Not been out for a few weeks, the couple of sessions previously were too wet and windy with nothing worth getting the camera for. However a day off today and decent, if a little cold, weather meant I was definitely getting out. Fishing a reasonably big tide down to low, and a northerly wind I didn’t really fancy anywhere on Anglesey to produce what I wanted so I made a dash down the Llyn to try out some new territory. I left Bangor around 12 and after the mammoth drive I was down the rocks and started fishing just after 2pm with the plan to leave about 5pm.
I set up as usual, 8/0 hooks, short wire trace and half mackerel baits. Initially the current and swell kept the ratchets buzzing a bit too much and holding bottom was a struggle. First cast was out there for over an hour while I tried feathering for some fresh bait. I had already lost a rig to a snag on my second big rod and I thought the same had happened to the first rod but eventually it pulled free and there was a bit of weight on the end. I wasn’t sure what I had on, as it slid onto the rocks I initially thought I had a decent gurnard but as I got down to it, it was obviously a meaty 3 beard rockling that had wriggled onto the big hook.
The picture doesn’t really do it justice but its the best I could do with the self timer. I thought I might see more action now the current had eased but not so. A few lost feathers to the rocks as I unsuccessfully thrashed the water for mackerel and pollack. I was kept on my toes by the swell making it look like I had bites on the bigger rods. Other than that the most excitement I got was the appearance of a seal and a large bird, possibly a buzzard or just a crow on steroids flew into one of the lines as it tried to take one of my discarded mackerel baits off the rocks.