LOCOMOTION SEA ANGLING CLUB
BOAT TRIP REPORTS 2012
Unfortunately all these trips were cancelled due to the weather at sea or on land. Sadly that means all of our winter season trips have been called off and the winter trophies will not be awarded.
In marked contrast to the forecast earlier in the week, this day dawned bright and calm. We enjoyed a smooth sea, little or no wind for the whole trip and plenty of warm sunshine. Unfortunately fish, or at least hungry ones, were few and far between. Skipper Derek found one small shoal of mackerel but they had moved on before most anglers got suitable gear into the water.
Your webmaster was on holiday at the time of this trip but I understand that conditions were fine on the morning so the trip went ahead. Unfortunately the weather deteriorated which resulted in the outing being cut short.
A total of 3 cod, 10 ling and 1 pollack were caught. The pollack, caught by Danny, weighed in at 4lb 2oz and has been submitted as a specimen fish. The heaviest fish of the day was also caught by Danny, a cod of 8lb 9oz, closely followed by Glenn’s 8lb 4½oz ling.
For once the weather forecast wasn't against us but we were still out of luck - the Skipper of Sarah JFK informed our Boatman that a hose failure, on the engine cooling system, could not be repaired in time.
Unfortunately both of the trips in August were called off due to strong winds being forecast.
Members had eagerly anticipated this, our annual Competition Day. The forecast was for quite a strong breeze from the south or south-west but with the sea state remaining slight.
Both the sea and breeze were a bit worse than anticipated but not enough to curtail the day. The morning was essentially dry but we were hit by several heaving showers in the afternoon. Mackerel were available for much of the day but most were quite small - useful for bait but not really suitable for eating.
This time Barry caught an excellent ling which, before gutting and with the uncertainty of weighings take onboard, was reckoned to be over 15lb.
As we waited near the Old Customs House for the Skipper to bring Sarah JFK across the river, we realised that this was going to be another day influenced by strongish winds - and so it turned out.
The sea was quite lumpy although the former lifeboat coped well, as we have come to expect. However our drifts across wrecks were often very short unless we were left to drift across the ground before and after the wreck.
Considering the conditions, catches were quite good. Mackerel were plentiful so everyone had adequate supplies of fresh bait.
By the time we headed for shore, 39 cod and 3 ling had been boated. Barry had the heaviest cod of the day at 7lb 1½oz but the heaviest fish was an 11lb 4½oz ling, caught by John. Unfortunately both the ling and John were rather camera shy and I have no photograph of his fine fish.
There has been a common theme to our trips this year; the weather threatened the likelyhood of us getting out, we managed to get out, conditions were somewhat better than the forecast had suggested and we caught a limited number of fish. We escaped the rain, heavy cloud and mist or fog that seemed to cover most of NE England and even enjoyed some spells of sunshine.
When we left the shelter of Hartlepool aboard, Bacchanalian, the sea was rather ‘lumpy’ with a long swell. The swell proved rather uncomfortable for some anglers and meant that a good handhold was sometimes needed.
The Skipper, Derek, placed us over areas of rough ground some distance off the Skinningrove area. Early on in the day a few smallish mackerel were caught and most were then used as bait. After that, only an occasional mackerel was boated even by those deliberately targetting them. Cod and ling too were few and far between. We seemed to meet small shoals, several would be caught and then none for quite a long time. Whiting were quite common throughout most of the day. The majority of the cod were caught on bait and jiggers/pirks didn't seem to be effective.
As we headed for shore our tally was 17 cod and 14 ling. The heaviest fish was a ling of 9lb 6oz caught by Wayne. Tim had the heaviest cod (7lb 6oz) which was recorded as a possible contender for the heaviest summer season cod.
As for most trips recently, the forecast put this trip in doubt. Winds up to gale force were expected later in the day. Despite this, Reg and the Skipper Alan, decided to go ahead - a good decision because the wind, whilst strengthening, was never as bad as suggested. Somehow we escaped the rain too.
This was the first trip of our summer season, our first wrecking trip of the year and our first trip of the year on Sarah JFK. The results were an improvement on recent trips but nothing to write home about. After lunchtime we had to move inshore to try to get some shelter from the strengthening wind, which was blowing us over the targets too quickly.
Our total catches were 17 cod, 2 pollock, 2 ling and 5 coley (coalfish). Barry boated the heaviest fish of the day; a 6lb 7 oz ling.
Northerly winds in the days before, and on the day, put this trip in doubt. We also anticipated getting a real soaking.
Surprisingly, in contrast to those onshore, we had a very pleasant day with quite gentle winds, no rain and quite a lot of sunshine.
Unfortunately catches were only a slight improvement on those in March. Two modest cod were boated and a few pouting and whiting.
This was one of those trips when it was ‘touch and go’ as to whether to cancel it or not. The Boatman and Skipper finally decided to go ahead but Bacchanalian was the only charter boat out of Hartlepool that day. The start was quite rough but fishing was possible.
Unfortunately catches were very limited with a total of just 16 whiting being recorded. There was no weigh-in for the heaviest fish.
Another better day than we might have expected for the time of year
Whiting dominated our catches with a total of 33 sizeable fish. The one cod caught, and the heaviest fish of the day, was 1lb 8oz boated by George.
A bitterly cold day although reasonable conditions for the time of year. We were able to fish on the drift for quite a while but then the Skipper anchored Bacchanalian. Members at the back of the boat tried uptiding but with little or no increase in success.
Whiting were plentiful and of a decent size. About 50 were boated but only two cod. The heaviest fish was a 2lb 4oz cod caught by Gordon.