Pollocks to boat fishing

I had the most frustrating day out boat fishing yesterday on the Weymouth wrecks for large Pollock ! The weather was like a mid summers day and at one stage we where down from flotation suits to T shirts it was that warm, seas were near flat calm and the crew some I had fished with before were a great bunch of dedicated anglers.

So what was so frustrating you may ask, first I had two new Fishzone rods to test out and the Fishzone LW20 super fast multiplier so there straight off is using two new rods and reels too is an Omen. Ok so how does that cause frustration, in my years of experience and adding new rods and reels to my kit have I yet to christen a rod and reel on the first trip out and yesterday it was par for the course, No Fish !! Pollocks.

I had the Akita Japanese style 20lb class rod with the Spyder LW20 reel and 45lb braid as my primary rig. Using a 12″ plastic sea boom for fast drop with minimum tangles I put on a Red Gill original red and orange 175mm size on a long trace 2.5m approx and away I went.

We had ten anglers on the Katie Ann which is ok as it’s a good size cat 10m and loads of space with 4 along the back and three each side. So here is how it fished all day on every drift when the fish wanted to play, taking it in a clockwise direction looking towards the stern of the boat.

Angler 1 a novice and using the on board kit, 1 pollock and plenty of pouting, Angler 2, 2 decent Pollock and pouting, Angler 3, 6 good pollock plus pouting, Angler 4, 15 good Pollock, Angler 5, 25 good Pollock, Angler 6 10 good Pollock plus some pouting, Angler 7 8 good Pollock

Now we come to our side !!! Angler 8, 2 good pollock, Angler 9 O catch, Angler 10 ZILCH, NADA, NONE, ME !!! this has to be the worst boat trip I have ever had to not catch anything all day. What is even more frustrating I didn’t miss 1 drift due to my quick rigs of ready to fish out of the bag tackle, so even when I changed lures or caught the wreck I was still ready to drop when the skipper gave the order.

I tried everything to hit the fish and I did have plenty of snatches which in my own mind I would put down to pouting grabbing the Red Gill tails and letting go as Pollock usually don’t mess about with takes they can be quite vicious at times. Even the lures that the top catching anglers were using I had on the rig and still no fish for me.

Technique I used was to drop to the seabed and wind up 20/25 turns on a slow retrieve, similar in dropping onto the wreck same method. On a take I slowed the retrieve to try and induce a second attack. Past experiences with Pollock fishing what methods and tackle I used worked fine and returned good catch rates, but not yesterday.

Moral is don’t test new rods all day, take the old faithfulls to catch for the freezer and test the new kit after that. Other than not ctaching fish the two rods and reels worked well, the other rod is not even in the store yet and it’s the Mako sport 8ft boat rod which will be up soon with images and video and for less than thirty quid you can’t go far wrong with them.

The reels were terrific as I expected so the matched pair of LW20 and the LW12 are in my kit already,  just need to catch the FISH don’t I to confirm this kit as A1 go and buy them boys, must have kit, perhaps next time eh.

Bass trip a washout well nearly was !

Our bass trip went ahead and the weather performed virtually on que as predicted. Kicking off at 07-30 hrs on board with Paul Davis and his Cougar cat the Katie Ann (Video Here). The early morning weather and sea state was first class and the sun came up to give us some heat too.

We headed to the Portland races and they were behaving well too but I knew that wouldn’t last with what was forecast. One of the reasons for this trip was to test out and get some footage of our new ready to fish out of the bag lures and rigs. I had a friend with me who is a relative novice and keen to get to grips with rigging up and learning more about drift fishing so today was ideal for imparting some of my years of experience (Ooh Ark At Im !!) on him.

Add to the purpose of the day I am still testing rods and reels to see if I can break them and one reel I managed to do just that, more on that later. I provided the rod and reel for my mate and it was one of our low cost Charter Boat Rods you can see the video spec here and for less than £20 you’re not too concerned if it gets broken. The reel I loaned him was an old one as I only had the test reel and I wanted to use that.

He set up the braid main line and I showed him how to add a swivel to the braid ready for a Portland rig. I gave him one of our out of the bag ready to fish Portland rigs and a ready to fish Portland eel to rig with. As these only require a brief bit of instruction on how to set them up as it is as simple as just passing the loops through the swivels and then dropping the lure or the weight clip through the loop and then tightening them up, add a weight and you’re fishing.

