I was out with Richard yesterday, 22nd Dec, on his boat “Wicked Tuna” from Southsea Marina. We fished a mark North East of the northern end of the Nab Dredged Channel. After the rough weather of recent weeks, it was great to get out in light winds and a smooth sea.
We fished a mix of rigs, some with large squid baits for Cod, and others lighter outfits to target Whiting. Fishing was slow over the end of the flood, with a few Whiting and Pout. We hoped the fishing would pick up with the ebb, but apart from dogs being added to the species caught, fishing remained slow. Just as we were considering a move, Richard had a very heavy take, but failed to hook-up with the fish, which we assumed was either a Cod, or a Conger, so we decided to stay.
I then had a strong take on my light rod rigged with a two hook paternoster baited with small strips of mackerel for Whiting. On picking up the rod, the fish took off on a very strong run that was difficult to stop. I slowly gained control of the fish even though it continued to make several strong runs, but eventually I guided a cracking Pollack into the landing net. It weighed 13.11lbs on my digital scales.
We stayed on the mark for another couple of hours before returning to the marina, and a beer in the marina bar. Whilst our main target was Cod, that Pollack made my day.