The Latest St Ives Fishing News.
6th March 2014. Charles had a shut yesterday and hauled this morning. He had a few herring and just 5 mackerel. Looks like the weather is settling down next week, I'll be in Portugal and Brazil though, what a shame :)
3rd March 2014. Here is a picture I took a few days ago looking over the quay, I think it sums this winter up nicely :-
Great for the windsurfers but I haven't earned a penny since before Christmas! Off on holiday for a fortnight very soon, hopefully it will be spring like when I get back.
1st March 2014. As far as I know, nobody has been out for a while now. Not much wind today but the water is murky.
25th February 2014. Cancel yesterdays post, this is the new forecast for the start of March :-
24th February 2014. It looks like March is going to start promisingly :-
Lighter winds and the ground swell decreasing. Big tide and clearer water will mean giving the hooks a try. Lets hope that it isn't just for a few days.
22nd February 2014. More strong winds on the way tomorrow, the 'Sarnia Cherie' is sheltering in the bay :-
The water is still too murky for hook fishing and a couple of boats have tried the nets again with no success. Decided to start preparing Jen for a paint up, Dan, my boy, gave me a hand today :-
Plenty of scraping and bleaching needed :-
It looks like we have another week of these winds and ground swells. There is a sign of things changing next Saturday, at the moment they are giving lighter winds from a north 'ish' direction. That would start clearing the water.
19th February 2014. Another boat shut mackerel nets in the bay yesterday and had just a couple of dogfish. I've been told that there were a few mackerel netted in the Falmouth area, hopefully some will make their way around here soon.
18th February 2014. There was still quite a bit of ground swell today, so with the weed about I decided against shutting the flatfish gear. With there being no mackerel in the nets and the water too murky to try the hooks, I have nothing worth going to sea for at the moment. It's lucky I'm rich, hahahahaha!
17th February 2014. Charles haul this morning and had no fish at all. He had lots of weed and wasn't very impressed with the job. Not sure it is going to be worth shutting tomorrow now.
16th February 2014. "Mary Mo" is back in the harbour, ready to go and shut nets on Tuesday. It's been a while since Hodgey and I have been out, looking forward to it. Charles has shut mackerel/herring nets tonight. It will be interesting to find out what he has on this big tide, personally I don't fancy hauling in the 30mph+ winds in the morning.
14th February 2014. Same old story I'm afraid, no weather (except for bad) and no fish. Charles had a try yesterday and just had weed. He shut bass nets and herring nets. But on a much happier note, I became a granddad for the second time. Daniel and Elise had baby Logan Wednesday afternoon. He weighed in at 5lb 13oz and was exactly one month early:-
9th February 2014. There has not been much to report about apart from the severe weather, we have all seen plenty of pictures of that. The 'in runs' and 'out runs' down the harbour have been quite epic, yesterday I stepped aboard with the tide out as far as the end of the quay (4 1/2 hrs after high tide} :-
Two minutes later the harbour was full to the slipway and I was afloat :-
It was this kind of power that all but sank Tony Richard's 18ft Plymouth Pilot this morning. She was filling up on the in runs and he was frantically bailing out on the out runs making no head way. Then Mike who now has 'Lady Joan' joined him with a bucket, they just managed to stop her going to the bottom :-
Hopefully the engine is ok. As far as I can see, there is no let up in the weather for the next 10 days.
4th February 2014. I put the engine back on and shut 400 yards of bass net in the bay yesterday afternoon. Hauled this morning and had nothing. I took the engine and the nets off and won't bother trying again now until next week. Windguru's wave hight prediction for tomorrow is 30ft. That drops down to around 10ft for Thursday and Friday, then come Saturday 37ft is predicted!
1st February 2014. Powerful wind and sea out there. More of the same on Wednesday and next Saturday. Bloody rough start to this year. Iv'e took my engine off, easy now I have a new car :-
Daihatsu Terios+, 1,300cc, about 40mpg, 4 wheel drive with a flick of a switch. It's perfect for my needs.
Might put the engine back on for a shut on Thursday, that's as far as I have got with plan 'A'.
31st January 2014. Charles did have a few bass yesterday. He shut back and had loads of seaweed and no fish this morning. The ground sea is going huge tomorrow, so I am going to take my engine and some nets off incase it is really bad. Bass prices were 11.00 per kilo yesterday and about 8.00 today.
29th January 2014. The forecast changed and it stayed windy today. Charles put herring nets out last night and hauled this morning for nothing. I got all my gear ready incase it calmed off last light to shut for bass where I fancy a try. The inshore lifeboat was in and out of the harbour, you can see there was quite a rough sea at the end of the quay :-
Looks like they have a new tractor and trailer :-
They did a few launch and retrieve practices :-
These men do a great job, nice to know they are there if you need them. Charles was keener than me and went again :-
He has shut 3 tiers of bass nets in the bay, I was put off by the 18.7ft tide in the morning and very early tide. Looking like it will be Monday or Tuesday until I go, unless Charles has fish and not too much grief (seaweed etc).
27th January 2014. Went down the quay with a plan to maybe shut the bass nets. I was put off by the large waves in the harbour, punting would of been challenging. Plan 'A' is to take another look tomorrow, winds are easing down and going northwest, then quite light northerly on Wednesday.
24th January 2014. Murky old day today, looking like it's going to be sunny tomorrow. I don't think anyone has been out, I'll go down tomorrow and get the nets ready to go again incase it looks 'bassy' from Sunday onwards. A few boats had some mackerel from the Falmouth area on Wednesday, we should see some here soon hopefully.
