The recent spell of good weather has allowed some of the small Boats to get out from Portlogan and Portpatrick. There is lots of small Whiting with the odd decent sized one around as well as some Codling ,Coalfish ,Dogfish and Spurdog a bit further offshore, there are also some Pollack closer in on the Reefs and Wrecks. Steve Stringer had been out on his boat “Lucky Dip” from Portpatrick with a party on board,they had a few Spurdog,and some decent sized Whiting and Haddock,also a Bullhuss to the Surface where it performed its own catch and release at the back of the Boat.
I had a run out with Tom Stevenson aboard his Boat ” Danny Bouy” from Portlogan yesterday, we had lots of small Whiting,Dogfish,a couple of decent sized Coalfish about 2lbs and a codling about 1 1/2lbs also we spoke to Dale Robertson and his mate whom had some Spurdog,small Whiting and a good sized Codling. Marks worth a try from the shore would be The Yellow Isle,Cheese Rock,Tandoo Pt and Dunskey Castle all near Portpatrick.
I am just recently back from another Trip to Cuba ,where My mate Allan Mc Lelland and myself had some cracking sized Bonefish and a Tarpon each as well as a few other species. The Weather was quite warm but very Windy,sometimes overcast with the occasional shower of Rain. The Sea was too rough to venture out to the deeper water over the coral reefs,so most of our fishing had to be done on the Flats. The strong winds did not make it easy sight Fishing on the Flats as well as clouds sometimes blotting out the sun,all in quite difficult conditions, I have fished here many times and always in winds but some days when we set out the wind was steady but increased as the day progressed making casting very difficult,however we still managed to hook up some cracking sized Bonefish and I also hooked a few Permit, alas only landing one which escaped the eluded picture courtesy of a windknot in my leader. The Crab and Shrimp patterns that I tied up for this trip were very successful,and accounted for some nice sized Fish.
We had a couple of sessions in the sunset for Tarpon from the shore. The first session I hooked one Fish which came of after a few jumps and Allan hooked five from which he landed one nice sized fish after a long tussle.When he set the hook in the Fish it immediately exploded skywards in a series of jumps,then tore of into the sunset before it exploded into the air again.. During trying to control the Fish Allan had to side step his way along to the armoured rock to try to find a suitable spot to try and land the Fish for a quick Photo. Having got onto a flatish area after a lengthly fight we managed to land the Tarpon for a quick photo before returning her to the water .
The next evening out it was my turn ,a Tarpon on my Greys Platinum 12 weight fly Rod and Hardy SDS Reel filled with Ultima 50lb Braid Backing and Rio Fly Line. My tussle with this Tarpon started in the Sunset and ended in the Dark after a 1hr 40 min fight,twice it nearly ran me out of Backing, and it tore the Flyline to Backing Knots through the FlyRod rings so many heart wrenching times that I lost Count.Having got down onto the armoured rock which was very slippery underfoot with the help of our Guide Dunisky and the Light from a Local Cyclist,we managed to get an area where I could land the Fish for a Photo if it stayed on. After it headed for a Bridge I managed to Turn it and after a few more smaller runs ,in it came. Our Guide Dunisky had a damaged shoulder,so I lipped the Fish, and one of the Cyclists held the Lips whilst I got under it for a Photo and then straight back whilst she had plenty of kick in her.On the last Day I headed out with Dunisky,firstly trying for a few Bonefish and the chance of a Permit whilst the sky was clear,however it was still very windy. Hooked up 3 Bonefish and duffed a permit by hooking the back of my head,the chance was missed and the cloud started coming over the sun,so it was time for a change of plan. Spinning Rod at the ready we headed for some stony reefs and chucked X-Raps and Poppers across the top of the stones,it was no time at all until I was into a nice Snapper,then another.After catching some it seemed to spook the rest so we headed to another Reef . Ihad a follow from a large fish which I could not identify, and then into another Snapper,this seemed a bit bigger and very strong ,a Cuberra snapper,the first one that I have landed , a nice end to the holiday.
Tight Lines Everyone , Eric