Portrush 21st October 2012
This was the last outing on the clubs 2012 calendar, and our first trip ever with Richard Connor on his boat, Causeway Lass.
On the trip were,
Al Marsden (guest)
Jordan Marsden (guest)
Gerard Girvan (guest)
We arrived at Portrush Harbour promptly at 09.15 and found the weather to be calm and bright, very promising for a day afloat. Causeway Lass is a very roomy boat, with plenty of space for our 8 anglers and all our gear, and we were soon underway. We headed straight out for a local mark known as the submarine, where we have had some success previous skippers. Richard told us that mackerel for bait, had been rather scarce lately, and so it proved. We tried various rigs and locations throughout the day, with no success at all. We didn't see a mackerel the whole trip, which is the first time this year that this has occurred. Luckily, some of the guys had brought frozen bait and fresh ragworms as a stand by.
Fishing was rather slow to say the least. Over the next 2 hours, we took a few wrasse, pouting and a solitary small ling, before Richard suggested we move out to some reefs and underwater peaks, where we should be able to at least find some coalfish, pollock and maybe a ling or 2. On the way out, we encountered a line of 7 large trawlers, working as a team, scouring the sea bed. This i,m sure was the cause of the lack of fish so far, anything not caught in their nets would be so spooked by the noise, they would refuse all baits.
As we approached the reef area, we had a look at Richard,s high tech 3D sonar system, which gave a fantastic underwater picture of the ground we would be fishing on. Huge pinnacles and troughs which looked sure to be full of fish. Again, unfortunately for us, the fish appeared to have deserted the area. We took some pollock, but strangely, not a single coalfish showed up. Once again, I believe the fish were spooked by all the commercial activity going on nearby. We tried various marks with no great success. Just the odd pollock to show for our efforts.
We finished our day further inshore, where we took a few small whiting and gurnard before calling it a day.
We will definitely be back with Richard next year, hopefully without the company of the entire Irish trawling fleet, i,m sure we will do a lot better next time.
1st place Dan McMahon 5lb 2oz pollock
2nd place Alan Buchanan 4lb 12oz pollock
3rd place Dan McMahon 2lb pouting
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