Saturday afternoon saw Ben, my dad and I heading down to Fowey for the first Bay Area LRF meet. We met up with Luke Fox and about 11 other guys. There was a good mix of ages from 9 up to the unmentionables, all keen to land a few fish.
Firstly we hit some wrasse marks and it wasn’t long before people were into fish. Bites seemed to be easing off, I turned to see how Ben was getting on only to see him strike into a fish. It wasn’t long before all could see this was a good fish. His Graphiteleader Argento RV was bent to the butt (but not in a gay way) and the fish was taking line. Ben locked his reel up and really lent into this fish and a few moments later I helped him land a very plump 51cm wrasse. This was a dense heavy fish but with lack of scales we couldn’t get an exact weight but the general consensus was it was around 5lbs. Either way a clear PB for Ben.
After a few wrasse were landed (by most but not me) we headed up river to some LRF marks and a heap of species were caught from flounder to sand gobies. There was a really good feel to the meet and all were in high spirits. We fished a variety of marks and use a heap of methods amongst us. I feel I learnt something from watching others and I’m sure others did to. If you have an interest in lure fishing or a hardcore addict the next meet will definitely be worth a visit. Check out the Facebook page here for more info and details on future meets.
Sunday saw me crawl from my pit at 3.30am and slide into the shower to wake me up. Half hour later I was running out the door and on my way to pick Ben up before shooting off to pick up John Barriball. We then set off, full of anticipation and excitement to Royalty Fishery in Christchurch. A few hours and a Mcdonalds breakfast later we arrived and it wasn’t long before we were casting a line.
To say the fishing was good would be a massive exaggeration that not even Ben would be guilty of. The fishing was unbelievably hard and slow. A combination of faster than expected flow and higher water. There also seemed to be a distinct lack of signs of fish. Not even roach were seen topping in fact other than minnows we didn’t see a fish for most of the day but it didn’t stop us trying.
After a fair while of trying I finally managed to winkle out a minnow for the species hunt, we then moved down stream to where we hoped the fish might be hiding. Ben had a follow from what looked like a chub so we perservered in the area and a while later I was in to my first decent fish. It hit hard and immediately jumped, I thought trout and I was bang on a nice little sea trout and a first for me on LRF gear.
With not much light left we slowly worked our way back up stream chucking lures along the way. John switched lures to spinner in hope of a pike or perch and a few casts later it paid off and in a big way. John was using a Graphiteleader Bosco rated just over a gram to 10 grams and 6lb line. The rod hooped round and the reel screamed and when I say screamed I mean screamed! There was a big swirl on the surface and we all thought pike and a big one at that. After having to walk 50 yards down stream and play this fish, I readied myself with the net. What I saw next I was not expecting. My jaw dropped and the only words that could come out were “It’s not a pike!”. I just manged to net the fish who tried so hard to jump back out and John had just bagged himself a 16lb salmon and smashed his previous PB.
Massive congratulations to John for a truely awesome catch and a fish of a lifetime. What a turn around to a difficult day, I think we all left buzzing. Right, now where’s my spinners?
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