22 January 2012

Between a Rockling and a windy harbour

I could hear the wind howling outside when I got the text from Sam to see if I was heading out fishing. Needless to say the answer was yes but I must admit that I wasn't too optimistic of our chances given the high winds. Anyway the plan was for each of us to head to two different marks, see if  either were fish-able and report back. So I headed to a harbour mark near me and Sam to a small rocky cove a little further South. Well the conditions couldn't have been more different at the two marks. I was nearly blown off the pier with the wind which made the fishing very tricky but I still managed to winkle out a couple of Scorpion fish before conceding defeat.

I gave Sam a call, expecting to hear that conditions weren't much better out where he was but to my surprise not only were the conditions a lot better but he was also getting a few fish. When he told me that one of the fish he'd caught was a Rockling, that was it I was gone. I couldn't believe it when I got down there, the cove was completely sheltered from the wind and looked perfect. Within a few casts I got what I came for, a Five Bearded Rockling on a Gulp Sandworm and a short while later I caught another and another. In the meantime Sam had switched over to an Ecogear Strawtail and the Whiting were coming thick and fast. It turned out to be a great session in the end, much better than I expected, with plenty of fish, another species to add to the list and plenty of banter too.

Sam finished up the evening with a proper Rockfish

My Set-up:
Rod:  Major Craft Solpara 7' 3" (0.5-5g) Solid Tip 
Reel: Shimano Rarenium 2500 
Line: 3lb Yamatoyo FC 
Lures: Ecogear Strawtails, Marukyu Power Isome and Berkley Gulp Sandworms
Sam's Set-up: 
Rod: Reins Raz Ajiringer-Z 7' 6"-0.4-7g
Reel: Shimano Stradic CI4 2500
Line: 2lb Yamatoyo FC 
Lures: Ecogear Strawtails, Marukyu Power Isome and Berkley Gulp Sandworms