We set off from the marina just after 8.30 giving a little extra time to assess the weather and the sea conditions and to allow a little extra time for the wind to calm down as last night it has been blowing upwards of 35mph. This gave us time to meet the crew for today and have a nice hot coffee before setting off.
The decision was made that we would not be venturing out to the usual Cod marks but we would motor out to a spot east of the marina where we could tuck in under the cliffs. This was really the only option today but it was worth fishing as it has been producing some nice cod weighing in up to and over 14lb.
The sea was quite lumpy but after we had got out of the marina entrance and away from the marina walls the sea calmed down a bit and we were able to anchor on the fishing mark comfortably.
The fishing was slow all day today and when we had not had any good cod bites by slack water we changed tactics to target smaller fish using smaller hooks and baits.
The crew then started to land some nice Whiting and some good-sized Dabs one of which went the only lady angler on board who was thrilled to catch one this being her first ever fishing trip.
In and amongst the Whiting and the Dabs one of the lads landed a Herring and the Lee missed the only Cod bite of the day due to the fact that he was eating his lunch and he was too hungry to drop it and strike.
Overall the fishing was not the best today but the day was very enjoyable and the crew had a great time. For us this was the first day of the Cod season which has resulted in a Cod blank. This is partly due to the fact that the Cod will at this time be starting to move further off-shore and also down the weather conditions which didn’t allow us to fish what would have been the chosen mark.