Had some seriously epic sessions recently, with those mega spring tides last week it seemed everywhere was teeming with fry, really close in. It’s so cool flicking a casting jig right in the middle of a feeding frenzy, with Mackerel coming out your ears - but frustrating when you can't get at the larger Bass which must surely be eating all those little Mackerel? Still, I can't believe I managed to hook one of these beauties, give me one of these over a Bass any day...
My first instinct was that I'd hooked a fairly large Mackerel, then after this glistening fish shot out from the water, I presumed Bass. On the second run, and after another giant leap - I knew this one was different! After a quick Google search and a counting of lateral scales it was confirmed that this fish was a Twaite Shad. To be honest, fish identification was tedious to say the least, but its hard to work out what an endangered species is exactly when you only have minutes and they have to go back - alive. It could be an abnormally scaled Allis Shad with an eating disorder but...
We also managed to tap into the biblical proportions of Mackerel, which were at times boiling so aggressively on the surface - that had you been standing on the harbour edge at the peak of the spring tide, they might have splashed you.
Reuben & Will
Two mad keen teenage lure anglers from Cornwall, with a mission to catch as many fish species on ultra light rods and lures as possible. Reuben writes this blog, does the photography/video and edits the Facebook page - while Will catches most of the fish. He learns mainly from my mistakes, I learn mainly from his success! It's a simple, yet mutually beneficial relationship!