I spend the majority of my time in Plymouth at university but every so often i get the odd weekend when i can get back home to Hayle. I watch the weather forecast eagerly when i know im going back in the hope that the weather will allow me to get out on the kayak. Last weekend one such weather window opened up so a quick message to my brother to tell him to get his gear ready and all was sorted. We were going after the Ray!
I use 2 Ugly Stik 12/20lb braid boat rods matched with Abu 6500 multiplers loaded with 20lb Berkeley Big Game braid for most of my kayak fishing and i knew from the last session on the rays that they test this gear to the limit - exciting sport! At the buisness end i use Sakuma Stinger 4/0 hooks to a 4ft trace of 60lb mono on a running ledger with an 8oz weight. Sakuma Stingers are very strong and as with all Sakuma hooks will stay sharp all day long if you don't get snagged! One Stinger got sent down embedded in a whole joey, the other in a large Ammo sand eel.
All was quiet for a while, but was to be expected as the tide hadn't picked up yet. A few small tugs followed by some spirited rod bending resulted in what i thought was a small ray attached to the end but as i looked into the depths waiting for the first glimpse it became clear it wasnt a ray. A Dogfish?....Big dogfish!?..... Its a Bull Huss!! That made Kieren look round! My first kayak caught Bull Huss graced the footwell and after a quick photo for kayak wars it was released.
Before long Kieren lifted his rod into a healthy bend...."Ray on" he said with some relief! After 5 minutes the ray was in view, but as with most rays it saw the surface and thought it was best to head back to bottom, rod locked over with kieren hanging on the end of it. A few minutes later and all was over with the ray coming aboard his kayak. Quick photo and back it went. Soon after i managed a nice little Turbot which took half a Bluey.
The kayaks have now been put away for winter as we fish in wetsuits so are limited by the temperature. Unless theres a very mild day over winter or santa brings me a drysuit the yaks wont see the water until Spring. Not necessarily a bad thing as i can do some work on them over winter ready for next season.
Hope you enjoyed the read - any comments would be welcome :) Liam