ian picked me up and we got to crinan slip for 10 with lozz still setting up after his long drive from Dover. This would be my first paddle of my rtm abaco ,and first fishing trip since november and my first ever trip for the Skate.
we headed out and anchored up in about 450feet of water. nicely settled at anchor the baits went down full mackeral on a 14/0 hook with a 2lb lead on one of willybendits wind on leaders
nothing for a while so reeled in my line ,not a easy task from that depth , to see the bait savaged by the beasties i had heard everyone talking about
managed not to get any of them in the yak all the trip
after a few hours started getting a bit of movement on the rod tip , getting excited at this point ,then skate on
Detached from my anchor and found out what it was like to have a skate on the other end of your line
the lads asking if it was a decent fish , me me replying i will tell you if i can get it off the bottom
Just couldnt shift it for the next 20 minutes , with the lads having a good laugh at me
started getting some line and getting it up off the bottom and towards the top, after a few rod bending moments i began making decent progress, arms aching i got the leader on the reel to see a skate at the side of the yak ,grabbed its nose to stop it diving down and get my breath
what an amazing looking fish nearly prehistoric ,what a feeling to catch one of these monsters
unhooked it and watched it swim back down to the depths.
i now know why lozz drives 12 hours for a days fishing
well pleased with the rtm abaco, really stable and plenty of storage , i think this is a decent first test for the yak and it passed with flying colours
heres a few pics: