Tuesday, 26 December 2017
Monday, 11 December 2017
Saturday, 9 December 2017
Years ago, when I packed a flask it was the old school type, usually tartan, it would last a few trips. The first slip on the rocks and it turned into a maraca, much to the amusement of anyone in the vicinity, guess we've all been there. Moving on to a stainless steel flask these were certainly more robust but in my experience, these just leached heat, the hot contents being lukewarm just when you needed it most. Not having bothered with a flask for years I had a look around to see what was on offer these days and I came upon the Thermos Ultimate Flask.
Saturday, 2 December 2017
Friday, 1 December 2017
Thursday, 30 November 2017
Wednesday, 22 November 2017
The last day of August was a pleasant affair, nice warm afternoon down in D&G. The fishing was pretty slow till some macks turned up and started to plough into baitfish well out of casting range. I watched as the shoal got hit a good few times and got broken down into smaller patches rippling on the surface.I paraded along the rocks watching, just on the off chance as you do. Eventually and with some luck I got my fly in the right place but it came loose. I then thought I saw a Bass follow my fly up a rock ledge just as the wave was breaking.
I'll be moving my videos from Vimeo to YouTube over the course of the winter,might even manage to create a few more before spring kicks in.
Sunday, 19 November 2017
I had a crack at Bass again in October, good tide and a nice day to be afloat but this part of the coast either needs darkness or the start of a building sea to produce I think. Really not enough tide to interest the Bass, seemed very sterile, a few small Pollack and a couple of school Bass from a tidal crease a few hundred yards off a point.I wont be hurrying back to this area on the kayak, in daylight.
Wednesday, 27 September 2017
Friday, 1 September 2017
Having been off this week I managed to get ahead of the game on the home front and decided to head south to D&G with only a fly rod. It’s been a very long time since I caught a Bass on the fly, I thought I was doing well with my casting earlier this year when I was targeting Sea Trout, today I was truly pish. It’s one thing pinging lures 40/50/60 yards, the world becomes very small place with a fly rod, if you don’t know this you should try it. Seemed to me like turning up to Turnburry with only a putter for a round. I had to re-wire my head. That's been needing done for decades anyway. Such are the thoughts of a mainly lure angler with a flee rod in his hand.
Any fish would be a bonus and as the tide rose I thought I saw a fish chase my clouser up the rocks on a breaking wave.
Sunday, 30 July 2017
We set anchor in some shallow rougher ground, with not much happening I had a rummage around Scott’s boat and cobbled together a make shift lure outfit. Apart from the occasional doggie coming to the bait rods I picked up the odd Pollack and Cod on a soft plastic and lead head combo. This kept my mind off the conditions; Scott had tanned half a bag of sweets by this point. I would imagine a trip to the dentist will be on the cards pretty soon….
Sunday, 23 July 2017
Tuesday, 18 July 2017
They didn’t seem to be as spread out as they sometimes can
be, maybe the bright conditions? This hasn’t stopped them in the past but today
they still seemed to be tight on structure.
Monday, 10 July 2017
I had been fishing for a couple hours with a mixture of
trolling, casting and jigging and had one hit before I decided to get in the
thick of it tide wise. I had the light wind at my back and the tide running
about 2.5mph in the other direction, there was some nice 2/3ft waves tumbling
and breaking behind me off a point which needed some consideration. I was able
to hold position and fish, but it wasn’t easy on the peddles. I was sure there
would be a few fish around. I changed lures and while doing so drifted further
back. This did the trick on the next cast I had a Pollack, at least it was a
start. This continued and I had about five or so, good fun but probably not
worth the effort to keep me where I was, I’m sure on another day these might
have been Bass. The tide slackened a little and it flattened out so I decided
to have a troll about 400 yards offshore.
Thursday, 6 July 2017
Just minutes after launching I was catching Pollack to around 1.5 pounds which were feeding well, they had the drag working and my light rod in a nice bend every couple of casts. Before I knew it about an hour passed and I had to fight the action distraction and get on with the job in hand. Unlike my last trip mackerel appeared abundant which I thought might be a positive sign on the whereabouts of the target , after harvesting what was required I set the anchor and dropped a bait down. It wasn’t long before this was picked up and I wound down to connect the circle hook with the target, Tope on! This joy was short lived, Tope off, after the first run….
Still, can’t complain. The weather was great, lots of
action to keep me busy but unfortunately no Tope. I must have dropped my first
bait on the nose of what appears to have been the only one in the vicinity.