What an amazing day, good weather, great crew and tremendous fishing fast and furious after a slow and frustrating start. Early departure which meant we arrived on the first mark a tad too early as the tide was dwindling and it wouldn’t pick up again until around 10-30 so apart from half a dozen nice size Cod taken little action was accouring much to the frustration of the skipper. We gave it best and a move to another wreck was actioned. On arrival first drop we were all into fish, nice prime Cod and couple of respectable size Pollock and that continued until the tide started to die away again and the pouting made a nuisance of themselves and catching them screwed up the drift for many of us. But by now we all had enough fish for the freezers and we headed home at approx 1400hrs and as the skippers attitude is don’t rape the wrecks only take what you need so the wreck can fish another day and we all agreed to that. Softatil Flexishads did the business and others tried especially UV Orange Turbo Fish large I hooked into some nice Cod and also induced and dropped a good number of half decent takes. So another Result and Weymouth Rocks Again !! Not taken loads of happy snaps but I managed a couple with the help of The Rickster (aka I’m not David Bailey) nice one Bud !
Out fishing some inshore wrecks recently we found a good number of Bass and despite the current ban they were caught weighed and safely returned. We didn’t set out to target Bass but it’s hard to tell them to leave your lures alone. However it did give me the opportunity to see how some of my new lures worked and I took a good number of Bass along with average sized Pollock and using light gear it was good sport and some nice catch images taken. I personally enjoy sport fishing and catch and return in areas were fish will go back and live to fight another day it doesn’t bother me infact it’s quite rewarding to see the fish take off like a torpedo and join the shoal to grow bigger. All the kit used and the lures all in my new X2 silicone rubber at various degrees of softness proved themselves so they have now caught well across the range of Cod, Pollock, Coalfish and now Bass plus I also had Halibut out in Norway on them so pleased with the results. Here are some of the images of the Bass taken as a Bi Catch out wrecking.
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More reels to test out and will be used for wrecking tomorrow fished on my light rods. 3 reels, two a matched pair left and right hand and one that is available right hand only. I stripped them down to view quality of construction and parts used and both are what would be expected for price and all metal construction with one nylon cog for the rachet on the matched pair. Good speed 5:2:1 with 6+1 bearings and capacity for low diameter braid is ample for 60+m depths. Operation is smooth and quiet with good line lay, star drag around 9lbs again for B.S. braid used plenty powerful enough. Freespool control and breaking to be honest I don’t use that as the reels are for boat fishing so it just has to spool on the drop thumb controlled and that is about as basic the reels need to be. Suppliers offer good support so all looking good just now have to go out and see if I can break them !
Disapointment that turned to elation out on Wild Frontier II from Weymouth skippered by Clem Carter. The trip plan was mid channel wrecking to find some early Cod but it was changed to inshore for the Bream, a good call for us in the end and reason was the May bloom that so colours the water it was totally un-economical to venture out mid channel for possibly only a few to no fish at all. Day started wet with rain which soon cleared and the sun shone for us, another bonus was we arrived at the mark far quicker than steaming out miles to the wrecks so more fishing time. Bream started to show which were good sized 3 – 4lbs and during the day plenty were taken with undersized returned to fight another day. Fishing at anchor bores the Ass off me to be honest which is why I very rarely do it I much prefer drift fishing keeps me more occupied BUT!! yesterday my boredom turned to excitement when I got into what turned out to be a really well marked Undulate Ray and of good size on my really light spinning kit set up for Breaming. Skipper Clem Carter had just come up front were I was fishing to let out more anchor rope and the Ray took off fortunately the tide had eased right off so it was tackle versus fish without adding in tidal flow to allow the fish to kite. With great weather and good fishing plus meeting some of the anglers from my FB friends for the first time it turned out to be a really great day and Weymouth Rocks !! Again, never get bored saying that. Here are some images of the Bream taken and my Undulate of course, even the skipper got in on the act enjoying a spot of fishing in between his other duties looking after the anglers and why not.