Fishing for Cod on the Bristol channel
Location- Ladye bay just outside of Bristol.
Aim- To catch a Cod.

Ladye bay in January is known for producing Cod, Whiting and eels on a regular basis. So myself and Steve head down to the rocks armed with a bag of peeler and a big box of squid.

The tide was due to come in fully at around about 4.30pm and since it got dark at about 5pm we chose to fish the incoming tide up to about 5.30pm. We opted for the fixed spool reels and break away tackle. Getting snagged up here is not uncommon so we expected to lose a few leads. Firstly fresh peeler was cast out into the incoming tide. Then a rod with half a squid attached and bound to it. Then we sat back and enjoyed a cup of tea and waited for the tips to fly round.

Within three quarters of an hour my tip bounced a couple of time and the line went slack. Yes a cod ! I struck into it an started to play the fish into the beach and rocks. When you get the fish near to the rocks by your feet this is when things can go wrong so I opted to let a small wave wash the cod onto the rock I was standing on and quickly grabbed it. One just about big enough for the table already ! Get the chips on!

After that it went quiet for about 2 hours then my tip flew over again and I struck into it. About 20 seconds later I felt that horrible stuck under a rock feeling.

Whatever it was had managed to get under one and it took me a good couple of minutes to get my rig back, minus a hook and lead. The classic "the one that got away"

In the next hour or so we both saw action with small eels which never seem to be in short supply around this area. Squid being the bait which fooled them. Fish in close around the rocks with squid or fish baits and there will always be eels around. And on the odd occasion a double figured one has come out from around the area.

Not the biggest of fish caught but a good couple of hours out and more importantly a cod for the table.

At certain times of the year this area can produce allot of fish and thornback rays aren't uncommon in the spring.
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