LOCOMOTION SEA ANGLING CLUB
BOAT TRIP REPORTS
Our last trip of the summer season and the first of the winter season had to be called off due to strong winds. Our Boatman made a tentative booking for a trip in December but there were insufficient members available to make the trip viable.
The Skipper had little choice but to call this trip off on the Saturday with a Met Office inshore forecast of winds between Force 5 and 7 (near gale force). In fact the weather systems moved much more slowly than expected, and Sunday morning was almost dead calm, but no one could have predicted that on Saturday afternoon.
Our Treasurer made the decision to protect the Club's finances by cancelling this trip because only 6 members had booked a place. Alan contacted each of the those booked and arranged a private trip - each angler paying his own fare. All 6 accepted and we had a reasonable trip, although it is treated as a non-club one.
Phil saw it this way -
To say that this weekend fishing trip was a dogs dinner is a bit of an understatement. First it was on, then off, then thanks to Allen's intervention we finally got out. Then the Met Office really cocked up the weather report, and a wind speed of 13/15mph became a constant 18/20, the slight to moderate sea conditions became so bloody lumpy that walking was an art nobody quite achieved and a couple of hardy souls were catapulted from their seats. But, we stayed out till 3ish and even managed to catch a few fish in between untying tangled lines and giving accusing looks and profanities. The horror of horrors occurred when a complete rod, reel and traces went overboard never too be seen again. The look of terror on PGs face was enough to make men cry. No spectacular fish were landed suffice to say that most of us took a few home for the freezer, (except T. who was last seen crying on the carpark). To say that we are hardy souls would be exaggerating, we're just bloody daft.
Finally, after a multitude of problems, Bacchanalian was back in the water and we enjoyed a day's fishing. Eight members had booked places but one was able to attend so we enjoyed plenty of 'elbow-room'. Catches, however, were very modest - with 6 cod, 11 ling and 3 pollock being boated, together with mackerel and whiting. Whiting, as often happens, caused a nuisance by taking large baits intended for much bigger fish.
Paul had the heaviest fish, a ling of 9 lb 13 oz. Paul also had a pollock of 3 lb 4 oz recorded to submit as the annual specimen fish.
Our postponed Competition Day arrived with a forecast of sunshine and showers, and that is what we got. The first half of the day was mainly sunny but then the wind strengthened and we had a few showers, one really heavy.
Partly due to holidays, only eight members were on board. Plenty of small fish, mainly whiting were caught but few reached the Club's retention size (for Competition Day only) of 14 inches. Mackerel were patchy but everyone, with a bit of help from the Skipper, had enough for bait. A few small pouting and 1 pollock, in addition to 7 cod and 14 ling, completed out catches.
The heaviest fish was a ling of 7 lb 14 oz for Chris, closely followed by Simon, also with a ling, of 7 lb 13 oz. The heaviest catch was by Danny with a total of 23 lb 9 oz. After removing his heaviest fish, Chris still had the second heaviest catch of 16 lb 7½ oz.
Tim had a Pollock of 3 lb 2½ oz weighed in to be considered for the the annual specimen fish award.
Phil gave us his take on the trip -
Sunday's fishing trip was better than the previous one with decent fish still hard to come by. With 8 of us on the new boat we chartered there was plenty of room and as it is a fast boat we got to the fishing area in under an hour which is around 15/20 miles from the marina. It was definitely a ling day with 16 decent sized fish from 4 to 8 lbs,10 cod from around the 3lb mark. The usual bucket of mackerel and dozens of nuisance whiting, most of which went back. The usual oddities came in with pouting and Pollack. The weather and the sea were pretty good for most of the day with one really meaty downpour, which exposed the leaks in my waterproof gear, and made for a distinctly uncomfortable hour after that. The only downside to the new boat is the amount of spray across the boat when the skipper opens the throttle on the way back. The end result is that I have had to order a new set of waterproof gear for the next trip. As Confusious once said,"nothing quite like a wet arse to make you spend your pocket money". Roll on the next trip.
We had yet another big disappointment when Bacchanalian's engine was still giving problems. Our annual Competition Day had to be called off - postponed by 3 weeks, to our next booked trip on Ocean Explorer.
