After posting my offer to take out an angler through S.A.I. Two lads arrived into the shop and asked to try some boat angling. Mick & Tom, had very little experience and no tackle.
Knowing this was going to be a challenging trip I took my standby, standby rods and reels. So yesterday (thurs) we launched the Alaska at Ferry Point, Youghal.
The first problem occurred after only 10mins heading when the G.P.S. started to flicker and then blanked. Still, we had the sonar and I would have a good knowledge of the area.
Picking up mackerel was no problem, but getting through them to the fish below was.It seemed there was a blanket of them and even dropping through them at pace you would end up foul hooking at least one. But we must not complain. But dropping through them at pace became the undoing of Mick, whose reel overspun resulting in a whopper of a birds nest which also resulted in his line wrapping around the prop'. Meanwhile, tom got stuck in the bottom, letting out 50mt of line before I could get to him and tie it off on the stern cleat so that it parted company with the seabed.
During all this, the sonar started alarming shallow water and would not quit. We were in 90ft so I was not concerned too much until it croaked its last and also went blank.
Now, the good bits, I had taken this opportunity to try some new rigs we stocked. and the one that outfished all others was the ' Glow Head Rig' a 3 hook 3/0 mini Muppet job. with a strip of mackerel dropped to the bottom produced every time. I have included some photo's, but I didnt have much time for good focus.
OH, Mick and tom said they will do it again.
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