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Marie F nets 300 Channel Whiting in deep sea fishing trip

Channel whiting arrive off the coast of Lyme Regis from November onwards and can still be around in March and April. Whiting is a fish Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall highly recommends we eat rather than cod.

Channel whitingWhiting come in huge numbers to spawn. If you’re in the right place at the right time, the fishing can be nonstop. Saturday December 8th 2012 was such a day.

With seven friends I left the harbour on board Marie F for a six hour Lyme Regis deep sea fishing trip. Weeks in the planning, the trip had to be postponed time after time due to the continuing strong winds and heavy rain. This day was the one we had all been waiting for.

The sea was flat calm and the sun shone. All aboard were warmly dressed against the chill in the air. Five and a half miles south west of Lyme Regis from the moment the baits hit the bottom the fishing was fast and furious. When we packed up at 2.15 p.m. our buckets were overflowing with Whiting weighing mostly between 1.5 and 3 pounds. Friendly banter was rife throughout the day and on our return to Lyme Regis harbour at the end of the trip I noticed a certain reluctance to leave the boat which, of course, would signal a return to the real world.

All together that day we caught 18 stone of Channel Whiting, well over 300 fish, with plenty of mackerel and two dogfish. It was a deep sea fishing trip we will all remember.

Published on 11/12/2012.

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