1st August – St. Andrews

Weather: A few very heavy showers about, but calm and mild.

Sea Conditions: Almost calm, with very little drift most of the day

Time: 15:00-21:00 – 6 hours

Tides: HW approx 18:00, fairly small tide.

My first angling therapy for some weeks due to the summer holidays taking place a couple of hundred miles from the seaside, so I was glad of the opportunity for an afternoon out with Ian and Tim, aboard Ian’s Raider.

Things started slowly as we struggled initially to get mackerel for bait, with a few fish coming up one at a time rather than the full houses you get to expect at this time of year. However it wasn’t too long before we were drifting one of the inshore reefs and picking up modest numbers of very fit summer codling. No biggies, but none of the tiddlers that can plague you at times, with most of the fish around the 3lb mark.

Our drift gradually fell away and so did the fishing, and we spent the last few hours picking away for small patches of codling, with a mix of ling, and small coalies thrown in. I picked up a pouting, sea scorpian and an LSD (my first ever from the east coast), whilst Tim contributed a ballan wrasse and several pollack so we turned in a good day on the species front – 9 in all, which is good going round here. Only about 40 cod between us though, which is below average.

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