Thursday night saw three of us seeking both fish and shelter from fairly strong winds. I was joined by Ethan and Billy, both who have been fishing before but were seeking help in order to improve catches in the future. I decided on Penrhos as the venue, as the wind would be on our backs, sport is pretty reliable and there’s a chance of a bonus ray or smoothound.
I wasn’t expecting much in daylight but within about 5 minutes of casting, Billy’s rod bounced into life, unsure when to begin reeling I suggested leaving it for a minute or so to let the bite develop. Sure enough the occasional nod became a consistent rattle, and upon reeling there was a noticeable bend in the rod. As I had expected it a dogfish was the culprit and as it broke the surface I went down to the waters edge to land it for Billy. He was over the moon with it, having been over a year since catching a fish he had one within 10 minutes of this session. We planned on being out for about 4 hours so this was a good sign.
It didn’t take long before Ethan had a bite too, this time it was a whiting holding onto his sandeel bait. The action continued and while never hectic, bites were coming nearly every cast and most resulted in a fish landed, mostly dogfish and a pouting made an appearance. I had set up 2 rods as well to try and tempt a bonus fish using frozen crab and squid/sandeel wraps, but these just resulted in more doggies.
The 4 hours went by incredibly quickly but we left satisfied with our evenings session and I was chuffed that the guys were able to get into some consistent sport and learn a few new skills, making it worthwhile heading out in the rough conditions.