As a following on from my last blog, Saturday was the day Josh and I received one of prizes from the Cornish Lure Festival. A day on the water with a Andy Howell. Andy has owned a fishing boat for the last 25 years and has fished all over the South West. Andy's also a man after my own heart and preferring to fish with light gear.
As well as pleasure fishing Andy also runs 'Specialised Charters' a Warrior 165 called 'Obsession'. Andy takes out singles and pairs on fishing, photography and wildlife watching trips tailored around the clients needs.
The week before I put together all the boat bits I could find then took a trip out to see John at Lure Heaven UK. He had just the rod for me there and after seeing it I couldn't wait to get stuck into some fish.
The rod in question was the Graphitleader Spada Nuovo GSONSS-63UL-2, which translates into an awesome, one piece rod, 6'3" long and capable of jigging 3oz. These are available in both baitcasting models and a spinning model which I used here.
Our day started pretty much as every other fishing trip does, in McDonald's with a double sausage and egg McMuffin. I don't care what anyone says McDonald's breakfasts rule, end of. A short while later and after dropping the kids off at the pool we arrived in Mylor just in time to see Andy arrive. A few moments later we were on the water and motoring out of the river and off to the first mark.
Pollock was the first target of the day and it wasn't long before Josh had the first one in the boat.
It was taking me a little longer to bag one and with Andy adamant he had us in the right spot we invited him to show us how it was done and he did just that. It seemed within seconds he had this nice 3lb ish fish on board and moments later another fish pushing 5lb.
We were both catching by now and the more I caught the more I fell in love with the rod. It was so light in the hand and handled the upper ranges well in fact it coped with over the recommended 3oz upper weight limit. Not long after switching to a Gary Yamamoto 7" senko teamed up with a 35g articulated head and a 6/0 Vanfook Worm 55B hook, I caught something I wasn't expecting.
This very beautiful cuckoo wrasse. Ok to be fair it wasn't fairly hooked but a very welcome sight none the less. With the confirmation they were down there Josh changed his rig to a drop shot rig and some Isome. It wasn't long before he was getting bites and not long before he gained a new lure caught species.
After having our fill of pollock and cuckoos we headed off in search of a new species for us both, red band fish. Andy was confident we would have one. All he asked was we brought them up slowly so they would go back. We were fishing in 30m of water so the anticipation was high with every bite. Josh was first to hit the target and was over the moon with yet another new species.
I had to contend with a few mackerel before I managed to get down to the red band fish but was soon there and had myself a red band of my own. Now these fish are mad looking. Their heads and teeth are so prehistoric looking then the fins with the iridescent purple fringe just look awesome.
Three out of three so far Andy!
We then got on the discussion of gurnard and it came to light that neither Josh or I had caught a red gurnard with us mainly catching tubs in the past.
But never fear Andy had a plan and after a short journey and a change of rig it wasn't long before I landed one and Josh followed on behind.
The day couldn't have gone any better. Andy certainly had come up trumps so far with four out four species but we still had one we wanted to target. Although we weren't overly confident we would have one on a lure we still wanted to try. We headed up river and dropped anchor both Josh and I setup a drop shot rig, Josh went for a bream prawn and I chose to try a 2" Moysa by Bait Breath. We both had a couple of bites but no hook ups. Andy set up a bait rod with crab and threw that upstream during the flood. It wasn't long before the tip was going. Josh was left to play this one in.
BOOM! five out of five! Andy was on fire and delivering on all fronts. I was next on the bait rod and had a small bass, I was happy. Between us we were now up to 6 species and Andy managed to top that off with a seventh right at the end of the day. Although he didn't look overly happy about it ;)
To sum the day up all I can say is plenty of fish were caught and many laughs were had. To anyone thinking of taking a charter trip I strongly recommend you hook up with Andy. He is flexible and only too willing to go with the flow and do what you want to do. You also have the luxury of having his undivided attention but probably the biggest bonus is not having masses of lines to get tangled in.
Andy doesn't just do species hunting, he also does plenty of other types of fishing including shark fishing. Check out his facebook page here for pictures and videos. The shark fishing video is well worth a look.
Last but not least a big thank you to Andy for being generous enough to donate the prize to the Cornish Lure Festival and thanks again to Ben and Jo for organising the event.
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