He moved to the other side of the boat as the tide had changed and whilst chatting to Rob, they caught a pair (male and female) blond rays and then David finished the day with another undersized turbot. Despite not reaching our one bass per rod limit of sizeable bass, and returning all our turbot and rays we had a most enjoyable day's fishing. Paul found us more fish than most of the Weymouth fleet under difficult conditions and the BSAC crew did not disgrace themselves! David was "top rod" with Rob a close second.
Meerkat 17th July 2016
We met at the quayside at 0730 hrs on what promised and indeed turned out to be a bright sunny day with a calm sea.
This was the first trip for most of us on Meerkat and it was a nice boat. There is a door opening which allows walking straight onboard, sufficient seating and a large deck area for fishing. Also, the boat was very clean. Ryan, the skipper, was very personable and made every effort to get us on the fish, trying a number of wrecks during
the course of the day. Plenty of tea or coffee was supplied and the fish were all filleted at the end of the trip.
After a short safety briefing, we set off and after about an hour and a half, we arrived at the first wreck. Ken got off to a flyer with his “secret weapon lure”, bagging a couple of nice pollock and
a cod before any of us had anything else and at one stage, it looked as if he was going to have sole use of the fish box!! Then Peter had a nice pollock followed by the odd cod or pollock by others.
As mentioned, we tried a few wrecks during the day and the sport was just enough to keep everyone interested. A couple of what appeared to be decent fish were lost and a couple of the wrecks were “lure eaters”. The trip catch was more or less the same as it has been on this year’s trips, not disastrous but certainly not as good as last year.
Congratulations to Ken who was top rod and thanks to all who supported the club.