Went down there the other weekend and found that the sand/shingle is a lot higher than years ago so the rocks in question are almost buried now-this is mainly at the LH end of the beach -the rest is more or less unchangedconga wrote:Was looking at various places on the IOW coastline on Google maps and noticed that off St Helens old church the large stretch of dark rocks I remember as a kid seem to have gone! It used to be a good spot for bass as it also had a sewage outfall further out from the rocks and there were always lots of shellfish to be had.Do any of you local anglers know this spot,would be interested to hear what its like now. Tight lines,Mick
there is a lot of flat fish speices and around now i would expect to see quite a lot of bass and possibly some mullet in the harbour.
I was pleased to see some good sized mullet in the millponds and by the sluice gates,another angler had had one the day before of about 2 1/2lbs.
Fished St.Helens beach twice for flatties/bass using carp rods which worked a treat with 3oz leads.Did some float fishing too,no fish but hundreds of tiny crabs about the size of a ten pence piece so there is plenty of food there.
That is probably why I saw two good sized bass right up against the sea wall at high tide in only about a foot of water,never saw any that close in while I lived there as a kid.
Only problem with this beach is other people swimming and kayaking etc.which I think were spooking the fish at times,the bites I was getting were very shy and difficult to connect with.
next time I go I might scale my hook size down to see if that helps and also try some artificial lures.
Still it was nice to fish that beach again,brought back a lot of good memories.
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