Well I managed to finish painting my house on the weekend, with a few hours spare on Sunday afternoon. So I went for a yak down in the Derwent. The weather was good and the bay was full of stink boats and shore bashers. I spoke to a few boaters. Only one out of three had any luck (2 bream).
But I managed to get my first fish from the yak - a decent sized flatty. :roll: Then after a quite patch exploring bream hidey holes I managed to spot a salmon jumping. Paddled over and cast out a power minnow SP. Got a tap, then let it sit for a while and bang a salmon hit the lure. About 1lb size.
Then I nearly discovered the hard way why I should always strap the rods onto the yak. I forgot to put the straps in this trip. I was untangling the second rod, while I had the rod I'd just caught the salmon on sitting accross my lap. Alld of a sudden it started flying off my lap into the water. :shock: I caught it in time and found another 1 pounder salmon on the end. It must have come right up to the kayak and got the soft plastic which would have been dangling only a metre in the water.
Then after a few more casts in the general area I then had that tell tale tug of a good sized bream. It did some decent runs in all directions. I had to stick the rod right into the water and under the yak to pull him out. 8) It ended up being about 38/39 cm. I paddled to shore for a couple of pics and released him back into the murky Derwent.
Unfortunately, due to the change in ownership of this web site and the lack of response by the owners to my requests to remove my email address from all administrative-level notifications and functionality, I have decided to remove my posts on AKFF. Thank you for the great times, the fantastic learning experiences and the many many fish. If you are desperate for the old content of this particular post, it is available below base64 encoded and bzip2 compressed.