If you're braving the cold to fish from the shoreline through the winter it's often Cod that get the headlines. Sometimes though you just want to catch without toughing it out on stormy nights and the Edinburgh Shore League has proven there are plenty of fish to be had from some very urban marks that offer easy access and a good scratching setup is the key!
Mixed bags are the expectation when you're sea fishing. In recent winter comps we've seen anglers catching Whiting, Dabs, Coalfish, Flounder, Codling and even some Sea Scorpion. Bagging up on these takes the right approach to take advantage and hookup efficiently.
|Flounder and Whiting on the Scratching Rigs
|Tronix 3 Hook Flapper Rig Setup
A flapper rig or a specific scratching rig with two or three smaller hooks will create a better scent trail and allow several different baits to be used increasing the chances of attracting fish to the rig. Size 4 and 6 are probably the most common but scale up and down until you're getting bites.
|Whiting - common winter species
The Edinburgh Shore League matches sponsored by Edinburgh Angling Centre and Cox & Rawle are a series of Winter Sea fishing competitions organised by Edinburgh Angling manager Ian Campbell the shore league is a first in terms of Open Sea matches within the Edinburgh city boundary.
|Rigging Accessories, Pop-Ups, Beads @ EAC Perfect for Scratching Rigs
After a successful trial through lockdown Edinburgh City now has a Winter Shore League . Organised by Edinburgh Angling’s Ian Campbell the match is a chance for all levels to compete and pick up some skills, as Ian said: "Fishing next to somebody who is experienced can help anglers progress. The very first match saw 22 anglers catching 55 fish with the top rod going to David Cooper who had 7 fish for 193cm. The final match of 2023 produced some excellent fishing with a total of 440 fish between the 29 anglers who fished. We've seen more anglers getting involved, looking at a new branch of the sport or taking advantage of the superb fishing that can be found close to home and learning new skills"