Given the dour reports recently, I thought folks would like to hear something positive. Went out for a couple of hours on Thursday night to Auchmithie. Arrived at high tide (8.00 pm) and stayed till 10.30. A new PB for the cod! Had a few bites, lost a couple of fish but then hooked up with a big bruiser of a fish. As soon as I pulled into it I new it was a good un. The fish was a real thumper, it was getting its head down and had the tip of the rod bouncing around good-o. I was keeping my fingers crossed that this one would not fall off. Landing the fish proved to be a bit tricky in the light swell. Pulled the fish up onto the shingle and was a bit shocked when the hook fell out leaving the fish thrashing on the shingle. Luckily, I managed to rush forward and grab the fish before the next wave hit! â€“ It was a bruiser and pulled the scales down to just over 7.5 lb. Well chuffed! The Bruiser: A couple of interesting things: I was definitely getting quite a few bites but not connecting with many fish â€“ the bites were fairly gentle affairs. Even the fish I landed only had a gentle pull at the bait and was lightly hooked in the lip. When I left the baits longer for the big pull it never came, and when the line was retrieved I would inevitably find that most of the bait had gone. It was as if the fish were just sucking the bait off the hook despite the bait elastic (and Iâ€™m not shy with the thread). Iâ€™m sure if had I struck earlier for some of the other bites I probably would have landed more fish. At one point I was holding the rod in my hand and I could feel gentle nudges and nocks at the bait but no big pulls. Iâ€™m sure these were cod and not just small fish. I wonder if the delicate takes had something to do with the conditions. It was warmer than it had been recently, it was positively tropical at +3 Â°C, little wind, a clear sea, fairly calm, but with steady rollers coming in. In fact, the breaking wave created a bit of a problem with the fish due to the undertow. The fish were there, but I think not feeding particularly hard. Bottom Right: Them's ma boots! The bait that worked for me was a crab bait in a cocktail with squid. In fact, the big cod took my last peeler. I finished up soon after landing the fish, I was in a good mood, and as the tide receded I was getting caught up more frequently â€“ so it was time to go.