FishTickler III Trip on 01/06/2013

I headed out on a boat trip with the forum from Ramsgate on FishTickler III in search of Plaice and a few wrecks. We headed for the Plaice first and once we arrived we started drifting. We had a small wager on the first fish caught and the biggest of the day to make things more interesting. I was using a spreader boom with 50cm snoods with mismatching beads and a small spoon with ragworm on. On the first drop I got a bite but wasn’t sure if they was anything on it so I dropped it back to the floor, but the taps kept coming. I pulled the line up to find a decent sized Gurnard on the hook. I was informed that it was a Tub Gurnard of 30cm long weighing 10 1/2 ounces.


I baited up again and sent to it the sea floor and got a decent bang on the rod and pulled up a great Plaice of 44cm and weighing just shy of 2lb at 1lb 15oz.

Very soon after Micks rod bent double. After the lump on the end of the rod surfaced it was initially thought to be a turbot when upside down, but once it was netted the spots were seen and it was a 5 1/2lb monster Plaice. This was now the biggest fish on the boat. We were going to move along but decided to stay and try to get some more.  A number of sizeable other Plaice joined the collection pot and then the bites died off. We stayed a bit longer but still nothing, not even a knock.

We decided that we would start wrecking and headed for the first wreck. We had two drifts here with no results and as it was busy here with boats moved onto another. At one of the other wrecks Andy hit into something big and slowly brought it up form the depths. This turned out to be a lovely looking 9lb Cod. This was now the biggest fish.

After a few more drifts across a few more wrecks nothing was coming up, but rigs were being lost so we headed back to Ramsgate.

Until the next time

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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