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bonefishmon
11-26-2008, 09:42 PM
Keep sending those pictures and we may just have to come see your version of the Squire, not to mention catching some of those beautiful bass!

Phil

Mike Oliver
11-28-2008, 09:46 AM
Phil we have some great pubs but Bass fishing forget it. Why do you think we come to CC when we can. The Squires is ok for you young Blades after say 2100 when the young ladies tend to arrive. Me these days I prefer a quite pint and less noise. Got to say that last two steaks I had in Squires were not up to much. But I do like the place.

Mike

Stevo
11-28-2008, 10:04 AM
Keep sending those pictures and we may just have to come see your version of the Squire, not to mention catching some of those beautiful bass!

Phil

Hey Phil

If any of you guys head over to the UK, please do give me a shout (or send an email - PM's aren't much good as I don't look at them as often as I should).

Adrian popped over a couple of years ago but it was during March, which was way too early. I think it was a business trip that had a spare day going? Anywho, Jamie and I took him to a good spot on the West Sussex coast but the fish weren't about. We had a great lunch (and a pint) in a truly unique English pub afterwards though.

I have a boat now, which lets me access fishing Mike cannot get to - plus he lives the furthest you can possibly be from the coast within the UK, which can't help, eh Mike?

A few more to whet your appetite...

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3070/2872293632_65e8fdf401.jpg
32" of European bass, Dicentrachus labrax

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3290/2865298728_04b59b4a08_o.jpg
a shorter, fat fish weighing 8lb 2oz's (29")

Mike Oliver
11-28-2008, 10:38 AM
Steve,

Bang on. I live 136 miles from nearest beach. You could risk your reputation with that boat of yours but shore based fly fishing I could never dare risk inviting anyone over here. Even in a wetsuit type approach in some hairy estruarys it's not worth the 3000 mile journey. Great views but that's it from me. Some of the Guys might enjoy a Shell Island Fishinn but there is only a few fish caught about 25 between 30 Guyys over 3 days and then m ost on bait and plugs. Very few on the fly.

You are young enough to emigrate Steve.

Mike

bonefishmon
11-28-2008, 02:08 PM
Steve. I'm really liking the looks of your boat! Low center console for ducking bridges!
Care to elaborate and with a few photos?

Phil

Adrian
11-28-2008, 04:21 PM
Hey Steve, yes, I remember it well!

Bloody freezing as I recal but there was still bait in the water and it looked very fishy.

Lunch was awesome!

Great pics and hoping to see you and the old clan sometime soon.

Stevo
11-29-2008, 06:51 AM
Steve. I'm really liking the looks of your boat! Low center console for ducking bridges!
Care to elaborate and with a few photos?

Phil

Here you go Phil. I took the name off as it was upsetting a few mothers at the slip, but it still remains the Blue Bastard! :devil:


http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v387/Gonzo1964/IMGP1632.jpg

And afloat...

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v387/Gonzo1964/Bluebastard.jpg

More relaxed..

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v387/Gonzo1964/BB98.jpg

I built a small rear casting deck complete with leaning post. The front area has a nice flat deck although it could do with a post there too... a project for next spring, I feel.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v387/Gonzo1964/IMGP1631.jpg

bonefishmon
11-30-2008, 04:44 AM
Very nice skiff. Who makes it?

Phil

Stevo
11-30-2008, 06:21 AM
It's a Salcombe Flyer 440, but I don't think they are produced any longer. The 480 is probably a better boat and a little bigger too.

It does the job and is easy to tow but storage can be a problem; you have to travel light!

jimS
11-30-2008, 09:11 AM
Stevo, how long it your bass season, and are they migratory? Also, if a 36cm (14 inch) fish is legal, what is the breeding size?

Stevo
11-30-2008, 01:43 PM
Jim

Our season mirrors yours on the east coast US and our bass do migrate, but I think patterns are changing slightly due to waters warming around the UK. We are also getting bass caught regularly as far north as Norway in recent years... global warming perhaps!

Breeding females start at around 42cm, which is under the current minimum landing size (mls), although male fish are supposed to be sexually active at around 36/38cm's. Either way, these fish are way too small to be taken and it continues to be a massive bone of contention with anglers and commercial fishermen alike. It doesn't take an expert to see what lay in store for the European bass though!