Hooked pet was dog-gone lucky
SEA FISHING: There was another narrow escape for a dog on a beach this week. While walking along Landguard common an owner spotted their pet, Kate, carrying something.
WE have had another narrow escape for a dog on a beach this week.
While walking along Landguard common an owner spotted their pet, Kate, carrying something.
On closer inspection they found a hook, small piece of bait and a length of fishing line hanging from the dog's mouth.
This could have killed the animal, but luckily the owner was able to remove the hook safely.
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We must take extra care about how we dispose of our used tackle. Take it home in a plastic bag, then put it in your dustbin.
Under no circumstances leave your old tackle on the beach!
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Incidentally, just to remind all anglers that the beach clean-up at Felixstowe is still on for Sunday, February 17. Meet at the Felixstowe club hut.
It is intended to split into groups and cover all the sea front from Felixstowe to Landguard.
It would be nice to have enough anglers taking part to sweep the viewing area as well.
If we can get enough help then it should only take a couple of hours. If we can't then it will show just how much we care about our environment and our beaches.
The wind has certainly shown its strength this week. In fact it has been a bit blowy for the last couple.
With the target species of dab and flounder both favoring calm conditions anglers have had to make the best of the conditions.
If you have been able to pick your moment then its been OK, with the odd calm day.
Even if the wind has been blowing, careful choice of venue has improved things and enabled anglers to catch a few fish.
Last weekend three of the local clubs had river matches in search of flounder while if you fancied an open match then Sizewell was the place, where Dave Read was running a SAMF qualifier in readiness for this year's masters final in November.
There is better news of cod this week. My spies have been out in search of reports with some success.
One angler returned to Breakaway Tackle the day after collecting some bait to report landing two and losing another one at Felixstowe.
Meanwhile, a few cod to 3lbs have been taken in the screens at Sizewell power station.
Longliners at Aldeburgh have switched to nets to find a box full of cod between 2 and 6lbs about half a mile offshore.
Perhaps we will get a spring run after all. Last spring we saw some of the best shore and boat action I have ever known, let's hope for more of the same.