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Kieth and I decided on a little fishing trip over Saturday and Sunday in Eyemouth.

We picked up our bait, consisting of peeler, bluey, rag and fresh mussell from Lewis in Whitley Bay on Saturday morning. As usual, the bait and advice from Simon was first class.

We travelled up the A1 through some heavy showers and an overcast sky. However, when we arrived outside the Harbour Masters house it was dry.

LW was at 1834hrs at approximately 2m, with HW at approximately 4m.

We moved to our first mark on Hairy Ness, so we could try and locate the fish using the float. We found a most accomodating shelf and set up! I was using bluey on size 2/0 hooks with 15lb Daiwa Sensor line right through on a light sea bass rod. The float was set between depths of 10 and 30 feet! On the second cast I struck in to a decent fish at about 15ft. I was hoping for a bit more of a fight but the fish soon quickly rested on the surface.
I set out hoping for a decent Pollack and a Kelpy and was pleased to see a golden flash in the water as the fish surfaced.
The fish weighed in at approximately 4lb.
Unfortunately, we only managed to produce some small Coalies thereafter.

As planned, we moved to The Cannons using the goat track from the cliff top.
We had decided to fish this mark on the ebb, 3 hrs down.
We were straight into the fish. Throughout the ebb and up to two hours over we had contact.
We produced Coalies and Wrasse in good numbers, all of which were returned. Kieth had the Wrasse up to approximately 3lb. Unfortunately none of the Wrasse fell to the float.

I was hoping to produce a decent Kelpy from this mark but none showed!

I was however, alerted to a monster knock that had the Century Tip Tornado having a fit in the rod stand. Kieth gave a shout and the sound of the ratchet on the Daiwa Saltist 30H suggested a decent fish.

I took the rod and pulled into the fish but found myself in a monster snag. I decided to give the fish some slack line. It took this on several occasions before I managed to get its head up. The reel was coping well with this monster and the rod was straining from the joint.

I had just sighed a breath of relief, as I could feel the fish travelling through clear water, although against its will, when the unthinkable happened....SNAP!

I thought that it may have been my shockleader and I was preparing to get naked in order to whip myself with nettles, if this was to be the case.

It had actually snapped my 60lb rig line at the knot that I tie to create the loop for the hook snood. Technically due to the knot reducing the lines strength by 50%, this would have broken at approximately 30lb.

I can't really say what type of species this would have been but what Kieth and I concluded was that I had just lost a double figure fish!

I was gutted but the Pollack from Hairy Ness eased the pain.

We left The Cannons after having produced many fish but sadly no Kelpys.

We were treat to a beautiful sunset before leaving The Cannons.

During the dark hours we visited the marks near the golf course but decided not to fish purely for safety!

We fished on the bottom at our previous mark on Hairy Ness for a couple of hours over the flood but did not have any contact with the fish.

We left this mark and decided to get our heads down for a couple of hours.

After the fry up that Kieth knocked up in the boot of the car, we made our way to the marks near the golf course. It was our intention to bounce from mark to mark but we remained in contact with the fish throughout the flood and a couple of hours over, at the mark we had chosen and decided to stay.

Kieth produced a decent Pollack from the bottom on rag worm. I was casting into the same location at approximately 30 yards and seemed to be in touch with the fish. I rapidly produced my first Kelpy of approximately a pound and then no sooner had I cast my next peeler bait into the water, the rod was knocking. This produced a decent Kelpy of approximately 4lb. I was over the moon.

We produced a number of Wrasse and Coalie also from that mark and they were all returned. Unfortunately, none were produced on the float. I believe this was due to there being a fair amount if movement in the water.

We kept three fish in total out of approximately 20lb of fish produced over the two days.

I have included some pic's.

We are hoping to get at least one more visit this month!
 

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Thanks for the replies Steve F and A Rod, much appreciated!
As long as I get one in I dont mind losing the odd one. I lost a similar fish, although not as heavy in the Tyne, near the old Albert Docks a few months ago!

All the best Wayne.
 

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Thanks for the reply Stevie R. I've fished Eyemouth before, earlier in the season, with only small fish and numbers. This is due to when I get my time off! However, we are hoping this is the first of a few trips this month!
 

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Great report there....i fish the area as often as i can but have never caught as many fish as you guys.....i must be doing something wrong.
 
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