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A Mull of Galloway adventure for Wayne and Lewis


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As usual during the school summer holidays our two oldest grandsons,Wayne and Lewis,spent a week with us here in our caravan in Drummore. It is a static located on the Clashwhannon Caravan Park overlooking Luce Bay and where the wife and I stay for most of the summer.

As soon as they arrived they asked me if they would be going boat fishing again. My mate Tom Stevenson kindly took them out on their first ever boat fishing trip last summer. I told them that if the weather was ok they would be having another trip out with Tom. Firstly I had a shore fishing session lined up for them and that involved bait digging. It was a first for the boys and a lot harder than they thought. After about half an hour we had collected enough lugworm for a shore session.

Although both boys can swim I wanted to take them to a safe shore mark with a minimum of climbing so after a 10 minute yomp from the car we arrived at our fishing spot.

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I rigged both boys up with sliding floats and had them casting out just a few yards as we had deep water at our feet. The first bit of excitement we had was Lewis falling in. I should have put money on it - this is the lad who got his head stuck in the railings at Buckingham Palace !!!!!

I was expecting the lads to start catching small wrasse and pollack fairly quickly but all they were getting were a few tentative bites. The next bit of excitement was grandad having to strip off and go in to rescue a reel handle that had "mysteriously" worked itself loose and dropped in the water. I have to say that this did amuse the boys.

Eventually Wayne did manage to catch a small wrasse. Here he is with the fish before I unhooked it and carefully returned it to fight another day.

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We gave it another hour after that wrasse had been caught but with no further bites we headed back to the car. The boys had enjoyed it so that was the main thing. Next up a days fishing in Toms boat "Joshua". Tom has a static van on the Sands of Luce Caravan Park and like us spends quite a bit of the year there. We launched from Sandhead beach and headed out looking for mackerel for bait. Tom was the main fishing coach and I was photographer. Here is Tom giving Wayne a bit coaching.

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We did not take long to find the mackerel. Here is Wayne with a full house.

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Lewis also got amongst them.

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The plan was to try and get the lads amongst the tope so out went whole mackerel for baits. We gave this a good few hours but the tope had not read the script and it was not to be. We then fixed the lads up mackerel strip hoping to find the boys a few species. Here is Wayne with a tub gurnard.

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Lewis with a dogfish

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After this the wind got up a bit and the conditions got unsuitable for the boys. At this point we decided to pack in but not before Tom gave the boys a turn each at the wheel on the way back in.

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What a great adventure it had been for the boys and I cannot thank Tom enough for that. It was a great day out in great company. Back at the caravan mackerel on the BBQ rounded the day off nicely.

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With the boys away now the caravan seems strangely quiet !!!! They did ask if they could stay for 2 weeks next summer though.

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John

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Looks like you guys had great fun! I used to stay in Dumfries, not too far from there. It brings back a lot of memories- I started fishing in pretty much exactly the same way with my dad, uncle and grandad taking me and my cousin out when we were about that age. We used to go a bit further up north near Fort William and around Kyle of Lochalsh. Getting to spend the £10 to go out mackerel fishing on one of the boats at Kyle was always the highlight of our holiday. :)

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Great report John,

Half way across the world and still some of those fish could have been caught here in Australia.

Are you familiar with our Slimy Mackerel?

I wonder how close they are and how they compare on the plate.

Regards

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This report is from the boys visit last summer. I thought I would add it as they are due to join us here in our Mull of Galloway caravan in a couple of weeks time. The report should give you a background to their next trip out fishing for bigger toothy guys.

How good would it be if they managed to catch a tope each !!!!! Keep watching this space.

Great report John,

Half way across the world and still some of those fish could have been caught here in Australia.

Are you familiar with our Slimy Mackerel?

I wonder how close they are and how they compare on the plate.

Regards

Never caught a slimy mackeral so cannot really comment on it. One of you guys will just have to take me out fishing for them on our next trip over to oz.

John

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I just loved fishing in your country and managed 43 species in 4 trips - I even made the Manly papers for one of my captures !! :sun: I keep quite a bit of fishing tackle at my daughters in Frenchs Forest. My nemesis was trying to catch a flathead of all things. Did eventually manage it on my last trip though .

Any interest in recounting some of my Australian fishing adventures on here ?

John

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I just loved fishing in your country and managed 43 species in 4 trips - I even made the Manly papers for one of my captures !! :sun: I keep quite a bit of fishing tackle at my daughters in Frenchs Forest. My nemesis was trying to catch a flathead of all things. Did eventually manage it on my last trip though .

Any interest in recounting some of my Australian fishing adventures on here ?

John

Wow

43 species in 4 trips is mind blowing

What did you make the paper for

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It was for a turtle capture at Fairlight. It was hooked on the outside of the mouth and I reckon it was purely accidental. Guessing the line just got caught on the top of its shell. The papers just wrote what they wanted !!!!

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The day after I was having a few beers in Manly Wharf Bar and someone said - "Hey are you the pommie that caught the turtle at Fairlight" ? :sun:

John

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It was for a turtle capture at Fairlight. It was hooked on the outside of the mouth and I reckon it was purely accidental. Guessing the line just got caught on the top of its shell. The papers just wrote what they wanted !!!!

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The day after I was having a few beers in Manly Wharf Bar and someone said - "Hey are you the pommie that caught the turtle at Fairlight" ? :sun:

John

Interesting catch

Did the news paper just make up the story or did you submit it

If not, how did you get in the newspaper and how did they get the information

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When I got back to my daughters apartment in Freshwater it was suggested that the newspapers would be interested in the capture. I e-mailed the picture to the paper and not long after the editor was on the phone to me asking for details.

The actual "fight" was about 10 minutes but when I seen what it was I phoned my mate who had just went to his daughters up the street and asked him to bring his landing net down. I was only using 15lb mono and the last thing I. wanted was to snap off and leave a hook in the turtle.

Funnily enough on my next fishing trip I was spinning with a Toby lure at Little Manly Point Park and I am fairly certain I had a penguin follow the lure on one retrieve. Now a turtle and a penguin on two consecutive trips would have been something else !!!!

John

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When I got back to my daughters apartment in Freshwater it was suggested that the newspapers would be interested in the capture. I e-mailed the picture to the paper and not long after the editor was on the phone to me asking for details.The actual "fight" was about 10 minutes but when I seen what it was I phoned my mate who had just went to his daughters up the street and asked him to bring his landing net down. I was only using 15lb mono and the last thing I. wanted was to snap off and leave a hook in the turtle.Funnily enough on my next fishing trip I was spinning with a Toby lure at Little Manly Point Park and I am fairly certain I had a penguin follow the lure on one retrieve. Now a turtle and a penguin on two consecutive trips would have been something else !!!!John

If you caught a penguin, you would be like a hunter except not in the bush, in the water

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