The ground is incredibly rough, well suited to trolling lures and jellies, float fishing etc. The various drop-offs are populated with lobster pots which allow a convenient point to tie off and bottom fish. However, I'd neglected to pack my buoy rope so I paddled around looking for a sandy patch to drop anchor. Once achieved, fishing commenced and the dogfish quickly made an appearance.
Several dogfish later I moved on looking for another spot, again dogfish kept making an appearance. I wasn't fishing alone, fortunately for Jim he'd remembered his buoy rope and was tied off on a drop off which was producing conger eel, some a decent size though the better ones bit him off. By the time he'd upgraded his traces the sized dwindled as the top of the tide was reached.
It was only a matter of time before I lost my anchor, and I did. I was carrying a spare, though whilst looking through my spares box I came across my 'emergency' rod leash, basically a length of bungee cord with a clip at each end... a makeshift pot buoy leash if I ever saw one!
Once anchored over a reef edge I started catching conger, though the ones I managed to get to the surface were quite small, the best being 6-7lb.
Being anchored up there at night though was a fantastic experience. The water clarity is excellent, glancing down would reveal objects several metres deep.
At about 11pm I was sat in the large circle of light be produced from the stern light. About twenty metres ahead of me I noticed four white marks in a tight diamond shape coming towards me, just below the surface. As they drew close I realised they were fish, four school bass around 2-3lb that passed right along the side of the yak less than a foot under the water, simply awesome. A couple of hours later they passed right by the yak again heading out to sea, you don't need to be catching to be enjoying yourself at times like that.
The were countless Pipe fish up to a foot long drifting in the water, only inches under the surface. On several occasions I touched the back of one as it came close which promptly caused them to shoot off like the proverbial bat out of hell!
As we fished close in, the evening consisted of about 3 miles paddling, with me trying four different marks.Disappointingly the weather blew up again the next day, the day we'd hoped would produce a long day session allowing us the opportunity to explore the reef, trying a few different tactics. However, it was not to be.
There are plenty of fishing opportunities in the area, definitely somewhere I'll be visiting again, great scenery and great fishing, what more could you ask for... well, maybe a 40lb conger!!