This is a quick but somewhat belated report. Work kept me away from the laptop for a few days and I didnâ€™t have time to sort out the photos till now. Anyway, went up to Auchmithie for a few hours on Thursday evening. Arrived just before sundown and had a couple of hours before high tide. Sea was relatively flat but still with colour. Couldnâ€™t fish my new favourite mark as, even though it was a small tide, the preferred spot was already inundated. So I hopped over to the rocks at the base of the cliffs. It had been a gloriously sunny day, which gave over to a clear, star-studded, night sky. It was a pleasant evening - just as well, because until high water I had barely a touch. Waiting for that big pull, I sat and drank coffee and was treated to a impressive meteor shower. One meteorite must have been a good size it traversed south-west to north-east with a long luminous glow before breaking up into four pieces two of which burnt up quickly leaving the others to travel further and gradually fizzle out. My new Shakespear Salt tripod â€“ thanks for the advice guys a great bit of kit: After the light show, I was beginning to get a bit bored, I thought of packing up but one of the rod tips started to quiver. That was definitely a fish but it was clearly just toying with the mussel and squid bait. I had a few more rattles over several casts but no hook ups. This was just like some of my recent fishing trips to this venue lots of nudges and tugs but no big pull. Fishing two rods at different distances - itâ€™s hard work! I was losing confidence fast. A couple of weeks earlier, I had finished the crab and cart baits that the Whitby lads had left for me, so I couldnâ€™t change to that. However, I had been able to get my hands on a number of frozen velvet swimming crabs. Now these were not peelers and I did not feel confident about using them. However, I was catching nothing â€“ so I had nothing to loose. The crabs were large (5 or six inches across the carapace) so I crushed the shell lightly with my priest cut the crab into four sections, picked out most of the shell and wrapped each crab quarter in squid flesh, and then bound with bait elastic. I then carefully threaded them onto the hook, a bit more bait elastic, and then sent the baits out to a gully between the rocks (I was fishing two rods at different distances). Man â€“ what a difference! The first bait had barely settled on the seabed when the tip lurched over â€“ I pulled back â€“ fish on! After a few minutes I had a codling of about two pounds on the shingle. This was photographed, unhooked and returned, I was baiting up when my second rod started to nod. I dropped everything pulled into the rod and again had a fish on. However, this one didnâ€™t make its way back onto the shingle and dropped off among the rough ground. Both rods were baited up and sent back out. Again, after a fairly short wait, another pull more of a tussel and another fish on the beach. By this time my second rod fishing slightly further out was also lurching over. This time it was a much better fish, which seemed determined to get its head down among the rocks and weed. However, I persisted and eventually had a nice fish that pulled the scales at exactly 4lbs. Following this, I decided to use one rod only. I had two more fish on the beach including a fish of 3lbs, also had a couple on and lost. It then went quiet about two hours after high tide. A little cod on the beach: Another just before return: It turned out to be an awesome night â€“ no big monsters like that posted by GizzaCod but good action for a couple of hours. All the fish were returned except for the 4lber. The thing that amazed me most was how hard the fish were hitting the velvet crab wrapped in squid. The baits and hook were often well down and took a bit of retrieving. There was nothing else in the cocktail, and these were not peelers. Just goes to show, sometimes you just have to throw out the rule book! A 4lber for the pot: So if you chaps down in Whitby, or the Cleveland area, want some cod â€“ go north young man! Go way north!! How's this season been for me? Great- thanks to the tips and help from the forum members, especially Big Cliff, GJW, Harrythecod and others.