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Fishing Diary

Welcome to our fishing diary, just click on the month in the left hand column or on the picture of the month to see how we got on.  Unfortunately I’ve had to remove the photographs for 2005 due to web space. Some of the photos have also been removed for 2006 but I've left the best ones. All the pictures can be enlarged by left clicking on them enjoy.....

2005

NOVEMBER'05

November 2005 was the 1st month we kept track of what we were catching. The idea of a website was just springing to mind. This month saw tezza return to rod and reel and take his 1st trip with us. Not that many trips or fish in this month, but things did improve.
 
Dogfish = 3
Pouting = 1
Codling = 1
TOTAL = 5
 
NUMBER OF TRIPS - 3
TOP FISH/TRIP RATIO - ELPEZ2K (1.00)
TOP CATCHER - ELPEZ2K (3)
MOST SPECIES - ELPEZ2K (3)
 

DECEMBER'05

December 2005 turned out to be a great months for us. We were fishing on a more regular basis and new members Gaz407 and BTF had joined us for a few sessions. Few more trips over this month and a lot more fish. The month ended on a high with two trips to Cold Knap in Barry proving to be our most productive sessions in 2005.
 
Whiting = 69
Codling = 21
Rockling = 4
Pouting = 2
Flounder = 2
Conger = 1
Dogfish = 1
TOTAL = 100
 
NUMBER OF TRIPS - 4
TOP FISH/TRIP RATIO - BTF (11.00)
TOP CATCHER - THE CODFATHER (27)
MOST SPECIES - THE CODFATHER (4)
 

2006

JANUARY'06

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JANUARY 2006

January 2006 The new year saw the SWFF carry on where they left off in 2005. A steady flow of trips and fish kept us all entertained during mild January. Not as productive as December but still a reasonable month. Picture of the month is Shane B's codling caught at Penarth promanade.
 
Codling = 20
Whiting = 8
Rockling = 7
Pouting  = 6
Dogfish = 2
TOTAL = 43
 
NUMBER OF TRIPS - 5
TOP FISH/TRIP RATIO = TEZZA (3.50)
TOP CATCHER - ELPEZ2K (13)
MOST SPECIES - TEZZA/ELPEZ2K (4)

FEBRUARY'06

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FEBRUARY 2006
February 2006 saw the SWFF concentrate there efforts on the codling, Sudbrook and Penarth being the only two venues visited, codling being the only species caught. More productive month than the previous although the size of the fish caught still being disappointing. Picture of the month is sunrise taken at Sudbrook at around 7.00am. 
 
Codling = 55
TOTAL = 55
 
NUMBER OF TRIPS - 6
TOP FISH/TRIP RATIO - SHANE B (5.50)
TOP CATCHER - ELPEZ2K (20)
MOST SPECIES - ALL MEMBERS (1)
 

MARCH'06

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MARCH 2006

March 2006 and with the poor codling season supposed to be coming to an end, we decided to try a few new marks. Friars point and toms point in Barry were tried with some limited success. A charity match at Mumbles pier in Swansea was also attended. Picture of the month is Elpez2k at Friars point with one of the largest SWFF Codling caught all winter.
 
Codling = 32
Whiting = 2
TOTAL = 34
 
NUMBER OF TRIPS - 5
TOP FISH/TRIP RATIO - SHANE B (4.20)
TOP CATCHER - SHANE B (21)
MOST SPECIES - SHANE B (2)

APRIL'06

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APRIL 2006
April 2006 A good month for the SWFF joined by two new members Tackle Tart and GI Joe. Start of the month saw the codling and whiting still around when they shouldn't have been. As the month drew on the weather got increasingly milder and there were signs of the summer species arriving. The month ended on a high when nearly the entire SWFF were joined by two world sea fishing forum members for an excellent nights fishing at Ogmore. Picture of the month is Tezza with his 1st ever shore caught ray.
 
Dogfish = 73
Whiting = 23
Codling = 20
Pouting = 2
Silver eel = 1
Flounder = 1
Thornback=1
TOTAL = 121 (includes fish caught by Tank and Lloydy)
 
NUMBER OF TRIPS - 7
TOP FISH/TRIP RATIO - GAZ407 (10.00)
TOP CATCHER - ELPEZ2K (33)
MOST SPECIES - SHANE B/ELPEZ2K/CODFATHER (4)

MAY'06

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MAY 2006

May 2006 and with the weather finally warming up, and the summer species showing in large numbers during April we were looking forward to a productive month. Hardcore members Elpez2k and The Codfather were the main contributors to this month apart from brief appearences from Tezza and ShaneB. 

