Winter Kayak Fishing – Cod a plenty

I headed out for a solo session at Whitley Bay at dawn this morning (17/12/16). I was feeling a bit jaded after celebrating a friends 40th the night before but I had a precious weather window and a pass so it had to be done. It didn’t disappoint. I only had a couple of hours before I needed to be back to head of to a bouncy castle party. The joys of parenthood.

I drifted for the first hour and had a fish a drop in between trying to keep 3 seals at bay who were looking for an easy meal. The tide was running strongly and all fish caught on the drift were small with the exception of one good Pollock and a chunky scorpion fish.

Later on I opted for a rest at anchor. I did some ground baiting and whilst the fishing slowed, the stamp of fish caught improved. Out of mussel, black lug and squid almost all were caught on the squid. This is not the norm for me but just shows that no two days are the same out there. In the short session I had over 15 fish and enjoyed every minute of it.

Below are some pics and a video:

Lovely day for it:

Plenty of cod about:

A nice scorpion fish:

This shows a couple of seals on the finder just as I returned a small cod. They repeated this strategy for 3 of my returned fish. You can see the cod working its way to the bottom. It looks like it just managed to escape….

A surprise pollock. A fair size as well:

Tea sorted:

A video of the session:

Kayak Fishing – Octopus Caught

I had a mate (Dean) up for the weekend. We were hoping for a surf but with 0-1 ft forecast and gorgeous weather I was keen to take him out on the water for a fish. I got the Stealth and the Scupper Pro ready the night before and we were out on the water for 6:30am on the Saturday morning. Conditions were perfect for a paddle but the fishing was slow. This didn’t matter much. I had 4 species overall. Pouting, Pollock, Cod and Mackerel but all in low numbers and small. The highlight of the trip was Dean catching a good size Octopus! I have only caught one before whilst night fishing and it was small. Dean’s however, was a really good size and put up quite a fight. Initially we thought he was snagged. However, after a bit of paddling back and forth to try to save the rig from the ‘snag’ it came free and then the fight began. At the surface once it looked like it had given up we were about to get the hook out of it’s tentacle and it made a lunge for Dean’s kayak. The octopus was now firmly suckered to the underside of the kayak and there was no budging him. These things have a serious grip! I was still able to remove the hook from the side of the kayak and once unhooked he released his grip and sank beneath the water. After the excitement we went for a paddle to the lighthouse to soak up the gorgeous conditions and crystal clear water and show Dean some of the seals.

All in all, poor fishing but a great paddle and a session I wont forget any time soon.

Cheers,

James

Pics:

Dean all ready for action:
Kayak Fishing Scupper Pro

A nice early start:
Kayak Fishing Sunrise

A pollock to baited feathers:
Kayak Fishing Pollock

The Octopus:
Kayak Fishing Octopus

Kayak Fishing Octopus

A paddle to the light house:
St Marys Lighthouse Whitley Bay

Checking out the sunbathing seals:
Seals Whitley Bay

A lovely quick trip out:
Kayak Fishing

Fishing for Pollock

Hi All,

I went out on the hunt for Pollock on the 18th of August. I set out just as the sun was rising before 6 am. I have found early morning or later evening my most successful times to fish for Pollock here around Whitley Bay.

The sea was still choppy from the SE blow the day before (which was also forecast again later in the day). I love being out early (once I have managed to get out of bed).

Sunrise Whitley Bay

I headed straight for the kelp beds that cover most of the bay around the lighthouse area and picked up a small cod very quickly. This fell to a weedless shad.

Cod Fishing

After that I tried a variety of techniques and struggled to find anything for about 2 hours. Jellyworms, Fiiish Minnows and Artic Eels, jigged, trolled and cast and retrieved. Nothing was happening. The wind was starting to pick up as forecast and things were not looking too hopeful. I had orders to bring home some tea as well!

By this point I had drifted along to Seaton Sluice and decided to work my way back. I trolled most of the way and tried a number of drop offs I have marked and finally got some Pollock action.

This one fell to a jelly worm rigged weedless:
Pollock Fishing Jellyworms

This was a better fish that gave a good account caught on a white HTO Artic Eel cast and retrieved:
Catching Pollock

This one was the biggest of the session and fell to the same lure as above. It fought very hard and made the session all worth while. This one had tea sorted:
Pollock Fishing Lures

Pollock for tea

On the way back I lifted up a pot I had put down a couple of days ago. I had a lobster in it but it was undersized so back it went but not before a quick photo:
Lobster Fishing Kayak

I’ll hopefully fit in a few more Pollock sessions before the murky waters return and the cod goggles come on.

Cheers,

James

Fishing at Blyth – 12lb cod

Hi All,

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.

Cheers,

James

Some Pics:

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:

Fishing for Pollock in the North East

Hi All,

I got out for just for a very quick fish on Thursday. I only had a couple of hours free but it was the first day of the summer holidays and I was super keen. The wind was a bit of a pain. Nothing major but enough to make the drift faster than I like with light lures. I paddled straight to St Mary’s lighthouse and Whitley Bay and fished from there up to Seaton Sluice. In just a couple of hours I had 8 fish. These were a mixture of cod, pollock and coalfish with pollock making up the bulk of fish.

I had always read to not stop the steady retrieve when fishing for pollock until the lure reaches the surface. Up until this session I’ve never had a super late take but on this occasion I had 2 takes in the last foot of water. This was thrilling! The fish weren’t huge but such a late take followed by the express train dive in 20 ft of water kept me very entertained.

Some pics:

The red tinge of a resident kelp cod (spot the seal cruising underneath me on the finder! Plenty to keep the fish in hiding around here unfortunately):

Followed by a smaller one:

The average stamp of Pollock I caught:

Another:

This one taking a slug go:

Hopefully I’ll be out amongst the kelp beds in this area again soon with a few bigger fish to show you 🙂

Cheers,

James

Kayak Fishing the Mull of Galloway – Part 2

This was my second kayak fishing trip to the Mull of Galloway. The first was 3 years ago and it is something I had planned on doing every year over the bank holiday May weekend but bad weather put to rest the last 2 planned trips. However, mother nature looked favourably on Nathan and I this year. We were also keen to get our first tope. Nathan had a hookup on our first trip there which had him getting dragged about all over the bay but he never got it to the surface and ever since then I have been keen to get in on the action. Could this year be the year…..

