Winter is coming….

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.

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Lots of Fished this week

Bull Huss30lb TopeHold on tightUnexpected catchGrey Gurnard Tub GurnardQuite 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.

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Tope and Bull Huss off the Isle today

 

Tope and Bull Huss off the Isle today

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Fish, Sunsets and Porpoise

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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.

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Tope targeted at the end of May

You hold it for me Dad

You hold it for me Dad

P1010609P1010607P1010586P1010568P1010578P1010581The sharks have arrived in the solway with Tope, Smooth Hounds, Thorn-backed Ray being caught and returned  Good sized Tub Gurnard are coning to the fish baits too

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Smooth Hounds and Gurnards today

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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.

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