Autumn is always a great time to get out and fish along the North Wales coast, the Summer species are still around and the first of the Winter fish are beginning to arrive now. The first codling of Winter have arrived in the estuaries alongside the hoards of whiting, but there are also good catches of plaice from the sandy beaches and don't forget the bass fishing still continues well in to these shorter days too!
Although Foxons Tackle is probably best known as a being Game Fishing specialists we are very much all-round anglers and try to use as much of the tackle ourselves enabling us to give the best advice, so last night we all headed over to Rhos-on-Sea for a pleasant easy fishing session along the Promenade with a few friends.
We stock a superb selection of top quality beach fishing tackle, plus the full range of Ammo frozen baits and locally dug black lugworm here in the shop. Perfect ammunition for any shore session!
For bait fishing, tactics were 2-hook flappers on light bass rods and 3oz leads, or single hook running legers on spinning tackle. Renee and Shaun both also set up lure rods with jigs and Ecogear Grassminnows.
Fish don't read the manual or, seemingly, the menu so when the first fish of the evening came ashore from the enigmatic legend that is Mr Sydney Houghton we weren't too surprised... Until he revealed the bait. "Teal"
Yes, Syd went and caught a whiting on duck!
Shaun soon brought in a brace of nice 1lb-ish fish on a more standard 2-hook flapper with circle hooks, I had a full house to a 3-hook clipped cascade rig on frozen lug, then Renee got in on the action on lures too!
Lots of fish all of a similar stamp, and with Pete and Julie also starting to catch consistently, we were all catching plenty of good sized whiting. Lovely night with good friends, catching fish. Perfect.
With a good 30 fish between us, Shaun had a dogfish on bait and a few more whiting on lures, plus Julie had a couple of pouting then I missed a big slackline bite that mauled 2 whole squid on a 4/0 pennel suggesting there was something much more substantial around...
After losing a few jigs to snags, Renee had rigged Shaun's spinning rod with a 2-hook flapper, baited it with mackerel and dropped it over the side of the prom. Minutes later there was line screaming from the little spinning reel as Shaun battled with something thrashing on the surface and after expertly walking it along all the way down to the steps, landed this bonus bull huss! A fine catch on a 5-28g spinning rod!
Bass fishing with lures along the North Wales coast is pretty much reaching it's peak now, with the mackerel shoals thinning down and fish in top condition. Both Shaun and myself have had good results landing bass up to the 6lb mark in recent weeks from the Straits and the mainland too.
I managed to break my duck with the conger!!! After many hours put in, and many miles covered, this little 6lb strap made a lot of cold blanks and doggies all worthwhile! Great to see my mate Alan get his first ever bull huss (which turned in to a hat-trick of husses!) during the same session too!