As you can see from the gap between this blog and my last, I've not exactly been active on here for a while. I've still been fishing but between work and resurrecting some old hobbies I've been pretty busy. The time I have had I've spent with my family. Over this time I had lost a lot of my fishing drive and my fishing had become a bit stale. I've had my worse year ever on the bass, not even fished for wrasse and not picked up my ultra light rod at all.
Well that all changed this evening. After a savage week at work I had just about wrapped things up this afternoon when I got a text from Ben proposing fishing this evening. I pulled a few strings and managed to get away early. After a quick change I was straight out the door and off to a new mark. I hadn't been this excited about fishing for a long time and boy did it feel good. One of our targets species for the night was the hard hitting, hard fighting trigger fish. We knew we were in with a chance but within what seemed like just a few minutes Ben was in and sure enough in his usual jammy manner he bagged himself his first lure caught trigger.
My hopes were high and grew even higher as Ben landed his second but unfortunately it wasn't to be. However in just a single trip for them I've learnt so much already and I'll be back armed with the right gear for another go soon enough.
Despite not catching a trigger I still had plenty of bites. I caught some blennies that would probably break the British record and also had a couple of angry wrasse but one of the highlights for me tonight was hooking and landing one of the most unusual fish I have ever caught. A fish that is usually associated with the colder waters of the North Sea.
This is the first time I have ever seen a tadpole fish in the flesh and it is clear to see where it gets it's name from. What I wasn't expecting was the pretty awesome set of gnashers in it's mouth. Now on a even bigger high I slogged it out for another hour in hope of a trigger. What happened next is probably the highlight of my fishing this year. There has been a fish I have tried for on dozens of occasions to no avail. In fact I have tried on and off for over three years and still not caught one but tonight that changed. At long last I have finally caught a Topknot and not just one but two!
This was just the sort of session I needed to give me my buzz back and kick start my fishing properly in 2015 now all I need to do is catch a decent bass. Seriously though I have caught one bass this year and it certainly didn't break any records. I know it's all down to effort and not putting the time in but come on this is the only bass I have caught this year.
Things can only get better, right?
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