On a very mild day in October, the Green family – that’s me (James), my brother Will and our father, Mike – took advantage of the extremely calm conditions and blasted out to go fishing at the Eddystone Lighthouse, 7 miles off Devon’s south coast. We’d been dying to get onboard Will’s new RIB and this seemed like the perfect opportunity.
When we got there, the tide was slack, so we took our time preparing our tackle. We all fished two hooks – either feathers or rubber lures – fixed about twelve inches apart above a 1.5oz or 2oz lead.
Given the state of the tide, we were in no hurry to get started and we could see several other boats, none of which were having much luck. After a while, though, we couldn’t resist any longer, and we lowered our baits into the blue.
Slowly but surely the bites began to increase and we boated a pollock and a mackerel in fairly quick succession. Eventually we found an area where quite a few fish were showing on the fish finder – in an area where the depth changed dramatically to just 12 metres. Here, about 500 metres East of the lighthouse, we caught the majority of our fish.
We ended up with a nice catch of pollock, mackerel, a brightly coloured cuckoo wrasse and a nice sun tan. That’s what I call a nice day out with the family!