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Foamy Seas

I have not known a summer like it for wind. It has made getting out on the kayak difficult and has resulted in a situation where whatever chances present themselves just have to be taken.

I really should have gotten afloat on Saturday but a life-threatening bout of ‘manflu’ took grip and I was lucky to escape from its clutches relatively unscathed!!! The sea was glassy for all of Saturday, by Sunday morning the wind had whipped it up into a foam. Still, I wasn’t giving up without at least trying first.

one of the small pollock

In I went onto a sheltered bay with the hopes of getting out to the deep water beyond the point. I could get there alright but the wind direction was pushing water right at me and the resulting swell was ricocheting off the rock and cliff to hit the kayak from two different angles and lifting me a couple of metres without warning every couple of minutes on a big swell. It was far too unpredictable and far from comfortable to drop anchor and I didn’t want a repeat of last week – waves over the stern of the kayak hitting me square in the lower and upper back!

With tail firmly tucked between my legs I headed back into the small sheltered bay. I found solace with small ballan wrasse and pollock all of which fell to Fiiish Black Minnows, Sakura L16 shads and coloured feathers. No monsters but after a couple of weeks of atrocious conditions it was nice just to get out and get amongst some fish again. With conditions for this week’s days off not exactly looking ‘rosy’ at the moment a close eye will be kept on the weather and swell charts. It doesn’t look great at the moment but that’s always likely to change. Always look on the bright side!!!

one of the wrasse

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