Dave, myself and Mark headed out at Blyth at 5:30 am on the 23rd. The conditions were lovely. We paddled a mile or so out and Dave got a good fish within minutes. Things were looking up.
Mark then got himself a good cod and a ling (both around the 6lb mark). We also had the pleasure of seeing a pod of dolphins being very active and breaching on regular occasions. Unfortunately they were a good 100 m away so it was hard to get some good footage but I’ve created a very short video to give you an idea. They really are magnificent creatures.
We moved on a few times and I was still unable to make a hook up. My blank was saved by a tiny pouting which took a jellyworm longer than the fish itself. Still, a fish is a fish! Shortly following on from this I hooked into a much better fish and up came a ~ 7 lb cod which gave a good account of itself. This took one of the 90g 160mm Fiiish Minnows. This proved to be my lucky lure as about 30 minutes later the same rod lurched over and a really heavy weight was felt at the end. Initially I thought I was snagged but then the tell tell head shaking signs followed and after quite a while a lunker of a cod came to the surface. This was my biggest cod to date at just over 12 lb. I was over the moon.
Top session in lovely conditions with great company. The fishing was hard going but the fish that were caught were real specimens.
The paddle out:
My first cod of approximately 7lb:
Released to get bigger:
A few of these about:
My PB cod:
Another pic of the 12lb (taken by Dave):
Sea state doesn’t get much better than this. Mark and Dave on the paddle back in:
Short video of the dolphins breaching in the distance:
Jeff, Dave and myself headed out at Blyth this morning to fish some distant rough ground. We arrived around 5.45. It was mild with no wind and the sunrise was lovely! Were weren’t too optimistic about the fishing but the conditions couldn’t have been better.
Water clarity appeared good and we all tried a mixture of lures, baited hokkais and bait. Nothing took the lures but bait rigs and baited hokkais saw keepers for all of us. Jeff was straight into a fish early on shortly followed by Dave. It took me an age to get a bit but had a little flurry in the last hour.
We had a mixture of cod and pouting with Dave getting the best cod of 4lb+.
A beautiful morning to be out. Shattered now though! Here are some pics:
Jeff showing us how it is done with a fish almost straight away:
Fish of the day going to Dave:
Some cod for me:
Plus some pesky pouting:
Cannot wait until the next session. Spring definitely felt like it had properly arrived today.
The regular launch for Blyth is at a place called ‘hole in the wall’. There is a small car park just before you get to the barrier at Blyth Marina which is free of charge and where there is a ‘hole in the wall’ to allow access to the beach. There is a little bit of a lip to get over from the car park to the beach but it isn’t major and very easy if there are two of you. The distance from the car park to the water is very short (especially at high tide) often meaning there is no need for a trolley. From this launch spot you have a lot of choices when it comes to styles of fishing and species to target.
Firstly, you have a lot of sand banks inshore that provide good flatty fishing. I’ve had a lot of plaice and dabs from Blyth. I’ve had a few of the nasty weaver fish too. If this doesn’t take your fancy then there is catfish reef. This is a reef about ¾ of a mile off shore that can hold good cod on the right day. You can also paddle to the reefs just north of Blyth pier (see Cambois for more details on this area). The highlight of this spot for me is the wrecks. They are numerous but do require a bit of experience and good sea state as they are a good distance off shore. These hold the usual cod and Pollock but also provide the odd ling as well. In summer, Blyth is another mackerel hot spot and can be caught just about anywhere previously mentioned. Blyth is one of my favourite locations and one I hope to fish a lot more in the future.
Fish I have caught in this area:
Plan your trip:
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I’ve had a couple of trips out over the last two days. On Thur night / Fri morning I fished with my creel for the second time. I wanted to see if my 2 lobster on the first outing was a fluke. It probably was but this trip even more so.
Anticipation building on the approach.
Greeted by a pot full of lobster. 4 in all.
Three were under size and went back to fatten up:
One was a good bit over the size limit and came home for tea.
