The early part of October saw me out on Ian’s Raider, fishing out of St. Andrews. The pollack and cod were played a little hard to get so we ended up spending 2 or 3 hours chasing wrasse.
Ian’s hard-dug rag proved highly successful and a rapid succession of small to middling ballans appeared alongside the boat. Nothing very big, but good fun in an otherwise fairly quiet session.
We managed a few pollack and codling too, and we managed a few between us, although not particularly large fish. The one above took my favourite lazy man method of mackerel strip on a flowing trace.
We had bucketfuls of ballans, painted in all sorts of bio-camoflage. The range of rainbow colours is one of the reasons I like these little bruisers so much, as Scottish fishing can sometimes get a little mono-chromatic.
Given this website is named after a species of wrasse it’s about high time I actually caught a Corkwing. I got close today, but the fish above belongs to Ian, not me!
I did get lucky though, landing a Goldsinny wrasse, which is a new species for me and not one I’ve seen before.
It was a rather strange day all round, with Ian landing the smallest pollack I’ve ever seen lure caught. I’m not sure what it planned to do with a lure that size if it had turned out to be a fish!
We also managed a few mackerel, although these are definitely thinning out now (early-mid October). They’re still handy additions for the bait freezer!
We didn’t get any particularly large wrasse, topping out around 2.5lbs, but we must have had well over 50 between us. I do like to catch a few wrasse and seeing a couple of new species was a definite bonus.Share this: