Tight Lines with Cumbria Tackle
From coast to coarse, Paul Armstrong from Cumbria Tackle shares his fishing tips for the season.
Fishing on the west coast has been interesting to say the least over the past couple of months. Despite the apparent lack of Mackerel, we have seen some reasonable numbers of Pollack, Whiting, Thornback Rays, Tope and more recently decent numbers of Bull Huss, with a few choosing to target the Conger Eels along our coast. Notable catches have included good size Tope and Bull Huss.
It’s hard to put your finger on what you will catch due to the sheer diversity of recent catches, but I suppose that’s half the fun. One thing to note is that the ruling over keeping bass has been amended; as of October 1st 2018 you are permitted to take one bass per day, just remember the minimum size for a bass is 41cm.
On the course fishing side Mirehouse Pond has fished well throughout August, with around 30 catches reported, including ‘Big ‘Lil’ currently weighing in at 16lb 1oz. ‘Big Lil’ was caught two days running and it’s good to see some of the regular junior anglers responsible for a good proportion of these catches. Mirehouse Pond is proving to be a little gem of a water and can be fished on a day ticket basis with club members on hand to offer help and advice.
I’m sure many of you enjoyed the long dry spell this summer, however it did drop the water levels in the lakes and in turn, affected the fishing. Thankfully water levels have increased and good numbers of pike and trout are being bagged from Bassenthwaite, Loweswater and Crummock.