Myself and Eddie Wong went up to Loch Dornie for a couple of nights, targetting pollack, but the weather soon put paid to that, it poured down relentlessy with high winds so we restricted ourselves to fishing Loch Dornie, where we found thornbacks aplenty with big average sizes too. Eddie started off with a Thornie estimated at 13lbs. We moved to another mark where we were catching a fish a drop until the tide eased. After a good nights sleep, aided by a few beers we returned to the same mark in the morning.
Back at the same mark, I immediately got my best Thornback of the trip of about 12lb, with Eddie catching a codling of about 2lb whilst feathering for mackerel. I caught another Thornback of about 10lb then we decided to pack it up and go home. So all in all, a successful trip (apart from the rain) with plenty of double THornies, Dogfish, Codling, Whiting, Pollack and Mackerel. It was worth the trip and we will be back!
Willie and I headed to Crinan on Friday with Ticketty Boo! II with my friend Colin to take advantage of a weather window before the yucky weekend arrived.
The day started and ended fairly quietly, but we twice had double skate hook ups and boated fish of 174, 180, 182, 186 and 201lb between us for a total of 923lb. This total is certainly a PB for my boat. We lost one other biggie when the 80lb braid snapped about half way up, and had a seventh fish on which spat the bait after a short run.
Tides were forecast to be fairly small, but this didn't stop the 2.5lb leads from bouncing away a couple of times.
Most successful bait was squid, which took four of the fish. All skate were measured and released.
The 201lb big girl puts Willie in pole position for the skate trophy this year. With my very last drop on the small rod,
I was lucky to bag a Black Mouthed Dogfish which won't do my species hunt hopes for 2015 any harm.