LRF in Essex is fairly unheard of unfortunately, due to the muddy murky Thames, it makes lure fishing for mini species incredibly difficult. The marks that Devon and Cornwall have, just aren’t here, strong tides also makes life difficult. Overall, we just have smaller populations of those mini species.
However, those don’t mean that it can’t be done. After a trip to Devon and enjoying what LRF has to offer, I got a bit of a bee in my bonnet and spent a bit of time going over the Essex coast looking for potential features and marks where catching these mini species can be possible.
The first features I found where tidal pools, the likes of which are packed with kids swimming in during the summer and low tide. These often have crabbers in, so bait in a sense is being put into them, water all day round, and plenty of weed along the walls with cracks for these mini species to hide.
I spoke to Shore Fishing Essex, a YouTuber who spends a lot of time foraging the Essex coast, and he has dragged a net along these pools and got the odd shanny. What was left really, was for me to try one of these pools!
And myself and Shore Fishing Essex gave it go with small lures! The method was size 18-20 hooks, and a single swan shot to hold bottom, and just slowly drag along the deck…and it worked! We caught several sand and common gobies, although only small, we proved these small species can be caught.
Of course, these small species are a challenge to catch, but when you think of LRF, you think scorpions, bennies and bigger gobies.
So the search for more marks continued, a few weren’t what you hoped they would be over google maps.
However, a big mark I wanted to try was at Harwich…Ha’Penny Pier. The only issue here is the tide can push through, so working out a time with a smaller tide, and going at low tide and fishing up, was key.
Myself and Simon from Reel Anglerz decided to give this a go, and with the stronger tide we had to change out tactics.
We opted to fish drop-shot, 5g seemed enough to hold bottom, and this time a size 14 hook, with a cut up small bit of pink isome.
We struggled at first, with only a crab being caught, and felt deflated, we had a few bites, but we put these down to crabs.
Then striking to one of these bites, a black goby was caught! We happened to find a little nest, and I quickly had 2 others.
As the tide came in, we moved to a staircase by the promenade wall, and continued trying, after another Crab capture from Simon…he had a Scorpion, a beautiful little fish!
This mark seems to be a good little mark, with the potential to be prolific.
I want to encourage those in Essex, or around, who want to try LRF, go, give it a go! The species are there and they can be caught! Lets build an Essex LRF community!
Keep your eyes peeled for more Essex LRF!