River Mersey Estuary, Mariners Warf, Liverpool

Well, sea fishing, or fishing in salt water off our own shores is something very new to myself, but Carl Jenkins from the team has spent a great deal of time next to the  waves the old salty sea dog. I have spent time sea fishing on holidays and off the rocks in Tenerife wondering if I can touch them or are they poisonous, only to be laughed at by the locals but this was an experience I was looking forward to. On our way to this new adventure Carl informed me that the fishing of both sides of the estuary are great fishing and totally free for miles upon miles of great sport. With this new adventure I could only muster coffee for the trip, and was very grateful to Carl for supplying everything we needed and taking the time to show a sea novice the ropes.

We headed for Liverpool with thoughts of fishing on the hard standing easy accessible flood lit area of Mariners Warf, able to park right behind our fishing spot and judging by our surrounding and looking up and sown the shore there was more than enough space and water for everyone. We aimed to fish two hours before high tide, then two hours after it, with Carl telling me these were the best times for getting bites. With the time of year apparently Cod are there in massive numbers and impressive sizes, unfortunately for us the angler to our left managed to bag a nice 4lb specimen, which looked like a great big tasty looking beast of a thing.

Casting a multiplier reel was something a was very nervous about as looking at some videos on the net, it has potential to turn into a nightmare, but with Carl watching me I was all over it after a few casts, but its easy to see how if you do not get the technique right when timing and applying pressure to the reel to slow and control the decent of the lead before it hits the water, then control the decent to the bottom why  casting a multiplier reel can be a disaster.  Carl said that if you were casting one for the first time alone then go to a large area of open ground or a football field to practice before getting by the sea.

Once I had been casting for a while and got used to it, I looked to the rigs we were using and picked his brains, he told me we were using triple flappers and gripper leads with fresh Mackerel, dirty Squid and frozen lug, with two rods and three rigs, fishing at there depths, which all sounded very complicated and did not have a clue what he was going on about so followed his lead and during the session it all became clear, why you need three rigs for two rods is so you can have one baited ready underneath your tripod as the fish and bites can come that quick and the fishing be that frantic sometimes you can only fish one rod, and why you would use such rigs to improve you catch rate and chances, being able to utilize all the depths the different species will feed in.

I spent the day catching Dabs, Rockling and Whiting, no Cod for me but a great experience all the same. Learning about a different style and discipline, new species and also that this area of the Mersey is some of the most prolific waters ways in the country and brings people from far and wide to wet a line. I have got more then a great deal to learn about this type of fishing and looking at the shear scope of shore and water available this will not be the last of our adventures to the Mersey estuary. Big thanks to Carl for his time and effort teaching me, and hopefully will be out again soon.


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We fished two 12 ft beach caster rods with multiplier reels loaded with 15 main line and 50lb shock leader tied on with knot less knots ,The rigs we fished were 3 hook flappers with size 2 hooks for whiting and codling and size 1 s to target flat fish , pulley Pennel rings and Pennel rigs used for bigger fish . Bait used was mackerel ,dirty squid and lug worm all available from tackle shops . Weights were 6 -8 oz depending on tide strength . On a low tide we managed a bite a chuck and five different species all free fishing.