Fleetwood Channel Flounder

looking west from the fleetwood channel
Not a wave in sight - lets hope the fish don't notice...

Sunday dawned bright and clear and although I’d been out the night before and lost an hours sleep due to the clocks going forward I arrived at the chosen venue, Fleetwood Channel, in plenty of time for the 2nd BLAS sea fishing match of the season.

Nine of us fished into the estuary channel of the River Wyre a couple of hours down to low water and a couple of hours back up again using predominantly peeler crab as bait with the odd try of Lug, Mackerel or Squid.

Once again I was first in with a fish, a plump little Flounder of 33 cms which went safely back then, as per last week, I had to wait ages for a second while people either side of me caught but eventually I did catch another Flounder of 31 cms which was a relief – I was starting to think that I was only being allocated one fish per match by the sea fishing gods.

a flounder from fleetwood channel

A few other species were caught such as Codling (all undersized), a Plaice (again undersized) and a Long Spined Sea Scorpion (I think) of 20 cms. Almost everything was caught using Peeler Crab which seems to be the only bait of worth at the moment.

knott end across fleetwood channel
Flat calm on the River Wyre estuary looking towards Knott End

Great weather, good company and some fish – if there’s anything better I’m not sure I know what it is…

While chatting we did notice a bottle floating by and when it was washed up next to us we found it was a genuine message in a bottle, with a wax sealed cork. After struggling to get the paper out we found a note written by someone called John on 25/9/10 and thrown in the sea at Aberystwyth – which is an ‘up the coast’ journey of about 175 miles.

message in a bottle at fleetwood

Not a genie in a bottle but still, a little bit different.

Next week proper beach fishing from Rossall – time to break out the long range stuff.

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4 Comments

  1. KEVIN HESMONDHALGH said:

    HI, RECENTLY RETIRED (EARLY) I WISH TO START FISHING, NOT FISHED FOR 50 YEARS, I HAVE ALL THE GEAR JUST WAITING FOR MY NERVES TO STOP, STOPPING ME, I DONT WANT TO LOOK A FOOL

    Hes

    July 25, 2012
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    • Stu said:

      Hi hes, where are you based? Perhaps I can give you a few hints about the area or at least point you to someone who can even if I can’t .

      July 26, 2012
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  2. Ian Taylor said:

    Hi
    Very similar to Kevin’s comment and wondered about joining the Fleetwood club. Details please. Live at Thornton Cleveleys. TIA

    February 12, 2016
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