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Local Fishing News with Trevor Ellse

My name is Trevor Ellse and I would like to welcome you to a new column in the handbook; local news about our fisheries, including sea updates at our local shore marks.   I have fished for most of the species that reside in our local waters.  I will bring you all the news you need to help plan your next fishing trip in the area.

Let’s start with our local mixed fishery Nickolls Leisure.  Although it’s mainly fished for carp, the high pressure and winds blowing in from the north has slowed the venue down of late. The bream is making a comeback with fish weighing up to 8lb being caught by carp anglers on boilie.  There are half a dozen carp weighing more than 30lb being caught mainly down the long bay and beyond up to the old carpet swim.  The carp feed mainly when the air pressure drops with multiple catches of double figure carp can be found.  With Winter temperatures now setting in, the fishing can be good up to December. Other news at Nickolls is that the harbour and carpet swim areas will be back-filled over the Winter period to make way for the new housing estate.  It will be interesting to see if the fish move out into the main body of water more often.  Day tickets are available for Nickolls, but a membership for a year is good value, call Derek on 07970 704584 for more details.

The Hythe Canal has produced some nice carp weighing it at over 20lb.  There are some big bream shoals if you can find them and club matches on the Prince of Wales stretch have only produced small winning bags.  For tickets and membership for the Canal and Beachborough lakes, contact Cinque Ports Angling Society on 01303 891450.

On the sea fishing front we had a very late run of mackerel in October, The bass followed them in and some nice bass up to 9lb were caught from the area near to Hythe Imperial.  Since then it has been mostly Whiting, which is a small member of the cod family and lots of them. The expected arrival of the cod hasn’t quite happened yet this year, we need some westerly winds to churn the water up to get the fish moving inshore.

If you make a great catch or have a report from your fisheries that you would like to share with our reader’s please contact us here at the East Kent Handbooks.