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My fishing buddy Stuey(doolittle here), was coming over from the west to have another crack at Torness and hopefully bag up on cod. He suggested that an overnighter might fit the bill and the Mrs and the weather both played ball.

We arrived at around 6.30pm with the sight of sunshine and flat calm seas and no wind. I am starting to think Stuey brings his own weather as this was the conditions that we enjoyed the last time we fished together.

The plan was simple. Get out and bag up on Cod and see what we feel like around midnight. If we had enough Cod and energy we might go for a Conger bash.

We paddled out in beautiful conditions and were greated with a decent size sea trout or salmon jumping 2 foot in the air to our right. We had a few flicks with the spinning rods but no joy.

As soon as we hit the rocky ground and about 50 foot of water we decided to have our first drop. It should be called lucky first drop as for the fourth outing on the spin I had a fish. A decent Codling big enough for the pan came on board .



For once the first drop was the signal for some great fishing.The next hour and a half was almost a Cod a drop. Most were undersize of borderline and got returned except one which had swallowed the bait right down.



I kept 4 decent cod and the first couple of hours had been what I had hoped. Around 20 fish every one a Cod.



The fishing slowed a wee bit after that for me but was still decent. At this point Stuey started his fimilar catch up. I tend to fish better early on and must lose concentration as a session wears on. Stuey seems to be the opposite working out the conditions and then hitting on a winning formula.

I noted about 4 fish appear in mid water on the fishfinder. I duly pulled the bait up and was hit hard. I assumed Pollock as the fight was really good but to my surprise it was really nice 4 pound Cod.

The scenery was really nice with the sun setting. It was easy to forget the landmarks that surrounded us were wind turbines, cement factory and a nuclear power staion.





After a slow hour we decided to head over to the mark that is usually most productive for me. It was a 1.75mile paddle and it had started to get pretty dark. I had to turn the fishfinder brightness down and turn to the black display as the bright light was making me queasy.

The night fishing from a Yak was a first for both of us. It was pretty disconcerning at first not being able to really see where you are going. I was a bit worried about pot bouys but we made good time and both enjoyed the paddle.

More decent fishing at the new mark but most of it from Stuey. He was doing well and had a couple of keepers and a few wee ling. There was next to no drift at this point and it was taking around 10 mins to cover around 200 feet.

I got another couple of keepers to finish my tally with 8 Cod. I recon I caught 30 fish everyone a Cod. Stuey had not faired as well with the Cod with 3 but had got 3 species.

The time was now gone midnight and we were over a mile from base. We were both tired and I was starting to feel the cold. We decided to head back, gut our catch and get some kip in the cars. By the time I gutted my fish and had a bite to eat it must have been around 1.30am. The comfortable driving seat of the car was not a very good bed and I was lucky to get the odd 5 or 10 mins through the next few hours.

We got up with the light around 5am and paddled out again. I was really tired and there was a bit of a swell all be it gentle. The sun rise was very nice and brightened my mood.



We paddled out to the same mark as we left of the night before. There was a fair drift of about 1-1.5 mph and the snags were a pain but at least the drift was taking us back to base over some decent ground. Stuey was in catch up mood and was easily getting the better of me at this point. A golden 15 mins spell for me got me back in contention. A double shot of 3 pounders( my first Cod double shot on a Yak) followed by one around 5 pound and topped off with a 4 pounder.

We had a quick chat and decided to head in when we got to the mouth of the harbour. I got a really bad snag which I was determined to beat. No luck there as the snag knackered my Penn 535 and took my rig. In the meantime Stuey headed for the dollies to try for a few Pollock.

We paddled in tired but happy.



I had probably caught around 40 fish and believe it or not only had one species - Cod. I was taking home 13 for the pot. Stuey had 13 Cod too but I think I probably won the weigh in. He did however hammer me in the species count with 6 all together. Cod, Wrasse, Ling, Pollock, Coley and Poting. Whilst gutting our catch we saw why there are so many Cod and fish in general at Torness. The Cod had prawns, butterfish, loads of crab and one even had room for a Lobster around 6 inches in its gut.

We met another Yakker on a Hobie jsut about to launch. He was using Paddle power and I must admit I really like the idea of it.

It was really hard going lugging all the stuff to the car but we got there. The conclusin based on our night was that the state of tide is far more important than the cover of darkness at this venue. I might have to confirm this with another few trips however. Our goodbyes said we went our seperate ways, both happy with a great session. I didn't grudge Stuey his 3 hour drive home.
 

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Once again Simon showed his prowess at reading his fishfinder and accurately putting us over the fish with a consistency that is indeed worthy of praise.

Unfortunately, I forgot to take my camera and so do not have any pics to add to Simon's. However, the evening sky was gorgeous and the sea conditions a pleasure to be floating around on.

