JourneyMEN are proud to announce that we have our very own sea fishing club.
This is coordinated by our very own Des and all training and equipment will be provided.
Caseworker, Des Turnbull, explains how and why he became involved with JourneyMEN.
At 09:30 on Thursday 7th October 2021 JourneyMEN Sea Anglers were out again fishing the banks of the mighty river Mersey.
we had our experienced guys and some completely new anglers. High Tide was at 1224 with a height of 32ft (9.8m) a big spring tide! Due to this we had chosen to fish Maddocks between the groynes to lessen the tidal flow a bit.
We had baits in the water within 15 mins of arriving and within 30 mins the first fish, a small Plaice came over the rail. after that it was none stop pin whiting, But the guys love catching anything. A couple more palm sized Plaice came in, then one of my rods (out with a big bait as usual, as I don't get time to fish on these trips) bent over and a welcome Dogfish was brought in. They guys were really excited to see a bigger fish come in too.
More pin whiting coming in up to high tide, all the guys enjoying the fine weather and good company. As the tide turned I was by my rods and the tip started rattling again, this time a 33cm Plaice came in and was returned safely. This was caught on the same rig and bait that our men were using so it showed we could all get into bigger fish, although, unfortunately this trip none of our men did.
After the tide had turned our men struggled slightly with the Pull of the tide and a few tangles were sorted out. Again though one of my rods began rattling, I saw this from about 20yds away and wandered of thinking it was something small as i picked up the rod I felt a better fish on the end and a 37cm plaice came over the rail.
More Pin whiting from our men and a couple of Dabs ended the day. Our new anglers all caught with one even getting a double header!
The proven benefits of outdoor exercise and fresh air help all our men remain healthy physically and mentally.
Another fine summers day and another JourneyMEN sea anglers trip. This time we were fishing Guinea Gap, and looking to get a variety of species , but hoping to hook into a Smooth-hound. We always arrive 3 hours before High tide to give us a chance to get a mark that will fit all our guys and also to give any new anglers a chance to practice casting etc before the tide is fully in.
This week we had mainly experienced anglers and 2 of our guys had been to Bonners bait and tackle in New Brighton and had bought their own gear ... we are creating new anglers in their own right. With everybody set up, 1up 1 down rigs were paired with 6oz weights ( due to the 8.7m tide) and baits were cast.
After about 30 mins I got a shout from the far end of the line up and one of our men christened his new rod with a small plaice coming over the rail. 10 minutes later I got another shout from the far end and the second guy who had just bought his own rod was hooked into a schoolie Bass, which unfortunately spat the hook at the bottom of the wall.
It was now an hour before high and one of our newer members hooked into a cracking fish. which eventually came over the rail as a 1.6lb Plaice an amazing fish definitely beating my PB ( I must be doing something right!)
Next fish in was a beautiful Tope pup again for our newer angler as you can imagine he was buzzing with this. Another small plaice another Tope pup and a pin whiting on the last cast ended yet another amazing JourneyMEN trip.
These trips really help with our men's mental health and just being outside helps you to forget the world and enjoy relaxing time with good company.
Tight Lines all.
Preemptive to the predicted bad weather the guys arrived wrapped up...Typically the sun was shining and it was warm. Rods set up and 2 hook flappers on lug out. It wasn't easy fishing today. The bait from Shack Bait & Tackle was top notch as usual, 2 hours before high a 20cm Plaice came in. All baits were being tried Rob WirralDad made sure of this. Nothing was doing though. The guys loved the session and Chris Eaton Is getting his cast sorted even though 5 weeks ago he'd never held a rod and only told me today he's left handed!! I was sorting my breakdown of gear about 20 mins before the lads and a 29cm fat Plaice came in for me...Totally unaware it was on🤣🤣🤣🤣 that's my Sunday work day. Hope everyone else has had a good weekend.
Saturday 1st May was the 4th JourneyMEN sea anglers' trip of the year. Our men were looking forward to the trip and had been excitedly talking about it on other social events for a week.
Arriving to set up for the men at 1130am, Ste Moores (a member of Wirral Sea Fishing Adventures) was waiting for us to arrive and also for the tide to come in. Our men began arriving around this time too even though meeting time was 1200, the passion for the sport our men are starting to show is amazing to see.
Our more experienced anglers got their gear and began setting themselves up ready to go, we had a good 50 yards of prom at Vale Park to fish from so the guys spaced out and began waiting for the tide to come in a bit further.
The first hour of the flood was a bit slow, but an hour before high tide the fish started to come in. Plaice after Plaice coming over the railings and smiles on the men's faces seeing or catching these amazing fish. It was non-stop no sooner had one fish been unhooked and returned another was coming over the rails. Then about an hour into the ebb as yet another Plaice was being unhooked One of the men's rods bent nearly double when he hit it we all knew a good fish was coming in and we were right a Bass of just under 42cm a beautiful looking fish. It was returned to fight another day. The final fish of the
JourneyMEN trip came with a double hookup of plaice on a 2-hook flapper rig. All fish were caught on fresh black lug from our official bait supplier Shack Bait & Tackle.
Now the JourneyMEN trip was completed and all the men had left safely, I went out on to the North Bank, a sandbank off New Brighton with members of Wirral Sea Fishing Adventures to fish the low tide, unfortunately this mark is not accessible on JourneyMEN trips due to the dangers of the tides and having to wade out to the mark in deep water. I have been chasing a Thornback Ray catch since the beginning of March and this was my night, my very first Mersey Thornback came about an hour after sunset and was the climax of a fantastic days fishing which saw at least 12 plaice caught (I lost count), A beautiful Bass (another first for the man who caught it!) and finally my first Mersey Ray!
On Saturday 10th of April 2021 JourneyMEN and Wirral Sea Fishing Adventures had the presentation day for the inaugural cod cup. This will be a yearly competition to catch the largest shore caught Cod from the river Mersey.
This season we were obviously impacted by the pandemic however some amazing fish were caught.
On a sunny but chilly Saturday morning we met in the car park of Fort Perch Roc
Cod Cup 2021 Presentation
As we all look forward to moving out of lockdown the JourneyMEN fishing club is starting to prepare. Our men are all excited to get back out on the banks of the mighty river Mersey.
Leading up to this we are hoping to get some top local anglers on a zoom meeting with our men to give more of an insight into our amazing sport keep an eye on the 'what's on' page for dates and times of this.
"Our partners at 'Shack Bait and Tackle' on Leasowe road have been amazingly supportive over the last 6 months, they are stocking our JourneyMEN seatbox and car stickers at the bargain price of £2. As well as being JourneyMEN fishing club's official bait supplier.
Today, We were contacted by them to say that outside the shop is now a demi-john for any spare change that people may wish to dona
The beautiful 'Cod Cup Trophies' are now at JMHQ awaiting to be awarded to the overall winners.
Good luck guys!
Wirral Sea Fishing Adventures Facebook page and JourneyMEN Are immensely proud to be working in partnership to run the inaugural WSFA/JourneyMEN Cod Cup. This is a fishing competition for shore fishing for Cod only. With monthly prizes and an overall prize for the largest shore caught cod this winter from the river Mersey.
JourneyMEN are supplying both the Junior cod cup and the senior cod cup, an