Today was the first day of the 3 day uptiding festival at Whitby. I arrived at the charter pontoon around 7.40 and headed onto my boat for the day Sea Otter 2. I had been offered a place by festival sponser Glenn Stocks who had chartered Pauls boat for himself all weekend. My thanks go to Glenn for allowing me to be his guest for the the day. At 8am all the participating boats headed out down the harbour and were met by a strunning sunrise out to the east. As we left the harbour most of the boats headed North uptowards Sandsend but Paul headed to the south east down towards Saltwick. "The bigger fish will be down this way" he promised. It wasnt long before we were over the ledges we were to fish. Paul signalled we had arrived and then set the anchor. A few moments later the boat had settled and we all cast out a mixture of baits including crab, squid, mussel and lug. I was the first to get into fish. The tell tail pull of the rod followed by the springing up of the tip signalled that a fish was on and had moved down tide with my lead. Winding like mad I was soon in touch with a half decent fish of around 4 pounds. The skipper was next into the action and pulled out a fish of similar size. Next it wwas Glenns turn and he boated a fish touching the 5 pound mark. We continued with a steady stream of fish up to midday, but couldnt muster anything bigger than Glenns 5 pounder. As the tide eased so did the bites and so the skipper decided on a move up to the Bell bouy area. After roughly an hours fishing up there without a bite it was up with the anchor again and back to where we started. As soon as we cast in it was clear the tide was pulling again and the fish were back. In a short space of time we all boated about another 5 fish each. Mine were slowly getting better and I had 3 about the 5 pound mark. Glenn and Paul were also fairing well and by the end of the day I reckon we had roughly 10 decent sized cod each to show for our efforts. It was soon 3pm and Paul was hauling the anchor ready for our dash back to port to catch the 3.30 bridge opening. Once back at port it was up to the weigh in with my 3 best fish. Sadly they werent big enough to even get a place on the day 1 leader board. At the weigh in I got chatting to forum member Seajay who was very pleased as his biggest fish was 9 pounds 8 ounces and was leading the way after day 1 of the festival. With another 2 days to go its still all to play for, but it looks like bad weather is going to rule out any fishing at all tomorrow. In summary it was a very enjoyable days fishing for us on sea otter 2. Admittedly we never got the big fish we were hoping for but we all came away with a few fish and memories of another great days fishing.