The last trip out couldn't see me find any fish and the trip out the other day saw me confined to sheltered ponds. Today was another glorious spring day in Galway and I wanted to spend some of it on the bay.
Launching onto a flat calm sea I headed out into the bay to cover the same area that I had looked at with Rory towards the end of last week. We tempted no fish that day but the consensus was that they could not be far away.
I had to work for most of the day so by the time I had made it to the water the tide had already peaked and I would be starting to fish on the ebb. I had no bait due to it only being a short evening session and the weapons of choice were artificial lures - Fiiish Black Minnows, Sakura Koneels and a couple of jigging rigs. Really I was just out for the paddle and if I happened to hit some fish that would be a bonus. On the drive to the sea the dial in the car told me that it had hit 20 degrees! In Galway! In April! Too good a day to waste.
I bobbed around for a bit, drifting and casting lures to no avail. I was concentrating on a rocky outcrop that produced some great ballan wrasse over the last couple of year but unfortunately they were not showing themselves today. When it became apparent that the wrasse were not hitting I decided to head out over deeper water where they may be some fish sheltering over a rocky, weedy reef.
A change of tactics saw me switch to the jigging gear and within a few drops I felt the familiar tugging on the line soon to be followed by a full string of small pollock at the surface. None of them were of eating size but it was great to see them and after a quick photo they were sent back to where they had come from. A few more drops resulted in a few more fish, all small pollock.
I eventually turned the kayak towards the shore and made for home. It's a privilege to be on the water in conditions like today's and the fish are the icing on the cake. Granted, they were small but the fact that they are here means that bigger ones will not be far away and I think this coming weekend, if the wind behaves, might be the time to get out and get hunting for them.