We set off after work on the Friday and headed straight across to the Sands of Luce holiday park at the base of Luce Bay. This was the first time I had camped here but I will definitely be going back. The park was clean and had been recently refurbished with a fun bar for food and drink in the evenings.

On arrival it was a case of quickly getting the tent up before darkness fell and then a few cheeky pints to help us sleep. The weather was lovely and the wind light which meant one thing – midges! They certainly helped us pick up the pace when putting the tent together.

All set up and ready for a drink:
Camping Sounds of Luce Holiday Park

On Saturday morning we had planned on heading straight out to Luce Bay in a forecast light offshore breeze. However, as per 3 years ago, the weather here seems to have its own micro-climate. The wind was the opposite direction to forecast and 3 times as strong. This called for a trip to Port Logan to fish in shelter under the high cliffs. It was no hardship as the scenery around Port Logan is brilliant.

A nice place to paddle:
Kayak Fishing Port Logan

Plenty of pollock and coalfish were found but nothing of any size:
Kayak Fishing Pollock - Mull of Galloway

We anchored up for a bit and found plenty of the less popular dogfish:
Kayak Fishing Mull of Galloway

After a good 4-5 hours of fishing it was time to head in for some food and to see if we could re-energise to fish Luce Bay in the evening if the wind dropped. We had spent a lot of time searching for mackerel to use as tope bait but couldn’t find any.

By 5pm on the Saturday, the wind dropped to almost nothing. It was sunny and really warm. We almost settled for a few beers and a relaxing evening by the tent but the midges again, gave us extra encouragement to get back out on the water. This time, bait fishing at anchor in Luce Bay was in order.

We paddled out to a spot we had enjoyed success at 3 years ago. Once past the 30ft mark we found plenty of mackerel. It seems they were all in the bay rather than on the west side. I began to think that this was boding well for the tope fishing.

Mackerel Luce Bay

I dropped anchor and Nathan tethered next to me about 20 feet away. I put 2 rods down. One with a mackerel on a barbless circle hook for the tope and one lighter rod with squid for anything else that might be about.

We didn’t have to wait long. The first fish to the side of my kayak was a small thornback:

Kayak Fishing Thornback Ray - Scotland

Followed by a bigger one which put up a good fight on a 6lb class rod in the tide:

Kayak Fishing Thornback Ray Luce Bay

Kayak Fishing Thornback Ray - South West Scotland

Next up were some dogfish followed by my first red gurnard. I had always wanted one of these and find them a stunning fish:

red gurnard - South West Scotland Kayak

Shortly after this, things went a little mental. Nathan’s tope rod started taking line. Initially this was in stops and starts. Something was toying with him. Just as I was about to bring my tope rod in to keep things simple mine starting to take line. As if in on it together, we both had a fish on and chaos ensued. Nathan got dragged one way and me the other. Perhaps tethering was not a good idea!

After plenty of adrenaline, we got both fish to the surface. Mine was not a tope after all but still a first for me. It was a bull huss. I can see why they call them bull’s. This thing had a serious attitude problem. I managed a couple of pictures but it was not very obliging and was returned quickly.

Kayak Fishing Luce Bay - Bull Huss

Kayak Fishing Luce Bay - Angry Bull Huss

Nathan on the other hand had accomplished our mission and had a lovely tope at the side of his kayak. We had read up a lot on how to handle these but there is reading and then there is doing! It was interesting to say the least getting such a large fish across the yak but Nathan did a grand job quickly unhooking it, getting some photo’s and releasing it from where it came.

Well done Nathan:

Kayak Fishing for Tope - Scotland

After this it became a bit of a species session. In the evening I had caught coalfish, pollock, grey gurnard, red gurnard, dog fish, thornbacks, mackerel and huss but no tope. The sun was getting low in the sky and we decided to give it another 30 minutes or so before paddling in.

It was now my turn for some action. Click, click, click went the Abu 7000. The clicks then got progressively quicker and louder and it was fish on! It felt very different to anything I had hooked before and was like an express train. I was grinning ear to ear and my heart was pumping. It surfaced 3 times almost like it just wanted to say hello before diving back down to the depths.

Tope fishing Scotland

After 5 minutes the fight was over and the tope was ready to bring onto the kayak. That is what I thought anyway. Once on the yak it became very lively. Still, I managed to unhook quite quickly, Nathan took a picture and it swam away strongly which was a great site.

Kayak Fishing Tope Scotland

It was then time to head in to a beautiful view of the sun dropping down over Luce Bay:
Luce Bay, South West Scotland, Sunset

Saturday night we were in the mood to celebrate. The pub at the holiday park was suitably lively which was entertaining and once last orders were called a few more were had in the tent.

Sounds of Luce Holiday Park Bar

Relaxing - Sounds of Luce Holiday Park

Sunday came and we were not as quick to get out as we had hoped! We had one more fishing session to get in before we were to head back to the Toon. The weather was glorious once more so we headed back out into Luce Bay to see if we could get back in on the tope action. It didn’t disappoint. Mackerel were caught once more and Nathan was the first one into a fish. This was giving a great account of itself:

Playing a big fish - Luce Bay

It turned out to be the biggest of our trip. Does anyone want to suggest a size? I’m not confident in estimating this type of fish.

Big tope on the kayak - South West Scotland

Big tope on the kayak - South West Scotland

Big Tope - Scotland

Then it was my turn. I was becoming totally hooked on this type of fishing. The sheer power of these fish and the fight was an absolute pleasure. Cod and pollock fishing might never be the same again!

