‘Lauren Jade’ is away for the engine service during the winter, she will be back in the harbour ready to go in April
Sadly thats the end of the wildlife watching and fishing from the ‘Lauren Jade’ for this season. I will have the boat out of the water as soon as the weather permits, she will be made ready for 2017. there is lots to do life – Jackets to be serviced and re-certificated, rods to be cleaned, reels oiled, written procedures to be updated Anti-fouling painted to the boat and a few adjustments made. I hope to be volunteering as a wildlife guide for the Dumfries and Galloway Councils Countryside Rangers Service again at Wigtown Bay LNR Bird Hide making this 7 winters of bird watching in the hide.
Quite a busy week with a range of fish caught Pollock, Mackerel some big some very small, Poor cod, Codling, 3 species of Gurnard, Tope to 30lb etc. We have also tried fly fishing for Pollock of the Burrowhead with some results, 45 seconds on a fast sinking line puts the fly in the right place, a fast sinking fly caught mackerel on a floating line, good fun if you get a big one! Two anglers fly fishing fills the boat as they require a little more room than the lure rods.
A slow start due to onshore wind but the fish were taking the bait in the afternoon with Bull Huss Tope and Thorn-back Rays caught and returned. Two Harbour Porpoise swam passed the boat but were hard to photograph. Later in the evening we diid a wildlife trip seeing Peregrine, Roe Deer, Grey Seals and sunsets.
The Loch Lomond boys set out to catch Smooth Hounds and these hard fighting fish liked the taste of the crab baits today with a dozen or more landed on the boat and a good number of rattling bites kept the rods moving. A fine Tub Gurnard and some dabs were also recorded for the specimen hunt. The tope were absent but the summer is still young and they will be showing soon.