Red Bay, Antrim. A cephalopod tale

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Red Bay, Antrim. A cephalopod tale

Postby chuckaroo » Wed Nov 08, 2017 11:42 pm

Was invited out on a wee boat last week to scratch around Red Bay and gladly accepted the offer.
After dropping off one of the guys who started adding his own 'burly to the system' (Rex Hunt words) early on, we worked the shore for pollack for a bit then headed off into deaper water to see what was about.
Nothing particularly big all in. Best fish were a cod coming close to 4lb and some pollack around the 3lb mark, but good numbers of fish.
A few species too: cod, haddock, whiting, ling, mackerel, herring, coley, pollack, pouting, red gurnard and a few curled octopus. Big shoals of mackerel of all sizes, and a lot of decent coley, it was nice to see.
So anyway, I decided that I'd try eating one of the octopus and so threw it into a plastic bag, as you do.. Never tied a knot in the bag of course and when I got home he was nowhere to be found :roll: :oops: Searched the car thoroughly then got a message from the skipper saying that he found his daughter squealing out the back yard. She'd opened his fishing bag and discovered olly wriggling about inside. He was then forced to drive down to the shore and let it go again :lol:

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A link to a wee video taken from the shore recently too fwiw - Feeding pollack bits of squid:
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=LofW6LzFKvU

Tight Lines an all that
Chuckaroo


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First wolffish, a 30lb+ shore-caught halibut, a 20lb shore-caught cod, a 10lb+ coley, a 4lb+ plaice (Norway)

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Re: Red Bay, Antrim. A cephalopod tale

Postby johnwest » Thu Nov 09, 2017 6:48 pm

Great to see a boat report,(I just put mine up on the axle stands for the winter), good selection of species there. Hope you stocked up on mackerel for the freezer? That octopus has a very smug and superior look about him, as if he knows he's safe. What's it like to be outsmarted by a mere invertebrate?
2011 species; 26

2012 species; 27

2013 species; 31

2014 species; 27

2015 species; 28

2016 species; 32

2017 species;28

2018 ; ballan wrasse, blenny, coalfish, codling, cuckoo wrasse, dab, dogfish, flounder, gilthead bream, golden grey mullet, grey gurnard, herring, launce, ling, mackerel, megrim, mullet, pollack, poor cod, pouting, red gurnard, sand smelt, sea scorpion(ls), skate, smoothhound, spotted ray, thornback, tub gurnard, turbot, whiting
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Re: Red Bay, Antrim. A cephalopod tale

Postby chuckaroo » Sat Nov 11, 2017 2:42 am

johnwest wrote:What's it like to be outsmarted by a mere invertebrate?
That octopus was put into a plastic bag, which was put into a bigger plastic bag, which was put into a big bucket; and do you know, I didnt bother to tie a knot in the bag as I honestly was thinking that I would give him half a chance! Lol. I thought: if he manages to get back to the water from there then he deserves it.. So in the end you are right, I should have known better, he did outsmart me - I ultimately didn't get my fresh dinner that night!
johnwest wrote:Hope you stocked up on mackerel for the freezer?

Not once did I put on a set of feathers, I didn't catch a single Mack because I was too lazy to do so.. and, I wanted to focus on bigger things :wink: Any Mack I took home were kindly donated by the skipper. I wish I had caught more now!

Cheers Paddy. So do you think you'll make Donegal at the start of the month..?
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First tope, first skate, a specimen flounder (2.5lb+ or 40cm+)
First wolffish, a 30lb+ shore-caught halibut, a 20lb shore-caught cod, a 10lb+ coley, a 4lb+ plaice (Norway)
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Re: Red Bay, Antrim. A cephalopod tale

Postby johnwest » Sat Nov 11, 2017 12:51 pm

chuckaroo wrote:
johnwest wrote:What's it like to be outsmarted by a mere invertebrate?
That octopus was put into a plastic bag, which was put into a bigger plastic bag, which was put into a big bucket; and do you know, I didnt bother to tie a knot in the bag as I honestly was thinking that I would give him half a chance! Lol. I thought: if he manages to get back to the water from there then he deserves it.. So in the end you are right, I should have known better, he did outsmart me - I ultimately didn't get my fresh dinner that night!
johnwest wrote:Hope you stocked up on mackerel for the freezer?

Not once did I put on a set of feathers, I didn't catch a single Mack because I was too lazy to do so.. and, I wanted to focus on bigger things :wink: Any Mack I took home were kindly donated by the skipper. I wish I had caught more now!

Cheers Paddy. So do you think you'll make Donegal at the start of the month..?

If I feel as good as I do at the moment, there's every chance! I may be sporting an extra thick hat...
2011 species; 26

2012 species; 27

2013 species; 31

2014 species; 27

2015 species; 28

2016 species; 32

2017 species;28

2018 ; ballan wrasse, blenny, coalfish, codling, cuckoo wrasse, dab, dogfish, flounder, gilthead bream, golden grey mullet, grey gurnard, herring, launce, ling, mackerel, megrim, mullet, pollack, poor cod, pouting, red gurnard, sand smelt, sea scorpion(ls), skate, smoothhound, spotted ray, thornback, tub gurnard, turbot, whiting

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