So inadvertently this weekend I have been doing a bit of species hunting. It all started on the Friday night with a trip out with Ben, you can see that here. After Ben nailing two trigger fish I was keen to get back and have another go myself. I had already ticked off 5 species in a short session but the crazy bit for me is, that included two new species.
Unfortunately despite being extremely stoked by my two new species unless I got my trigger it just wouldn't cut it. Saturday saw me back at the mark better equipped ready to catch my third new species of the weekend. A nice little bonus to this trip was I was joined by my wife Tanya. Also Tanya being Tanya isn't one to just sit around and watch. Straight away she got stuck in using my Graphiteleader Argento and sure enough who was the first to land a fish? You got it, Tanya with a pretty 2lb ballan. As you can imagine the excitement was high and we all thought it was going to be a trigger.
After not too long Tanya turned to me and said "They're further out away from the structure". A moment later the Argento was bent double and she was in. This was either a huge wrasse or a trigger. Tanya had her dragged locked up and didn't give it an inch and after some hit and hold tactics she had landed her first ever trigger and on a lure! A very proud moment for me.
After the excitement it soon dawned on me that my wife had just beaten me to a lure caught trigger. Time to focus take note of what she told me and get myself a trigger on the bank. Following Tanya's advise I flicked my lure further out into deeper water away from the structure and I was soon getting bites and having my lures shredded. I just knew it was triggers and after a short while I proved it by hooking into one. Oh boy do these things fight, they are like wrasse on steroids. Pound for pound, I would say these are up there with the hardest fighting fish I have caught.
That was it the hat trick I didn't even know I wanted. Tadpole fish, Trigger and my long awaited Topknot with the added bonus of seeing Tanya catch a trigger. My enthusiasm is well and truly restored. Still buzzing once home I decided to head out for a little LRF. I picked up Ben and headed west for a couple hours. My species count ever growing I was hoping to pick up a couple more. In fairness the session was far from epic but bagging a few more species was my goal and that's what I did. Species count of 10 and 3 new species that's not a bad weekend by any stretch.
Species tally at the end of the weekend consists off, trigger fish, tadpole fish, topknot, tompot blenny, black goby, sand smelt, scad, pollock, ballan wrasse and goldsinny wrasse.
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