Saturday, 20 July 2013
17/7/13 Fifty More Tope......
I've been promising my piking buddy Dave a tope trip for some time but trying to pin the man down has been difficult, to say the least. But today, with the perfect combination of a small tide and flat calm conditions, I succeeded in persuading him to take time off work and join me for a run down west to fish mark 41
Mackerel were thin on the ground but, of a good size and we soon amassed enough for the day. Bites came virtually from the off but, the perpetrators were rarely more than ten pounds in weight. Great fun, to be sure, and Dave really enjoyed the action but I wanted to seek out some bigger tope.
We did have a brief move to the wreck near mark 42 but, once the tope had picked up the scent of our baits, they again turned out to be 'packers'.
Returning to a sloping bank close by our original location produced more of the same and by the end of the session we'd bagged around fifty, with this bonus 12lb undulate thrown in for good measure.
I've been told that these pack tope tend to take over the marks as the season progresses but Neil, who was fishing over on mark 21 did pick up a handful of better sized fish for his clients so, perhaps those 'bigguns' are not quite off the agenda yet.