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Scotland Skate Fishing Trip - Kayak Fishing For Skate !!

Discussion in 'Sea Fishing Forum - Shore, Boat & Kayak Fishing' started by loz, Mar 20, 2011.

  1. loz

    loz Whitby Fishing Forum _ Simply The Best

    Well id decided that this year i was not going to bother wetting my yak till march as the fishing is dire between jan and then only dabs and whiting to be had in my area not exactly inspiring :-/ So i made a few calls and booked up 2 cottages for a week on the banks of the Sound of Jura .
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    There were 8 of us 6 on kayaks and 2 on a Warrior 165 .Saturday dawned and although there was no wind there was a blizzard happening i got the yak rigged the numbers plotted in the gps and then found no one else was up for it :mad:It did worry me as at this time of year you really have to make the most of every opertunity.Sunday came and it was a glorious sunny day but blowing a 4 we got to the mark dropped anchor sat there for 10 mins and then decided the 5ft swell breaking waves and increasing wind would make things interesting ifnot impossable to land a skate,so we called it a day :'(
    Monday was a much better day and we were soon on the mark.Fishing was slow with only the odd knock ,then came the tell tell bite i said to nick here we go the rod lurched over i lifted into it and nothing :-X20 mins later and and fish on 2 mins later it had released itself :'(At this point i was starting to have doughts in my tackle.(last year i dropped a few fish and my mates on the 14/0 didnt)Were mt 12/0 to small :-/no im sticking with them theyve caught me plenty before ;)I was soon into another fish ;D
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    Soon had the fish to the top and released a small male 60-70lb forgot to take a pic :-[ but im sure nick took one ;)It was now Nicks turn ;D ;D
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    Not a huge fish but a great first for him a fish of around 50lb and he got it on the deck with its nashers trying to chomp his plumbs ;D
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    That was to be it for the kayaks for the day a few missed chances by me and a fish each for me and nick.Are mate Alain on the boat was doing a bit better ;D
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    With a nice male fish
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    Wednesday was another blow out weather wise
    Thursday i woke and declared today im catching a monster ;)I just knew from the moment i woke today was the day everyone was skurrying about getting ready and i just chilled ;)I finally hit the water at 2pm baited up my lucky hook and sent it to the depths .5 mins later i said to Nick here we go fish on i instantly knew this was a big fish and unclipped the anchor line to be towed away by the fish.
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    20 mins had passed and i was getting no where id gain a foot and it would take 2 sometimes 10 :eek:Mean while Andy on the other chain of kayaks hooked in ;D
    Also a first skate for him
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    A 40-50lb fish for him and a great starter fish ;D
    Mean while i was still being beaten up but starting to win :D
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    An awsome female 76-80 wingspan on the white side releasing the fish almost had me off the yak :-[Nick was next into a fish and i thought this was a biggie for him but it was not tobe a small fish of 30lb that came up tail first ;)
    Thursday was a horrid day say we went to loch etive fishing was unusually dire :(with ust a handfull of small spurdogs
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    Still couldnt ask for a finer venue
    Mean while back in the sound the lads in the boat were in this time Gaz,s turn ;D
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    Hope you enjoy my account of a great week with good friends and a few nice fish thrown in
     
  2. Baramundi Bob

    Baramundi Bob Super Leeds United !!!

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    Well done you guys, thats some awesome experience you had there.
     
  3. john nic

    john nic Whitby Fishing Forum _ Simply The Best

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    cracking report and quality pics well done john
     
  4. ducky

    ducky maybe one day...

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    Great report Lozz. Looks like you had some fun. Makes me want another yak. Lol.
     
  5. mattylamb

    mattylamb Rockling

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    well done Lozz :yes: nice to see the penguin getting in on the action too
     
  6. speno

    speno Whitby Fishing Forum _ Simply The Best

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    Wow what a report looks like you all had a hell of a trip can't imagine trying to pull one of them monsters up off the bottom well done.
     
  7. 01kayak

    01kayak Whitby Fishing Forum _ Simply The Best

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    if carlsberg did kayak fishing that would be it well done lozz and the rest of the lads jeff
     
  8. PNGWIN

    PNGWIN New Member

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    A grate week up in Crinan, a little disappointed the we were not able to get out after Tuesday due to the wind.

    Monday looking over to Jura

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    Mondays chain gang, Kingfisher, Eagle 1

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    Tuesday better weather and a TBR for Neil

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    The waiting game, Neil and Paul.

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    Nicks second fish, firmly hooked in the A...

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    Neil in to a lump, witch gave Paul and myself bites too. Very exciting for a time, we did wonder who actually had the hook-up.

