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    Posted: 15 September 2018 at 8:03pm
Went out in my boat today for my first full days fishing since early May. Had an enforced break after suffering a heart attack and a quadruple by pass operation.

Still have to take it easy so went drifting for Plaice down east. A great day with 19 Plaice, 1 Bream and a couple of Basslets. Fishing ruined about 1330 when wind increased and spoilt the driftline.

It's good to be back out there though.
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Well done, nice to see you on your feet and looking better
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Sounds like a good day!
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Well done that man on the fishing and getting through a major health problem, so many on the forum have been there. Great to hear about the plaice. Do you fish on your own?. I have to fish with a friend as I can't anchor on my own. I must invest in a windless. Never tried drifting as it is so busy in the west solent you are constantly on edge looking at sea traffic. 
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Originally posted by rag & stick rag & stick wrote:

Well done that man on the fishing and getting through a major health problem, so many on the forum have been there. Great to hear about the plaice. Do you fish on your own?. I have to fish with a friend as I can't anchor on my own. I must invest in a windless. Never tried drifting as it is so busy in the west solent you are constantly on edge looking at sea traffic. 


Was 2 of us fishing. Was off Selsey so not as busy as the solent. I much prefer fishing on the drift. Only really fish for Bass, Plaice, mackerel and gars. I occasionally anchor for Bream and the odd Cod attempt. Not keen on sitting there waiting for a bite. Drifting more active etc.
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Originally posted by rag & stick rag & stick wrote:

Well done that man on the fishing and getting through a major health problem, so many on the forum have been there. Great to hear about the plaice. Do you fish on your own?. I have to fish with a friend as I can't anchor on my own. I must invest in a windless. Never tried drifting as it is so busy in the west solent you are constantly on edge looking at sea traffic. 


Was 2 of us fishing. Was off Selsey so not as busy as the solent. I much prefer fishing on the drift. Only really fish for Bass, Plaice, mackerel and gars. I occasionally anchor for Bream and the odd Cod attempt. Not keen on sitting there waiting for a bite as easily bored. Drifting is more active, you cover more ground and can pin point the fish changing your tactics as you go if neccessaryetc.
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Thanks, must try it more often. We only fish for mackerel on the drift while making our way to the anchorage. We tend to set up camp at anchor and graze on snacks and bottles of beer. Its got to be the best way to recovery and total relaxation, well until the wind and tide has other ideas:)
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Great news on both accounts, well done ,good to hear of a catch report . I struggle for fish drifting around solent but will try again next time out.once drifted gilkicker to Lee on Solent and blanked.
oh well, there is always next weekend!!
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I have been getting good catches of plaice up east over the last month. Selsey & east borough area. I find Sept & October best months even early November, as they feed up before going off to spawn returning March / April. I drift - find them & re drift the "hot" area & then move on if necessary. Keep the "tracks" on my Navionics as often find them in same spots the next year.

Found best drift speed is 1.5 knots. Amazing what else you pick - rays, hounds, gurnards, bass & mackerel.

Has anyone noticed how few dogfish there are - hardly had one since beg July!
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Originally posted by Whitewash Whitewash wrote:

I have been getting good catches of plaice up east over the last month. Selsey & east borough area. I find Sept & October best months even early November, as they feed up before going off to spawn returning March / April. I drift - find them & re drift the "hot" area & then move on if necessary. Keep the "tracks" on my Navionics as often find them in same spots the next year.

Found best drift speed is 1.5 knots. Amazing what else you pick - rays, hounds, gurnards, bass & mackerel.

Has anyone noticed how few dogfish there are - hardly had one since beg July!

I use Navionics as well on a Samsung Tab 2 10.1.  It is brilliant for recording tracks and dropping pins on the best bits.  The other advantage is you can take it home and study it zoomed in and drop start and stop marks for the best drifts  for the future.  I have found the best drift speed for Plaice to be 0.5 to 1 knt.  Rauto spoons definitely help in my opinion as well.

Last year I found the Plaice were still around till late Oct/early Nov.  It was perfect as the Bass fishing on lures was at it its best from mid Nov to early Jan.  It meant not spending days at anchor trying to catch the elusive Cod but winding in dogs and whiting.  By early Feb the Plaice were back on the Blocks so a great winter.
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