Although she was back in the water, there was still a problem with Bacchanalian and we had to miss another trip.
This was our first wrecking trip of the year and our first on Ocean Explorer. The weather was quite kind to us and were were able to catch enough mackerel for bait and most anglers also had some for eating although they were somewhat 'patchy'.
Fishing was rather slow but several species figured in the catches. A few tub gurnard were caught but were returned to the sea. Other catches included 6 cod, 3 ling, 2 coalfish, 1 pollock and several whiting. The heaviest fish was a 5 lb 1½ oz ling for Lewis.
The Skipper had to cancel these trips when he discovered a leak in the boat.
A reasonable day in terms of weather but a poor one for fishing. Very few fish were boated and even fewer were worth keeping. The heaviest was a 2 lb cod caught by Alan.
This was yet another week when we seemed unlikely to get out on our trip. However a frosty and misty day gave way to quite a bit of sunshine and a hint of warmth - at least, compared to January. The sea state started with a long swell, presumably the result of strong winds the day before, but that dropped off to leave us with calm conditions for much of the day.
Our Skipper, Derek, was able to give us a variety of drifts over rough ground in his charter boat, Bacchanalian. Unfortunately fish of an acceptable size were either not present or not feeding. Small whiting were the main catch, no matter what bait was used. During the afternoon, things picked up a little with two sizeable cod being boated and a small number of better whiting. The biggest of the two cod, and the heaviest fish of the day (at 1 lb 11 oz) was caught by Phil Garbutt.
Although in doubt until 2 days before, we were able to get out on Bacchanalian for our first trip of 2017.
The morning dawned bright and crisp, there having been a hard frost overnight. Skipper, Derek, decided to try a few drifts and then anchor up later if conditions made it necessary. In fact were were able to make several long drifts. Despite sunshine throughout most of the day the breeze made for very cold conditions.
Only whiting were caught and many of these were returned to swim another day. No count of catches was kept and there was no official weigh-in. At least we got our lines wet and were in good company!
Strong winds and stormy conditions led to our trips in October and November being called off.
This was our last Club trip on JFK Two. Increasing cost, smaller catches and fewer members have all contributed to this decision.
Only 5 members took part in this trip and several of us feared that it might be called off due the strength of winds expected. Conditions, whilst not good at times, were less severe than forecast and the Skipper, Alan, explored many wrecks, both inshore and further out, to find the best fishing on the day.
Only 12 sizeable fish were boated by members; 4 cod and 8 ling. None were weighed in.
Our postoned Competition Day was taken on this trip but we still didn't have a second boat since all others were fully booked. The Committee operated an agreed selection method based on the number of trips booked by each memeber in the previous 12 months.
A full boat of 12 anglers set out with great hopes, but conditions were poor and the fishing was even worse. Strong winds, a large swell and choppy seas made fishing difficult and the trip uncomfortable. The weather conditions became signigicantly better in the last hour but the fishing didn't.
Only 9 fish were of a suitable length to be retained and there were none of a decent weight.
The following results reflect the poor fishing on what must be our worst ever Competition Day -
Heaviest Fish - Dogfish - 1 lb 12½ oz - Alan
Second Heaviest Fish - Cod - 1 lb 11 oz - Tim
Heaviest Catch - 2 lb 15 oz - Tim
Second Heaviest Catch - 1 lb 12 oz - Reg
Our only trip in August saw us back on JFK Two. In the past we would have considered this trip to be only a reasonable one as regards catches. However, comparing it with our other trips this year, it was quite good. Eight anglers from our club boated a total of 28 fish; 11 cod, 14ling and 3 pollock.
The heaviest was a very fine ling of 13 lb 1 oz for Lewis. Chris caught a 7 lb 1 oz cod which was recorded as the possible heaviest of that species on a wrecking trip.
For those unfamiliar with our Club rules, it's worth mentioning that all recorded weights are of fish after gutting. We remove the internal organs of all fish intended to be kept, whilst still at sea. Gutted fish keep better since the internal organs deteriorate fastest. Additionally, disposing of the waste at sea, recycles it into the marine food chain.
