Bellavista Angling off to a flying start last weekend when we welcomed a group of Dutch Pike anglers from accompanied by Henk Simonsz. As pike fishing is closed for the month of May in Holland so all 12 anglers were keen to see if sea-angling would live up to all they had reading the Dutch magazines and on forums……

Day 1 Saturday 19th May:
Fishing was tough in a choppy sea… but the lads did get to christen their pike rods and soft plastics. NO BAIT!!!!

Day 2 Sunday May 20th:
The fleet of Bellavista boats left from Marlogue with Kevin and Jim Clohessey to fish off shore reefs within 4 miles of Roche’s Point in super conditions, again NO BAIT!!!

A slow start on a dropping tide was more than made up for when the tide started to flood with some excellent cod & Pollock caught (up to 90cm!!!). There was also some small ling, grey gurnads and pouting about! All of them falling for the colourful soft plastics…

To say these anglers were happy is an understatement….. SEVERAL have even asked for prices for September!!!

Day 3 (the final one   ) Monday 21st May

8 A.M full of excitement from the previous day the lads headed back to the off-shore reef and caught some fine Cod (up to 95 cm!!!!) and also caught some nice Pollock. The afternoon was to prove difficult and we moved 6 miles to another reef which produced lots of fish but not to the quality of the previous day….
However in pike and zander terms it was a busy day and one these anglers will never forget!!!
Light gear, NO BAIT and CLEAN boats…
A great way to start the season!!!!!

The next group will arrive Saturday!
Watch this space…….

William Jevens

Bellavista Hotel and Self-Drive Boat Hire