17th Sept 2017
The weather has been very unsettled over the last few weeks but it is finally settling down and this has allowed us to get offshore for the Bass.
We have had some cracking fish with the best at over 8lb, these fish are shoaling up on the offshore banks before moving south for the winter, now is the best time of the year for us to target them before they go, best baits are worm and squid.
There are good numbers of thornbacks showing in all areas offshore and a few starting to show inshore now as well, these fish are a good size although thinner because they have spawned, best baits are squid and fish.
The whiting are showing up in all areas although inshore is best, especially along the shoreline off of Walton and Clacton, best baits are squid, lug and mackerel.
Most of the smoothounds have moved off although there are plenty of smaller ones further offshore, the bigger ones have gone quite early this season with the drop in sea temperature, however this might be a good sign for the cod.
Talking of which, hopes are high that we might see some cod this winter, certainly there are some on the south coast already and sea temperatures are down on this time last year so keep everything crossed and keep checking social media for the latest reports.