Gathering the live baits was challenging, but Brian and me soon had enough in the tank for the session and along the way, my crew mate also picking up a couple of tidy tub gurnards, to 2lb 12oz, on our baited sabiki rigs.
A switch on both our outfits to a straight leger raised a few feet above the sea bed did the trick but we still needed an 8oz weight to maintain a vertical line.
I just could not get the boat to go where I wanted it but eventually, by placing it dead on the mark that produced so well a few days ago, my pout live bait was taken within seconds of dropping to the sea bed.
Not a big bass, probably a five plusser, but a welcome sight nonetheless and the first of 2017. Unfortunately that was to be the only take on the live baits.
On the run home we were treated to a spectacular sunset to end a tough, but as always, enjoyable day afloat.