The hardest Winter
January 19th was our first wrecking trip of the year, a little earlier than previous years but the forecast was good so, off we went. After a bit of a steam for 2hrs 40mins we were at our first wreck full of expectation, but after four drifts with only 1 small Pollack to the boat it was time to move on,the next wreck totally blanked things at this point were not looking good so it was time to head off to a wreck that I keep as a back up if times are hard, another 40 minutes steaming…first drift saw a couple of nice pollack followed by a steady flow of plump Pollack for the rest of the day. At the end of the day we’d taken 41 Pollock in total, not a huge haul but with the way the had started I was more than happy with the result.
So after our first trip in January I felt confident that there wouldn’t be to much of a problem finding the fish and that the wrecking season for us had begun, how wrong could I be? Storms as never seen before battering the channel had had a devastating effect on the wreck fishing, turning the water cloudy were it should be gin clear, that was the only common factor all the wrecking boats throughout the channel had in common (dirty water). Not a fish to be seen all day.
As most of my fishing this time of year is wrecking the future wasn’t looking good, so with a set of small tides coming up I decided to cancel the wrecking and change to fishing on the deep water banks south of the Isle of Whight, 4 great days with a mixture of fish including 61 Blonde Rays all returned alive, we also had a couple of bonus Bass.
Two weeks had past since our blank trip and I decide to give it another go, its not a cheap day to go wrecking, so to be fair to all onboard I explained our recent exploits to everyone and they all understood there were no guarantees that we would catch fish today, These are a great bunch of lads and it was decided if we don’t go we won’t know, so off we went again but this time instead of making it up as I go along I had a plan.
Well the plan didn’t work so I went back to winging it and finally found some fish, just the odd one or two to start with as the tide was running and then bingo it went crazy for about an hour either side of the slack water with fish flying in, this was to be the pattern for the next few days good fishing either side of the slack, nothing on the full run of tide (very Strange).
This week end 22nd March has been cancelled due to bad weather, hopefully another week or so will help everything settle down out there.