There has been one fish near the top of my 'want to catch' list for a while.... the Atlantic Grey Triggerfish. A summer visitor to our coastline, this exotic species is known for its fighting prowess. With news of them showing at a North coast mark i planned a session with Mark Radcliffe with the hopes of us both catching our first Triggerfish.
This lit a fire inside of me and i knew i had half a chance of actually catching one. I had planned to fish the Monday with Mark Radcliffe, although we hadn't planned where to go. Well, we now had a venue!
Yet again the weather was blissfully calm as with the previous 4 days. We launched from a north coast beach with next to no surf.... now that is a treat! Usually there is a minimum of 2-3ft of surf on the beaches so to have an easy launch was a relief. We headed out to a likely trigger mark and anchored up. Mackerel were boiling on the surface and it wasn't long before we had some for bait. I put a big bait down incase a Tope or Bull Huss was in the area, along with a 2 hook rig baited with squid for the Triggers.
Almost straight away Mark had a good bite and was into a hard fighting fish but no sooner was it hooked it had bit through the line..... was it the target fish? Annoying to lose a fish but promising that what looked like a Trigger had taken the bait.
The wildlife was putting on a show again....
It was like flicking a switch. My bait wasn't out for very long before something started to really hammer my bait.... this looks interesting! I held the rod and waited for a good pull..... fish on! The fish fought hard and was zooming around all over the place. This wasn't a fish i have hooked before, this was something different. My fingers were firmly crossed. It was taking line and putting up a very good account of itself. I peered over into the blue water and saw the unmistakable shape of Triggerfish diving around! "Triggerfish" i shouted over to Mark. I soon had my first Trigger sitting in the kayak..... Woooohhoooooo!!!
Upon unhooking the fish started chomping its jaws with immense power. Combined with a fine set of teeth, i can see how these fish crunch up their diet of crustaceans, such as crabs, and shellfish, such as mussels.
Another species off the wish list and a really enjoyable one to catch, but i can see some mind-numbing blanks if they aren't present when targeting them. I'll be back for another go though!