Boat Fishing out of Stranraer
Loch Ryan in South West Scotland is perhaps best known by many people for the ferry terminal at Cairnryan, which is the main terminal for ferries operating between Scotland and Northern Ireland. The loch is also, however, frequented by fishermen, with fishing popular from both shore and boat. The town of Stranraer, right at the head of the loch, is where the charter boat for this fishing trip was boarded and a wonderful, enjoyable canada goose outlet parka and successful day’s fishing was had by all on board.
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Canada Goose Online This trip was taken aboard the charter boat Diva out of Stranraer Harbour. This is a modern boat with all necessary electronic equipment and is licensed to carry ten anglers at any one time. On this trip there were seven of us and that was canada goose outlet black friday sale comfortable but to be honest, ten may be a yokosukabase.com bit of a squeeze. You may find that eight would be your upper comfort limit and it would be worth paying that little bit extra per person to limit the bodies to that number. Canada Goose Online
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As with any sea fishing venue, the best bait to use will depend on the time of year, the precise mark you are fishing and the species of fish you are targeting. In this respect, it is always best to ask the skipper’s advice at the time of booking the boat. Between us, we took fresh and frozen mackerel, blueys, prawns (just because they were apparently on special offer in Tesco’s!), frozen calamari canada goose outlet paypal squid, frozen sandeels and freshly dug ragworm. A wide variety of baited artificials were also used.
This fishing trip was deemed to be a species hunt, meaning essentially that the principal objective was to catch as many different species of fish as possible. Bearing this in mind, the skipper recommended that we spend the best part of the day fishing on the drift above an old wreck.
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In all, there must have been the best part of a couple of hundred fish taken on the day, with a number of different species being caught. The mackerel aside, the majority of the fish taken were small pouting but there were a few haddock, whiting, pollack, bull huss, ling and ballan wrasse also brought to the surface.
Perhaps the two most interesting fish of the day, however, were notable for very different reasons. The cuckoo wrasse (see photo above) is probably the most colourful and beautiful fish caught in British waters. It looks more like something you would expect to catch in the warm waters of the Caribbean or some Pacific island paradise. In contrast, the sea scorpion or scorpion fish (see below) is an ugly creature. Though scorpion fish caught around the UK are not poisonous as many others are around the world, their nasty spikes are capable of inflicting serious damage to unprotected flesh. They should be handled with great care, with protected hands, and as little as is required to get them off your hook and back in to the sea.
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