Since our girls have grown up, my wife and I have certainly enjoyed the vacations that have come with the freedom we now have. In fact we can manage three holidays a year for less than what we paid for one when they were at home and we were tied to school-term times. Our second break of 2014 saw us heading right to the north-west extremities of Wales as the Island of Anglesey called.
If the title of this week’s blog confuses you, it’s a combination of Black Country (where we live) dialect and the Welsh name for Anglesey. We stayed on the west coast of the island at Rhosneigr at a place where we first booked into two years ago. It’s right on the beach and so on that front is perfect for fishing. It’s where my sessions were done in this week’s blog. Mind you, fishing over low water, it was still a decent walk to reach the water’s edge.
The tides were pretty much spot-on for what I wanted, with low water around dusk and into darkness as the week moved on. All my sessions were short ones, which is typical of my holiday angling. I fish every day but don’t spend all day. As I’ve often stressed, there is a difference between being passionate and obsessed, and while I am definitely in the former camp, the latter is a no-no.
I caught four species of fish from the beach – bass (my target fish), lesser spotted dogfish, flounder and cod, so all in all a mixed bag. Although I always set my stall out to catch something specific, there’s no such thing as a nuisance fish and they’re all totally welcome. In addition, all fish were returned as well. That’s not a criticism at anyone who takes something home to eat by the way, just saying what I do.
As well as fishing, I did plenty of nature-spotting while on the island. Check out my YouTube channel for a number of short clips including red squirrels at Newborough Forest and a black guillemot at Holyhead harbour. I was particularly pleased with the squirrel, as that was on my hit-list prior to the holiday. I also wanted to film puffin and chough as well, and although I didn’t manage to capture them on camcorder, I still saw them so was more than happy with that.
I really enjoyed my beach fishing, but as I often do, I divided my week into two as far as the angling was concerned. In this case I switched to pursuing wrasse from the rocks, so why not check out my blog next week to see how I get on. And if you want to keep up-to-date with my angling adventures then why not give my Facebook page a ‘like’ or follow me on Twitter? (Publised May 24 2014)