7 July 2012

a few days in Orkney

We headed up to Orkney for a few days to visit my mum, the weather up north has been a lot nicer than down here, and it was a lovely evening for the crossing to St Margerets hope, Clyde seemed to enjoy his first ferry journey too.

 Inbetween tidying my mums garden and doing family stuff i concentrated any angling efforts to the sea rather than my usual trout fishing. Not that i did particularly well blanking often than not. First fish was a new one to me, a sea scorpion i think?  on float fished lug from one of the churchill barriers,  can't say i'm in a big hurry to catch another one!

  Had an afternoon fishing a local cliff mark where again the fishing was slow but inbetween loosing loads of tackle i did get a nice coalfish and a Pollack for my efforts, also lost a bigger Pollack which did the usual running into the kelp!

I spent a wee bit of time trying for flounders from some likely looking beaches but failed to register so much as a bite, not even a crab! back to the drawing board there i think.

Only other fish i encountered was when Jamie and i were searching some rock pools, first one is a butterfish i think

not sure what this one is? but it has a face only a mother could love! 

 All to soon our holiday was over, another smooth crossing on the ferry last night with clear sky's and sunshine, it wasn't until we got down to near Edinburgh again that the rain started, back to normal i guess.


  1. Nice one Brian, an interesting mix of species, i think the wee one at the bottom is a blenny?

  2. cheers col,looking at my old observer's book of sea fishes it might be a blenny of some sort right enough!

  3. Pretty sure it's a Blenny Col, the guys over here http://schogskyandhutch.blogspot.co.uk seem a bit obsessed with them.

    With the rivers in such bad condition I envy your sea fishing a little Brian. I was out in east lothian the other day but it was a bit blustery.

  4. thanks for the link Douglas, those guys like there mini species right enough and some nice east coast bass too!

    aye better down there with a westerly not that we have been getting much of them.

  5. I have a few days in the Borders coming up so hopefully the weather will be a bit kinder. Then it's back up here for Noel Gallagher at Edinburgh Castle before a few days away just me and the rod. Still not sure where to go but the East Coast is in with a shout.