A few weeks ago i was contacted by George, Product Designer at Scanstrut. The guys at Scanstrut are releasing an exciting new range of accessory mounts for the kayak and small craft market using their ROKK Mini mounts. We had planned a day on the water to test a range of the new products, discuss future products and provide George with a taste of kayak fishing to better understand the needs of us kayak anglers. The day went to plan, the weather was perfect and i caught a stunning new PB....
First drift over the mark produced a few nibbles. And then on the next drift something special happened. The lure hit the bottom, i wound in the slack and immediately had a big bite, wound in a little more and BANG... the 30-60gr lure rod doubled over and knowing that the lure was so close to the bottom i really had the rod and braid at the limits of breaking to keep the fish away from the bottom. Something powerful was at the other end and it really wanted to get back to cover. Harsh persuasion and a squeaky arse moment, and the fish was turned and i could get some line back and bring it up into mid water. This felt like a big powerful fish, maybe a nice double figure Pollack.
The powerful lunges and runs continued all the way up, and peering over the kayak the expected flanks of a Pollack did not show. A stunning golden orangey beast was heading for the surface..... it was a Ballan Wrasse and a big one too. Thankfully it arrived at the kayak and was brought onboard swiftly without any issues. A monster Ballan was now sat on my lap!
Back to the fishing and a few more Pollack came our way. Sport was slow though so seeing as it was so calm we paddled down the coast to explore the rocks beneath Lands End as i had done the day before.
That finished off a successful session. We headed back to the launch just as the wind started picking up. Everything went to plan and we both caught fish. We discussed the products we had been using a little more and George kindly left me with a few mounts to use and test over the coming months. We discussed further mounts which would be useful for kayak fishing and George went away with a better idea of what kayak fishing is all about, the requirements we need for our accessory mounts, with some ideas for new products and a Pollack for tea! I'm sure we will be sorting out another session again in the future.
A great two days on the water. The weather has now closed in for a few weeks. Hopefully the next session won't be too far away as the fish seem to be biting!