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It’s all about getting out and meeting people. Oh, and big fish!

July 20th, 2008 · 15 Comments

Venue - Llandudno, North Shore
Tide - Low to High
Time - Day and Nght
Bait: Fresh Lug, Fresh Mackerel, Fresh Squid

I’d spent the day sorting myself out in anticipation of this evenings friendly fish and meet at Llandudno North Shore.
I picked up a replacement to my recently demised Shakespeare Summit reel in the shape of an Ultimate Harbour 9000 from Victoria Pier. A couple of packs of Fresh Lug and I was on my way to Morrisons to finish off the bait order. 2 Mackerel and 4 Squid for £2 exactly!

With the Harbour 9000 loaded with 250yds of 20lb mono and a tapered shockleader attatched, it was time to head off to Llandudno.

Llandudno North Shore - 19th July 2008

A quick stop off at Zak’s and tea was sorted!

Tea - Llandudno North Shore - 19th July 2008

Mag’s and Netty were already there, with no fish to report from their early start. ‘Musselman’ and ‘Musselboy’ were just geting set up.
I set up 100 yards east of the paddling pool.

Llandudno North Shore - 19th July 2008

‘Notbad’ Paul and ‘The Rhyl Maestro’, Mehmet arrived shortly after. If you look very closely in the distance, you can make out the unmistakable sight of a ‘Firetip’ walking onto the beach.

Llandudno North Shore - 19th July 2008

Mark arrived shortly after and set up beyond Mags + Netty.

Llandudno North Shore - 19th July 2008

The wind was strong and from the NW. The Orme was offering us protection from the worst of it though.

Llandudno North Shore - 19th July 2008

‘The Rhyl Maestro’, fishing on foreign soil tonight, was giving his usual masterclass.

Llandudno North Shore - 19th July 2008

First cast a Rockling and second cast a Codling.

Codling - Llandudno North Shore - 19th July 2008

Mehmet had given me some of his ‘magic’ freshly dug Rhyl lug and bingo, I was off the mark. A Silver Eel put a smile on my face despite trashing my 2 hook flapper.

Silver Eel - Llandudno North Shore - 19th July 2008

Next door, Paul had a good knock and a bit of a rod bend.

Llandudno North Shore - 19th July 2008

A nice Huss was the result. Caught on frozen Sandeel.

Huss - Llandudno North Shore - 19th July 2008

With the surf still rolling in, it was no surprise to hear the shout of ‘Bass On!’ coming from my right. Ray was in and this little beauty fell to Fresh Lug.

Bass - Llandudno North Shore - 19th July 2008

Ray nearly went for a swim whilst returning him!

Llandudno North Shore - 19th July 2008

Sunset was upon us and Ray, Netty and Mehmet were caught discussing night fishing tactics.

Llandudno North Shore - 19th July 2008

Llandudno North Shore - 19th July 2008

Mark’s patience was rewarded with the first Whiting of the session.

Whiting - Llandudno North Shore - 19th July 2008

Patience was in abbundance elsewhere. Netty and Mags were not giving in just yet.

Llandudno North Shore - 19th July 2008

I discovered that the batteries were flat on my headlamp, so I headed off into town to find some replacements. Not realising that Llandudno shuts at 9pm. I finally ended up in the ‘Spar’ in Rhos. With lights now back on, I stuck on a 4/0 pennel with the hope of getting into some of the Huss action.
Half a Mackerel fillet tipped with Squid head was my chosen bait.
I cast out and waited.
Not for long as it turned out!
With the wind buffeting the rod all night, it was not surprising to see my tip dancing around. This time however, with my drag on my Harbour 9000 set quite lightly, it was taking line!
Surely not!!!!!!
Nothing takes line from a beach, does it???

I adjusted the drag slightly to help pull back line without risking snapping. Gradually I was gaining.
There was lots of weed on my line and I was having to pause periodically and shake it off. Surely there was no fish left on after all this faffing about?
There was!!!!! The clumps of weed disappeared back into the sea and the fun and games continued.

My shockleader knot eventually got stuck in the end eye. Again I was unpicking weed and risking loing this fish. Finally, the with a few turns of leader on my reel, I was able to really pull into it and I felt the weight for the first time. It was a good fish :)
With more of the tapered leader in, I switched to handlining the fish up the final 5yds of shingle bank.

