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All Aboard Aly Kat!

Last Sunday saw the VMO team head out of Minehead aboard Dave Roberts’ boat, Aly Kat. Due to a variety of circumstances, only three of the team could make the trip and so it was that Harry, Andrew and Jeremy set sail that morning in high spirits upon a tranquil sea. Having had the last trip cancelled because of strong winds, the lads were ultra keen to get amongst the fish and with catches of smoothhounds, rays, tope and bass making the news over the past weeks, they had a feeling that the angling Gods were going to be kind!

Aly Kat leaves port

Aly Kat leaves port

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After a lengthy steam down channel, Dave finally positioned the boat and dropped anchor on a spot that had shown good form of late. The plan was to target bream using small hooks but when just a few pout and dogfish graced the rods it became apparent that the bream were not in residence and the decision was made to move to another mark to fish on the drift, where hopefully a bass or two would be present.

The boat was finally positioned to start the drift and long flowing traces were armed with an assortment of Fish Black minnows and Sidewinder Shads. Harry and Andrew couldn’t believe their luck when within seconds of touching bottom, both of their rods arched over to the unmistakable tune of a bass. Harry’s fish had taken a Black Minnow whereas Andrew’s had fallen for a blue Sidewinder Shad.

First drop on the lures!

First drop on the lures!

Jeremy had to wait for the second drift before he could get in on the action when quite spectacularly his rod suddenly buckled in his grasp as another bass made a frantic grab for the lure.

Jeremy joins the party on his second drop

Jeremy joins the party on his second drop

Within twenty minutes, all three anglers had reached their daily bag limit and with the tide now easing off, Dave pointed the nose of Aly Kat seaward and steamed another couple of miles offshore. A whole host of other species including smoothhounds, blonde rays, bull huss and conger eels were soon coming over the gunnels.

Jeremy pulls a male blonde!

Jeremy pulls a male blonde!

Low water came and went, the wind had freshened from the west and the boat swung around into the face of the new flood tide. As it increased in strength and the offshore mark became unfishable, the remainder of the session was spent just a few hundred yards offshore of the north Devon coast. Big mackerel baits on wire traces were cast uptide by all three anglers in anticipation of tope; the one fish that was of particular interest to the lad’s on this trip and one that had seemingly been plentiful through out the summer. After a fruitless hour wait, several bait changes and time ticking away, a change of tactics was in order. Going all out with smaller hooks and a variety of different baits, the fish started coming aboard. Turbot, smoothhounds, bull huss, blonde rays and a specimen size grey gurnard for Andrew added to the variety.

A stunning grey gurnard for Andrew

A stunning grey gurnard for Andrew

Before they knew it, Dave called time and Aly Kat headed for port. Although both Harry and Jeremy are more at home on the coast, there is already talk of boat fishing related purchases ahead of the next trip which all going to plan will be in pursuit of sharks next month. Look out for a full report on the VMO blog!

Team VMO Go To Sea

On Sunday, the VMO boys spent the day afloat aboard Minehead based charter boat, Alykat, skippered by Dave Roberts. In contrast to the weather of recent weeks, the sun shone brightly, the wind was light and the guy’s were set for a very enjoyable day.

The west Somerset port of Minehead on the Bristol Channel

The west Somerset port of Minehead on the Bristol Channel

As the boat left port, the guy’s had twenty minutes to assemble their fishing tackle before they hit the fishing grounds. Little did they know that another more experienced fisherman was ready and waiting for them, but more about that later!

Andy prepares his tackle as AlyKat leaves port

Andy prepares his tackle as AlyKat leaves port

Before very long, Dave dropped anchor at a mark that was on good form for smooth hounds, rays and even occasional tope. The guy’s eagerly baited their traces, lowered or cast their baits, sat back and waited with much anticipation.

All eyes on the rods as the anchor goes in!

All eyes on the rods as the anchor goes in

It wasn’t long before Harry’s uptide rod signalled the presence of a fish as his rod tip sprung up slack and the line dropped away. After a spirited scrap, Dave scooped a fine looking smooth hound into the waiting net and all bets were off as to who would bag the first catch of the day.

Harry holds the first fish of the day

Harry holds the first fish of the day

Next, it was Daves turn to bring a fish to the boat, once again in the form of a smooth hound of a similar size to Harry’s…

Dave wastes no time getting in on the action

Dave wastes no time getting in on the action

But suddenly, off the back of the boat, a long sleek black shape was spotted. Although in this picture you might think it was a labrador, it was actually a large seal that was keen to see what all of the commotion alongside the boat was about.

A seal does its best labrador impression!

A seal does its best labrador impression!

For the remainder of the trip, the guys enjoyed some pretty hectic sport with smooth hounds and dogfish, made all the more exciting playing the fish against the ticking clock as time and time again the seal moved in for the kill!

The race is on to boat the fish before it becomes seal food!

The race is on to boat the fish before it becomes seal food!

All too soon, the trip was over and it was back to the pub for a few well earned drinks. But not before Harry finished how he had started.

Skipper Dave lands Harry's final catch of the day

Skipper Dave lands Harry’s final catch of the day

VMO Boat Trip – Round 2!

VMO Boat Trip – Round 2!

After the success of the recent trip to Wales in pursuit of shark’s, the team had a taste for life on the high sea’s and so headed for the west Somerset port of Minehead last weekend with the intention of targeting the multitide of species the port has to offer at this time of year.

Friend of VMO, Dave Roberts, was the chosen skipper for the day and Dave’s boat Aly Kat Too was to be the teams platform. Starting off not too far away from the infamous White Mark, The fishing was a little slow but it wasn’t long before a steady stream of pesky dogfish were coming over the gunnel. Knowing full well that the best bet would be a change of location, after half an hour of doggy bashing, Dave pulled anchor and headed a little further offshore where with the tide slackening all the while there would be a better chance of finding something a little lumpier.

 

Like all good skippers, Dave’s decision proved to be the right thing to do and within twenty minutes of dropping anchor, Karen let out a whoop as her rod arched over and line was pulled from the clutch. Like a number seven bus, on the opposite side of the boat Chris also had a good fight on his hands and before long a pair of nicely marked small eyed rays graced the deck of the catamaran.

A Brace Of Ray's

A Brace Of Ray’s

Karen Is In !!

Karen Is In

 

Before long, Steve had added a conger as had Joe, together with some small ray’s and even more dogfish, but all eye’s were soon on Andrew who’s uptide rod was groaning as an unknown fish made several good dives for the sea bed. Harry observed that the line on Andrew’s reel looked a little tired and familiar and Andrew confirmed that it was indeed the very same he had used almost two years ago on their last visit to Minehead.

But it did the job, as before too long the fish was safely in the net. A lovely blonde ray of mid double figures in weight was the highlight of the trip and despite the Bristol Channel having one of its off days, a good day out was enjoyed by all. With the ebbing tide rapidly getting underway, Dave called time and the team headed in for a well deserved pint!

 

 

Blonde's Are Beautiful

Blonde’s Are Beautiful

A Fitting End To A Great Day

A Fitting End To A Great Day