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Off to the Isles of Scilly for the weekend

The world is a changing !! I absolutely love the Isles of Scilly, and for the life of me I can never work out why the place is not crawling with visiting anglers. The place is like heaven on earth - it inspires and moves me in way like Ireland and the Channel Islands do. But as much as I never need much of an excuse to head over to the Isles of Scilly and see my mate Del, I would never have imagined only a few years back that I would actually be going over for a weekend in February to go and photograph wrasse fishing. I can remember saying to a friend only a while back that if they wanted to go over there then they were best off leaving it until later in the year, but then Del goes and starts getting into this whole wrassing on plastics thing and lo and behold he's smashing them. Right now. Read his new blog here and you will get a sense of what he's uncovering.

Yes, the Isles of Scilly to me are like a kind of mecca if you are into big pollack and mullet from the shore, plus your more regular species like congers, huss etc. And of course a place like that is crawling with wrasse. It kind of goes without saying. Remember when bass used to be a "late spring, summer and early autumn species", and wrasse were a "summer and early autumn" fish ? These are generalisations intended to highlight how much things have and are changing, but in essence they were how most shore anglers felt. Some people say that fishing's all been done and that there is nothing more to find out or discover. So how come only a few years ago the wrasse was considered a bait only fish that you by mistake caught on lures sometimes ? How come there are guys out there right now catching wrasse on plastics when most shore anglers are chasing cod and whiting ? In warmer waters it was not that many years ago that milkfish were considered essentially uncatchable, but a frighteningly talented South African guide worked out how to nail them (and holy cow do they go !!). It's been a hell of a mild winter, I grant you that, but it goes to prove that fishing is never going to be fully decoded, and I have to say that I like that. Nature laughs at our inept attempts from time to time does she not ?

So I am jumping on the helicopter this afternoon that will take me on the short journey from Penzance to St. Mary's in the Isles of Scilly. Am I excited ? Well I woke up at about 1am last night with my brain just racing, put it that way. I did get back to sleep in the end, but I can't wait to get over there. I have been in the game long enough to know that a trip like this in February is a bit of a gamble with the weather etc., but it does seem with the forecast that Del and I can tuck away if needs be and potentially smash a few fish for my cameras. I also want to get a true sense of Del's growing lure "problem" !! If I can over the weekend I will get some stuff up on the blog, but for now please wish us luck and let's see what happens...........