Good Cod almighty.
It had been some time since we had been out fishing, waiting for favourable conditions
was frustrating to say the least.
But Sunday promised fine weather and we were not disappointed when it dawned,
sunny mild and windless. Perfect conditions for a spot of fishing.
Slipping out of Paddys hole into the River Tees,
we were dwarfed by a tanker fully three times the length of a football pitch.
Although I love the sea, I have never felt the inclination to take to her on one of these floating worlds.
It is just not the same as sitting with your hand in the water, as you glide across the mirror like surface.
Making little ripples with your fingertips.
Soon we reached the fishing grounds, with hardly a breath of wind and as silent as the grave.
We dropped our lines and settled down to some hopefully successful fishing.
We were not disappointed, when after only a short time my finger detected a
slight tremble on the line. Just enough to tell me that something some 200ft below on the sea bed
was interested in the bait.
A moment later whatever it was, took the bait. Suddenly the slight tremor that ran through the line,
now became a violent shudder. Telling me instantly that he was hooked.
It evokes such a carnivorous emotion, when the energy of the fish travels up the line from the depths,
into the rod so into myself.
As I reeled him up, his thrashing and tugging became less violent .
Some 20ft below the surface, a flash of silvery white,
told me this night I would be eating freshly caught Cod for my supper.
I was not wrong as by the end of the day we had landed 8 fine specimens of North sea Cod.
All in all a fine days fishing and I can’t wait to get out there again.
Indeed there is something very special about the motion of the ocean.
It makes some people sick. But, to me it sings, it dances and sways to the rhythm of Nature.
But as with all women she has her moods and must be respected,
we ignore gathering storm clouds, at our peril !
Fulmar Petrol’s squabbling over scraps.
Deep peace of the running wave be with you.