Dominic Dyas

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
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

Bailey Payne

Growing up Fishing

I started fishing when I was young, probably around 5, from what I can remember anyway. My Dad is who introduced me to the world of Fishing. When I look back on my view of Fishing as a kid, it’s so niave, I thought there was only one way to fish, just the way my Dad done it. I owe him a lot for showing me how to fish, it was such a nice way to pass the time and truly just think. I first started Fishing the Pole, which in Essex is a bit of a dying art. Just catching whatever species came my way, my early memories are Fishing Gloucester Park in Basildon, and arguing with my dad about unhooking an eel, why would I want to unhook a water snake?! And then as I got into Fishing more, we joined the Billericay Club, 4am mornings to get to the Southminster pits I loved, catching bags of small Perch and Roach, such an innocent start to the sport. The joy of catching a Tench on part of my peanut butter sandwich is one which sticks in my mind. I think those days as a kid, enjoying catching anything, shaped me as an Angler, in those early days, I learnt a lot of love and respect for the fish, and it made me enjoy catching anything, and to this day, I still don’t care what I catch, whether it be the smallest fish in the lake, or a new personal best, as long as it bites, it would put a smile on my face.

I guess the whole point here is to set the tone of what I am about when it comes to Fishing, and what you guys should expect moving forward with my blogs. And the truth is anything really, I love catching anything, on any day. Admitingly, at the moment I am loving my River Fishing, but, I have done so much more, I Pole Fish, Fish on the Tip with a Feeder or on the Bomb, I have a Fly Rod (Won’t say I can Fly Fish, yet!), Will be Lure Fishing too and will have trips Sea Fishing. I will talk about the gear I use, which is best descriped by Budget gear! The hope is to continue to grow as an Angler, and share my growth with you guys, and hopefully I can teach someone else something, or just spark a bit of passion to go and pick up a Rod, or to try something new.

I will leave you all with a few pics from the last year or so of some different catches, which is a bit of a mixed bag really! A few of the trips are recent and may get their own blog so if you see them again just go with it!