hutch – 51cm
Hutch finished 18th out of 18 on day 1, Hutch had already said he was not looking forward to fishing his peg due to it being a bad end, it proved correct as it was very slow down his end with very little coming out till the last hour, this is when the whiting moved in and hutch managed to get 2 in size whiting as well as losing a few dogs when reeling in..

In summery it was a tough first few hours with only the big hitters getting a few fish early on, casting distances of 200 yds proved to be essential in the first hour. Those who could not cast the required distance struggled early on and were always going to be on the back foot in the last hour.

Tomorrow I am going to try bigger hooks later on to try and stops the smaller pin whiting getting hold of the bait and allow the dogs to get on the bait.

Day 2
Well after a great first day for myself all was to play for in day 2, we all got up at about 11 ish raring to discuss tactics and to bring the happy box out (rig bits box), I seemed the locals were using short snood rigs as in 6-10inch for which seemed to work for the locals so a few of us wanted to give it a go and see what happens, a few hours later and a few rigs made it was time to get the gear loaded.

We set off early around 430pm to get to our pegs, far too early… I was set up and ready to fish with an hour to go before the match, so had a few practise casts, the wind had started to come in around 10mph at the start of the night.

Tonight I fished on dogmills and the night previous had fished really well with highish numbers of dogs being caught.

Baits again were Sandeel and more Sandeel, Dogfish being the target fish…Things again started slow and the fishing in honesty poor, It was not until 2 hrs 30 mins into the match that people started to catch, the odd fish was coming out to my left which would always be the case the lower pegs being in deeper water as the last 15 mins of the night arrived fish started showing to my right with the guy next to saving a blank on final cast with a double shot. My night ended in disaster BLANK.

Day 2

Ashley – Peg 44
Yilmaz – Peg 56
Tony – Peg 42

Myself – Peg 23
Hutch – Peg 12
Simon –Peg 6

Ashley – 264cm
Ashley finished 1st out of 17, ash drew a mid section peg which was always gonna be hard to catch fish, yet everyone else struggled and ash managed to find a few fish that helped him win his section.

Hutch – 248cm
Hutch finished 5th out of 17, hutch had it all to do after faltering on the first day and need to try and make a mense, hutch made headway as the night progressed and was able to get into a few fish on a tough night.

Yilmaz – 110cm
Yilmaz finished 5th out of 17, Yilmaz managed to pull a few fish out late on a doggie and a whiting to finish 5th in his zone on what was a really tough night for all.

Tony – 110cm
Tony finished 12th out of 17, Tony struggled early on to get into the fish and it this zone some fish were caught early on leaving him in 12th, if he had caught another dog he would have finished 5th, just shows how close that zone was.

Simon – 0cm
Simon finished 17th out of 17, Simon had a bad day at the office and struggled to find fish, it’s always difficult when nothing is happening to keep your concentration. Simon blanked on this evening but he was not the only one, several others blanked on the night so he was not alone.

Sam – 0cm
I finished 17th out of 17, I like Simon struggled on the night even with have a good peg failed to get amongst the fish, it’s still just a learning curve and took lots away from the match.

In conclusion it was a day of low scoring fish, it was tough and grim, all anglers on the night struggled to catch many fish with the highest score on the night being 552 when normally it would be double this, again casting ability seems to be key on dogmills as it did on the Vollen.

Day 3

A day I was not looking forward to after the blank yesterday, the morning started by making sure our reels were sorted and our gear ready, this was the manx match a day that usually throws up plenty of fish, a day we should all bag up and most likely lose a lot of gear, we were going to be fishing into kelp.

