PJ has been out and about again.
A new blog of a recent couple of trips including a 1st for him from the shore .
Well this month we will start off with a bit of fun, spot the difference between the top and bottom fish, hint there is only one !
I was side-lined start of the month with a cut to my left hand that needed 3 stitches so was desperate to get out and do a little fishing so as soon as I could . I headed up to one of the lochs in the west highlands in the search for a double figure Thornback.
With me getting ever so close last month with one at 9lb 14oz hopes were high as I headed to the mark, unfortunately the wind was straight in my face and then of course it stated to rain so a quick pack up and move up the loch to find a bit of shelter resulting in four Thornback ray. Three came in three casts then the mark went dead till last cast , my first recapture from the shore .
Baits were sand-eel mackerel cocktail baits on 1/0 mantas loop rig or one down clipped down rigs.
Well I hope you all got it correct, yes it’s the same fish caught within 4 hours of its first capture,leech removed and returned only to be caught again, well it was a first for me a verified recapture of the same fish, wonder how many fish you do re catch without knowing it?
The following Monday my long time childhood fishing buddy and Cousin John was desperate to catch a Thornback ray saw me travelling south to the Solway coast in search of his first ray, we headed to a mark that had thrown up my first double figure ray last year. Fishing over low water and on his third cast John managed a nice ray about three pounds using a Sand-eel mackerel cocktail, to say he was over the moon was an understatement, then I bagged a six pounder, talk about buses .The very next cast John had a great bite resulting in a fat doggie rising from the muddy water so job done.
The tide then turned and the wind increased until it literally blew us off the mark, what is it with the weather on Monday’s, so we had to move off the mark as John was packing up he had a micro dab hanging on to his 1/0 hook baited with mackerel so three species in a day is not bad going.We moved trying to find a more sheltered spot but the rain started and then a visit from the resident porpoises put an end to a blustery and rainy day, but mission Thornback was achieved for John.
My next trip out was back up to the west highlands of Scotland this time my mission was to get Nathan his first thornback ray .This time the weather come good for us, first cast for Nathan saw him hook and land his first Thornback Ray of about 3lb and his first fish on his new Kompressor SS, eventually I finally got in on the act as the tide turned and started to flood with three ray and a couple of dogfish .Nathan then landed a lovely Thornie of 5lb 3oz which from this mark is a great fish. Baits as usual were sand eel, mackerel & squid presented on 1/0 hooks. Nathan was well chuffed with his first fish and with it being a Thornback so job done for me again . Taking a break from the fishing to grab a bite to eat and moving marks to target doggies. With the onset of darkness the mark came alive with both of us having a good run of doggies till it came time to head down the road.
Nathan with his 5lb 3oz thornie and a good sized doggie, yours truly with a small ray on the T1000
Strangely I had quite a few doggies wrapped and tangled in the rig and not actually hooked in the mouth any ideas?
Thanks for reading PJ..