We left Brighton Marina this morning at around 8.15am and being a little late off the mark due to the crews breakfast stop, which I hear was a really good fry-up, we steamed out to the fishing mark as we wanted to make the most of the tide before slack water. It seemed we had picked a popular spot today, when we arrived there were already a few boats with their anchors down and fishing. In fact, it resembled a car park! We carefully choose our spot so as to make the most of the rough ground, which is a favourite with the Cod this time of year.
Today the fishing was very slow. We didn’t have much tide due to being just one day away from neaps but we did manage to land one cod before slack water. The cod was hooked on a 6/0 Pennell rig baited with squid.
During the next couple of hours we were catching a few channel whiting here and there but it was all a bit slow going.
Once the tide got going and with no sign of any cod on our boat or any other the others in the area we decided to up anchor and move off to another mark in the hope of catching a few more.
It seems that the cod were proving to be a little elusive for everyone today and so we had to content with the one we had. The crew also managed to catch a couple of dog fish some very nice whiting and a few dabs.
So all in all today it was not the best for fishing but the sun shone and an enjoyable day was had. A few more fish would have been nice, but that’s fishing. Some days are just slow but then that’s why we keep going out because tomorrow is another day and along with it the buzz of catching bigger and better fish.
The good news is that a Cod still came aboard, so our record of no blanks this winter season remains intact!