Misty Isle, Misty Day

The Runner

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After a good day there a week and a bit ago decided to have another trip up to Kilmaluag. fishing the tide mostly up this time.
One of those days that shows you why Skye is sometimes referred to as The Misty Isle- it never lifted from sea level to about 100 ft above all day so not much in the way of scenery shots this week.
Got there just before low tide and decided to start from a low rocky point that hadn't fished before. Usual quick start with three pollack in the first 20 minutes, all around 2lb, followed by a quiet spell and then a 12oz coalie and a slightly better pollack from the shallower kelpy water on the other side of the point.
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Would only be getting about another hour on here before the tide covered the rocks and was about to move to the next point along where had the better fish last time when another angler turned up out of the mist and went straight there. Gave it another 20 minutes where I was, no more takes, had a chat with the newcomer who was camping over at Bornesketaig for a week with a couple of mates, who would be along later if they weren't doing any good where they'd gone. Got a tip off of another good pollack mark from him as well, not an obvious one and a relatively short walk so that's now on the list to try.
This is about the most the mist lifted all day
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Moved back eastwards, tide running the wrong way for Na Tragha and would only get an hour at the very most from the far, and better, end of An t-Sailleir so just dropped onto the rocks in between the two points. Tiderun was close in, upped the bullet to 15gm with a larger lure and second chuck got the best pollack of the day
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Then nothing at all. After an hour or so tiderun had slowed appreciably so set up beachcaster, mackerel on a 2/0 and could hold at 70 yards with 6oz. Action was again immediate, first seven chucks resulting in three pollack all about 2-8, two dogfish and two missed bites. Doggies are slightly bigger here...
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Then went quieter as tide slowed even more. One massive pullround which had me straight into a snag, and a smaller bite which got me what I suppose is a pb Poor Cod

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Tiderun then changed direction and started hammering along so couldn't hold anymore (can change direction here two or three times in the space of a 6 hour tide), back on the lures for half an hour, nothing doing, so called it a day. Thought in the calm conditions and with no sun on the water the lures might have gone a bit better, but not complaining at a dozen fish .
Plenty of gannets going past close in and heard at one point what must have been a fair number of kittiwakes out of sight in the mist, other than that the usual ravens about and a flock of about 50 twite on the croft land right at the start of the walk in with similar numbers of rock doves.
 

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I really must have a go at sea fishing one of these days. Your write ups really make it sound so uncomplicated . Do you eat what you catch or put them back?
 

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@Reuben, everything goes back with the exception of enough mackerel; to keep me in bait (and the odd one for the grill) and the occasional pollack which has been too deep hooked . (I think four in two years). Might get a different answer as and when I get a proper cod.
Like any fishing it's as complicated as you want to make it and I've always liked to keep things as simple as possible whatever fishing I'm doing.
Before I moved up here just over two years ago I hadn't sea fished seriously in getting on for 40 years, just the odd dabble on holiday as had sold all my sea gear when I moved to London so its been a bit of a learning/ relearning curve. One thing I've always remembered is something that came up when talking fishing ages ago with an old friend from Newcastle who was a very very good sea match angler - we came to the conclusion that at least in match fishing situations, in coarse fishing most of the skills/ things that made a difference were after your bait was in the water whereas in sea they were virtually all before.
And @WickerDave , you're absolutely right, its a pouting. No idea why I got that wrong, caught enough of them in my youth...

Been out again today, wasn't going to but it was a lovely morning so had a 10 mile bike ride over the hill road to Loch Bracadale. Fished a bit further along from last couple of visits there but pretty much the same result. three of the seemingly inevitable dogfish, a few small (very) whiting and half a dozen mackerel (all the mackerel on mackerel strip on the beachcaster- not a touch on lures or feathers }
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Good stuff again.

And yeah sea fishing isn’t anymore complicated than coarse fishing other than being at the mercy of the tides. All just the same deal of putting the right bait in the right place at the right time on the right gear 👍🏻
 
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