These mild autumn evenings have kept a lot of us off the sofa, making the most of the great fishing at the moment from the piers, rocks and beaches, and even some boat reports have come my way this week. Boating fanatic Alan Aubert phoned me at the weekend to say he is still catching bass on lures, and topped off his day with a dozen squid on the way home. It is good to hear Alan was catching the squid during daylight hours, as so many people think you can only fish for this species at night, but all over the world it is popular at night and during the day.

I went to St Catherines last Saturday evening with my fishing pal Bob Jameson, with both of us determined to catch some squid for tea. So armed with my purpose built squid jigging light we headed down the breakwater and fished about half way down in complete darkness, away from any other lights. After researching what is the best coloured light to attract squid, it seems that green light is the best, so I went about converting our light to give off a green glow. I needed to adapt this sophisticated piece of equipment with precision, so I got a green plastic beaker from my wives picnic hamper and attached it to the lamp with elastic bands! Job done, we are now armed with mighty green squid lamp, nothing can go wrong.

Well, my hi-tec LED lamp worked incredibly well. We had squid straight away and they kept coming up until the inevitable happened. Our space-age, futuristic, green lantern of excellence blew up! It seems that all the technology in the world can suffer from user error, especially when you don’t read the most vital part of information on the box – This is an underwater lamp! I had lowered the lamp in to the water, but of course the tide dropped, so after half an hour it was hanging there high and dry! So the fun didn’t last long, but we had sixteen lovely squid in forty five minutes. I ate the squid slowly, seeing this lamp had cost me nearly £200 I thought these were probably the most expensive squid in the world. The saga will continue, the lamp is on its way back to China where it will be fixed and returned at my expense, so I will report back with the new findings. The return of the green lantern continues at a pier near you soon.

Other fishy news, it is not only squid that are a plenty at the moment. It is without a doubt the best year in along time for Dover sole, with fish coming up practically every time someone goes out trying for them. This week Sinkers member Anthony Laidler had a beautiful sole from a north coast pier of 2lb 9oz. Anthony had done a few trips to get one but it paid off eventually. Lee Jarvis had a good trip in the week too when he landed a nice small eyed ray and a sole. I cannot work out how big these fish are because Lee holds his fish so far out in front of him they look about ten times their size. He will love me for saying that!

Finally, I had a call from Steve Thompson who runs the junior section of Sinkers sea fishing club. He told me the youngsters have been meeting up and having some great competitions at St Catherines where they have all been practising catch and release in their competitions. This is fantastic, and I can't commend the guys that run these small competitions for the kids enough, and of course to the juniors themselves for getting out there, fishing, enjoying themselves and returning the fish as soon as they have weighed and measured them.

Bon temps,

Mick