Dave and I got out this morning at Whitley Bay. The forecast 10-20mph offshore winds was for once an over estimate and there was hardly any wind at all (to start with anyway!). We paddled out to a mark fairly close to shore and anchored up in 30ft of water over kelpy ground that has been producing biggish cod for me all winter. We stayed put for approx 45 minutes and I didn’t have a bite. Dave on the other hand had a fish within minutes followed by a couple more. He made sure he was fishing on the inside of me today. Last time I fished on the inside I bagged up and he struggled. Maybe there is something in it…..
We then headed further out into 45 ft of water. Less kelp here but still rocky. I got a great take within a minute of getting bait to the bottom. It felt really good even on my heavier 12lb class rod but came off before I got to see it. This was more promising I thought. Dave and I then proceeded to get bite after bite. We had a bit of a mix here as well. The usual cod (although in very varying sizes, hopefully I’ll get some pics off Dave that explains that one), whiting and pouting.
We headed in after a couple of hours. The wind had picked up a lot in the second half of the session and it became a bit of a workout getting back in. A thoroughly good session with great company and lovely weather for the most part. There are plenty of fish out there at the moment if you can get out amongst them.
Below are some pics of the session. These are all setting up and paddling out. I had another 6 pics of the fish but none would open from my Garmin Virb. I hope that is a one off. I’ll put some of Dave’s pics up if possible.
Eric Davos from Stealth Kayaks Europe gave us a Stealth Profisha 575 to store as a demo and I got to try it out for the first time yesterday. Conditions were pretty poor with 3ft waves crashing on the shore and a bigger swell outside but the wind was light enough and given the conditions recently I had to give it a go.
My first impressions are very good. It feels really stable and paddles well. The glide with each paddle stroke is really noticeable but I want to paddle it in a flat sea before commenting on speed compared to the 475. I took out a couple of rods and fished for about an hour. There are still a good number of fish out there. I’ve found the fishing pretty poor at this time of year previously but this doesn’t seem to be the case this year which is a great sign.
If anyone is interested in trying out the Stealth Profisha 575 just get in touch.
Graeme and I headed kayak fishing out at Whitley Bay at first light on Sunday. We knew the wind was going to get up late morning but were hoping to get a couple of hours fishing in first thing before it came in. We were on the water before 7.30am just as the first light was showing. The wind at this stage was fine. Probably around the 10mph mark but coming from the South rather than the forecast South West making it a little choppy in what should have been a flat sea.
We paddled to a mark fairly close in shore. Graeme dropped anchor over the reef edge in 20-25ft of water and I then anchored up fairly close by on the inside. I decided to fish 2 baited rods. One with a size 5/0 circle hook and a good amount of black lug and squid in search of a nice size cod. The other has a size 1 hook with a small bit of razor tipped with squid to help my cause on the species comp. I had a good cod on the big bait on the first drop. I must have only been fishing for a maximum of 2 minutes. Whilst dealing with the cod I then had a small tap on my other rod and up popped a pouting. Things were looking good. The next 20-30 minutes saw another couple of cod appear and then just as I thought I was going to bag up the wind picked up. It went from 10mph to 20mph+ in no time at all. The sea went from choppy to rough and Graeme and I decided we needed to call it a day. It was a shame we didn’t get another hour or so but any time on the water is enjoyable.
Setting out into relatively calm conditions:
Action from the off:
A canny cod for just 2 minutes fishing:
A small pouting almost immediately after (cod still on my lap!):
Back on dry land after a fun paddle back in amongst the chop and small waves breaking over the inside reef. One for tea 🙂
A short report for an even shorter fishing session. 40 minutes fishing is my new record!
Happy New Year everyone. Hope you have a great 2016.
Dave and I headed out at Whitley Bay at first light this morning just for a couple of hours before the family lunches. I couldn’t think of a better way to start the year 🙂
We headed out to a mark that produced a 10lb and two 8lb cod in the last 3 times I’ve fished it but this was 3 months ago. I hadn’t returned due to the rubbish weather we have had of late.
There were some small waves on the paddle out. I timed these perfectly (not!) and met each at their perfect peak and got waves right in the face. That certainly woke me up and cleared any signs of a hangover. Still, the Stealth ploughed through them without any bother.
