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Wednesday, 30 June 2010

Sun, sea and SWFF...

Just back from a long weekend in Cornwall, and to be honest i wish i was still there!

My partner and i got there Friday night and other than a gig with the band on Saturday evening we had the weekend free to relax, eat, drink and maybe wet a line, if the opportunity came up you understand.

Well We couldn't of asked for better weather, the sun shone brightly all weekend, little wind, just a nice breeze to take the edge off the heat, and the sea was like a mill pond, not conducive to great fishing but fantastic for paddling around in the shallows chasing sandeels, turbot, crabs and jellyfish!

I did manage to have a cast or two on a couple of occasions over the weekend, firstly from an outcrop of rock to the left hand side of the best beach in existence. It was Saturday morning and we got to the beach mid morning with the tide well into the ebb, it wasn't to be a serious fishing break so all i had was the 5wt stuffed in the rucksack with a reel, choice of floating and fast sinking lines plus some tippet material and a few flies, oh and the stripping basket! We set up camp on the beach then headed for the rocks, the tides were a good size so left the reefs and ledges fully exposed with knee deep gulley's running between them, i scrambled out to a place i was happy to cast from and put the rod up. No sooner had i arrived in the spot fish could be seen smashing into small bait fish, they were about 2ins long, i searched the fly box for a similar length clouser, tied it on with a loop and cast it into the feast. The fly landed, i gave it a couple of seconds to sink a little then started the retrieve, BANG! Fish on! It was only a small Pollack but put a lovely bend in the 5wt, i slipped him back and carried on fishing through the violence as it moved around in front of me, i caught 13 Pollack in the next hour, nothing very big, a pound at very best but fantastic sport on what is basically trout gear!

I caught one more that day, while fishing for Gobies in a huge "rockpool" that was separated from the open sea by huge walls of kelp, it was around 18ins deep and full of likely looking rocks and boulders, the kind of place Gobies love to lie in wait then ambush! I was talking away and not really paying attention when a Pollack zoomed out from the kelp, snatched the fly and headed back for the kelp. I stopped him without too much trouble...


The next chance i had was on the last morning, we had to be out of the digs by 10.30am so i got up at 5am for a couple of hour before packing up and heading home. On the short drive to the beach i was treated to a fantastic sunrise over a calm sea, one of those moments where you just have to surrender to it and stand there for a couple of minutes soaking it in...


I reached the mark after a short walk out along the headland away from the beach, the 5wt was assembled but this time the fast sinking line deployed, the reef next to a gulley was 15 feet deep at your feet so there was no point faffing with the floater unless the Mackerel were showing, which they weren't. It was an hour to high water, i sent the line out and started counting it down, i got to 20 then began to retrieve, after 3 or 4 strips the fly was hit and i was into another minty little pollack again, this went on for some time and i'm not sure exactly how many i caught but they kept me busy over high water.



With the tide now dropping one or two forms of bait were left exposed on the rocks, i had a light spinning rod with me and fancied doing a little light ledgering for Wrasse(i know it's not fly fishing...). A simple running setup was assembled, hook baited and dropped into the kelp filled gulley............rap...rap........rap.....BOING! The rod went round and i was into a nice plump little ballan, it's easy to forget how well these little chaps fight when you don't get to fish for them often, and i don't know why more people don't rate them as a sport fish. I love them and enjoyed catching a couple while resting the casting arm...



With time now rolling on i picked up the fly rod for a last ten minutes before i had to pack up and ship out, i swapped the fly for a slightly larger one and began fan casting, moving along the reef, fan casting and so on, all the time counting the fly down so i was just tripping the top of the kelp on the retrieve. I had three or four last casts then hit something as soon as i started to work the fly, it had a little more strength to it and made a couple of terrific runs as it neared the rocks, of course it was another Pollack, but a slightly better one which signalled the end of the session...


Altogether it was a great short break and i cant wait to get down there again, and not long too wait either(wink wink)...


Cheers,


Graham

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