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8th Attempt Sheepey Rays

Posted: Sun Apr 19, 2009 7:56 pm
by jay180
Had my 8th attempt at sheppey rays and drew yet another blank, was starting to dishearten myself the other week but when i sit an think about i have only seen 1 caught in all these sessions an heard of 2/3 others on days im there, so jay, dont knock yourself to much...... got there 0510 an met jeffro at warden bay, wind was blowing a hoolie head onto the beach, fancy it no, warm bed, blonde misses why did i get up :-S anyway, had my 3 rods pre set up so was straight out in the water, sand eel, bluey an herring, around an hour before high the weed was becoming a problem, lost 2 rigs, 1 due to the weed grating my line on the groyne and the other from shells amonst the weed rubbing on my line, joys of 15lb line but if i want the extra yards its worth the risk..... the session ended up fish less an bite less for an 8th time but was easier to take as i went with the attitude of not catching but enjoying (EVEN THO I WAS UP AT 4AM :(( ) stayed until the tide was un fishable an just had a laugh with me boy looking for crabs an wading in the sea..... back out next week in the comp, will i get my 1st ray then,??? what a day to do it that would be... :D :D

Posted: Sun Apr 19, 2009 8:26 pm
by mulletover
Well done for having a go, I tried for rays last two years and blank after blank seems inevitable, I never managed one, but they are there, just knowing when!!

Posted: Sun Apr 19, 2009 9:12 pm
by kopitecol
who's team are you on mr blankety blank!!! :D

Posted: Mon Apr 20, 2009 7:04 am
by merris999
Hi Jay, was going there on thursday but one of the party went on tuesday/ wednesday, they had netted and then after tide went out they had left all the carcases there and am told that they are severly put off by there own carrion :( bloody commercails i know they have to maek a living but that is just shooting themselves in the foot aswell as mucking it up for us shore and boat anglers !!! X( X( X( X(
a couple of more weeks and i am reliabley informed they will move to netting sandwich and minis so the island so get back to normal, hopefully they wont net on sunday :-S

Posted: Mon Apr 20, 2009 7:26 am
by gazza12
with all your determination to get one it WIIL haappen :D keep smiling it will be worth it in the end :)

Posted: Mon Apr 20, 2009 9:17 am
by Bigdigger
Every dog has his day M8 yours is yet to come :D

Posted: Mon Apr 20, 2009 12:23 pm
by jeffro
Good things come to those who wait!

It will happen mate!!

Posted: Mon Apr 20, 2009 4:05 pm
by hammyloz
if you blank at the comp i will take you out on my boat for a guarenteed ray

Posted: Mon Apr 20, 2009 7:41 pm
by jay180
kopitecol wrote:who's team are you on mr blankety blank!!! :D
unfortunatly col, YOURS, ha ha... wont be ray fishing tho, i be after flats, eel an bass so hopefully i will contribute to the thames estruary tally :D

Posted: Mon Apr 20, 2009 7:44 pm
by jay180
where do you fish for them hammyloz? make you right merris about the commercials, its been at the back of my mind for most sessions.... X(

Posted: Tue Apr 21, 2009 4:01 pm
by backlash
Hi, have had 10 this year all on sheppey, had 4 at Eastchurch Gap biggest 9lb 14, 5 at the slope at Warden Bay biggest 6,6 and 1 at the green at Leysdown last night. All on 2/0 pulley and fillets of bluey except last night which was a small maid of a couple of pound, which took crab on a 2/0 dropper rig. Thing is apart from 2 single fish the others were both 4 a session, so there have been a lot of blanks in between. But its been strange this year, perfect conditions and blank, easterly winds and you catch, usually its not worth fishing after high water over here, yet this year we have had them right through the tide. So not got a clue what to advise except to keep trying.

Posted: Tue Apr 21, 2009 6:58 pm
by jay180
cheers backlash, a lot of peeps have noticed this to? still hope yet :D

Posted: Tue Apr 21, 2009 8:36 pm
by hammyloz
jay180 wrote:where do you fish for them hammyloz? X(
out of newhaven near brighton

Posted: Wed Apr 22, 2009 6:36 pm
by jay180
got to happen soon, set 3 targets, thornback, smoothound an sting ray, will be happy 2 of them :)