Kayak fishing for Tope

It wasn’t as big as Nathan’s but a lot of fun all the same:

Kayak Fishing Tope Luce Bay

Kayak Fishing Tope Mull of Galloway

By this point we had 2 tope in just over an hour and a half and 4 tope in total within 24 hours so figured that was pretty amazing seeing as we were both tope virgins before the trip. Much to my suprise, there was still time for one more rod bender! This was the smallest of the lot but perfectly formed:

Tope fishing - Luce Bay

Kayak Fishing Tope

Kayak Fishing Tope Dumfries & Galloway

At this point it was time to head back in to get the tent packed up before the long drive home. I was shattered but on cloud nine.

I’m pretty sure I will have to make my way across again before the summer is up and look forward to the next years bank holiday May weekend.

Video of the weekends tope fishing action:

Cheers,

James

Cod caught on the kayak at Whitley Bay

This session was a couple of weeks ago now. I’ve just been too busy to get a report up. I had really struggled to get out recently and the times that I did the fishing or conditions or both were really poor. This session was different though. The conditions were lovely and the fishing was good. It took me a while to find them and there was nothing of any real size but once found, I has over a dozen cod in a couple of hours.

Initially I searched on the inside of yellow can at Whitley Bay and fished around the light house but the water was thick with plankton. I then headed out past yellow can when the water finally cleared enough to give me confidence in my lures. Within minutes of being out there I had my first cod. I then proceeded to get take after take until it was time to come in. I also had a nice scorpion fish.

I have had the last week off work but not got out once locally due to the persistent northerlies but hopefully there will be more out there when it settles once again.

Some pics of the session:

Perfect conditions for once:
Whitley Bay St Mary's Lighthouse

Getting some action once out past yellow can:
Yuki Rubymar Cod

Plenty of cod but almost all were small and lean:
Kayak Fishing Cod

Kayak Fishing Cod on Lures

Cod caught on Yuki Rubymar

Cod on weedless lure

I was surrounded by charter fishing boats at one point. 4 or 5 fisherman fishing either side doesn’t float my boat. I much prefer the solitude of the kayak.
Charter Boat - Whitley Bay

This was a better fish:
Yuki Rubymar Kayak Fishing

Cod Savage Gear Sandeel

I then got a greedy scorpion fish. My second this summer:
Scorpion Fishing on Fiiish Minnow

The wind got up so the drogue was deployed:
Kayak Fishing Drogue Wind

Fishing started to tail off so it was time to head back in.

I’m back to praying to the weather gods to give the North East a bit of a break in the rubbish weather. Surely it will settle soon.

James

Kayak Fishing Scotland – St Abbs 29-3-16

Hi All,

DaveP and I headed up to St Abbs on the 29-3-16 arriving late morning. I had fished at Eyemouth before but this was my first trip to St Abbs and I was really keen to try and target some Pollock amongst the kelpy drop offs.

This might be useful for those planning a trip up themselves. The car park is £1 per hour or £7 for the day and there is a £3 charge to launch from the slip in the harbour. It would be worth going up in a group just to cut down some of the costs.

The good news is that the car park is very close to the slip and from the slip you are straight into fishing territory dropping straight down to 30-40 ft as soon as you are passed the harbour walls.

Conditions were great. The sun was shinning (except for a 10 minute hail storm!) and the water was flat although the swell did build throughout the session. Dave and I worked our way North using a range of spinners, jelly worms and plastic lures. The water was crystal clear and the terrain was perfect for our target species but despite this, we struggled to find the fish. It is early in the year and I’m in no doubt that this place has a lot to offer later on when things pick up. Neither of us blanked though catching 4 in total. 3 came from almost the same spot around a smallish rock rising out of the water. We circled this rock and each time we got to a certain spot it was ‘fish on’.

3 of the 4 were a good stamp of fish and gave a really good account of themselves on the light lure rods. I was reminded very quickly why I love fishing for Pollock. It was a real battle to see if we could get them up to the surface before they found cover in the kelp.

Now for some pictures:

The place screams Pollock. Just 20 ft away from the shore and you can be fishing in 40ft of water:
St Abbs Marine Chart Navionics

Getting ready in the car park:
Fishing Scotland St Abbs

The slip from the harbour makes for an easy launch:
Launching Kayak - St Abbs, Scotland

Paddling out through the harbour:
Launching Kayak - St Abbs, Scotland

Stunning setting:
Kayak Fishing Scotland - St Abbs Head

A small pollock saves the blank:
Small Pollock Kayak Fishing UK

A better fish giving a good scrap on the Yuki Rubymar:
Yuki Rubymar - Pollock Fishing

Pollock fishing UK Splash

A better stamp of Pollock:
Fiiish Minnor - Pollock Fishing

Kayak Fishing Scotland Pollock

Dave getting in on the action:
Kayak Fishing Scotland

Bringing up a nice fish:
Kayak Fishing St Abbs Pollock

Conditions got increasingly lumpy which kept us alert:
Kayak Fishing St Abbs Head

Kayak Fishing St Abbs

One last Pollock on the paddle back which fell for a jelly worm:
Pollock Fishing Scotland

Good size Pollock - UK Kayak Fishing

Sunny Solo Session – Yuki Rubymar, DIY weedless lures and nice cod

I got out early morning on Friday. I needed this one after a difficult couple of weeks of work. The plan was ‘the usual’. To head out at Whitley Bay for convenience at bait fish at anchor but I would take a few lures just in case. I wasn’t expecting much from the fishing from the last few reports but just needed to clear my head a bit.

I set out into lovely conditions and immediately noticed how clear the water was. Not just a bit clear but as clear as I’ve seen it even in mid summer. Excellent I thought. My attention turned to getting my lure rod ready. My wife bought me a Yuki Rubymar rod from Moonfleet at Christmas and it has just sat in the garage waiting patiently until today. I wanted to try this rod after watching a few videos of people messing about with them and catching very large fish and for only £20 I thought it would be good fun.

I added a homemade weedless shad (attempting to cut down some of the costs of the Fiiish) and within 5 minutes I had a fish on. Not a big fish but it was a lot of fun on the Rubymar. I then had to wait a while but I was enjoying the slow drift in the sun. I then had a very subtle tap followed by nothing. This happened a good few times before the rod lurched over and a better fish was on. A big grin set upon my face as I reeled it in and it turned out to be a 5 1/2 pound cod.

