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I went out from Dunbar yesterday from about 2 till 6. It started off quite breezy and deteriorated - the trip back was against some pretty big waves and would have been positively scary in my previous boat.

I headed in the Torness direction. It took me an hour to catch half a dozen mackerel for bait. In the same time a couple of codling - about 2 to 3 lb - came to my size 6 Sabiki shrimps fished in the hope of sand-eels.

Drifting over new (to me) ground looking for likely marks proved difficult - the wind was scudding the boat through so quickly I couldn't really make sense of where I was when I was picking up fish. The float fished mackerel strip - normally a useful "searcher" - was being left hundreds of yards behind the boat in no time and I ended up just dragging it behind the boat. However I picked up a nice 5lb pollack this way - my first with this "technique". Also another 3 pollack to about 3lb on a redtail jelly worm, again dragged behind the drifting boat, and another codling of about 3lb on a Nordic Herring - what a superb lure that has been for me.

While I was drifting downwind a guy in a kayak came past me at a fair rate in the other direction. I thought I was seeing things - he wasn't even paddling. As he got closer i could see he was actually pedalling away like billy-o. Must have been pretty fit, I think. Wonder if he was one of Wookie6262's mates?

With the wind strengthening all the time I headed for home, encouraged to try that area again in in calmer conditions. Sorry no pics this time, I am going to practise sizing and posting them for my next report.
 

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great result in those conditions,made it worth going out.
cheers rab
 

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well done bud its annoying that when your drifting to fast dont know if anyone else out to dunbar this week but its fishing well off the baldred boat turn left out the harbour and look towards the bass rock then start looking inland from there and you will see it jutting out from the mainland big monument with a cross on top dont know what its for would be interesting if anyone knew on here mate there at the weekend and a had a good day not been up that area myself this year but it usually fishes well and doesnt get hammered like the usual marks.
 

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A wee bit about St Baldred

The first inhabitant on the Bass Rock was Baldred, an evangelist and hermit sent by St Mungo to spread Christianity to the Lothians in the sixth century. He founded a monastery at Tyninghame and later lived as a hermit in a cell on the Bass Rock. He also sometimes resided in St Baldred's Cave on Seacliff Beach. His name is remembered in St Baldred's Boat, the point immediately south of the Bass Rock, opposite Tantallon Castle and St Baldred's Cradle, which lies at the north-west end of the John Muir Country Park near Dunbar. The Tyninghame monastery lasted more than 300 years before being sacked by the Danes in 941.
 

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A wee bit about St Baldred

The first inhabitant on the Bass Rock was Baldred, an evangelist and hermit sent by St Mungo to spread Christianity to the Lothians in the sixth century. He founded a monastery at Tyninghame and later lived as a hermit in a cell on the Bass Rock. He also sometimes resided in St Baldred's Cave on Seacliff Beach. His name is remembered in St Baldred's Boat, the point immediately south of the Bass Rock, opposite Tantallon Castle and St Baldred's Cradle, which lies at the north-west end of the John Muir Country Park near Dunbar. The Tyninghame monastery lasted more than 300 years before being sacked by the Danes in 941.
that was quick was going to google it too maybe worth trying in the yak it usually fishes well and every trip i have been to dunbar this year always looked and never seen a boat there when i have been there as said the usual marks have had a good going over by now.
 

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I've had a couple of dabbles at St Baldreds Boat this summer, followng recommendations on this forum (Stevie the Nittenbill?). It looks very fishy, 40ft or more right up against the rocks and varying depths to the East. I've had a few small pollack, codling and mackerel, but I've not really got to grips with it. Like other specific marks in the area, I've found it hard to stay in the zone for long enough without finding myself on the rocks. I reckon I need to anchor just to the East but it would need the right combination of tide and wind, which doesn't seem to come along very often when I've got the chance to go out. But it would be a beautiful place to catch a big fish - background of Bass Rock in one direction and Tantalllon Castle in the other, not to mention the monument itself.
 

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I will give it a go before too long. I am getting a bit weary of Torness but it is so easy to catch fish there. A difficult balance marks I know with very good chance of catching versus the challenge of new marks with unknown catching possibilities.
know how you feel bud the last time i was there i was just myself so spent most of the day just looking for new marks returned every fish caught apart from a nice pollack and a couple of small cod being myself i didnt have the problem of trying to keep crewmates happy and if i eat any more cod am going to turn into one.:eek:hmy:
 

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I've had a couple of dabbles at St Baldreds Boat this summer, followng recommendations on this forum (Stevie the Nittenbill?). It looks very fishy, 40ft or more right up against the rocks and varying depths to the East. I've had a few small pollack, codling and mackerel, but I've not really got to grips with it. Like other specific marks in the area, I've found it hard to stay in the zone for long enough without finding myself on the rocks. I reckon I need to anchor just to the East but it would need the right combination of tide and wind, which doesn't seem to come along very often when I've got the chance to go out. But it would be a beautiful place to catch a big fish - background of Bass Rock in one direction and Tantalllon Castle in the other, not to mention the monument itself.
aye it can be annoying sometimes if your drift isnt in the right direction for the mark you are on but some days it just turns out to perfect and as said a bit better backdrop than a nuclear power station or the cements works.
 
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