Just completed a great weekend of kayak fishing, Friday night involved lots of fish caught between Upgang and Whitby Bellbouy, Saturday it was The southern softies match at Runswick where the fishing was difficult, but sticking it out to the end and staying positive brought me the heaviest fish of 6 and a half pounds and heaviest bag of the night and a prize of £100 cash. Now with positive thinking in mind, Sunday turned out to be a fantastic day for me and a rather difficult day for the rest of the lads. We launched at Sandsend and fished in the bay for sandeels before having a go on the soft ground to see if we could pick and big flatties up on live sandeel. After a couple of long drifts I switched tactics and headed onto the rough ground. First drop down and Im into a stonking fish, got it up and onto the yak and its a fine red cod easily 2 pounds bigger than the one I got Saturday night, Im estimating the weight at 9lb ish. That same drift I took another 3 fish and lost one about 7lb on the surface. I was joined by the other lads who just couldnt get a fish between 6 of them. Next few drifts I had several more upto 5lb, all red fish and all returned. The other lads splattered about the ground just continued to draw a blank. Next a few of them grouped together and you could almost feel the negativity, "doggy do do this isnt it", "Id rather be in the pub". Finally we all agreed to have a go around the piers for pollack and codling. That was pretty fruitless so I headed back to the rough ground I had caught the cod on. The others joined me and a few of us managed some more fish. I got another 3 and Kev and his mate got a couple each. I think Dan managed 1 or 2 and Mike and Damo seemed to draw a blank again. At the end of the day I think my total was 10 or 11 cod upto 9lb and a good average size of 4 -5 lb. I think Kev and his mate managed 1 or 2 between them and the rest blanked. This got me thinking about how I could pull out all those fish whilst the rest had little at all. Am I a much superior angler to them ??? I know thats not true, the lads have all dicked me at times and all of them are top rods. What Im thinking is that they wernt up for it. Its almost as if that negativity transmits down the rod to the fish. I was also sharp, making sure I was in exactly the right place for every drift. At the mark Im thinking of there is 1 hot spot in the middle of a peace of hard ground. You line up some landmarks and the fish always seem to come out of the same area over a stretch of 2 -3 hundred yards. If your out of that zone then your out of the fish. I have been speaking to Dan about it this morning and he came to the same conclusion that a positive attitude is essential to a days fishing. Just my thoughts. Would be interesting to know what others think. Does a positive mental attitude help you catch fish ?? My first cod of the day, Going roughly 9lb.