11 August 2015

Orkney wrasse sessions part 2

Wednesday i think i'm on to now. I was out for an early morning session, quite difficult again if i remember rightly, no ballans about but some cheeky wee goldsinny wrasse, they seem to be particularly well marked in orkney.

another Orkney first which i was really pleased with was this beautiful rock cook, it was actually quite big,so much so that at first i thought it was a corkwing.I never got any corkwings all week which was a bit surprising, up here goldsinny is king!

that was it for the morning, Clyde had a great time on a local beach in the afternoon!

disaster struck when i ventured out for a couple of hours in the evening, i had a box of beer in the boot which slide about and crushed the tip of my savage gear rod, as you can imagine i was a bit annoyed with myself ! i didn't dwell on it though and grabbed the little tronix and carried on to the barrier.

there was some codling about

and both male and female cuckoo's

and a sea scorpion

 strangely there were no ballans about. I then went home and drank some of the beers which broke my rod!

On Thursday morning it was poring, i got a good soaking for a couple of goldsinnys and ballans. The afternoon turned out to be a lovely day though when we were out walking at the impressive cliffs at Yesnaby. 

out for the evening session produced the usual culprits

nice sunset on the way home

Friday was my last day of fishing, out in the morning and then late afternoon into evening, very productive with good numbers of wrasse and cod, no monsters but great sport

it had been a great weeks fishing, fitting in those short...ish sessions without impacting on doing family stuff, looking forward to next year already!


  1. Absolutely stunning pics and fish! You gave them a thrashing mate!
    All the best with the rod..

    1. Cheers Dimitrios, got a new one through the post today!

  2. Another great read Mr T . Can't wait to give it a go next year

  3. More lovely fish Brian. Well done. Your sea scorpions are the short spined variety. That a new species for you?

  4. cheers for the fish id Scott, i had wondered if they were short spined as they were a bit bigger than the ones i catch locally,think ive had one before a year or two ago back in orkney again.

  5. well done again mate, lovely fish & pictures :)