LOCOMOTION SEA ANGLING CLUB
BOAT TRIP REPORTS 2013
Due to the unprecedented number of cancelled trips in the year, Reg and the Skipper of Bacchanalian decided to declare this trip as 'on', despite the forecast conditions being far from ideal.
It was good to get out but the fishing was very, very slow and only 2 sizeable fish were boated; both cod. Alan's was the heaviest at 1lb 13oz.
Crossed fingers were not enough and this trip was cancelled due to strong winds.
Reg rearranged it for 27 October but that too has been blown-off.
I'm really struggling to find a new way of saying "This trip was cancelled". This time the wind strength was right on, or a little above, our limit of about 15 mph but the direction of east or south-east was the deciding factor.
Our October trip, fingers crossed that we get out, will be the last of our summer season.
Yet again our trip had to be cancelled due to the weather, including the possibility of gale force or even severe gale force winds.
Reports have had a certain monotonous theme this year - strong winds. Once again our trip was threatened in the forecasts throughout the preceding week. By Saturday the inshore forecast from the Met office included near gale-force winds so Derek and Reg had little choice but to cancel.
Once again, strong winds threatened this trip but the decision was made to go ahead. The wind proved to be the real winner because it was really too strong to fish wrecks and even keeping our gear on rough ground proved difficult.
The totals of sizeable fish caught were 28 cod, 4 ling, 1 pollock, 1 coley (coalfish) and 1 dab. The pollock (caught by Danny) was recorded as a possible specimen fish. Danny also had the heaviest; a cod of 5lb 2½oz.
Our annual Competition Day had been in doubt throughout the week due to a forecast of strong winds. Despite the conditions being marginal, the Skipper and our Boatman made the decision to go ahead. Had it not been for the wind, this would have been quite a pleasant day but keeping our gear on or close to the bottom, proved difficult.
There were mackerel about but they were patchy. However, most of those who wanted bait caught enough and a few for the pot.
Larger fish were much more scarce and this was reflected in the total catches of sizeable fish; 9 cod, 5 ling and 8 whiting.
Alan and George both caught decent sized ling and they proved, after gutting, to be just ½oz apart.
For this trip we were on Sarah JFK out of Tynemouth and Skipper, Alan, took us to many wrecks in the search for fish and, to an extent, he succeeded. Mackerel were patchy - an indication of the lateness of all seasonal happenings this year but most anglers had enough to provide the bait they needed and a few for eating.
Tim took an early lead with a cod of around 10lb before gutting and it took a while before this was challenged.
Derek (Skipper of Bacchanalian) took us north and he drifted us over several areas of rough ground. Bites were plentiful on most drifts but they were the mainly the reconisable tugging of whiting. That species formed the bulk of our catches and some were of a decent size.
The wind was rather strong at times and this lead to some rapid drifting that made holding the bottom difficult or impossible.
Only 9 sizeable cod were boated, a handful of mackerel but plenty of whiting. As last month, Barry claimed the heaviest fish with a cod of 3lb 6oz.
Fishing at last!
Despite strong winds over the preceding few days, the wind was forecast to drop and the sea to calm down significantly. Much to our surprise, that's exactly what happened for our first summer season trip.
The cold spring meant that the mackerel hadn't arrived yet and, although Alan (Skipper of SarahJFK) could see plenty of fish on his sonar, they were reluctant to feed. Fishing was slow on the morning and even slower on the afternoon.
The weather held and we enjoyed a few bright intervals, gentle winds and no rain.
The total catches on this trip were - 17 cod, 3 ling, 3 coley (coalfish) and 1 pollock. Alan had high hopes of having the heaviest fish with a good cod of 7lb. However Barry 'pipped' him with a cod which weighed in at 7lb ½oz.
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.