Sunday, 24 July 2016


I had been waiting for a good forecast to get Jack out fishing again this year and spotted a window in the weather so we paddled out to our chosen mark trolling a lure on the way out it didnt take long for the rod to buckle round with Coalies and small Pollack keeping young Jack occupied but we really wanted to up his kayak PB’s
Jack needs no help on the fishing side of things now hes getting very competent even choosing his own lures after quite a slow drift I was wanting to move places but Jack wanted one last drop down and a quick jig retrieve to see if anything would chase the lure fast so I was delighted to see the rod slam hard over as he was speed jigging mid water reel singing and him battling the fish really hard after a good tussle up popped a PB Pollack for him to claim estimated at 6lb+ chuffed to bits

lovely to see these great sport fish returned to fight another day too

I managed some nice Cod and a Wrasse

Then I was unhooking a Cod I watched Jack latch into a lovely Red Cod of around 5lb another PB and we slipped it back forgetting to take any pics I'm sure he will beat that PB fairly soon though

Kept two Mackerel for tea but everything else returned unharmed


Thursday, 24 March 2016

St Abbs 19/03/2016

Managed to get my first trip of the year eventually so headed up to the Scottish Borders

Launched into quite a lumpy sea and a bitter wind  after what seemed like hours of fruitless fishing I finally managed to locate a few fish

A short time later the rest of the group were starting to hit into some fish so we managed to hold of any blanks

As we landed Chris had a test of the Tempo as he has had his eye on one in the future think it suited him well

Sunday, 25 October 2015

A few fish in tough conditions 25/10/2015

With the choice of an hour extra in bed or an extra hour out fishing I finished my night shift and got my gear ready to meet Mark the water was clear but a strong offshore wind made things very tricky, drifting the wreck was a nightmare but we managed a few fish between us today but tackle losses were high due to the fast drifts
After a few small fish I hooked and lost what felt like an enormous Cod after it sheared my light braid on the rocks below

But Mark had a really nice fish going 11.5lb a finely marked fish too

The wind at times was brutal so after 4hrs we headed back in which took a while today but nevertheless another great outing
I even secured dinner


Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

More light tackle Soft Plastic Sport Fishing 04/10/2015

After a few mornings of dense fog on our coast I wasn't very optimistic about Sunday's session, I had arranged to meet up with quite a few fellow yak anglers it was my first time fishing with one who travelled up from Sheffield for a dawn start with us Ste was keen to get amongst some Cod and Pollack and learn a bit about the area too.
I had several compasses packed and a GPS too but once at the launch the Mist was starting to thin out and there was enough visibility to be not overly concerned about
I always feel a bit of pressure when arranging to take people out as what can be great fishing one tide can be devoid of fish on the next just a pity our weather isn't consistently good otherwise I could see a career change to a kayak fishing guide on the cards

We had a bit of small surf to launch into which was great fun in the tempo and gave my Northwater Deck bag a good test all my lure boxes were dry as a bone after a couple of swampings I hung around on the edge of the surf zone whilst everyone launched and all got out without incident I did see Sam in his Kraken emptying out his tackle box of a good amount of saltwater after taking a wave over his bow lol.
The plan was Soft Plastics again and I was immediately into fish

I had some great sport bagging lots of Cod with two going close to double figures one of which was a lovely Red "kelpie" and had a few Pollack up to 6lb all returned to fight again

Ste was struggling with his heavier gear so I gave him a few lures and he was into fish and caught consistently throughout the day

It was great to see the other lads getting plenty of sport too Chris shouted me over to photograph a nice Pollack he had in his net so after a quick pic he released the fish to fight another day

Then it was Mark who wanted a pic of a nice Ballan Wrasse which had engulfed his lure so I managed to remove the hook and get a picture after a few minutes reviving it the wrasse swam away no worse for wear

I stayed with Mark for a drop down with the lures and Marks Rod was dragged under the surface with massive force I knew straight away it was a special fish and we both said its a double figure Pollack we were to be proved right when this beast surfaced

At 12lb 2oz this was a PB for Mark chuffed to bit for him as I'm yet to land a double figure Pollack
Whilst he was playing the beast I connected with a strong Pollack too but mine was half the size so had it landed,photographed and released by the time Marks was on board

I had very little action on the trolled plugs but managed to lose one nice fish and land one Pollack on the plug

By this time I was busting for a pee break but the outer Scaurs were taking an age to expose and with the bit of swell on the rocks were getting washed over but with paddling plastic now I got alongside the sheltered edge and hopped onto the highest point and dragged the Tempo high and dry great feature this at nearly a mile out to sea a good place to stretch the legs

After a bite to eat and the fishing starting to slow down myself and Mark decided to hit a wreck on the way back in and it was on form today Mark managed some nice Codling and I got myself a lovely Ballan Wrasse and a lovely coloured Red Cod of around 6lb

Some GoPro stills from the day

I kept a very small part of my catch for the table

Another fantastic day on the water