2018

Tell us about your fishing experiences here...
Sib or F Rib fishing, we want to hear all about it
User avatar
Paul
Supporting Member
Posts: 2963
Joined: 30 Dec 2014, 21:46
Boat Make: Mercury Ocean Runner 420
Outboard: Mariner F40ELPT, 3.5 Tohatsu smoker
MMSI Number: 235915479
Location: Bracknell, Berkshire
Has thanked: 447 times
Been thanked: 326 times

Re: 2018

Post by Paul » 24 Jun 2018, 21:32

rogerblack wrote:
24 Jun 2018, 19:11
Meanwhile, off Devon's Slapton Sands:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-devon-44592957
There ain't no fear of that ever happening to me :thud
I walked through the door marked 'EXIT' and life is now good!

Stray
Super Poster
Posts: 632
Joined: 10 Jun 2015, 10:52
Location: Oop North.
Has thanked: 17 times
Been thanked: 68 times

Re: 2018

Post by Stray » 25 Jun 2018, 13:59

Weather to good for DIY, so off I went again this morning, straight into fish 3 on the first drift. They were like peas in a pod, all in the 2-3lb range, all went back.
20180625_105610(0).jpg
20180625_105555.jpg
Had a mooch about at slack water and caught a good fighting wrasse.
20180625_103054.jpg
The flood didn't fish as well today, so with a bit of breeze picking up, I was back on the beach by half twelve.
20180625_124404.jpg
20180625_124856.jpg
With to many rocks showing at the cardiac slip, I used the alternative.
20180625_130854.jpg
A much easier slope and plenty of firm sand, but those 10yds of rock and pebble are a killer.

Stray
Super Poster
Posts: 632
Joined: 10 Jun 2015, 10:52
Location: Oop North.
Has thanked: 17 times
Been thanked: 68 times

Re: 2018

Post by Stray » 27 Jun 2018, 09:13

Looked out at 6am, Ballasts England flag lay limp in the morning sunshine. On the water for 7am, a bit more sea on than predicted, but with a bit of splashing we shot through a gap in the waveline. Ten minutes after launch we where hauling the first fish in, the usual 2lbers. After a few drifts we'd managed several fish and even had a couple in the bucket. But it was starting to get choppy as a bit of Easterly breeze started to blow. Another drift saw 2 more fish in the bucket. Then the breeze really started to kick in. A few more drifts with nothing caught, the breeze still picking up and the mist starting to roll in, I called it a day. A bit of a surf in and we where back on the beach before 9am.

Several sandbars like this are making it a nightmare to launch even in light surf this year.
20180627_083830.jpg
Mist rolling in just after we landed.
20180627_090000.jpg

Stray
Super Poster
Posts: 632
Joined: 10 Jun 2015, 10:52
Location: Oop North.
Has thanked: 17 times
Been thanked: 68 times

Re: 2018

Post by Stray » 02 Jul 2018, 11:53

Got out this morning for a couple of hours, more swell than forecast, but the easterly breeze stayed light for the most part. Brought half a dozen codling and a few mackerel back.
Coming back in, the launch wheels touched down and as we where about to jump out, the next wave came, instead of giving us an extra push to shore as they usually do, it lifted the stern and the bow pushed under as the backwash from the previous wave came to meet us, leaving several gallons of water sloshing around in the boat. :o We jumped out, quickly unloaded the gear onto the sand, before dragging the boat onto the beach and emptying it. No damage done, and no-one saw our embarrassment. :oops:

Stray
Super Poster
Posts: 632
Joined: 10 Jun 2015, 10:52
Location: Oop North.
Has thanked: 17 times
Been thanked: 68 times

Re: 2018

Post by Stray » 08 Jul 2018, 14:25

Well that was an interesting few days. :o As it was still a bit lumpy we decided to launch Chris's SIB at Runswick Bay on Friday morning as it takes quite a lot of swell before it becomes to difficult to launch.
20180706_081508.jpg
We met up two and a half hours before high tide expecting to be able to get his 4x4 and trailered SIB onto the beach, how wrong we where. :oops:
20180706_082619.jpg
We could probably have launched, but we had nowhere to park the car and we didn't have any money for the carpark. :roll:

But we did see one of the tall ships that are heading for Sunderland this week, anchored in the Bay.
20180706_082613.jpg
So we called it a day and headed home.

Later in the day it looked a bit calmer, so I dusted off Eric and together we pulled the F-Rib down to the shore. There was still a bit of swell, but we where confident. We got the boat in the water, then a few set waves decided to roll in. Eric who was steadying the bow (while I'd climbed in to start the motor) jumped a wave, then slipped and sat down, just as another wave rolled over him. At this point his Auto inflating life jacket went off, so with full waders and inflated jacket, he was struggling to find his feet. I'd already jumped out of the boat, I grabbed the back of his wader straps and hauled him up. I had to chase him out of the water because he was worried about the boat, but it was fine I told him I'd sort it.
So after he'd emptied his waders and wrung himself out a bit, me and a still damp Eric did the walk of shame home. No harm done.
The good news, the life jacket worked, the bad news, it'll cost me about £15 to re-arm it.

