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A huge Bass and the Flounders are finally in!

Leo Toms
  · Leo Toms  · January 19, 2017

Since  my last post I have devoted all my fishing time to floundering, sadly the catches have not been good. Despite the many hours I’ve dedicated to this pursuit the fishing for myself and others has been dire! Over the Christmas period I fished my first ever match,  “The Hangover Open” run by Steve Lawrence  Expectations were [...]

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‘Eel’y bad fishing

Leo Toms
  · Leo Toms  · December 22, 2016

Since my last post all my fishing time has been devoted to flounder fishing in the harbour, normally by now I would be  telling anybody that will listen that this time of year is one of the best times of year to be doing this. However for the last month I have been fishing at least [...]

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Last cast Pouting

Leo Toms
  · Leo Toms  · November 3, 2016

Midweek with lots of productive venues nearby I decided to fish Lake Pier beach, principally to see if there were any flounder to be caught. However on arriving at the large car park I found that it was packed! Apparently I had picked the one night a club match was taking place, one more thing [...]

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Sandbanks for weed, Plaice and a P.B. Bass

Leo Toms
  · Leo Toms  · October 4, 2016

  As Sean had predicted the winds proved spot on for cod fishing at chesil, with many fine fish being caught. However with my wife nabbing the car I chose to fish closer to home at the Sandbanks on Saturday. It was no real hardship as I had a feeling there maybe a plaice or two [...]

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Drifting into Autumn for plaice and gilthead bream

Leo Toms
  · Leo Toms  · September 27, 2016

After a couple of failed weekends chasing the weather and some early cod at Chesil, I decided to set my sights a little closer to home.  Gilthead bream had been showing up on many marks around the harbour and a confirmed report of one particularly fine specimen being caught at the lake pier in Hamworthy caught my [...]

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Summer fishing report from the Poole area

Sean McSeveny
  · Sean McSeveny  · August 4, 2016

Apologies for the lack of posts. I have been very busy with work ,but I still had managed to get a few sessions in.  July has always a busy month both in work and fishing terms. Sometimes I have been taking the fishing gear and leaving straight from the job to hit the beach. I will [...]

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Ray of Sunshine

Leo Toms
  · Leo Toms  · June 23, 2016

Further to my thoughts last week on how well the local beaches are fishing for all the ray species but specifically undulate ray. My mate Simon Bristow and his pal Phil came down from the Bristol channel to Poole to see if he could bag his first ever undulate ray. Undulates are a bit of a [...]

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Short fishing trip for Rays

Leo Toms
  · Leo Toms  · June 16, 2016

As I left for my holidays the summer was really hotting up, not just in temperature but in fishing terms as well!  With big stingrays, large smoothound, bream and bass all being caught locally in good numbers I was almost disappointed to be going away. On arrival back in the UK. I caught up with Fishing Tails and [...]

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Sandbank’s the plaice to pee

Leo Toms
  · Leo Toms  · May 4, 2016

After one of my best fishing sessions I’ve had in a long while the other weekend, it was nice to plan a fishing trip without putting too much pressure on myself. With that in mind I set off to Southbourne with three rods and two bags of frozen mackerel determined to catch myself a turbot. Using [...]

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Rays in Confidence

Leo Toms
  · Leo Toms  · April 20, 2016

After the the last few weeks of no fish my confidence was at an all time low. I hoped a trip to to Southbourne might help and although I was dubious I set plans to fish on Saturday  night at  a mark a little further towards Boscombe pier than my usual spot. With Sandeel and [...]

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More to fishing than just catching

Leo Toms
  · Leo Toms  · April 13, 2016

What a start I have had to the year: Some of the best bass sessions I’ve known in many years during January. Some cracking ray fishing through February and into early March. I really thought I was on for a cracking year then it all ground to an abrupt halt. On my second session at [...]

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Rays from Southbourne beach

Leo Toms
  · Leo Toms  · March 2, 2016

Still pursuing my hunch that small eyed rays might be caught in numbers at Southbourne, I decided to have another bash at the bistro to see if I could make it come true. Setting up two rods with pulley pennel rigs baited with frozen Sandeel. I blasted two baits hopefully somewhere near the gully that runs parallel [...]

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Small Eyed Ray from Avon beach

Leo Toms
  · Leo Toms  · February 17, 2016

Usually around this time of year I would be reporting on how good the flounder fishing had been this year and that it is pretty much done and dusted. Fortunately that’s not the case this year. Good catches of flounders are still being had from all the popular marks around the harbour. Holes bay a mark well [...]

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Floundering about for Bass

Leo Toms
  · Leo Toms  · January 20, 2016

Finally, at last, good weather! The weatherman had got it right, the wind dropped away to a gentle breeze and clear and bitterly cold conditions descended on the harbour this weekend. I had cancelled a invite from good friend Simon Bristow to fish with him at the Bristol channel. I was supposed to work most [...]

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Plenty of Flounder in Poole if you have the right bait.

