Monday, 5 May 2014

Thornback Hunt - Silloth Promenade 5th May 2014

Once species we had yet to catch ourselves was the Thornback Ray.

I had read reports of quite a few being caught on the West coast in the Silloth area.  This was a few hours drive from where we lived and so we decided to head over for a Bank Holiday session.
We initially planned on fishing during the day but changed the plans last minute and decided that fishing at night would be more productive.

We had Dogfish, some good sized Dab and whiting throughout the session.
A guy to our left had two decent Thornbacks of 4lb 4oz and 4lb 5oz on the run up to High Water.  Once he left at around 0330 we moved and started fishing in the area he had been.

We fished all night and a little before High Water (around 0400) Mark hooked into a big ray that bit through his hook length on the lift up the wall.
Disheartened we fished on and decided to stay an extra hour or so to try and catch ourselves a Thornback before the long drive back.

Lucky we did!

Last cast saw Mark land a cracking 10lb 2oz female.

I responded with one of my own weighing 10lb!

A new mark under our belts and for once a totally successful trip.

Fishing here is remarkably comfortable and I will definitely be making a return trip later this month