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PostSubject: Mersey 11/02/2017 Town hall steps and Perch Rock   Sun Feb 12, 2017 11:40 am

Set off for the Mersey at 9am with Old Gregg, Munch, James and Shaun (only feather chucked previously) . Weather forecast was fine if a little nippy. High 9.5m
Arrived about 10:30 to fish it up an hour (ish we were a bit late) and a few hours down, plenty already fishing when we arrived. Walked down towards the ferry terminal to find a spot, set up whilst James found a park and more importantly a thrown lug bed. Must have been 20-30 lug just scattered around the floor, picked them up and used them Laughing  good quality too!
As usual late to the party, I asked a few as we walked down how it was fishing. Slow seemed to be the theme.

4 rods out between us, all using two hook flappers. 3  rods on fresh frozen and mine on fresh found floor lug... Smile Soon became apparent it was more than a little nippy as it tried to snow. First cast, 5 mins in and I was in first with this little beaut





Following we had a steady stream of fish, double headers etc. Usual suspects, whiting, Dab, lots of small cod and a rockling (think we also had a flounder) The cold was relentless, I had left a few bits in the car as I didnt think it would so cold, Sean told me he was dressed fine as hes used to it as he works outside....tried to warn him lol!





Munch with his first fish



It was a good session with a beltin start, this little fella signalled the end of fishing as nothing else came but a few crab knocks that followed it.



We headed back to the car, there was only one person left fishing and he couldn't have been in more than 2 foot of water. At this point I was slightly worried as everyone was looking cold with loss of finger feeling etc  lol!  and we have part two to take care of.
Headed down to Perch Roch, called in at home bargain for some 2 hr burn fire logs. Sat in the car park whilst everyone filled up on food/drink and as we were ready it stopped spitting too. This time we prepared better, more layers and Shaun borrowed my canary commando gear.
Arrived and there was a match just about to start, not many fishing it but given the cold it was understandable.
To the left a few came shortly after us



To the right, the guys who were on a match



Base camp setup with beach shelter and fire log, kids happy...fish on..
It was a lot slower than I usually find it, but last time it was this slow it was also on a very big tide which I thought should be lesson learned until a little later.


Sean in full canary commando gear.




Previously at Perch Rock I had caught a one eyed whiting and one with a huge eye but this was a first...no eyes! a blind whiting Shocked  Ugly little bugger.







A little warmer than THS as we were dressed for it this time, about 1hr before low the bites dropped off but we kept at it. We called it a day a little after low and made our way back to the car. Near the fort we bumped in to 2 of the match guys who had thrown the towel in, one metre of fish they were on. The guy in the lead was on 6 metres! Apparently they were using fresh blow lug but had forgotten mackerel to tip it off like the guy in the lead was using. Hmm tip for next time maybe?
Long day but glad to be out. If your wondering, I ate that cod last night. I wondered what it was eating so did an autopsy Shocked  it had 3 crabs in its gut.
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PostSubject: Re: Mersey 11/02/2017 Town hall steps and Perch Rock   Sun Feb 12, 2017 2:41 pm

Cracking report/pics
Well done all on the fish Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: Mersey 11/02/2017 Town hall steps and Perch Rock   Sun Feb 12, 2017 4:00 pm

Looks cold ice
Well done cheers
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PostSubject: Re: Mersey 11/02/2017 Town hall steps and Perch Rock   Sun Feb 12, 2017 4:26 pm

Another cracking report si thumbs up

Makes you wonder how that whiting is still alive Shocked

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PostSubject: Re: Mersey 11/02/2017 Town hall steps and Perch Rock   Sun Feb 12, 2017 4:39 pm

Great report and pictures well done. cheers
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PostSubject: Re: Mersey 11/02/2017 Town hall steps and Perch Rock   Sun Feb 12, 2017 5:16 pm

Looked bearing the cold for!
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PostSubject: Re: Mersey 11/02/2017 Town hall steps and Perch Rock   Sun Feb 12, 2017 10:31 pm

stevo wrote:
Another cracking report si thumbs up

Makes you wonder how that whiting is still alive Shocked

He is no longer he was only mouth hooked but was dead on return must have been hanging on for dear life the lug on Simon's hook was his last supper.
Has anyone else landed a whiting with this eye disease i had a quick google its not uncommon in aquariums didn't find much at all on sea fish. With Simon having landed 3 all whiting with eye disease is it a commonish thing or has Simon had bad luck and caught these on their return trip from sellafield.
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PostSubject: Re: Mersey 11/02/2017 Town hall steps and Perch Rock   Tue Feb 14, 2017 11:01 am

Great report & photos well done all cheers cheers cheers cheers cheers
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