EWENNY ANGLING OPEN DAY
I spent Saturday 28th March representing Pure Fishing at an open day to celebrate the opening of Ewenny Anglings new shop in Bridgend,
Open days are obviously important for the shop and the day was a huge success for owners Keith and Melanie Dewhurst as customers were already in the shop at 8am and it remained busy throughout the day until closing time at 5.30pm. I spent my day demonstrating items of tackle, suggesting possible rod and reel combos, and trying to answer varied questions from anglers regarding their sea angling problems. We even helped in raising a little money for the RNLI!
I find these days very useful, for in chatting to dozens of anglers through the day, it helps me gauge changes in sea angling attitudes, also opinions on tackle and techniques, and identify possible future trends in sea fishing that might influence tackle development in the coming years.
On Friday 3rd April I’m looking forward to being at Chapman’s Angling in
Hull for an open day, so if you get chance try and pop along for a chat.
SPRING SPECIES ARRIVING EARLY
Spending a little time on the phone with mates around the UK I’m getting the impression that certain species are making an early arrival back inshore as spring finally arrives. Smoothound have already been caught in Essex, also surprisingly from Chapel St Leonards in
Lincolnshire, and from the boats out in the middle of the
Bristol Channel between Lynmouth and Barry. March for smoothound is early, especially for those
Mullet have been seen inside Pwllheli Marina in North Wales which are a also a few weeks early, and three mackerel have been caught from the rocks at St David’s in Pembrokeshire and from the rocks off The Lizard in Cornwall according to local contacts. It’s usually mid April before the very first shore mackerel are caught.
With good weather supposedly forecast for early April I’m expecting to hear of a sudden increase in catches of bass, rays and plaice to be reported, and watch for the first tope of the new season being caught off Aberdovey in
Cardigan Bay within the next couple of weeks.