The Swanage Classic kayak fishing competition is one of the highlights of the kayak fishing events calendar. Loads of kayak anglers all spending several days camping and fishing together at a great venue with plenty of species to target. I done well last year and placed 2nd. This year i had put aside 4 days to fish at Swanage so after sorting bits of gear out over several weeks it was time to drive up to Swanage for a long weekend of kayak fishing!.
Bait back out and 10 minutes later a fish tears off with the bait. The rod hoops over and a decent scrap gets underway. Soon enough i'm looking at a Starry Smoothound around the 5lb mark. I've only ever caught one small one before so its a new PB for me!
The small eye of a Small Eyed Ray.....
Saturday - Competition Day
It was great too see so many fishing kayaks all rigged up.
It soon became apparent there were a few people with 5's already in and some with 6, 7 and 8 species. I registered my fish (and witnessed some very questionable fish identifying!) before waiting in the ever pleasant rain for the results. After a mix up with the results, i had managed to come 7th place with my 5 species, winning me some Trokar hooks and goodies, and a set of Reuban Heaton digital scales. That was me happy!
Well done to Martin, Mark and Wayne for taking the 1st, 2nd and 3rd places respectively. Ben managed to grab 4th place too!
What a difference a day makes....
The Corkwings soon showed themselves. I dropped down to tiny size 12 sabikis to try and tempt even the smallest Baillons but too no avail. I did hook a Bream that set off so fast it snapped the light line (6lb) on the sabikis... bugger. The very next drop another bream took one of the hooks but this time the drag was set super light, even then i felt it might break the line so i engaged the backwind and played it gently. What a fight! My fear of getting snapped up and the fish's powerful runs gave fantastic sport on the Major Craft Zaltz 10-30gr rod i was using. I few minutes of cautious play and i slipped the net under a stunning bream, a little over 2lb. The electric blue colouration on these fish always amazes me, the cameras never does it justice. A few photos and it was swimming back down to the reef from whence it came.