The fishing in January has not been a disappointment. We have seen the benefits of warmer than average weather, which in turn has raised the sea temperatures, resulting in a variety of species being caught from both beach and boat. There have been plenty of whiting and pout landed as we would expect, but a larger stamp overall. Bass continue to be caught on bait and lures as well as many specimen undulate rays. We have even seen fish caught that you wouldn’t normally expect in the depths of winter. Mid January saw a 2lb 1oz black bream landed on Milford Shingle Bank, which is very unusual.
Despite some cooler spells the local waters have seen some wonderful catches with the new ‘Jimmy’s Lake’ at Orchard producing carp up to and over 30lb. Local stretches of river such as Winkton and Sopley have proven popular amongst anglers targeting chub, pike and roach.
Overall the fishing has been impressive recently, it just shows that a change in the weather, along with a few tweaks in your tactics can make a huge difference in your angling.
Despite the recent colder weather we cannot wait to see what this month produces…
See you by the waters edge.