April has come and gone, and been a fairly tough month for me to find gaps in the weather when I can actually fish. Fortunately the two guided fishing sessions I had arranged went well, at least the guests have been catching!
Back at the start of the month I had David and Adrian along who had done some fishing but not for some time. The session was actually arranged by a relative of theirs as a surprise, and hopefully give them a starting point if they head out on their own while on holiday on the island. We met on a breezy Amlwch breakwater. While it was a bit choppy it was fishable, and the sun came out and took a slight edge off the wind chill. The plan was to scratch around with a flapper rig, try for mini species close in, and try a couple of casts with a bigger bait to tempt the dogfish or a strap conger. For the majority of the session the flapper rig kept the guys busy, with bites usually coming withing 5 mins of casting. Codling, coalfish and a surprise ballan wrasse around 3lb all came on the first two casts, and for the remainder of the flood the fish continued to come in often in twos. With things slowing for us it gave us chance to try the different tactics, however all that obliged were a few pin whiting. The guys had a good session overall, looking at a few different rigs, bait presentation and becoming competent casters.
Over the Easter bank holiday we finally had a patch of settled weather. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to make the most of it until the last day when I had a guided session arranged with guest Steve. With him being an experienced angler meant we could be a bit more adventurous with the choice of mark, so we headed to a west coast rock mark. I went though my usual set ups and baiting up for rays and huss, and before long Steve was casting them into the clear water. I was waiting til darkness for the main action, however second cast in, what looked to be a doggie turned out to be a lovely huss writhing on the surface. After a bit of a game on the awkward rocks we got it landed for a photo. The doggies proved to be a nuisance throughout the session, but as the flood kicked in two small thornbacks managed to find Steve’s baits, putting the icing on the cake.
My own fishing this month has mostly been a case of right place wrong time, missing out on the productive states of the tide due to other commitments. I have been able to get out with the lures, trying a couple of locations new to me and scouting the estuaries for mullet (they are showing). I did throw the weather gods a curveball by swapping days at work which meant I could get down the Llyn on a perfect day for it. While the tope didn’t show again I threw a few metal lures around and had some tidy pollack upto about 3lb, and well as a jumbo mackerel about a pound.
I’m now looking forward to the next couple of weeks with a few guest guided sessions pencilled in and a bit more free time to work on a few things, especially upping my lure game.