“Yes!!” was the word that came to my mind on finishing work on Friday and looking at the weather for the weekend. In particular the Sunday was looking the best option with a slight off shore breeze throughout the day and then turning to a more southerly direction as the afternoon came in. But what was going to be the location of choice? The same usual spots where we know there are fish and what types can be found in that particular location is always a good bet when wanting to catch something but I have an inner excitement when it comes to finding new spots to fish and what maybe lurking under the water. This would be the plan of action.
My father and I had a look through the charts of our area and had a few ideas that may be of interest but after a a while we settled on a spot that seemed to provide some bit of interest with regards to water depth and general location. The spot we decided on has a very gradual sandy bottom that slopes all the way down to 140ft of water and looking at the charts there is deeper. This area would for sure produce some flatfish. There are also rocky rough ground areas dotting around the place that could hold some more species. The launch spot is nice and easily accessible with a slip to launch from, so this made things all the better.
Saturday evening came around and the car was loaded with all the gear for our days outing and the Hobie would soon be out on the sea again. Bait can be difficult to find sometimes at this time of year and with that in mind we bought some frozen bait we had in the freezer. Tackle wise I decided to use two of my light 12lb rated rods with my two small multipliers and also a rod I got off Daiwa at the Ireland Angling show. This rod is a light dropshotting rod and is 7ft in length. I couple this with one of my small fixed spool reels and the 9lb J-Braid by Daiwa. All the gear was loaded and everything we needed was packed.
We arrived at the spot on Sunday morning with high hopes that we might catch something at this new venue. The sun was shining and a gentle off shore breeze disturbed the seas surface. It was a picture worth saving and one that has not been seen of recent.
The plan was to find a suitable looking bottom on the fishfinder and then use the drouge out to slow the drift down a little. There were a a few bait pockets showing on the finder and it was not long and I was soon landing a few Mackeral. This was great to get some fresh bait for the day. I fished two rods on the drift. One rod with the Cox and Rawle-Flattie Rig and the other had a simple single hook ledger rig with a size 2/0 Cox and Rawle Uptide Extra hook. As I drifted along my father contacted me and told me that he had just landed a small Turbot. I headed over and soon had a Turbot of my own.
I headed out a little deeper to around the 60ft mark and started drifting again. I picked up more Mackeral and a Herring. One of the flattie rods had some interest and I landed a small Dab.
I love drift fishing in deeper water as I never know what will be around. The water was still not its crystal clear blue but the fishing was still relatively good. The next bit of action was a great fight with a Thornback Ray on my Daiwa Dropshot rod and 9lb J-Braid. The Ray made a few runs and I was not expecting to get one and on this light tackle was an absolute blast.
The afternoon came fast and the day was drawing to a close. My father had Pollock over near the rough ground. I decided to head over and fish a small soft bait and try catch some other species. It was not long and I was in and I landed a nice Ballan Wrasse on the soft Plastic. What a fantastic way to end the day at a new spot and one spot that I am sure to visit again.
Until next time,