We paddled out straight to the mark without any messing on the way. The wind was already strong (forecast to get stronger later) and the sea was choppy but very do-able. I put Dave on the mark and he dropped anchor. I then proceeded to mess up anchoring 3 times (each time getting closer and closer to Dave) before finally settling in to the fishing.
I had a cod within 10 minutes whilst Dave had to wait a little longer. We both had good fish in the session though. We would have had more but these fish were using nasty tactics. The mark had deep kelp and these fish knew exactly how to stay on the rough ground. Shy bites and then a rush for cover meant I lost at least 3 good fish (and traces!). Dave managed to give me one trace back though as he caught the same fish later on 🙂
My biggest was estimated over 7lb. Returned to be caught another day so no definite weight. A really great quick session and hopefully the start of many more in 2016.
Cheers Dave for the good company.
Now for some pics:
The only small cod caught. The stamp of fish was good and encouraging for later on in the year.
Starting to get a better:
Dave at anchor:
I nearly didn’t get this one. It left me snagged for a good few minutes before finally coming out of the kelp:
Happy Days. This gave a really good account of itself:
Roll on the next session. I’m beginning to think a really big one is going to come from Whitley Bay this year 🙂
I managed 3 hours on Sunday the 25th. The forecast wasn’t great with 10mph, gusting 18mph SE winds and fairly choppy seas but I hadn’t been out in ages so decided to go for it. The worst that would happen is I would paddle out and come back in and just that was good enough for me.
I headed out around lunchtime with slack tide. The water was much clearer than I was expecting so first off was lure fishing with my staple Fiiish minnows and H2O Artic Sandeels.
First drop in approximately 20-25ft of water and I was into cod amongst the kelp. I had 4 in quick succession but all were small. Still, it was a good start and great fun.
I then headed out to a drop off at 30-35ft of water (but surrounded by 45-50ft) and anchored up. 2 rods bait fishing with lug tipped with squid and I was straight into cod again. These were still small though.
It was time for a bit of ground baiting with diced mackerel I had caught in the summer. Berley bomb getting prepared:
I put bait down little but often and a better stamp of fish began to appear. Now, it could have been the hundred other factors going on down there but I would like to think it was the ground baiting 🙂
At last. Something bending the rod a little. This is the Ugly Stik 12-20lb so quite heavy class.
A lovely coloured 3-4lb kelp cod:
Another good one. Bigger at 8lb. A new PB for me (previous was 7lb). The strange thing about this one was it took the bait on the rise as I was winding in, a good 10-15 ft from the bottom:
Big fish like this go back. I just keep a couple of 3-4lb ones for the table. Good to see him swimming off strongly:
During the action at anchor I lost 2 rigs. Not to snags but to fish. Both felt like great fights. On the first occasion, I was a bit miffed. Second time around I was getting annoyed. This all changed though as the 12-20lb rod lurched over into a good fish (it would have been awesome on the 6-12lb rod sitting to my left…)
The fight was very strong initially. I couldn’t budge him from the bottom and thought I might be stuck. Then it gave up and rose to the surface quickly. There it was. My PB cod record smashed twice in one session :). This one measuring 10 and a half pound (or thereabouts. The scales were wobbling all over the place in the building chop). I was over the moon:
Again, returned safely to get even bigger. A few more cod fell to the hook after that but none anywhere near the last two so it was time to head back in buzzing! I just need to find another weather window soon to get back out amongst them.
I put together a video of the session for those interested:
A short session today around the back of the lighthouse. I had to work hard for the fish but was rewarded in the end. One thing that struck me more than any other session I’ve had before was the number of fish I lost! It was driving me mad. I was fishing like a doughnut! It was a case of fish on then, half way up, fish off. Two takes felt like potential PB contenders. It was very peaceful on the water up until these moments when I couldn’t help but scream a little. Still, it made for an exciting session.
I struggled to find any decent cod despite a 10lb’er being pulled out of this area earlier in the week. I had a few but all small.
What was enjoyable was the amount of Pollock around. I’ve not caught them around here this late in the year before but with the settled weather the water is so clear they are all still to play for. Long may it last 🙂 I’m really starting to get this location wired but will most likely need to log it to memory for next summer when the weather turns.