Anyway, yesterday with a well dried out Eric, we decided to try again (get him back in the boat as soon as possible) with less sea on,
20180704_062455.jpg
though it was still a bit lumpy getting off the beach we got under way with barely a splash. Fishing was steady, me putting most of my catch back Eric had had a few better fish, so when he was 3-1 up, he decided he was England and I was Sweden so we fished on. I outfished him, but Eric was finding better fish, so when we came in he'd won 11-4.


20180707_124905.jpg
20180707_125506.jpg
After the England/Sweden game, Eric sent me a text, England have scored 11 goals in open play up till now in this World cup and conceded 4. How spooky is that. I'm now calling him Eric the Octopus. :D

Today I had a new fishing partner with me, a Saffa called Edward, I'd promised him a days fishing if my usual motley crew couldn't make it, and he seemed quite keen. As today day was as good as it's going to get for a while, I gave him a call yesterday evening (though the usual motley crew could have made it).
Edward said he'd had a "rubber duck" and a small cabin cruiser in S.A, so about 8am we set off, and with a text book launch on an almost glassy sea we headed out to the fish.
Fishing was slow to start, but after a few drifts we started to find a few fish, a couple of which where keepers, so Edward was happy at landing his first English cod. After a few more drifts and fish I hooked into a better one, after a couple of minutes a nice six pounder came to the surface. A bit later I had a Pollock around the 2lb mark that went straight back.
About half past ten Edward said he felt a bit queasy and by 11 Oclock was retching, luckily he managed to hit the bucket, I decided to call it a day as he looked a bit green, so 15 minutes later we where back on Terra firma . Even though it was a shorter trip we managed 5 keepers apiece, with several smaller fish returned and the best fish of the season so far landed.

Edward feeling much better.
20180708_110407.jpg
He'd like to go out again.

Best fish of the season so far.
20180708_110547.jpg
These users thanked the author Stray for the post:
Martin (11 Jul 2018, 07:15)

User avatar
Martin
Supporting Member
Posts: 4023
Joined: 30 Dec 2014, 13:05
Boat Make: F-Rib 3.75 - Special
Outboard: Suzuki Smoker DT9 (1978) , Suzuki DF20 efi
MMSI Number: 123456789
Location: Huddersfield - West Yorksire
Has thanked: 816 times
Been thanked: 371 times
Contact:

Re: 2018

Post by Martin » 11 Jul 2018, 07:14

Great write up stray. So funny the jacket inflating.. I bet that gave him a shock 😂

Looks like you had a good haul there bud. 👍🏻

Martin
F-RibsAndSibs.Com.... :whistle
Because it's a big old WWworld out there :mrgreen:

Stray
Super Poster
Posts: 632
Joined: 10 Jun 2015, 10:52
Location: Oop North.
Has thanked: 17 times
Been thanked: 68 times

Re: 2018

Post by Stray » 11 Jul 2018, 09:19

I bet that gave him a shock 😂
It gave me one as well, just shows how fast things can go wrong. :busted

Sea's away at the moment, so am I over the weekend, hopefully fishing will resume next week. :)

Stray
Super Poster
Posts: 632
Joined: 10 Jun 2015, 10:52
Location: Oop North.
Has thanked: 17 times
Been thanked: 68 times

Re: 2018

Post by Stray » 16 Jul 2018, 14:52

Back from a quick tour of Constable country, I was eager to get fishing again. This morning it was overcast, a relief from the wall to wall sunshine of late, and a light breeze. It was also one of the biggest tides of the year, with high about 7am I arranged with Eric to leave about 8am. We where on the water and into the first fish by 8:30, a sized cod for Eric. A steady stream of fish between 2 and 4lb coming to the boat all morning, in spite of the fact that as the tide ebbed we drifted faster. At one point we where doing 2 knots.
Eric had a bonus Pollock
20180716_102838.jpg
which he returned unharmed.

Just after midday the skies darkened and the breeze picked up as a small front moved in, so we called it a day. We headed in hoping to beat the rain, but as we neared we saw a small line of surf blocking our path to the beach. A long sand bank was between us and the shore.
20180716_125700.jpg
Luckily we could get round it, but it meant coming ashore a few hundred yards from our launch point. :o
20180716_130252.jpg
We didn't beat the rain, but it only lasted a couple of minutes and was very light.

The weather forecast is looking good for the rest of the week, so no DIY for me. :D

Stray
Super Poster
Posts: 632
Joined: 10 Jun 2015, 10:52
Location: Oop North.
Has thanked: 17 times
Been thanked: 68 times

Re: 2018

Post by Stray » 17 Jul 2018, 13:53

Well I spoke too soon. :( Took the boat down to the beach this morning, as we where dragging it over the shingle bank a wheel bearing sheared on one of the trolley wheels.
20180717_105249.jpg
As we where on the beach I decided to launch and sort it out later. It was high tide, at sea a 2ft very short period chop made it slow going to our favourite spot, on arrival the water on the reef was very turbulent with white horses jumping off the wave tops. Not somewhere we wanted to be, so we turned round and headed for calmer waters. We fished for an hour or so, more to wait for the tide to drop so we had more beach to aim at, then called it a day.
Luckily I had a couple of spare wheels in the garage, so Eric minded the boat while I got them. They where 20mm bores on 16mm axles, but they where enough to get us home.
New wheels are on order, but it looks like a bit of DIY to be done over the next couple of days. :o

Post Reply

Return to “SIB Fishing - Fishing from your inflatable boat”