Friday 31 August 2012

Some variety for Scott

Nice night
Very very pwoud as Sir Alex says
A nice Spotted Ray while waiting for the Viet Cong to turn up at Logan
Lemon Sole...get the pan on!

A good piercing sesh!

Who is the mystery A&E victim ?

Answers to Davy Kirklands email address please....

Thursday 9 August 2012

A trip with Mr Perch

Martin joined Stewart on a Perch hunt this week and after the Loch Ken trip earlier in the year which drew a blank.

Stewart knows these hidden gems and apart from the midges things worked out perfect for a short 3 hour trip.
The boss, keeping his hand in!
A nice jack in the sunshine-pre midge assault.

Martin was delighted with this super Perch!

Tuesday 7 August 2012

Port Logan with Stu & Gordon

"As told by GG"
As usual, I'd spent Monday to Friday watching the weekend forecast and decided with a light Easterly wind that Port Logan was to be the venue for Saturday. I'd obtained PIB (Permission In Blood - mine!) from the DRM (Domestic & Revenue Manageress (wife)) to fish Sunday as well, so decided to consider an all nighter into the bargain.
I'd arranged to meet Stuart "cod fluker" Cresswell at 9am at Port Logan, and by a remarkable coincidence, he just happened to arrive 30 seconds after I had got the boat fully prepared and everything loaded up. The cynical amongst us may suggest that he hid round the corner watching me graft, lift, carry, stow, sweat and heave - and then chose to appear as works were complete - but I could not possibly comment on that?
With very big tides forecast, the cunning plan was to have a bit of a species hunt (Plaice in particular) and then head offshore to catch slack water in search of some toothy critters. We started with a few mackerel off Logan Head, but they were fairly hard to come by apart from the one full house that Stuart managed to turn into a bunch of bananas. After that, we looked for a sandy bay in search of the orange spotted ones - and were not dissapointed. I near shat myself when my spinning rod with size 4 sabiki hooks folded over and I landed a treble shot of 2lb coalies over near the rocks. These were saved for skate bait. Stuart landed a ballan wrasse about the same time. Grey gurnards were in abundance along with a single wee tub gurnard. The first of many LSDs also appeared.
Later on we tried a couple of offshore marks. At slack water, 5oz of lead was holding bottom easily. As the tide increases - 2lb of lead just floats away here - some change! Quite a few missed bites to start with and then Stuart landed a nice huss and spurdog. These were both around 7 or 8lbs, but he swears they were each at least ten? As the tide increased, we headed to another inshore mark and got the three down flattie rigs prepared with coloured beads and worm baits. In addition to a few pollack, we added to the plaice total and spiked ourselves silly handling numerous doubles of grey gurnards.

It was soon evening and I dropped Stuart back in at the beach. I headed out again to a favourite mark in the bay and had a few drifts along the hard ground. This rewarded me with codling, haddock, poor cod and some nice plump dabs.

I had planned to fish through the night at anchor, but it was just double shots of doggies every cast, so I reeled up and got a decent kip on the boat. Sundays weather turned a bit nastier and the 2-5mph Notherly forecast was more like 12-15mph North West. The only land North West of Port Logan is Canada, about 3,000 miles away, so this is the worst wind direction here. Again the day was spent looking for shelter and I spent a bit of time pollacking either side of Clanyard Bay. The water was very clear, so darker colours of worm were working better than the pinks or oranges. I had some nice fish up to around 7lb and lost an absolute screamer which had line flying off the reel and eventually bent out the hook on my leadhead. I can only imagine ???
The only additional species to Saturday was a Short Spined Sea Scorpion before I packed up and headed home tired but happy :-) ..............

Monday 6 August 2012

Prestwick Summer League 1st August

           1st  S Wason 11 fish for 391 points.
           2nd M Bletsoe 4 fish for 147 points.
           3rd I Grant 4 fish for 144 points.
           4th S Wilson 3 fish for 134 points.
           4th J Wilson 4 fish for 134 points.
           5th W Millar 2 fish for 79 points.
           6th N Wilson 2 fish for 78 points.

8 members fished and catches consisted  of Flounder , Bass and Coalfish

SW trip for Jamie & Martin

Four days of mixed weather made for mixed fishing. Everthing from 40 mph winds , 23 degrees then horizontal rain, typical Scottish summer some might say. Most of the fish came to lures both hard and soft with the exception of the first 4 fish which came on bait due to the conditions. The fishing was occasionally good in patches but hard work at other times.

There were a few fish at the end of the rainbow but no pot of gold.
The first fish of the trip

J opens his account.

Pink to make the Bass wink

Better fish have been hard to find this year ? But a few were found

The lads met up with Scott a few times on a break from active family duty