Time for some pictures:
The first pollock within about 5 minutes of fishing:
All returned to fight another day:
A few more:
This one went nuts! Not huge (approx 4lb) but it just wouldn’t tire. Even at the surface it was one seriously frantic fish. I didn’t think I’d get it on the yak before it slipped the hook:
I also managed a few mackerel. It is great that these are still around and will do nicely for my lobster pot bait. This one took a large Delalande Swat Shad. Greedy blighter.
I managed an early morning session at Whitley Bay today. Conditions were brilliant with clear blue skies and no wind (until around 11 am anyway). Fishing was generally pretty slow but I did get some nice Pollock which kept me entertained.
First off I headed to a new (to me) wreck mark about 1.5 miles out. On the second drift I got a nice Pollock on jelly worms but then didn’t get another bite.
I then headed back to my old faithful and fished the marks around St Mary’s Lighthouse. The seals were there in numbers again. I picked up a few small cod and another couple of good pollock before returning home.
It was great to just be out on the water in such calm conditions. It would be great to get these more often 🙂
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.
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!
I recently invested in a small creel to try to catch some lobster and brown crab of the North East coast. I visited the Northumberland Inshore Fisheries agency in Blyth to get my 5 pot license. These guys were brilliant. They explained the do’s and don’t and even gave me a tour of their facilities 🙂
After a good mackerel haul the last time I was out I had the bait sorted. I just needed a weather window that would allow me to drop the pot after work one evening and then collect it the next day. A 2 day window was pretty hard to find but finally I saw an opportunity yesterday and today and I managed to catch two lobster! One was small and returned and the other was over the 87mm carapace size and came home for tea and tasted delish! 🙂
I was told they thin out at the end of October and disappear through winter so really hoping I can catch a few more before the season is up.
Andy, Kiwi (Nathan) and I headed out at Whitley Bay around 5.30pm last night with a plan to fish into dark and coming in around 10pm. Conditions were lovely, company great and fish obliging. I struggled to find mackerel in any real numbers this season. That was until last night. They were everywhere! I stocked up on a dozen pretty quickly for winter bait (and some tea) and then firmly put the cod and pollock goggles on. The cod were there pretty much from the off taking a fancy for the fiiish minnow and slug go worms. No real biggie’s. Largest about 4lb. The pollock were harder to find but I did get a good one only to lose it right by the side of the yak. Still, the fight was fun.
The seals around the island are getting more curious each trip. This time around they were being a right pest. I couldn’t fish my usual pollock marks as a result. I could see them on the finder right underneath me taking it in turns to shoot up to the surface!
The night fishing was less productive. Cod were happy to take squid and black lug but no real size. Last night session I had scorpion fish and octopus so always hoping for something a bit different but it was not to be.
I managed a mornings session yesterday (24/7/15) before the weather turned. Forecast was for very light winds and with little swell for a few days clarity was also going to be good. The clarity part was right and for the most part the wind was light although it kicked up quite a bit towards the end. The wind always seems to make an appearance these days.
I couldn’t resist a couple of pictures of the light house before launch given how nice the conditions where.
My plan was to get some paddle fitness in and mix it up a little and go for different species. I’ve not tried this specifically before but I’ve been spurred on by the great pics of the Oxwich species comp. I initially planned to paddle the couple of miles or so straight up the coast to the sand bars at Seaton in search of flatties. I haven’t targeted these at all this year but really enjoy eating them!
On approach to the light house I could hear the barking and roaring of the seals. The island is teeming with them at the moment including a lot of pups. I know some find them a pest but I personally love seeing them (as long as they do not get too close!). It must be a sign of good fish stocks but it cannot help fishing when they are only a few feet away!
This area screams Pollock and temptation of starting fishing before the flatty ground got the better of me. A quick cast out into a favourite spot of mine and bam, straight in! Not a Pollock though but a nice Ballan Wrasse which fell to a 12g Black Fiiish Minnow.
1 species down. I had a couple more casts but then managed to get back to the plan and continued to paddle to Seaton Sluice (but trolling a lure in case a hungry Pollock was about).
