Windy Session at the POW Pier, Dover


I headed down to Dover to go on to the POW or opening time. I picked up some bait from Brazils and headed over to the pier. There was one other group of 3 waiting to drive on and they were headed for the cafe area for the shelter. The wind was around 20MPH+ with no where to hide. The shelters were useless as the wind blew straight into them. I decided to set my pitch as my usual place by the green box about 80 yards from the cafe.

I set up my 2 rods with rag on them and 2 and 3 hook flappers. Then I tried to cast… I can usually do 80-100 yards with out too much issue consistantly but I don’t think I managed more than 50 as the wind caught the line and dragged it back in. But as it turned out that didn’t matter too much. First cast from each rod had a dog on it with in 5 minutes.

During the day more dogs came in and a steady stream of Whiting. I was using mackerel, common lug, black lug, ragworm and squid and Whiting fillets with squid which caught probably the biggest dog fish. As a bit of fun I used some muppets I got when I subscribed to Total Sea magazine and tipped them with a small squid bit. I was getting massive knocks but nothing was connecting. Then eventually I caught this puppy.

Final score was 10 Dogfish, 8 edible size, but all returned and 18 whiting but only 1 edible size just. Was a very windy day but was nice to get out again.

Just have to plan the next trip now

About Chris Ainger

I have been working in IT since 1998 in the Public Housing Sector. I have worked with Citrix since 2003 in the days of Citrix Metaframe XP 1.0 FR2. Since then I have been through the processes of upgrading to Presentation Server 4.0 with a farm of around 150 servers. Since then I have helped create a farm of around 200 servers using XenApp 6.0 on VMware 4.1. This was a great experience which has only increased during the upgrades of the environment for out 2000+ users. All of our clients are the WYSE 10 series using ThinOS which I have helped configure for individual users from a central location making administration very simple. I gained my CCA qualification in XenApp 6.0 in January 2012. I am a big fan of SolarWinds also, which is a great monitoring tool. It is very versatile with a small footprint of resource usage on the targeted devices. I am currently designing the interfaces for the IT department for daily use and also a Service view for the Support Desk Team. I am also a keen fisherman, having restarted again after 20 years. I set myself yearly targets to try to complete which makes this more interesting and belong to several forums of other like-minded folks. I, on occasion, fly fish for trout as a treat once in a while or when the fridge gets empty and also sea fly fish for bass and mullet. My main area is sea fishing from either beach, harbour wall or pier. There are so many species of fish to catch around the UK that you can mix up the locations to try something different.

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