Kayak fishing in the dark can only be described as surreal??? We both had lights on the boats to ensure we could be seen by other vessels (the importance of this was made clear when we saw the Torness lifeboat start up and whiz out to sea at just past 01.00hrs) It just shows that the sea can be busy at any time, day or night!!!

The fishing was great and the experience was good fun. I lost a really good fish during darkness. It was a real rod bender that actually peeled some line off the reel. I got it about twenty feet up off the bottom and could feel it's head shaking violently, then nothing!!! When I reeled in my hook was straightened out (I think I swore at that point) I can only assume that it was a large Cod????

Anyway, as usual, my muscles ache and I'm as stiff as a board now, but at least this time I didn't get sunburned with it being dark most of the time!!!

Till next time

Doolittle..............
 

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The retreive/free spool wasn't working. I managed to get it sorted this morning with a good grease and a bit of gentle persausion. I think I had the drag set tight and got caught in a snag. The kayak was about to tip and I was trying to flick it to free spool. It wasn't happening for me but I managed to let the drag off and snap out. The reel was making a good bit of noise in free spool and wasn't free. Seems to be working OK now.

Sam - go for it with the Kayak. It really is good fun. I have went to catching very little from the shore to bagging up from the Yak. Makes it easier to justify to the wife when you come back with enough Cod for about 6-8 teas for the 4 of us.
 

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thats a brilliant report mate,great fishing by both of you,nice fish but the pictures top it all,considering the area that you were fishing you have even managed to make the cement works look good lol.well done,look forward to your next adventure.

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wee jollys(dad):clap3:
 

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As the other posters have said cracking report and pictures, its not easy to get the wife and tides to workout at the same time,lol.
 

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Excellent report and pics ...... an exciting fishing venture.

What sort of rods, rigs and baits are you using when fishing from a kayak?

Andy
 

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I take it ,it was you I seen on Sunday morning about 6 ish just of the power station then ...man that looks like fun , but hard work ..I had went down for my first bash at the bass for over a year ... had 3 .. none were keepers but good sport on light gear ...been thinking about a yak for some time now ..but the misses thinks I would end up swimming wi the fishes :nonono:
Well done on a good sesh lads , love the reports , you should get a wee pop up tent ( £30 ) it would save you kipping in the car
 

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great report, i really enjoyed it, good pictures too, well done.
 

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I have got a wee tent and the blow up mattress but never thought it would be worthwhile. I will know better next time. There were a few guys fishing the outlet at about 6am. Never realised it would be so busy that early.

It is surprisingly easy to stay in a Kayak depending on the model you get. If you went for something like a Big Game then you would be going some to fall out. Treat yourself the more the merrier.

I am organising a meet down at Torness on 5th September through the AnglersAfloat site. If anyone fancies a look at some yaks I dare say some of the guys would give you a shot.
 

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Yep would love to have a look at the kit needed and any advice I could get would be great , not been back on the anglers afloat page for a bit . .. will give it a look tonight .

There was an other yak out , I think it came out from the caravan park ??.

There was about 5 fishing the outlet to start with but by 11 am it was like combat fishing , so I got myself out of there ( no fun ) , some wee staffie pup just about ended up heading for st abbs when a wave lifted it off its paws !! ... no a place to take a dug :nono:
 

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Once again Simon showed his prowess at reading his fishfinder and accurately putting us over the fish with a consistency that is indeed worthy of praise.

Unfortunately, I forgot to take my camera and so do not have any pics to add to Simon's. However, the evening sky was gorgeous and the sea conditions a pleasure to be floating around on.

Kayak fishing in the dark can only be described as surreal??? We both had lights on the boats to ensure we could be seen by other vessels (the importance of this was made clear when we saw the Torness lifeboat start up and whiz out to sea at just past 01.00hrs) It just shows that the sea can be busy at any time, day or night!!!

The fishing was great and the experience was good fun. I lost a really good fish during darkness. It was a real rod bender that actually peeled some line off the reel. I got it about twenty feet up off the bottom and could feel it's head shaking violently, then nothing!!! When I reeled in my hook was straightened out (I think I swore at that point) I can only assume that it was a large Cod????

Anyway, as usual, my muscles ache and I'm as stiff as a board now, but at least this time I didn't get sunburned with it being dark most of the time!!!

Till next time

Doolittle..............
well done again guys think that fish you lost was more likely a good size ling they usually strip some line off the way your describing it always makes me sure its a ling when i am at dunbar and would say if its straightened your hook it was probably a double well done again.
 

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Brilliant report mate, great fish and photos.
 

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an enjoyable read, well done on the fish and some cracking photies to boot
 
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