Claire Corlett

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Wreck fishing for record cod

Wreck fishing for record cod


[Music] We have invited a few friends to join us swapping
guns for rods on a sea water fishing trip. We are heading out from Eastbourne Sovereign
Harbour with Deep Blue Charters. Weíve chosen this particular vessel with Steve the skipper,
because this is the boat is responsible for landing a record breaking cod. The largest
ever specimen caught by a rod in the English Channel. Novice Chris Procter battled for
half an hour to reel in the 43lb 9oz fishzilla. We are of course expecting great things, but
just in case, Steve suggests we bring along some experience as well as beauty. Father
and son team Adrian and Tim Colliver are on call to ensure a decent haul and to tell us
all about their rotten bottoms. What I am doing here is Iím just setting
up the rig for what we call gilling, so we drift over the wreck, we lie the tackle down
and this is a shed and then we retrieve it by winding in and hopefully the fish will
come up and grab it. Itís got a lot of weight on it, you want
it to go deep. That is a weighted lure. So itís got weights inside it? It has indeed, and that trace is probably
4 or 5 feet and when it is connected to a boom and a weight, the weight is attached
to the boom, has a rotten bottom in case it catches in the wreck. A rotten bottom? Yes, so if it catches in the wreck the line
will break and hopefully we will retrieve the tackle. And gilling? Gilling is what I said, itís lowering the
lure to the seabed over the wreck and retrieving it and hopefully the fish, bass, cod, pollock
will take the lure, put a bend in the rod and there we go. Bend in the rod. The lure is all important, jelly worms and
rhubarb custard are apparently irresistible to cod and pollock. The pollock particularly like jelly worms. pollock do? Yes, so it has to be something which has a
bit of movement. Itís the action, thatís a rhubarb and custard
and they are very good they work extremely well, catch a lot of fish these ones. The weather is fantastic which is a good job
as we have got more than an hour to get to the ship wrecks of plenty. There has been
plenty of talk about sea sickness too. Sporting Shooter editor Dom Holtam vowed never to go
sea fishing again after a stag do up north where he was told that beer and water donít
mix boy. Sporting Rifleís Tim Pilbeam recommends plenty of eating throughout the day. As for
my old friend Keith Curtis, it is a bit of a busmanís holiday as he runs Brickfarm Lakes,
a trout farm fishery in East Sussex. Incredibly, however, Keith has never ever caught a fish. With nausea at bay, we are out at sea when
we reach our first wreck of the day. The white Loch Ness monster style arc on the left of
the hump is our fish. We are told to drop our line until we hit the bottom and then
reel in 20 turns. We hope our side winder lures will prove a tempting snack for cod
and pollock. Tim is the first to get a nibble, rhubarb and custard proving to be too tempting
for this little pollock. Next in is Dom with another pollock. As much as we appreciate
Adrian and Timís efforts no one else is getting a chance with rhubarb and custard which keeps
delivering the fish for Colliver junior. Just the size cod that dad, Adrian, likes to eat
and kiss. Now hereís a moment to share, fish farmer Keith catches his first ever fish in
his mid forties, a lovely looking cod. He is dedicating it to his wife. Sophie this is for you. There is no stopping the man, heís struck
again, but it is a pouting described by the more experienced anglers on board as the turkey
twizzler of the ocean, so he puts it back to save our taste buds. The weather might be bright, but the wind
and the tide are coming from different directions. This part of the film does not contain flash
photography, but a wobbly horizon as we chat with skipper, ex-british team clayshot, Steve
Bradshaw. Youíre known to the world as a shooter originally. Yes. And youíre in the middle of the sea. How
does that work? Iím not sure really how itís happened, Iíve
always been involved with fishing and shooting, so mainly from small boats myself and fishing
on weekends and progressed from there really. And this boat, you are out most of the year? Yes, every day. Itís quite a commitment. Most mornings, it can be. And a cash commitment as well, itís an expensive
piece of kit isnít it? Youíre looking, most charter boats, new charter
boats now, a 40 foot decent boat, youíre looking at in excess of £150,000. So quite
a big investment for a start, yes. And you are really going for it as one of
the top boats in the country? Yes. Weíre out an awfully long way? Weíre a long way from home, yes. Yes, we are closer to France. We are closer to France at the moment are
we? Most boats donít go this far off shore? Some of the top boats will, yes. I wouldnít
say most of the top boats, but a lot of the top boats will certainly put the mileage in
to get customers fish. And what has this yielded, what sort of records
