Switch in tide leads to big ray action

A switch in tides can mean the difference between success and failure in sea fishing, as postman Gary Buckley found on a recent trip out of Wallasea Island, Essex.

After a largely uneventful few hours, the 46-year-old, who is a member of the brilliantly-named Rayleigh Codfathers club, then latched into a superb 20lb thornback ray while fishing aboard the Sabre, skippered by Steve Hills.

The Ashingdon angler, who used a herring bait on a 3/0 circle hook off a 35lb trace, said: “The first part of the trip was very slow but when the tide changed we had 18 fish in the boat!”