However to add to the pain we were met by a strong easterly wind, the surf was big and I was not optimistic, I am not the most confident of casters at the best of time and having to cast into the wind and try and get over the main swell was always going to be hard and I had to make a decision early on, I opted for fishing in close. The day really did not start well, setting up on the wrong peg (peg 38) did not help and could have put me in contention for the pink t shirt. Thankfully the guy on peg 38 was sound and just laughed, later on I found out he owns a tackle shop in Douglas nice to meet you mr duke

I got myself into a positive mind frame 5 mins before the match started as i knew everyone else would experience the same issues as myself. It was time for the match to start and I chucked in hoping for an early fish, 15 mins had passed and reeled in to find my bait untouched, and so did most around me, still optimistic I would find the fish I carried on, the lad on peg 40 was the first to bring in a doggie and I was really optimistic now that there were fish in front of me, an hour had passed with still no bites, my head slowly started to go no fish were coming near me and I now knew id be lucky to catch, thankfully the banter was good from pegs 38 and 40 and the time flew by, unfortunately my day ended on a second blank. My first 2 blanks in a row in match fishing and I am sure not the last.

Day 3
Manx Match
Myself- Peg 39
Hutch – Peg 4
Yilmaz – Peg 13
Ashley – Peg 51
Simon – Peg 29
Tony – Peg 52


Hutch – 960cm
Hutch finished 5th out of 17, Hutch had a fantastic peg and had to show us that he did, even when you have the best pegged areas you still need to be on your game and hutch was on his game but so were others in his zone, he finished a very reasonable 5th in his zone.

Ashley – 160cm
Ashley finished 2nd out of 17, Ashley fished the worst possible end of the match due to how shallow the water is there yet managed to find to fish that pushed him into 2nd in his zone, did he win overall though?

Tony – 80cm
Tony finished 6th out of 17, tony was in the high numbers and was not expecting much with the white horses showing in front of him you could see how shallow it was, however this zone was always gonna be close and 1 or 2 fish could win the zone, tony managed to pull a fish out of the bag and finished 6th in his zone.

Yilmaz – 80cm
Yilmaz finished 14th out of 17, Yilmaz was at the wrong end of his zone but was in the right zone to catch fish, Yilmaz pushed hard to catch fish but only managed the 1 but that did save him a blank.

Simon – 0cm
Simon finished 17th out of 17, Simon again struggled on day 3 and his concentration seemed to dip on day 3, simon blanked and as you can imagine was not happy.

Sam – 0cm
Myself finished 17th out of 17, Today was a tough one and my tactic to cast short let me down, to shallow for the dogfish, again needed distance but with lack of confidence in my casting ability it cost me a 2nd blank.

I conclusion day 3 was a tough day with the wind in our face and the surf up its always a challenging one, in hindsight I should have done what I did every other day was cast as far as possible.

I can confirm ash finished 3rd overall, very well done ash…well deserved.

Myself I finished 65 out of 69, for which I was happy with.

Yilmaz was also happy finish just shy of his target of the top 30.

I cannot remember other peoples standing but I think all in all everyone was happy.

In Conclusion

So where to start, well let’s start to basics and stuff I should have done.

Rigs – Although it was a 3 hook match everyone around me seemed to opt for 1 hook at the start and 2 hooks later on, This for me was an issue as I had only made 3 hook clipped rigs, so why were other not fishing 3 hooks, well in reality that’s a simple one to answer DISTANCE.

1 hook clipped early on in the matches helped get further distance to the darker water during daylight giving them a better chance of an early dog and again as the nigh progressed switching onto to a 2 hook clipped or bomber rig allowed extra distance mean a better chance of double doggies in low light conditions.

Lead –Got that right, apart from the final day when I needed extra lead to stand a chance of holding bottom, could have done with 200g leads.
Rods – Again spot on for me, the LT14 is a great rod and once I master a pendulum cast it will work a treat.

Casting – Casting ability is an area I really need to work on, lack of confidence meant I was not putting everything through the rod, I was not able to do an off the ground cast which meant I had no real power in my casts, this is why I need to learn how to pendulum cast. I have 12 months to get better at casting and that’s something I have to work on.

Finally Bait – Bait is crucial and I felt my bait presentation could have been better, this will take time to master and the more I get out fishing the better it will get, key here is to watch other anglers and see their methods for baiting.

