Finally an opportunity to get back into my much loved kayak and get on some fish. But what could we target? My father and I decided to load up the car and get the gear ready for a day out fishing and after some debating we decided on our local deep water mark. Close to home and plenty of variety when it is fishing well. We are very luck to be within five minutes of some of the best fishing in the country in my opinion so it is great to fish in the deeper marks as one might never know what is going to turn up at the end of the line. The location itself comprises of water depths to 140ft and scattered ground with reefs dotted in amounts sandy patches. Great to hold fish of different species.
The morning started early enough with us getting down to the water for around 6.30am. There was not a breath of wind in the air and the reflection of the sky and cliff faces could be seen on the waters surface. To get out to the marks is only a short paddle with other marks being near 2km out. A great paddle on such a calm day. We were tipped off on a certain species that can be found out here so we rigged one rod with a heavier setup and the others were set up for general mixed ground fishing. I always carry three rods with me as I can always have a set of bait feathers ready should I come across any shoals of fish below the kayak. The second rod usually has a double hook trace which I will show in time. This rig is baited with fresh bait if it is about. I had some peeler crab I had frozen so took a few out. I know they are excellent for wrasse.
Following the GPS we made our way out to our chosen patch of ground. We baited up and sent them to the bottom. When the area is so calm it does not seem to fish as well as having a slight drift. This may be due to not covering much water and the baits being virtually still on the bottom. But with the weather the way it was who could complain about being the only people out on the vast open water taking in the sights and feeling of being alone. With that we started to get a bit of interest as the tide started to move. I was trying for some fresh bait and bought up the biggest Launce I have caught. Great news as this would provide some fresh bait. Mackeral were scarce and Dad managed to colossal Mackeral ,which were more suited for the table than being used for bait.
We witnessed an amazing sight this morning and it was a shame I was not as close to it as my father to catch it on camera. We saw a lot of bait fish on the fish finders and saw some Sandeel at the surface I them heard my dad shouting at me to look over and what I saw was like something I remember seeing as a young boy back home in South Africa. Fish were erupting out the water and Sandeels in the air all over. I could make out that they were Coalfish which had driven the Sandals up to the surface and were hammering them. What a sight on a beautiful morning. Dad casted his rod over to them and got one.
we were getting a good variety of fish which included, Poor Cod, Pouting, Cuckoo Wrasse, Gurnards and then I had a take which did not give any indication of what fish it could be but rather came in as a weight. I knew this feeling before and had a good idea what was at the end of my line. An octopus. As he came up I saw he was only holding onto the weight which they do often enough which makes me think if I should dress my weight with a colour and a flying hook. Just then as the always do he let go and swam back down. Day had more luck and got his to stay on. fascinating creatures.
Following this we were greeted with some ling to end the mornings session. A great morning and good to see some action on the water. This is what fishing is about for me. Although I can head out to marks and catch big fish, it is mornings like this that put a smile on my face, not knowing what is next to come to the side of my kayak. The water temperature is rising and I have seen some dolphins which is great to see.
Until next time,