I've just returned after spending a few days at my friends house at the Isle. To cut a long story short the fishing's the worst I have ever known for this time of year. It was more like the fishing you would expect in March / early April rather than late May. The water felt cold for the time of year. Talking to the local commercial Lobster fisherman he said because of the conditions there was a lack of Lobsters to fish for so he's switched to whelks till things pick up. He's never known conditions like it. Back to the fishing, because of the big tides we spent 4 sessions Bass fishing. We did manage to land 5 schoolies between us, 3 on bait 2 on spinners but the water was a little coloured for spinning. Again we would normally expected a few more fish at this time of year. The two trips out on the boat could only be described as dire. The Mackerel were thin on the ground we only managed 6 on the first trip. We struggled to find anything else, the rest of the catch consisted of small codling, pollock, gurnard and pin whiting. The second trip was even harder going with 2 small codling a coalie and whiting. Did hear that one of the locals had about 60 herring on rod and line this morning. Apart from the Bass nothing was over a pound. For anyone interested there is a new charter boat working out of the Isle if you fancy a go for Tope over the summer.