LOCOMOTION SEA ANGLING CLUB
BOAT TRIP REPORTS 2006
A dreadful period of wet and very windy weather caused this trip, due to be our last in 2006, to be called off.
Despite the Skipper's optimism the evening before, strong winds and driving rain caused this trip to be cancelled after we arrived at Whitby.
This trip turned into one of the least successful trips in the history of the Club.
The heaviest fish was a cod, probably of less than 2lb, which was foul hooked! Apart from that, only undersized fish, mackerel and whiting were caught.
This was the Club's first official trip on Charisma out of Whitby.
The was a very strong wind blowing for most of the day and the sea was choppy with 'white horses' showing quite often. Holding the bottom was very difficult and we had to seek shelter from the cliffs north of the port.
There were plenty of mackerel about; it was often a problem getting through them to reach the bottom. Quite a few whiting were also hooked, particularly when we moved into shallower water.
Overall, 2 ling and 11 cod were caught. The heaviest fish of the day, and the best for some years, was a ling which tipped the scales at about 20lb before being gutted.
A moderately successful day on Sarah JFK out of Tynemouth.
Quite early on, Gordon caught a cod, with which he was very pleased. It turned out to be the best cod of the day at 7lb 10½oz after gutting.
In the middle of this summer's heatwave, we expected a hot, calm day where sunblock would be the most vital thing in our tackle boxes. The morning of our Competition Day started well with quite a gentle sea and little wind.
Sport was quite brisk throughout the morning although, unusually for the time of year, very few mackerel were hooked. Since this is an important bait, we had to use fish frozen from previous trips or whiting; which were quite plentiful.
Most of the better fish were caught during the morning because, as the tide turned and the wind strengthened, we found it increasingly difficult to hold the bottom. By mid-afternoon, with both wind and tide coming from the south-east, the Skipper, Derek, moved us into shallower and slightly more sheltered waters.
Whiting provided most of the catches in the latter half of the afternoon, with some mackerel putting in a late show.
Overall 8 cod, 2 ling and more than 50 whiting were boated. The prize for the heaviest fish went to John Ord Renshaw with an 8lb 3oz ling, and the second heaviest was a 4lb 13oz cod for Reg Lewis.
The heaviest catch was taken by Eddie McDonald - 16lb 13oz, and the second heaviest by John Battye at 16lb 11oz.
Our first trip of the summer season on Sarah JFK, and first wrecking trip since 2005, was eagerly anticipated by many club members.
There were sufficient mackerel about to provide plenty of fresh bait and some to freeze for future trips.
For the first occasion in our time with Skipper Allan, he headed south east from Tynemouth. Despite trying several wrecks, we could find very few fish. Sport was a little better when he moved us closer inshore, off Sunderland, but still not good.
A strong wind also prevented us staying on the wrecks for long enough to get amongst the fish.
The total tally was 6 ling, 3 cod and 1 coalfish (coley) with a few whiting and plenty of mackerel.
The heaviest fish was a 5lb 9½oz ling for Graeme Hall and the second heaviest was a 4lb 2½oz cod which was boated by Reg Lewis.
A very poor day with only whiting caught. No fish were weighed in.
A pleasant enough day for a trip round the bay but a poor one for fishing. Despite trying a variety of marks, Derek, Skipper of the Bacchanalian, was unable to find us many fish.
Sport was very slow with several anglers not even detecting a decent bite. The only consolation was that, of the 7 fish retained, 6 were cod. These were only 'pan-sized' at an average of under 2lb.
Reg had the heaviest fish.
Due to the wind and sea conditions, the Skipper of the Bacchanalian advised our boatman that he could do little but anchor just beyond the Heugh breakwater. It was agreed to cancel the trip.
Another very cold day, which started with a fairly lumpy sea. The bright sun and moderate wind made the middle of the day quite comfortable with the added benefit that the sea dropped and remained slight for the rest of the day.
By midday only two whiting had been caught (modesty prevents me mentioning the name of the angler) and it looked like the sweep for the heaviest fish was destined to be returned again.
During the afternoon John caught the first cod and Ian found a second. The unmentioned angler caught another whiting but those five fish were the total for the day on Bacchanalian. Ian's cod was the heaviest fish and took the sweep - Ian's first win.
A bitterly cold day but thankfully the fog, which had reduced visibility for the drive to Hartlepool, was not a problem at sea.
Despite the Skipper of Bacchanalian trying a variety of locations, some further offshore than expected, no fish of value, other than about 30+ whiting, were caught.
As a result, no fish were weighed in for the sweep and the stakes were returned.