This year myself “the official Golden Bollox” , John Dines “previously known as Golden Bollox” , Jim Lawrence “Jimbobmegumbi” & Barry “The Beagle” Took, , met up at Pra sands for an afternoons beach session, the weather was lovely blue skies and sunshine, which of course was not only great for us, we could fish in flip flops and shorts, it was also great for the hordes of holiday makers. Either way not to be put off we headed off down the beach out of everyone’s way. We fished the flood tide, but to no avail, nothing between us.
We therefore set off to be checked in at The Lugger, after checking in and after a couple of pints we set of to the good old Sea Palace for our annual Chinese sit down meal.
Monday morning was an early start we met Chippy at 0600 and set off for a 12 hour day on the sharks, we ended the day with a total of 9 sharks the biggest for the day was my one at 85lb, I also had fish of the day with a large 2lb + gar fish, which I should have weighed in but hey ho.
We ended the day with a fish supper at the Lugger, fish chowders and garlic king prawns all round, OMG…..
Tuesday was an easy day, a day drifting the bays for species, the wind was not great and it pushed us off the drift and out to sea, even so we cracked on and fished ard and ended up with 9 for the day which consisted of tub, grey & red gurnards, turbot, plaice, dog fish, dabs, small eyed rays and sand eels. Fish of the day fell to me again with a tasty plaice of 2.8lb.
We ended the day in the curry house behind the hotel, the monk fish curry was to die for. With a night cap back at the Lugger before an early night.
Wednesday we met at 0700, the weather was great the seas were flat calm and the sharks were biting we had a total of 20 that day, with fish of the day going to Barry with another impressive 85lb blue.
We ended up in the Wetherspoons for a steak and burger dinner and a few beers.
Thursday, the penultimate day, the weather was not as good, we ended the day with 10 blues, the biggest and the fish of the day was my 90 pounder.
Friday, our last day, the weather had turned and with it came a nasty wind, we didn’t think we would get out, but the ride was not too bad, a steady 18 knots see us out and fishing in no time, 15 sharks, today and just as we were about to call it a day, a large blue swam past one of the floats. Within a few minutes the bait nearest the boat set off for the bottom, it was Jimbobmegumbi’s rod, as this was the last trip he thinks his coming on, what a way to end the trip. After a while we did get to see the shark and it was clearly the biggest of the week, after somewhat of a struggle and with Jim in a real mess even more than normal, we landed this beauty of a shark, weighing in at 158lb, what a way to end the trip.
We ended the week with a total of 54 sharks, which compared to past years you may think quite a poor show, but it really is not about the numbers anymore, we tried some new locations this year, we headed out further to try and find something a little different, maybe a big Porbeagle, mako or thresher but this year it was not to be. We ended up catching as total of 17 species for the week, and see some amazing wildlife, different types of dolphins, sun fish, and the incredible leather back turtles which we spotted two days running.
Saturday was a bit of an easy day really, after some breakfast we set off for the tackle shop, armed with rag worms we hit our normal rock mark, Penberth cove for some sport with the wrasse.
Unfortunately Jim and Barry had to shoot off, but myself and John met up with Chippy, Tash & the kids along with Jon and his family. At the Meadery in Newlyn, were we enjoyed the night eating and drinking mead wine until the early hours, woops.
After a good night sleep and a slighter later start we headed home wood bound.
If Jim is true to his word we have a space for next year’s trip, I have a couple of people interested but nothing confirmed as yet, so anyone interested please do let me know.