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    After Paul and I had untangled are end tackle from Neils time to put on some grunt to get it up top.

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    After two lots of braid had been pulled up Neils gear the braid parted

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    My Skate

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    and back to were she came from



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    The jurny home was fun, thanks to garrys boat and willybendit day trips LTD Thanks lads, better than the 2 hour paddle back on monday into a F5 gusting to F6 :. Looking forward to going back later in the year, for a bigger Dab.
     
  9. ducky

    ducky maybe one day...

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    Nice pictures Andy. And well done on ur dab. Love the picture of neil with a good bend in the rod, with fag in his gob. Lol.
     
  10. THE DOLPHIN

    THE DOLPHIN Rockling

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    Cracking report there lads thanks for waking me. Great read and pics it must be awesome reeling them big one up well envious.
     
  11. peter catchpole

    peter catchpole Whitby Fishing Forum _ Simply The Best

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    quality fishing lads thats a class act well done
     
  12. willybendit

    willybendit Rockling

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    well what can i say that already hasent been said only that me and gary are looking forwards to the next crinan trip we will also be looking to any forum member`s that fancy a go at catching skate as we both hope to take our boats up there next october dont know if we are staying in the cottage or camping but would need one or two on each boat if possable our next fenture will be after the tope in towyn then im off to the sharkAtag in Luce bay then its all out for a porgie off the yorkshire coast id just like to thank Lozz Neil Paul Daz Andy Nick Gary for a great time Tightlines Alain
     
  13. newdave

    newdave Guest

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    great post & some excellent photos, well done chaps :yes:
     
  14. 1LASTCAST

    1LASTCAST Whitby Fishing Forum _ Simply The Best

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    I can only echo what the guys have already said, a fantastic week with great lads with a love of the sport, the craic was wicked and nobody escaped the piss taking!!!,cant wait to do it all again. Willybenditskatetripsareus and yak towing in cos you cant be arsed to paddle services are officially up and running and are now recruiting for next years crinan skate bash,if you are up for it,and want to get hooked up to one of the hardest fighting british specimen fish let me know.
    Lozz, wicked report pal,your fish has to be one of the largest skate ever hooked and landed on a yak so well done mate!!
    The fishing was quite hard and fishing in nearly 600ft of water,pulling in 3 and 4 lb of lead and 2 mackeral lashed together on 14/0 hooks was tiring on the arms, even rebaiting was a chore but was well worth it, as Alain said our next jolly is to wales for the tope and then whitby offshore for the porbeagle shark,when the weather permits!!!
    All in all a cracking week with breathtaking scenery,unbelievable sunsets and memories of catching big fish that will last forever ,thanks guys for making it one to remember. Tightlines for 2011 :wink:
     
  15. rupert

    rupert Blenny

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    Some great pictures there. It's quite a drive, but you soon forget the arduous journey with fishing like that. :yes:

    Alain - What on earth is that blue contraption doing on your back? I thought Yorkshiremen tackled skate "commando".

    Don't tell me you plan to use one of those electric boat reels next! :laugh:
     
  16. willybendit

    willybendit Rockling

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    Hi Rupert that blue contraption is to keep my belly in so i can see my reel (you should get one ) :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: i was crewing for my mate Gary so after winding in skate from 470 ft + of water and lifting the anchor my arm`s and shoulder `s was killing me last time so this year i had the job sorted the only pain this year was paying for the butt pad and harness the wind on leaders worked a treat so we are all set to catch a porgie ill not bother with the electric reels just yet maybe in the future when im old bitter and twisted i might have a run back up there in april 8th 9 th &10th see how things go are you up for it ? Tightlines Alain
     
  17. harrythecod

    harrythecod Rockling

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    Bloody hell i must have slept a day, :surprise: cant remember seeing the report :crazy:
    some canny fish there lads and a cracking report,

    think i better get me brain scanned something not registering :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:
    I better start packing my gear for the mull and Arbroath, i may forget something :embarrass:
     
  18. bobby

    bobby Whitby Fishing Forum _ Simply The Best

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    well done lads some great fish there, if you catch a skate with a tag then record the number yourself unlike me who relied on my mate to record the number and he managed to record the post code for glasgow museum instead!!!!!!
     
  19. willybendit

    willybendit Rockling

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    Hi Bobby is your mate related to Harry the cod its the sort of Thing harry would do bless him :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:
     
  20. bobby

    bobby Whitby Fishing Forum _ Simply The Best

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    I dont think he is but you never know, couldnt believe it when davey holt from oban told me after i had emailed him what i thought was the tag number, gave me mate a good bollocking over it. :hurt:
     

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