On arrival to Seaton Sluice it took me a little while to find a nice sand bar and then I set about drifting spoon rigs. One had black lug tipped with squid, the other a white XL Isome Worm. I was keen to see how they compared. The flatties were very obliging. Nothing big enough for tea but half a dozen caught (mostly dabs with the 2 plaice) before thoughts of rough ground started. 2 fell to Isome worms. 4 to black lug. I also caught a couple of mackerel which took it to 4 species.
I then paddled to some ground near Hollywell Bay that grabbed my attention on the paddle across to Seaton Sluice. First drop with an inline 4” slug go and bang! A good cod of about 4lb came to the surface after a good fight on light gear. This action continued for about half an hour with a cod a drop. Some were pretty small but good fish were amongst them. I also tried the HTO Artic Eel for the first time in rhubarb and custard. This is a weedless lure similar to the Fiiish Black Minnow but slightly cheaper and has a built in rattle. In addition, it is longer and thinner with the hook running further along the body. They worked very well for me for cod and pollock and I look forward to using them again (see vid).
Some cod shots. Lures finding a good stamp:
On the drift back towards the light house I had a couple of surprise hits. Two pouting / scotch haddock fell to my lures. I have caught these around yellow can off Whitley Bay before but not in this area. They were also PB’s for me. One had thick brown bands running down its body. The other was solid brown with no bandings. Are these the same species or can I add another one to my list? Any info appreciated.
Pouting with bands:
Dark / brown Pouting (double hook up with a good cod!):
With 6 species under my belt I wanted a Pollock. These had been a little thin on the ground over the last few sessions with only 1 or 2 being caught after quite a bit of effort so I wasn’t sure how this was going to pan out. Fortunately, luck was with me today. I switched to a more natural HTO Artic eel colour (the “Grippan”) and paddled to some thick kelp beds that I have had luck in before. I didn’t have to wait long before I was in with a good size Pollock. I love these fish and cannot get enough of the fight they give.
Pollock action shot:
A good start to the Pollock fishing:
There were a lot. On almost every drop or cast and retrieve you could see one following the lure on the fish finder.
A lot of big smiles and grins from ear to ear followed as 3 more came to the yak but none bigger than the first.
7 species done and it was time to head home. That fix will keep me going for a while. What a great hobby of ours Kayak Fishing is.
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.
Another quick trip out at Whitley Bay last night. I would have been out late afternoon if it weren’t for the bloomin wind that was stronger than predicted. It was still stronger than I would have liked at 7pm but manageable with a drogue.
Cod fishing was a bit slower than last time although there were still a nice stamp of fish around.
The mackerel shoals were very abundant. They were hammering my weedless 5″ shads set up for cod and tearing them to bits. I ended up rigging one rod for cod and when the shoals appeared, dropping a silver toby lure down with a single hook for some fun with the mackerel. This seemed to get the better specimens and they fought great on the light gear (imagine if they were 5 times the size 🙂 )
I tried and tried for pollock but couldn’t hook any this time. Plenty chasing the lure half way up the water column but only tentative plucks. I have marked a couple of lovely deep kelp shelves so hopefully in the next month or so…..
This little cod thought it was a mackerel
The weedless shad on the bottom of an inline sinker that I wrote about earlier took all the bigger cod today so definitely seems to be working.
One cod and a couple of mackerel back home. That is lunch and tea sorted 🙂
I went out at Whitley Bay early morning yesterday. I was on the water for about 5:30am and conditions were lovely. I haven’t got out for a while so was really looking forward to some time on the water and I had a great time.
Pretty great conditions
Initially I went to rough ground towards yellow can. Plenty of cod were found on a variety of coloured lures:
I then moved close in to the lighthouse to see what I could find. I got a few pollock but all small. I then put the cod goggles back on and started bouncy shads along the bottom.
Kelp cod from the off. A nice stamp of fish as well:
Then something different. It pulled like a steam train. I thought I was into a decent Pollock but it tired quicker and as it surfaced it was a wrasse. Not a usual catch for me and my biggest to date so was well chuffed:
All fish returned except this lovely marked red cod which made a great cod curry last night:
I had a couple of hours free so grabbed the chance to get out on the water for a quick fish at Whitley Bay. The water was so clear and after seeing the success of Dave and Graeme at Blyth on lures I was keen to see if they would do the trick for me. After 30 minutes of drifting about with shads without a nibble I resorted to the good old faithful anchor up and bait fish!
