A window of opportunity

Catching a window of opportunity in the weather is essential at present so it is always wise to keep a close eye on the met office website. Kevin Legge always does so and rang me last week suggesting a trip on the Friday night when the forecast suggested a brief lull in the rain.
Shuffling the Christmas schedule a little I set off with Kevin to a rock mark in the hope of huss and whatever else was around. We arrived at Low tide to find ideal conditions and cast our squid and cuttlefish baits out into the dark waters. A few rattles on the rod tips soon followed and the first couple of dogfish of the night were swung ashore.
After half an hour my rod tip nodded once and the line fell slack. I picked up the rod and tried to tighten the line. All was slack! whatever had taken the bait had broken the rotten bottom free and failed to get hooked. Probably a huss!!!
Kevin responds to a bite minutes later and connects with a lumpy feeling fish that turns out to be a bull huss of 9lb 2oz. The success makes the trip well worthwhile. For the second trip in a row I again witness Kevin landing a quality fish and vow to fine tune my efforts!

Kevin with a 9lb 2oz bull huss

Kevin with a 9lb 2oz bull huss


Several dogfish, small huss and a solitary rockling follow through the session. We pack up close to high water as heavy rainfalls making the ascent up the cliff a hot and sweaty affair in waterproofs.
Its now almost Christmas and no more fishing trips for a couple of days. The floods have caused havoc for many fishery owners with many fish lost lets hope the New Year brings a respite for them and everyone else who has suffered from the appalling floods !
I would like to wish all readers of this blog a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous and successful New Year.
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About piscator2

An all-round angler I fish for fun and enjoy sharing my experiences and adventures at the waters edge. Each week I write a column for the North Devon Journal and occasional articles for various publications.
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