Its half term and I’ve pulled a blinder ‘how about a few days in Dumfries and Galloway’ I said to the wife. There was no argument it was a done deal. Everything was going swimmingly until my fishing rod was spotted in the boot of the car!
After a slightly frosty journey north I managed to negotiate a few hours fishing during our little holiday. The best thing was the holiday park where we were staying just happened to be within 1 mile of my favourite rock mark, who knew!
After some fantastic family time I’d managed to accrue enough brownie points to trade in my fishing ticket. Within 15 minutes I was stood on the rocks looking at a perfect sea with two hours of fishing in front of me. I couldn’t wait to get casting
I opted for an ultra light set up as the lures I’d be using would not weigh more than 8g. My outfit was as follows:
- Rod – 7ft 2in Sakura Stingray, 0.4-7g casting weight
- Reel – Shimano Rarenium 1000FA
- Line – 8lb Super PE 4 Strand braid
- Lures – Baby Jig and Baby Vib!
With trembling fingers I tackled up and attached the Baby Vib! In fire tiger. Without delay I flicked it out 30m and let it sink. After 20 seconds I felt it hit the deck and started the retrieve. I was instantly rewarded with the high intensity vibration characteristic of this awesome lure. BANG!!! Within seconds I had a hit and FISH ON!!! The light rod buckled over as the fish made for the safety of an unseen reef. I gave it some side strain but the fish kept ploughing towards impending doom. I clamped down on the drag and allowed the fish to fight against the rod. Thankfully the fish turned and was soon under control.
I took the advantage and pumped the reel until it was under the rod tip. After a couple of small dives he was mine. A pristine pollock of a pound lay on the weed covered rocks with the Baby Vib! hanging from its mouth. Great start!
I quickly cast out again but nothing was tempted. After a dozen more casts no more fish were forthcoming. With the tide ebbing quickly I felt the Baby Vibe! Wasn’t getting into pollock territory. At 8g the Baby Jig was just the job.
From the very first cast it was clear that the Baby Jig was the perfect lure for the mark I was fishing. It cast like a bullet and sank to the deck within 10 seconds. As soon as it hit the deck I started the retrieve. After 5 turns I let it sink back to the deck. It wasn’t long until I had the second hit but nothing stuck. The Baby Jig was soon at the rod tip. I cast out again this time parallel to the shore line. 3 seconds later and BANG!! FISH ON!! I quickly cranked down and guided the fish away from rocks. After a bit of crazy rod bending action Mr Pollock was soon safely in my grasp. At 1lb he wasn’t huge but amazing fun on light tackle
Things then went ever so slightly turbo. Every single cast resulted in a 1lb Pollock it was amazing fun! The Baby Jig was seriously taking care of business! It wasn’t just Pollock that were interested as a micro cod with eyes bigger than its stomach joined the party
Unfortunately time was fast running out and it was time to get back on time for once!