LOCOMOTION SEA ANGLING CLUB
BOAT TRIP REPORTS 2008
Light or moderate winds and a slight sea greeted us for this extra trip booked by Reg, our Boatman.
It was a bitterly cold day but, after two cancelled trips, no one was complaining. The fishing was slow, as we expected for a December trip. The catches were mainly whiting although a few cod were boated.
Two cod were boated - 1lb 10½oz and 1lb 11oz - heavier of the two was by Reg and won the sweep. The remaining sizeable fish were one pouting and a few whiting.
Strong winds and rough seas caused another cancellation.
This trip was called off due to a forecast of strong winds and rough seas.
We were back on Sarah JFK for our final trip of the year with Alan. The weather was exceptional, particularly considering the year we have had. Little wind, dry with occasional sunshine and a sea that varied from slight to flat calm.
Ling were plentiful although cod were in short supply. The only difficulty was finding sufficient fresh bait - mackerel were few and far between for most of the day with a small rush in the last half hour.
A real surprise was Eddie boating a lobster - the first that anyone could recall. It appeared that he had hooked some cord that the lobster was tangled in.
Our fourth trip during August was on Maggie May out of Hartlepool Marina. Very little wind gave the hope that we would be able to hold the bottom easily. However a big tide gave us a few problems at times.
A total of 17 ling, 5 cod and 2 pollock were boated. One of the pollock weighed in at 5lb ½oz and was recorded as a possible specimen fish for Danny. An exceptional ling, caught by Ian, was 16lb 4½oz after being gutted.
The Club was offered an extra trip on Sarah JFK on a Saturday due to a cancellation. With the number of missed trips and an increased membership seeking fishing opportunities, we gratefully accepted.
Ling dominated the catch this time - 25 were boated together with 12 cod and one coley.
A number of good fish were caught and Barry and Tim battled for the heaviest fish with two double-figure cod.
In common with most trips this year, quite strong winds were forecast but we enjoyed a productive day on Sarah JFK.
In total 35 cod, 14 ling, 5 pollock and 1 coley were caught although most were of a modest size. The heaviest fish was a 6lb 9oz ling caught by Ian.
We were offered an extra trip on Maggie May due to another club cancelling a booking. The committee decided that to avoid further delay, this trip would be our postponed Competition Day.
Mackerel were plentiful in the morning although attempts to find some at the end of the day failed completely.
Most drifts delivered a few decent fish and the final tally included 11 cod, 14 ling and a few whiting.
The competition results were as follows -
Heaviest Fish - Eddie - 9lb ½oz ling
2nd Heaviest Fish - Reg - 8lb 11½oz ling
Heaviest Catch - Ian - 23lb 9oz
2nd Heaviest Catch - John - 20lb 14oz
Competition Day was postponed when the inshore forecast included winds approaching gale force and rough seas.
Our first official trip on a Saturday continued the theme for this year when there was a forecast of strong winds and moderate seas. The Skipper and our Boatman decided to take a chance in the hope that the weather might be better than suggested.
It wasn't! By lunch time, little had been caught and all agreed that we should head back to land.
Yet another cancelled trip due to a forecast of strong winds and rough seas.
Strong winds and moderate to rough sea caused this trip to be cancelled.
Very strong easterly winds and rough seas were forecast so this trip was postponed by one week.
27th April - one week later and the weather couldn't have been more different for our delayed April trip on Bacchanalian. For much of the day we enjoyed very little wind and slight or calm sea. It was also pleasantly warm.
Fishing was slow and, although the fish finder showed they we present on the rough ground where we were drifting, they seemed reluctant feeders. Several cod were lost because they were only lightly hooked and shook themselves free as they approached the surface.
The final tally of 18 cod was pleasing for the time of year. The heaviest fish of the day was a 4lb cod taken by Phil.
A strong northerly wind was forecast and seas going from moderate to rough during the day. Unsurprisingly, the Skipper and Boatman agreed to call the trip off.
This was another unexpectedly calm trip although there were fewer fish caught than last month.
Ten whiting and 2 cod were all we had to show for the day but our members consider every trip to be a bonus at this time of year.
The heaviest fish was caught by John - a 1lb 14oz cod.
Considering the time of year, this was a very pleasant trip on Bacchanalian out of Hartlepool. We enjoyed some sunshine, a calm sea and reasonable fishing.
More cod were caught than expected; a total of 7 - more than on a Winter trip for some years. Six whiting completed the sizeable fish boated.
The heaviest fish was a 4lb 13 oz cod, seen here, caught by Chris.