Argyll pollack 05/10/21

Scott88

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Despite my last day of annual leave coinciding with the penultimate day of the trout season I decided to hit the coast instead. I opted to try a few marks that I’ve had my eye on for years now, tides and weather were looking favourable.

After an hours hike I got to the first spot just before low water, this allowed easy access to some rocky ledges putting me into a reasonable depth of water with a ton of kelp at my feet. Things were slow to begin with, probably due to the slack tide but I started picking up wee pollack here and there. I lost a few to the kelp and even had a nice sized codling smash the fly at my feet but it didn’t stick.

I decided to move on and try another spot nearby but had a quick recce of a rocky promontory between the two spots. Within a few casts I was into a much better fish around the 4-5lb mark. I’ve been catching pollack on the fly for around a decade now but the power these things have never gets old.

The next hour or so was some of the best fishing I’ve ever had, with several fish of a similar size and one cracker that I reckon was getting on for double figures. I genuinely couldn’t believe the size of it when it turned on its side as I finally got it to the surface. I’ll probably struggle to beat that fish, I’ve been after a big fly caught pollack for a while now and this easily surpassed what I was hoping for! After carefully returning it to the depths I sat and had my lunch with a big cheesy grin on my face
😂


The wind then picked up and made life pretty difficult but the fish were still coming consistently enough for me to persevere. I tried my best to get a half decent photo using a wee cheap tripod and my phone camera timer setting, while keeping the fish in a rock pool but this proved more hassle than it was worth. Suffice to say I had to delete a lot of terrible photos.

Before I knew it I was having to pack up to hike back, more than a bit chuffed with myself.


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Despite my last day of annual leave coinciding with the penultimate day of the trout season I decided to hit the coast instead. I opted to try a few marks that I’ve had my eye on for years now, tides and weather were looking favourable.

After an hours hike I got to the first spot just before low water, this allowed easy access to some rocky ledges putting me into a reasonable depth of water with a ton of kelp at my feet. Things were slow to begin with, probably due to the slack tide but I started picking up wee pollack here and there. I lost a few to the kelp and even had a nice sized codling smash the fly at my feet but it didn’t stick.

I decided to move on and try another spot nearby but had a quick recce of a rocky promontory between the two spots. Within a few casts I was into a much better fish around the 4-5lb mark. I’ve been catching pollack on the fly for around a decade now but the power these things have never gets old.

The next hour or so was some of the best fishing I’ve ever had, with several fish of a similar size and one cracker that I reckon was getting on for double figures. I genuinely couldn’t believe the size of it when it turned on its side as I finally got it to the surface. I’ll probably struggle to beat that fish, I’ve been after a big fly caught pollack for a while now and this easily surpassed what I was hoping for! After carefully returning it to the depths I sat and had my lunch with a big cheesy grin on my face
😂


The wind then picked up and made life pretty difficult but the fish were still coming consistently enough for me to persevere. I tried my best to get a half decent photo using a wee cheap tripod and my phone camera timer setting, while keeping the fish in a rock pool but this proved more hassle than it was worth. Suffice to say I had to delete a lot of terrible photos.

Before I knew it I was having to pack up to hike back, more than a bit chuffed with myself.


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Scott, do you ever go BIG flies when targeting the bigger pollack?

On the basis that I've caught lots of biggies on 9" soft plastic worms (dark blue glitter with red tails being by far the best), I tied lots of large (but slim) flies, mostly deceiver types with mobile tails and lots of long feathers. I just haven't had the opportunity to try them yet, too much to fish for, too little time!
 

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Brilliant well done that is a days fishing that will never be forgotten truly amazing and good photos as well
 

Scott88

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Scott, do you ever go BIG flies when targeting the bigger pollack?

On the basis that I've caught lots of biggies on 9" soft plastic worms (dark blue glitter with red tails being by far the best), I tied lots of large (but slim) flies, mostly deceiver types with mobile tails and lots of long feathers. I just haven't had the opportunity to try them yet, too much to fish for, too little time!
I haven’t really, and I’m not sure why 😂 Coincidentally I grabbed a few big flies out of my pike box for this trip but didn’t end up using them. I tend to fish a lot of new marks up here so subconsciously I probably err on the side of smaller flies just to increase the chance of a few fish.
 

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Great report Scott.Pollack are awesome fish.Ive had good ones on light spinning gear and their power is impressive as you say.Ive only managed a few wee fellies on fly tackle though,long time ago whilst on holiday in Arran.
 