This trip was intended to be our Competition Day on Bacchanalian and a second boat. Chartering two boats allows all members to take part in our annual competition.
Unfortunately, with only a few days to go, the second boat developed a fault that could not be fixed in time. This left Phil, our Boatman, in a difficult position. The most appropriate action, the one taken, was to postpone Competition Day until out next rough ground trip in Septemeber.
The first half of the day was rather uncomfortable with the sea quite choppy and few catches. It eased off after midday but the fishing didn't improve.
We had a full boat of 12 members on the trip but is was a very disappointing one with only 7 sizeable fish caught. The heaviest was a 6 lb 14 oz ling, boated by Wayne.
Returning to Tynemouth and JFK Two for the first of our two trips in July, we had high hopes of decent catches. Unfortunately conditions were not good with choppy seas, strong winds and few fish being boated.
Our group of 8 anglers could only catch 14 sizeable fish - 9 cod, 3 ling and two pollock. Andy had the heaviest, a 5 lb 11 oz ling. A pollock of 4 lb 3½ oz was submitted by Alan as a specimen and he also had a 4 lb 11½ oz cod recorded.
Although Derek believed he had Bacchanalian ready for a long-awaited trip, he was unable to get a reliable fuel flow to the engine. Consequently our June trip was called off. Our Boatman, Phil, was able to book two mid-week trips on T.J.Gannet, for those available, but these could not be counted as official Club trips.
Our first wrecking trip of the year was a modest start with reasonable weather and the sea state was OK too - a bit choppy at first which smoothed off as the day progessed but a long swell continued through the day.
Ten members fished and a total of 33 'proper' fish were caught. There were a few mackerel about but they were very patchy and didn't provide enough fresh bait for most of our party.
The total catch consisted of 15 cod, 15 ling, 1 pollock, 1 coalfish and 1 Atlantic wolffish.
The heaviest fish was a 7 lb 5 oz ling, boated by Chris.
Bacchanalian was not repaired in time for our trip.
Another disappointment but, for once, not caused by the weather. This time it was a boat problem. Derek hopes that Bacchanalian will repaired and ready for our trip in May.
Our March trip had to be cancelled when winds of gale force were forecast.
Ten Club members enjoyed a pleasent trip with smooth to flat sea states. Unfortunately, decent fish were virtually impossible to find.
The majority of catches were of small whiting and only one fish was worthy of being weighed in, a 3 lb 4 oz cod, boated by Bob.
Sadly, our last three three trips all had to be cancelled due to strong winds and/or rough sea conditions.
Unlike so many trips this year, this one was not cancelled! Although not as calm as the forecast suggested, it was quite a pleasant day and we fished a variety of wrecks across quite a wide area.
Unfortunately fish were not plentiful and some anglers struggled to break their duck. Ling dominated catches with a total of 28 being boated. The remaining sizeable fish were 3 cod, 1 pollock and 1 coley (coalfish).
John had the heaviest fish of the day, a fine ling of 10 lb 13 oz.
Our penultimate rough ground trip of the summer season had to be cancelled when winds of 20 mph and gusts of up to 30 mph were forecast.
With so many trips cancelled during recent years, including last week, we were all on tenterhooks for our Competition Day 2015. With two boats booked, a replacement date would prove difficult to arrange.
Our concerns, for once, were not justified. Gentle winds, warm conditions and calm seas were forecast and this proved to be accurate. We did have to cope with a fairly big tide but, overall, it was a day enjoyed by everyone. All anglers went home with a bag of fish.
For the first time this year, mackerel were plentiful and large numbers were caught. Some were used as bait and others taken home to make delicious meals. Cod and ling dominated catches with a few pollock and other species in small numbers.
John had the heaviest catch, a total of 32 lb ½ oz, with Alan a close second with 31 lb 14 oz.
The heaviest fish was also very close; Danny had a ling of 8 lb 4 oz and Alan a ling of 8 lb 2 oz.
Congratulations to the winners, and everyone else who did their best.
Alan, Skipper of JFK Two, telephoned Reg on Saturday to let him know that our trip the next day would not be happening. The Inshore Forecast clearly showed winds of Force 4 - 5, rising to 6 or 7 (near gale force).
