Etive Spurdog – and a Hot Tent Overnight Camp

What with lockdowns and life generally, it’s over a year since I was afloat on Etive. I finally remedied that last month with an overnight trip with Ian. The local swans hassled for a payout as we launched at Taynuilt and headed out into a calm loch. We planned to camp well up the loch… Continue reading Etive Spurdog – and a Hot Tent Overnight Camp

A Couple of Late St. Andrews Reports

I’m way behind in writing up my fishing reports, so the next couple are a pair of late summer/early autumn sessions out of St. Andrews. I’ve still got another three or four to catch up on! Mackerel “Mackerel – no problem, there’s tons around!” I exaggerate Ian’s words slightly but you have no doubt already… Continue reading A Couple of Late St. Andrews Reports

Exploring Rum, Eigg and Skye

The Small Isles – Rum & Eigg When the wind and sea allow, I like to take a longer trip in the boat. Normally I potter around doing a little fishing, a little fossicking about and quite a lot of general chilling. Generally that means somewhere up the west coast of Scotland, usually exploring one… Continue reading Exploring Rum, Eigg and Skye

Wrassling at St. Andrews

Beautifully coloured Ballan Wrasse from St. Andrews

I was debating what to last weekend when Ian dropped me an email suggesting a trip out of St. Andrews with Trevor. The forecast was for a fine sunny day but with a stiff westerly breeze – not perfect, but much easier than an east wind. We duly met up on the harbour pontoons, after… Continue reading Wrassling at St. Andrews

East Coast Haddock

Normally icy winds blow across the steppes north of Peterhead but today was an exception. Sunshine and light winds promised a fine day afloat and the thermals were left behind. Ian and I were up visiting Trevor to pinch some of his local haddock and top up our freezers. Trev was reporting good numbers from… Continue reading East Coast Haddock

Spring Codling on the East Coast

Short Spined Sea Scorpian

St. Andrews appeared a bit more cheerful than the last time I visited, away back in the early winter. Ian had caught decent numbers of codling over the previous week, and they were our main goal for this afternoon/evening session. I haven’t seen a cod all winter so was looking forward to some tasty spring… Continue reading Spring Codling on the East Coast