many shipwrecks off the south coast of Brighton, especially
around the Greenwich Light Vessel. This is a popular place
to fish as there are a lot of shipwrecks around it. A lot of
these wrecks were found by local trawlers that work in these
areas. This is why a lot of the wrecks have been named after
the skipper who found the wreck in the first place. Some of
the wrecks that I have fished have turned out to be
uncharted, so they do not get fished very much and can hold
quite a few Cod, Pollack and Conger. In these areas
southwest of Brighton, there is also the ability to catch
big Ling in the deep waters.
The Greenwich Light Vessel is in the English Channel
within the Traffic Separation Zone off the east coast of
Sussex. It is located at Lat 50.24.538N Long 000.00.095W.
This light ship is owned and maintained by the UK
meteorological office and is used in the shipping forecast
on Radio Four. We use this vessel to get our weather
forecast, especially when we go to these deep water wrecks
during the months of January to March.
WRECK FISHING ON THE DRIFT
These wrecks hold a lot of Pollack which we catch using the
'gilling' technique. This is where we drift over the wreck
when the tide is running using a 'lure'; such as a 'shad or
red gills', on an 8ft flowing trace attached to a boom and
an 8oz lead. Another way to fish is by using a chrome pirk
with a treble hook at the end. You would position it near
the bottom and then lift the pirk over the top of the wreck
so you do not snag it and lift it up and down a few feet.
This is a good way of catching Cod.
WRECK FISHING AT ANCHOR
When we fish the wreck you find that the Cod or Pollack can
be anywhere on the wreck. Sometimes they are up tide of the
wreck or on the top, and on a big tide they can sit along
way past the back of the wreck, especially when it is a big
tide. This is because they are waiting for the smaller fish,
such as sprats to come over the wreck with the tide, then
the fish ambush them. That is why this gilling technique
works well. The other way to fish is to drop anchor and fish
bit baits in to the superstructure of the heart of the
wreckage. We would use cuttlefish or mackerel baits. This is
how we would fish to catch Conger, Cod and big Ling. We fish
at anchor around April to October. This is a good way to
fish wrecks and we find the smaller tides fish best, as it
helps the angler to hold the bottom of the seabed with their
lead weight. Smaller tides have less current pulling the
leads we use, which are normally 1lb to 2lb, with a boom and
a trace of 300lb mono and an 8.0 hook size.