Tuesday 24 January 2012

Sunart Trip 14th & 15th as told by GG

With the higher than normal winds curtailing a lot of boat fishing pretty much since the Tagathon event in November, I’d been dying to get back up to my boat at Loch Sunart for a couple of days to see what was about. As always, I’d been watching the weather forecast for days beforehand and it was looking good for the weekend with SE winds below 10mph for both days. Billy McCormack was to be my crew mate and we were joined for Saturday by Darren, Paul and Graham on Paisley Pete – another Warrior 165.

Launching at Salen http://www.salenjetty.co.uk/ on Saturday went as smoothly as usual and we had lines down at my favourite mark for just before 9.30. The other's were out slightly earlier and Darren had been straight into a decent fish when he boated a nice spurdog at 10lb 10oz. We only had to wait half an hour ourselves for our first “banger” to show and this was to be the pattern for the rest of the day.

There was a brief respite from the spurdogs around slack low water about 2.30 in the afternoon. When I say “respite”, a large skate decided to devour a single calamari and battle commenced. We began to think this was a male fish as it did a lot of thrashing about and nodding around the seabed where it held solidly for 20 minutes. Very slowly. I managed to get a few half turns of line back and it was soon rising slowly at a rate of two reel turns per rod lift. This mark was 210 feet deep which was reel 90 turns to my leader knot. I managed to get it about two thirds of the way to the surface before it  unfortunatley came off.
As the flood tide started, the spurs returned. Many were around the 7-8lb size and all but two were female. We had several “doubles” with the biggest one of the day bending the scales to 14lb 9oz. It was decided to fish on into the dark and slowly return to moor at the jetty by GPS. Our final tally for the day was a fantastic 35 spurdogs falling to squid and mackerel baits, 20 of which are now fitted with SSTP micro tags. All were clean fish apart from one which had a small bug clinging to it’s flank. I’ll hopefully find out from the kindly boffins at Marine Scotland what it was?

Over on Paisley Pete, they’d packed up to go home earlier on, but still ended with 12 tagged fish including one recapture. This included five into double figures. Other species we landed were a small thornback ray, a few small whiting and numerous LSDs.

Once again, we stayed with Nikki and Richard at the excellent Salen House B’n’B http://www.salenhouse.co.uk/ . After a hot shower at the digs, it was a short saunter up to the nearby Salen Hotel http://www.salenhotel.co.uk/ for dinner, a very quiet shandy, a review of the photos we’d taken and to reflect on our good fortune. Being very dedicated anglers, we only had a couple of drinks and were of course in bed for 10pm (?????).

Sunday dawned colder and windier with my head feeling as though it had a Vulcan bomber performing engine tests inside. I’m sure this must have been down to the balsamic vinegar I had on my chips the
 previous evening???? After a fantastic breakfast, it was back to the same mark we’d fished the previous day. Thing’s didn’t go quite to plan though and it was lunchtime before I’d tagged the first decent spur of the day – a nice female of exactly 7lb. surprisingly and dissapointingly, this was to be our only biggie of the day. We fished several different marks up and down the loch, including some “exploring” work to the South of Carna island. After being liberally sprayed with bait, rain, food etc for two days, the boat was tidied and lines were up for just after 4pm. The low water recovery was easy enough thanks to the deep water at the slipway and after securing everything it was off home, tired but happy.

Sunday 22 January 2012

Nice 3 Beard Rockling

Will had a nice 3 Bearded Rockling recently which weighed 14 oz. Harder to catch than you might think its been positively ID'd by the fish recorder at SFSA after some debate amongst a few of the members about the fish being a Shore Rockling. Anyway John owes Martin a fiver! It took a large fish bait intended for a Pollack down in the SW

Steven and Richards Crinan Trip as told by Richard

Me and Steven Toner took the mother ship Toner up to Crinan. We left Monkton at 5.30am and finally got there for 8.15am and fishing for 9.00am. We started at one of Stevens favourite deep hole marks. Steven got the first skate which was a recapture and a Male at 115lbs. Fishing was a bit slow for the first couple of hours so we dug out the small rods for some doggie action and I managed to catch a few as well as some strap congers. I was also lucky enough to get a good sized black mouthed dogfish at 2lbs 2oz which was nearly a club record. Just after 2 o'clock my skate rod took a massive run and I hooked into a 200lb skate, another recapture a big female this time. We fished till 4pm when Stevens rod had another run but it came to nothing so all in all a good days fishing, sore back and some good banter and a big dose of deep heat being required.

Tuesday 17 January 2012


Following last weeks AGM the following sub committees have been formed :-

SHORE SECTION - Convenor : Martin Allison with Jamie Soons & John Wilson.

BOAT SECTION - Convenor : Gordon Goldie with Scott MacAleese & Jason Nicol.

FISH RECORDER - John Wilson.

