The weather has been very kind this January. I had been wanting to target Flounder from a local river estuary for some time so with cold and calm weather forecast and a midday tide, it was time to try. My brother had shore fished the area a few days before and caught a few so things were looking promising.
As we made our way up the river the water went super glassy calm, but something didn't look quite right. On closer inspection the surface of the river was covered in a thin sheet of ice!! It was so still and so cold within the river valley that the saltwater had frozen! This is not something i have encountered before in the usually mild South Cornwall.
By drifting, we hoped to cover ground and find more fish. The small neap tide had other plans. Our 1.5oz weights were enough to hold us stationary in the slow moving tide. It was as if we were fishing in a lake. We persisted for a couple of hours but the bites just weren't materialising. I think a combination of lack of tide and super clear water had killed the fishing.
Refreshed and ready to go we headed back to the kayaks and set off on the 2.5 mile paddle back to the launch which was a joy in the calm. The blue sky had replaced the hazy mist and the ice had mostly melted. Despite the lack of fish an enjoyable day was had on the water with some different scenery. It's a bonus to even get out during January so I'm not complaining!
We put together a little video of the day for the new Canoe Shops Group website, you can check it out below: