Had to go out again, couldn’t help myself. Monday was really pleasant but my fish needed a drink so I went to fill my cans up down at Ness Point after the school run. Then I saw Colin steaming past on Lead Us. A quick call and, with tide times discussed I decided to launch, seeing as I now had some bait. I shot home, changed, grabbed what I needed and was at Links Road to launch half an hour later.
Off I went, nice flat sea, Greenland Paddle eating up the distance nicely. Dropped anchor, stowed the paddle – boy is that great for being unnoticed (see it?) baited up with whole squid and cast out. It was slow, lots of tiny bites from baby dogs and a few small whiting but then a nice thump, a strike and up it comes, battling like buggery – Cod! A nice, fat 4lb’er in the boat. A small roker came aboard too, only to be released after unhooking…
…and then…a steam train! I struck into what I thought at first might be a hound, a really good hound, a double figure hound, a PB hound…it shot off downtide, banging like crazy, it wasn’t a roker. My rod was bent over beautifully, I had to knock the drag down, line was peeling off…I pumped it up and it was coming, still fighting…and then, that awful feeling of slacker line. It was gone. The whole squid came up, didn’t even need to be replaced…Certainly wasn’t one of these!
The tide was slackening nicely now, it was dying away and my bait was dwindling…another good bite and another 4lb cod – 59 and 62cm fish. But that cod, hard-fighter and heavy, fought not too differently to that big fish I’d just lost. I’ll never know but…a smoothound doesn’t spit the hook. I’m pretty sure I lost a PB cod, a double figure one and a good one at that. Might have been a very good bass I suppose but it went straight, didn’t divert like they seem to. Whatever it was I had a couple of decent cod to fillet and chuck in the smoker…
“Ben? You coming?” I knew the answer already. So I dumped the girls, we met at Links Road and paddled a couple of miles north to Corton, anchoring just uptide from Lead Us on the rough ground rather than my usual mark. Down went the baits and straight away the twitching started with small dogs and a baby hound coming up. It took ages for my first cod; Colin had a couple of 5lb’ers onboard but we were off to a slow start. Ben had his first before me but I caught up and overtook with a brace of 3lb fish an hour apart plus some good whiting including a poundanarf.
Another little bite saw a good bend in the rod and up came a beautiful smoothound of around 5lb. I never tire of catching these, nor, to be honest, do I tire of eating them and this one became shark tacos that night with not a scrap wasted! In it came, bled and strung with the cod and I carried on.
A good bite, strike and miss it; the other rod goes, strike and it’s a cod, the other rod goes again, strike and I have one on each rod! Great, shoal passing through, I and them both, one after the other, bleed and string them and sit back to see if any more will come along. Ben has a couple of small roker, a hound and three cod but that’s it for us, we catch nothing else and as the tide dies away to nothing we haul anchor and head for home. Three days I’ve been fishing again and the freezer is full so I’ll eat some before I go again. The season hasn’t even started.
The next day saw it start off raining so I just went to the gym, popping in on Andrew who’d returned from Southampton Boat Show. He was very impressed with the quality of my carbon Greenland Paddle and then mentioned, over coffee, that Tahe had aquired Robson Paddles so he was now distributing them. I like Robson paddles. A lot. Tim used to do them. I decided it was about time Andrew should sponsor me again so now I have to wait until he gets some cranks for me to steal. Meanwhile, here’s the pretty little things he has!
What else is new? Palm are back from Nuremberg and showcasing their new products – looks likely that I’ll be changing my drysuit and underwear shortly – and one product in particular jumps out. A waistbelt lifejacket, designed for the SUP market, has applications for rock, pier and shore anglers, boat anglers (I could make use of it there) and would be handy for my summer bassing when I like to troll in the sunshine and top up my tan…very nice. Video link in case it’s of interest; blatant plug I know so I do apologise.
Oh, Sea Angler dropped through the door and Abigail is in it so she’s chuffed, especially as it was the day before her birthday. Not kayak specific this time though, just a review on the Deeper Fishfinder.
Lastly…ooooh…finally they have arrived! Snapper’s got some kayak rigs in production by Fladen! There’s a few arriving through my door next week along with some of their new LRF range – looks excellent – and some solid carbon rods a bit heavier than the 10-20lb version I had before which wasn’t stiff enough for my liking. There’ll be a fair few sample rigs kicking about to hand out amongst friends as and when I see you…that’s what I’ll be using this winter, not going to put my name to something and not use them, that’d be wrong.
I think that’s it. Looking forward to Andy finishing his Legend restoration and Andrew getting the Zegul Greenland back so we can go have a play…and I have some testing and reviewing to do on the Robsons for thepaddler ezine. Life is a whirl right now.
Oh yeah… Fladen delivery has arrived; aside from the rigs I have got a bunch of their new LRF stuff – jigs, artifical baits, 0.5-7g rods and a couple of Solid Carbon rods and new baitcasters for my codding this season. Game on!