I was quite positive about the fishing potential during March for this year, given how well we did in February. With reports of rays few and far between we set our sights on other targets for the month and here’s how it went.
Newborough to Llanbadrig
Back and the beginning of March a decent spell of weather stirred hope that sea temperatures were on the increase, and bass might start running the beaches of Anglesey in numbers. With a big tide uncovering a lot of ground and a bit of surf forecast myself and Paul opted for Newborough beach over low tide. We spotted some gullies to the left which should be good fish holding spots, and after a bit of wading found that the gullies continued beyond the reach of the tide. Out went some big lug baits and we waited… until the turn of the tide which is when things got interesting. Unfortunately the “fishy” looking area behind us flooded quicker than we anticipated. At one point I moved both our boxes back up to a dry patch of sand, went back to help Paul with the tripods only to return and find 3 inch deep water surrounding our boxes!
An unexpected day off meant I decided to have a few hours at a new mark to me. I’ve only visited this beach a couple of times but it has always looked fishy, lots of lug on the beach and there is always razor clams and cockle shells washing up, plenty of food for any opportunistic fish! I took mackerel, sandeel and razor clams for bait, and while I was there I dug a few lug out for the session. Typically fishing a flat beach with little surf in daylight results in flatfish, with the main target being turbot. As I was in waders my distance was only really limited by the amount of line on the reel. In the past, flattie bashing usually means barely flicking baits out into shallow water, however I found myself trying as far out as I possibly could. This resulted in what I think was the only bite of the session, I turned around to see a single pull down and that was it. As the tide started to flood I found myself in the familiar situation of being chased up the beach by the water quicker than I could move my gear so I called it quits and went to the gym.