Alan Yates sea fishing blog 30.6.08



I have just returned from the Sea Angler magazine's Sea Safari to Ireland. This is an annual visit by the magazine - in conjunction with the Irish Tourist Board and the Irish Central Fisheries Board - to fish various venues throughout a region of Ireland.

In the coming months you will see the fruits of the labours of myself, Chris Clark, Paul Fenech, Malcolm Stote, John Wells, Norman Dunlop of the CFB, Sea Angler photographer Mike Dobson and our host Paul and Anne Harris featured in the pages of Sea Angler magazine.

We caught a lot of good fish from the picturesque, but rock-rugged coast of the Bearer Peninsula in Bantry Bay. However, the weather was not kind and for the first time in many years I needed my waterproofs.

Many say that global warming is changing the weather although I must say that this year’s visit to Ireland was a return to the weather I experienced in Ireland in the 1960s when I first went there.

However, the plus of Ireland is that whilst it may be raining on one venue, over the mountain it can be bright sunshine and you can always find a sheltered venue to fish. During one torrential downpour I even found a venue where I could fish out of the back of the car and I know that will appeal to lots of anglers!



Whilst I was over in Ireland I missed the European Federation of Sea Anglers specimen event fished from my home venue at Dover breakwater.

Despite EFSA events being members-only they are a great way to experience international sea angling because EFSA fish events all around Europe.

OK they are not proper selected internationals and never will be regarded as highly as the CIPS event but they are a great place to start and to learn the ropes.

The Dover event was based around specimens and won by John Campbell with a golden grey mullet which was 107% of specimen. Second was Chesil beach expert, Reg Clough with a pouting 62% of specimen and third, Brian Flack with a tadpole fish 60% of specimen.

EFSA’s next shore event is the  English Shore Championships being fished on Chesil Beach on September 25th to 28th 2008. Accommodation and HQ is the Premiere Travel Lodge Weymouth. EFSA Membership details: Gary Galbraith 16, Hoo Common, Chattenden, Nr Hoo, Rochester, Kent. ME3 8LT 01634 252866
EFSA shore event details: Brain Allum Tel 01323 725944 E Mail:



Four clubs have joined forces to organise the Angling Communities Charitable Trust Annual Fundraising Open at Aust and Littleton on Severn on the 16th August 08. The event includes two zones at Aust and two zones at Littleton-on-Severn.

Fishing is from 6.30pm until 10pm with pegs limited to 100. Draw 4.30pm at Aust, £10 entry £5 optional super pool. One rod, three hooks. No bait bans. Pre book only, ring Mark Madsen on 07900651071.



Welsh sea angler, Andy Young is looking for three Fox Rockrunner beachcasters – These were designed by Mike Thrussell who was the Fox Sea consultant and now works for Shakespeare and have now been replaced by a new Fox range designed by myself. I think a few Rockrunners may be knocking around the odd Fox dealers – if you know of any give Andy an e mail on:

Alan Yates