Inshore codding off Skateraw

Even a small surf can make for a wet landing in a small boat

Given the weekend is probably going to be a washout for boat fishing, I nipped out of Skateraw for a short session on Friday afternoon.  The weather was calm, but with a small swell running from the NE.

First up were a few mackerel for bait, and I took a few shots with the GoPro of them underwater. I’m still learning the basics with this camera, but it certainly does open up a new dimension for angling photography.

Underwater shot of a group of mackerel taken on mylar lures
Underwater shot of a group of mackerel taken on mylar lures

Even in a more conventional shot, mackerel are a very beautiful fish and very underrated just by being so easily caught.

Mackerel - A very pretty fish when you take the time to look at it, fresh from the sea
A very pretty fish when you take the time to look at it

About a mile offshore I fished one of my regular marks for a few codling in what was a very slow drift. Normally the problem is slowing down a SIB but today there was hardly any movement and the GPS was showing 0.3 to 0.4 mph speed over ground.

No matter as there were a reasonable number of small codling about and I took 9 plus a couple of ling in around two hours. The fish came to a mix of artificial shad lures (fun on a light spinning rod) and mackerel baited muppets, but there were no Pollack amongst them which was a bit of a surprise.

A small codling tries to escape after swallowing a large artificial shad completely
A small codling tries to escape after swallowing a large artificial shad completely

Heading back to Skateraw beach I paused to fillet the fish inside the breakwater at Torness before landing ashore through a small surf at just after HW – a bit splashy but nothing too dramatic.

SIB ashore in a surf
SIB ashore in a surf

And I’m writing this whilst looking out the window at a blustery day with some rain spittering against the windows – so glad I took the chance yesterday!

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