Finally decided to get my arse in gear and get out there in search of a few of these mops that are kicking about. My season started last Tuesday with a light to moderate swell making nice conditions for Saltwick. Upon arrival at dusk I was not surprised to find my old mates Brian Harland and Mike Vasey perched like a pair of old book ends at probably the exact same place I saw them both last..... Over a year ago. A quick chat to the lads revealed they had a couple of fish each and they had been getting lots of bites. I watched as both pulled out quite a few fish between them, but for some strange reason there was non for me just yet. It was a pleasant sight to see fish coming out regular. I was quite surprised at the size of them with most fish being bang on the measure at 35cm or 36cm. Its been some years since Ive seen fish that size and as always Im quite shocked at just how small is legal size for codlings, not that that bothers me, so long as they are legal they go in my bag all the same. A quick move put me onto some fish immediately. I had 2 fish out in double quick time. Another move found me another 3 which gave a total of 5 for the night. Not a bad start to the season really and just a general nice feeling to be out on the rocks on a cold night with an amazing clear sky. The following Thursday I decided on a few hours at Robin Hoods Bay, conditions were far from perfect but I was confident of a fish or two as this area is a haven for cod, especially in those years with a high number of mops on the loose. I arrived in daylight and had a couple of fishless casts before I decided on another of the many gullies at Bay. The move proved to be a wise one and I managed a small mop almost instantly. The next couple of hours were quite frustrating with bite after bite but no fish to show for it. To be honest I felt I wasnt really getting the best out of the mark as the small tide meant I couldnt get as far down the scar as I really wanted to. Non the less, the fish were active and had I not performed like a complete tw%t I may have got a few more out. Eventually I managed another mop making a total of 2 for the night. I was hoping for better but at least it wasnt a blank. Sunday was a cracking sea from the north east, and this meant only one thing, back to Robin Hoods Bay. Mike 33 was on the phone early afternoon and keen to get out. So we arranged to meet at 7pm on the slipway. We had planned on Boggle Hole, but the fear of early season loose weed had really put me off. We opted for landing scars, which later turned out to be quite a bad decision. Once again bites were thick and fast but hooking them was another matter entirely. I managed a couple as the tide ebbed down to low, but with the amount of bites I had there should have been half a dozen or more fish in the bag. As it got towards the ten oclcok mark we decided on a shift to Sewer Hole. I had wanted to fish it earlier but the number of rods already in there, and knowing it was club night had put me off. Upon arrival we were greated by the smiling faces of Mike Vasey and of course the infamous Mr Harland. The spawney Foookers had been down since daylight, they had fished the tide down and not had any trouble with the weed, whats more they had around a dozen fish each. A quick chat revealed that the others fishing around the mark were Dave Perett and Neil Ingliss who were fishing there club matches. Both had apparently had some better fish, with Neil getting one around the 8lb mark. Sadly we had moved to late and there wasnt another fish to come out of there alll night. Another 2 for the pot though and once again Id avoided the dreaded blank. Monday night left perfect conditions for Goldsborough. Masses of fish were on the cards but the dream never really materialized and a full nights fishing under perfect conditions yeilded only 1 small mop for myself. Once again we bumped into Messrs Vasey and Harland. Mike, now fishing with the long rod and braid option managed a few fish. I think his total for the night was 3 with a better fishing looking somewhere in the 6 -8lb bracket. Certainly not a PB for Mike but the smile says this lad is still a very happy angler So thats my report from my first weeks fishing. Ive felt quite ill since Monday so havent ventured back out just yet. Feeling better now though so fingers crossed for a few more seas and some better bags of fish before Christmas.