Unfortunately May didn’t start out to well, only 3 fish to show for our 1st two trips before heavy rain set in for a large chunk of the month. Also the death of the B-SQUARE PILKMASTER PRO was a big shock to The Codfather, and the fishing did little to comfort him. A minutes silence was held at Cold Knap for old Pilky in Mid May. On a brighter note we did manage to visit Aberthaw, a new venue for the SWFF which resulted in  Elpez2k catching the 1st conger for 2006 which is also picture of the month.

 
Codling = 1
Whiting = 2
Dogfish = 11
Conger = 1
Pouting = 1
TOTAl = 16
 
NUMBER OF TRIPS - 5
TOP FISH/TRIP RATIO  - ELPEZ2K (1.80)
TOP CATCHER  - ELPEZ2K (9)
MOST SPECIES - ELPEZ2K (4)

JUNE'06

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JUNE 2006
June 2006 and our 1st Trip of the year happened on the 2nd of the month, the lads eager to make up for a poor May. Not a good start to this month though, with only 3 fish caught at  cods gulley at Ogmore. This was followed to a trip to Aberthaw which seen our first 2 bass of the year caught. Next was a quietish trip to Cold Knap with new member SeaReed, followed by a trip to a new venue for the SWFF Jacksons Bay in Barry. SeaReed took his 2nd trip with Elpez2k to Ogmore and his 3rd with the Codfather to Cold Knap to get his stats up and running. A large SWFF turnout at Ogmore turned into a disaster followed by a poor end to the month at Cold Knap. Picture of the month is SeaReed with his 1st shore caught codling.
 
Dogfish = 14
Pouting = 3
Bass = 2
Codling = 3
Whiting = 1
Rockling = 1
Garfish = 1
TOTAL = 25
 
NUMBER OF TRIPS - 8
TOP FISH/TRIP RATIO - SHANE B (1.33)
TOP CATCHER - ELPEZ2K (9)
MOST SPECIES - ELPEZ2K (3)

July'06

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JULY 2006

The month started of late and badly with a trip to St Brides. Things did pick up with a new biggest fish of the year, a 4.5lb conger caught at Cold Knap by SeaReed. As such he has been renamed the Cold Knap Kid or CKK to save my thumbs! Elpez2k and Shane b headed to Aberthaw in search of Bass on the lures. Next a rare trip to Goldcliff produced the 2nd conger of the month. July rapdily became month of the conger as 2 more were landed at new venue Porthkerry and that was the final trip of our worst month on record. Picture of the month is Elpez2k with his conger caught at goldcliff.
 
Conger = 4
Bass = 1
TOTAL = 5
 
NUMBER OFTRIPS - 5
TOP FISH/TRIP RATIO - ELPEZ2K (0.60)
TOP CATCHER - ELPEZ2K (3)
MOST SPECIES - ELPEZ2K (2)

AUGUST'06

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AUGUST 2006

With the fishing at an all time low after 3 very poor months, the SWFF could only hope that a break in the heat wave and the 1st heavy rain in around 12 weeks would bring about a change. 1st trip was a short session spinning at Aberthaw. Quickly followed up by a trip to a new venue for the SWFF, Tresilian bay. Old favourite Lavernock provided some action for CKK and Elpez2k, followed by a poor session at Redwick. Next up the SWFF pushed further west in the search for some fish other than conger, Caswell bay ended up being the venue and it provided a welcome change for our fish fighting heroes. With the fishing further west proving to be fruitfull the SWFF headed to Snaple Point at Langland for another entertaining session. Last trip for the month was a session at old favourite Sudbrook. A better month finished off with some nice fish. Picture of the month is Elpez2k'k float caught bass.
 
Bass = 4
Conger = 8
Pouting = 1
Turbot = 2
Dogfish = 8
Tub Gurnard = 1
Small eyed ray = 1
TOTAL = 25
 
NUMBER OF TRIPS - 7
TOP FISH/TRIP RATIOCKK (1.85)
TOP CATCHER -  CKK (13)
MOST SPECIES -  ELPEZ2K (6)

SEPTEMBER'06

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SEPTEMBER 2006

September and a last chance to hit the summer species before the return of the cod and whiting. Unfortunately plans were scuppered for Friday the 1st of September due to the weather, and so the 1st trip was on Sunday the 3rd as Elpez2k and CKK went conger bashing with a welcome surprise! A trip to Mumbles was next up and finaly some summer species to add to the list. The assualt on the summer species continued at cods gully in Ogmore. Followed by a spur of the moment session at Sudbrook. The sessions east continued with a trip to Goldcliff that prooved to be the end of the month for the SWFF due to a few members getting ye old grumble belly. Could it see the end of the summer fishing too??? Picture of the month is The Codfather with his small eyed ray.

