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:
Getting ready in the car park:
The slip from the harbour makes for an easy launch:
Paddling out through the harbour:
A small pollock saves the blank:
A better fish giving a good scrap on the Yuki Rubymar:
A better stamp of Pollock:
Dave getting in on the action:
Bringing up a nice fish:
Conditions got increasingly lumpy which kept us alert:
One last Pollock on the paddle back which fell for a jelly worm: