It has been many weeks since i have had the chance to get out on the open coast. The autumn has arrived and brought miserable weather with it. A small break finally aligned with a day off and i didn't need to be asked twice. This time of year can produced excellent fishing for rays over clean ground so a session was planned to target a big Autumn Blonde Ray!
The day started with some trolling for Bass. Two small Bass of around 2lb were tempted by the Duel Hardcore Minnow...
Anchors down and plenty of warp let out to buffer against the swells. Strips of Mackerel were sent down on running ledgers to the sandy seabed below. It was around 30 minutes or so before the first bite came along. It was really having the bait but it wasn't a Ray..... it was a Turbot! These are always a welcome sight on the kayak. Only small but very pretty and released to see another day. That makes species number 41 off the kayak this year.
You can't bully these fish too much as they will just snap you up. I soon had it in mid water where it gave a flurry of short runs back to the bottom. I could tell this was a better fish. Could it be over the magical 20lb mark? Braid turned to mono leader and soon a big ray shape appeared below the kayak. This was a good fish, and felt a right lump as i grabbed it and pulled onto my lap.
Unhooked and a quick weigh with the scales..... 20lb 8oz!!
The rays kept coming but this time it was Small Eyeds instead of Blondes.