April 12th aboard True Blue
Prospects were looking good for our first trip of the year with Steve Porter on True Blue. At last we had had a period of more settled weather and Pollock had been caught by Poole boats on the Thursday prior to our trip.
Steve decided to take us to the deep water marks off the Cherbourg coast and we had a pleasant cruise out on calm seas and blue sky.
Rob C promptly landed a sizeable pollock on a live sandeel which was to be the largest fish of the trip. Unfortunately this encouraging start was not followed by a flurry of takes. We fished hard for another 3 hours before Andy G caught the second pollock on a sidewinder. On the way back to port we stopped at an offshore wreck and on the first drift Paul B and David T hooked and landed a pollock apiece.
Unfortunately on subsequent drifts we had no more takes,so Steve decided to take us closer to shore to anchor for blonde rays. The wind was
freshening but this did not stop Andy, Ken L and Steve T from each catching a lesser spotted dogfish. Andy was the days champion rod with 10 points on a tough days fishing.
Steve worked hard to try to find us some fish and we certainly fared no worse than any other boat. It was good to see some pollock caught,but the channel needs a period of really settled weather to clear the water and then perhaps we will enjoy some bumper catches!
Conditions were near perfect when Clem took us way down west in search of the clear water and the pollock. The clear water was there but the pollock weren't. Clem did all he could, the crew fished from start to finish. A great days fishing, the only thing missing was the fish.
Ralph summed it up on the way home,"At least we got out"