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Great report Scott.Pollack are awesome fish.Ive had good ones on light spinning gear and their power is impressive as you say.Ive only managed a few wee fellies on fly tackle though,long time ago whilst on holiday in Arran.
Can’t beat them, seem to spend most of my trips after them now! I’ve had a great time fishing some of the burns on Arran but never the salt.
 

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They're a good stamp for shore caught. Nice work. Love that first lunge you get from pollock.
 

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Now that was a trip I'd have happily shared and the photos are just pure Pollack porn. I had one superb session in D&G this year, but the best fish will have been about your average.

Interesting point about flies (made by Running Bear). When I first started out on the Pollack Path seven years ago I would use flies in 1 - 2/0 sizes and seemed to do alright. Now I'm using 4s to 8s and still landing the big ones. (See my post on Assynt Pollack from last year). In my book, if you can land the big fish and still have fun with the Kelpies, small is best.

As my last trip up the coast to Eyemouth was an epic fail, because I wrongly assumed the sea would be flattish and clear, neither of which we re true - this article has been a much needed tonic as the season ends. Thanks Scott.
 

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Now that was a trip I'd have happily shared and the photos are just pure Pollack porn. I had one superb session in D&G this year, but the best fish will have been about your average.

Interesting point about flies (made by Running Bear). When I first started out on the Pollack Path seven years ago I would use flies in 1 - 2/0 sizes and seemed to do alright. Now I'm using 4s to 8s and still landing the big ones. (See my post on Assynt Pollack from last year). In my book, if you can land the big fish and still have fun with the Kelpies, small is best.

As my last trip up the coast to Eyemouth was an epic fail, because I wrongly assumed the sea would be flattish and clear, neither of which we re true - this article has been a much needed tonic as the season ends. Thanks Scott.

Hopefully you get out again soon to put it right!

Aye I don’t find that fishing the smaller flies puts off the better fish, though they do seem to fixate on certain colours on occasion. That said, now that I’ve found a mark with a bigger average size it could be interesting to see what the big flies produce. Simplicity is my main priority when tying for pollack as the flies get shredded to bits really quickly and I rarely get more than one session out of them.
 

merkin

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Hopefully you get out again soon to put it right!

Aye I don’t find that fishing the smaller flies puts off the better fish, though they do seem to fixate on certain colours on occasion. That said, now that I’ve found a mark with a bigger average size it could be interesting to see what the big flies produce. Simplicity is my main priority when tying for pollack as the flies get shredded to bits really quickly and I rarely get more than one session out of them.
Amen to that! Tutti-Frutti (pink synthetic from Funk Fibre) Clousers have been this year's go to fly - but they know they have the life of a Mayfly the moment they leave the box!! Sea conditions not looking good for the next week, but I guess there's still a chance in November, even on this side of the Isle.

I do keep meaning to try the big flies again. Next year maybe . . . .

Given your location, have you ever tried Mull? I've had some really good fish there over the years, but never tried mainland Argyll.
 

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Amen to that! Tutti-Frutti (pink synthetic from Funk Fibre) Clousers have been this year's go to fly - but they know they have the life of a Mayfly the moment they leave the box!! Sea conditions not looking good for the next week, but I guess there's still a chance in November, even on this side of the Isle.

I do keep meaning to try the big flies again. Next year maybe . . . .

Given your location, have you ever tried Mull? I've had some really good fish there over the years, but never tried mainland Argyll.
I can see Mull from my living room window but have never fished there yet! I keep meaning to get across but I think I’d need a few days to do it any justice, it’s such a big place and there are so many marks to try.

I’ve fished most of the smaller islands closer inshore around here and done quite well. The Argyll coast is pretty much one enormous rock mark but it’s amazing how localised and concentrated the pollack seem to be. Quite often I find that a 20 metre stretch of rocks will throw up dozens of fish but nothing at all either side of it.
 

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I can see Mull from my living room window but have never fished there yet! I keep meaning to get across but I think I’d need a few days to do it any justice, it’s such a big place and there are so many marks to try.

I’ve fished most of the smaller islands closer inshore around here and done quite well. The Argyll coast is pretty much one enormous rock mark but it’s amazing how localised and concentrated the pollack seem to be. Quite often I find that a 20 metre stretch of rocks will throw up dozens of fish but nothing at all either side of it.
Well I can see Argyll being on my possibles list should I make it to next year - and there are all those lovely Pike lochs on the way there (and back). . . .
 

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