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.
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:
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:
Access Point: Steep ramp from the Golf Course at Whitley Bay
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:
Access Point: Path from the car park at Whitley Bay
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:
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.
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:
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I got out at…..yes…..you guessed it…..Whitley Bay last night from 7:30 until dark. It was breezy but the drogue worked perfectly. I’m using this more and more with the windy spells we have been having and would recommend one to everyone who likes fishing on the drift.
Fishing was slow but I did get 5 species which I was happy with. First of was a cod in deeper water.
I then headed close to the light house and after approx 1.5 hours of constantly missing takes and having 2 big battles which I lost I finally got species number 2, the Pollock.
The light was fading so I paddled close to my launch spot and got a strange take to find a very greedy but good size scorpion fish. Species 3 done.
A shoal of mackerel showed up on the finder so a quick drop of a toby lure and species 4 was under my belt.
I then tried for another mackerel to find myself catching a bit of weed (or so I thought). I wound in to find a small octopus attached. This little fellow kept me very entertained. I pondered how to get the hook out and then watched it regurgitate the hook itself. I then pondered how to get it back in the water. At this point it was well and truly suckered to the lid of my hatch. A photo opportunity I thought as it then worked its way to my foot well. After a few pics it then decided enough was enough and suckered its way to the edge and plopped back into the sea by itself. These are seriously smart creatures. The little octopus was my highlight.