On the August bank holiday weekend each year, kayak anglers from across the country descend on West Cornwall to enjoy a few days of relaxed fishing at the Penzance Kayak Fishing Meet. It turned out to be a great success with loads of species, some lovely specimens and even a new British Record caught!
Fishing at the westernmost tip of the land comes with its challenges. Sennen is a world-class surf beach and for great waves you need swell, and Sennen is exposed to lots of it! Feeling the full brunt of the Atlantic, you need calm weather to safely fish this venue. Some years have seen the meet only fishable for a few hours, and other years have been exceptionally calm with over 50 kayakers enjoying several days fishing on the water. Conditions can be challenging and realistically this venue is not for the complete novice and some experience fishing open coastal conditions is needed here. Big swell, strong tides and choppy waters are not uncommon. We take it as it comes and make the most of what the weather deals us. There is a designated campsite at Penzance and the social side of the event is just as rewarding as the fishing at times. Meeting up with friends old and new and enjoying a spot of relaxed fishing in the day is a real highlight.
Fishing Amongst Mountains
Ben breaks a British Record!
On his second cast he had another bite and hooked something that was fighting well. A red shape was darting around and one second it was a red gurnard, then maybe a Couch’s, or was it a Red Mullet. That was when it’s head poked out the water. My heart dropped and I shouted to Ben to not mess around and get it in the kayak straight away. He didn’t have a clue what it was but I did. It was a Streaked Gurnard!! Easily mistaken for a Red Gurnard for those not in the know, but this gurnard has a steeply sloped head, small mouth and unique colouration. I have previously seen a frozen specimen at the Marine Biological Association in Plymouth. I made no hesitation in telling him that I thought he had just caught a British Record!!