First and foremost you generally don’t need to spend a lot on specialised gear, a heavy feeder or spinning rods coupled with a compatible reel loaded with 12lb-15lb line will generally suffice, but remember to add a shock leader as suffering a crack off on a crowded pier can have disastrous consequences.
Whitby and Bridlington piers are currently fishing well for mackerel and flatties, with lug worm of mussel the preferred baits. At this time of year crabs will strip your bait fairly quickly so check regularly that you aren’t fishing with a bare hook.
Also be extremely carefull if you catch a weaver as these can give a nasty sting. They are recognisable by the perch-like spines on their backs and these can penetrate a towel so try not to handle them.
At Hornsea and Aldebrugh, bass and rays are being taken off the beaches in the evening after the crowds. Spinning is particularly effective for bass cast only a short way.
Across the Humber at Skegness the stretch behind Butlins can also produce bass over the high water in the evenings. There are also a lot of boats offering short trips and there have been some reasonable catches of cod and mackerel, and most skippers will provide tackle.
This is a very brief guide but if you are stuck you can always ring Roger on the above number.
STANLEY Street Sports and Social club visited Lindholme Lakes last Sunday where they opted to fish the willow pond, where all the main frame fished pellet on the long pole.
In top spot Steve Goddard on peg 35 put 64lb 4oz in the net to finish ahead of Mel Kirton ,who took 52lb 4oz from peg 7. Bill Richardson and Mick Simpson finished joint third with 45lb 8oz from pegs 52 and 11.
The next match is on 28th August at Clearwater Lake, draw at 8.30am.
British Gas AC fished at Bank End fishery match lake last Thursday, managing over 1,000lbs at over 60lb per angler.
First placed Keith Walters alternated methods to put an all carp net together of 125lb 8oz from peg 28.
Bill Richardson finished second with 125lb 4oz from peg 29, with Mick Burrell taking an incredible all silver fish net of 92lb 8oz for third.
The Whitwell AS members fished the snake pond at Aston Ponds on Sunday. In first was Paul Hallybone in peg 51 using worm and casters on the far bank for 36lb 12oz.
Second at peg 55 using worm and meat at 11 metres was Ken Stevenson, and in third was Roy Priestly in peg 38 with 32lb.
Grafton AA travelled to Candy Corner fishery last Saturday on Oscars pond, where Walt Elgy fished pole and pellet to finish a clear winner with 69lb 12oz. Brian Poole fished pole and paste for 45lb 8oz and second place, with Ian Topham making up the frame with 43lb 8oz.
Bircotes AC fished last Thursday on the top pond at Lodge Farm with all the main frame pole fishing meat. Les Richmond took 64lb 3oz from peg 26, Tony Lees had 54lb 14oz and Phil Morgan 47lb 9oz.
Manton AC also visited Lodge Farm last Sunday where little more than 1lb separated the top three. First was Stuart Coupe fishing pole and pellet from peg 11 for 40lb 13oz.
Wes Lockton bomb fished meat to weigh 40lb 10oz and Keith Morris took 39lb 11oz on meat presented on the pole.
THE current settled weather has seen match weights on the up at Lodge Farm and Tuesday’s open on the field pond saw Wayne Ibbertson amass 156lb 8oz on pole fished pellet from peg 10.
Steve Bingham, 83lb 4oz, was second with Reg Turner, 66lb 8oz, third.
Wednesday’s over 50s competition on the long island saw Melvin Morris pole fishing paste on peg 94 to bank 84lb 12oz, with Matt Bailey claiming the runners-up spot with 78lb 12oz.
Thursday’s open on the signal was won by Steve Nemass on peg 8 with 75lb 5oz taken on the method feeder, ahead of Les Richmond with 57lb 11oz.
At Lakeside pole fished meat is proving especially effective and in Wednesday’s open Shane Pimperton and Steve Barraclough employed this method to record 90lb 5oz and 88lb 15oz respectively.
Saturday saw the members of UNISO line the banks with Matthew Marshall claiming the win from peg 8 with 73lb 5oz. Mal Thompsonwas second with 59lb 2oz.
On the carp lake Lee Richardson took five specimens on cell boilies topped off by a common of 27lb 14oz, while on the trout lake Neill Patterson had 13 fish to 6lb on his orange fritz presented on a sinking line.
Riverside’s Saturday open saw venue expert Keith Noble amass 50lb 8oz on pole fished meat, with Stuart Lilley claiming the runners-up position with 31lb 8oz.