A friend of mine, Andy has just purchased a Warrior 175 very similar to mine and was desperate to get it wet for the first time along with his two lads, on Sunday. (That’s get the boat wet, not his lads!). The forecast wasn’t great. Windy, but a south westerly off the land, so probably ‘doable’ - just. A call to Bridlington compound before I left home, confirmed that other boats had launched already, so off we (Anthony and I) set with my boat in tow arriving at Bridlington about 10.15am. I’d given Andy some pointers on where and how to catch some launce, as his lads were keen to catch a bass on the float. By the time I’d reached them in my boat, they’d been bait fishing for half an hour or so, and had a handful of launce over the North Smithwick banks in that time. The water was coloured, and our drift became increasingly fast (up to 2 knots). Anthony and I really struggled to catch any bait. We were picking up mackerel, but very few launce, and certainly not enough to use this as our first line of attack, so after ½ hour further effort a change of tactic was decided. I now needed to salvage the day somehow, and try and make the best of a bad job. Looking at the chart plotter there is an area of ground to the North West of the Smithwick Sandbank that looked worth a shot for what I had in mind. The chart plotter showed 38’ depth and it was there that the anchor was deployed just after midday. Once the boat had settled, I set Anthony up with a 5’ flowing trace with a nice strong 2/0 hook, baited with a long strip of fresh mackerel. He was using a 12lb class rod of mine with an old Shimano TLD 5, which handled the 8oz lead easily. The bait had been in the water less than 5 minutes, when the first of the target species took hold. A first for Anthony, he’d never caught thornback before, and another new species for my boat. We went on to catch 6 in total during the course of the day with all of them in the 8 to 10lb stamp. Although I’d intended chasing the bass and Pollock, the thornback made a pleasant change, especially on the light gear. Later in the afternoon Andy caught up with me and his lads told me, with great excitement, about the two bass they had caught around the Flamborough Head/ North landing area. They then anchored near me to try for a thornback, but unfortunately didn’t have any further luck, but now their Dad’s got his new toy, I’m sure it’s only a matter of time before they score on the ‘ray’ front too!