Sunday saw me heading up to Tresco to escape the carnage that was going on down on St Mary's, it was the World Pilot Gig Championships!! You couldnt move here so the best plan to keep my sanity was to head off to another island and smash some wrasse!! Hopes were high as we have just had a nice prolonged period of west and south west winds that have brought the sea temperatures up and slightly over 10 degrees. There was a little bit of swell but conditions on the whole were perfect (not many times can I have said that recently!!!!!).
I always have wanted to fish the North end of Tresco as it screams wrasse when you look on google earth.
As you can see from the photos the water was crytal clear and boy were the wrasse in a feeding frenzy! Straight from the off it was like a switch had been flicked and all those months of waiting patiently for the action to kick off was soon forgotten.
The move was worth it as I took this better fish of 4lbs on a purple/blue lure. Plenty of blue in its mouth and spots on dorsal and fins which mean that they were still spawning so I switched over to a Blue Tube and the better and more aggressive wrasse nailed it.
This one of 4.5lbs was caught using a carolina rig with a 2ft trace, a method which seemed to find the better stamp of fish and put up a cracking fight in the shallow water. When I say shallow it was taken in 6ft of water and headed for every boulder trying to escape!!
Another move and more fish, again in shallow water with the Hawg Junebug Stickbait doing the damage.
By now I had caught upwards of 60 wrasse, much more like it after such a hard winter and all returned after a brief photo. It was time to head back to the New Inn pub to have a much deserved pint before getting the boat back home. Whilst waiting the five minutes for the boat I couldnt resist having a couple of last casts from New Grimsby quay. Tap tap and it was wrasse on, and a great end to a cracking day. Silly numbers of fish, nothing massive but great fun all the same!!!!