Towards the end of this week I am traveling up to Arnside, just south of the Lake District for a short break. I am staying in a plush static caravan which is so close to Morecambe bay sands I could cast from the balcony therefore making it a heinous crime not to fish.
I have fished this location before, but that was during the month of February under the influence of champagne while celebrating my 30th birthday. I managed to catch some nice sized flounders but also snapped one of my carp rods (yes carp rod) after becoming snagged on some immovable object.
I hadn’t been sea fishing for years and so I was forced to use some carp rods and leads of only 3oz. Now, if you have fished Morecambe before then you will be aware of how the tidal ‘bore’ rips onto the sands. Having no idea what I was really doing the first time around chucking a 3oz lead into that tide resulted in either the soft carp rod ending up bent double or the lead being carried merrily along taking hundreds of yards of line with it.
After letting the tide reach it’s high point I was able to hold ground and start to catch some Morecambe bay flounders. I think I actually did ok considering the time of year, lack of knowledge and carp rod/reel. Although I must confess Ian of Exeter Angling fame gave me a crash course in knots, rigs and bait which was probably the only reason I caught.
1. Flounder caught at Morecambe Bay in February
This time around I have 4 days to fish and so will be better prepared in terms of tackle and knowledge. I have the following to take with me..
A Shimano Titanos XSA 5500 reel loaded with 15lb Sufix Tritanium monofilament. Attached to this using an Albright Knot is a 50lb Sufix Superior shock leader. The rod all this will be rigged through is a Greys 12ft GRX-S Bass.
Shimano Titanos XSA 5500 reel
Sufix Superior 50lb mono shock leader
Greys GRX-S Bass 12ft rod
At the business end I am being horribly lazy and have purchased a number of pre-tied rigs from the Greys shore range. They include the standard 2 hook Flapper rig (1 up 1 down), a 2 hook loop rig (for impact leads) and some Pulley Rig Pennel just in case there is any cod or bass lurking.
Greys shore range: Flapper Rig, Pulley Rig Pennel and Loop Rig
As well as my 12ft bass rod I am taking a 2.75lb TC carp rod which has 12lb mainline and 30lb shock leader so I will be needing a range of leads. I am also going to be trying out a “Dvice casting capsule”, which is essentially a large plastic tube with a lead attached to the bottom. You place the bait/hook into the plastic tube and cast it out, water rushes into the tube on impact and expels your bait/hook tangle free. They are quite expensive at £3.50 each but worth trying to see if they are any better or worth the extra money over a standard gripper lead. It is worth noting that I have modified the gripper leads by bending the wire tips up and exaggerating their angle. I am told this makes them more effective.
Dvice casting capsule and various other sized leads
I am going to be using frozen baits and have decided to take crab, sand eel and black lugworm. On my last visit to Morecambe I had great success using half sections of black lugworm and crab. I am hoping (but it will be unlikely) that the summer months will draw in a wider range of species so taking 3 different baits will give me more opportunity to experiment.
Wish me luck and I shall let you know how I get on.