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Another set of big shark tides has slid by this week without us having the time off work to tow the boat down. There might only be one more set of tides left for the chance of another 500-pounder, so I’m hoping the workload finally relents and allows me out to play.
It’s either feast or famine with jobs, and playing catchup with the joblist is seeing the garden spiral out of control at home. More rain has seen cellars flood again indicating just how high the water table still is and over in the States they are getting whipped by the usual storms that spawn the April and May tornadoes. I hate to sound like all those shark guys that just talk about their trips, but it seems what with the weather coupled to total property refits it seems all I’m doing is “talking the talk “ and not “walking the walk”. Worry not, as some poor stretch of sea is going to get the biggest dosing of rotting chum and bran some time soon and if a shark is anywhere within ten miles of “Hi Sea Drifter” he is deffo going to get a nose-bending. I’ve taken a tip out of Falmouth’s shark skipper Frank Vinnicombe’s logbook, and have salted down my bait in a dustbin….eeerrrrr…..since November 2013 !!! Frank showed me some that he had salted down and they were YEARS OLD !!! Peeeeyooooo! Of course once the blue sharks come in all this sort of stuff will do the job admirably, as catching blues is as easy as you could want it. They track almost entirely by smell and only get visual by the boat, by which time they are in a catatonic state from the smell of my chum. I even hauled a free swimming 60 pounder up by the tail last year while fishing out of Falmouth. Didn’t need a rod and reel. The water exploded into foam, and of course I have done that with free swimmers many times before but you have to know when to let go, especially if you are a piano player. Wilson Flyer 17 footers have an ideal freeboard for that, you can’t beat getting up close and personal to a free swimming shark in a small boat.
I remember once on my many marlin trips to Mauritius in the Indian Ocean, having a hook up with a nice Yellowfin Tuna. As I got it close to boat it suddenly went light and I thought I’d lost it, but looking over the side the tuna had swum right up under the hull of the boat and just lay there static. Small wonder, as a monster 400lb Pacific Blue Marlin whiplashed around under the boat in vast sweeping circles, trying to eat my Yellowfin. The power shown by that Blue marlin was AWESOME-JAWSOME !! Frightening in fact. It’s only once you get a real gamefish in a feeding mode right by the boat that you realise what a really big fish can eat. I think there was once a 105lb Yellowfin EATEN by a 1000lb Blue Marlin off Mauritius, and the angler landed BOTH. That’s like hooking a 100lb blue shark and suddenly a 700lb Mako charges in and eats it.
I still have to fit a kitchen, strip a bathroom and retile it, sort electrics, and mow over an acre of lawn before I get the chance to pull on a rod. Mike is off to Dorset wrassing, and I hear the weather is pretty fair, but cold at night. Good luck out there people, and send Mike a picture of what you get-Graeme.
Trying to make the most of the bank holiday this weekend with a short 3 day camping trip with Emmy. Target species will be Wrasse, Pollack and possibly bbbbbbbass!! Just 2 weeks ago I saw Bass feeding on a shoal of sandeel at one of the spots I may be fishing this weekend. I did chuck a sidewinder lure at them but they weren’t interested. I am guessing they had already gorged on the sandeel and just weren’t hungry. Either way this time I will be more prepared and have the lure rod made up ready just incase they swim by again!
As Emmy’s little 8yr old sister will be joining us I am also going to do some LRF. Light Rock Fishing is a great way to introduce fishing to the younger generation as it targets the smaller, more abundant species that you may not normally target. This means that despite the fish being comparatively smaller than what you would normally target, your catch rate is likely to be much higher. Kids waiting hours for fish = BORED. Kids catching regularly = HOOKED FOR LIFE! (One would hope). Anyway, I will take my small Canon camera with me and do a bit of filming but I doubt it will be a full-on episode. I need to catch something first! Besides, I recently purchased and ultra light spinning reel which I’m looking forward to testing.
Good luck to anyone fishing this weekend, weather looks like it will be getting colder but no rain by the looks of it. Winds also seem to be dropping too, keep us updated with your catches on our Facebook and Twitter and if you haven’t already subscribed to our YouTube Channel then you have no idea what you are missing! Don’t forget to join in on the Shark Question and Answer on our facebook. Pitch your shark questions to Graeme and in a few weeks we will try and release a video with your answers.
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