I now have 12 months to improve all areas of my fishing and in fairness I am in a very lucky to be working at Gerry’s and fishing alongside some great match anglers, I’ve also just joined Fleetwood and District Angling Club which will also help, £15 for first year then £5 each year after.

I would like to thank ash, hutch, simon, tony and yilmaz for inviting me and would like to thank Ramsey Angling Club for a great week.

We have agreed with Century for something a little special. We have got a selection of brand new demo rods all built up in the new Fuji KWAG guides available to use.

This allows us to really get to grips with a few of the rods we havent yet used which allows us to give you the correct advice.

More importantly, the rods are available for you the customer to take out and use.
Yes thats right, try before you buy with beach rods.

We will let you take the fishing rods out ‘on loan’ for upto 2 days. Or just an hour while you have a quick cast on the prom round the corner.

If your looking for a new rod please give me a call to arrange your loan completely FOC.

Please call and ask to speak with Chris alternatively pop into the shop :yeah2: :yeah2: :yeah2:

01524 422146

West end beach is a great stretch for fishing in the summer months and winter months, it’s fished at low water, You can expect to catch

Winter – Whiting, Dogfish, Flounder and the odd Codling

Summer – Plaice, Flounder, Dab, Eels and Bass

At this venue you can get around 60 anglers on it and is probable one of the biggest venues in the area for anglers. However not many anglers fish it due to the distance you need to walk to fish it. It’s personally one of my favourite venues.

Travel light and take as less as poss as its a good trek out.

SAFETY WARNING – Please do not fish low water marks unless you are with someone who knows the beach well, Morecambe’s beaches can be very dangerous and hazardous, see this video for the dangers in the bay – 

Flounder Caught 16/03/12

Plaice Caught 16/03/12

Sunset on West End Beach

Mount Pleasant Farm fishery is stocked with Roach, Rudd, Carp in there doubles and a few surpises, the place is lovely and quiet so you can just get on with the fishing and have a good days fishing.

Very over cast today! But as you can see once the trees and greenery return in the summer those hanging trees will be brill for catching carp under.

Mount Pleasant Farm, Bolton-Le-Sands, Carnforth, LA5 8AD


Day ticket venue only
1 rod £5
2 rods £7
Yearly Pass £75

No Alarms or radios
No fish over 3lb in keep net

Car Parking on site

John W from the shop told me of his intention to fish today low water on west end beach, I have been waiting for several months to get out with John, so booked the day off work cheers gerry ;-)

I agreed to meet John at Gerry’s at 1030 am as he had to get his bait, it was 1045am and no sign of John so preceded to the beach without him, I knew he would eventually turn up…anyways I was met down there by Ash Sampson who was just baiting up and casting out, I decided to go about 20 yards to the right of him and set up.

I got my first rod out 2 hook flapper rig with Lug and black, I then set up my other rod with a flattie rig on 2 hooks again, same bait again. I then popped over had a bit of banter with Ash and called Chris to see if John had made an apperance, John had just left the shop so knew he would be down soon.

Ash was soon into a fish and asked me to take a few pics of him with his fish and his rod Vercelli Spyra Ultima G3, John then arrived and got set up himself, ash seemed to be into fish every 10 mins so carried on doing the snapping for him.

I reeled in to find a teabag on the line must have been 5cm Plaice new record for me smallest fish!!! I rebaited again with the same baits and reeled in my other rod to find a better plaice of 20cm ish, this time I wanted to stick some mackerel fillets on and see if I could get a flounder.

I then had nothing for a while possibly an hour or so later, during this time hutch had appeared with one rod in hand and some very awesome looking whites…got a few tips of ash and some  of his secret bait, cheers ash.

