Dean with a mackerel

Boat Fishing.
‘Cuba Brian’ went out with ‘Computer Mark’ and his future other half (Just got engaged) Megan. They were joined by Megan’s sister Justine and boyfriend Stuart.

They had a really good morning although it actually rained on them and Brian doesn’t do rain, Mark bullied him into going.

They caught about 80 fish including an octopus, some mackerel, a couple of decent snappers and pandoras.

Nothing to write home about, just the usual but a bit bigger than the last few weeks.

They ran out of bait and one of the girls needed the loo so they killed three birds with one stone and called at the Pensionista’s bar as well (For coffee).

The fishing was in 80 feet or thereabouts and about 500 metres out from the Repsol Garage, they used shrimp for bait as usual. The girls did really well; they picked it up right away. Brian lost no tackle and had no tangles, not bad with 4 up and two of them novices.

See photo of Brian’s gang catching a few fish.
‘Orca Steve’ went out with a heavy low laying sea fret hanging over the Garrucha and Mojacar coastline. "Albanchez Steve", "Rubber Legs Martin" and "Kayak Steve" joined him for a day out on the boat to dangle a few prawns in the Med to see what was game for a take! The sea was like a mill pond with not a breath of wind or ripple on the surface, Steve hadn’t seen the sea that calm for a long time.

It was a great opportunity to fish in places that were normally out of bounds because of the difficulty with access and the first place they tried was drifting next to the harbour wall. They fished in different spots along there in depths of 25ft to 100ft but surprisingly only managed to bag a couple of mackerel, pandoras and an octopus which Steve (A.S) bravely played with!
At one stage they thought the Mary Celeste was coming out of the fog on the distant horizon but it turned out to be a large cargo vessel heading for the Garrucha dock to pick up its load of Gypsum.
They finished up the morning in a good spot near the Repsol garage catching bags of pickerel, pandoras, mackerel and bogues in 70ft. It was a great days fishing in what only can be described as perfect conditions! (Except for lack of monsters as is usual since the storms)

See photos of Steve (A.S) with his octopus, Martin with a pandora and Steve (K.S) with a mackerel.
Steve was out again the following day with "Race car Jimmy", “Pollen Hater Dean", "Turre Jeff" and his mate Mike. (Who obviously hasn’t done anything wrong yet, no nickname!)

The conditions were very similar to those of the previous day although it was a little chillier and there was a light breeze from the East. The lads were keen to catch fish of any kind so Steve navigated the boat directly to the spot near to the rocks opposite the Repsol garage and anchored in 75ft of calm water.

Steve had previously put a rubby dubby bag on the anchor chain filled with cat biscuits, fish heads and prawn bits to get a bit of interest and within an hour this worked a treat with shoals of fish showing under the boat.

Dean caught first with several mackerel shortly followed by Jimmy with some nice pandoras to a kilo. Jeff and Mike were busy bringing pickerels aboard, the males still in their vibrant breeding colours. The fish well was brimming with pandoras, pickerels, bogues, pouting, mackerel (Spanish and Atlantic) and a couple of small red snappers and twin banded bream.

When they had enough fish for their needs they adopted the "return to sea policy" and sent plenty back for next time. Jimmy and Dean had a good bag of fish for their fish stew which they had been planning throughout the morning whilst sharing recipes!

See photos of Jimmy with a trio of pickerels, Dean and a Spanish mackerel and Jeff with a pickerel.

Shore Fishing.

I haven’t been out because my rods are still at the tackle shop getting special knots fitted. Manana didn’t happen as usual here, you would think after 29 years living in Spain I would have got used to it.
‘London Bill’ however did get out and caught various bream species from the Garrucha rocks close to the Repsol garage. One dorada weighed in at an edible 3lbs.

Coarse Fishing.

‘London Bill’ hasn’t been out much lately but fished Lake Puentes in Murcia and had a good bag of carp and barbel to 5lbs and 3lbs respectively.

This week’s ‘Rods and Reels’ competition was held on the Embalse de Argos in Murcia. This is the first time this year the club has fished there. The water level is well up as are all the Murcian reservoirs. The venue fished reasonably well with only 4 blanks and as can be seen from the results a variety of methods are still catching so hopefully we could be in for a good season. The fish are growing and the average size is over 2lbs so let´s hope we might get back to some 100lb weights soon.

Again this week they had the Guardia visit them complaining no signs were put up for the match, although the club had booked the venue through the Murcia federation. Just a word to let you know if you do fish there make sure you have a licence and insurance. The latter validates the former!

Top Rods on the day
1st Bill (The Master) Reade fishing the feeder using maggot with 58lbs.
2nd Dave (The Sweetie Man) Hutchinson fishing the pole using paste with 55.1/2lbs.
3rd Alan (The Emperor) Roscoe fishing the feeder using corn with 52lbs.

‘Abbey Angling Club’ fished this week at Nancy’s and not in a Murcia venue due to it still being in flood. The water below the boom at Nancy’s was still pulling through quite fast and the colour was good, but above there was just a gentle pull on it but with an upstream easterly wind blowing making the float almost stationery.

The fishing on this water is improving with just one dry net out of the fifteen anglers that fished, and the in-bait seems to be double or single maggot fished on 16s or 18s.

The state of the river banks are atrocious with beer cans and bottles everywhere once again!

1st Lennie (Ex Cultural Attaché) Bolton with 24.1/4lbs fishing the feeder using maggot. Good to see him back fit and well.
2nd Terry (Swing em) Screen with 20lbs fishing the pole using maggot.
3rd Stan (The Man) Roberts with 19.3/4lbs fishing feeder and pole using bread punch and maggot.

All details are available on their website or from the Match Secretary Terry Screen on 965328368.
The Albox fishing club meets every two weeks or so at Bar Wassy. For details of the next meeting tel Sid 634 313 650.

Latest license information.

There is now a loophole for those wanting coarse fishing licenses for Andalucia who don’t have NIE documents or/and don’t want to do the 24 hour course in Spanish, see me for more details. The only loophole left for fishing the beaches and boats in Andalucia without an NIE document is to make a trip to Murcia.

I’m pleased to report the Beachcomber’s three web cams are working again and the other good news is they work on both 32 and 64 bit systems and on any browser so checkout Mojacar’s weather and Mediterranean Sea conditions here.

For up to date information on any of the above see John at the Beachcomber Bar Restaurant on Mojacar Playa or tel 950 473 099. In case of difficulty reaching me (Probably out fishing) ask staff for my mobile number.

You can also contact me on Facebook @ ‘John Beachcomber Mojacar’.

Tight lines, Beachcomber John.

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