Friday, 20 April 2012

Three amigos ride again.

Jake, Naz and I headed down the A1 yesterday for a little tour of a few of our East Lothian marks. Once on the road, Jake put on the music of a band he was once a part of and Naz recognised it. After some discussion, Jake and Naz realised that they had met before via the Edinburgh music scene many years ago and had a few friends in common as a result. After a bit of "those were the days" reminiscing we arrived at our first mark, the mouth of the Biel Burn at the eastern end of Belhaven Beach. No fish were to be found though apart from a white eel lure found by Naz. 

A nice find. Killer bass lure.

We jumped back in the car and headed along to Dunbar harbour but after a bit of vertical jigging down the edges with no bites we decided to move again. Despite a bit of a swell running and an inshore wind we decided to head to Torness Power Station outflow and try for bass. As is customary we spent 10 minutes quickly catching a few blennies on the way over the rocks.

Ever obliging greedy little buggers!

Then a quick change of end gear and we were soon working our white eels over the reef in amongst the breaking waves and foaming brine. Naz was first into a fish. His first bass in fact, weighing about 2lb, he was over the moon.

Naz's first ever bass!
Caught on guess what?

Shortly afterwards Jake hooked and landed one and I followed suit almost immediately. Both our fish about 1lb. 

Jake's Bass.
Bass Bros.
We continued to fish but I headed along on to the beach, Naz headed to try the outflow and Jake continued to fish over the reef.

Jake works his lure over the reef in search of more bass.

No action for a while so after a few more blennies we opted to move again and drove further down the coast to Eyemouth. No sign of any fish inside the harbour there. Jake and I did get some interest from three sea trout in the channel where the river flows into it but no sooner than they had appeared they vanished again. We then did a spot of rock hopping at the back of the harbour but again no sign of any fish apart from one small sea scorpion that I hooked briefly before he gave me the slip and shot off back down the edge of the gully to the crevice he came from.

This will be full of pollock soon hopefully!

The lack of fish at most marks is disappointing but we can't complain really. We all landed a bass and the blennies were a laugh as always. However we can't wait for the summer and the variety of species that come with it to arrive.

Tight lines, Hutch.

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