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Foggy in the Channel

Discussion in 'Sea Fishing Forum - Shore, Boat & Kayak Fishing' started by V8_Rob, Mar 22, 2011.

  1. V8_Rob

    V8_Rob New Member

    Yet again it seems like ages since I’ve been on the water. I looked at the forecast on Sunday and it looked great with like winds forecast for several days. I was sat at work on Monday morning planning how best to tackle a spot of fishing... no pun intended. High water was around 8pm and the tide was over 12.1m.

    I collected some squid and black lug from West Coast Tackle in Watchet and headed over to the Blue Anchor. As I drove along the cliff top road there was I initially thought to be smoke blowing over the road, I was wrong, it was fog. I wasn’t too concerned as the skies were blue and there was a light westerly breeze. I can’t remember what time I arrived, perhaps an hour after low water. As expected with a big spring tide the water was a long way out, further than I’d anticipated.

    I rigged up and looking out to sea I’d have an hour at least to have a chance of launching. I’d made the decision earlier to take the ‘BucketBoy’ trolley. I’ve tweaked the design slightly to suit my own needs, it really is a good piece of kit. What this did give me was the option of dragging the kayak across the reef, something I’d not contemplate with a C-Tug.

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    As I pulled the kayak east across the beach the fog thickened towards the point. I was unable to see the sea so it made picking a suitable route a little tricky. The Trolley bounced its way across the reef with relative ease, only struggling with the odd larger rock.

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    As I approached the sea I pulled the kayak off the trolley and set about stowing it. At this point the water hadn’t quite reached my feet, I was stood on dry land. It took about four minutes to stow the trolley at which point the water was just below my knees!.

    I paddled out with the tide and was soon heading east as around 6mph. The fog wasn’t so bad once on the water, visibility was half a mile or so and the skies were still blue. The mark I fish is just over a mile and a half from the launch site and I was soon anchored up. The expected high water depth was 15-16m so once the anchor hit the sea floor I let out an extra 60m of anchor warp. The tide was running hard. I normally hold bottom on the flood tide with 8oz of lead, however, I was straight onto 12oz. Baits were twin squid mounted onto a 6/0 pennel rig, with one bait tipped one bait off with black lug.

    I only had to wait about ten minutes before one rod nodded over with a typical cod bite. The fish wasn’t large, though with the tide running hard the sport was pretty good. I didn’t take many photos this trip as was using my GoPro HD head cam and to be honest taking photos didn’t really cross my mind, that’s unusual for me. There was a steady run of codling between 2-4lb, perhaps a dozen or more were taken during the session. Despite the fierce tide the thornbacks made a bit of a show. These were quite hard work due to the current, the best fish was perhaps 10-11lb with a total of three coming to the kayak on the last part of the flood tide. There were a handful of conger eel, all small fish that came to the surface quickly.

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    As the light faded the fog started to thicken quite quickly. Visibility was still three to four hundred metres about thirty minutes before high water. However, at high water visibility was collapsed!. I could see perhaps a metre past the nose of the kayak and two to three metres each side, it wasn’t good. I fished though slack water and pulled anchor as soon as the ebb began to flow. I set the GPS to take me back to the slipway and started on the paddle back. I really was quite eerie and very disorientating. Without a GPS or compass you’d soon be paddling in circles, I even put this to the test for a chuckle. You literally have no sense of direction whatsoever.

    As I came within half a mile of the slipway the fog actually thickened a little more and I could no longer see past the nose of the kayak. Paddling on, albeit rather slowly, I made steady progress towards the slipway. Fortunately the there was no surf whatsoever so I ambled up towards the slip. The first thing to appear was the vertical wall 20-30m east of the slipway. The slipway finally came into view and I was quite relieved to be back on firm ground.

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    With the kayak back on the BB trolley I set about cleaning the catch. The trolley made light work of the slipway, I cant lie, pulling the C-tug up the slipway at the end of a session is a struggle. The fog was a little lighter once off the sea with visibility up to 10-15m. There were two anglers opposite my car so I chatted on to them for half an hour. They’d not had an luck and were definitely taken with a rigged kayak with a sack of codling aboard.

    No complaints with the evening fishing. The fog was unexpected and made the trip back rather interesting. Hopefully the good weather will hang around as forecast, I quite fancy another trip before the weekend.
     
  2. dan the pollock

    dan the pollock Rockling

    well done again mate. you have some bottle on a 12m tide on your own
     
  3. andym

    andym Rockling

    An excellent report /trip yet again and as Dan said some bottle in those conditions solo

    Well Done
     
  4. mattylamb

    mattylamb Rockling

    brilliant stuff, well done
     
  5. Baramundi Bob

    Baramundi Bob Super Leeds United !!!

    Yeah, another great report and pictures. Seems theres more fish down there than there is in these parts at present. I think we might be trying on Thursday morning for a few hours.
     
  6. corkyballs

    corkyballs Blenny

    Not a bad session that Scrumpy - well done.

    I seem to remember reading an article somewhere about constructing a storage system like you have on the back of your yak - the white thingy with the screw lid. Any ideas where it was posted ? I've searched the usual suspects but can't seem to find it. Was it your article ?

    Cheers

    Ian
     
  7. Baramundi Bob

    Baramundi Bob Super Leeds United !!!

  8. corkyballs

    corkyballs Blenny

    Cheers Glenn, forgot all about that section. Great article on a well engineered piece of kit.
     

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