Plenty of kayak anglers were already there and setting up. I found Mark and Ben on the beach and had my first look at the venue.....
The Black Tempo's were set up and were looking the business, in fact they looked so menacing other anglers kept there distance....well it was either that or the smell of Marks liquidised lugworm!
I didn't have too much idea where to try. The majority of people headed off in the direction of an inshore wreck. I decided to avoid the crowd and head further out to clean ground and anchor up. Within minutes a couple of other competitors had ended up anchored beside me and a bit to close for comfort so i moved further out.
All was quiet for a while and i was wondering if i had made the wrong decision. Eventually a familiar face showed itself. Species number 1 - Dogfish
I headed over to Mark on the way to see how he was getting on. He had lost his bait bag so he relieved me of some fresh mackerel. I headed over to a cluster of kayak anglers who i assumed were near the wreck. I didn't really know where it was but the ground become considerably rougher on the fish finder on approach. I dropped anchor amongst them and started fishing. Bites straight away but ridiculously difficult to hook. I soon found out the culprit..... micro Poor Cod. Species number 5
I clocked Martin further inshore heading in too. He saw me and the race began. I had a good feeling he was well ahead of me but i'd make him work for it!! Hang on.... the tide is out....right out too...thats a wide beach! A 12m tide had bottomed out leaving several hundred metres of sand to race up in sweltering sun. I landed and the PFD and cag were thrown off. I started running up the beach but the 2:30am start had taken its toll, i was knackered and Martin was way ahead.... 4 species ahead in fact!
We registered our species at the Palm tent and he had totalled up an impressive 14 to my 10. Mark Radcliffe was on 12 too and with well over an hour left to go i could see me slipping down the scoreboard. Not to worry i was surprised i had managed 10 species considering i had never been to Oxwich before!