Bits and Bobs - 09/05/2011

Rest of April was pretty uneventful fishing wise, even though I'd sneaked some kit in the car for our trip to Pembs. Turned out we were too busy going to the beach, flying birds and building aviaries. Latest addition to the business is a Southern White-faced Scops Owl called Frodo, sometimes more parrot than owl!

Pieces of eight...

Parcel was waiting for me when I got home containing the fruits of my eBay sales.

Shiney, shiney!

Got a chance to put them to use first weekend of May. Was down in Saunton for a surfing trip with the lads, but had arranged to meet up with a local guide, Joel Soul. A dawn start saw us heading for a small rocky cove on the North coast in time for low tide. Scrambled over the rocks down to the water level and started off with surface lures. Had just got hang of "walking the dog" with a Xorus Patchinko, when a fish came up and slashed at the lure. A bump on the rod top and it was gone, but it was enough to get the heart pumping! A few minutes later Joel shouted he'd got one on. His rod had an impressive bend in it, so I got the camera out to take some action shots. Unfortunately, at that moment, Joel lost his footing and ended up chest deep in a gulley. Slack line and the fish was gone. Gutted! We carried on fishing as the tide came in, changing over to sub-surface lures. The morning light turned to bright sunshine (via heavy rain!) and our window of opportunity was gone. Was extremely enjoyable despite the disappointment of a lost fish. Looking forward to a return trip later in the year. Look Joel up at if you're in the area.

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