January through to March saw myself and Dave uptiding locally around the Yorkshire Coast
March also saw me doing a bit of white water paddling up on the Ure at Slenningford Water Mill in Yorks
It was then off up to sunny Scotland, more specifically Crinan near the Sound of Jura, the target - huge common skate.
Last chance saloon, the sun was setting..
And finally a skate for me
Nothing much else from this trip with the exception of a thornback ray
The wind brought a quick end to the fishing
So a bit of sight seeing was in order
A beautiful place and cannot wait to get back up there
Back home and it was my first tentative paddle around the back of the Brigg ….
No fish to be had around there, but dabs in the bay
April saw us back up and down the Yorkshire coast uptiding again…
Dear friend George came across to join us.
Mid April saw us back up to Scotland for some amazing common skate fishing
And back down to the depths to fight another day
The following day saw us having a chill out paddle down the Sound
Last weekend in April saw the Yorkshire safety training course
While at the same time Whitby forum member John was jumping to raise funds for the RNLI
I paddled from Runswick to Whitby to see him off
And then later a bit of plaice fishing in the bay
A couple more paddles locally, Holderness and Flamborough
And a couple of trips up a Humber creek
Early summer saw me buying an old 15ft sea kayak to tidy up and play with
New deck lines, tapeing the seems and adding new footrests had it sea worthy again.
We also had a tentative try at wreck fishing out from Robin Hoods Bay with reasonable results.
The results of our drifts after downloading to a pc
Had the first paddle in the sea kayak, from Filey to Flamborough North Landing, around about 18km.
As the waters warmed and cleared we turned our attentions to pollock and lure fishing behind the Brigg
With a new ride - the Kazkazi Dorado we went for a paddle under Bempton to investigate a recent rock fall
Beginning of June saw me out from Boggle Hole in the Dorado – took a little bit of getting use too but a good move and a pb cod of just over 10lb to leads and shads.
Then it was a quick shoot of to the Mull of Galloway for Sharkatag, what an amazing area and a brilliant weekend…
A few small tope, nothing very big for me…
Simon into a very big smoothound
The inevitable social...
A brilliant fish for Lozz
And thorny for Curly
Some wonderful species to be had including my first ever haddock
Back home and the bass were showing
Lozz on his way back down the country came to visit
And plenty of cod for us
Means only one thing...cod crumble
George came across to see us both and the weather was spot on for a bit of tope fishing out from Holderness and a fantastic fish for George
Back out bass fishing and a nice little suprise
My first ever garfish in UK waters, the last one I had was over 30 years ago while holidaying on the Dutch coast as a boy.
Last weekend in July so a few of us shooting down to south Cornwall in search of porgies – the less said about that the better – I was sooo ill…
No sharks but plenty of dolphins
Back home and a chill out on the local river for pike and perch, great fun..
Using some trick lures
Back out on Holderness for the local tope. Not a great success, two very big fish lost due to tackle failure and just small ones landed. Bait was hard to come by but we got some in the end.
A bit of chum
A bit of a species hunt with the Whitby league
Thornbacks out of Filey
Some good fish for Dave
One for me
Out from Flamborough, to the Smithics for launce
Watch for these horrid things though - weevers
Then in under the cliffs float fishing the live baits
Back to the Humber creek in search of flounder, plenty of baits
Another trip further north with Spawney for the pollock, lots of gear lost and a steep learning curve but we get a few fish
A tackle graveyard
back to the league and species
More plaice from Sandsend this time
Eels up the Esk after dark
Another fruitless trip up the creek, I will bag one of those creek mullet and bass sometime
September saw a group trip up to the Isle of Skye for some kayak fishing and some tuition from Gordon Brown in the sea kayaks, amazing and wonderful memories
Mr Gordon Brown showing us how it really should be done
Back home and out on the species hunt again
September and the Scarborough match, brilliant fun with great friends
Safety course on the sunday, great to give a little back
Out again to catch more species on different methods
bass on a fly
coaly on a float
Snappers meet in Lowerstoft, one of the best, fishing on the Broads
Then a quick rush over to lake Windermere with Simon, the poor man was so poorly but a pleasant day no the less
No pike but a beautiful day
October saw both myself and Dave purchase true sea kayaks, Dave a fantastic Rockpool, myself a Valley Aquanaut
Autumn was upon us and the sea was colouring up, time for uptiding and a window in the weather.
Re-took my BCU 2 star and FSRC, got Dave involved in the later
Boxing Day 2009 and out for a paddle under Bempton, weather was kind, could have been fishing
An amazing year, 78 launches in total and a year to last a lifetime
If you got this far thank you for reading.