Kayak Fishing Scotland – St Abbs 29-3-16

Hi All,

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:
St Abbs Marine Chart Navionics

Getting ready in the car park:
Fishing Scotland St Abbs

The slip from the harbour makes for an easy launch:
Launching Kayak - St Abbs, Scotland

Paddling out through the harbour:
Launching Kayak - St Abbs, Scotland

Stunning setting:
Kayak Fishing Scotland - St Abbs Head

A small pollock saves the blank:
Small Pollock Kayak Fishing UK

A better fish giving a good scrap on the Yuki Rubymar:
Yuki Rubymar - Pollock Fishing

Pollock fishing UK Splash

A better stamp of Pollock:
Fiiish Minnor - Pollock Fishing

Kayak Fishing Scotland Pollock

Dave getting in on the action:
Kayak Fishing Scotland

Bringing up a nice fish:
Kayak Fishing St Abbs Pollock

Conditions got increasingly lumpy which kept us alert:
Kayak Fishing St Abbs Head

Kayak Fishing St Abbs

One last Pollock on the paddle back which fell for a jelly worm:
Pollock Fishing Scotland

Good size Pollock - UK Kayak Fishing

Sunny Solo Session – Yuki Rubymar, DIY weedless lures and nice cod

I got out early morning on Friday. I needed this one after a difficult couple of weeks of work. The plan was ‘the usual’. To head out at Whitley Bay for convenience at bait fish at anchor but I would take a few lures just in case. I wasn’t expecting much from the fishing from the last few reports but just needed to clear my head a bit.

I set out into lovely conditions and immediately noticed how clear the water was. Not just a bit clear but as clear as I’ve seen it even in mid summer. Excellent I thought. My attention turned to getting my lure rod ready. My wife bought me a Yuki Rubymar rod from Moonfleet at Christmas and it has just sat in the garage waiting patiently until today. I wanted to try this rod after watching a few videos of people messing about with them and catching very large fish and for only £20 I thought it would be good fun.

I added a homemade weedless shad (attempting to cut down some of the costs of the Fiiish) and within 5 minutes I had a fish on. Not a big fish but it was a lot of fun on the Rubymar. I then had to wait a while but I was enjoying the slow drift in the sun. I then had a very subtle tap followed by nothing. This happened a good few times before the rod lurched over and a better fish was on. A big grin set upon my face as I reeled it in and it turned out to be a 5 1/2 pound cod.

I then thought I would try bait fishing for a bit given that I’d gone to the effort of defrosting my bait but didn’t even get a knock. A couple of hours had past and it was time for me to head in to help out with the kids. I’d had my fix until the next time.

I’m liking the Rubymar purely for the fun factor. Even the small fish felt like a monster!

Some pics of the short session:

Lovely conditions:
kayak fishing in the sun UK

Happy to be back out by the lighthouse. Loads of seals about already though:
kayak fishing whitely bay uk

First small cod brought in:
kayak fishing uk cod

Something better this time. The Yuki Rubymar gets a good bend!
Yuki Rubymar Fishing Rod

The 5 1/2 pounder. That is tea sorted:
big cod on lures

Cod Fishing UK Yuki Rubymar

The ‘devil ear’ green one had all the interest today. Nothing from the others but glad it looks like I have a cheap alternative for the snaggy stuff:
DIY weedless lures cod pollock under £2

A very short video for anyone interested in a cheap fun light lure rod. I’m not sure how it will stand up to the abuse of kayak fishing but I’ll enjoy finding out.