Lewis Hodder, skipper of Pegasus had to change the plans a bit today due to the wind. They have stayed inshore and Lewis's plan to pick up some packs of Hermit Crabs from us this morning has paid off with several Hounds caught already. ... See MoreSee Less
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On Saturday both Pegasus and Alice Rose left Lyme Harbour at 8am with 16 anglers, all keen to do battle in the Annual Conger Comp to see who could catch the Biggest Conger and who could catch the most! I Was drawn on Pegasus skippered by Lewis Hodder, along with, Peter Yates, Steve Davey, Brian Moss, Bill Cann, Mike Hansell, Tony Bessford, and Roy Shipway. We left the harbour with the sun shining down and little to no wind, but 45 minutes later we arrived at the first wreck, It had clouded over and the wind was picking up. A large formation of cloud was protruding from the Horizon like a black mountain. It wasn't long before the rain started to fall. The wind and tide made anchoring in just the right place really hard, but Lewis managed to get us into position so that the baits would create a scent trail into the wreck. It was about 30 minutes before the Eels woke up and came looking for their breakfast. The bites were very gentle and the fish were being finicky. The first 3 or 4 Congers came off before they were at the surface. I managed to land the first one and it was a good start at 35lb. Pretty soon they were coming in fast ranging between 20 and 30lb. A few really big ones were hooked but managed to pull back into the wreck where they stayed.
The rain had stopped and the sun was making a much welcomed appearance, but the wind was still increasing. It had pushed us off the wreck and the Congers were no longer taking the baits. By now Mike was leading the heaviest fish with one at 48lb, and I was leading with the most number at 5.
Lewis tried re-anchoring a couple more times, but the wind and tide kept us moving too much. skipper of the Alice Rose Phil Hodder was having the same problem, so it was decided we would head back toward Lyme and try a coupe of inshore wrecks.
This turned out to be a great idea as the tide was pulling much less and the wind had virtually gone. Again it took a while for the Congers to come onto the feed but we started getting bites with just half an hour of the comp to go! The Eels were smaller here so it looked like Mike's 48lb fish was safe. Brian, and Mike had both caught me up on 5 Congers each, and Roy wasn't far behind with 4. 10 minutes to go and Brian lands number 6!
On the first Wreck it was big Squid baits and Cuttlefish working the best, but where we were now it seemed to be Mackerel doing the business. I made a very quick bait change and dropped straight back down. With 2 minutes to go my rod tip started to gently pull down. I wanted to leave it longer for the Eel to properly take the bait. Lewis called 30s seconds left, i lifted into the rod, and the fish was on!
Final scores: Mike Hansell won the biggest Conger with 48lb taking £80 and a £20 Tackle Box voucher. Myself and Brian Moss both tied on most number, with 6 each. so spit the prize money.
Between both boats we landed a total of 26 Eels, well down on last years 75, But I think that was just down to the weather. I'm really pleased to say that all 3 winners were using Hook-Ups as their Rig of choice 😉
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Tomorrow's Conger comp is going ahead. We will be open from 7am. boats are leaving at 8am.
Annie's Tearooms will be doing a delivery of lunches to the boats before we leave if anyone would like to order theirs please thone Andy on 01297 489935. Lunches start from £5 and I can highly recommend them 🙂 ... See MoreSee Less
The main bulk of our Grauvell order landed in the shop yesterday! Boat, Beach, Squidding,and Lure rods and Reels, Nets, Line, Lures, Luggage, Terminal tackle, and some great new additions to our shop which include Sharking rods 😉 will get some pics up once we have finished unpacking. ... See MoreSee Less