I brought both my rods in and rebaited with the new bait and cast out by this time the wind had picked up and the tide had turned, could not see knocks on my rods due to the wind so had a bit of craic with lads and about 15 mins later reeled in my first rod and found this handsome fella

and then on my other rod this one

so the secret bait worked :thumb:

Then I had a scary bloke come over with a hanging fish for a pic

I then reverted to black as I knew I had a very good chance of catching some plaice now, I cast in both rods and a few mins later had a few knocks on one of the rods and reeled in a nice plaice

Ash, John and Hutch called it a day think between them they had 16 fish.

I stayed another 3 mins and caught another plaice again on fresh Black

I called it a day after catching this fish, all fish were returned safely to give even better sport later in the year.

Baits Used

Fresh Black
Blow Lug
Secret Bait :lol:
Mackerel Fillets

Bait is Availible from Gerrys of Morecambe, call into the shop or call and reserve your bait 01524 422146


Wind Direction
NE (I Think)

Low Water 
12:22 (2.60m)

11am – 330pm

Fishery Details
Mount Pleasant Farm fishery is stocked with Roach, Rudd, Carp in there doubles and a few surpises, the place is lovely and quiet so you can just get on with the fishing and have a good days fishing.

Very over cast today! But as you can see once the trees and greenery return in the summer those hanging trees will be brill for catching carp under.

Mount Pleasant Farm, Bolton-Le-Sands, Carnforth, LA5 8AD


Day ticket venue only
1 rod £5
2 rods £7
Yearly Pass £75

No Alarms or radios
No fish over 3lb in keep net

Car Parking on site

This was my 2nd time visiting in a matter of days and decided to take my friend who had never been before so I had to get my teaching hat on, I basically stuck to the same methods as on Tuesday.

I was using my Preston Innovations PXR 3000 Reel and my Preston Innovations 10ft Mini Carp feeder rod.

I opted for small preston method feeders in 15g weights, I used ready made rigs to save some time, I opted for pellets that I had left over from last year so I mixed these with pond water until soft enough to mould onto the feeder I opted for my fav bait sweetcorn on the hair.

It felt slightly colder today so knew it would be a little harder going, I decided to fish peg 3 and 4 this time due to having someone with me for which meant I was able to show him what to do withing arms length, I decided for the first bait up and cast I would do it and show him how it was done.

Within 10 mins he was into his first fish, at first he just seem to freeze but after a few secs he was playing the fish, he did rather well for his first every catch, took him a few mins to get the fish in but eventually he had cracked it and we could see that he had a common carp on.

It took around 5 mins or James to land the fish but he was well chuffed to get his first ever fresh water fish caught.

I thought it was about time I got my gear set up and in the water now James knew how to bait up and cast for which he mastered very quickly. A few mins later after I baited my gear up I was now in the water and fishing.

Around 5 mins later a hooked into a baby common, shame the camera man on this occasion did not get the best pick, I told him to zoom in on the fish and make it look as big as poss, he did the reverse and made it look very small!!

The resident wildlife then popped over to say hello…

It then went rather quiet no bites at all for the next 30 mins and then I again landed a slight bigger common, again in great condition.

I recast my rod but into a slightly different position to try and get closer under the trees, it did not take too long this time I had put 2 pieces of sweetcorn on the hair, and next minute my rod tip literally bent in half, the fish seemed to have bags of energy and it was a great fight, the fish was literary going for every snag in its sight. Took around 5 mins to land and it was a beautiful common carp.

I just wish I had taken my scales I am sure the fish was my first ever double, adamant but a lesson learnt always take your scales!

I really wanted to help James catch another fish so as soon as we returned my fish I gave James a slight hand in telling him where to cast his line, he had to wait 10 mins and again tip pulled around fish ON, he looked much more confident playing the fish and this time only took a few mins to land the fish.

Another nice common, strange thing being usually you catch loads of mirror carp at mount pleasant but today it was just common carp.

We fished for another 30 mins but with no joy, however I did take a few pics of the wildlife ….

I also took a pic of each peg apart from peg 7 for which someone was fishing on!

Peg 1


Peg 2


Peg 3

Peg 4

Peg 5


Peg 6