Well the wrecking season for 2011 got off to an amazing start today aboard Grey Viking, with some of the best early season wreck fishing we’ve ever seen. Today was a speculative trip originally planned as an inshore Cod fishing trip but I decided to offer the crew a go out on the wrecks based on a good weather window and a hunch. Boy did that prove to be a good decision today. If only all days could be as good (I wish) !!
The distances involved to my chosen area meant we had 5 hours of steaming and 4 hours of fishing, with a 45 minute slack in the middle, so it was a small fishing window. But the crew of 8 (including 5 newcomers to wreck fishing) were up for it, so we went for it!
Well, we ended up with 27 Cod including a 30lb 3oz monster, a 25lb, 22lb, 19lb and loads in the 15lb to 18lb bracket. Alongside this we had a few smaller Cod plus 3 smallish Pollack giving a haul of 30 fish and a catch weight in excess of 450lb !
Seven of the eight anglers aboard recorded a personal best as follows:
- 30lb 4oz Cod – Warren Slatter
- 25lb Cod – Dan Dice
- 22lb Cod – Clive Marshall
- 19lb Cod – Gary Tidd
- 18lb Cod – Dan Batchelor
- 18lb Cod Ben Waddington
- 15lb Cod – Gazza Tidd
Here are some pictures from today:
30lb 4oz Cod for Warren Slatter
25lb Cod For Dan Dice
Was all action today
One of the few smaller ones
A couple from this drift
A mid double for Gary Tidd
3 of the Cod from this drift
Fish boxes filling nicely and its only Midday – been fishing for 2 hours!
22lb Cod and another personal best for experienced regular Clive Marshall (Clive bagged up today again)
Another for Dan Dice, who had a few today too!
Another PB at 19lb 1oz for Gary Tidd
Some of today’s catch and a very happy crew!
So phew, a fantastic day to start off the wreck fishing season for Grey Viking in 2011 with a fantastic crew – enjoyed your company guys !