22nd January 2014. I had a shut in the bay on Monday after hearing that Charles had some bass in his nets. Hauled yesterday and had the same old problem, seals. They didn't get to one end of one tier and that had a few bass and guilthead bream. They really are becoming a problem. Rough west/northwest winds for at least a week now. Yesterdays mackerel prices were 2.50 for mediums, 5.00 for large mediums and 5.50 for large, shame I can't catch any!
19th January 2014. Took a look down the quay yesterday to see if there was any mackerel showing in the herring nets. It was mostly herring and a few whiting. Charles had a fish that neither of us had seen before :-
Thanks to a few facebook friends I found out it was a Boar fish, also called a Zulu. I heard that some of the herring sold for just 4p per kilo, I don't fancy that much! I have a great view from my other half's house :-
Even from that far away I can see that the water is still too murky for hook fishing. It dried up enough this afternoon to make a start on some more nets :-
I'm setting some more 2 1/2 inch mesh for mackerel. Checking my 2013 news-archive, Karl+Boco and Charles were still catching them in the nets on the 27th of March :-
Hopefully we will see this and more again soon :-
17th January 2014. Still looking quite lifeless in the bay. I'm sure there is a few herring to be had but one Newlyn boat had 120k around land and they only fetched 20p per kilo. Pollack were well down yesterday at just 1.00 per kilo, bass were up from 6.20 to about 8.00 and cod were around the 3.00 mark.
Update :- The water is still very murky so I didn't bother trying the hooks. Might try the nets tomorrow, the target being bass and/or mackerel.
14th January 2014. Tying mackerel hooks in the small hours here. I found a picture today that I have to share with you, I think it's great, won't see this very often! :-
Hahaha, That is the ultimate waiting for the tide to come in!
Hope the water is clear enough for hooks today, I'll let you know later.
13th January 2014. It was nice to have my son Dan come with me on Saturday, shame there wasn't enough fish to make it worth while.
Plan 'A' at the moment is to make some more mackerel nets in between showers and take a look at the water tomorrow afternoon to see if it is clear enough for hook fishing. I will float about 1pm, mackerel should be worth a lot if I can find any. If that fails then it might be another try with the bass nets on wednesday.
12th January 2014. Had a visit from the dolphins as soon as we left the harbour :-
It is becoming a regular occurrence, love seeing them jumping out of the water :-
But that is where the fun stopped, very little fish in the nets. A couple of ray and a few dabs was all we had. Not a single plaice or dover sole, very disappointing. Not sure what to try next.
11th January 2014. Hauled the bass gear yesterday for a box of dogfish and just one bass :-
Even that had half its tail missing. Ten pounds worth of petrol to catch five pounds worth of fish. Oh to be a fisherman, take the rough with the smooth and all those other short one liners that get bounded about :-)
So the bass gear has been put on hold for a while, not given up on for the season just yet, but plan "B" was put into action. 750 yards of flatfish gear shut over the eastern shore to haul later today. While I was sorting out the failed bass gear I noticed that some of the St Ives seagulls have been mutating lately :-
It is rare to have a visit from swans, nice to see. Two of them posing for everyones cameras today. Off to haul at 10am, I'll let you know how it goes. I don't have a plan "C" as the water is very muddy looking, no chance to catch on hooks, so lets hope the ray, plaice, dover sole and crab save the day!
9th January 2014. Plenty of birds in the bay so try to keep any netting to the darker hours like Charles is :-
He has been having a few herring, but no mackerel with them. I have shut a couple of bass nets to the west, as did a couple of others, no guillemots down that way. Maybe no fish either! Will find out in the morning.
7th January 2014. It was a nice sunny afternoon so I finished getting the nets ready for another shut.
Yesterdays market prices were sky high, Medium mackerel around 5.00 per kilo, herring 1.70 to 2.70, bass 8.00 to 10.00, grey mullet 4.00 and small whiting 3.60 per kilo! Shame I didn't have any fish. Still plenty of ground swell, Hodgey's punt had it's bow ripped off :-
Looks like we have had the biggest of the ground swells now and hopefully the last of the damage. Not sure whether to shut in the bay tomorrow or wait until it's ok to go west.
4th January 2014. I went at first light and hauled the bass nets, there were three seals going up and down the gear. The only signs of bass were a couple of gills left in the nets. Add to that a lot of weed and straw, it wasn't a pretty sight :-
Obviously there wasn't more bass than the seals could eat. There was certainly enough ground swell for them, damaging waves in the harbour. "Traz's" 'Dignity' pulled one of her bow sampson posts out, luckily she has two, plus his punt did the quay ladder some serious reshaping! :-
Another casualty was boy Stuart's punt, it had half of it's stern ripped out :-
I'm going to give it a couple of days until I try it again.
3rd January 2014. Hodgey couldn't go today, so I went on my own and shut 2 X 200 yarders in the bay. Hopefully I will see a few bass tomorrow.
Fresh fish straight from the boat.
Mackerel and crab will be available all year round, other species depending on the time of year are :- bass, cod, pollack, plaice, dab, dover sole, lemon sole, turbot, whiting, ray, bream, herring and last but not least, lobster.
I am no longer sending text messages or delivering, but you can collect straight from the boat if you are on facebook. I will post what I have, the time I get in and how long I will be there. Just add me to your facebook :- Atasteofstives St Ives.