 

Black Bream = 20

Mackerel = 7

Goby = 3

Bass = 3

Pouting = 2

Small-Eyed Ray = 2

Wrasse = 1

Plaice =1

Tub Gurnard = 1

Conger eel = 1

Silver eel = 1
TOTAL = 42

 

NUMBER OF TRIPS = 6
TOP FISH/TRIP RATIO = SHANE B (11.5)
TOP CATCHER = SHANE B (23)
MOST SPECIES = ELPEZ2K (6)

OCTOBER'06

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OCTOBER 2006

October and with the return of winter comes the return of the cod and whiting and hopefully the chance to bag at least one tidy sized cod before the end of the year. But before the cod season could start a session at Penarth provided one last glimse of summer. Next up a trip to new venue Barry waterfront provided us with some more summer action and some excellent fish. Next trip saw signs that winter really was on the way when 5 SWFF members were joined by some guests for a session at Sudbrook followed by a poor session at Barry waterfront. Things didn't get much better when the SWFF went in search for cod at Sudbrook. Next the hardcore members braved the elements at Cold Knap with great results for one member. The month finished with trips to Sudbrook, Goldcliff and Ogmore Deeps providing some action, with both summer and winter species making an appearence. Picture of the month is BTF with his SWFF record size Bass caught at Cold Knap.
 
Dogfish = 7 
Cod = 7
Whiting = 6
Silver eel =  5
Bass = 3
Mullet = 2
Pouting = 1
Goby = 4
Smelt = 1
TOTAL = 36
 
 
NUMBER OF TRIPS = 9
TOP FISH/TRIP RATIO = ELPEZ2K (1.77)
TOP CATCHER = ELPEZ2K (16)
MOST SPECIES = ELPEZ2K (7)

NOVEMBER'06

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NOVEMBER 2006
The start of a new month and winter was well and truly with us. First trip of the month was a low water session at Goldcliff with some good results. A trip to porthkerry was up next, providing a night on the dogs for the lads. Some nasty weather scuppered many of the mid week trips and strong winds made the rest of the month a disaster. The SWFF did finaly get back out at the end of the month and trips to Penarth and Sudbrook provided some action. The month finished with a trip to the transporter bridge in Newport. Picture of the month is Shane B with his trio of Sudbrook codling.
 
Dogfish = 8
Codling = 6
Whiting = 3
Flounder = 1
TOTAL = 18
 
 
NUMBER OF TRIPS = 5
TOP FISH/TRIP RATIO = SHANE B/CKK (2.00)
TOP CATCHER = ELPEZ2K (8)
MOST SPECIES = ELPEZ2K (3)
 
 

DECEMBER'06

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DECEMBER 2006

December started off with a bang, a trip to Porthcawl povided a nights fishing that would have been more suited to the middle of summer. With a start this good would it be possible to make 500 fish by the end of the year? The weather caused yet more chaos and scuppered a trip to sudbrook after only an hours fishing. Next up 6 members headed to Cold Knap for a nights easy fishing. Elpez2k and Shane B headed out to the Sudbrook area to try a new mark. Next up the SWFF headed to Penarth to see if the codling were in the area. As the month and the year came to an end Shane B and Elpez2k took a trip in the fog to Sudbrook. The lads made another push to hit 500 fish for the year by trying their luck at Porthcawl. The year ended with 8 members heading to Porthcawl and at last that 500 fish mark made. Picture of the month is Elpez2k with his 5.5lb small eyed ray.
 
Dogfish = 50
Whiting = 36
Codling = 6
Small eyed ray = 1
Pouting = 1
Conger eel = 1
Rockling = 1
TOTAL = 96
 
 
NUMBER OF TRIPS = 7
TOP FISH/TRIP RATIO = CKK (12.5)
TOP CATCHER = ELPEZ2K (37)
MOST SPECIES = ELPEZ2K/SHANE B (4)

2007

January'07

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January 2007
A new year and Elpez2k and Shane B kicked it off with a very wet and windy trip to Friars Point in Barry. The weather continued to dissapoint with high winds and rain being the norm. Luckily the fishing was good and 2 trips to Swansea, 1 to mumbles and 1 to Knab rock produced healthy bags of fish and some species that were new to the SWFF.With no let up in the elements the SWFF were forced to fish venues to escape the strong winds next up was a dissapointing trip to Porthkerry. At last a break in the weather came, a perfect chance to introduce new member Buzzsaw to the ways of the SWFF. A trip was taken to Knab rock to break Buzzsaw in gently. Next up the SWFF headed to the Transporter bridge in Newport with good results. As the month came to an end the SWFF set a new record for the amount of fish caught in 1 month by taking a trip to Cold Knap. Picture of the month is Shane B and Elpez2k with their trannie caught flounder.
 