The inshore forecast suggested this trip might be at risk due to strong winds but our Boatman and the Skipper of JFK Two decided that it was worth a try. As happened in May, the wind was rather strong for wrecking, meaning that drifts were very short.
Unfortunately very few mackerel were caught so the bait, that some anglers depend on, was not available to most. Later we moved inshore and onto rough ground to get some shelter and longer drifts.
Catches were made throughout the day at a modest rate. The final tally was 40 cod, 7 ling and 4 coley. Reg had the heaviest fish, a cod of 6 lb 9½ oz with Hamish boating the second heaviest - a ling of 5 lb 13½ oz.
Unfortunately strong winds and moderate to rough seas were expected so this fishing trip was called off.
We were all convinced that this would be another cancelled trip due to an inshore forecast of winds up to near gale force on Sunday. Even those optomistic enough to think we might get out on the morning, assumed that we'd be back onshore by lunchtime.
Luckily for all concerned, Alan (Skipper of JFK Two) believed we would do better than that. We had a full complement of 12 anglers for this wrecking trip.
The day was, as forecast, very windy and the sea state was 'moderate' - quite choppy to us! This did mean that we drifted over wrecks very quickly. However, some catches were made and that gave us a decent start to our day.
Later, as the wind strengthened, we moved closer to shore and Alan took us over several productive areas of rough ground. We managed to fish all day and a total of 118 sizeable cod were boated, plus two ling. Reg had the heaviest fish of the day - a cod of 4 lb 9½ oz.
Our ’luck’ continued when the Skipper and our Boatman decided that the conditions forecast for Sunday were too severe to justify a fishing trip.
This was yet another trip called off due to a forecast of strong winds over the North Sea. The cancellation meant that only one trip was possible during our winter season. We all have our fingers crossed for better luck with our summer season.
This trip was called off due to high winds being forecast. Reg and Skipper Derek rearranged it for 29 March but with force 7 or gale force 8 winds expected on both Saturday and Sunday they had no choice but to cancel it too.
This trip was cancelled when the inshore forecasts for the area off Harlepool indicated seas would be moderate or rough - not appropriate for comfort or fishing!
Our day started bright and calm although rather cold. Things remained like that through the morning. A breeze rose during the afternoon and then rain began to threaten as we headed for shore.
Catches were limited and quite small. A total of 17 cod and a few whiting were retained with several undersize fish being returned. Phil G caught the heaviest of the day; a cod of 2 lb 4 oz.
Heavy rain and cold wind as we came ashore made an unpleasant finish to our day - but at least we went fishing!
The weather was forecast to be quite good for the weekend and we looking forward to a pleasant day's fishing. We don't expect large catches at this time of year but every optomistic fisherman thinks 'You never know!'
Unfortunately our Skipper for Sunday, Derek, was knocked off his bicycle the day before. We understand that he had no broken bones, or other serious injuries, but would not be fit for the physical demands of skippering a fishing boat. We wish Derek a speedy recovery and look forward to regular trips with him in 2015.
The tail-end of a hurricane, crossing the North Sea, resulted in the cancellation of this trip. It was due to be the last of our summer season 2014.
Our second trip of September was also our last on JFK Two for 2014. The weather forecast promised a pleasant outing and that was what we got. Unfortunately we were handicapped by a large tide. Our boatman always avoids the largest tides but had been caught out this summer due to being provided with inaccurate tidal predictions.
There were sufficient mackerel caught for bait although they were rather patchy.
By the end of our trip, 20 sizeable cod and 5 ling had been caught. Many more ling were brought aboard but they were undersize and had to be returned. We'll hope to recatch them in a few years! Tim's early catch of a 7 lb 8 oz cod turned out to be the heaviest of the day.
Our September trip on Bacchanalian hosted our postponed Competition Day and this time slight seas and gentle winds were forecast. The sea was not quiet as 'slight' as expected and, at times, the wind was a bit troublesome. However, we were all relieved that our annual competition could go ahead.
This year has seen modest catches on most trips and this was no exception. In terms of total fish caught, it was very disappointing. The final bag was 5 cod, 4 ling, 6 whiting (minimum 14 inches) and 1 pollock.