I then thought I would try bait fishing for a bit given that I’d gone to the effort of defrosting my bait but didn’t even get a knock. A couple of hours had past and it was time for me to head in to help out with the kids. I’d had my fix until the next time.

I’m liking the Rubymar purely for the fun factor. Even the small fish felt like a monster!

Some pics of the short session:

Lovely conditions:
kayak fishing in the sun UK

Happy to be back out by the lighthouse. Loads of seals about already though:
kayak fishing whitely bay uk

First small cod brought in:
kayak fishing uk cod

Something better this time. The Yuki Rubymar gets a good bend!
Yuki Rubymar Fishing Rod

The 5 1/2 pounder. That is tea sorted:
big cod on lures

Cod Fishing UK Yuki Rubymar

The ‘devil ear’ green one had all the interest today. Nothing from the others but glad it looks like I have a cheap alternative for the snaggy stuff:
DIY weedless lures cod pollock under £2

A very short video for anyone interested in a cheap fun light lure rod. I’m not sure how it will stand up to the abuse of kayak fishing but I’ll enjoy finding out.

Trio kayak fishing at Blyth – 13/3/16 – Spring has arrived!

Hi All,

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:

The sunrise:
Kayak Fishing Blyth Sunrise

Setting up:
Rigging Fishing Kayaks

Jeff showing us how it is done with a fish almost straight away:
Kayak Fishing Rod Bending

Blyth Spring Cod Fishing

Good company:
Kayak Fishing Safety in number

Fish of the day going to Dave:
large cod blyth

Some cod for me:
Kayak Fishing Cod 1 Blyth

Kayak Fishing Cod 2 Blyth

Kayak Fishing Cod 3 Blyth

Plus some pesky pouting:
Blyth Fishing Pouting

Cannot wait until the next session. Spring definitely felt like it had properly arrived today.

Cheers,

James

Lovely weather at last!

Hi All,

Dave and I got out this morning at Whitley Bay. The forecast 10-20mph offshore winds was for once an over estimate and there was hardly any wind at all (to start with anyway!). We paddled out to a mark fairly close to shore and anchored up in 30ft of water over kelpy ground that has been producing biggish cod for me all winter. We stayed put for approx 45 minutes and I didn’t have a bite. Dave on the other hand had a fish within minutes followed by a couple more. He made sure he was fishing on the inside of me today. Last time I fished on the inside I bagged up and he struggled. Maybe there is something in it…..

We then headed further out into 45 ft of water. Less kelp here but still rocky. I got a great take within a minute of getting bait to the bottom. It felt really good even on my heavier 12lb class rod but came off before I got to see it. This was more promising I thought. Dave and I then proceeded to get bite after bite. We had a bit of a mix here as well. The usual cod (although in very varying sizes, hopefully I’ll get some pics off Dave that explains that one), whiting and pouting.

We headed in after a couple of hours. The wind had picked up a lot in the second half of the session and it became a bit of a workout getting back in. A thoroughly good session with great company and lovely weather for the most part. There are plenty of fish out there at the moment if you can get out amongst them.

Below are some pics of the session. These are all setting up and paddling out. I had another 6 pics of the fish but none would open from my Garmin Virb. I hope that is a one off. I’ll put some of Dave’s pics up if possible.

First outing – Stealth Profisha 575 Fishing Kayak

Eric Davos from Stealth Kayaks Europe gave us a Stealth Profisha 575 to store as a demo and I got to try it out for the first time yesterday. Conditions were pretty poor with 3ft waves crashing on the shore and a bigger swell outside but the wind was light enough and given the conditions recently I had to give it a go.

My first impressions are very good. It feels really stable and paddles well. The glide with each paddle stroke is really noticeable but I want to paddle it in a flat sea before commenting on speed compared to the 475. I took out a couple of rods and fished for about an hour. There are still a good number of fish out there. I’ve found the fishing pretty poor at this time of year previously but this doesn’t seem to be the case this year which is a great sign.

If anyone is interested in trying out the Stealth Profisha 575 just get in touch.

Here are some pics:

Paddling stealth profisha 575

Paddling Stealth Profisha 575

Cod Fishing Profisha 575 Kayak

First fish on the Profisha 575

Profisha 575 Stealth Kayak - cod on

Rod bending action

Cod fishing Stealth Profisha

That is tea sorted!

A very short and windy session 24th Jan

Hi All,

Graeme and I headed kayak fishing out at Whitley Bay at first light on Sunday. We knew the wind was going to get up late morning but were hoping to get a couple of hours fishing in first thing before it came in. We were on the water before 7.30am just as the first light was showing. The wind at this stage was fine. Probably around the 10mph mark but coming from the South rather than the forecast South West making it a little choppy in what should have been a flat sea.

We paddled to a mark fairly close in shore. Graeme dropped anchor over the reef edge in 20-25ft of water and I then anchored up fairly close by on the inside. I decided to fish 2 baited rods. One with a size 5/0 circle hook and a good amount of black lug and squid in search of a nice size cod. The other has a size 1 hook with a small bit of razor tipped with squid to help my cause on the species comp. I had a good cod on the big bait on the first drop. I must have only been fishing for a maximum of 2 minutes. Whilst dealing with the cod I then had a small tap on my other rod and up popped a pouting. Things were looking good. The next 20-30 minutes saw another couple of cod appear and then just as I thought I was going to bag up the wind picked up. It went from 10mph to 20mph+ in no time at all. The sea went from choppy to rough and Graeme and I decided we needed to call it a day. It was a shame we didn’t get another hour or so but any time on the water is enjoyable.

Cheers,

James

Setting out into relatively calm conditions:

Action from the off:

A canny cod for just 2 minutes fishing:

A small pouting almost immediately after (cod still on my lap!):

Back on dry land after a fun paddle back in amongst the chop and small waves breaking over the inside reef. One for tea 🙂

A short report for an even shorter fishing session. 40 minutes fishing is my new record!

