After the last couple of trips resulting in nothing more than a long drive and an empty fish bag "The Southern Raiders" decided on one last trip up to the rock seeing as there had been a bit of sea and a decent set of tides in to the bargain. After a little deliberation Rob and I decided on "Roll up " at Bemmo. I was on nights and so it was going to be tight with the tide to get down and round the cut off toards the first scaur. Met the robster and it was blowing a hoolie off the tops with a slight cross in the wind so tops was not an option. Once at the top of the get down it was clear that the tide was against us and we'd left it too late, so faced with two options now go somewhere else or go down the "alternative route next to Stale Newk. A bit of forward planning meant Rob had brought along a good length of climbing rope and so with the smell of fear in the air we looked for a suitable point to fix the rope seeing as the top section isn t roped. Rob looked at me then looked over the edge then back at me with a look of "Shall we go to Thornwick" on his face, " nah come on Rob lets get this done now before I talk myself out of it !!" (you go first though Rob ....lol) Right thas the easy bit done rob.....careful !! It has to be said that it didn t look like anyone had been this one for a long time, and really the ropes need changing and the pins re doing as they are less than secure in places....but we only found that out half way down and it was too late to go back up. Had to stop at the foot of the second rope as both of us had pumped arms like popeye from dangling off the verticle ropes ! the next sections had suffered from quite a lot of rock slips and the going was very tentative to say the least, but at least we were nearly down ! :happy: Look carefully you can just see the Worm doing an impression of a nesting Guillimot on the last section down. Once down I needed twenty minutes to calm down but we were right on a decent fishing ledge over high tide. The fishing began in ernest and before long Rob was pulling in a fish of 2-3lb but unfortunately dropped it in the backwash. For me the action was a little slow to get started and Rob soon had a mop of just under 2 lb in and so worm got his head down to fish hard as the darkness fell. Wasn't long before the AFAW Rock was tapping away and a mop up with me....at last the run of blanks was broken. Following the barren spell I have been looking at my rigs long and hard and have made a few small changes and the hook hold of the fish was good and it looked like the changes had been for the good. Rob didn't have a geat session fish wise and to quote "Shaped like a fanny"......lol.....poor lad dropped at least four fish on the way in and missed god knows how many bites....if he'd made contact and got in all the fish he'd have sacked up....suppose thats fishing though. Rob did manage a little consolation though.... Next half an hour or so was very hectic with me managing another mop and then a nice piglet of 7lb , put a smile on my chops !! All in all a great trip out and thankfully we were able to come up the conventional route and not the way we went down.....wouldn t like to even attempt that in the dark.......That's it now rods away until the yakking starts.......maybe anyway. Cheers Jellyworm.