The Penzance Kayak Fishing Species Hunt had unfortunately been cancelled for the weekend with the untimely arrival of the remnants of tropical storm Bertha. Mark, Si, Richi and Steve were already down here for the competition so with all but perfect conditions forecast for Thursday we planned a day out from Sennen the preferred venue for the now cancelled competition. We were in for a great day on the water....
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.
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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