LOCOMOTION SEA ANGLING CLUB
BOAT TRIP REPORTS 2011
Your webmaster was not present on this trip but, considering the time of year, it was quite productive.
Most unusually 3 mackerel and 8 octopuses were caught. Mackerel are rarely seen this late in the year and though we have caught one or two octopuses in the past - never as many as this.
Fortunately for the anglers on Bacchanalian there were also the more usual winter species - a total of 27 cod and 3 ling. The heaviest, boated by Gordon, was a 4lb 12oz cod.
Another forecast threatening strong winds meant the postponement of this trip. It was rearranged for 06 November 2011 but had to be cancelled due to high wind speeds, from the north, being expected.
Due to strong winds and moderate to rough seas being forecast, this trip was called off.
Report to follow.
This trip was our first opportunity to run our postponed 2011 Competition Day - which must be a rough ground trip. The weather was surprisingly kind despite the wind rising as the day wore on. Mackerel were not plentiful so it was fortunate that the cod and ling were responding to pirks and other lures
Whilst the catches were not on the scale of our recent trips on Sarah JFK, Derek, Skipper of Bacchanalian, found us quite a few fish with some in double-figures before gutting.
As with all our weighings, Competition Day placings are based on fish after gutting. Several anglers had ling which were in the running for the heaviest fish until mid-afternoon when Barry hauled in a cod estimated at 14lb before gutting.
There were six ling in the range 8lb 3oz to 9lb 2oz competing for the prize for the second heaviest fish.
Another windy day greeted us on the quayside at South Shields but, whilst no large fish were boated, this was another excellent day because of the excellent number of fish caught.
We had 66 cod of keeping size as well as 25 coalfish (coley) and 1 ling.
The inshore forecast indicated winds up to Force 7 (8 is Gale Force) and a sea state of rough or very rough! Reluctantly but wisely, our Boatman and Skipper decided that our Competition Day would have to be postponed.
Competition Day will now become the first available rough ground trip - the next possibility being 21 August.
The day started a bit breezier than expected but our high hopes for this day were fully justified. Mackerel were not as plentiful as we expected but, otherwise, the day was outstanding and all anglers had a pleasing catch; mainly cod.
This exceptional day was the best for the Club since my online records began and few members can recall a better one. Skipper Allan (of Sarah JFK) found us plenty of fish; most in the range 4 to 8lb.
The heaviest fish was going to be a hard-fought battle amongst several anglers until, at the 11th hour, Reg hauled up a cod to beat them all. After gutting it weighed in at 14lb 3oz - well done Reg!
WOW! Little else can express our delight following this trip on Sarah JFK.
Mackerel were resonably plentiful providing fresh bait which caught fish, jiggers/pirks too produced good results for our anglers and some had success with shads. Fish were boated steadily throughout the day as we visited a variety of wrecks.
A total of 75 cod, 3 ling, 1 pollock and 1 octopus were caught. This is by far the largest catch, in terms of the number of fish, during the last decade. None were into double-figures but it was still a wonderful outing. Gordon had the heaviest, a cod of 4lb 11½oz.
Skipper Derek had taken a party out on the Saturday; they caught nothing and the only highlight was when one of the anglers lost his hat!
With a large tide and the strong winds forecast to continue, Derek and Reg agreed that it would be best to cancel our trip on the Sunday.
After one of the poorest winters in the Club's history, our April trip on Baccanalian turned the tables on our former lack of success. To begin with, the weather was beautifully bright, quite warm at times and with little wind until the afternoon; even then it gave us no problems.
The sea too was very calm - smooth at times, mostly slight with a mostest choppiness in the later part of the afternoon.
Best of all, the fish were there and feeding well. Skipper Derek took us down to the 'ling grounds' and, indeed, we caught a few. However, in terms of numbers, many more cod were caught.
The final tally of sizable fish boated was 28 cod and 10 ling. The heaviest, caught by Tim, was a ling of 5lb 10½oz.
A modest tide, moderate wind speed and some sunshine made us really optomistic that this could be our best winter day this season. Derek, the Skipper of Bacchanalian, planned to try a drift but expected that we would need to anchor-up before the day was over. The wind and tide proved kinder than he expected and we drifted over seveal stretches of rough ground throughout the day.
Despite the pleasant conditions, we did not find much in the way of fish. Most anglers were lucky if they felt a bite or two and only one pouting and one whiting were boated.
The inshore forecast for the region showed winds rising to force 5 or 6 so, sadly and once again, the trip was cancelled. Not a good winter season so far!
Very strong winds through the preceeding days and a forecast with little improvement led, once again to a trip being cancelled.