Leo Toms
  · Leo Toms  · January 4, 2016

Happy new year to all! Now let talk about the weather wind and rain and yet more wind and rain! I take my hat off to those hardy souls that braved the elements over the Xmas period, myself I only managed one session last Tuesday morning before storm Frank hit. You can see live weather, wind, [...]

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Flounder and flying gaff’s

Leo Toms
  · Leo Toms  · December 18, 2015

  It’s a double edged sword living so close to Poole Harbour. One the one hand it’s a nightmare when your at work and the weather is glorious and you know there is fantastic fishing waiting to be had. On the other I can look out of the  back door glance at the weather and in [...]

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Where to fish around Poole in Strong SW winds

Leo Toms
  · Leo Toms  · December 1, 2015

With all of the most popular marks near on impossible to fish in this ridiculous rough weather.  The question begs, where can you fish safely and comfortably and stand a good chance of catching something. Poole Harbour is one such place you can do this. After digging some worms on Friday, I had great plans [...]

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A very small but welcome flounder

Leo Toms
  · Leo Toms  · November 24, 2015

For years now I have been looking to get the best out of my fishing catching the odd big fish obviously helps but I grew tired of skull dragging a 3oz pout in with 6oz of weight with a 13ft beachcaster, that’s just no fun! So to have more sport I wanted to scale down some [...]

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Southbourne Surprise

Leo Toms
  · Leo Toms  · November 10, 2015

After watching and waiting all the previous week for the weather to worsen it never happened . So last Saturday saw me with 200 prime lug and frozen cuttlefish and less than perfect conditions forecast for cod fishing. Coupled with that my usual fishing buddy Martin couldn’t make it due to work commitments; so again [...]

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Best laid plans

Leo Toms
  · Leo Toms  · October 14, 2015

As a matter of habit I’m always looking at the weather patterns and tides to try and pinpoint the best places and times to fish and collect bait. It was on Sunday that I spoke to my mate Martin saying that if the unsettled weather continued Chesil would be on fire this weekend for bass [...]

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Squid fishing from Bournemouth Pier

Leo Toms
  · Leo Toms  · October 1, 2015

I was recently invited out on a squid fishing trip by an old fishingtails pal Marlon and having never really specifically fished for squid before I thought it would be fun to try for a new species. I had heard that some good catches had been made in the last week with ten or fifteen squid [...]

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Sole Man

Leo Toms
  · Leo Toms  · September 17, 2015

Sometimes I get this feeling It’s kind of hard to try and explain but it’s like this! You decide on a venue to fish. You consult the tide book for the optimum time to fish. You acquire the bait you need for your session. Everything is in place then right at the last minute, a [...]

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Hidden Plaice

Leo Toms
  · Leo Toms  · September 10, 2015

As our own Sean McSeveny has pointed out in recent articles there seems to be a distinct lack of fish in some areas around the south coast. I myself spent 10 hours at Chesil beach with only one modest black bream on worm to show for my efforts. The makrel on the other hand were around [...]

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Boat Fishing out of Poole on Rocket

Allan Yates
  · Allan Yates  · September 9, 2015

Going to kick off the 2015 boat fishing series of articles with one about the Rocket out of Poole which in fact was my last trip of 2014. The Rocket charter and dive boat is big ! plenty of fishing space as you can fish all round the wheelhouse and inside it’s comfortable with all [...]

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Summer Fishing around Poole at its best

Leo Toms
  · Leo Toms  · August 18, 2015

Although maybe the weather doesn’t reflect it. The fishing around the Poole areas is on fire at the moment. Me and my mate Martin have chosen to keep fishing the Southbourne beaches. Over the weekend we landed Sole, Red Mullet, Gurnard, Bream, Plaice as well as the usual Bass,  Smoothhound and Pout. Whilst none of [...]

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Plenty of species in the Poole area

Leo Toms
  · Leo Toms  · August 5, 2015

Being so lucky to live so close to the coast. I can keep a close eye on the weather and tides and move on the breaks in the weather. Acting on another night of calm weather forecast and a high tide of around 10pm.  I hit Southbourne beach hoping to bag a sole again, as there [...]

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Fishing at Southborne

Leo Toms
  · Leo Toms  · July 8, 2015

Southbourne is one of those fishing marks that we rarely hear about. Hopefully this article will shed a bit of light on this great mark. On a rare occasion midway through the week the sun came out and the wind dropped away to a whisper. With the calm warm summer evening the conditions screamed sole. I [...]

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Solent Smoothounds

Leo Toms
  · Leo Toms  · June 16, 2015

After reading lots of good smoothhound were being caught up the Solent I decided  to try and get a piece of the action! My mate Martin tagged along and we decided on fishing  “parkshore” a venue well known for producing good hounds this time of year. Never having fished that far East before we used the satnav [...]

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The right choice.

Leo Toms
  · Leo Toms  · May 25, 2015

After the disaster of last weekend comprising on venues and still no fish. The confidence factor had taken a bit of a knock. I don’t know if I’m alone, but sometimes when you have good bait, a proven venue and good tides you get a certain gut feeling. Maybe it’s confidence through experience but sometimes you [...]

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The wrong choice.

