Smoothhounds and Bream were the target for today and you can tell from looking at this first photo that we were in for some fun. What a right motley crew!!!
In the back row we have from left to right Danny, Paul (tin-legs) Dave, Mark and Keith who carried the knife he had somehow acquired from Mr Crocodile Dundee himself! Sitting at the front we have Bill wearing a lovely designer tablecloth and Shirley who is also known to a few people as Kevin (who tried to let everyone else know his real name by writing it in black permanent maker all over a small chopping board he had with him.
On the way out it looked like Shirley and Mr Crocodile Dundee Keith were set to have a right good row over tackle.
One show of “the knife” quickly put an end to that and all was fine I looked round again to see Crocodile Dundee Keith helping Shirley to apply his sun cream. ???????
Well today we were not out to catch crocs but fish so with a good supply of crab, squid and worm we were hoping for a good day.
We made a stop a couple of miles out and tried for some Mackerel but didn’t waste a lot of time on it as the water is still quite green and with the May bloom around the fish are not in the mood for biting. We moved on another couple of miles and found a few Mackerel that wanted to play so we had some nice fresh live bait aboard.
So onward to our chosen fishing mark and baited up for Smoothhounds. Both peeler and hermit crab being used and it didn’t take long before we had our first fish. Unfortunately it wasn’t a Smoothie but a Dogfish but Danny who was enjoying his first time out fishing was very happy with it. Likewise for Mark who caught the next.
But this was not what we were here to fish for and so more crab was loaded onto the hook in the hope that the fish would be a Smoothie. Turning to see what was happening with the rods Mark had a lovely bend in his and we all waited to see what would be played to the surface.
Well done Mark the first target fish of the day.
Not to be outdone Danny followed with the second.
Dave had got himself a nice quiet spot on the boat and was concentrated hard on catching but as yet was not seeing much action but it was still early in the day. The whole group was enjoying some really good banter and with sun shining and the first few fish caught there was a real buzz about the boat. Time for another fish and this time it was Shirley with a nice knock. Thank goodness he had put his shirt back on before it was time to take his photo!
A lovely fish Shirley and time for you to sit down and get your breathe back with a nice cuppa.
Shirley also had a rod down with a big Mackerel flapper with the intention of attracting a Bull Huss. It was this rod next that took one hell of a thump and the reel started clicking. Then it stopped. We waited for it to hit again but it didn’t happen. After seeing a few more fish caught the Smoothie did a disappearing act and we were only catching Dog fish including this one which Paul caught.
So it was time to make a move and go in search of the Bream. With the tide just starting to get going by the time we reached the next fishing mark we should be just in time to catch a few. This was the start of quite a fun half hour as the anchor winch decided to fail. Ray got straight onto the job of buoying the anchor up and the crew and myself had quite a giggle as we all lined up to heave the achor and chain up. Thanks lads for you help with that. I got on and made them a well deserved brew to enjoy while they recovered from the unexpected exercise and we got on a heading for our next stop.
The afternoon proved to be really disappointing we didn’t see one bream all day and even though there was a steady stream of fish it was all small stuff that you would expect to find on the ground. Everyone caught fish today including Bill and Dave who I am sure will be bragging when they get home over these record breaking fish…….
Careful you don’t strain a muscle with that one Bill.
It was soon time to head back in. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the crew for a smashing day. It was a lot of fun and we look forward to seeing you all again when the water clear of algae and the fish are feeling more in the mood to play.
Just time to fix the switch on the anchor winch, a quick bite to eat then back out again for our 4 hour evening trip.