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PostSubject: Shell Island   Wed Jun 19, 2013 11:33 pm

Has anyone got any tips for fishing Shell Island?
Not been there before. Are we talking sandy beach fishing and a harbour?
Any rocky bits?
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PostSubject: Re: Shell Island   Thu Jun 20, 2013 12:16 pm

Never fished there Mike, always seemed to be full of "Grockles" but I found this.
 
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At the North point of Shell Island, the main channel leads out from the Estuary to the sea, and is very popular with fishermen as the water runs deep and at times fast. Bass are the major objective although fishing for plaice and flounder provides good sport. On rare occasions mackerel have entered the estuary and the sea appears to boil with activity.

During the day, the bathing beaches are too busy during the summer months. However as dusk approaches and the beach becomes quiet, then the fishermen take over. Again bass is the major prize. From the bathing beaches Bass, Flounder Plaice Mackerel, Dog Fish, Skate, Thornback, and an occasional Sting Ray are all fished for.


With skill, determination and patience, fishing over the rocks means floating your line and hoping not to get snagged on the bottom. More often than not, you do end up loosing your tackle, but the bigger bass hide in these places, away from there prey.


Fishing from your own boat can bring pleasure and enjoyment. At the south end of Shell Island is a reef called St. Patricks Causeway, which runs out for 14 miles. Great days can be spent fishing for a few mackerel to provide an afternoon of sport fishing for Tope, Bullhuss, Doggies, Skate and Thornbacks. If its bait your after, peeler crabs are available to gather yourself from the rockpools. The onsite Campshop stocks everything you need. Heres a few examples: Blast frozen bait, rods and reels, spinners and lures, weights and floats. In fact,  its one of the best stocked fishing shops along the coast!

 
 
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PostSubject: Re: Shell Island   Thu Jun 20, 2013 4:31 pm

Are we talking sandy beach fishing - YES but might only fishable in the evening. Low tide produces but can be weedy.

and a harbour? -YES, great for crab fishing, not sure about any good for fish fishing

Any rocky bits? -YESish - harbour entrance at North end of Island as I recall - I think one of the better spots during  daytime  as will be a bit quieter than main beaches.

Essential shell island items - crab lines, wind break, spare tent pole(s), gaffer tape, and another wind break if you have space.

I think we are heading back there at end of August. Not been since that gone but not forgotten fishing forum had a weekend there. Happy days!

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PostSubject: Re: Shell Island   Thu Jun 20, 2013 5:22 pm

You can also try spinning in the estuary:)
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PostSubject: Re: Shell Island   Thu Jun 20, 2013 8:03 pm

Hay up  mike fished there loads of times while camping .. In the estury I've had flounder eels and school bass crab is a must though ...

On the beach left of the estury entrance at low water if there a surf running same again plenty school bass I've had lots over the years there but not bigger than a pound ..u can dig some good blow lug in the estury .. Blowlug good there on the beach for the schoolies .. If the surf not to heavy I stood there holding a carp rod and one once lead and flicked it no more than 15 feet from where I was standing and had 10 school bass one morning that was fun .. I've also had little bass there on a popper if the sea calm in the morning again great fun .my best bass fom shell was a four pounder on a shad lure ..
The. Right of shell going towards the estury is rough at high ground but nice clean sand at low ..that's where I done all my bait fishing there at low up to mid tide .. Fish the rough ground if its calm with a popper ..to the left of the island it's rough ground right down to low water ..never fished here but is very good they say for bigger bass on crab .. Right to the left of the island is all sand and where most go swimming .. Never fished there but last time I was there ..there was a cracking gully at the high water mark that screams bass if condishions are right ..hope this helps mike

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PostSubject: Re: Shell Island   Thu Jun 20, 2013 8:26 pm

I believe at high tide the island actually becomes an "island" and your cut off unlike Anglesey which has a bridge you can escape on, this being the case will your report be eligible for the international reports section Questionclown
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PostSubject: Re: Shell Island   Thu Jun 20, 2013 8:41 pm

If the wind blows hard enough it might become an Isle of Man report Laughing

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PostSubject: Re: Shell Island   Sat Jun 22, 2013 8:31 pm

Thanks very much for all the information.
If the weather is kind, I'll be there next weekend with a report to follow Smile

One further question,
Is bait available in the shop there?
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PostSubject: Re: Shell Island   Sun Jun 23, 2013 11:36 am

fairziff wrote:
Thanks very much for all the information.
If the weather is kind, I'll be there next weekend with a report to follow Smile

One further question,
Is bait available in the shop there?

And Is there a landing strip for my Lear Jet and a 5 star hotel? Wink
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PostSubject: Re: Shell Island   Sun Jun 23, 2013 2:12 pm

Yes mike there is frozen fish bait at the camping shop there .plus there is two fishing shops in Barmouth that always sell ragworm crab Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: Shell Island   Sun Jun 23, 2013 5:24 pm

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And Is there a landing strip for my Lear Jet and a 5 star hotel? Wink

Apparantly there's a Helipad, if that helps??
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