The start of 2014 threw up some great pollack from marks across the island, the first week in January was particularly successful with a new pb for Rubh Hunish topping the 11lb mark. As you can see from the photo the conditions were 'interesting' especially at the change of the tide. The main aim of the session was to test out my christmas present, an Okuma trio 55s spinning reel.
In a few sea lochs including Bracadale there was a multitude of small whiting which proved to be a major frustration. Baits were barely hitting the seabed when they would be stripped clean by the swarm of pin whiting. Thankfully these whiting seemed to attract predators and brought in some decent sized thornback ray and spurdog. Still waiting on the photos from my dad but on one occasion in July he managed over 10 thornback ray with an average size of 12lb.
One weekend I was free in august allowed me to escape for a shot at bass at Loch Brittle. Having heard reports from anglers on the island that there had been success with specimens reaching the 10lb mark I was feeling lucky. Unfortunately the entire population of sea trout on the west coast of Scotland seemed to have turned up to migrate up the river that weekend. Having spoken to the bailiff and assured him we would not be targeting sea trout it proved to be easier said than done. After about the 30th sea trout we gave up fishing with lures and tried baits on the bottom. This failed to produce any bass but did throw up a few decent flounders up to around 2lb.
What was fun over the summer was trying out a new portable creel at some marks. This produced some lobsters and edible crab along with a multitude of other crustaceans. If you have kids they would love having one of these in the water :-)
Happy new year and tight lines for 2015!