Kayak Fishing Once More – Back to St Abbs

After a good kayak fishing session there earlier in the year it was time for another visit to St Abbs.  It was a last minute decision and too late to invite anyone else so I was here on my own.  I set off from Teesside at about 5am and arrived at St Abbs around 7am.  It wasn’t the warmest of mornings due to it being mid October but the conditions seemed right for a venture out, besides, I’d checked to weather and wave height forecast before travelling up to ensure it would not be a wasted journey.  As I arrived the sun was just rising so I took a few pics before getting kitted up.

St Abbs Kayak Fishing the Harbour a Dawn

St Abbs Kayak Fishing the Slipway

St Abbs Kayak Fishing Low Tide

I headed straight to the cliff face a few hundred metres north of the harbour.  This was our usual area for picking up plenty of Coalfish and Pollack.

St Abbs Kayak Fishing Setting Off


St Abbs Kayak Fishing Waiting to Catch

There was not much around today though, as I was discovering.  Not a single fish so far.  This was going to be a hard days fishing.  After an hour or so I continued north and ended up beneath the lighthouse.  That’s where I caught my first fish of the day.  I was trolling a SavageGear deep diving plug when I was hit by a Pollock of around 3lbs.

St Abbs Kayak Fishing First Pollock

St Abbs Kayak Fishing More Pollock

St Abbs Kayak Fishing Another Pollock

Then 5 minutes later another one of similar size.

St Abbs Kayak Fishing Second Pollock side view

I managed to capture these on the video below.

After a few more trolling runs back and forth around the same area with no takes it was time to start heading back to shore.  I had another quick drop in the area I call kelp corner.  It’s a kelp bed close in to the cliff which always seems to produce Codling.  It didn’t let me down and I was soon into a Codling a couple of pounds in weight.  That’s one of the benefits of kayak fishing, you can get right close in to the cliffs, closer than a regular boat can.



St Abbs Kayak Fishing Kelp Corner Codling

Not the greatest days kayak fishing but at least I didn’t blank and I got some good exercise in which is always a bonus.

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