As this week gave mild weather with temperatures of twelve degrees and light winds, Dan and I decided to do a bit of pleasure boat fishing. The plan was to anchor up on one of Dan’s marks and if we catch fish all the better and if not we would have gave the boat a much needed run. With the boat in the water and some frozen mackerel all was left was to get to the mark and anchor.
Hook baits chopped rods set up and steaming to the mark on a summer type morning
With the first few goes, trying to anchor over the rock-mark the light breeze kept pushed the boat just out of possession. Even doe it was close we were not happy and decided to re-anchor and this time it was spot on. With the rods out and the sun breaking through the morning clouds it was looking like a summer morning.
Flat calm sea and rods ready for action
Dan holding the rod after he got a rod bender dropped bite, he started to gently lifting the rod up and down to see could he entice the fish back.
Within a few moments, Dan’s rod was in action with a good thumping head-shaking fish.
A cracking cod was the result and a good start to the day. The cod took a shop bought trace baited with mackerel
Shop bought traces in the past few years can stand up to a lot of pressure and are worth having a look at. They are Well-priced and well-made traces, perfect for cod ling and congers, mackerel and squid strips work well on the hooks.
As the scent of the bait was going down tide, we were getting some good action from ling and conger
First fish for me, it felt like an OK conger
One of several conger for me
Dan with a few tricks, he decided to dropped down a baited perks
Dan’s perk did the trick with a 12lb ling that spat out a angler fish
nearly digested angler fish
In addition, when he dropped down the perk again his rod after a short time bent into a conger as we found out when it came to the surface
Dan with a twenty plus conger they are good fighting fish on 30lb fishing gear
With the fishing action steady, for the few hours through the running tide. Our bait was running low are should I say gone. It was time to pull anchor and look for some mackerel that we could not find. Looking forward to the New Year specimen hunting. Merry Christmas and a happy rod bending and screaming reel New Year.