The weather has been notoriously unpredictable and unsettled this summer however in the weeks leading up to the Penzance Kayak Fishing Meet the weekends had been reasonably settled. Fingers were firmly crossed the weather would be good after last years disappointing weather. At the start of the week the forecasts were looking awful and I could see the meet not going to plan once again. Wednesday brought a much-welcomed change in forecast. A drop of swell would be around but light winds were forecast…..would the promising forecast hold out?
Flossy up first in his shiny new Kaskazi Dorado!
It didn’t take long before rods were bending. Kev found himself a nice Pollock
We all agreed it was a bit slow on the sands so headed back for shore. I fancied a quick blast on the reef so headed over there with Ben and Ian.
A few Pollack up to 5lb were had and then I noticed Ian waving in the distance. I thought he was heading in so waved back. I looked again and the hand waving was more urgent! He had a fish. I powered over there. “I want a photo of this one”….the Pollack master had spoken! A big Pollack head was poking out the water….out it came!! All 14lb of it!!
Smiles all round and the plan was to return the Pollack to the reef. Unfortunately it wasn’t going but there would be plenty of hungry anglers back at the campsite so it wouldn’t be wasted.
We headed in and everybody was chatting about their catches and paddling in the swell. Plenty of great fish had been caught including a few double figure Pollack, Blondes Rays, Turbot, Dabs, Gurnards, plenty of Mackerel and more! I was relieved, everybody had caught fish and many had a fantastic days fishing.
Back to the campsite for more chatter and food. Fish were filleted and put on the fire
I wasn’t going anywhere, the fish were having it including this 8lb Pollack. My lack of decent fish the day before was quickly being made up for!
A clonker appeared from the depths. No messing around the fish was pulled onbaord. A stunning golden kelp Pollack of 12lb 8oz!
Back to the campsite to find the hardcore elite resisting the rain to stay another night.
I packed up the tent and headed off down the One & All with Hewy, Craig, his wife and my girlfriend Holly. There was plenty of banter and a beer to round off a cracking weekend.
Thanks to everyone who turned up over the weekend. I hope you all had a good time, I know I certainly did seeing you all pulling in fish! I will sort a date out for next year in the coming weeks. Any suggestions for next year then let me know but what I will say is that this meet is not for the fainthearted, nor the complete beginner. Sennen and West Cornwall in general can throw up nasty conditions in no time and those who come to the meet must be confident on the water. There were no problems this year but I’m sure many would agree it is not the place for the inexperienced especially if there is wind and swell. Fingers crossed next year will be as much as a success as this year was.