Dogfish - 53
Whiting - 27
Pouting - 25
Flounder - 9
Dabs - 6
Pollack - 4
Codling - 1
TOTAL =125
 
 
NUMBER OF TRIPS = 7
TOP FISH/TRIP RATIO = SHANE B (9.25)
TOP CATCHER = ELPEZ2K (43)
MOST SPECIES = SHANE B (7)

February'07

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Fabruary 2007

After a successful start to 2007 campaign, the SWFF started February by staying closer to home and targeting some codling. The month kicked off with two trips taken on the same day, Gaz407 and BTF fished the morning tide at Sudbrook While Shane B, Elpez2k and Wanna took a trip to Black Pipe in St Brides in the evening. The SWFF then headed to new mark "Jackstones" and were provided with one of the SWFF's most productive nights ever. The weather then turned bad in the form of snow forcing Elpez2k and Shane B to take a trip to Knab rock to escape the weather. The month ended with some poor trips to The Ranny, Friars Point, Knab rock (again) and Barry Waterfront. Picture of the month is Wanner with his Blackpipe cod.

 

Dogfish = 76

Whiting = 24

Codling = 5

Pouting = 3

TOTAL = 108

 

 

NUMBER OF TRIPS = 8
TOP FISH/TRIP RATIO = SHANE B (7.14)
TOP CATCHER = SHANE B (50)
MOST SPECIES = SHANE B/ WANNER (4)

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March 2007
The month started off with Elpez2k and Wanner joining around 12 WSF members at Monknash on a glorious spring morning. The SWFF then took a short break from the fishing before returning with a monster trip to the west Wales coastline, St Brides bay was the venue of choice. The SWFF hit another new venue by visiting Swansea West pier and another night on the dogs. BTF and Gaz407 headed for Cold Knap for thier 2nd trip this year. The month ended dogs and whiting a plenty off Ogmore deeps and finaly another trip west producing more wrasse, rockling and pollack. Picture of the month is BTF with his Cold Knap Thornback.
 
Dogfish = 31
Whiting = 22
Rockling(3 beard) = 8
Corkwing Wrasse = 3
Ballan Wrasse = 4
Pollack = 9
Blenny = 1
Thornback Ray = 1
Pouting = 2
TOTAL = 81
 
 
NUMBER OF TRIPS = 6
TOP FISH/TRIP RATIO = SHANE B (8.25)
TOP CATCHER = SHANE B (33)
MOST SPECIES = SHANE B/ELPEZ2K (7)

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April 2007

April started off with a trip to Ogmore attended by 5 SWFF members including The Dogmeister out for his 1st trip of the year. With Ogmore fishing so well CKk and Elpez2k headed back to try Cod Gulley, only to find the mark packed with anglers. The assualt on Ogmore continued as BTF, Gaz407, CKK and Elpez2k headed back to Ogmore for the 3rd trip in a row. BIG E kicked off his 2007 stats with 3 other members at Cold Knap. Next up Elpez2k and CKK headed to Friars point, before trips to Ogmore yet again and Caswell finished off a months fine weather and fishing. This was the first month of 2007 that the SWFF failed to beat last years total. Picture of the month is Gaz407 with his Ogmore conger.
 
Dogfish = 58
Whiting = 18
Rockling (5) = 2
Tompot Blenny = 1
Pouting = 4
Conger eel = 1
Plaice = 1
Codling = 1
Turbot = 10
TOTAL = 96
 
 
NUMBER OF TRIPS = 7
TOP FISH/TRIP RATIO = GAZ407 (8.00)
TOP CATCHER =  ELPEZ2K (30)
MOST SPECIES = SHANE B (5)

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May 2007
May started off with some fine weather and a bag load of fish on the first trip of the month. Elpez2k, CKK and Shane B went to Swansea west pier for a busy nights fishing. Next up 5 SWFF members and "Sparky a guest of Big E's headed to new mark Hutchwyns point. The SWFF then took a 2 day "tour" of west Wales taking in 3 new marks along the way. This trip seen the first SWFF smoothound landed by Shane B. The tour of West Wales contiuned as 4 SWFF members fished Stackpole quay before Elpez2k and Shane B carried on to Milford docks for another session. The dynamic duo headed out again, this time to Rhossili hunting for bass. the assualt on the new venues contiuned as Elpez2k and The Codfather headed to Oxwich with some excellent results. The month ended with a new personal best for Elpez2k with an 8lb smooth hound and the 1st bass of 2007 at Monknash. Picture of the month is Elpez2k with his 8lb smooth hound.
 
