May 2015

It’s been a while since our last detailed report, and much has happened, great fishing and hard fishing, thanks to the weather. We are still suffering from countless cancellations from the foul conditions that have been hanging around the UK for a long time now. But we all know that, so lets not dwindle on the bad. When weather has allowed, we have been fortunate to sail and fortunate to locate some good fishing for the majority of our trips.

This report starts at the end of April, where yet again we snuck off to the edge of Holyhead Deep in search of spurdogs, huss and early tope. The spurs certainly played ball with countless double figure specimens falling to the baits. Nigel Perry, visiting from Scotland, was on fire during his trip on 27th April, numerous double figure landings, including one hook up that contained two double figure spurdogs one of which, at 19lb 12oz was a mere 1 oz under the current welsh record, caught and released aboard My Way a few years back.

High winds cancelled the start of May for us, but when settled it was back out after the spurdogs. They never disappointed, with countless double figure spurs joining us aboard My Way. One day in particular, will remain with me for a long while… it rained. Oh, did it rain, all 6 of us were totally soaked. But the fishing was worth it, with countless spurs and a few huss making an appearance.

As May rolled on pollack slowly started to make an appearance on various rock marks and along the length of Holyheads famous breakwater. Normally they start to arrive after the 2nd week of April, signifying a change in seasons and species, but as with most things in 2015, they were late.

Plenty of fish ranging between 1 and 2lb and a good few reaching 4lb, lovely conditioned early season fish and great sport on light tackle in 35foot of water.

Ballan, cuckoo and corkwing wrasse all making an appearance in May, with a good few being caught amongst the pollack, collies and clouding whilst drifting.

May tends to be the start of our annual smoothhound hunt, however the cold weather and slow crab moult has seen a very slow start to the hounding. We have managed a dozen or so in the past week with the best two winners of our smoothhound challenge (separate report to follow) topping the scales at 19lb and 23lb. Great fish and plenty more to come through June.

June availability is very limited with only a handful of spaces available, evening trips available for both boat and individual bookings, please phone for details.

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