Kayak Fishing New Years Day 2016

Happy New Year everyone. Hope you have a great 2016.

Dave and I headed out at Whitley Bay at first light this morning just for a couple of hours before the family lunches. I couldn’t think of a better way to start the year 🙂

We headed out to a mark that produced a 10lb and two 8lb cod in the last 3 times I’ve fished it but this was 3 months ago. I hadn’t returned due to the rubbish weather we have had of late.

There were some small waves on the paddle out. I timed these perfectly (not!) and met each at their perfect peak and got waves right in the face. That certainly woke me up and cleared any signs of a hangover. Still, the Stealth ploughed through them without any bother.

We paddled out straight to the mark without any messing on the way. The wind was already strong (forecast to get stronger later) and the sea was choppy but very do-able. I put Dave on the mark and he dropped anchor. I then proceeded to mess up anchoring 3 times (each time getting closer and closer to Dave) before finally settling in to the fishing.

I had a cod within 10 minutes whilst Dave had to wait a little longer. We both had good fish in the session though. We would have had more but these fish were using nasty tactics. The mark had deep kelp and these fish knew exactly how to stay on the rough ground. Shy bites and then a rush for cover meant I lost at least 3 good fish (and traces!). Dave managed to give me one trace back though as he caught the same fish later on 🙂

My biggest was estimated over 7lb. Returned to be caught another day so no definite weight. A really great quick session and hopefully the start of many more in 2016.

Cheers Dave for the good company.

Now for some pics:

Getting ready:

The only small cod caught. The stamp of fish was good and encouraging for later on in the year.

Starting to get a better:

Dave at anchor:

I nearly didn’t get this one. It left me snagged for a good few minutes before finally coming out of the kelp:

Happy Days. This gave a really good account of itself:

Roll on the next session. I’m beginning to think a really big one is going to come from Whitley Bay this year 🙂

Cheers,

James

Winning North East Kayak Fishing Competition – 2015

I entered the North East Kayak Fishing Competition today at Newbiggin-by-the-Sea. The sun was shining and the wind was light although there was a canny swell out there. This was the best turn out yet for this competition. People travelling some distance to enter which is great for our sport.

Fishing started at 10am and finished at 2pm. The fishing was good from the start. I only moved twice during the competition and fished with bait at anchor and had pretty steady action throughout the whole session catching over 15 cod. My biggest came in with only 15 minutes to spare and was just shy of 6lb. Fortunately this was big enough to win the competition. I was over the moon! This is the second year running that I’ve won the competition and cannot quite believe it! What a great way to end the kayak fishing year.

All fish were taken in less than 35ft of water. With the swell on it was clear that you didn’t need to head far out the catch the fish. They were in close. The biggest fish I caught fell to mackerel strip whilst anchored as close as I could safely get to a big shelf that had a good wave breaking over it.

I now have a lovely wooden trophy for the mantel piece and a new Sonik boat rod to try out. Thanks to all those that took part and all organisers.

Now for some pics:

Everyone getting ready:

Small waves on the inside of the sheltered harbour. These were considerably bigger around the point:

Keen to get out there:

First fish of the day:

Most fish I took were around this size:

Almost time to call it a day:

Plenty of swell out there:

A better stamp of fish in the last 15 minutes of the competition:

The winning fish:

One happy chappy:

Congratulations to Hoggy and Graeme who came second and third:
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Kayak Fishing Spot Guide – Cullercoats

Cullercoats is a great but often unused spot for kayak fishing. It has a very sheltered launch and relatively easy access as long as you can park nearby and can handle the steep concrete road. Once in the water you have a few options. Immediately out of the harbour you have a deep sandy bottom that can produce flat fish most of the year and whiting in the winter. Head south and you have long running reefs that produce pollock and codling. Then you enter Tynemouth Longsands.

Further North you have some excellent rough ground between Cullercoats and Whitley Bay. This ground is very rough and has sharp drop off’s. I’ve had a lot of fun fishing for Pollock and Wrasse in this area. You do not need to head out far to find them. Most of my catches have been in only 20ft of water.

Kayak Fishing Cullercoats

Cullercoats Bay. A very sheltered launch. The slip is steep but manageable and there is nice reef structure just North and South of the harbour.

Fish I have caught from this area:

Wrasse

Wrasse

Pollock

Pollock

Cod

Cod

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Kayak Fishing Spot Guide – Black Middens

When my favourite spots are all blown out or have too much swell hitting them I have a few options in order to get my fix. These are the river mouth at Wansbeck, Cullercoats (if the sea is just about do-able) or Black Middens inside the mouth of the river Tyne. Black Middens is very easy to launch from. There is parking at the top of the beach and the slip is a gentle slope. It is nearly always accessible despite sea conditions. The only exception to this is a big Easterly or North Easterly swell that comes right in through the sea defences.

Once out I stick to the North end to prevent having to cross a rather busy shipping channel. It starts off shallow with a mixed sand and rock bottom. I’ve caught a good number of flatties in this area. Further along the sea wall it gets rocky. Cod can be caught here, especially when the sea has been rough prior to the trip out.

I have launched here a number of times when other spots would have been fine as it gives easy access to the reefs around King Edwards Bay. In addition, the end of the pier has some great pollock fishing if you can stay in position long enough against the strong flow. It is best to fish this area at slack water with no swell as conditions can deteriorate very quickly. On a fast tide run, the water gets very confused.

Just North of the North sea wall there is some nice sandy ground that holds big plaice. A friend of mine caught a lovely 3.5lb plaice from there.

Be careful if there is a match on or if people are fishing from the pier. Give them plenty of space so as not to have any nasty accidents with flying tackle.

Kayak Fishing Black Middens

The road down to Black Middens. Park at the car park at the top or at the side of the road if it isn’t busy.

Kayak Fishing Black Middens

Black Middens offers a lot of shelter when it is too rough else where.


