just joined this forum so thought i`d do a post about the fishing up in the highlands. I fish cromarty and the surrounding area the best thing is the water is real deep worst is that its a big area oh yeah and the dolphins and seals and the occasional whale. Tons of mackerel from the harbour from august to sep, conger under the harbour and flatties out the front. Cod all year and pollack and i reckon there is some big skate too. I have been fishing up here for ten years and its hard going, fishing a whole week on your best marks and sometimes nothing other times every cast catches! Use everything lug,rag,peelers,squid,mackerel and lures they all work, fresh is best though. Long casts are required from the shore so clip down with a bait shield or i have recently started using a dvice lead they are great and really easy to use. Oh yeah i have started catching bass up near tain on 35g tobys about 4-5 lb. So i you are up on holiday take a rod and some feathers might be worth it.