What can I say, I think everyone was totally blown away by the response and support this event received. The turnout was absolutely fantastic and those who made the long journey were rewarded with a taste of some fantastic Scottish weather. The fishing was patchy at times but after the dust has settled it seems thereâ€™s no shortage of success stories to be told. It all kicked off for most of us on Thursday afternoon in the camping field on the Sandâ€™s of Luce caravan park. The site was filling up rapidly, some of the lads had made an early start and were already out on the water. By early evening the bulk had arrived and the tagging kits and welcome packs were distributed out to those taking part. The orginanisers of the event were fortunate enough to have the support of the Coast Guard and the Port Patrick RNLI, so a visit from the local sea safety officer was welcomed by all. Some safety advice was given out and a bit of valuable knowledge was exchanged . Soon after this the statutory lager drinking stance was assumed and frivolities commenced, this went on a little longer than planned. So much so that as Friday morning dawned it became clear that the empty bottle and can pile seemed larger than some of our tents, infact much bigger than Alans rabbit hutch.... :laugh: Sore heads aside Friday morning was an early start. We had been asked to attend the launch of Sharkatag at Drummore. There was extensive media coverage, BBC Breakfast news and the like were already set up and conducting interviews when we arrived at 7AM. Our very own Simon Everett took the stage, live in front of 2 million viewers. Who the hell phoned him up in the middle of his interview? I would watch your backs heâ€™s gunning for youâ€¦ :laugh: :laugh:â€¦â€¦.. Pricelessâ€¦â€¦. Joking aside, Simon made a cracking job and got the message over to millions. The responses that followed were all very positive. After all the whole concept of this event was to raise public awareness to the years of over expoitation of our native Scottish shark species. A procession of kayaks, boats,tractors and helpers then made their way down the sand to the launch point, all under the watchfull eye of the BBC TV cameraâ€™s . I did note a few people with their hoods up with their backs to the camera, strange at first I thought but if your holiday request form is denied then needs must, you canâ€˜t be seen on national television when your supposed to be in bed with the flu can you?â€¦.. :blindfold: The proceedings got underway, the camera crew left on one of Ianâ€™s boats â€œOn yer Marksâ€ and the kayakers broke up into smaller groups to spread out around the Mull in the search of the elusive Tope. The majority of us chose to launch from Ardwell bay on day one. This a nice easy launch spot and if the Tope are in the bay it can provide hectic sport. One hour in and Curly had set the hook home for his first run of the day. A tope around the 15lb mark was soon boated, tagged and swiftly released. This was followed by a TBR just short of 10lb, then a spotted Rayâ€¦. It was rapidly turning into the Curlyatag event. Meanwhile the rest of us were finding sport very slow. A few of the boats were having better luck but it was becoming clear that there was a distinct lack of fish in the upper reaches of the bay. The fish that did show seemed very reluctant to take a hold, instead they were playing with the baits and often dropping them at the side of the boat. A lot of lads were reporting dropped baits and screaming runs that just didnâ€™t develop. Mid afternoon and time for a re-think. We made our way back to the launch site, the wind was freshening from the SE and it was time to stretch our legs. Port Logan was mentioned as an option for us to try. With the promise of a bit of shelter from the land we were soon making a move ready for our second hit of the day. We had planned to fish there for an hour or soâ€¦â€¦â€¦.not to be though, it was 9.30 before we came off the water. Everyone had a very enjoyable evening, no sharks to tag here but an unbelievable array of species. In the few hours we fished we encountered Grey Gurnard, Haddock, Codling, Whiting, Coalfish, Pollock, Dab, Red Gurnard, Herring, Dog fish, Mackerel, Ling and a dropped Plaiceâ€¦.Ken !!!!!! Spud thought this was an electric eel.... more like an electric cable... :laugh: :laugh: I saw the lights flicker in Ireland.... Port Logan Herring for Ray, well done on that one........ Back to the site and back on the lash, well for some anyway â€¦lolâ€¦. I phoned Ian at Drummore for the days catches and it soon become evident that the majority of the fish on Friday had been taken from Wigton Bay. Armed with that information most of the lads had made the decision to head in that direction on the Saturday morning. A few were going to try down at Drummore and some others were heading towards Whithorn, again we had all spread out to locate the fish. It was a lovely morning and the first few Smoothies turned up, no biggies here but nice of them to put in appearance. The flood soon kicked in and the clearer water brought a few Tope up into the shallows. Loz was first to connect and successfully tagged and released a respectable fish of 32lb. He followed it soon after with another nearer 22lb. Ken and Cameron also made the grade with a couple of smaller fish leaving the rest of reporting a few dropped runs and missed opertunities. Mission accomplished The weather had deteriorated slightly by now and a fresh Southerly breeze had steadily picked up. The surface was cutting up a little making it a bit uncomfortable at anchor. We decided to seek a bit of shelter on the South side of the bay as the iminent threat of a tide over wind stuation would have made things even worse. It was a hard paddle over the bay against wind and tide, made even worse by the fact that the wind had eased by the time the tide started to ebbâ€¦typicalâ€¦â€¦ :whistle: :whistle: The mark at the other side seemed equally productive for some of us anyway... Loz proceeded to add another two to his score sheet giving him a tally of four for the dayâ€¦. Luck ?â€¦â€¦ Skill?â€¦.. Possibly the latter I would sayâ€¦.. :educated: He's in again........... A good end to another fine day as we made our way back to the site for a BBQ and a few more tinniesâ€¦.. The other groups had also had a good time, John, Helen, Paul and James were to busy making their television debut to catch Tope but thatâ€™s another story for them to tellâ€¦.lolâ€¦. Why does Stuart want a kayak when he has this.... :surprise: The group of us that made for Wigton Bay had made a good decision as the Luce Bay report for the Saturday was not great. The fish seemed to have moved off a bit and were very difficult to locate, strange beasts really. I spoke to one lad that had 30 Tope the weekend before within a mile of our camp site. Sunday morning, again a few of us were nursing hangovers, the pile of empties out side Kens van was bigger than everâ€¦. :laugh:â€¦. This was to be a quieter day and some, including myself ,done a bit of tidying up and made tracks for home. Others of course had more important matters, as there were unsettled scores to address back in Wigton Bay. Iâ€™m sure Ken or Simon will fill in the gaps for me on this one but I have heard stories of a double figure Smooth Hound lost at the side and another Tope for Ken. Loz, Hatter, Dave, Spud and Stargaizer had tags to use up so they went up to the Sound of Jura and managed to pin them in a few Common Skateâ€¦ jammy buggersâ€¦. :yes: :yes: Well that was sharkatag 2009, roll on 2010. 180 anglers, 24 of which were kayakers and 200 fish tagged, can't be bad for a weekends work.... The event is embryonic and with all your continued support it will continue to grow over the next few years. SACN and the organising committee would like to thank all those who took part and indeed any registered members of SACN will soon be receiving their official thank you e-mail and certificate. Neil.