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Literally CHASING fish and children😂😡

So. After 2 near blanks on my local hound mark, a trip over the water to the isle of sheppey was in order. Bartons Point for anyone wanting an easy to fish, scenic venue .

Which was annoying as the night i went, the fish made a b line from this beach to the one id left to find them !. Oh well haha.

We also thought we would make a mini camping trip of it with the kids, so loaded up the kayak , new teepee tent and the fishing gear into the car , the whole time with that nagging impeding feeling that a blank was coming .

The fishing on the first evening was awfully slow, not a single rattle during the flood, and the weed came in abundance on the ebb, so called that an early night .

Alot of fun was had with the kids really enjoying their first kayak expedition and they adored the tent which i knew they would

first kayak trip for the kids.
we were treated to an amazing sunset
how convenient. Rods, tent and car all within 20 yards.

The next morning, was again, ridiculous heat , and ALOT of jetski and kayak action.

I somehow managed an individual smoothhound out in the heat of the day , which to be honest i thought by the way it was playing , was a baby stingray, just had a strange feeling bringing it in, that was a shame, but target species regardless !

first and only take of the day
release the mini beast. Crabsmasher!!
only small, but they all count !!
the boy gagging for “rowling” *rowing haha

So, all in all , a good tester trip to see if the boys liked the outdoors overnight.

Also it was lovely to just open the tent in the morning, prep a crab bait and cast out, i will definitely be back for another camping trip.

And this time, i wont drop the cups of tea ive just spent 45 mins sourcing from an open shop at 5 in the morning 😡

Hopefully the bext write up will involve more pictures of fish, but all we can do is hope .

Tight lines, Dominic and Kai

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Count your blessings.

So, this has been BY FAR my best season sea fishing, even though it’s been trimmed in half already.

There’s something about sea fishing that for me makes every session unforgettable. The blanks? A learning curve. Epic captures? A confidence booster, and sometimes for me, certain catches have literally made me feel like I’m floating on air for weeks at a time.

My first trip up to St Osyth targetting stingers, the stars aligned and I caught this absolutely enormous specimen on a spare £15 bass rod and was lucky enough to have all my children and mrs with me and for anyone that knows me its hard to explain what this capture meant to me. It still gives me butterflies now and I can remember every split second from the first steps onto the beach that day to the last.

a possible uk record !!!

I’ve only had a few blanks this year and have fished a hell of a lot, but I’m still humbled and left scratching my head when I don’t produce.

Taking my dad fishing is the best. The absolute best. I always make sure he has as good gear as possible. Recently, I got him a lovely pair of Cobra GT 3 pieces and a pair of Penn battle 8000s, so I KNEW he was set for anything.

He’s had his pb bass with me, his first smoothhounds, first rays, a lot of firsts. First trips to new venues. It’s like I’m finally giving him an insight into what I’ve picked up , he was very hesitant to venture away from the Thames. But boy , he’s glad he did !!

pb bass for my dad , Daniel
ECSTATIC!!!! HIS FIRST HOUND !!!
first ray, for someone into their marine fishkeeping, he was in awe of the beauty of this species we have !!! Perfection in miniature

And my son has had a fair few fish this year to. Hes 7. And has the most constant nag inside of him to fish that i’ve ever seen, adult or child !

another thorny for the boy
my two eldest boys and me with a nice little shark.
all by himself, this one gave a wicked fight all the qay to the deck!!
one of his sea angler pictures !
, big or small, he loves them all…

Its just been a smasher of a year, and we, like everyone, have had some waft times.

Just please everyone, i had some recent unexpected very tragic news regarding a friend.

Count your blessings.

Not your bites.

Tight lines everyone , and even if theyre not , enjoy your time out after this awful period.

Dominic and Kai

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Wind for days 😐

I am a gluten for punishment .

I will fish everyday regardless of weather.

And ESPECIALLY when the bait in my fridge is looking like this !!!

amazing peeler, would be rude not to use it !!

So , with 30mph breeze due a couple of hours into the session , my intentions were to fish long range for any hounds cruising about , and drop short for the bass once the wind and tide picked up. Someone didn’t tell the fish my plans though !

First cast was this beautiful little bass , which gave me a decent slackliner and made a b line to the surface 120 yards out . The whole way in i was just praying it wasnt an eel !!

he couldn’t resist the crab !!

Shortly after, another decent slackliner but struck into nothingness ?! How can that be ?

Then the winds rolled in , and with quite a big tide , ended up getting fairly wet.

The fish decided not to play ball , and had me regretting my decision to leave my squid indoors , or i would of plonked a whole squid bait 15 yards out in the surf. But we live and learn .

the wind, she blows !!

This was my least productive session at canvey island in the last 4 weeks , but to be honest , i knew today was going to be a shot in the dark . The hounds have thinned out during these bigger, rougher tides , but i was dying to get these crabs in the drink

Hopefully the next session will be more eventful !

BRING ON THE FISH

Tight lines all, Dominic and Kai

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Babysitting at Bartons Point with Dad .

With the wind approaching 30mph on our side of the water, a quick decision to fly over to the isle of sheppey with my dad was made. Wasn’t too hopeful , as we knew it would be flatted off and gin clear , but id rather fish in that, than gale force wind in my teeth .

conditions were exactly as we wanted and expected, not the best for bites , but still made for far more comfortable fishing .

Baits today were ragworm, lugworm, some beautiful fresh peeler and squid, and from the off, the small stuff was hard to wade through.

