Summer is (finally) here.
Yesterday was spent photographing a Plymouth Federation of Sea Anglers catch and release competition on the imposing and fascinating Plymouth breakwater. I have not been out there for years and I had forgotten just how impressive this structure is when you are actually standing on it, and with such perfect weather as we had, it was a fantastic day. Overall the fishing was fairly tough, with the mullet especially deciding to drive most of the guys mad (when do mullet not do this ?), but I photographed some good conditioned fish to 4lbs 6oz (well done Clive Wagner, Mark Warren, John Williams and Steve Peard with the mullet). A few congers were both lost and landed, plus various bits and pieces, but mullet fishing seems to be the thing out here. Seems to me that mulleting in general is really growing in popularity amongst sea anglers - perhaps fishing light and having a blast is catching on ? I reckon so........
But the best bits about the day were seeing the fish caught, weighed and successfully released, plus an encouraging number of junior anglers out enjoying the day. Sea fishing in the UK needs more of both of these factors - catch and release, plus more youngsters coming into the sport.
Here is the west end of the breakwater around low water - flat seas, plenty of sunshine, nice and hot. This is how it should be !! Well done to the organisers and thanks for having me along.