FISHING an overnight session with Cel boilies from the short arm, James Saunders landed his new personal best from Doggetts this week.

A fantastic 26lb mirror picked up James’ bait in open water – putting up a great fight which lasted nearly 20 minutes.

Saunders was delighted with his catch and he then went on to land another mirror which tipped the scales at 14lbs.

Pike fishing has produced a few jacks at Doggetts this week with fish being landed on lures and float fished on dead baits.

The general float fishing has noticeably slowed, although bream and roach can be found from most parts although maggots are essential as hook bait.



THERE has been a very unusual catch off Southend pier this past week with one angler landing a squid which is not something you hear very often at all.

Other species caught off the pier according to Rory Coase from Southend Angling Centre include bass to 3.5lb, mullet, whiting and dogfish, but it is the squid that has been the real talking point this week.


Charlton: Eddie Sharp reports good bags of flounders and lots of eels.

Thamesmead: Flounders, bass and the odd sole.

Erith, Morrison’s Jetty: Flounders, eels and pinhead whiting.

Gravesend: Graham, from Dolphin Angling, reports lots of whiting, flounders, eels, sole, bass and a few codling to 1.5lb.

Greenhithe: Whiting and bass.

Stanford: A 50/50 mix of pinhead and sizeable whiting, plus the odd decent flounder.

Southend beaches: Flounders, whiting and mullet still at Chalkwell, while from the pier to West Beach, there are flounders, eels, whiting and codling after dark at West Beach and Barge Pier.

Garrison’s Concrete Shelter: Whiting at a distance.

East Beach: On the concrete hard standing, opposite the bus terminus, whiting and flounders, while on the left-hand side of the boom there are still mullet and bass.

River Crouch: Whiting, flounders and eels.

River Roach: Mullet and flounders. The chance of a late bass float-fished with prawn.

Walton Pier: Richard Holgate reports: codling, whiting, bass and skate. Steve Markham-Lee, on Tuesday night, had two skate to 6.5lb plus four sizeable codling and a lot of small whiting and codling were put back.

Holland on Sea, Frinton, St Osyth, Clacton: They all have codling and whiting on the beaches but you need a blow to really do well. It’s no good if it’s clear and sunny.

Boats: Dogfish, codling, whiting, smoothounds and one or two big bass.

>This Sunday is the Gravesend Open with fishing time between 11.30am and 3.30pm at the Sea School area.

Entry is £10 or £5 for juniors and OAPs. Booking is at the Ship and Lobster pub at 9.30am when the pegs will be drawn.

The competition is a Penn League qualifier.