Monday, 13 March 2017

Stockie Bashing at Trawsfynydd.

I am growing impatient waiting for the Sea Trout season to commence this year, I cannot wait to get back on the rivers and lakes to fish for Wild Trout.
I am hopefully going to feature a bit of Tenkara on the blog this year too, it wont be too in depth as what I don't know could fill more posts than what I do!

Anyway with my impatience, I headed to Trawsfynydd today to catch some Rainbows. It was actually better than I thought and the fish fought pretty well, I even got smashed up by a big one!

I also Caught my first Brown Trout of the year which was a nice surprise, I much prefer them if I'm honest.

Well a fun day; I got my 6 to take home and that scratched the Game itch enough to last me until the rivers open.

Tight lines.

Monday, 23 January 2017

Kraken Catch!

I have been itching to get out lately yet today was my first wee session of 2017!
I have a new rod which I wanted to try out, so up to Uwchmynydd I went to try out my Major Craft N-One SRS shore jigging rod. Its a longer rod than I'm used to at ten foot six inches and quite fast considering its length, actually a tiny bit too fast for my liking, but I'm not really here to do a rod review, especially after one use.

There was a stiff southerly blowing and bloody cold at that, being a bit of a Jessy I tucked in around the headland to get less exposure to the biting wind, even then it was damn cold.
I knew this mark wasn't quite as good as some of my others in the area but, there were a few fish to be had, not big by any means, but then I didn't expect large fish inshore this time of year.

I was mainly utilising 40g and 60g jigs as, they seemed way better than 30g jigs to load the tip effectively, The Hart Glaze, HTO Shore Jigs and Hart Bony's seemed to do the business today.

Like I said, not the best stamp of fish.
By far my favourite catch actually came on the Glaze and in the form of a Cellapod!

Personally I think Octopodes are extremely cool, I find handling them quite therapeutic and watching them rapidly change colour is just fascinating, it actually made my day to catch one again.
Thankfully he didn't ink until release, watching it swim away was pretty cool too, its amazing how relatively fast they are!

I didn't stay for too much longer afterwards, the Pollock were all of around the same size and not worth braving the cold for really, I really felt the Octopus was the best albeit unusual reward.

Tight Lines

Monday, 28 November 2016

Freezing my Pollocks Off

Three days of crystal clear skies and Easterly winds have certainly helped the temperature plummet here and I have been wondering if the Peninsula Pollock would still take jigs in these conditions.
Today I headed up to Uwchmynydd to test the water and some jigs I purchased on Aliexpress.

I also tried out a different rod than my usual Hart Boushido to see if I could find something in my quiver a little more suitable until I can afford a proper Shore Jig rod. I used my Shimano Blue Romance Stickbait pack rod, It actually isn't bad for jigs in the 30-40g class. Having a softish tip it does work the jigs quite well.

In years gone by the Pollock fishing has generally been good on the ebbing tide, especially at Uchmynydd; the fast, strong currents create lots of good back eddies for predators to get an easy meal but, this year it just has not been the case; I have to say the ebb fishing was bloody tough! I drew a blank at my first mark, the second and third were consistent but the fish were blooming small!

It really wasn't until the tide turned that the fish got bigger, they still weren't epic but better sport for sure.

The fish were a bit more consistent into Sunset, which was bloody welcome.
I was really surprised there were no Coalfish to be had today, the third mark is usually good for them about now.
However, the jigs certainly work ok and it's nice to see that the fish are still taking them this time of year, how long that will last is anyones guess. Christmas and cabin fever approach for sure, it was damn freezing out there today and whilst it wasn't entirely unpleasant, the conditions and short days make windows of opportunity much more difficult here on in.
As long as conditions allow though, I will give it another bash soon.

Tight Lines.