Allhallows, Ambidex Mark Six, Bass, Chatham Docks, Crabs, Crustaceans, Dabs, Fish and Chips, Flounder, Isle of White Festival, J W Young, Kent, Kent Coast, Oyster Catchers, Oysters, Peelers, Sea Bream, Southend, Summer Solstice, Thames Estuary, The Pilot, Whitstable
With another week wrapped up under grey skies I hope the weekend may bring a little sun in order to do some fishing. A cold wind blew in late yesterday evening as I strolled along the shoreline of the Thames Estuary near Allhallows with my young son. We found a path near to The Pilot pub which you can walk through the gate at the bottom of the hill into a field, which is full of inquisitive cows, then head towards the marsh grass on the far side and over the flood bank where a path runs both East and West.
Bass and sea bream fishing is now on the agenda but with such changeable weather we feel we’ll stick to the Thames and the lakes in order to address my son’s appetite for catching fish. He did however manage to tuck into some fresh cod, double cooked chips and peas for his supper.
Having not been to this part of the North Kent coast before other than to visit Whitstable in the past it was interesting to see the shore was littered with crustaceans, rocks covered in sea weed and beneath the rocks on the shore at low tide, crabs. I was surprised how clean the shoreline was as we watched oyster catchers and other wadding birds busy themselves. My son took time to turn over large stones and rocks in search of crabs, with a shriek he would let me know when he had found one and would point at it with a stick he had picked up off the shore. He had been finding loads of peelers scattered in the debris from the high tide.
The flats looked good for dabs and flounder and no doubt schoolies would be in amongst weed covered rocks at high tide. The shoreline was mixed with weed covered rock, banks of crushed shells and sand flats between the wooden groynes.
We used the visit to the Chatham Docks to have a look around the North Kent coast to see if there were any good bass marks. From All Hallows you can see across to Southend, which boasts the longest pier in the UK. My son was keen for us to go there to fish but we would need to do that another day.
With this Friday being the first day after the summer solstice where I hear young revelers are up to their knees in mud at the Isle of White Festival, the nights start to get shorter. We however will take refuge in the dry and in great tradition have fish this Friday for supper.
Tomorrow I may head out early in the morning to Wimbledon Car Boot Fair in search of a second-hand J W Young Ambidex Mark Six spinning reel. These vintage reels along with the ubiquitous Mitchell reels used by traditionalist for carp fishing are well made and date from the late 50’s, the Mark Six was made from 1962. Their blue paint finish is distinctive from the Ambidex 1 or 2 in metallic olive.