Our new rigs are really that simple and my friend was over the moon in that if he lost rigs during the day he could now re-rig himself and change lures to try different ones to pull a big one. So first test completed and satisfactory now to move on and test out the lures. We both rigged up with Portland eels makes sense as it’s the Portland Rig with Portland eels on the Portland races doesn’t it !

First drift one pollack small and it as returned, not what we wanted really as it was a bassin day. Second drift I had on a black and transparent Portland eel and it got hit hard and the fish gave a good account of itself and I lost it just near the surface, obviously I hadn’t lifted into the fish on the take and set the hook, but hey ho a bite, a near fish and a new eel tested so time to move on.

Fishing was hard with only a couple of bass being taken by others on board and no more for us two so far, Paul re-positioned the boat for new drifts and I changed to a blue and white mackerel Eddystone 1973 eel 155mm size with a 4/0 fine wire hook tied to a 1.5m 30lb trace, one of our ready to fish lures changed over very quickly.

Paul gave the drop to go ahead and to try the hit bottom and wind up 15 turns method to see if you can induce a take and at 5 turns bang a hit and 4+lbs healthy bass in the ice box with my tag on it. Sadly the weather had started to turn and the winds were arriving, we hit another drift at the start of the races and got side swiped beam on to a huge wave, fortunately the wave went upwards rather than breaking completely over the boat.

We all got wet on that side of the boat but fortunately we were all dressed for safety and wet cold weather in flotation suits so getting wet wasn’t a problem and we were safe if the worst case scenario happened as there were plenty of boats on the races that day too.

So time to move and fish more inshore on the Shambles as per the plan if the weather turned. Rigging up our sliding ledger rigs ready to fish out of the bag and single 4/0 wire hooks with 1.5m traces plus the clock grip weights as we were drifting for Turbot, Brill and Plaice only took a few minutes. On the first drift using a mackerel fillet one of the crew took a nice size brill, next drift another bril on board and third drift a small size turbot that was returned.

Next drift a really good size brill up near 7lb came up, sadly we missed out but it was a good day and productive enough for me to have a novice test out our new rigs and love them too so when we launch them they should be popular. Returning to port we stopped in the bay and jigged for some squid see if they were about but to no avail so back in and get ready to head for home.

Fishing to me is always a good day out as it gets me away from my business and the keyboard, add in catching fish and that is always the Bonus so yes another good trip out was enjoyed by me, my mate and all the crew.

The latest on our bass trip

This is just a brief post as it’s been a long day but to say it was spectacular is an understatement, the weather fantastic, the sea state calm to slight and the fish well !!

What was a bassing session ended up a species session too, over 50 plus bass, bream, brill, place, makerel, cod and red gurnard. This thread is worthless without video so just to confirm what I have written the video will be up soon.

Cod fishing out of Weymouth

Decided to book a trip out of Weymouth, haven’t been there for years so thought I would give it a try. Singles day place on board the Katie Anne with Paul Davis. Never fished with him before but he sounded cool so went with it.

On board and grabbed my usual positition up front portside there where only 8 of us so loads of room on the Katie Anne as it’s a new modern catamaran so can fish virtually all round. Getting tackled up I had a new Rod and Reel to test out, The Charter Boat Rod and the Vantage 300 you can see them here and there is a video review on them too.

So 2.5 hours steaming and where on the wreck, I rigged up with a Scaly Fish pirk onto a Lumi Trace the 40lb size 1/0 as I new if there where decent fish on the wreck I would need that size. Braid on the reel was loaded 45lb breaking strain. First drift to feel the wreck, second drift straight into an 8lb cod, lost the pirk on the next drift caught the wreck so added one of my Nordic Pirks 14oz with the white wobble tails on the treble. Bang another cod around 10lb this time.

This 18 pound plus cod I took on about the sixth drift and I had changed from a Pirk to one of my Raging Shad Rattlers  again with the Lumi trace they appear to like to see what they’re eating so the glow off the Lumi tube is just right. Had a total; of 8 fish that day and Paul filleted them all on the way back to port. So for an off the cuff trip with a new skipper what more could you ask for “Same again next trip skipper” and he did tell you about that one next.

Cod of the wrecks English Channel Weymouth