Below is a list of different methods of fishing in Guernsey and how they might be employed. these are only suggestions and there are always different methods to try and catch different fish depending on conditions and the mark being fished. Please select a method from the list below:
Bottom FishingLight FloatFreeliningSpinningFloat Fishing
Method: Bottom FishingCommon Species: BassBreamGurnardPlaiceSoleCongerWrasseRed MulletBaits: King RagwormHarbour RagwormScallop FrillsSquid & CuttlefishMackerelSandeelVermDescription:
This is a rather broad description of what is basically fishing with the bait on or near the seabed, targeting those species which feed on or near the seabed rather than in mid water or near the surface.
There are several different rigs which you can use, some of which are detailed separately at the end of this section but all of them use a lead weight to hold the bait near or on the seabed.
The approach is different for the species sought and even the type of seabed being fished over. Different rigs have different effects with some designed to keep a bait hard on the sea bed and others allowing the bait to stay away from the bottom, fluttering enticingly in the tide. Hook sizes and line strength will vary greatly depending on the species sought from a size 8 hook for mullet to a size 10/0 or larger for species such as conger.
There are several different types of lead available which can have an affect on the way the rig works. Some leads can be used to roll the bait around in the tide covering a larger area of ground but this is only really suited to clean sandy or gravel seabeds. There are also grip leads available which will help hold the bait and gear in one place without moving. This requires the fish to move to and find the bait, normally by scent.
Some places in Guernsey have significant tidal movement where it is not possible to hold bottom even with a heavy grip lead, in these cases, a cast should be made so that the tide is moving away from you rather than across you if possible. Otherwise, it may be possible to employ uptiding practice whereby the lead is cast uptide of your position (i.e. towards where the tide run is coming from) and a large amount of slack line let off the reel. This will cause a large loop of line which will help the lead to bed into place with the grip wires.
The rig to use depends greatly on the species being sought but even more so on the type of sea bed on which you will be fishing. A rotten bottom rig, for example, is suited to fishing very snaggy ground where the lead may get caught up on the rocks or weed. The rotten bottom will allow the lead to break free should a fish be hooked when the lead is stuck fast. Rigs: Pennell RigPulley RigConger TraceBomber RigPaternosterRunning LedgerRotten Bottom RigTwo Hook Flapper