Fish I have caught from this area:

Whiting

Whiting

Pollock

Pollock

Plaice

Plaice

Dab

Dab

Cod

Cod

Coalfish

Coalfish

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Kayak Fishing Spot Guide – Newbiggin-By-The-Sea

This is a very popular spot amongst kayak fisherman in the North East. The car park at the north of the town provided very easy access to the beach and is free. Park here and wheel the kayak down the short concrete slip onto the sandy beach. The sand is soft which is a little tiring but you don’t have too far to pull the kayak before reaching the sea, especially at high tide.

Once on the water you have a sandy bay and sand banks straight out which give good flatty fishing. I’ve caught whiting from here as well in the winter. This isn’t the reason to come to Newbiggin though. Newbiggin is in my mind one of the best cod fishing spots in our area. In winter myself and few friends regularly head up to Newbiggin (when the weather allows) to fish church point. This is the rocky headland just North of the launch spot. The ground here is very rough and provides a haven for cod, some of which are real specimens. In winter we anchor up and fish with bait but lures also work really well in the summer months when the water is clearer.

Close in from church point is large areas of kelp. These hold cod and most likely hold good Pollock although I’ve never specifically targeted them. This area won me the Geordie Christmas Comp in 2014 with a lovely 7lb kelp cod.

The tidal flow around church point can be strong. In fact, the flow here is stronger than anywhere else I’ve written about with the exception of the river Tyne. If you get a good day at Newbiggin you will come back on a regular basis. It is a great spot but one to be a little cautious of if you are new to the sport and the art of anchoring.

Fish I have caught in this area:

Cod

Cod

Whiting

Whiting

Dab

Dab

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Kayak Fishing Spot Guide – Blyth, Northumberland

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:

Ling

Ling

Mackerel

Mackerel

Plaice

Plaice

Dab

Dab

Pollock

Pollock

Coalfish

Coalfish

Weaver

Weaver

Cod

Cod

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Kayak Fishing Spot Guide – Tynemouth Longsands

I have fished Tynemouth a lot on the kayak but rarely see another kayak fisherman out there. I really rate it as a spot but it did take me a fair while to figure the place out and often came back empty handed in the early days.

The place is very versatile. There are plenty of sand banks that offer good dab and plaice fishing plus the odd grey gurnard. Whiting arrive in their droves over winter and are an easy target as the sun sets. One session resulted in half a dozen large whiting all in the space of 30 minutes. The largest just under 3lb!

There is rocky ground to the North end and South end of Longsands beach which offer good cod fishing, especially after an unsettled period. There are also some reefs in the middle of the bay which can produce the goods on the right day. I’ve fished these on a low tide in only 15-20ft of water and pulled out a number of large cod.

In summer, Longsands is my go to spot for mackerel. Once reports come in that mackerel have arrived I try to get out at Longsands to bag up on them for my lobster pots and for winter bait (plus a few for the BBQ!). They come in very close to the shore once the bait fish are around, particularly as the sun starts to set. I have also targeted mackerel on my Stand Up Paddle Board with an LRF rod…brilliant fun!

Access at Tynemouth is straight forward. There are slips at the North and South end of the bay. You can park on these if you get there early enough although you need to pay for it. In fact, all spots in Tynemouth require a parking ticket which is a downside. In addition, it can get very busy during the peak of summer. On occasion I’ve had trouble weaving my kayak in and out of the sun bathers. Early morning or late afternoon / evening solves this problem. Another thing to be slightly wary of is other people out in the water. It gets busy with swimmers and surfers. The beach picks up plenty of surf making so this is a spot to choose on a very small to flat swell forecast.

Launching from the North Slip at Tynemouth Longsands

Launching from the North Slip at Tynemouth Longsands

Kayak Fishing Launch Spot - South Slip at Tynemouth Longsands

Kayak Fishing Launch Spot – South Slip at Tynemouth Longsands

From Tynemouth you have a wide range of spots to try out

From Tynemouth you have a wide range of spots to try out

Fish I have caught in this area:

Grey Gurnard

Grey Gurnard

Mackerel

Mackerel

Cod

Cod

Plaice

Plaice

Dab

Dab

Whiting

Whiting

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Kayak Fishing Spot Guide – Cambois

This is another fun spot for kayak fishing. There is a concrete ramp that provides easy access to the beach. There are some concrete blocks at the top to prevent boat launches but there is enough of a gap for a kayak. The launch from Cambois is simple at low and mid tide. You do need to be careful at high tide if there is even a slight swell on as the water comes right over the bottom of the concrete ramp and even a 1-2ft wave can cause problems on re-entry.

Once out at sea you have a lot of rough ground. The windmills are a good place to start. Here you have 30-40ft of water with sharp drop offs all around providing good ground for cod and Pollock. I’ve even caught a dogfish here which was a first for me in the North East. Mackerel are also commonly caught here in the summer. On an incoming tide I often head straight for the windmills and drift right down to Blyth pier. This covers a lot of rough ground and normally produces a good cod or two. Friends of mine have had cod over 10lb from this area and it is certainly worth a shot if you have your cod goggles on 

Cambois kayak fishing

Easy slip to launch from at Cambois

Fish I have caught in this area:

Mackerel

Mackerel

Cod

Cod

Pollock

Pollock

Dogfish

Dogfish

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Kayak Fishing Newbiggin By the Sea – 12-12-15

Myself, Dave, Graeme and Mark met at Church Point in Newbiggin for first light on the 12-12-15. This was the first weekend weather window in weeks so we were all excited. We paddled out past the harbour wall and headed North to a ledge that drops off quickly from 30ft to 50ft.
We all anchored up in close proximity and began bait fishing. It was a slow start so I started ground baiting with my berley bomb and slowly but surely the bites started coming. Cod began to feed but no big ones today. I caught half a dozen in a couple of hours and then the weather started to turn so it was time to head back in. It was great being back out and I loved every minute of it. I hope I don’t have to wait as long for the next weather window.

