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Keep to the thread honky tonk ... and yes - be nice!

 

Cunningsburgh Clifts are a great place to fish for all and everything ...

 

Go down over the road opposite Wester Skerry and South by and use bait / spinners / flies etc. for a range of fish including sillicks/piltick/saith/pluckers/warry codlings/sea troot (if du's lucky!).

 

Daers idder places beside ... but dat's a guid start!

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Seadog,

 

There's no end of places to try your hand for a spot of shore fishing around these isles although there might not be the size/variety of prey you might be used to down on the mainland. Have fun trying a few and enjoy the scenery although I probably don't have to tell you about the dangers of fishing alone, lifejackets, flotation suits, etc.

 

Almost any rocky craig, especially around tidal points, will have some coalfish with the occasional pollack or cod. Below the road between South and North Nesting spring to mind and the stretch of banks along Lunnaness around Grutwick is great for larger pollack using spinner or rubber eels. You'll also find really deep water close in there with ling, cod, wrasse and pout taking ledgered baits. Grip leads are pretty much essential because of the tide. Float fishing close into the rocky faces can turn up ballan wrasse as well.

 

The rock armouring along the east side of the road at Mavis Grind gives deepwater access too and you can expect more of the same, although I've never managed to find wrasse there.

 

Rock armouring again, this time at the Loch of Hellister in Weisdale, just below the main road. There used to be a huge amount of magnificent coalfish in there, plenty up to double figures that could be caught no more than a few rods lengths from the shore - but a period of ridiculous overfishing by a few individuals decimated the stocks. It's only a small body of water that the fish must have entered as juveniles and grown huge over a number of years. The fish tend to be badly wormed and their flesh tainted by the brackish water so I just catch and release there. Haven't fished there much in the last two years but there were still some coalies of 2-3lb last time I tried using a baited spinner and flounders up to just over 2lb on ledgered lugworm and shellfish. The coalfish seem to swim round the loch in shoal so you can have a fairly mad 10 minutes followed by nothing for an hour. Try the Kallibrig inlet when the tide is running into the loch for the flounders. (oh, and the Shetland record shore caught cod came from this loch, 21lbs I think it was!)

 

Under the piers in both Lerwick and Scalloway are home to some pretty decent congers. They are probably all round our shores as they regularly turn up in creels but they're not usually a primary target fish. Night time fishing is probably your best bet - shame you can't have a hip flask now in da Toon when you're doing this!

 

I've never tried it myself but I've heard good reports about fishing near the Burra light - admittedly this info is also a couple of years out of date.

 

The Aith lifeboat pier has been successful for me in the past. No big fish but I did once manage 7 different species in a couple of hours fishing.

 

I'll have to stop now, my typing finger is getting sore, but that may give you something to start with and I'm sure you'll discover better. Best of luck to you and lets hope for an improvement in the weather.

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Seadog,

 

 

Under the piers in both Lerwick and Scalloway are home to some pretty decent congers. They are probably all round our shores as they regularly turn up in creels but they're not usually a primary target fish. Night time fishing is probably your best bet - shame you can't have a hip flask now in da Toon when you're doing this!

 

 

Ah but you can! The Port Authority property is not covered by the alcohol ban.

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Where would be the best place (and easiest to reach) for someone with a disability to go fishing ?

 

If you're in Northmavine, Malcolm, the easiest place to start might be at Mavis Grind. It's right next to the road but does involve working off an armoured breakwater that might not be suitable - check it out if you're passing by to see what you think.

 

The Hellister loch is similarly close to the road although with maybe a slightly better surface to fish from. There was a path with a handrail installed last summer at the south west corner of the loch that might be useful for access.

 

As I mentioned earlier, some of the piers have good fishing and they should be the easiest of all as regards access.

 

Here's an interesting site for anyone fishing in Shetland:

 

http://www.shetlandseaangling.co.uk/index.php

 

Lots of good photos and listings of sea and shore caught record lists should you luck into a big'un. (I see that I was wrong about the 21lb cod at Hellister - it was only a paltry 17lbs, paaahh! :wink: )

 

If you're looking for bait then fresh mackerel fillet takes a lot of beating as an all-rounder. You can often buy packs of "seconds" that are good for bait from some of the local fishmongers and they can usually do you squid as well. Squid is good as it can handle being refrozen several times. Ragworm, lugworm, shellfish, peeler crabs, etc all take a fair bit more effort to get as bait but most of this can be mail ordered now in vacuum packs through any of the angling magazines or websites.

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Walking wounded (so to speak) have arthritic condition which affect my spine so cant walk far or climb fences etc.

 

I go beach casting a lot, and have to say that it causes quite a lot of strain on arms and backs! (especially after being a couch potato for the winter :lol: ) I would be surprised if you could cast for any length of time with a bad spine, as casting involves a twisting movement of the spine - even with an over head cast - I hope you haven't wasted your money on buying rods :(

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