I noticed in my first season there how the general stamp of the fish is bigger than several local marks - I regularly catch 7-8lbers there. But for some reason I never seemed to connect with anything much bigger. That was until today. OMG... When I hauled up this beast from the depths, my first thoughts were "can I get that in the kayak?!".
|The gnarled face of a 15lb cod - click on it to see the grim details!|
|Thank goodness for those big gill plates - I don't carry a gaff!|
After the whale of Filey was landed, it was basically a fish every drop, with many of them decent cod around the 5lb mark. All the cod bare a couple of the smaller ones were caught on the bottom SavageGear 4 Play soft lure (largest size, which is only just big enough). The rest were all on the 30mm Sakura Split shads - cod love these. Of course, there is always the odd nuisance fish, by which I mean inedible, even if they are often incredibly pretty:
|now you don't!|
|Now you see it...|
Sure enough, I realised that the swell was breaking in more or less a semi-circle in front of me and it was time to head back. There was a parking meter running, after all! But crossing that swell where it kicks up over the end the Brigg can be a bit of nightmare if you time it badly. Waves that look as though they are big but rolling (so passable with care) can suddenly start to break if a big series of them come through. I waited, and waited, and waited. And then made a mad dash for it. I have to confess I got lucky, I was very nearly tipped out twice when my rudder ended up out of the wave, leaving me only able to lean into the wave with the paddle. It was all a bit too close and messy, but thankfully I made it back into the Bay and found a quiet patch to gut the fish.
|Look back over the end o' the Brigg where I just came. Not for the faint hearted (or sensible!).|
|That's not a toy paddle...|
|The gutted beast back home.|
Tight lines to all those fishing!