We've had winds up to 66mph with it very blowy for a few days solid. Not cold like it was though so totally fishable weather.
After dropping Geordie Si off at the airport on Sunday afternoon I went home and sorted my reels/rigs etc for the coming week. I wanted to do lots of exploring so needed everything just right and a multitude of different types of rig for the various marks I'd be trying.
So on the Monday I set off in earnest. I went to a nearby place with relatively shallow water and a nice steady current. It was very nice fishing. Lots of codling, dabs and plaice with the best fish a 16lb 14oz cod, caught on a 1/0 hook. Great stuff.
After 4 hours it was time to up sticks and try somewhere else. I could of stayed and no doubt caught more, but the week wasn't about that.
I set up once again at the new spot and waited a couple of hours for a bite. I expected it to be slow, a big fish or bust kind of place, but this was slow!!
Anyway halfway down the tide my rod slowly starts going over, then the ratchet's clicking. Not a screaming run but definitely a big fish. I grab the rod and increase the drag, not wanting to spook the fish, just wanting to see if it's hooked up or not. Too often I watch anglers grab the rod and strike. This achieves nothing. The fish is either hooked or not. If it's not you've just spooked it. If it is you've just made it run for cover. I've landed cod over 20lb that haven't even tried to run as they don't even know they're being wound in lol
Anyway this fish is on, and it's strong! It realises something is up and starts moving, wow it's big. Luckily for me it swims uptide. It goes straight past me about 50 yards out. Big mistake as now it's tired itself out and it's also up current of me, so it's a simple job of steadily getting her in. Eventually up pops a cod.... a BIG cod
35lb on the nose, what a beauty!!
That was the only bite from that mark, as I thought all or nothing.
The next day I hit the road again. Completely new area to try. Winds are picking up a bit but find it's ok at this mark. It's not bad, a few codling to 8lb, and the ground is nice with a decent current. One for the future.
I then decide to fish in front of the house for the night session. Literally 100 yards from my door.
It's a good move as I get 5 tidy doubles to 17lb 8oz
The next couple of days are spent doing lots of driving. The winds are getting real strong now, which means with the mountains and fjords it can blow from anywhere, regardless of what the forecast says.
I do find some fish, and a couple of marks that might have potential, but others are snag pits, devoid of fish or just downright dangerous.
I decide later in the week that I've done enough exploring for now and want to catch some fish! So I spend a day on one of my favourite marks, and what a day it was!!
I'm soon hooked up to good fish, the first of which is a ling of 22lb
Then it's haddock to 8lb, coalies to 7lb and another ling of 16lb. It's hectic sport and you can't get the bait to the bottom sometimes.
I decide to call it a day and have 1 last cast....
As usual I start getting a bit straight away. But instead of the fast hard pulldowns this is a real slow bend, the sign of a better fish.
I give it plenty of time to eat the bait, grab the rod and tighten the drag, and it's game on.
I'm fishing about 300 foot of water and this thing is halfway up twice and diving to the bottom again.
I reckon it's got to be a ling or a cod, having had both over 20lb here before.
After a long battle which saw it snagged for 5 minutes, me sitting on my hands waiting for it to swim out, and then eventually landing the fish I see it's another BIG cod.
32lb 8oz, wow I'm ecstatic! Two thirties in a week, mental.
And then yesterday I decided on another little road trip, now I'd had my fix.
This time I did find a good mark, plaice of 1-2lb and codling every cast, non stop for 4 hours. So then moved to 2 other spots and blanked! I have to keep moving to find the marks for my guests, so they have good variety. I'd of been happy catching those codling and plaice all day as surely I'd of seen a better one eventually.
I've got the wife turning up tomorrow, so no fishing for a few days (probably), and my next group arrive on 10th Feb. So next weeks report will probably be quite short, we shall see.
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