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Boat Fishing.
An unexpected break in the unsettled and windy weather conditions gave ‘Orca Steve’ the chance to get out for a day’s fishing joined by Oria residents Les and Mohamed along with Mojacar visitors Steve and son James who were out on …



James with a Bluemouth 2

Boat Fishing.
An unexpected break in the unsettled and windy weather conditions gave ‘Orca Steve’ the chance to get out for a day’s fishing joined by Oria residents Les and Mohamed along with Mojacar visitors Steve and son James who were out on a short break from Manchester, UK.

The swell was below half a meter with the wind coming from the west giving flattening conditions although it was chilly first off until the sun got higher in the sky.

They initially fished an area opposite the Mojacar Pueblo where they got some shelter from the wind but unfortunately the fish were elsewhere and they only got a couple of pickerels. Steve made the decision to move the boat to another popular area near the Repsol petrol station on the Garrucha/Mojacar road where they were soon into fish with Mohamed first to catch landing a couple of Atlantic mackerel.

James, Steve and Les caught small pandoras and combers but the fish stopped feeding as quickly as they started and the catching dropped off.

Steve moved the boat again and dropped anchor over a 360′ hole behind the Garrucha harbour wall where they were soon into fish again catching decent sized pandoras and blue mouths, James landed a nice Spanish mackerel. All the lads got troubled by a conger which took and then released the bait and hooked fish.

Steve set Les up with a heavy duty conger rig to see if he could hook the troublesome eel but time was against him. The wind turned and came from the south and the waves got big and they had to return to port, at least they had wet nets!

See photos of Mohamed and a couple of mackerel, James with a blue mouth, Les and a pandora and Steve with a double hook up of pandoras.

Shore Fishing.
‘London Bill’ bagged up at a Garrucha mark he is keeping secret for the moment. Rag worm tipped with baby squid tentacles accounted for 30 dorada and other bream in just two hours. I’ll bend his arm up his back to find out where it is for next week.

Coarse Fishing.
‘Puentes Ray’ and ‘Birds Nest Phil’ managed to get a day out on Lake Puentes near Lorca but unfortunately were not joined by ‘Casa Verde Barry’ as hoped as he wasn’t feeling too well. Get well soon pal.

The two of them tried a new spot opposite where Ray normally fishes. The weather was warm and barely any wind to start with. Phil fished a conventional swim feeder and Ray a swim feeder also but on a carp rod with an optonics alarm. To start off bites were slow and they only took two carp each during the first 3 hours.

Then the wind picked up to around 20km an hour and so did the bites. It went crazy and they were getting bite after bite as soon as the feeders hit the water, carp were being landed one after another. Ray lost count as to how many they landed but it was a lot of fish. Phil caught most of his on bread and Ray caught on corn and maggot.

The weather changed from very windy to flat calm about eight times during the day but they kept on catching. Phil left at about 6pm with his aching arm poor thing! And Ray stayed on till 7pm and landed another 12 carp. Weights varied from 1lb to 3lb so no biggies but all in all a really magic day. Ray said sorry no piccies this time as he was too busy catching fish.

This week’s ‘Rods and Reels’ match was held on the Embalse de Pedrera in Murcia. They also fished the venue the day before and it was generally felt the feed going in the previous day would increase the fishing. Wrong! One of the learned colleagues within the club stated with the full moon that night things would change, and yes they did, with only half the field catching.

As well, the predominate species was carp, whereas normally it would have been barbel. The water level still appears to be dropping causing the last meters at the water’s edge to be muddy. However one can only assume they will be filling it up soon as the holiday period will be with us.

Top Rods on the day
1st Dave (The Sweetie Man) Hutchinson fishing the pole using paste with 25.1/2lbs.
2nd Ian (Irish Wizard) Dalzell fishing the feeder using hemp and maggot with 18.3/4lbs.
3rd Dave (Yours Truly) Hoare fishing the feeder using maggot with 15.1/2lbs.

‘Abbey Angling’s match was also held on the Embalsa de Pedrera.
Rain clouds gathered behind them and there was a fine skittering of rain across the Lake in the morning, but on the whole the rest of the day remained fine and dry.

This is one of the venues that if it does start to rain a fast exit is required as the ground quickly turns into thick mud and neither the Gruas or the local farmers are willing to come down to pull your vehicles out.

The water is still receding which is leaving muddy margins and the temperature of the lake is now 12c, now with the longer warmer days coming the fish should now start to feed in earnest.

1st Stan (The Man) Roberts with 22.3/4lbs fishing the waggler using temp and tares.
2nd Andy (Web Man) Stevenson with 20.3/4lbs fishing the pole using sweet corn.
3rd Dave (The Sweetie Man) Hutchinson with 18.3/4lbs fishing the pole using paste.

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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