All Aboard!! Welcome back to another instalment of the JT Carpers blog, this week we have something a bit different to usual, an awesome little social sea fishing trip with the miniature comedian himself Jon over on the North Star!
So, usually we book a trip with Jon once a year, for something a bit different than the usual carping and also this man is just awesome, complete bonkers but awesome none the less, this time we decided to book the whole boat out to ourselves and get a group of us going. This time we had myself, Jack, My Dad, Mike, Eddie, Billy and Brandon. We were originally booked in for last year but due to restrictions etc we had to postpone it to this year.
We set off early to meet up with Captain Small at around 6.45am, Jon is based in Canvey Island from the Lobster Smack pub, I will leave a link to his Facebook at the end of the blog, if you ever fancied a trip then 100% go with this man, in the unfortunate event that you don’t catch anything just being around him will make the day a memorable one believe me.
So, after a short boat trip out we arrived at our first spot of the day and it wasn’t long before we were into our first fish and it went to my dad with his first ever Dab, awesome little fish and one we haven’t seen on the boat before so we were already off to a great start.
The action continued consistently for the next hour or two with Billy landing 3 fish and all being different species, firstly a small bass, followed by a pouting and then finally a lovely whiting, once again apart from the whiting all fish I hadn’t seen in the flesh before so a really good start.
As a group we continued to catch several fish between us, my first fish of the trip being this lovely little dogfish, not a new species for myself but they always put a up a good account of themselves and are always welcome on board because let’s face it, they are cool looking creatures! And kind of cute too.
Whiting were being caught left and right with a few dogfish thrown in, when the action dried up Jon would move us onto the next spot, this just shows how eager and decent of a Captain he is, some Captains would just sit on a spot all day and happily take your money, Jon is a firm believer in making the day as special and memorable for everyone as possible and this shines through with his attitude and willingness to help everyone, top man!
This continued throughout the day as when a spot dried up, we were onto the next one. Jack got amongst the action too with some lovely Bass and some cracking little dogfish! I also went on to land myself a new P.B Dab as it is currently the only dab I have ever caught, honestly despite what the picture looks like I was actually very happy with the capture!
Mike & Eddie were having a tough time of it on the other side of the boat, it always baffles me how you can be fishing all of 2 feet away from someone else yet they will catch quite a few fish whilst you may sneak the odd 1 or 2 out.
With the action drying up once again we moved onto our last spot of the day and what a spot it was! Within a minute of being on the new spot Eddie was into only his 2nd fish of the day! When he landed it, he was met with this awesome little Bass, a great fish to end the day on or so we thought, the bites just kept on coming! For everyone around the boat too, bass after bass after bass, Mike was also into a bass too so all in all this last spot really paid off.
Dad was met with a few dogfish and a lovely little pouting, Brandon was continuously catching throughout the day and had a good few on the last spot too, so all in all the final spot really paid off with everyone catching numerous fish.
To top the whole trip off, Jack caught himself a Sea Anemone (I believe that is what they are called?) Or as Jon liked to call them, the arseholes of the sea, quite fitting that Jack would catch a rather large arsehole 🙂
With that our time was up and we were on our way back into dock, what a fantastic day it was, I believe we had in excess of 40 fish between us and top rod going to Dad with him catching the most throughout the day, we are all eagerly excited for our next trip out with the legend that is Jon in the summer of next year to try and get amongst some awesome looking tope!
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