LOCOMOTION SEA ANGLING CLUB
BOAT TRIP REPORTS 2010
The inshore forecast was not good for this day but our biggest worry was road conditions for memebers getting to and from Hartlepool. Skipper Derek agreed with our Boatman and the trip was called off.
The poor start to our winter season continued with, again, just 4 sizable fish being boated although this time they were all cod. Barry caught the heaviest at just 2lb 5½oz.
A very poor day with only 4 sizable ling being caught. Tim had the heaviest at 6lb 13oz.
A modest day with mainly ling, 14 in total, being caught. 4 pollack completed the catch. The heaviest was a 9lb 10½oz ling boated by Reg.
Despite strong winds in the days before and after this trip, the forecast suggested wall-to-wall sunshine and a smooth sea. This, our first trip of the year on Flamer II, was not quite that smooth with a choppy sea and a swell that rolled the boat during drifts. The forecast came good in the afternoon and the fishing was steady all day.
Everyone went home with at least one decent fish and as many mackerel as they wished.
Eddie had a good ling quite early on.
The forecast for our annual competition day was excellent with gentle winds and calm seas.
The morning proved to be just like the forecast although by lunch time we were almost becalmed and barely drifting at all. The morning gave us a reasonable supply of mackerel for bait and a moderate number of other fish. The really pleasant surprise was that several decently sized pollock were boated.
Shortly after midday we decided to move to another mark. It was as if we had moved into another day! The sea was choppy and the wind had risen significantly. The rest of the afternoon was spent trying (and mostly failing) to keep our rigs on the bottom. A small number of fish were caught but nothing like the morning.
By the end of our competition day, the sizeable catches amounted to 2 cod, 13 ling and 8 pollack.
Heaviest Fish - Danny - ling of 7lb 9½oz
Second Heaviest Fish - Reg - pollock of 7lb 9oz
Heaviest Catch - Chris - 19lb 2½oz
Second Heaviest Catch - Danny - 12lb 4½oz
A very successful (and rewarding) day for Danny!
Winds up to severe gale force 9 were expected on this Sunday, leaving our Boatman little choice but to call this trip off.
With heavy rain forecast, we feared that it would be quite a miserable day. Whilst there was steady rain, and some torrential storms, ashore, we had only drizzle and some dry spells too.
The fishing was good too with 25 cod, 15 ling and one pollock boated. Reg will submit the 3lb 5oz pollock for the Specemin Fish trophy. Ian had several cod including one of 7lb 5oz but Eddie had the heaviest fish of the day - an 8lb 7oz ling.
Quite a decent day considering the quality of the spring so far. Although no cod were caught all day, 8 sizeable ling were.
Tim had the heaviest fish; a 7lb 3oz ling which also proved to be the heaviesty fish of our winter season.
Despite strongish winds being forecast, they were due to be from the west. Consequently, on the night before, our Boatman and the Skipper decided it was worth a look from the coast in the morning.
The sea didn't look too bad but as we met and talked to the Skipper, the wind strengthened considerably and it was agreed to call off the trip.
Although the day was cold and a bit breezy at times, conditions were amongst the best that we have had on a winter trip for a long time.
Surprisingly too, catches were better than on a winter trip for many years. Eleven cod and one ling were boated.
Peter caught the one ling and it proved to be the heaviest fish of the day at 5lb 11½oz.
A decent total catch was made on our first outing of 2010. Five cod and twenty two dabs were boated with the heaviest fish being a 5lb 8oz cod for Ian.