Chris boated both the heaviest fish and the second heaviest fish - a 7 lb ½ oz cod and a 5 lb 14½ oz ling. Tim had the heaviest catch (excluding the winning fishes above), just 4 lb 2½ oz and Reg, the second heaviest catch, at 3 lb 7 oz.
Two weeks later saw decent weather conditions although there was a large tide to contend with as we returned to JFK Two. All the anglers agreed that it was a pleasant outing but it delivered only a modest number of fish and a considerable amount of gear was lost.
The heaviest fish was a ling of 6 lb 6 oz boated by Alan. Barry was a close second with a cod of 6 lb 5 oz. The totals of sizeable fish were 11 cod and 20 ling.
This was booked as our Competition Day on Bacchanalian but a forecast of strong winds caused the Skipper and Boatman to call off the trip. Competition Day will now take place, weather permitting, on our next rough ground trip - 14 September 2014.
A strong wind and a big tide contrived to make this a rather unproductive trip on JFK Two. Despite trying a variety of techniques, baits and lures we were unable to boat many fish.
The final totals were 6 cod, 15 ling, 4 pollock and 2 coley (coalfish). The heaviest of the day was a cod of 10 lb 2½ oz caught by Eddie and Danny submitted a 3 lb 8½ oz pollock as a specimen fish.
Skipper Derek welcomed us aboard Bacchanalian for a day forecast to offer slight seas and gentle winds. That is how the day began as we made the trip east to beyound Saltburn. There was a small swell giving comfortable conditions and catches began almost immediately.
We had been warned to expect a patchy supply of mackerel but they turned out to be plentiful and of a decent size. Once we had a few for bait, the problem became getting past them in order to reach the cod and ling that we hoped were lurking near the bottom.
For those who made it through the mackerel, decent fish were waiting and feeding. Catches continued throughout most of the trip and all anglers had some good fish to take home. After lunch, the wind did strengthen and the sea state became moderate. This made our last hour or two rather uncomfortable at times.
The total take-home catch was 27 cod, 31 ling, 1 pollock and a few dozen mackerel. Eddie had the heaviest fish, a ling of 7 lb 10 oz and also the heaviest cod of the day, at 6 lb 12 oz.
Given our recent record, most of the members were not hopeful but, in this case, their pessimism was not backed by events.
During the preceeding week the winds for Sunday were forecast to come from every point of the compass and to vary in strength from acceptable to far too strong. Even the day before, our trip remained in doubt. However, when Reg contacted the Skipper, the decision was made to go ahead. That proved to be a good choice.
There was barely any breeze as we waited, overlooking the Tyne, for our first glimpse of Alan's new boat, JFK Two. Conditions remained fine and fishing continued, without difficulty, throught the day. The early part of the day led us to expect a bumper catch. Unfortunately the number of fish boated decreased significantly as the morning went on and the afternoon was far too quiet.
A total of 54 sizeable fish were taken; 40 cod, 8 ling, 5 coley (coalfish) and 1 wolffish. Danny had the heaviest, a ling of 4lb 13½oz. The wolffish, caught by George, has been submitted as a specimen at a weight of 3lb 1oz.
JFK Two proved to be a good platform for fishing with plenty of room for our 11 anglers and we look forward to future trips.
The start of our summer season was not recognised by the elments. Strong winds were forecast yet again so this trip was cancelled.
Hopes were high for this, our last trip of the winter season. Sadly, the wind was swinging round to the north and strengthening as the weekend progressed so Reg and the Skipper postponed it to the following Sunday. To complete our winter 'of discontent', conditions were unsuitable yet again.
This has been our worst winter during the life of our Club - we only got out on one trip, in November, conditions were really poor and just two sizeable fish were caught.
Our fingers are now firmly crossed for a magnificent summer season!
Winds of 15 - 20 mph made this trip a non-starter.
The Skipper had no suitable Sunday openings for a postponement but Reg did reserve the following Thursday as an opportunity for some fishing (although not an official, Club trip). Even by the Sunday evening it was obvious that easterly winds were going to make conditions unacceptable.
Yet another trip called off in view of the conditions forecast.
Very strong winds were forecast and this trip was cancelled.