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Moniar

Aberaeron 310810

At last the wind had dropped on bank holiday Monday and after squaring off some garden jobs we loaded Marks new P13 and my P13 onto the car and met up with Mike in Aberaeron at Tuesday lunchtme.

The water was well flat and the sun shining ;D We launched off the beach and headed out to one of the usual marks




The plan was to plug and spin for bass on the way out, and then tie up with baited shrimp rigs to try for the bream if no bass showed up. Nothing to show for the surface plugging or bottom spinning, so we opted to tie up and put some mackeral baited shrimps down. After half an hour of nothing we went further out and tied up at a new mark - bites for the offset and Mike was soon pulling in the odd mackeral off the bottom as well as a plague of dogfish!

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I managed a small pollack, and then more dogfish than I could shake a stick at :Smile



Whilst Mike continued bringing in the mackeral and yet more dogs










I then had a characteristic set of bites and my rod did a dance for my first mackeral of the day; followed, much to my delight by a different sort of bite and the only black bream of the day (and first of the year for me) came up and into the supper box ;D I lost a couple more mackeral in between regular sandpaper rats.

I had a pot down on the bottom with mackeral in it to put a scent trail out for the bream, and to try for some live prawns or something bigger with claws, and had a bit of a shock when I brought it up feeling very heavy and discovered a decent size bull huss sat inside it, along with a frightened looking wrasse! As my better half likes huss, it was kept fresh for despatching later to make huss goujons Razz

Mark got off the mark with his first dogfish off his new P13




and then had Mike and I in hysterics when he pulled up his first ever bull huss, and wasnt sure how to handle it Surprised





A scarred hand later and it was released to grow bigger ;D





It went quiet then so we went for another hour or so of drifting for the bass - one jumped clean vertically out of the water in front of me at one point but we didnt hook up with any despite trying bottom and surface lures.

We headed in after nearly 8 hours of fishing in the sun, tired but happy bunnies.




An enjoyable session, and nice to see some eating fish coming in.





Spend an hour after getting home, reading the relevant bit in the River Cottage fish book, and following the instructions on how to gut and skin the huss (not as hard as I thought it was going to be with the help of some large pliers) before removing the central spine and getting it ready to make goujons for the following days tea - a new one for the kids, but it seemed to go down well Cool

After a couple of days back at work, it would have been rude not to have taken advantage of the still weather, so Mark and I got out again at 6pm on Thursday and spent a couple of hours plugging/spinning and bottom fishing for the bass/bream/mackeral but we both blanked - still enjoyable session though in the sunshine, fishing into dusk.

Heres hoping that this month brings more settled weather and less wind, and the bass onto the surface for some bigger sport Wink
Cathryn

They look good. David has had a lot of mackerel from the kayak and bass, just a couple from fishing off the sarn.

It has been too rough here as well most days so the kayaks have been used for surfing. We are now down one paddle. Rolling Eyes

Hopefully the weather will settle, it's very lovely but I have been promised shoals of bass. Wink
bibbster

We were out rowing 6pm Thurs and saw 2 kayaks, might have been you then!
Moniar

bibbster wrote:
We were out rowing 6pm Thurs and saw 2 kayaks, might have been you then!


Yes that was us on our second session of the week - bit easier than rowing!
Moniar

Cathryn wrote:
They look good. David has had a lot of mackerel from the kayak and bass, just a couple from fishing off the sarn.

It has been too rough here as well most days so the kayaks have been used for surfing. We are now down one paddle. Rolling Eyes

Hopefully the weather will settle, it's very lovely but I have been promised shoals of bass. Wink


Sounds like David is getting well into it then. I have yet to hook into my first kayak bass of the year, but this month and next should be good as the bass should be hitting stuff on the surface and it should be easier to spot them and target them.

A friend was kayaking out of Clarach bay on Thursday during the day and had a small bass.

Might try and get up to your beach again soon to have a go for the bass up there as it looked very promising around that sarn when the tide was flooding in over it Wink Just need some decent weather to make a day of it.
SmattyB

Great report Moniar. Never understood why more people don't eat huss, one of my faves. Good size LSD just as good cooked right.
Moniar

SmattyB wrote:
Great report Moniar. Never understood why more people don't eat huss, one of my faves. Good size LSD just as good cooked right.


Probably due to the perceived hassle of preparing them? However a sharp knife and a good instruction book is all you need, and even as a novice I was able to get it into a reasonably suitable shape for making into goujons or for chopping into nice chunks for stews or curry (bit like monkfish and conger, it stays pretty firm rather than flaking).

Best bit is its free Very Happy and very sustainable, as there are millions of them down the Welsh coastline, and they grow to a decent size too. That one was a fairly small one but still managed to feed the four of us and the dog and the cat Cool
vegplot

Moniar wrote:
people don't eat huss, one of my faves. Good size LSD just as good cooked right.


In that case I must try some huss.
welsh veg grower

Moniar wrote:
SmattyB wrote:
Great report Moniar. Never understood why more people don't eat huss, one of my faves. Good size LSD just as good cooked right.


Probably due to the perceived hassle of preparing them? However a sharp knife and a good instruction book is all you need,)


Moniar seems to be forgetting the 'and a wife' Mad
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