I had at my feet a decent Huss, the largest fish I have ever caught from the shore.
I didn’t weigh it but it must have been close to double figures.

Huss - Llandudno North Shore - 19th July 2008

Great stuff!!!!
I couldn’t get my line back out quick enough. Another Mackerel/Squid combo was back out looking for more of the same.
For bite detection, I had a green glowstick attatched to my rod tip. I should have had one on th butt too, as infront of my very eyes, a strong double bang on the tip was followed by the butt lifting to shoulder height.
Fish on!!!!
I grabbed the rod and this little baby was stripping line for fun!
Again I played the drag to assert some form of control.
Another decent fish was giving me the thrill of a lifetime.
Again the dreaded weed jammed up my line. The leader knot caused the same problem as last time.
Eventually with the weed clear, I was able to get this fish close in and again handline it in.
Expecting to see another Huss, I was gobsmacked to catch that heartwarming glimpse of sliver emerging from the surf and spray.
My pb Bass weighed in at 7lb 6oz. (Although I will be advising Paul to check the calibration date on his scales :) )

7lb Bass - Llandudno North Shore - 19th July 2008

All those hours spent blanking and these 2 fish appear within 10 minutes of each other!
That’s fishing folks!

Thanks to Paul for organising this meeting. It was great to meet everyone and as they say, the fish are just a bonus.

I’ll certainly be buying a lottery ticket this week :)

Very Happy Days!!!!

Tags: Llandudno

15 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Chris // Jul 20, 2008 at 7:44 pm

    I had heard congratulations were in order.
    Great reading about it too!
    I trust the cooking, and eating of, were every bit as good as the landing of this beauty.
    For what it’s worth: Pan fried sea bass is my favourite dish at our local pub/restaurant, The Wynnstay Arms.
    So let me know next time - and set an extra place at the table!! :)

  • 2 admin // Jul 20, 2008 at 9:45 pm

    It was a great night.
    Better than sex according to Mehmet!

  • 3 Paul aka Notbad // Jul 20, 2008 at 10:12 pm

    A brilliant night Mike, I’m still re-living seeing those fish myself so you must be really buzzing!

  • 4 admin // Jul 20, 2008 at 10:43 pm

    I’ve had a permanent grin on my face all day.
    Infact I woke up smiling :)

    Once again, many thanks to you for organising the event.

  • 5 Headwyn // Jul 21, 2008 at 12:13 am

    Well done Mike, nice fish there!

    Makes up for all the lonely hours at Rhyl and Kinmel Bay!

  • 6 admin // Jul 21, 2008 at 12:17 am

    Cheers Kev.

    Sod these featureless sandy beaches. I’m moving to Llandudno :)

    PS If you and Squidward are fishing a rock mark in the near future, plaese give me a ring, I’d love to join you again.

  • 7 Bob Frost // Jul 21, 2008 at 7:41 am

    Fantastic result mike well done.

  • 8 Headwyn // Jul 21, 2008 at 3:30 pm

    Ive got a couple of weeks holiday coming up. We will be in touch soon.

  • 9 Davy // Jul 21, 2008 at 9:47 pm

    nice reports lads sounds like you had a great time
    lucky Lot

  • 10 admin // Jul 22, 2008 at 10:15 pm

    Cheers Bob!
    It’s no Kingfish but it’ll do for me :)

  • 11 admin // Jul 22, 2008 at 10:16 pm

    Cheers Davy.
    It was a great night in good company.
    Feel free to come along to the next TSF meet.

  • 12 admin // Jul 22, 2008 at 10:16 pm

    See you soon Kev.

  • 13 Mark // Jul 25, 2008 at 9:08 am

    I have Found the new site easier than finding that Basses twin, still trying and still blanking, I think you had trod in some chicken Sh*t before coming out fishing, and it brought you luck. you never passed it on to me when you ran off to wake the family up if not the whole street.

  • 14 netty // Sep 2, 2008 at 6:39 pm

    well done again mike,
    you did have some lovley fish that night, missed the landing of the Huss, where was I???? may be it was when I fell asleep LOL

    keep fishing and be happy

  • 15 fairziff // Sep 2, 2008 at 11:43 pm

    Thanks Netty.
    It was a memorable nights fishing for me.
    I didn’t want to wake you when the Huss came in :)
    You take care and I’ll see you and Mags soon.

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