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.
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:
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 🙂