Sea fishing related news and reports covering boat fishing from My Way with Gethyn Owen

Conger Eel

With a long sleek, scale less body, an upper jaw extending beyond it’s lower, there is not much to mistake a conger eel with. The colour of a conger can vary slightly depending on the ground it inhabits, but tends to be from a light to a dark grey/black appearance. The dorsal fin on a conger starts at the pectoral fins, and runs the length of its body. The British record for a conger eel is in excess of 130lb, although there have been commercially caught eels recorded over 250lb. The congers tend to inhabit very rough and rocky areas. […]

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Leopard Spotted Goby

The Leopard Spotted Goby is a member of a group of fish that are very hard to distinguish from each other. The Leopard is by far the easiest to identify with orange/red spots standing out distinctly from other species of gobies. They are found in very rocky and kelp strewn areas. They feed on all manner of small offerings – worms, mackerel and pieces of crab. Best tactics for catching are small hooks, such as size 14, with finely cut pieces of bait.

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Whiting

Whiting is another member of the cod family. The upper part of the whiting’s slender body is a dark greenish colour, turning lighter and finishing in a white belly.   A dark lateral line divides the top and bottom half of the body and is usually a darkish brown colour. Whiting tend to feed from the mid to bottom areas in depths varying from 40 to 400ft. Whiting can be caught on a variety of baits with mackerel and squid amongst firm favourites.  

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Grey Gurnard

The grey gurnard is a small bodied gurnard with a sharp pointed snout. The upper part of the body is a grey brown colour changing white to the underside. Like all other gurnards it has a large head covered by protective bony plates. Adult fish are usually around 30cm long but often the large individuals can grow up to 45cm. The scales along the lateral line are sharp. The grey gurnard is usually found on muddy or sandy areas, though some of our larger specimens come off the rock and mussel bed grounds to the NW of Holyhead. Depths very, […]

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Wrasse Ballan

The ballan wrasse is a very strong and muscular fish. It has a large head and small mouth. with thick fleshy lips and large teeth. The ballan wrasse also has another set of teeth further down in its throat. With the first set crushing its prey, the second will grind down the food to aid digestion. It has a long dorsal fin with an array of between 18 and 21 spines. The ballan has over 4 large scales along it’s lateral line. Natural habitat for a ballan wrasse is rock and weed covered ground. The females lay eggs within a […]

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Ray Spotted

Spotted rays have are light brown in colour. They are covered in small dark spots, that run within 3cm of the ing edges. They are sometimes confused with Blonde rays who have spots all the way to the wing edges. Often the spotted ray has a large pale spot on each wing, that has one small dark spot within and surrounded by larger dark spots.Small closely packed spines run down it;s back to the tail. Spotted rays can be found over roughish ground in depths up to 140m. Many are taken around the Holyhead bay area especially when fishing on […]

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October 2015

Our first trips in October saw us fishing around Holyhead bay for a selection of species. One day with a great mix of novice and experienced anglers we had a species and fun filled day. After landing plenty of whiting on the big spring tide, we hooked up larger traces and concentrated on bigger species. Huss fishing can be great fun With everyone catching a good number of huss, it was Ned who managed to come out on top during his first trip with a cracking inshore tope. The tope screamed line from Neds reel and gave him a fantastic […]

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