Causeway lass trip 18/11/12

Sat Nov 24, 2012 11:27 am

People: Myself, Nial K and 5 other charter customers

Duration: 6hrs

Tide: Deep sea and Wrecks

Weather: Cold, really cold but dry

Bait: Mackerel strips

Rigs: Various feathers, muppets, pirks and running traces.

Results: Loads of Pollock and Coalfish


Headed out with Richard Connor last Sunday morning from Ballycastle on the very modern Causeway Lass. After some light jigging in the bay for some bait fish we headed north for our first wreck site. In about 35m of water I was using Tsunami 5/0 black feather rigs and they were absolutely hammering the Pollock and Coalfish. At one stage I was hauling them in 3 at a time (see pic). I lost a few rigs to inexperience by not pumping the rod imediately on getting a bite. The big Pollock were breaking for the wreck and never coming back :cry:

We then departed to another wreck which unfortunately was not as fruitful so Richard took us well out into the North Channel in 100m of water to go after the bigger stuff. This really was an eye opener. We were using 8/0 muppet rigs and running traces. The weights were ginormous to hold the outfit vertical in that depth :shock: The fishing gods did not shine on us however :oops: we had to head back closer inshore as the swell was getting higher and the cold really was intense :shock: I was wearing multiple layers and a full flotation suit and you could still feel it biting :cry:

Closer inshore we resumed battering the Pollock again, most were a good size from 5-10lb and there was plenty smaller returned back to fight again. By the end of the day we had a great box of fish to take home and display for dinner, I am a hunter/gatherer extraordinaire :lol:

I'm a shore angler at heart but I look forward to my occasional trips on the Causeway Lass. You're well looked after and Richard supplies good quality Penn Senator 50lb reels and rods for the day.

Cracking day out :D

Pic courtesy of Causeway Lass

Re: Causeway lass trip 18/11/12

Sat Nov 24, 2012 8:06 pm

It's a great boat and Richard is a great skipper for someone so young
He works his socks off to get you the fish unlike some skippers around the coast who just want your money for little work

Re: Causeway lass trip 18/11/12

Sun Nov 25, 2012 11:08 am

Fair play to you Monty for getting afloat this late into the year!
Excellent report as always.

Re: Causeway lass trip 18/11/12

Sun Nov 25, 2012 2:53 pm

great report lad,fair play to ya,
not lettin the cold hold ya back when most lads boats woulda been wrapped up warmer than you!
the winter,sorts the men from the boys.aul' dog for the road and pup for the boreen.
nice fishin.

Re: Causeway lass trip 18/11/12

Mon Nov 26, 2012 7:34 pm

Thanks lads for the views, thanks and nice comments. Really appreciate it. :D

This is by far the best time of the year for shore fishing IMHO. Empty beaches, dry crisp evenings and the lingering hope of a big fat cod out there with your name on it :lol:


Re: Causeway lass trip 18/11/12

Tue Nov 27, 2012 12:26 am

the lingering thought of a big a cod out there with your name on it...

Not a truer word spoken!

Bring on the weekend