So I tried to do something other than fishing for the last couple of days but the lure of a large ballan wrasse was just too much to handle and I really did want to catch a good one before heading west again.
What does a kayak angler do when they cannot go kayak fishing? They just go fishing! Having left my van into a mechanic and learning that the work would take longer than originally thought, I knew that I could not get the kayak out if I could not transport it.
Following Wednesday’s foray I returned to one of my favourite Wicklow stomping grounds for tope. I was accompanied by Anthony Byrne from the Irish Kayak Angling Club. The plan was to paddle out until our echo sounders were giving us return of what should be a reasonable depth of water to find tope lurking in. Timing could not have been better, either could conditions relative to fishing – the tidal run was just starting to gather momentum towards the North and the evening was mild and overcast.