After what seems like, and in fact is, ages I managed to get out sea fishing this past weekend. Admittedly it was only to the local River Douglas but with the weather fair if a little chilly it was time to dust the cobwebs off my gear that had accumulated over the past 5 months and get out there and do a bit.
I can’t believe it’s been so long since I last wet a line but the records don’t lie and the last time we went out was October last year to Anglesey. No wonder I’ve been getting a little twitchy.
So keeping it simple I emptied the fridge of some vintage frozen black lug, circa October 2011 and a well past it’s use by date Mackerel and drove the whole 5 minutes down the road, parked up and was on the bank 1.5 hours before high water and setting up less than a quarter of an hour since setting off. Sometimes it’s good to stay local…
There were a few other keen anglers braving the icy North Easterly wind and it didn’t take long until I noticed the flash of a white bellied Flounder from further down the river.
About half an hour before high water and after missing a couple of good bites, I managed my first fish of the year, a plump River Douglas Flounder which fell to the manky old Mackerel. quickly casting out again I managed another, this time on lug but tiny, so tiny I’m amazed it got the hook in it’s mouth.
Things died down a bit over high water as the flow lessened but it did give a few barges chance to travel the Douglas down to the River Ribble where at slack water they are able to cross into the Lancaster Canal. The tide turned and I managed one more good sized fish, which was returned along with the others as I’m not a fan of eating Flounder as in my opinion they taste a bit ‘earthy’ out of our local river.
First sea fishing session of the year, lovely sunny day, a few fish and back home in time for lunch, what a great way to start off my 2013 season even if it is a little late getting going.
The venue is in Hesketh Bank, Nr. Preston and is easiest to find by going through Tarleton from the A59. At the main A565/A59/Tarleton lights head into Tarleton village, go past the Cock and Bottle pub on the right, then right at a mini roundabout, keeping the Village Inn to the left then take the next left into Hesketh Bank. Stay on this road for about 2.5 miles until it goes round a sharp left bend down a slight hill. Almost immediately after this bend take the next right onto Guide Road then after about 200 meters take the track on the right. Park at the end of the track remembering to leave space for farm vehicles, go over the style and the river is in front of you. Fish it on a medium sized tide otherwise the flow is too strong.