have you pulled out? I currently hold one of the largest UK cod
in the English Channel from this year, being a 43lb fish. Was that the one that was in all the papers? Yes, Iíve had a good season, a good start
to the season with lots of double figures well into 30lbs, lots of fish around 30. One
previous to that 36. A lot of good fish. And this is about getting people into fish
for sure, into fishing. Yes, sure, yes definitely. Itís one of the
sports where you never know what is going to happen. With shooting pretty much, in a
field of shooters, your top ten shooters will always come out on top all the time, but with
fishing you never know whatís going to happen. While we have been chatting Dom has been catching.
Heís got a cod so heís stopped thinking about being sick. On a day like this, when itís sunny and warm
and not too rough, but Iíve had some bad experiences, I wonít lie to you David, it
can be pretty unpleasant and Iím pretty fearful I may vomit before the end of the day. The other members of the party are fairing
better even though not all are having the same success as Dom. Iím just hoping for that lure to come up,
but nothing is happening at the moment. So whatís fun about it? Well, I think actually seeing the fish come
out as previously is absolutely fascinating looking at them and the whole concept of dangling
this thing down there and these fish just grabbing is just brilliant. It really is good,
so I just rather hope I can catch a fish in a minute thatís all. You own a trout fishery Keith and today you
have just caught your first fish. Thatís right. How does that work? Iíve never had time to go fishing before. Is it a very high powered, high intensity
job running a fishery? Itís a busy time, itís a busy place to run.
I have to give all my attention to the fishery. Tim is now on fire, 3 fish in quick succession
and Dad is starting to feel the pressure. Caught by my boy, again, again. Adrian is
Jonah. 6 or 7 now Dad isnít it. [Laughter] We move to another couple of wrecks and get
some attention from the gulls and low flying gannet as Adrian guts his or should I say
Timís catch. We are making our way back to base and have one last spot to try. Adrian
is drinking at the last chance saloon, but manages to save face with a codling. Got one after many hours of blanking. There
you go, thereís my tea for tonight. Once we are back inside outer harbour a match
debrief with our experts. So we had a pretty good day. Yes, not bad, half a dozen or so. You couldnít go wrong, every time. Yes, just one of those things trying to ring
the changes a little bit with the lures, mixture of I think a couple of pollock rest were cod
I think, bit of a mixture. You used different lures. Yes, started off with the rhubarb and custard,
had the first 3 or so on that. Probably lost it. Yes, Heís not bitter you know, you can tell heís
not bitter at all. The fish came quite early, wrecks, how many
wrecks, fished 3 wrecks today? Yes, 3 or 4. First wreck produced the majority of the fish
quite early on. I donít know if they got spooked a little bit after we had been on
there for a while. Tried a couple of other wrecks and you pulled one out of the bag very
last. Yes, last knockings, at least I didnít blank
completely. Arenít you just glad you taught him so well? Yes, I think so. It speaks for itself doesnít
it. Like that, thereís a contour on the head
here, just keep the knife in. As we will all be having a fish supper tonight,
Steve gives us a quick demo of fish filleting, so we donít make a hash of it later. It really has been a great day, fish were
caught and no one was ill. Dom is probably more relieved than most that we are back at
the jetty. I did enjoy myself, I did feel queezy for
a lot of the trip, but it is great fun and I do love fishing. For a group of mates to
pay £40, £50 a head and have a day out together catching fish and being able to take home
the catch at the end of the day for a barbecue or what ever, I think itís a great way for
a day out doing something different. There are fishing opportunities all around the UK,
different species, different areas, so yes itís a good thing to do, support your local
fishermen.

15 comments on “Wreck fishing for record cod

  1. Nice to see you not giving a care to Cod and Pollock stocks in the sea well done. Should chuck a few back and take a couple home and then enjoy the day. That's what I do and its call letting them breed and live for another day. As if we all carry on the same way as this lot did then no more fishes for those who enjoy the sport.

  2. none of these guys are experienced anglers, if they were they wouldnt be using a fucking spinning rod and a conventional reel what a bunch of wankers

  3. I have a small boat so I can only get about 3 mile away from folkestone to channel. Can I do same techniques to catch a fish or I have to be realy far in to channel such as 10 or 15 mile away from folkestone?

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