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 Post subject: Turbot.
PostPosted: Mon Jan 25, 2010 9:09 pm 
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It won't be long when the turbot time comes round. I have a beach where I caught 7 in one tide last year (2x keepers at 2lb 12oz and 5lb 4oz) but on bait. However, I am certain I could catch one on fly if I could cover enough ground to pull a fly past one. Thye are predators, so won't turn their nose up at a fleeing prey close by.

Anyone heard of turbot taking a fly yet? Obviously not on the deep banks, but somewhere inshore. The beach I go to is well known for turbot on West Wales coast - anywhere between Barmouth and Aberystwyth, there are turbot the entire length.

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 Post subject: Re: Turbot.
PostPosted: Mon Jan 25, 2010 9:35 pm 
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Caught plenty on fly.I use a small clouser size 6-8 hook size and they don't half hammer it.
Fish it as you would for flounder....

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 Post subject: Re: Turbot.
PostPosted: Mon Feb 01, 2010 8:31 pm 
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Thanks Jon. It'll soon be time. Maybe a get together for trying for them could be arranged?

I can show folks the beach, then it is just a matter of spreading out and covering the ground.

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 Post subject: Re: Turbot.
PostPosted: Mon Feb 01, 2010 9:13 pm 
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sounds good...

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 Post subject: Re: Turbot.
PostPosted: Mon Feb 01, 2010 10:26 pm 
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I wouldn't mind a get together, I'm not far from you two lads. Give us a shout if you're up for it.
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 Post subject: Re: Turbot.
PostPosted: Tue Feb 02, 2010 9:48 pm 
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Ballthe builder......Derbyshire is definitely not far from me. Where are you in Derbys, I am in Uttoxeter, so just over the border on the A50.

I tend to head for Wales, but also the Yorkshire coast....beauty is from here it is the same either way.

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 Post subject: Re: Turbot.
PostPosted: Tue Feb 02, 2010 10:14 pm 
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High TL....I'm in the Hope Valley about 15mins from Chatworth, near Castleton. You're right it smack in the middle almost. I do my SWFFing down in Hampshire when down at the mother in laws but want to try the east/west coasts also.
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 Post subject: Re: Turbot.
PostPosted: Tue Feb 09, 2010 11:42 pm 
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Another couple of weeks and I'll be looking for a weather window to go and hit these flatties. Hope is a bit further north than I had HOPED for :roll:

Meet somewhere enroute perhaps......I usually go Welshpool road to get to Tywyn/Aberdovey/Borth area.

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 Post subject: Re: Turbot.
PostPosted: Sat Feb 27, 2010 4:04 pm 
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I'd be interested in being "counted in" depending on the timing...would be driving up from NW London.


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 Post subject: Re: Turbot.
PostPosted: Sat Feb 27, 2010 5:57 pm 
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Borth is a flattie beach, with plenty of Turbot and flatties and some good specimens to be had as well.Don't want it rough though just a gentle wave.

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 Post subject: Re: Turbot.
PostPosted: Sat Feb 27, 2010 10:02 pm 
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Yep, and yep. :mrgreen:

To the last two posts. It won't be for another couple of weeks....but there are one or two starting to show already.

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 Post subject: Re: Turbot.
PostPosted: Mon Mar 01, 2010 1:59 pm 
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I'd be interested in that too! :D

I've never had a flatty on the fly yet, and though we did discuss it last year but the opportunity never arose. Good opportunity to try my new rod out!

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 Post subject: Re: Turbot.
PostPosted: Mon Mar 01, 2010 4:47 pm 
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yep a meet should be good come mid april onwards.But first boa vista for me in 4 wks yippie....

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 Post subject: Re: Turbot.
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i'd never heard of it, so I just googled it! Looks very nice! Much swffing to be had there? I'd imagine it's fairly off the beaten track?

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 Post subject: Re: Turbot.
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boa vista cape verde islands africa.not much info on it but miles of golden sandy beach and a reef all the way around for about 100m and nto to deep.it be interesting to see whats there.Does get shore fished with bait,and spinned.

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 Post subject: Re: Turbot.
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I'd be up for a flattie on the fly meet...


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 Post subject: Re: Turbot.
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you'd come all the way to Wales? Best make a trip of it and get some river time in as well then! :D

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 Post subject: Re: Turbot.
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ohhhhhh Yes!!


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 Post subject: Re: Turbot.
PostPosted: Tue Mar 09, 2010 4:52 pm 
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Things are looking up..........so who is available and when? Shall I try and get rooms in the YHA? Or are you up for sleeping in the van/car/tent. Too cold for me now. :mrgreen:

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 Post subject: Re: Turbot.
PostPosted: Tue Mar 09, 2010 10:19 pm 
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Are you thinking of during the week or a week-end? Where abouts will it be likely to be?

Still keen but as always will need to fit around work/family stuff...

On the tackle front any recommendations on lines to bring?

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 Post subject: Re: Turbot.
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Likewise...would love to catch one on the fly..the inlaws live near Aber, and borth isn't too far away.

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 Post subject: Re: Turbot.
PostPosted: Thu Mar 11, 2010 12:03 am 
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Tackle: for me an #8 just for the ease of casting. I think for the flatties a #6 would be plenty powerful enough, but can you cast a 2" heavy clouser as well with it?
Lines: I am going for a sinker and will bring a sink tip floater (ghost tip) because the water will only be 4 or 5 feet deep. It might be that the ghost tip type goes deep enough, but will it get washed about in the surf too much to fish effectively? So depth charge will be first on.

Flies: clouser types - plus booby types on saltwater hooks. Not too small, the flatty family are all very predatory. Flounder on this beach too - thye like gaudy, bright flashy things (whihc is why the sequins and beads on bait traces). All white with shiny eyes work too. Clousers will hug the bottom. Boobies can be hung off the clousers on a short trace to wash about in the first foot off the bottom.
Leader: 6lb will be strong enough, but I shall be using 12lb - because it is what I have in fluoro for the sea! I don't think it will make any difference to them taking the fly.

Waders: Chesties will be more comfortable and probably allow you to fish the surf better than thigh waders. I caught turbot in 2 feet of water just behind the first proper wave last year. It was 5lb 4ozs! So a very nice one....wish it had been on the fly rod.

Where: I shall be heading for Borth. There is a YHA there, right on the sea front! Otherwise you can sleep in the car. Golf course car park.

Give me a RING - telephones work when the computer doesn't! My numbers are on my website http://www.kayakuk.com - because I am not posting them here. We'll sort a day or two out.

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 Post subject: Re: Turbot.
PostPosted: Thu Mar 11, 2010 10:46 pm 
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Looking good for this weekend - I might take a run over and give it a try. Anyone else for a fling? YHA is open if you want a bed for the night.

Please contact me through the TELEPHONE NUMBERS on my website: http://www.kayakuk dot com...too many spammers visiting for me to put the full link up!

Tides are perfect too - not an early start. If you get there for about 11.00 it would be fine. Fish around low water and the first few hours of the flood.

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 Post subject: Re: Turbot.
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can't do this weekend which is a shame. Let me know how you get on I might try and sneak a day in the next couple of weeks if possible.
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 Post subject: Re: Turbot.
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Let us know how you get on! As it's 2 hrs plus away I need a bit moe ntice to work a trip in but later in April looks good!

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