Its been a busy couple of weeks around the welsh coast for me this last few weeks. Ive taken the opportunity to get my salt flies wet while the guiding and instruction have calmed down.
Two weeks ago Sharon and myself had a weekend camping not far from St Brides bay, Pembrokeshire. The weather couldn’t have been better, very warm with light breezes. I had my eye on a few new Pollock marks that I wanted to try. I did a rekey of a few new marks a few weeks ago on a stroll around the coastal path. They would need a certain amount of bush wacking and rock climbing to get to but with the combination of kelp, depth and current, I thought I would be in with a shout of a welsh Pollock on the fly.
The first two marks I got to looked very promising. Unfortunately both had very narrow paths leading to them so they were obviously used marks. On reaching the waters edge and kelp line I was shocked by the huge amount of angler rubbish that was laying around, mainly lure and feather packets, sandwich boxes and empty cans. I also picked some line up. What a shame in so many ways. Hopefully not seasoned sea anglers but rather the drunk mackerel bashing goons that turn up in the summer. I didn’t fish either mark, the rubbish put a bad taste in my mouth and the fact that the fish had already received angler pressure put me off.
Trudging onwards the last mark I wanted to fish, on arrival it was pristine, Sharon could even watch me from the cliff. On a nice gully at the edge of a bay stuffed with kelp and a couple of lobster pots I strung up an 8wt TCX and airflo di7 sniper line. A 7inch DNA clouser with 20lb orvis mirage fluorocarbon hung of the end. I was fishing the last 2 hours of the ebb which wasn’t ideal for this mark, but I had to go home at some point!
4 pollock was the end result over 3 hrs fishing. Biggest 4lb. Very satisfied that the mark produced and it topped a really good weekend. The fish had a far lighter colour than the Scottish fish I was catching a month or so ago.