Samphire Hoe – 03/07/2012

I set off from home at 6AM, got to Brazil’s to get my bait at 6:25 and was in the car park at Samphire at 6:45. Once I was all set up and cast out it was 7:15.

I was using common lug, black lug and ragworm for my baits. On the first cast I started getting knocks. And with a gentle strike I was into a fish going mental on the line. I didn’t know how big it was but it made a great presence of itself. I was into my first new species of the day, a female Corkwing Wrasse caught on ragworm.

Then the other rod started knocking a short while later and I pulled up my first Ballan Wrasse of the year. This one weighed just a touch over 13ozs.

I then pulled up another new species to me, and my third of the day, a Tompot blenny.

Then came a steady stream of Ballan Wrasse in varying patterns/colours

and another Tompot blenny

Then after another Ballan Wrasse I thought I had a Cuckoo Wrasse, but now believe it is a male Corkwing Wrasse.

Then the final fish of the day was another Ballan Wrasse.

I met up with a forum member there and chatted and fished together for a while and along with the wrasse he caught he popped up a nice bass that was returned after landing and measuring.

I left Samphire Hoe at about 19:30 after a great day. I lost about 9-10 rigs, countless hooks.

This session puts me up to 14 species for the year and only 3 away from my target of 17 with plenty of time left in the year.

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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