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Friday, 4 September 2020

Holiday fishing with an ISUP!

 Been home for a few days now after my holidays back in Greece. Only went for a couple weeks and it was mostly for family time, especially since my folks hadn't seen the baby yet. I wasn't too fussed about serious fishing but I did want to visit the dams for perch and chub and this time I had a secret weapon...! I brought along an inflatable paddle board (ISUP) and was keen on trying to fish off that. 

The main reason behind the SUP purchace was because one of the dams had gotten overgrown with vegetation and it was very difficult to fish from the shore. I hadn't fished there for more than a decade even though it held big perch and chub.

I opted for a beginner ISUP, the Suprfit 10.8. Its fairly straightforward inflating it etc, though I bought a double paddle as it only comes with a single for stand up use. To be honest I just needed a stable platform to fish from and be easy to paddle. I did try to stand but only when I was playing with it on the beach and let's just say sitting or kneeling is much better for  Blaming my extra holiday weight for the lack of balance!

Anyway, the ISUP proved to be very good for what I wanted it to do though unfortunately things have changed on the dams... The overgrown dam seemed to have been reclaimed by nature! The road there was full of fallen rocks and had young trees growing on the sides. Moreover the place where I used to park was so overgrown I drove past it without recognizing it! Eventually, I found a single access point to the water and managed to get the ISUP in. I started casting a small spoon around and it didn't take long to get a fish on! A very nice chub came up after a spirited tussle. Been a while since I had a chub and I was chuffed with this one. Its another obliging and pure fun fish to catch! I had a few more smaller fish on little cicada topwaters but it was slow fishing  for sure. Near sundown I concentrated my efforts for perch but despite fishing with little shads and drop shot I got no perch bites... Instead, I had another good chub on a little Fiiish black minnow imitation. Surprisingly, this fish was caught deep, where I wouldn't expect to find them. The water temperature was quite high so maybe that was the cause. 

The high water temperature along with the increased vegetation may have been the reasons why I didn't get any perch. In the other dam, I found them where they usually are, near boulders and a drop off into 15m+ water. Therefore I should have searched for deeper water structure. I suppose that's something for next year...




 I could really stay fishing on the lakes for days but unfortunately time was yet again against me. Reckon theres a PB chub and perch hiding in there for sure!I have left he SUP there for next Summer anyway. Im sure it could have applications here in Scotland (with wet/dry suit) but the wind would make things tricky for sure. On small lochs though it could definitely help.

Back in Skye now and will have a couple days targeting perch and pike before I hit the pollock again. Its about time for topwaters!

Tight Lines

















Tuesday, 11 August 2020

The mad "Northumbrians" are back!

It was a pleasure to meet up yet again with my Northern English friends and have a session on the sib! Mick and Keith brought Chris and Rob with them for their annual Skye fishing holiday. The weather last week was crap for the most part and the lads struggled to find good fishing. I deliberately waited for last minute and picked the best day of the forecast. We met up early in the morning and the plan was to split up in two SIBs. Mick and Keith in Mick's new Honwave T35 and Chris with Rob in mine.
We launched and headed for our first spot. The forecast gave S-SE winds but we were met with a brisk westerly that got me worried I chose the wrong spot...
We started fishing and soon enough we found the fish holding near the bottom in a 25m bowl.
The old-timers Mick and Keith started hauling some fish in and it took a few tries for Chris and Rob to follow suit.  
The fish were showing a strong preference to soft plastics and this continued for the rest of the day. 
After a couple hours and with the westerly not dying down, we decided to move to a more sheltered area.
The crossing was fun in the chop but we soon came to shelter.
I could see fish higher up in the water column and there seemed to be plenty of fry around. 
We started casting and soon all the guys were in!  
We had a steady stream of 4-6 lbs fish with the better ones going 7-8lbs. We came close but no double graced our net on the day. 
At some point Chris got something heavy on, that kept close to the bottom without making the usual runs and dives of Pollock. We were all surprised to see a decent cod coming up from the depths! And it wasn't alone as Chris managed another one a few casts later, on his homemade cheburaska jigs! 
The obvious jokes of the East Coasters bringing these fish over were made, although it definitely seems like cod catches are becoming more frequent... 
I get codling on the deeper parts of this mark around October and then in Spring, but this was very shallow and unusually out of season. 
Nevertheless they were a lovely addition to the species count and Chris generously gave them to me for my dinner. 
Later on we encountered the first mackerel on this side of the island and we had some nice sized ones on the metals. By then the wind had gone right down and the sun was out. A perfect ending to another fishing adventure with these legends!

It was great having the guys back for another year and I'm glad that I managed to  put them on the fish after the hard days they had. 
The fish we had seemed in excellent condition. We tried to get them up on the topwaters but I believe that the combination of big tides and sunny sky kept them low. 
I had a quick session the other day after work and I managed a pollock on the fly and a coalie on the Autowalker 115s. The visibility was unreal at 18m! 

With the proper arrival of the mackerel now, the sea feels alive and though I suspect fish will be a bit finicky, the golden time is near...
Will be going back to Greece for holidays next week and I'm hoping to get some fishing done there. Been a while...

Tight Lines 

Wednesday, 5 August 2020

A bit hectic!

The past couple of weeks have been a blur... I've been very busy at work but also with guiding and I got to see some familiar faces. I feel really proud to have so many returning anglers! The fishing has been typical of Mid-summer with fussy fish and short feeding spells. Persistence, frequent spot changes and realistic finesse presentations were key for getting the fish.
Weather has been good for the most part although as we're getting into August, things seem to change. Had the first few mackerel sessions as well, though only at the western part of the Island still. I've yet to find some spare time for freshwater fishing but I'm hoping to change this soon.


Striped torpedo

I have more guiding to do this week with yet more familiar faces! Hopefully it'll be time for some topwater strikes...

Tight lines! 

Sunday, 12 July 2020

Bits and Bobs fishing.

The past couple of weeks I haven't done much fishing as we visited family and time was limited. Nevertheless, I've had a few casts here and there with varied success. The sea fishing is improving day by day and I caught the first mackerel of the year recently. The seatrout game seems to be slowing down and I think it's time to devote more time on the SIB. Have sent both engine props to be cupped and smoothed and just waiting on them to get back.
A couple lochan sessions weren't too bad either with a few pretty brownies and some new ground covered.
Overall, things are looking up and hoping for some varied and exciting fishing to come!
Some pics below.

Wouldnt mind a few more of them...

Loch Lochy trout from a short session.

Eyes bigger than belly...

Lochan brownie.

Lovely spots on them...

My brother's in!

Good stamp of fish,

LRF Coalie

Love them.

Some day that was!

Frustrating yet beautiful...
Tight Lines!