I have loads of blog updates to work through as we have been mega busy recently - reorganising kids bedrooms, attempting to cage chickens, visiting friends, baking four thousand macarons and even a wedding has made everything a little crazy recently!
Because of this though, it was nice to chat to Bill last week and him casually drop into the conversation that the forecast for Saturday looked ideal for a fish (which basically means no wind) and did I fancy it? After our recent crazy schedule, DID I EVER!
And so we made our way down to Maldon for the weekend and had a perfect time relaxing and catching up with friends with a fishing session in the middle.
Not only was the weather and wind predictions perfect for a fish, so was the tides! We were up at 6am, had time to visit the tackle shop in Brightlingsea for some bait, and out on Reel Grumpy fishing before 10am ... and with high tide not until midday confidence was high.
The plan was to visit Bill's 'secret spot' for some bass action until slack water and then chug a bit deeper to try a few other spots and see what else we might find. We had a bit of a wager going, with £3 on offer for the first fish of each species caught, £3 for the biggest of each species, and £5 for the most fish caught during the day.
Photos from the day are few and far between, but that's an indication of what a good days fishing we had. The 'secret spot' produced well and it didn't take long for Bill to get into a dinner sized bass. The action continued as high tide approached, just sadly for me most of it falling to Bill's rods. That was until out of the corner of my eye I caught sight of my rod bounce and the sound of Bill squealing had me striking before I could enquire how serious a take it was. Turned out it was a pretty fierce take, and feeling the fish dive as it got close to the boat gave me a good idea that this could be a nice sized fish. A few seconds later the fish surfaced and I think we were both pretty shocked and excited to see the size of it roll on the water top. With the fish safely netted and aboard it was time to break out the scales and the camera! The scales tipped round to 3lb3oz - a personal best for me, and the biggest that Reel Grumpy has had aboard!
The day continued well with Bill kicking my ass on the gambling front as he caught first and biggest Whiting and even a cheeky Eel! I couldn't care less though, catching dinner absolutely made my day!
And so that night the beers were well and truly on me and it was my Bass on the barbie to feed everyone, just a good job it wasn't too much bigger or we'd need a bigger barbie!