Alan Yates' Sea Fishing Blog 2.7.08


I had an a e mail from Leon Roskilly this week informing me that a section of the River Medway foreshore around the Rochester bridge now has pedestrian access with more to come.

Leon says “There are three pedestrian access points and several angling competitions have already taken place with sole and bass being caught and this could become an important angling venue for Kent sea anglers so long anglers look after it. Anglers need to keep the access way litter free, not obstruct pedestrians and to behave to prevent the no fishing signs going up”

He added that most of the site is high banks and drop nets would be needed but the area looks great for mullet. Check out Leon’s pictures of the venue on:



Don’t you just love anglers, forever trying to out do each other or find ways to

Big game anglers are moving away from fighting chairs and full-on rod harnesses and are moving into stand-up mode fighting a fish with a simple harness and butt pad whilst standing upright in the boat.

Well the latest boat tactic in the UK is called “Solitaire”. That’s hooking, fighting a big fish and then landing them unaided.

That’s the tactic Rob “Rocky Marshall of Brixham used to boat an 88lb 8oz conger aboard a Dartmouth charter boat. Such a conger is impressive and will undoubtedly publicise the trend for solitaire and perhaps even a new British solitaire record list –

Can I be the first to claim the solitaire record for dogfish from the shore? Last week I manhandled an 850gram specimen ashore from Deal beach.



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