Crabs were clearly out in force today , and after a flurry of little knocks from tiny hound pups and bass, i finally found myself into something over 1lb .

a small but perfectly formed thornback

An obliging thornback decided to gulp down my peeler bait , but left no indication until it had taken me over the people next to me , who , coincidently had all the beach to fish and set up 10 metres away . As is sea fishing .

The highlight of the trip for me was this beautiful tiny little bass. Ive caught thousands , but NEVER seen one with spots ! What a stunning little creature.

Miniture perfection !

With high tide came incredible amounts of weed , and saw us unable to hold bottom for more than a minute. Also, we were absolutely soaked from the constant drizzle, so decided to admit defeat.

Still 7 fish between us, including our target species even though they were small pups.

But still, better than sitting in the wind !!

Tight lines all

Dominic and Kai

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Another hound bites the dust .

Father and son trip out of leigh on sea today, on Plan B , skippered by Keith today.

Only a short steam out as for some of the youngsters , this was a taster. And a good first experience, everyone caught some fish so good going!

Was a very strange experience to be on a boat so close to where i was fishing from southend pier !

First drop on whole squid was a decent mid 8lb hound , lovely scrap on her too !!

First fish of the day .

From then , we had a further 7 , some smaller and some a very similar size. Was a very good experience for the new kids to fishing, they all got a touch on a shark !!! The boy had a couple of real decent fish !!
Kai’s first fish of the day

I will never get tired of seeing him catching, the opportunities he gets and the fish he catches are stuff I dreamed of when I was a child, and its all so so normal to him .

Into another decent toothy one

Baits today were squid, ragworm and hardback crabs , with crab being the main producer. Some points of the day saw us on quite lumpy sea’s , but he handles it all in his mini stride like a champion .

He let dad sneak a couple of fish in also .

All in all, another successful day for Team Dyas 👌

Until the next write up, which im sure wont be long, tight lines all and hope your all catching!!

Dominic and Kai

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Undies in a twist .

Decided on Hove beach for this evening, a 12:15 high and a lovely evening would make it a good night to be out, even if the fish didn’t play ball.

They had a few kicks, but definitely weren’t out there in their masses .

Arriving at 6pm to hordes of beach goers, I spent some time getting set up real comfy and just watching Kai have a blast in the water , hes such a lad

Decided to finally get a bait out at around 9pm , just as the slight bit of breeze we had dropped off. To nothingness. I don’t mind for when I’m making rigs , but I always favour at least a tiny breeze.

So, burgers cooked, the boy is now casting around a homemade plug in the surf on his tronix lure rod like a lunatic . He’s so good, he can fish for hours , even on braided lines without a worry for me, not a tangle or miscast. He has a bright future in angling for sure , for a 7 year old his lure fishing is ace, keeps up with me on fish count !!!

First to succumb to a bluey bait was a lovely little undulate ray of around 2lb, which slack lined me . A couple of quick photos, and it was put back in hopes of finding the parents.

20 minutes after, my smallest smoothhound of the year haha !

About half past 10 I missed a beautiful take, as Kai had rested his rod over mine and couldn’t strike *excuses I know *, and that ended up being my lot for the evening !!!

Still, a beautiful evening, with good company, good weather, and target species nailed, even if it was only a nipper.

A friend had his first ever undulate that night, so happy to of put him on the fish, I know he was buzzing !!!

Tight lines all, Dominic and Kai

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A tough day on Southend Pier .

Arriving at high water , i was greeted by very very heavy tidal pull and an absolute tonne of weed. It was clear very early on the only chance of a fish was low water , around 6pm when the water slackens off.

So i struggled through, fishing baits close in just to make sure it wasn’t a complete waste of a day. Come 6 o’clock , a beautiful fresh spider crab bait and live hardback were flung out into now perfect conditions, and it wasn’t long until my right hand rod, the crab rod , was bouncing all over the place .

A small , but spirited hound !!

After a spirited little tussle that was cut short by the fish wrapping itself in the hook length and instantly transforming itself into just a solid dead weight , the net was dropped and a blank was saved .

Very slow fishing, but took advantage of my fishable window , and still, amazing to see from so close to home !

We will be back for more soon.

Tight lines, Dominic and Kai

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Pretty Little Things

So, with the sea flattening , and a load of peeler crabs in the fridge gagging to be used, we headed to Shoreham Harbour West Arm

Run by a group called SHACO, with Lee as the main warden , who always greets you with a wee smile, this arm is a pleasure to fish, with plethora of species knocking around.

Today the target was Bream and Flounder, along with a small chance of a big smoothhound or undulate ray

The smaller species gave themselves up easy on small strips of fish baits and size 4 hooks 5 metres out , with some beautiful fish landed and a few decent 1lb+ fish dropped !

First little Black Bream of the day

Next on the list was a postage stamp place , but nevertheless, what we came for , and then a lovey size mackerel for my son Kai , on mackerel strip, blimmin cannibals i tell thee!!

The big rods stayed doormant , for hours on end, with not even crabs having a sniff . Then out of the blue the ratchet starts going. Within a second, my braid gives me the feedback i needed, and tells me ive got a lovely set of feathers bouncing all over me and a guy next to me with a smile on his face like hes hooked a giant, it took 5 times of telling him its my line, and £55 worth of it at that that hes trying to play up onto the beach before he finally stopped pumping and winding. Funny stuff.

Sums up my day for the Cobras, was not the day for a specimen size fish unfortunately . However , the bream and Horse Mackerel were very obliging and at least i now have some freezer baits for my winter piking and bassing ..

The biggest bream went 14z today , a touch under what i would call a dinner fish, but all good fun on light tackle !

Next session hopefully were back on the hounds , and hoping for a new personal best !

Tight Lines all, Dominic and Kai