robq & jellyworms Anglesy trip

Dave ( Jellyworm ) and I decided earlier this year to have a long weekend away somewhere, to sample some fishing a little different to what we are used to and hopefully a few new species ( conger and bull huss )

I have not fished anglesy since I was a kid at least 30 years ago !! so was looking forward to it  :) Dave has fished the Island a few times over the last few years and has some good info.

The date was set and a caravan booked by Dave, a good base but in a back garden close to the house, accompanied by a well meaning but slightly intrusive owner  ::)   to be fair it was a good price so no complaints !!

The day we arrived the SW wind was battering the island with rain showers so Dave suggested we head for bull bay for a bit of shelter from the wind. A nice looking mark with rock ledges giving way to a sandy bottom. Dogfish bites were frequent and we decided on a wager fro the week of a fiver on who could bag the most doggies  :) I think we finished the day on level terms but I did manage a nice thornback around 7LB

The next day was back at bull bay to dodge the wind again and then on to a mark at amlwch, which produced doggies and small codling but nothing startling. We decided that maybe the better quality fishing would be after dark, so with a local tip off we headed to lynas point to a deepwater mark in search of some huss and conger. Unfortunately  by 2am, although we found a small ish huss apeice there were no conger  :( maybe the big spring tides were just too big ? who knows ??

I was well out in front of the doggie league though at the end of the night  :) fresh crab the killer bait !!

the next day was spent with a bit of light line bassing in the outfall of the wylfa head nuclear power station !! a very different experience :o a big spring low didnt help the fishing I guess but Dave managed a schoolie and me a small wrasse.

The next day the wind finally dropped and we managed to get on to the favoured marks on the west side of the island at last !!

Ty-Croes was the mark , and it did look a good mark with deep water and a good tide run.

As usual the doggie assault began and not many casts came back without one  :o I managed a few dabs on a smaller hook but no sign of the plaice I was hoping for. A nice bite and a heavy weight on the retrieve had me thinking I was into a huss or ray but was surprised to see a huge spider crab attatched to tackle !! unfortunately it detatched itself before I could get down to it  :(

A wander across to Dave to have my lunch saw a good bite on one of his rods saw his 1st proper huss  :) well done mate !!

I then managed a thornback of around 4lb

A couple of spiders were eventually landed so a seafood feast was agreed and a few doggies were depatched and expertly skinned by dave for dogfish nuggets in breadcrumbs  :)

Although not a big seafood and fish lover the doggie was superb and a lot softer and tastier than I imagined !! but the highlight was the spider crab claws which were top notch !! at least as good as alaskan king crab !!

All in all a great few days, with good company, a few fish and a few more beers  :o

Oh and I won the doggie wager 34 v 22  :) :)

Cheers

Rob



2 Responses to robq & jellyworms Anglesy trip

  1. Brimmer May 28, 2011 at 1:18 pm

    Superb write up, A pleasure to read. Think i might end up trying to catch spiders next time i go down there Rob!

  2. Bassman May 30, 2011 at 9:02 pm

    As always great report and pictures rob, i bet the spider crab was delicious not so sure about eating the doggie tho

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