Diary

A miserable bloomin' failure!

With one thing and another I was asked to try and scrag a lobbie this afternoon so I thought that the North Side of Beadnell Point would offer the best chance of a fiend, I was wrong

The vis on the south side looked really 'iify' but that was down to a nasty little wind chop from a southerly which was roughing things up, the shelter on the North side meant that it was flat and the vis was around 6m again. Oh and walking down there were terns taking sandeels from the tide rip where the point entered the water, all were then heading South, I guess to the nesting area just to the South of Long Nanny Beck.

Once in the Pollack which were missing on my last dip were back in numbers with quite a few mooching about the section of cliff that broke off and entered the sea a couple of years ago, it isn't fully covered in weeds yet and maybe the yellow, light coloured bottom meant that there was better visibility for these predators or the reflected light maybe had the water a tad warmer, I don't know but it is the place to catch a Pollack if that is your thing.

With so many Pollack and maybe Saithe mooching about I must say that the small, immature cod and the like were notable by their absence, any animal knows when to keep out of sight and today it was obvious that the Pollack were hungry. One of their favourite targets are Launce or Greater Sandeels, these grown to over a foot in length and shoal in smaller quantities not the huge bait-balls that you see which are formed of Lesser Sandeels. In these baitballs the predators both aquatic and avian seem to zoom through mouths agape and come out with lunch! Anyway today there were a small amount of Launce hiding in the sand near to the anchor and it was only when I was virtually on-top of them that they left the safety of the sand to exit and swim away at top speed.

Now don't get me wrong there were plenty of fiends about but to be blunt none were really of a size to take and whilst I extracted a few they wouldn't be big enough on their own and with a dive caught limit of one lobbie per day there was no way to make up the shortfall with a brace, what a bloomin' palaver, so I missed out on that, but wasn't the only one as there was a string of pots running through the site and I saw three pots and all were devoid of fiends although they held a few velvet swimming crabs which our continental cousins blend up to form the basis of fish stock.

In my search for a lobster I headed right over to the back of the second reef but no luck, sure there were a few weights that will be added to the pile but no lobsters of any size, aaaaaaaaargh!

There were however loads of small lobsters, with some of the more 'cocky' male lobsters zipping out of their holes when I was looking for weights and fiends, just to make sure. These aggresive male lobsters can be a god send when you are missing any apparatus but they do need to be a tad larger, the best area I have found for these aggressive lobsters has been on an area of the Carrs at Beadnell where it is a pig to walk out over the weed covered stones and a horrendous swim should you decide to dive at the top of the tide.

Now this dive was at the top of the tide so getting out wasn't exactly problematic although I did surprise a couple who were bird-watching, I guess that a large diver clambering over rocks can be quite a shock even for the strongest constitution! 

Just before the start of the dive a guy came up and introduced himself and said thanks for the updates, it's always nice to meet someone who reads this rubbish and actually dives rather than inhabitants of cyber-space, so all you real people get out there as the conditions are quite good actually!

Dive safe

RichW

Weight this dive - 3.2 kg 

Weight this year - 279.6 kg

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