Here are some pics:

The paddle out:

Anchored up and waiting patiently:

This one slipped the hook just as I was about to grab him. Arrgghhh….does it still count? 🙂

A bit of action:

The average size on this session:

This one was a little better:

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Kayak Fishing Spot Guide – Whitley Bay

    Kayak Fishing at Whitley Bay – Location Guide

The location:

Kayak Fishing Whitley Bay

Whitley Bay Kayak Fishing Location overlooking St Marys Island and Lighthouse

Whitley Bay is a fantastic all round kayak fishing location. It has a lot of varied terrain offering quite a few species in close proximity to each other. It is also relatively sheltered as a lot of the large swell gets blocked by the outer reef allowing for an easy paddle out (particularly at mid tide) when other spots such as Tynemouth would be hard work.

The bay is shallow until you get to the outer reef whereby it drops away quite quickly. Most of the ground is rocky making it an excellent spot for cod fishing. Around the light house area there are large drop off’s and there is always a good chance of a pollock and wrasse. Further North of the Island there is some large kelp beds which are also worth a look at. It is rumoured that bass can be caught here on the inside reef but I’m yet to get one.

Further out towards yellow can (a marker approximately 1 mile out to sea) you will find more rough ground in approximately 60ft of water. This is again, cod country and if you are adventurous, there are a few wrecks not too far from there that are worth checking out.

Whitley Bay is one of my favourite areas to kayak fish from and has produced good size fish for me with cod and pollock both over 10lb fairly close to the shore.

Whitley Bay offers a few different options when it comes to launching the kayak.

Access Point 1:

kayak fishing spot St Marys Island Whitley Bay

Access Point: Ramp to St Marys Island and Lighthouse at Whitley Bay

This is a very easy spot to launch from at high tide. You can wheel the kayak down the road right into the water. At low tide it can be a bit of a pain getting the kayak up over the raised road but it is do-able (especially if there are two of you). The parking is not free though and at time of writing is £1.20 per hour which is a downside.

Access Point 2:

Whitley Bay Boat Station Kayak Fishing

Access Point: Steep ramp from the Golf Course at Whitley Bay

Whitley Bay Boat House Kayak Fishing

Access Point: Steep ramp at the Golf Course looking East at Whitley Bay

This is probably the most popular access point amongst local kayak fisherman. People park opposite the small golf club car park and walk across the dual carriageway. Parking here is free (note: the golf car park is not). The access is OK going down but it is steep. Going back up is a killer. It is only a short walk but the steepness can really test you. Especially if you are carry the extra weight of a good catch!

Access Point 3:

Kayak Fishing Whitley Bay access point 3

Access Point: Path from the car park at Whitley Bay

View from the road of the foot path that can be used to launch.

View from the road of the foot path that can be used to launch.

This is the spot that I launch from quite frequently as it is close to home. You can park in the large pay and display car park directly above the foot path and walk the kayak down. It is a good spot if you want access to the middle of the bay. The only problem is the last 10m stretch as this is over uneven rocks and pebbles.

Access Point 4:

Kayak Fishing Whitley Bay - Access point 4

Access Point: Easy ramp down to the middle of Whitley Bay beach

A view from the top of the concrete slip.  This is a very easy launch.

A view from the top of the concrete slip. This is a very easy launch.

This is the easiest access to the middle of the bay and is just slightly south of access point 3. The concrete ramp is wide and runs straight to the beach. It isn’t too steep either and is in quite good condition. The only problem is the distance to get to it as you will most likely still need to park at the large car park.


Fish I have caught in this area:

Coalfish

Coalfish

Cod

Cod

Ling

Ling

Mackerel

Mackerel

Pollock

Pollock

Pouting

Pouting

Wrasse

Wrasse

Lobster

Lobster

Octopus

Octopus

Scorpion

Scorpion

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North East Cod Fishing

Hi All,

Early on in the week Friday looked do-able. Not great and most likely raining, but do-able. I started getting excited as the forecast was holding. This was dashed on the Thursday night when xcweather (along with other forecast sites) updated to show strong S winds around midday. What an ar*e I thought.

I woke up Friday to pouring rain and winds. DIY on the house kept me pre-occupied. However, around midday the rain stopped and weirdly the wind did not build. In fact, quite the opposite. It was dead calm. I quickly rigged up and set out at Whitley Bay to the mark that produced my PB 5 days prior except it was a low tide and only 20-25ft. Would it produce again for me?

The swell was 2-3 ft and confused when I started but forecast to build so was one to keep an eye on.

All set up and ready to go:

Fishing was again, very good. All fish were taken on black lug tipped with squid. To start with I was plagued by pouting after pouting. They aren’t shy of taking big baits on big hooks! I then had a 3-4lb cod. That was better I thought. Now can I find any others?

A couple of snaps of at least half a dozen pouting:

The first cod:

I started ground baiting again and the cod kept coming. I then had a massive take on the 12-20lb rod. Violent head shakes taking line from the reel. It had all the hallmarks of a good cod. It lasted all of 5 seconds before the hook pulled out. Gutted!

The short lived fight on the ‘one that got away’.  The face and tilting kayak says it all.  There was a lot of power there….:

I re-baited and put the rig straight back over the spot. I didn’t have to wait long. Bam! Fish on. It felt of similar proportion and it didn’t get away. In my rush to get out I forgot my scales so no real idea of size.

Its a big one 🙂 :

What a beauty.  The fish finder shows you the mark  ::)

More cod followed but not as big. I then had take on my 6-12lb rod. This was different though. It kept crash diving to the bottom. It felt like a pollock but I’ve never had one take static bait off the bottom before. On surfacing, my suspicions where confirmed. It was a good pollock of approximately 5-6lb.

I had been out about 2 hours and the swell was building quickly so decided to head back in. The tide had risen and there was quite a shore break which made the paddle in interesting 🙂

I created a 3 minute video of the trip:

Forecast looks mint for tomorrow. I’ve committed to keeping my father in law company on his boat but will be keen to hear how others get on in the area as it seems there is a really good stamp of fish about at the minute.

Cheers,

James

Fun cod session at Whitley Bay (plus two PB’s!)

Hi All,

I managed 3 hours on Sunday the 25th. The forecast wasn’t great with 10mph, gusting 18mph SE winds and fairly choppy seas but I hadn’t been out in ages so decided to go for it. The worst that would happen is I would paddle out and come back in and just that was good enough for me.

