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Saturday looked like the last good day out before the wind came in - it was forecast to pick up N/E to 30mph gusts from tea time, so we thought we would have a good day.

We met at 6.30am on my mates boat for an early start and i'm glad we did - the forecasted wind came early and we were back in the marina by about 1pm. but still had a cracking morning

We fancied try some new tactics - targeting smaller fish - namely Wrasse around Portland harbour . and i fancied trying my New Nomura Kanji 30-70g rod and Kanji FS reel.

first we tried feathering up some mackerel in the entrances - the first drift pushed us very close the wall and highlighted a lump down the side full of fish - we quickly repositioned and bang into pollock - loads of them taking the daylight feathers. My mate switched to a slow jig and caught his first fish on a jig. I only manged to lose my new brand new slow jig to the kelp! and lost my fish skin sabikis! but great fun!

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after enough small pollock we drifted the middle of the entrance and soon had about 6 mackerel, amazing fun on light gear and we were treated to a wonderful display from the resident dolphins.

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Next up was the wrasse - Rag worm on a 2 hook flapper - i was straight into a Ballan, had a about 4 of them and they were great fun on the light gear -

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but then to my delight i landed my first ever Cuckoo wrasse a lovely male - i was made up! happy days - stunning fish!

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after enough wrasse we went to anchor on the spoils - about 2 miles out, but by the time we got there we decided it was too lumpy to be comfortable, so headed inshore to the lee of Bowleaze/Ringstead bay and anchored in 45ft over shingle.

With a big bait on the bottom on one rod and a 2 hook flapper on the light gear - on the 1st cast on the flapper a decent mackerel took the squid on the way down - awesome fight on the light gear. we had a few dogs, but not much else.

the wind really picked up much earlier than forecast and so we lifted anchor and headed home

we heard later that a number of people were rescued on a paddle board from ringstead beach - and one from an inflatable kayak at Kimmeridge

madness that people were out on inflatables in a forecasted strengthening offshore wind.

Cracking morning and what fun on light gear! I took the mackerel home and had Cajun baked mackerel with dauphinoise potatoes and salad!
 
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