Magic on the Mistress

The Mistress at Whitby skipper Rich Cope reports back on a prolific winter season of sea fishing that saw plenty of fish coming to the boat.

This winter sport has been fairly consistent, with us taking some good catches of Codlings no more than 300-400 yards offshore in some cases. We saw a few fish into double figures but mostly the catches were made up lots of fish in the 2lb - 4lb class, with a few bigger ones thrown in. It wasn't uncommon for anglers to be walking away with upwards of 20 fish each.

We had our winter uptiding competition too, which saw us take the 4th heaviest fish of the competition, we took the `Any other species' & `Junior' section, falling short of only a pound for the heaviest bag overall.

I saw this winter season as a good opportunity to start on with some night time uptiding trips which were largely a success with some nice fish taken. Sometimes fishing extremely shallow with light gear, which gave the lads some excellent sport.

We have had a long term southerly wind blowing, which has cleared the water sufficiently to begin with our wreck and reef fishing, we started on Tuesday of this week taking what I would consider a good haul of fish. The fish fell to a mixture of bait and lures, with shads accounting for the majority of fish.

Our sights are now set firmly on the spring and summer wreck and reef fishing, so fingers crossed for the good fishing to continue.

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