Trouble was our first target species - the Mullet, were spooked out by my colourful head wear. So I revealed my head to the relentless onslaught of rain for a while as we targeted them with our free lined Isome.
(Location covered up because it is not my spot to share)
We were fishing in a man made salt water swimming pool, which reveals itself at low tide. We both had an unfathomable amount of Blennies, but no Scorpion Fish showed their faces for the whole hour. Even in the surrounding rock pools we couldn't tempt one. Strange.
I used a VX35 vibe, taking advantage of it's two razor sharp trebles, and caught it back again. I then made it into a contraption to pick up my species hunt card which was only in a couple of metres of water. Using weight to make the umbrella hat sink. Unfortunately this didn't work, and I had to use Will's card - but the people in the near by restaurant were clearly highly amused.
The end of our first day came quickly, but we fished until about midnight to catch a Smelt, which we both eventually managed.
As we'd hoped the harbour was overflowing with Weever Fish. A strange thing to be excited about, but it provided us both with another species.
We nipped around the coast a few miles to arrive at our next location, where we both picked up our eighth species - the Pollack. I reached straight for my Ecogear VX35 Vibe which performed well as expected.
Our next stop was a fresh water pool over flowing with micro Perch. We fished the spot for half an hour and both managed a few little ones.
My casting jig was intercepted from its fluttering descent to the sea bed, by an over excited Mackerel in a feeding frenzy. After I'd had a few Will turned up looking worried that I'd caught something he hadn't as my ear to ear grin could not be created by anything other than a new species. He flicked out his lure a few metres and..... WHAAAAAM!
He was into one of the silver shadows. We don't catch all that many Bass. So when we do its something special.
Well thankfully I eventually managed to tempt one, which brought me onto 12 species.
Normally when I make up rigs they aren't all that successful. My 'octopus rig' (jig head with eight pieces of Isome attached like tentacles) was one such failure. This rig was different!
I tied three size 22 hooks directly to my leader, and attached to each one a tiny piece of plastic. The tail of an Ecogear 2" Minnow, a section of Isome, and a tiny piece of tentacle from a Power Squid. To provide weight I attached a 1g cone head held in place by two split shot. Basically sabiki feathers.
A massive thank you to The Art of Fishing for organising the event and providing generous prizes, Ecogear for the raffle and all the awesome anglers who made it such an EPIC weekend. Also to my dad, who although finished on 0 species, travelled all over Cornwall!