I headed out around lunchtime with slack tide. The water was much clearer than I was expecting so first off was lure fishing with my staple Fiiish minnows and H2O Artic Sandeels.

Paddling out:

First drop in approximately 20-25ft of water and I was into cod amongst the kelp. I had 4 in quick succession but all were small. Still, it was a good start and great fun.

I then headed out to a drop off at 30-35ft of water (but surrounded by 45-50ft) and anchored up. 2 rods bait fishing with lug tipped with squid and I was straight into cod again. These were still small though.

It was time for a bit of ground baiting with diced mackerel I had caught in the summer. Berley bomb getting prepared:

I put bait down little but often and a better stamp of fish began to appear. Now, it could have been the hundred other factors going on down there but I would like to think it was the ground baiting 🙂

At last. Something bending the rod a little. This is the Ugly Stik 12-20lb so quite heavy class.

A lovely coloured 3-4lb kelp cod:

Another good one. Bigger at 8lb. A new PB for me (previous was 7lb). The strange thing about this one was it took the bait on the rise as I was winding in, a good 10-15 ft from the bottom:

Big fish like this go back. I just keep a couple of 3-4lb ones for the table. Good to see him swimming off strongly:

During the action at anchor I lost 2 rigs. Not to snags but to fish. Both felt like great fights. On the first occasion, I was a bit miffed. Second time around I was getting annoyed. This all changed though as the 12-20lb rod lurched over into a good fish (it would have been awesome on the 6-12lb rod sitting to my left…)

The fight was very strong initially. I couldn’t budge him from the bottom and thought I might be stuck. Then it gave up and rose to the surface quickly. There it was. My PB cod record smashed twice in one session :). This one measuring 10 and a half pound (or thereabouts. The scales were wobbling all over the place in the building chop). I was over the moon:

Again, returned safely to get even bigger. A few more cod fell to the hook after that but none anywhere near the last two so it was time to head back in buzzing! I just need to find another weather window soon to get back out amongst them.

Cheers,

James

I put together a video of the session for those interested:

More Pollock at Whitley Bay

A short session today around the back of the lighthouse. I had to work hard for the fish but was rewarded in the end. One thing that struck me more than any other session I’ve had before was the number of fish I lost! It was driving me mad. I was fishing like a doughnut! It was a case of fish on then, half way up, fish off. Two takes felt like potential PB contenders. It was very peaceful on the water up until these moments when I couldn’t help but scream a little. Still, it made for an exciting session.

I struggled to find any decent cod despite a 10lb’er being pulled out of this area earlier in the week. I had a few but all small.

What was enjoyable was the amount of Pollock around. I’ve not caught them around here this late in the year before but with the settled weather the water is so clear they are all still to play for. Long may it last 🙂 I’m really starting to get this location wired but will most likely need to log it to memory for next summer when the weather turns.

Time for some pictures:

The first pollock within about 5 minutes of fishing:

Then another:

All returned to fight another day:

A few more:

This one went nuts! Not huge (approx 4lb) but it just wouldn’t tire. Even at the surface it was one seriously frantic fish. I didn’t think I’d get it on the yak before it slipped the hook:

I also managed a few mackerel. It is great that these are still around and will do nicely for my lobster pot bait. This one took a large Delalande Swat Shad. Greedy blighter.

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There be Pollock at Whitley Bay

Hi All,

I managed an early morning session at Whitley Bay today. Conditions were brilliant with clear blue skies and no wind (until around 11 am anyway). Fishing was generally pretty slow but I did get some nice Pollock which kept me entertained.

First off I headed to a new (to me) wreck mark about 1.5 miles out. On the second drift I got a nice Pollock on jelly worms but then didn’t get another bite.

I then headed back to my old faithful and fished the marks around St Mary’s Lighthouse. The seals were there in numbers again. I picked up a few small cod and another couple of good pollock before returning home.

It was great to just be out on the water in such calm conditions. It would be great to get these more often 🙂

The launch:

The conditions:

The action:

The seals:

The fish:

More lobster, a lost ling and a lot of wind

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.

The setting:

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!

My fishing was poor but the trip was great.

Cheers,

James

Kayak Fishing for Lobster

I recently invested in a small creel to try to catch some lobster and brown crab of the North East coast. I visited the Northumberland Inshore Fisheries agency in Blyth to get my 5 pot license. These guys were brilliant. They explained the do’s and don’t and even gave me a tour of their facilities 🙂

After a good mackerel haul the last time I was out I had the bait sorted. I just needed a weather window that would allow me to drop the pot after work one evening and then collect it the next day. A 2 day window was pretty hard to find but finally I saw an opportunity yesterday and today and I managed to catch two lobster! One was small and returned and the other was over the 87mm carapace size and came home for tea and tasted delish! 🙂

I was told they thin out at the end of October and disappear through winter so really hoping I can catch a few more before the season is up.

I made a short video:

Evening / Night Fishing – Whitley Bay (mackerel and seals)

Hi All,

Andy, Kiwi (Nathan) and I headed out at Whitley Bay around 5.30pm last night with a plan to fish into dark and coming in around 10pm. Conditions were lovely, company great and fish obliging. I struggled to find mackerel in any real numbers this season. That was until last night. They were everywhere! I stocked up on a dozen pretty quickly for winter bait (and some tea) and then firmly put the cod and pollock goggles on. The cod were there pretty much from the off taking a fancy for the fiiish minnow and slug go worms. No real biggie’s. Largest about 4lb. The pollock were harder to find but I did get a good one only to lose it right by the side of the yak. Still, the fight was fun.

The seals around the island are getting more curious each trip. This time around they were being a right pest. I couldn’t fish my usual pollock marks as a result. I could see them on the finder right underneath me taking it in turns to shoot up to the surface!

The night fishing was less productive. Cod were happy to take squid and black lug but no real size. Last night session I had scorpion fish and octopus so always hoping for something a bit different but it was not to be.

A thoroughly enjoyable session.

James

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