Leo Toms
  · Leo Toms  · May 19, 2015

After collecting a dozen or so prime peelers and digging some fat juicy lugworm on Saturday afternoon. The question was where to go?? Selsey or the Solent were too far for the smoothound so decisions?? As Sean has commented this weekend really kick starts the summer season in terms of Bass fishing, and for myself [...]

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Christening my new Reel, Akios S-line 656ctm

Leo Toms
  · Leo Toms  · May 5, 2015

For a long time now I have been looking to buy a new reel to replace my ageing Abu 6500 multiplier. After some research on the web, I found what I hope will be a worthy replacement for my battered little Abu. I found akios reels had been getting some very good reviews. The  Akios company [...]

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When the wind is in the East, the fish bite the least!

Leo Toms
  · Leo Toms  · April 20, 2015

As the saying goes “When the wind is in East the fish bite least!” A lot has been written about why fish feed less during easterly winds. For me and the people who fish around Poole. I think it has less to do with fish feeding patterns, and more to do with the problems that [...]

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A quiet weekend around Poole

Leo Toms
  · Leo Toms  · April 13, 2015

It was a slow weekend at sandbanks, which goes to prove it fishes almost the opposite of Chesil at this time of year.. The odd half decent plaice was landed early in the mornings. As the wind picked up in the afternoon the fishing died. I had a go myself in the early evening on [...]

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In the right Plaice

Sean McSeveny
  · Sean McSeveny  · April 9, 2015

The plaice continue to dominate the catches at sandbanks recently. Although that has been weather dependent. With the high winds during the early part of last week the water was the colour of drinking chocolate. No good for plaice fishing at all. However as the weather cleared, the fishing certainly improved, it seems sandbanks could be [...]

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Sandbanks the “Plaice” to be

Leo Toms
  · Leo Toms  · March 26, 2015

Further to my reports on the early plaice caught in February. This March has seen an explosion in the amount of plaice being landed both in numbers and size. All along the stretch of sandbanks from the jazz cafe to the harbour entrance. Plaice close to 4lb are being weighed in. I also heard of [...]

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Fishing around Poole in the next few months

Leo Toms
  · Leo Toms  · March 17, 2015

I fished sandbanks last Saturday over the large spring tides. Hoping to bag myself an early spring plaice. All I ended up with was a small scorpion fish. These small fish are not poisonous but carry some wicked spines around the head and dorsal fin. It is best to use pliers or a disgorger,  or use [...]

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Plaice fishing around Poole.

Leo Toms
  · Leo Toms  · March 3, 2015

Following my recent report of the catches of plaice made in the Poole area. I have also been told of several other Plaice that have been landed in the last week. Now the saying goes “one swallow does not make a summer”. This could also be true of the plaice. We have seen a couple of [...]

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Fishing may be on the up.

Leo Toms
  · Leo Toms  · February 19, 2015

With the fishing fairly quiet in the harbour and surrounding areas. I had decided to earn a few brownie points and use this lean time to concentrate on the house. Do all those jobs that I had been promising to do all summer and into early winter!! That’s not say that I haven’t been down to the harbour shores [...]

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Flounder & Conger

Leo Toms
  · Leo Toms  · January 26, 2015

As I mentioned on Friday,  I couldn’t make it to the beach this weekend. But did manage to walk the dog around Baiter on Saturday morning. I met a couple of guys fishing and they had a couple of small flounder between them and confirmed that they are still about. Word is, some still are [...]

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Poole harbour not done yet!!!

Leo Toms
  · Leo Toms  · January 23, 2015

To my astonishment Poole harbour still continues to produce quality fish. A club match in the week at baiter saw flounders caught up to 2lb! The numbers were slightly down. Not the 70 plus fish that were caught last month and the month before. But still a few to keep the interest. What was more [...]

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Final Flounder trip of this season (maybe)

Leo Toms
  · Leo Toms  · January 20, 2015

A very cold Saturday evening saw me and Martin fishing the sandbanks section of poole harbour. This was meant to be our last flounder session of the year but what I experienced made me think twice!! I would have expected the flounder to have started to move offshore to spawn by now. But there were still [...]

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The Flounder are still in Poole.

Leo Toms
  · Leo Toms  · January 12, 2015

Those that braved the elements in the harbour this weekend were rewarded with some fairly good catches. But it has to be said the harbour fishing is all but drawing to a close! As the last of the flounders move off to spawn.( any ideas where)??? It will be a case of scratching around the [...]

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Milford Shingle Bank Report

Leo Toms
  · Leo Toms  · January 11, 2015

As the flounder season draws to an end in the next few weeks. The elusive record wasn’t broken!! That said though many anglers reported good catches of numbers as well as fish up to 4lbs in weight. Away from the flounder fishing I drove out to Milford shingle bank. This venue offers conditions much the [...]

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Catch a record breaker

Sean McSeveny
  · Sean McSeveny  · November 18, 2014

Fishing in Poole Harbour can be a bit daunting, with such a large area to choose from, where do you start? Well one man that knows is Leo Toms, the newest member of the Fishing Tails team. Leo will be providing regular reports and articles from the Poole and the eastern areas of Dorset. Over [...]

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