It has been a long wait for a break in the weather. Others were busy so it would be a rare solo session on a local river estuary. The plan was to target Mackerel, to stock up the freezer with bait, but there was also a chance of Herring too. If i could catch some fresh bait then i'd be trying my luck for a Ray too...
It didn't take long before a few shoals started appearing, so down went the sabikis. The rod was soon bending!
I would be using my Ugly Stik 12-20lb Braid rod matched with an Avet SX5.3. A simple running ledger rig with a hook baited with a fresh sliver of Mackerel was sent to the bottom. After half an hour nothing was really happening so set up the lighter lure rod with the same rig and cast that out too. You can guess which rod i had the first bite on!
The lure rod was soon buckled over with what felt like a hard fighting ray attached to the end. A good fight and a ray was soon visible below the kayak. A well-marked Thorny was soon on my lap. Not a big one but around 4 or 5lb. A quick snap and he was soon released.
Secondly, i had a new set of sunglasses! I've been after a decent set for sometime. I wanted polarised lenses with UV protection, and a design that floats incase they get dropped overboard. Last week i was made aware of Dewerstone who make wooden frame glasses that are proving popular in the paddling world. A quick look on their website and they had several types which would fit the bill nicely! I opted for the rather snazzy 'Cirros' with a black bamboo frame and red/orange reflective lenses. They are great, and they match the new Palm Bora cag too! For less than £45 squid you can't go wrong 😎 no more squinting in the sun!