With the shell fish trip out of the way my thoughts were on a trip back out at Blyth with Dave (DT1). Especially seeing how well the local lads did on the Thursday when I was working. Saturday looked like a nice weather window and a plan was hatched to meet at ‘hole in the wall’, North Blyth for a launch at 6.30am.
Stealths ready for action:
The wind turned out to be a right pain in the a**e. The forecast 5-8mph turned out to be a choppy sea of white caps for most of the session. Fishing was hard. I struggled and only hooked a couple. Dave “the fish magnet” DT1 didn’t have the same outcome and well and truly showed me how it was done 🙂
Our first spot proved fruitless but a move a 100 yards or so made all the difference. On the first drop in this new area we both hooked into good fish. Mine was on the drift a fair way up from the bottom with a jellyworm and screamed pollock. After a few big runs it began to tire and I gained some ground. The whole time this was going on Dave was wrestling with what looked like a very big fish as he struggled to get his rod tip out of the water.
My fish finally came to the surface and to my surprise it was a good ling. I was over the moon although this was very short lived. It did a roll and slipped the hook. I think the pictures say it all. From elation to dismay in about a second!
Dave won his battle to be greeted by a double hook up. A 6.5lb pollock and a good size cod.
After that eventful few minutes the fishing became very hard (for me) and I only pulled up another cod.
Dave proceeded to bring up another half a dozen cod!
Dave and I met at the ‘whole in the wall’ at Blyth at 5am. Our plan was to fish a few spots a mile or so out. Dave led the way (even more so than normal with my broken plotter / fish finder) and what a great guide he was. We paddled out into great conditions but struggled to find fish at the first spot. I had a coaly and a cod and Dave a mackerel but nothing much to shout about.
We moved on. This was a great decision. We had a good stamp of fish from the off. A dozen or so cod with most around the 4lb mark and a couple of nice Pollock plus a pb Ling for me which was weighed on shore and was a touch over 10lb. Happy Days! A very enjoyable morning out and back on shore for 10am.
Video (It would have been much better if it weren’t for the bloomin drop of water on the lens!):
I managed a mornings session yesterday (24/7/15) before the weather turned. Forecast was for very light winds and with little swell for a few days clarity was also going to be good. The clarity part was right and for the most part the wind was light although it kicked up quite a bit towards the end. The wind always seems to make an appearance these days.
I couldn’t resist a couple of pictures of the light house before launch given how nice the conditions where.
My plan was to get some paddle fitness in and mix it up a little and go for different species. I’ve not tried this specifically before but I’ve been spurred on by the great pics of the Oxwich species comp. I initially planned to paddle the couple of miles or so straight up the coast to the sand bars at Seaton in search of flatties. I haven’t targeted these at all this year but really enjoy eating them!
On approach to the light house I could hear the barking and roaring of the seals. The island is teeming with them at the moment including a lot of pups. I know some find them a pest but I personally love seeing them (as long as they do not get too close!). It must be a sign of good fish stocks but it cannot help fishing when they are only a few feet away!
This area screams Pollock and temptation of starting fishing before the flatty ground got the better of me. A quick cast out into a favourite spot of mine and bam, straight in! Not a Pollock though but a nice Ballan Wrasse which fell to a 12g Black Fiiish Minnow.
1 species down. I had a couple more casts but then managed to get back to the plan and continued to paddle to Seaton Sluice (but trolling a lure in case a hungry Pollock was about).
On arrival to Seaton Sluice it took me a little while to find a nice sand bar and then I set about drifting spoon rigs. One had black lug tipped with squid, the other a white XL Isome Worm. I was keen to see how they compared. The flatties were very obliging. Nothing big enough for tea but half a dozen caught (mostly dabs with the 2 plaice) before thoughts of rough ground started. 2 fell to Isome worms. 4 to black lug. I also caught a couple of mackerel which took it to 4 species.
