my spur of the moment fishing trip last year with friends Glenn in Lanzarote was, by his own admission, crazy but i was rewarded with a big butterfly ray and my first hammerhead shark off a boat. this year we have decided to go and try it for our-self on the 16 February so far we have 4 booked in Glenn, Ross my son Derick and myself. we are hoping to fish the beach for four days and nights and hopefully get a boat trip in on the last night. keep an eye on https://www.offthescaleangling.ie/ to see how we got on.
Part 2 of my trip last year
As we headed to the beach, we each drank a can of red bull as we had a feeling that we could be in for a good night. As we arrived, our guide said he had a butterfly ray landed already. He then was trying to explain that the tide is at the right stage. As we unloaded the car, our guide was delighted to see we got some fresh bait off the charter boat.
A miked box of table fish, fish like this can be purchased in any fishmongers at a fear price
As we walk along the beach towards the rods, Oscar shouted fish on and as Glenn did all the organizing with my flights and guides, he deserved the first go. With Glenn running for the rod and me scrambling for the camera, I could hear the reel screaming and Glenn saying o my god. As I got there, Glenn was sitting down on a rock. With The reel locked fully the rod was able to put the maximum pressure on the scary weight hard fighting fish. I could not believe the pressure, the rod was bent so much that it was starting to lift Glenn of the rock, unbelievable. After forty-five minutes of super back braking sport the fish was in the shallows. the guide said stingray, [ it was gigantic.] It made the stingers I caught in Fenit look like a flounder.
Glenn was into a super heavy fish, after five minute of arriving some start to the night
PICTURE TAKING BY GUIDE. Glenn with a monster stingray what a monster, well done Glenn and tanks to our guide
As all rods had to be taking in it was time to re-bait and get them back out. With the guide in the kayak, he was ready to put out two rods at a time.
We knew it would be a big animal that could get there mouth around this [fingers cross]
With all four rods out two with Bonita heads for sharks and two smaller baits for all other species. We were buzzing with excitement in anticipation of what could be out there,[ it is the total opposite in Ireland were our sea fishing stocks are at an all-time low]. It was thirty minutes later before my reel gave a few clicks, as I stood next to my rod I turned on the go-pro in hope the reel would scream off , and it did what a rush. With the rod in my hand, I leaned into the fish. Even do I was using penn 12/o reels and 60lb shark rod it still bent over and line was peeling off my reel. With the fish running up tide first, I was able to steer it towards the beach. I think it could feel the water getting shallow; it did a sudden you-turn and ran down the beach like a bat out of hell. It started to strip line off the reel once more, what a buzz [I was praying it would stay on.] Suddenly the rod was vibrating, I could feel the line rub agents some rocks. All I could think was no, no, no,. All I could do was, put my thumb on the spool and as the fish was bending the rod I would easing into it, just enough that the line was just slowly coming off the reel praying that line would not brake. I was doing this for a few minutes until the fish turned on the surface and headed back towards me. I knew if it was as big as Glenn;s it would have broken off. As the fish was all most in, we could see it was a good size butterfly ray. As the guide grabbed the ray, I put the rod back in the stand and helped him pull it safely on to the shore.
My first shore caught butterfly ray, too heavy to lift estimated to be well over 60lb +
our guide making sure that the ray safely swam back to the depths
Two cracking fish landed [in my mind the trip was well worth it,] any other fish would be a super bones. About an hour later, we had another two-dropped runs only a few minutes apart from each other. As the line kept going slack on the rods, we knew that the rocks that we were using as leads had broken away from the 20lb brake away line. We had to re-bait and reset the two rods, the guide recons they were Tope. It was now 5am and we were starting to get tiered. but the fish had other ideas, Again we got a blind run it was on the long-range rod and after five minutes, it was around the other lines. Then it got off. As you know this happens when fishing. It was some type of shark probably a large Tope or a small hammerhead. It took a bit of time to sort out everything and it was starting to get bright.
Our guide dropping out our baits over 300yards on his kayak
our shark baits that we had out that night
With the rods out, we sat back and enjoyed the heat of the sun. We were saying if we only had weather likes this at home, we could plan more shark fishing trips. As we got our gear sorted, we could see charter boats trolling for tuna only a few hundred yards from our baits. It was so relaxing sitting back in the morning sun I nearly forgot I was going home in a few hours. As we were falling asleep Oscar shouted fish on, as it was Glenn;s turn he ran for the rod then the guide shouted two fish on. With no chance to get cameras ready, we both had to run for the rods. They were not fighting like monsters but we were delighted to be into fish. As we were gaining line on both fish, they were almost in the shallows at the same time. I could see a shark type fin cruising through the surface of the water that I believed was attached to my hook. In addition, when it tried to make another run I knew it was. Nevertheless, what type of shark could it be? To my delight, it was an angel shark [monkfish] my first angle shark what a crazy and beautiful looking fish estimated to be about 40lb what a trip
My first angle shark what a crazy and beautiful looking fish estimated to be between 30 to 40lb what a trip it turned out to be
with my fish safety at the edge of the water glen was able to land his
To top it off glen landed a 30lb + long noes skate what an end to a 26-hour stay in lanzarote
Glenn and I enjoying our last fish of the trip some good sport and I would like to thank Glenn on organising everything.
As we traveled back to the villa, our smiles were brighter than the lanzarote sun. as we had a few hours to kill before our flights we relaxed in the Jacuzzi
Some way to end a fishing trip. I would like to thank Jason and his dad Frank for my short and welcome stay and for dropping me to the airport
A daytime shot of our rods set up imagine walking along a beach in Ireland and seeing this you would think they are off their game
Our rig set up 3ft of 250lb steel wire tied to ten feet of 300lb mono and off the swivel about 4ft of 20lb to 25lb mono that is tied to a cable tie that is around a rock instead of using a lead