Holyhead General Fishing – Part 1

The vast majority of experienced anglers have a specific target in mind when they book a day out boat fishing. Sadly though, we have a number of external influences on our sport such as particular time of year, large tidal range and worst of all the good old British weather.   Despite all our best plans, we can’t always target the species we enjoy catching the most. Never the less, most anglers are willing to take the rough with the smooth and assuming here that a day afloat can still be had will quickly adjust their armoury with a selection […]

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Wrasse Fishing

This article was written for Boat Fishing Monthly magazine and can be found in the May 2012 issue. In Holyhead the months of March & April signify the arrival of the big spurdogs, and then with May we have the classic period where double figure smoothies are the norm aboard My Way. June however is the month when I consider the year really gets into full swing and offers both boat and shore anglers immense variety and certainly increased quantities of fish. Through late spring, summer and often into late autumn Holyhead is seemingly blessed with a never ending amount […]

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Smoothhound Fishing

North Wales has long been associated with some very good catches of smoothound. The fish have been targeted by both boat and shore anglers with some good results. Smuts as they have become more affectionately known to many anglers can be found around many boat marks off Holyhead, Trearddur Bay, Llanddwyn and Whitebeach. All these marks have given anglers some quality specimen fish over many year, the very same areas also offering shore anglers the opportunity to hook into this hard fighting species. Fishing for smoothies in waters relatively shallow at only 45’ can be a very exhilarating experience. Wigan […]

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A Load of Pollacks

Pollack can be caught off the wrecks around north Wales throughout the winter period, however during this time it’s the weather that tends to knock the odd trip off from targeting these all of these hard fighting species. With us now heading into April, Easter will soon be upon us and with the days growing warmer and longer, the weather should continue to become more settled. As well as the inshore action we will be looking at setting sail a little further from port in search of bigger specimens. Being a distant relation to the cod, pollack is as highly […]

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Tope Fishing

One of the largest draws that the charter fleet of north Wales has for the numerous boat anglers around the UK is a fairly consistent run of big tope. Holyhead is no exception to this rule, with the current Welsh record for a boat caught tope, 79lb, being caught and then released aboard My Way in August 2005. The fortunate angler, Anthony Meli, is pictured here with his massive catch. It is firmly believed though that there have been bigger fish hooked by many anglers, these have proved too powerful to beat – for now! Tope can be found all […]

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Hooks – make the right choice

There are many different brands of hooks on the market today. Some of the more popular names that spring to mind include Kamasan, Sakuma, Gamakatsu, Owner, Mustad & Varivas. Many anglers spend a fortune on the latest rods and reels, to aid in their quest for a new specie or double figure catch, however often pay little attention to the detail on the hooks that they need for the job. Hooks are not a great expense, but the style and choice of pattern is imperative to the species being targeted. I use a variety of different hooks in my angling […]

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Getting Afloat

Booking a charter boat cannot be any simpler – pick the date, phone the skipper, make the booking – hey presto job done! But is it really that simple? I don’t think so, not if you want to get the most from your day afloat. A rewarding day’s boat fishing is not going to happen when a booking is made off the cuff. It takes a lot of good planning to research the venue, the boat, the skipper and your angling party, get the correct blend of all 4, and your half way there. Before starting out, have a look […]

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Uptiding

Uptiding came about many years ago when it was realised that a possible scare area is created around a boat when fishing in shallow water. By shallow, I personally equate this to depths of 60foot or less. When at anchor, a boat and the people on it can create all manner of noises – from waves slamming into the hull, rope slapping in the sea, to simple things as anglers making a noise when moving around a vessels deck. It is believed that these noises, magnified in the sea can scare fish away from a feeding directly beneath an anchored […]

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Conger Eel

Conger fishing, especially for the bigger specimens is often associated with the south coast of the UK, fishing into some of the big sunken wrecks in the English Channel. Many eels however are caught from around the north west Wales coast and from the wrecks in the Irish Sea and Liverpool bay. The current British boat record for a conger eel stands at 133lb taken from Devon in 1995. Whilst the Welsh boat record pales slightly at only 62lb taken from Milford Haven in 1996. The welsh record though is there for the taking, and with eels to 50lb coming […]

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Spurdog Fishing

Spurdogs have seen something of a revival in recent years. Sadly the spurdog was long lined to near extinction not so long ago, with pleasure anglers suffering the loss of a good fighting fish. I was talking recently to acclaimed angling journalist Mike Thrussell, from World Sea Fishing , he was telling me of a drift way back in the late eighties whilst out sharking some 30 miles off the west Wales coast. The drift, over 13 miles long saw them catching and returning spurdogs throughout the drifts length, since then though Mike has failed to catch a spur off […]

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