I then paddled to some ground near Hollywell Bay that grabbed my attention on the paddle across to Seaton Sluice. First drop with an inline 4” slug go and bang! A good cod of about 4lb came to the surface after a good fight on light gear. This action continued for about half an hour with a cod a drop. Some were pretty small but good fish were amongst them. I also tried the HTO Artic Eel for the first time in rhubarb and custard. This is a weedless lure similar to the Fiiish Black Minnow but slightly cheaper and has a built in rattle. In addition, it is longer and thinner with the hook running further along the body. They worked very well for me for cod and pollock and I look forward to using them again (see vid).
Some cod shots. Lures finding a good stamp:
On the drift back towards the light house I had a couple of surprise hits. Two pouting / scotch haddock fell to my lures. I have caught these around yellow can off Whitley Bay before but not in this area. They were also PB’s for me. One had thick brown bands running down its body. The other was solid brown with no bandings. Are these the same species or can I add another one to my list? Any info appreciated.
Pouting with bands:
Dark / brown Pouting (double hook up with a good cod!):
With 6 species under my belt I wanted a Pollock. These had been a little thin on the ground over the last few sessions with only 1 or 2 being caught after quite a bit of effort so I wasn’t sure how this was going to pan out. Fortunately, luck was with me today. I switched to a more natural HTO Artic eel colour (the “Grippan”) and paddled to some thick kelp beds that I have had luck in before. I didn’t have to wait long before I was in with a good size Pollock. I love these fish and cannot get enough of the fight they give.
Pollock action shot:
A good start to the Pollock fishing:
There were a lot. On almost every drop or cast and retrieve you could see one following the lure on the fish finder.
A lot of big smiles and grins from ear to ear followed as 3 more came to the yak but none bigger than the first.
7 species done and it was time to head home. That fix will keep me going for a while. What a great hobby of ours Kayak Fishing is.
Myself, Dave and Brian had a nice little session this morning at the North end of Cambois. Light winds made for pleasant conditions and the sun finally turned up at the end. We all hunted for a few flatties and mission was well and truly accomplished. Brian got a really nice plaice (see the one at the top of the pic with all lined up in the sand) and lost one that was probably bigger ???. I took a while to get the fish biting but once we got a few nibbles, it became contagious. We were getting bites very regularly between the 3 of us.
We then went out to rough ground in the search of something different. A few codling and a mackerel but nothing to take home. This was followed by a creep around a very kelpy reef in the hope of some nice pollock but they were a bit shy today.
The water clarity was amazing. I could see my flatty rigs 15-20ft down and when retrieving a plaice I could see another one following it all the way up to the surface. Whilst it is only flatties, it is my biggest number of keepers to date and also my highest number of species in one trip (sandeels on sabikis, a nasty weaver, mackerel, plaice and dab) so I’m really chuffed. Onwards and upwards.
A few pics:
The weaver. It took me a while to get this one unhooked without touching it. I was paranoid I was going to get spiked O_o
I managed a cheeky session at Blyth this morning. We have been trying to get our 11 month old son Noah off the expensive pureed foods ‘Elas’ with very little joy until a couple of days ago when he ate a lightly battered fillet of plaice. He loved it 🙂 The only problem was I didn’t have any more left in the freezer so my mission was to catch some more flatties.
I paddled out around 6am this morning and there was hardly any wind. At first I did a bit of exploring and found the inshore wreck in the middle of the bay. For those that fish the area, does it hold many fish? It seems really close in that I thought it might struggle to be productive. Nothing showed on the fish finder. I did a couple of drifts past it but the wind was getting up by now so I headed a further 50 yards out and anchored up with rag and lug in search of the flatties.
I had nothing in the first hour. Not even a bite. I thought this was going the way of many of my sessions (i.e. not very productive) however, about an hour before high tide it all got a bit hectic with both rods shaking away a few times. I didn’t know which one to go for first!
In summary – 6 keepers
2 cod (just under size. I wasn’t expecting these in a sandy bottom area, maybe they came off the small wreck?)
1 good size mackerel (I’ve never had one of these from lugworm before, is there anything they don’t eat?)
Anyway, within a couple of hours the wind was really starting to pick up so I up-anchored and paddled back in to shore. That should keep Noah happy for a little while.