The Penzance Kayak Fishing Species Hunt had unfortunately been cancelled for the weekend with the untimely arrival of the remnants of tropical storm Bertha. Mark, Si, Richi and Steve were already down here for the competition so with all but perfect conditions forecast for Thursday we planned a day out from Sennen – the preferred venue for the now cancelled competition. We were in for a great day on the water….
Clear blue skies, hot sunshine, Light winds and a fantastic view meant we were all itching to get out on the water. A short walk down the slipway and we were at the waters edge ready to launch. Mark in his RTM Black Tempo, Si in his Kaskazi Dorado 2, Myself in my RTM Abaco, Steve in his WS Tarpon 140 and Richi in his Stealth. Sennen gives access to a diversity of ground and species – we planned to fish the deeper Lands End side to see what it could produce. Time to see how many species we could get between us.
Mark suddenly shouted that he had seen a Tope follow his bait up so I wound up my bait in the hope that it may take it… I watched the bait below the kayak, a fish shot out of the depths but it wasn’t a Tope… it was a decent sized Garfish, it made one pass at the bait before disappearing again....damn! I dropped it down another 20ft and let it be with the clutch loosened whilst I cut up some new baits. BANG, the rod bent over and line started pulling off… Tope? Nope it was a hard fighting Pollack around the 3lb mark.