Aarons Latest Sea Fishing Experience

Aarons Latest Sea Fishing Experience

This month I am pleased to say I will be writing about my sea angling exploits. Over the last month or so my colleague Terry and I have managed around 6 Short evening sessions at our local beach. We have had mixed results with me experiencing two blank sessions and Terry having one. My main target being the small eyed ray which frequent the North Cornish shore during the autumn months, although any fish were welcome.

For the purpose of this blog I will focus on two sessions that were our most productive. The first of these was around mid-October. After working ourselves into a fishing frenzy during our day at work and checking the surf report more times than is healthy we eventually got down to the beach. We were greeted by a myriad of golden hues and reflections as the last of the suns rays bled into the horizon at around 18:30.


A lovely sunset shot taken by Terry

We planned to fish to high tide at 22:00. I decided to set up both of my rods on pulley rigs. Bait of choice being frozen sandeel mounted on a single 3/0 hook During the first few hours action was fairly slow with us both taking a few dogfish and schoolie bass. At just after 21:00 Terry managed himself a nice ray, I looked on rather enviously. Half an hour later it was my turn as the tip light rattled a few times before indicating a cracking slack line bite. I immediately reeled down and lifted into the deadweight of a ray. My initial inkling as to what was on my line was confirmed a few minutes later as I could see two beady reflective eyes slowly making their way towards me in the surf. I think the feeling of catching your first of a species is hard to beat. Obviously, I had seen ray before as my friends had caught them when I had been present but this one was different. It was mine. I admired the stunning marvel of evolution before gently returning it to the surf.


My First small eyed ray. Awesome

After this the action went up a gear with the ray feeding heavily around the high tide period and both of us taking a further three rays. At one point I thought I had hooked the mother of all rays until one of around 4lb appeared, hooked in the tail. It pained us both to pack up while the fish were feeding so heavily but as it had passed midnight and I had work the next day I needed to get home.


A slightly bigger one later on in the session

The next session took place towards the latter part of October. Again, we both managed to get to the beach at 18:30 on a similar tide fishing two hours either side of the high tide. One rod remained set up the same as the previous session and again baited with sandeel. The other had a slightly lighter rig on and was baited with lugworm. Action was thick and fast to the lugworm with schoolie bass. They were not particularly big but it was good fun to get plenty of bites and fish. I soon exhausted my worm supply so put 2 rods out on the sandeel. The fish strangely were not very interested in the eel but I did managed my first whiting of the autumn just before packing up.

 I have really enjoyed my sea fishing over the last month and plan on continuing my regular after work sessions through the winter months hopefully catching a few more new species. If you have never tried beach fishing why not give it a go? 


A last light mini bass

I have also managed three carp fishing sessions over the last month or so. One 24 hr and two 48 hr sessions all at Upper Tamar lake. Two of the sessions were a complete blank. My successful session was last week. I was initially planning to fish the lower end of the lake near the dam wall but upon arrival I could see that this area was well and truly stitched up. I decided to walk much further round the lake in search of some solitude and, hopefully, some carp. After stopping a few times to try and listen for a few fish topping in the darkness I eventually heard what I was waiting for and got my three rods out. Fishing this time of year can be hard work and I can’t say that I relish the thought of arriving and setting up in the darkness but the rewards are there for those willing to put the effort in. This adage proved true at 6am the following morning when a stuttery drop back bite saw me scrambling for my waders. Upon reeling into the fish, a fairly heavy erratic fight ensued which eventually saw me slip a nice linear into the net. It was clear it was one of the new stock fish as it was a fairly chunky young-looking specimen. On the scales she went 22lb and was a nicely marked fish, so I was pleased with this result.


22lb stockey

I had no further action until 1am the following night when my left hand rod registered another dropback I soon slipped a perfectly conditioned common of around 10lb into the net. This spelled an end of the action for this session. After a few blanks it was good to get amongst the fish again.

Here in the shop we have had quite a few new items in recently. I have a few personal favourites that are not only great quality but also represent great value for money.

The new range of Drennan specialist luggage is superb and will cover a wide spectrum of different angling disciplines. A couple of my favourite items are:  


The Drennan specialist 40l rucksack £54.99



The rucksack is made from a tough and durable 600 denier fabric with a reinforced waterproof base. The bag has three external zipped pockets, along with a foil-lined top compartment which is ideal for storing bait and extra items of tackle. The inside of the bag is padded and also has an internal clear zipped pocket on the bottom of the lid.

For extra comfort, the back and shoulder straps are both padded and shaped to ensure maximum comfort whilst walking to your chosen swim. The bag also features a padded carry handle and extendable carry straps on the top of the bag to hold items such as a waterproof jacket.

Another neat little feature is the addition of two clips, these allow the Specialist Compact Unhooking Mat to be securely clipped onto the bag.

The Drennan 20l compact roving bag £34.99



The Compact Roving Bag is made from a tough and durable 600 denier fabric with a reinforced waterproof base. It has two external mesh pockets, a zipped front pocket, foil-lined top compartment, large hidden pocket and padded main compartment.

The bag also features a sculpted back and padded shoulder strap for extra comfort. It also has two clips which are used to securely attach the Specialist Compact Unhooking Mat. The two extendable carry straps on the top of the bag can be used to hold extra items of tackle/clothing.

The Cox and Rawle hooks, swivels and rigs we received around three weeks ago are also mightily impressive.

The hooks are sticky sharp to the touch due to a highly effective chemically sharpening process. Rigorous quality control procedures ensure every hook is perfectly formed. There are hooks in the range cover every scenario UK shore anglers are likely to encounter from the Chinu (https://www.homeleigh.co.uk/cox-rawle-chinu/p10117)in smaller sizes for scratching around for mini species to the Specimen Extra (https://www.homeleigh.co.uk/cox-rawle-specimen-extra/p10118), perfect for hit and hold scenarios  involving rough ground and big fish.

The stainless steel crane swivels are top quality(https://www.homeleigh.co.uk/cox-rawle-stainless-crane-swivel/p10111). The size 8 is rated at 80lb in comparison to some brands which are rated to 33lb in a comparable size. They are double the price but when In pursuit of specimen fish when only the best will do look no further. For all sea fishing accessories follow this link:  https://www.homeleigh.co.uk/fishing/sea/accessories/c342

Finally the pre-tied rigs are the best I have encountered. Using their own components and some sourced from the likes of breakaway quality rather than price is their primary objective. They are all hand tied in the UK by anglers that understand the mechanics of the rigs so all snoods clip up perfectly rather than having to alter the length yourself. If you are just starting out in sea fishing or like the convenience of pre-tied rigs then these rigs are perfect.

Over the next moth I plan to do plenty more beach fishing with the possibly of a cod fishing quest. I also plan to continue carp fishing through the colder months. I will certainly manage a few pike fishing sessions and hopefully pursue the grayling on the light nymph fishing gear so next month I should (with luck) have plenty to write about. Thanks very much for reading.

Best of luck



Posted by Callum Henley
9th November 2017

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