Well I had an early start Friday morning leaving the house at 5.20 am to get to Gary’s just before 6 o’clock. I arrived to see Gary loaded and ready so I parked the van and unloaded the kayak and gear as Gary was driving today, not long and we were off. Next stop was MacDonald’s for breakfast then Tesco’s for refreshments for the day. We arrived at sea palling around 8.40 to see that James had already arrived and was on the water. We were all keen and the weather was playing ball for once so we unloaded the kayaks and gear and made our way to the beach to launch. Conditions couldn’t be any better no swell and flat.
After the success of the first Tope session Kieren wanted in on the action so headed off to the North Coast for another short evening session. It would be the first time Kieren, Elliot and myself would be fishing together on the kayaks so we were hoping for fish all round. Conditions were less than ideal with a fair chop being whipped up by a brisk onshore wind. We battled our way out to the mark and dropped the mackerel baits down....
I have often contemplated targeting Tope from the kayak but have never got round to trying for them. News was in of Tope showing on the North Cornwall coast so hatched a plan to dedicate a session targeting them. A bit of research online into rigs, gear and conditions and I was ready. I spent the evening before tying tope traces – 8/0 Mustad o'shaughnessy hook double crimped to 12” of 100lb Sakuma coated Wire biting trace attached via a swivel to 5ft of 80lb Fluorocarbon rubbing leader. If I hooked one I wanted to land it!
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