It was bites from the off. Nothing big but there were a lot of cod about and I had both rods tapping a few times. Conditions were nice and it was a really enjoyable 2 hours on the water. Now for some pics and a video.
The walk down to the water full of hope of a monster!
Nice and chilled at anchor. One solitary gull for company wanting the odd bit of bait. My warbird mini 200 reel is still going strong and makes me laugh when combined with my light lure rod:
And a few more:
It was then time to head in:
Tons of cod at the minute. Just need to hunt out the bigger ones. These were taking squid and lug but wouldn’t touch the razor.
I managed a quick couple of hours at Whitley Bay this afternoon (09-04-15). The fret was threatening to come in and the sea breeze was picking up the whole time so had to cut it shorter than I would have liked.
Still, there were a good number of small cod around happy to take blacks and squid. One was tiny! Amazed it managed to get its chops around the circle hook.
This was the best of the session. I’ve just come back from the Skarnsundet Fjordcentre in Norway where my best fish was of a similar size! Funny how things work out.
I went out at Whitley Bay this afternoon. This was the first fish on my new Stealth Pro Fisha despite having it for weeks so I was excited to say the least. It was also the last day of the summer holidays (teacher!) so I was keen to make the most of it. I was on the water for just after 2pm. It was sunny and the water was calm and had cleared up nicely after the long period of swell we have had lately. I had a good feeling about this trip.
I trolled a diving lure to the North of St Mary’s Island without a touch. I then settled in to finding decent drop offs amongst the kelp and casting and retrieving jelly worms rigged weedless. It was all a bit slow with only a couple of bites but no connections. I was becoming a bit despondent.
Finally I got a solid bite on a black and yellow jelly worm. It was a pollock and a nice one for me. Just what I was after.
Then another lull. I went back over the same area, tried new areas but nothing was happening. On top of this the wind was building from the SE. Where was the 3mph SW wind that was forecast? The sunny day had created a strong sea breeze. The flat calm was also starting to get choppy.
I then found a really nice drop off from 12ft to 30ft covered in kelp. The wind was blowing me against the tide but I found an area full of fish and was not going to head in until I had caught a few.
Another on the black and yellow:
A bit quiet so figured they might be getting wise to the black and yellow passing by them every 5 or so minutes. A switch to blue and pink jelly did the trick.
Bearing in mind my PB pollock to date was about 3-4lb I was really chuffed. All fish caught were a good stamp of fish and at least on a par with my best prior to the session. It was turning into a red letter day but it was about to get even more interesting. I got a very big take on the same blue and pink worm. I was fishing with a light spinning rod and 20lb line on a fixed spool real. The rod was bent double into the water and the reel was screaming. I was losing the battle fast. I managed to get some line back and tightened the drag before it went on another screaming run and found it’s way deep into the kelp. There was no budging it and after 10 minutes of trying to get it out the line gave way. I was gutted. This was without doubt the biggest fish I had hooked since getting into this great sport.
I needed a break so went for a bit of a paddle trolling a deep diving lure. I got a nice hit and yet again, lost the battle. The lure was quite a way from the kayak and the fish had an easy time finding cover before I could get it into shallower water. Still, this time I managed to pull it out. Not as big as I was expecting but still nice.
I then went back to the spot that left me gutted about 15 minutes prior. Down went the blue and pink worm and bam! Another screaming run. This time I lunged at the spool to stop the drag with brute force. I thought a knot was going to give way or the line was going to snap but was desperate to keep it from the kelp after the last one. This felt huge and fought really hard. I finally saw a glimmer of gold underneath the water and thought ‘holy cow!’. It was big. My heart was pumping. I had won the battle and it was by far the biggest pollock I have ever caught. There was no room for it on the deck or my lap!
I decided to head in after this as conditions had deteriorated quite a bit and I couldn’t see how I could better this fish. On shore I asked a bystander to take a snap for me.
All other fish went back to fight another day but I couldn’t return this one. Back home it was weighed and came in at 10lb 3oz. Woohoo! A double figure 🙂 🙂