I’ve always enjoyed mixing up my fishing. Living on the west coast of Wales, I am lucky in having a wide range of species to target, and pretty much every couple of weeks throughout the year I can go for something different.
Its not just over time that I mix my fishing up either. I found out many years ago that it often pays to change your target species during the one day. This is done by fishing the peak feeding time for one species, then switching venue or tactics to target another later in the day, again when you feel it is most likely to feed. This maximizes your opportunities and rarely leads to blanks. I did this on a recent trip.
The tide was the correct height and time to first target black bream off the shore. I went to a reliable rock mark, though at this particular time catches had been very sporadic. I fished two rods at long range casting small mackerel baits in to an weed bed that the bream like to work through. The peak time for the bream to show is between three hours and one hour before high water.
Bang on time, a little less than three hours before high water, one of my rod tips nodded a few times and I struck in to a small bream, quickly followed by another. I wanted a bigger fish, so changed to a mackerel strip tipped with squid, a good combination for the bigger bream. Within a couple of casts I saw a much more determined bite and struck in to a bigger bream. This one looked to be about 1.5lbs and bream of this size can be classed as a decent one when caught off the shore. We had a few more smaller bream, then decided to target some mullet over high water on a mark about an hour away.
As we arrived it was a little before high water and we could see some mullet already cruising in the deeper channels. It is much shallower where we needed to fish and we had to wait a little while for the mullet to come cruising in.
I was fishing a small oval bubble float, a size 6 wide gape carp hook tied to 6-feet of 8lb Fluorocarbon line, and the bait would be bread taken from a slice of a cheap doughy loaf that I find best at staying on the hook when cast.
I set up in the reeds and waited for the mullet to become confident. After a few casts I hooked and lost a mullet on the strike. Luckily this did not spook the other fish. A few casts later I saw a mullet feeding on a scum line. I waited until the mullet moved a short distance away, then cast the bread to where the mullet had just been feeding. I knew this mullet would return to the same place in time.
Sure enough I watched the mullet go full circle and come back in to the scum line. It sipped scum initially, eventually saw the bread, and sucked it straight in.
The rod tip pulled over, and after a brief sulk, the fish bored off. It took several long runs and then fought out a give and take battle right in front of me. Eventually it tired and was netted by my fishing buddy. I didn’t weigh the fish, but it looked somewhere either side of 4lbs and was a great way to end the day. After a quick photo and release the fish took off for open water, but will always remain in my memory as a fish I would never have caught if I’d stayed on the original mark for the duration of my trip.