EDUCATION & ENTERTAINMENT - Convenor Scott MacAleese, Ian grant & Willie Kennedy.

REGIONAL REPS - Willie Kennedy & Gordon Goldie.

K.O. - Gordon Goldie

PROMOTION / EVENTS - Gordon Goldie, Jamie Soons & Will Millar.

AWAY TRIPS - Martin Allison & Scott MacAleese.

JUNIOR SECTION - Gordon Goldie & Scott MacAleese.

SPECIES HUNT - Gordon Goldie- Boat & John Wilson - Shore

TROPHIES - John Wilson & Richard Stanley.

PRISE GIVING - Martin Allison & Ian Grant.

Saturday 14 January 2012


Last Wednesday night we had the 2012 AGM at the Carlton Hotel. This was well attended by around 20 members.

There were three new members voted onto the committee - Scott MacAleese, Ian Grant & Shane Wilson ...... welcome aboard guys.

I was voted in for a third term as Chairman with Martin Allison coming in as Vice Chairman, John Wilson as Secretary and Will Millar as treasurer.

There were no motions of business put forward but updates on last years club events were given by the conveners and general discussions took place on the events for the year as well as charter boat outings.

Remember we need some reports for the website / blog and off course the forum is up and running ....... please let me know if you want anything added. The forum and blog can be accessed through the club websitewww.ayrseaanglingclub.comand using the links tab.

Next Wednesdays meeting at the Carlton Hotel will be for general discussions on the shore and boat championships -- from venues to points systems -- get the thinking caps on please.

Tight lines for 2012


Friday 13 January 2012

Brief round up of the 2011 Ayr Sea Angling Club winners

Thanks to all those who participated in the events in 2011 and also congratulations to the respective winners in all categories. Lets make 2012 a good one !

Steven Toner- boat champion

John Wilson- summer league champion

Martin Allison - shore champion

Kyle Macleese- junior champion

Martin Allison- species hunt winner

Jamie Soons & Martin Allison- shore pairs champions

Boat pairs- TBC*

Heaviest fish other than Cod in a club shore match Jamie Soons - Bass 4 pounds 8 oz

Heaviest Cod  Stuart Cresswell - Cod 9 pounds 13 oz

Best shore specimen ,John Wilson - Tub Gurnard 1 pound 1 oz

Heaviest fish boat, Gordon Goldie - Common Skate 193 pounds

Best boat specimen -TBC *

There were 5 shore records broken and 2 boat records in 2011

From those fish reported there were 28 SFSA specimen awards.

The complete points, standings and further detail will follow shortly on the next web site update.

Tuesday 10 January 2012

Etive boat outing 8th January


Loch Etive fishing improving?

We launched at Kelly’s pier on Sunday morning with seven anglers on two boats, “Outcast” and “Tartan Spartan”. There was very little wind and a calm loch early on, but the rain showers soon started and remained on and off for the full day. We were fishing a dropping tide in the morning with LW expected about 1pm. Both boats headed West after launching and settled at a couple of marks just round from Airds Point in depths of around 100ft. Our bait selection came from mackerel, squid and trout. Darren was first into a fish on our boat as his rod buckled over and the tell-tale banging hinted that a decent spurdog was on it’s way up to pay us a wee visit. This nice healthy female weighed in bang on 8lbs and was a good start to the day. Things quietened off for us on Outcast after that, but the lads on Tartan Spartan seemed to have a consistent run of fish, especially small thornbacks of around 2 to 3lb.

After a wee while (and me still blanking!) we decided on a move over to the Priory area near the North Shore and got the anchor set. The tide had started to slacken off quite a bit and very little movement wasn’t a good sign. We stuck it out here for an hour without a bite while we had a hot lunch and pondered what to do next (and me still blanking!)?

Our third and final mark was back up the loch not too far from Airds Point, and again fairly shallow in Etive terms at only 90ft. It wasn’t long until we were into fish and boated three pregnant females weighing 7, 8 and 9lbs each in a frantic half hour. We all managed a thornie each and a couple of LSDs appeared too. Scott’s spurrie came on the light rod we had rigged up with small hooks to search for whiting, so gave him a decent fight. Another good fish hit this same rod a bit later, but sadly managed to escape the wee hooks during the retrieve. Darren also lost a very good fish when it escaped his rubber hooks.

My highlight came as the mist was closing in, rain started getting heavy and the rising winds from the West let us know they were there. I’d been using whole squid baits on a three down rig with 7/0 circle hooks in the hope of something a bit bigger? I wasn’t disappointed when I landed a very lean female spurrie of 11lb 7oz to cap the day off. It was also a tagging recapture, being first tagged in November 2010.

Best news of the day was that the two juniors on Tartan Spartan fishing with Jason & Les had caught plenty fish and thoroughly enjoyed themselves – even if they were cold and wet.

Good fishing, good company, good day.