Firstly, welcome to the new look website! I haven’t blogged since July, mostly while the website changes were going on, but now everything is in one place. Hopefully that makes it easier for everyone, instead of flicking between the blog and the website separately.
I was on holiday for a couple of weeks in the USA, and summer is usually a busy time for me outside of the fishing so I’ve made do with fitting a few sessions in around everything. And when I have its often been slightly ambitious attempts at catching North Wales occasional visitors, stingrays, red mullet, triggerfish to name a few, as well as trying to get a grip of the grey mullet populations. Unfortunately they have all eluded me this time, but it all a knowledge gained for next year.
Lastly, I have started a youtube channel, Anglesey Angling so look out for videos being added to that in the new year!
To the Fishing…
Through August until now I continued on my species hunt quest, venturing out west down the Llyn Peninsula on several occasions. The fishing became slightly difficult from this point on wards, or rather the weather did. Previously I didn’t even have to look at the forecast but since August came about the winds have become unpredictable, with forecasts changing regularly in the space of a few hours.
I did manage a brilliant few hours near Abersoch. Although the tope didn’t show I was kept well occupied with wrasse and other small species close in. A camping trip with a few mates resulted in a decent 6lb bass, which was followed up with a fish of 5lb a couple of weeks later from the island.
Several trips have been to Amlwch and Holyhead breakwaters in search of some unusual mini species but the mainstay has been ballan wrasse, rock gobies and leopard spot gobies. Each trip produced plenty of fish though and always at least 8 species.
Night action consisted of trips to the beaches after a small eyed ray where I met Richard on two occasions. My last effort just before going away I felt good about with an almost perfect surf and Richard landing two fish. However it was late in the tide and I thought the opportunity had gone before I felt something doggie like on the retrieve. Turned out to be the smallest small eyed ray I’ve ever seen but they all count. Since then, another night on Holyhead Breakwater produced a few species, namely a pouting and sand smelt that I had been after, with a couple of larger fish expertly removing my dead baits from the hooks before I had chance to strike.
My latest trip was a bit of a bonus, a brilliant day I managed to get on the west coast rock marks before the weekend storm. Despite it being Novemeber, no one told the wrasse and I must have had around 20 ballans and a few other species mixed in. The guiding has been a bit quiet but next session is later this week, fingers crossed for the weather!
Next targets are the rocklings and conger, and with a couple of lucky ones I could hit 50 North Wales shore caught species in a calendar year, Bring it on!