Lancashire Youngsters Got Sole

by Jordan Russell

Leyland and District Sea Angling Club enjoyed a good day’s fishing last Sunday at Mariners Wharf. The members found decent fish most of the measure and return match with thornback ray, whiting, dogfish, eels, flounder and sole making up the catches.

1st Peter Pilkington – 233cm including a ray of 48cm, which as the longest fish netted him £65

2nd Fred Howard – 213cm

3rd Norman Pilkington – 210cm

4th Nigel Thompson

5th Martin Darwin

Top baits were black lug and squid. Golden peg winner Paul Jordan picked up a tenner and the raffle was won by Martin Darwin.

Luke Preston has been keen to catch his first Sole for a while . With a calm day forecast his dad, Matty, took him to the Gynn wall at Blackpool to hopefully tick it off the list. Just after high water Luke’s patience was rewarded with a cracker. He was particularly pleased as he had made his rig at home, baited up and cast out himself.

Luke Preston with his sole

Luke Preston with his sole

Rick Pennington had a slower day on the Gynn with the rough sea returning. The flood was pedestrian, a bass for Ray Rodger, a sole for Darren Gillies and a plaice for Rick.

It fished a little better on the ebb for the other lads. Daz added a flounder, Ray had three plaice and a sole . Rick was stuck on the one fish until his first pouting in 20 years added a new species to his list. The day was topped off by a whiting.

Anthony Lydiate fished with his nephew in front of the Boat Club last weekend and had a mix bag. His nephew landed his first sole. A surprise came two n half hours into the ebb, with barely 3ft of water in front of them. The youngster’s rod doubled over and a big smoothhound tore line off as it headed into the sunset. It tail walked about 80 yards out before straightening the size 4 hook intended for sole, a great experience for him none the less. All the fish came on Jordan Russell’s yellow tails.

A first Gynn Wall sole

A first Gynn Wall sole

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