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169lb Female skate for Mark at the Maidens

September 29th, 2014 | by

Peter Ross, Mark and big Dave head out to the Maidens for a days fishing and Peter reports:

The Maidens is fishing really well at the moment, so with a good forecast we headed out hoping to get a few hours at the hole despite the big tide. We stopped at Hunter for bait hoping for some coalies but all we got was dozens of tiny macs which are about in plague proportions. Luckily we got about 10 decent sized ones but the tide was so strong ,no coalies.

1st double hook up

1st double hook up

When we anchored up the tide was roaring through and it was hard to hold bottom even with 4.5lbs. The anchor was slipping too but at least the baits touched the bottom now and then. After about an hour I was into a skate, then 15 mins later Mark was into one to, a double hook up.

Nice male skate 111lb

Nice male skate 111lb

Mark’s was first up after an hour, it just decided to swim downtide and eventually surfaced 120 yards behind the boat  Mark carefully reeled it in to the boat, a nice male at 111lb.

169lb female

169lb female

Meanwhile I was getting nowhere, the new kenkaki rod bent near double despite the slack tide.
Then Mark was into another one and he managed to get it in within 25 mins. Mark’s was safely landed then mine mine arrived at the surface after 2.5 hours. It looked huge, but unfortunately as Mark waited to gaff it, it threw the hook and swam away. It’s hard to say what size it was but it looked a biggie, probably a pb but that’s fishing. we measured Mark’s fish and returned it, a fine 169lb female.

Cracking day out and well done Mark on getting 2 nice skate. That skate I lost knocked the balls off me for 2 1/2 hours but it’s still out there and there is always another day.
Cracking day out in lovely weather, we sank a few bevvies when we got back on the moorings

Peter Ross

Boat Angling Ireland

Web: www.boat-angling-ireland.com

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