Tuesday, June 11, 2013

TT action!

Last weekend was a busy one for us. The weather has been exceptional, over this last week, and I don't think we've had a spell of calmish, hot weather like this for at least a couple of years.

We undertook an unusual and very enjoyable job on Friday, ferrying some keen bikers over to the Isle of Man to see the Senior TT race.  They were all from north Anglesey so we picked them up from Amlwch. Tides dictated a 0300 start from Conwy but we snatched a little shut eye and breakfast in Amlwch Harbour before picking up the lads at 0600. It was a beautiful morning and as we drew closer to the Isle of Man the sea really was mill pond like.

After putting the lads ashore in Douglas Harbour we had a greasy spoon brunch and then had a look around the Grandstand. The Island was buzzing, as it always is on race week. The Senior Race was started and then delayed, so we finally watched most of it at Quarter Bridge.

We left the Island at about 1830, again into glassy calm seas and after dropping the lads back at Amlwch we arrived in Conwy at about 2230. It was a long old day but fun and brought back many memories of when Dad and I used to watch the racing over there in the nineties. The lads have booked the same trip for next year.

Two angling trips, on Saturday and Sunday, again in good weather, but not quite as calm as Friday, saw steadyish pollack fishing on the offshore wrecks. Fish came in to 7 lb and Mally also had the first decent cod of the year at about 4lb. Hopefully they will become more plentiful through the next couple of weeks towards the end of June.

The annual algal bloom is at its height at the moment but we did notice over the weekend that it is starting to die off. The algae multiply so rapidly that the water is stripped of the nutrients the algae feed on so the population crashes and dies off. When this happens the water in the Conwy River has a distinct, strong smell of ozone. So hopefully the water will clear over the next couple of weeks as the bloom dies off, allowing the mackerel to come in, along with many of the other summer species. The algal bloom is an essential part of the marine ecosystem and most fish and shellfish species time their spawnings with the bloom.  Their larvae then have food to eat whilst they spend their first few weeks suspended in the plankton.

Yesterday rounded off the weekend with a trip to the lobster pots. Fishing for lobster is still pretty slow but this is now the period where they moult, mate and hatch the eggs they have looked after through the winter. The crab however are very active with plenty in the pots. Some very large male crab around too. If anyone local to the Conwy area would like to buy some reasonably priced brown crab or lobster please feel free to give me a call (07710819747).

I still have a space on a two day Isle of Man trip, 30th June - 1st July, £165 including 1 night B and B, if anyone fancies a short angling break.

Sunday, June 2, 2013

All the ducks lined up!

Its not often they all line up, but they did today. We sailed, with Royal Tottington SAC, from Bury, on a 10 hour offshore wreck trip this morning, encountering calm seas with a light air from the north west. Perfect size tides too so the drift would not be too fast.  The ebb tide carried us down to the west and we tried a couple of wrecks but the fishing was a little slow with a few small pollack.

We ventured a little further out and our new spot produced 4 nice pollack to 7lb on the first drift. Consistent fishing saw pollack falling to many different artificials, notably 6 inch white sidewinders having the edge. The fishing fell away as the ebb slacked so we moved further out again. The final wreck gave the best fishing of the day, over low water, with 5-6 fish a drift not uncommon. The lads ended up with well over 100 pollack up to 8 lb with the main stamp of fish between 3 and 6lb.

A long steam home, carrying back the flood, in the sunshine, went by quickly as the lads busied themselves filleting their catch.

Great fishing, weather and a good bit of banter thrown in, a day that will be hard to beat, thanks lads.

Reports from inshore today tell of an early showing of tope with one of 30lb landed on another charter boat from Conwy.

We have still not caught one mackerel yet, as water temperatures still struggle to reach 10 degrees, but hopefully they will arrive soon.

I have space for one on a two day Isle of Man trip 30th June - 1st July,  £165,  including Band B, if anyone fancies a short angling break.