Into Knacker Hole with a Camera

What with one thing and another I was late getting in so the photos are a bit hmmmmn and I didn't take the fish eye as it was late with 'average' natural light, if nothing else you and the anglers will get an idea of the topography!

The vis, well it was a tad better than expected, 6m probably closer to 7m with only a bit of 'green'.

I really wanted a few photographs showing the layout of the ground as a few anglers over the years have asked what it's like where they are casting and catching fish and to be honest it is only in the summer when you get the clarity and light levels to be able to get any meaningful shots. The problem was that I wasn't jumping in until around 8pm so the light was dropping and I wasn't sure what the visibility was like as the weather during the week had been grotty, ahh well if nothing I else I knew that there would be a few bits of scrap to pick up!

As usual I staggered out to the Black Top Rocks, tankful of a 10l tank and also that I was diving at the bottom of the tide so that the rocks were nice and dry, no slipping for me, that said it meant a bit of a 'leap' to get well clear of any ledges when getting in and on hitting the water I knew it would be 'okay' as I could see the bottom some 6m below. 

I decided to head out North to get some photos of the layout and snapped all through the dive, probably the biggest surprise of the dive as I headed over the site was that there were no pots, loads of blue fiends about but no pots.....there were a few pellets just to the sea side of the site but I guess that the string of pots was either running parallel to the coast or out to sea in the slightly deeper water where although there are no large lumps the ground is rough and lobbie infested, with a chance of crabs.

On the dive today there were loads of small, about three-inches long, immature codling, now at this size these fish are very attractive and colourful and nothing like the animals which you see on a fishmongers slab. Strangely there were no coalfish about or not many so these small codling were 'up' in the water column actively looking for food rather than skulking about near stones which is their normal haunt when the predatory coalfish are about. The only other fish that I spotted were Ballan Wrasse and there were quite a few with some being large fish of two or three pounds in weight and extremely colourful, in the late evening some of these fish were foraging for crabs in water that was less than a meter deep, I tried for some photos but no luck as the fish were not happy to see their reflections looking back at them in the lens of my camera.

I have added a link to the album in the article so that you can see some of the shots, I did quite a few that show the bottom so a bit 'yawn' for divers but interesting for anglers and there are also a few arty-farty shots of ripples on the surface.....the rock face of the reef going up and breaking through the surface and more worrying bending sea-weed indicating a flooding tide, which is best for this site and a piece of plastic bag in the background that looks just like a jellyfish.......thankfully not a head of turtles in the North Sea.

Beadnell - Knacker Hole (28/6/19)

On the crustacean front there were the usual head of blue fiends with sets of antennae poking out from under most stones and lots of small wiggies dotted about which is a good sign for the future of lobsters but not a good sign of the current 'stock' level of the larger cod which will happily eat these lobsters all day long. There were a few large velvet swimming crab about and I managed to get a few close ups with one particularly bold specimen, when I was editing the shot I was surprised to see that in its 'evil' red eye there appear to be two pupils, I need to look more closely as I am not sure of the make up of a crustaceans eye and that shot got me thinking.

I was and am increasingly worried about the amount of plastic that I am seeing, to be blunt most is from cheap and 'orrid plastic bags which seem to be most prevalent in the summer. I am adding up two and two and arriving at five but I reckon that the recent hot weather has meant an influx and full to overflowing bins which the local 'beach-turkeys' rip to shreds meaning large amounst of non-bio waste goes ultimately into the sea. I know that it is a bit controversial but maybe the removal of bins would encourage people to take their rubbish home, the only alternative would be to increase the emptying frequency and that isn't going to happen.

So in summary a nice dive, I need to be back later with the fish-eye lens but plenty of scrap and a few of the larger fiends 'spotted' in advance of a BBQ tomorrow night.....the weather looks good for the weekend so get out there and make sure that you..... 

Dive safe


Weight this dive - 8.2 kg

Weight this year - 276.4 kg

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