Wednesday 6 May 2015

Crinan Skate Trip

Willie and I headed to Crinan on Friday with Ticketty Boo! II with my friend Colin to take advantage of a weather window before the yucky weekend arrived. 

The day started and ended fairly quietly, but we twice had double skate hook ups and boated fish of 174, 180, 182, 186 and 201lb between us for a total of 923lb. This total is certainly a PB for my boat. We lost  another biggie and had a seventh fish spit the bait after a short run.
Tides were to be fairly small, but this didn't stop the 2.5lb leads from bouncing away a couple of times.Most successful bait was squid, which took four of the fish. All skate were measured and released.

The 201lb big girl puts Willie in pole position for the skate trophy this year. With my very last drop on the small rod, I was lucky to bag a Black Mouthed Dogfish which won't do my species hunt hopes for 2015 any harm.