The first outing of the year saw myself, jon, ed and gav head over to the north east side of anglesey to fish amlwch breakwater, a spot which has always been good to simply catch a fish whatever the season.
We had a reasonably early start time, leaving Bangor just after 9am in order to catch the high tide at 10.30.
We had a quick stop at malcolms on the way for some fresh rag and lug which was very beneficial as he kindly donated us a £10 voucher for the individual who managed the largest codling. Cheers Malc!
So off to the mark it was. Upon arrival it was clear that we had made a good decision on where to fish, the breakwater was empty, the wind was non-existant and the tide was nearing high. B-E-A-UTIFUL!
The rods were set up and launched out on either 3-hook flappers or a 3-hook baited feathers rig and within ten minutes Jon had broken the deadlock with a triple header of a whiting, a poor cod and an octopus. That was soon followed by a couple of poor cod for Ed. Meanwhile myself and Gav stuck it out fishing down the margins in search of pollock and coalfish which was very unproductive for the first hour or so unfortunately. It was Jon who managed to add a few more species to the list after bringing in a tompot blenny fishing down the side and also a couple of codling. Ed also managed a different species by catching a long spined scorpion fish (pictured left). Still having not managed a bite myself and gav switched spots and fished the outside wall of the breakwater, again down the margins and it wasn't long before I finally hooked into a small pollock. My first species of 2012, relief! After catching my first fish of the session it started to pick up a bit and before the end I managed to catch another 3 pollock as well as a couple of small poor cod (species 2). Having been on the breaky for roughly 4 hours and with the wind picking up we decided to pack it in. This was not the last of it though as Jon reeled in his rod to find a dab hanging on the end, jammy bugger.
All in all it was a decent start to the new year with conditions as tough as they were. Hopefully the weather will improve soon so we can head over to the west coast in search of the huss and the rays.