By about 11.30am I was enjoying the sunshine but losing interest in fishing. I caught site of a fish following the lure so did a spin stop and it took it, either I wasn’t quick enough or my hooks were blunt and the fish was gone. On checking the points they were ok but to make the most of this type of take they need to be like needles, easy to get lazy sometimes when you’ve put a good few hours in with no action.
I decided on one last move as the tide was now spot on for this mark. I set about changing lures yet again and as I sat on the rocks I caught site of what I thought was a fish turning on the surface. I watched for a minute or two to make sure it wasn’t a diving bird and then spotted another two fish…excellent, found them at last!
It could have been July, flat calm, warm and gin clear and the fish were in that sort of mode as I had five deep follows and a connection at distance, no idea how it didn’t hook itself as it really banged the tip round. I felt a blank looming. I had pretty much used all the usual tricks and tactics that normally work, every colour combo and retrieve I had up my sleeve. I called Lynne to say I was just about to head home, had enough I said, remember and get a bottle of wine. As I walked back to the car I decided on ten more casts, if you’re reading this you’ve probably been here. I tied on the only lure which I hadn’t used today which was a gold and red Pilgrim and belted it as far as I could can’t catch the cauld but I can cast this lure a mile, again, you might also have been here on day like this.
I must have had no more than a dozen turns on the reel when
the fish went airborne and seemed to stay there on repeat for a while. As it
neared the net I was pretty sure it was planning on climbing in for a nap but
it managed a few more summersaults before it took a break. A welcome fish and
great to see in the sunshine after such a dour morning.
I made a few more casts at distance and it wasn’t long
before I was hooked up again, it couldn’t have been more different. At first
I was sure the fish was foul hooked as it felt pretty odd, clearly a better
fish but I honestly thought it was hooked in the tail as it made some cracking
runs and zig zagged around at speed. A nice fish in very good condition for
I think the fish was wrapped at some point
A dog walker that I had been speaking with me did the honours. I wasn’t sure he even pressed the button, after two takes the fish had to go back and I’ve had to crop fingers out both pictures.
I should take up cricket, this was a great catch, check the concentration.