Sunday, 31 March 2019

Sea trials on the Revolution 16

OK, so it was fishing session but also the first time at sea on the Revo. Don't let the comedians tell you any different. The Clyde as we all know is not alive ,but it can be better than it was today, it's March after all. One small Pollack and a Coalie that might have scraped 1.5 pounds between them. What fish there were seemed to be tight on the bottom around four or five rocky outcrops on the shoreline. The biggest problem for me today was the reflected waves, very tricky indeed with the fish being tight to shoreline.
There were a few bigger waves rolling in during the day due to a navel exercise.

If it was as calm as it was when as I drove home I might have been able to pick up a few more with a little precision fishing. 9.5 miles today and a good few hours in the saddle of the new boat. I met a few people on the water today which was nice, lot's of yaks but no yak anglers. I had a decent chat with a guy in a boat that fishes here regularly he wasn't having much joy either. Onwards and upwards.....
It was my first soft beach retrieval today. It was so much easier than the Outback. Some of this is certainly down to not carrying two 12v SLA batteries. So far so good on the FPV battery set up , the weight saving and upgrade on power is making a difference, really pleased with this. 

Sunday, 24 March 2019

Launch Day

It was about time I got back on the water , having finished rigging the Revo 16 a few weeks back I opted for Saturday to give it a shake-down. I had booked some digs for Saturday night as Lynne would join me in the afternoon and hit the road at 7am.

The first thing I noticed when I got to loading the Revo on my car was that despite the increase in length ,compared to the Outback, was how much easier it was. This was mainly down to the decrease in width but the slight drop in weight helped also. As I did the cam straps up I had a lot more spare strap to wrap, that got me thinking about stability as I drove to the loch. The first few minutes were a bit edgy, a bit like the first time I launched the Outback. Turning to get something from my crate needed a lot more thought, I could take liberties in my old boat. The turbo fins had a lot more resistance but pushed me along nicely. The Lowrance now being mounted in the centre worked just fine, it was easily reached by dropping a leg over each side, that does means I'll be making less adjustments. Not normally a bad thing but for today, not that handy at all as Perch fishing means a fair amount of sounder time. I checked inside the hull after fifteen minutes, thankfully it was dry so I was good to go.

The water level was high, the fishing was hard and the wind was gusting 15-20mph at times.I only had two small Perch by 1pm. I got a few GPS numbers from my mate Les and went for a look at them. Getting there at 5mph, was pretty cool, something that I could only do for a very short sprint in the Outback. Sadly, there wasn't anything doing. Now I'm not sure why, but when I used to fish here a lot ,the fish seem to have a 3-4pm bite. I had another couple of smallish Perch but the last fish of the day was more like it.
It's nearly that time for this fish and it's mates.
Hopping a Texas rigged Yum crayfish was the only thing I caught with on this trip. I didn't target Perch last year so it was nice to get a few at least.
Overall I was happy with the new boat. I just need to make a few minor adjustments and remember it's not an Outback...
The hound does her version of a Usain Bolt victory salute, she oddly lay like that for 5 mins.

Saturday, 23 February 2019


Rod, reel and lure, replacing the steering wheel, laptop and meetings. Some balance restored, for a few hours at least.

Saturday, 9 February 2019

Almost back in business!

My Revo 16 arrived about three weeks ago now, still not been wet, but it won't be long now. The only thing I'm waiting for is an FPV lithium battery to power up the electrickery. It did take a while to get here due to the damage on the hull while in storage, prior to despatch, so a new hull arrived from Holland. This happened with my Hobie Outback as well, spookily enough, the Revo arrived 4 years to the day that I received my last Hobie. This time around I bought from Cornwall Canoes, last time, the Hobie Centre. My latest purchase was price driven as they had a pretty good deal on a brand new 2018 model. The Hobie Centre could not get near the sale price so I went ahead. Not much to chose between them service wise, both retailers were helpful, get in touch if you want my views on both. I have no connection with either, something you need to be aware when it comes to sponsorship and the like.

So why the Revo? Last year I found myself looking to travel longer distances, even with a great summer, dodging the wind at times was a choir. The access to some stretches of coast is very limited, increased range would certainly be an advantage.My 2015 Outback was a great boat . I wish I could have kept it as an option, financially that could not be justified. I wanted something that would enable me to change locations quickly, deal with wind/tide and cover more ground when required. I looked for months for a used Revo with no luck. August came around and the 2019 Outback was launched. I gave it serious thought. It's fair to say it had a few niggles if you were early on the uptake, aren't there always? Cars, phones, everyone has been there when you dive in and buy new tech. I asked myself a few questions. Do I need more weight to portage around ? Do I need to carry more gear with me ? Can I see myself standing? What about the new style rudder and the load assist block ? Or a wider seat for a fat arse? Then of course the price, there won't be any discount for a Scottish bam like me with no connections! It looks great though, maybe another time. It was a no for me. I cooled off on the idea after a good look at it and took a gamble on a Revo. It's certainly is a gamble as I've no idea how I'll get on with it, very different beast to my 2015 Outback. I did however get a lot of advice from a few owners which helped me make the decision. After the sale of the old boat and a couple of eBay sales, it only left me a fishfinder as an outlay to change rigs. Just as well really, I took the first initial big hit 4 years ago starting from scratch. I would not feel as confident splashing out at the minute with the period of potential enlightenment ahead of us over the next few months or more than likely years.....