Dogfish = 63
Whiting = 24
Rockling(3) = 6
Shanny = 3
Pouting = 2
Ballan Wrasse = 2
Pollack = 1
Starry smoothound = 4
Conger eel = 2
Thornback ray = 1
Dab = 1
Flounder = 2
Bass = 1
TOTAL = 112
 
NUMBER OF TRIPS = 9
TOP FISH/TRIP RATIO = CKK (8.50)
TOP CATCHER = ELPEZ2K (45)
MOST SPECIES = SHANE B (10)

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June 2007
The month started off with two trips to Barry. The first saw BTF and Gaz407 head off to Cold Knap, follwed by 5 members visiting Friars point. Next up 4 members took a trip west to Stackpole ledges hoping to get a few more species on the stat table. Shane B and Wanner headed off to Porthcawl next with a suprise result. Next up a trip to new venue St Donats for an excellent nights fishing for smooth hound. The lads then contiuned thier "tour" of west Wales fishing Stackpole ledges and Barafundle ledges over 2 weekends. The month ended with trips closer to home, firstly to new venue Summerhouse Point and St Brides. On the last day of june 3 members joined 10+ WSF members and Mumbles pier for a charity event. Picture of the month is Shane B's 9lb smooth hound.
 
Dogfish = 86
Corkwing Wrasse = 2
Conger eel = 4
Mackerel = 1
Tope = 1
Flounder = 1
Blenny = 1
Smooth hound = 2
Pollack = 1
Silver eel = 1
Bullhuss = 1
TOTAL = 101
 
NUMBER OF TRIPS = 9
TOP FISH/TRIP RATIO = CKK (7.50)
TOP CATCHER = SHANE B (29)
MOST SPECIES = SHANE B (5)

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July 2007
Not the month that the SWFF had hoped for, bad weather plagued the entire month and forced the SWFF to fish close to home for the start of the month. Trips to Goldcliff, St Brides and Magor did little to boost the stats. Then the SWFF carried on the tour of west Wales with a trip to Wooltack Point but the weather was to have its say on this trip too. The rain continued to spoil the months fishing but it did end on a high, a trip to Caswell provided the SWFF with their 23rd species of the year to surpass last years total. The month finished with a trip to Mumbles that seen Elpez2k have one of his best days fishing and Wanner one of his worst. Picture of the month is Elpez2k's Mumbles mullet.
 
Flounder = 1
Conger = 2
Dogfish = 3
Triggerfish = 6
Pollack = 2
Bass = 2
Small eyed ray = 2
Ballan wrasse = 2
Silver eel = 1
Mullet = 1
TOTAL = 22
 
NUMBER OF TRIPS = 6
TOP FISH/TRIP RATIO = ELPEZ2K (3.00)
TOP CATCHER = ELPEZ2K (15)
MOST SPECIES = ELPEZ2K (9)

August'07

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August 2007
August kicked off with some better weather and a suprisingly good session at local venue St Brides. The good weather continued as 4 SWFF members and Sparky and friend of the fighters headed to Caswell bay. Next up the first trip in a while for BTF and CKK as they headed to Sudbrook with Elpez2k. The tour of West Wales contiuned with a dissapointing night at Manorbier, before Shane B and Wanner boosted the months stats with a trip to Mumbles pier. The month ended with Elpez2k and Shane B taking a 2 day trip to west wales starting at Tenby harbour. Picture of the month is Shane B (and Chester) with his 6lb conger.
 
Pouting = 17
Dogfish = 11
Triggerfish = 10
Conger eel = 6
Smelt = 4
Small eyed ray = 3
Blenny = 5
Mackeral = 4
Silver eel = 1
Flounder = 1
Tub Gurnard = 1
TOTAL = 63
 
NUMBER OF TRIPS = 6
TOP FISH/TRIP RATIO = WANNER (6.33)
TOP CATCHER = SHANE B (31)
MOST SPECIES = SHANE B (8)
 

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September started off with the 2nd day of Elpez2k and Shane B's trip west. The lads headed to Stackpole for a cracking days wrasse fishing.
 
Ballan Wrasse = 21
Corkwing Wrasse = 1
Pollack = 4

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With winter approaching again the SWFF started October with 2 trips to local venues Blackpipe and St Brides in search of codling.

 

The month started off with some seriously high winds and heavy rain. The first trip of the month was to Goldcliff over low water in search of cod.