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:

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

An early kayak fish – Blyth – 16-8-15 – Ling

Dave and I met at the ‘whole in the wall’ at Blyth at 5am. Our plan was to fish a few spots a mile or so out. Dave led the way (even more so than normal with my broken plotter / fish finder) and what a great guide he was. We paddled out into great conditions but struggled to find fish at the first spot. I had a coaly and a cod and Dave a mackerel but nothing much to shout about.

We moved on. This was a great decision. We had a good stamp of fish from the off. A dozen or so cod with most around the 4lb mark and a couple of nice Pollock plus a pb Ling for me which was weighed on shore and was a touch over 10lb. Happy Days! A very enjoyable morning out and back on shore for 10am.

Pics:

Video (It would have been much better if it weren’t for the bloomin drop of water on the lens!):

Kayak Fishing Blyth – Early doors before the wind got up

I managed a cheeky session at Blyth this morning. We have been trying to get our 11 month old son Noah off the expensive pureed foods ‘Elas’ with very little joy until a couple of days ago when he ate a lightly battered fillet of plaice. He loved it 🙂 The only problem was I didn’t have any more left in the freezer so my mission was to catch some more flatties.

I paddled out around 6am this morning and there was hardly any wind. At first I did a bit of exploring and found the inshore wreck in the middle of the bay. For those that fish the area, does it hold many fish? It seems really close in that I thought it might struggle to be productive. Nothing showed on the fish finder. I did a couple of drifts past it but the wind was getting up by now so I headed a further 50 yards out and anchored up with rag and lug in search of the flatties.

I had nothing in the first hour. Not even a bite. I thought this was going the way of many of my sessions (i.e. not very productive) however, about an hour before high tide it all got a bit hectic with both rods shaking away a few times. I didn’t know which one to go for first!

In summary – 6 keepers
7 dabs
2 plaice
2 cod (just under size. I wasn’t expecting these in a sandy bottom area, maybe they came off the small wreck?)
1 good size mackerel (I’ve never had one of these from lugworm before, is there anything they don’t eat?)

Anyway, within a couple of hours the wind was really starting to pick up so I up-anchored and paddled back in to shore. That should keep Noah happy for a little while.

Cheers,

James

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