LOCOMOTION SEA ANGLING CLUB
BOAT TRIP REPORTS 2005
A much more successful trip (thank goodness) than October saw more than 35 fish caught.
Two cod, two pouting and 31 whiting were retained as sizeable fish and the sweep was won by Barry with a 2lb 1½oz cod.
One our poorest trips for several years. By midday only three whiting had been caught and, with the aggreement of all on board, it was decided to cut short the trip.
The sweep for the heaviest fish was cancelled.
Thick fog was a problem as we headed for several marks during the morning. The Skipper and Mate of Gordon Cubbin kept a vigilant lookout in what can be a busy area of sea.
We had been concerned that mackeral might be in short supply but they were really plentiful. Individual catches were between 50 and 100 fish but many were returned to fight another day. Despite this almost unlimited supply of bait, larger fish were not forthcomming. Even whiting were only taken in limited numbers.
Despite a pleasanr day on shore, the forecast of strengthening winds and choppy seas led to our Boatman and the Skipper of Sarah JFK deciding to cancel this trip.
Competition Day turned into one of the hottest and calmest days we have ever experienced out of Hartlepool. There was barely a breath of wind and even Tim was forced to remove his flotation suit as the temperature rose on board Gordon Cubbin.
Mackerel were quite plentiful and fresh bait was available to all. The biggest problem for most of our anglers was getting past the whiting, which at some times of the day snapped at every bait we dropped.
A bright, sunny day was forecast and we did have some very hot periods but a stiff wind developed as the day progressed, which had not appeared on any weather predictions. The Skipper of Sarah JFK had reported good catches with plenty of mackerel about. On our first few drifts, we did catch plenty of good quality mackerel - to use for bait to catch the 'real' ones; cod and ling.
Through the morning catches occured but they were slow and weren't impressive as far as size was concerned. Before lunchtime the wind and tide were combining to whisk us straight over the wrecks which we were targetting, with little chance of getting down amongst the fish. Despite the best efforts of the Skipper, there were few catches made in the second half of our trip.
By the end of the day, a total of 2 ling, 11 cod and 11 coalfish (coley) had been taken, together with an uncounted number of mackerel. The best fish was a 4lb 9oz ling, caught by Gordon.
The weather was bright but very cold for (too) early start from Hartlepool on Gordon Cubbin. We had high hopes of this trip but fish were few and far between. The wind freshened and this made holding the bottom quite difficult.
The day finished with 1 wrasse, 4 cod, 9 whiting and 8 pouting.
This was yet another of our ill-fated Winter trips that fell foul of the weather. Despite the sun and warmth of the day, strong eastery winds and moderately rough seas put paid to our fishing plans. Reports from the few boats which ventured out on the Saturday, also indicated that there were almost no fish about. Roll on the Summer Season!
After four months of waiting, we finally go to wet our lines again! Saturday was warm with almost no wind and we were looking forward to similar conditions on Sunday.
Unfortunately, we were not that lucky. There was a swell running and the sea was quite rough. There was only a short spell of hazy sunshine before the cloud thickened and the cold wind strengthened.
Sadly, despite the best efforts of the Gerry (Skipper) and the 10 members, the fishing was no better than the weather. It was well past 11am before the first fish (and, as it turned out, the best of the day) was boated and only eight more followed it. About 2pm all on board Gordon Cubbin agreed to an early finish and we headed back to Hartlepool.
Dreadful weather in the preceding weeks, with strong easterly winds up until the Saturday night, caused yet another cancellation.
Another cancelled trip due to rough seas and strong winds being forecast.