A bucketful of codling

St Andrews can fish quite well in the autumn and early winter, if the weather behaves itself, so I was more than happy to take up Ian’s offer of a trip out even though it was mid-November. A November day fishing out of St. Andrews The day turned out better than expected with a fairly light SW wind and a bit of sun, so full on thermals and gloves were tucked away for another day, and we settled down to a bit of drift fishing a few miles down the coast.

Late in the year, but still decent Pollack mixed in with the codling Fishing inshore provided a few codling, but the numbers started to ratchet up once we headed out a little way. Nothing big, but mainly in the 2-3lb mark with the odd fish to over 5lb thrown in, and very few complete tiddlers. Ian knocked out a few Pollack on lures – no large ones, but fish to around 4lb and quite late in the year to still encounter them here in quite shallow water. There were loads of little coalies at times, plus some tiny ling, but it was the consistent coddie fishing that ultimately made the day and we finished with around 80 between us, plus an assortment of Pollack, ling and coalie. All in all, an excellent day out and a good bit better than I’d hoped for.

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