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:

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