Anyway, here it is. At 16 feet, it just fits in my garage. Seagrass green, don't suppose it's for everyone,  but I like it.

It's a lot a narrower than my Outback. I'll certainly miss the storage pockets to leave bits and bobs to hand but that should mean I stay more organised, it wont be an option really...
Drilling big holes in expensive chunks of plastic is never fun. I've gone with two Yakattak GT175 I had left over(lock nuts and washers on the back) fitted my old mast mount and tore through the cockpit with a hole saw for my wiring. I'll fit a 3 way Hobie gland when my battery arrives. I went with a RAM 1.5 inch quick  release ball rather than a screwball mount this time. I think as the Lowrance will be up front from now on it should provide a more secure footprint.

There will be various mounting options for the Lowrance , camera or whatever else depending on how I want it set up for any given session. The battery will be mounted  and secured to the sail mast below the centre RAM ball.
When I'm in the boat the 7inch Ti screen will be in reach and clearly visible. I'll have a play around and see what location works best for me.I'll fit one piece of small geartrac forward of the pockets, not sure which side yet and two behind the seat for two Scotty rocket launcher rod holders when I fish with bait. I want to keep the front section  of the boat clear for a few reasons.
I went for the same unit as before, it's now discontinued so I managed  a good discount over RRP
With turbo fins of course,  the jury is out for me on the 180 drive, looks like more to break, lets hope I'm wrong.How much I will use reverse? Really handy when drifting on to a feature, trade off,? Fragility and longevity ? I've also got the Berley Pro  Totalscan transducer cover and the visor for the Ti. I had both before, I might give the visor a miss this time around.
The super comfy Vantage CT seat. I don't see too many naps for me sitting in this boat, I might get wet very quickly. I'll certainly miss sitting in the sunshine  snoring like I did a few times in the past.

Lets hope next blog post has some fish in it. Waiting for a parcel from Australia is shite by the way!

Saturday, 12 January 2019

Something missing in my life

Hopefully not for too much longer. Delivery is now next week, apparently. I spent today bleeding radiators and tinkering with the boiler and on Sunday I'm lifting tiles. Living the dream....

Paul arrived last Saturday and headed back to the NE of England with my old boat. I'm sure it will get him on the fish, we might even meet up for a session. I was sad to see it go but it means I can balance things on the domestic front without any guilt. I've moved a few other bits on and the only thing the new boat will set me back is a new fishfinder and two Scotty rocket launchers. When I bought my Outback I placed an order with Yakattack in the USA, some of which was never used.I don't need much thankfully.The rest I've collected along the way so that's made the transition to a new boat much easier than starting from scratch, that was sore, especially in the Hobie world, no getting away from that. My Outback however was the best fishing tool I've bought, without question.


Friday, 28 December 2018

Back in time

The last time I was here was around 30 years ago. The target then as it was yesterday was the  Conger Eel. Back then my efforts  resulted in a a monster, still my best to date. I fed the crabs for five hours and might have another crack on the 1st of January if the forecast looks good. It would be nice to start the tenth year of my blog with a nice fish or two. I'm pretty sure they'll still be here, lets see...

Monday, 24 December 2018

Was it a fluke?

After yesterdays trip the boat was left on the roof and the kit in the car, straight in the shower and a quick change before the family arrived for a pre Christmas dinner. I even had 5 mins spare for a glass of  Malbec. I watched my intake but hit the road later than I would have liked with the boat covered in a thick layer of frost, destination Jurassic Pollack reef. 

The ride out was bumpier than I anticipated given the conditions on shore. I had a spin around checking the finder and it wasn't looking good. Back in November there had been a lot of solid marks in the 25-40ft depth range, thick yellow and orange lines rising off the bottom that normally mean success is on the cards. Today the returns were narrow yellow lines hugging the bottom super tight. On standard sonar view they were not visible but the down-scan view using the Lowrance FishReveal feature showed me there was something to go at. After about an hour drifting and casting I decided  to troll. As much as I don't really like doing it, some days it's the way to go and so it proved today. I started picking up fish on a regular basis, Pollack with some Coalies in the mix, nothing big but decent enough sport. Top lure for the day was the Bass Assassin Sea Shad in chartreuse, they just seem to love that thin wrist on the tail. I took four fish for the table before heading home to wrap some presents. I'll try here again at some point, maybe my first session here was a fluke? One of things that keeps us coming back I guess.

Pollack thumb, a sign of a busy couple of days afloat!