Once out of the harbour it started raining and the wind seemed to pick up making conditions quite rough and not that pleasant for fishing! After about 3/4 hour trying for herring with baited feathers in the Swash channel and Training Bank area I pulled onto Studland beach just outside the harbour entrance for a break. With the aid of the trolling motor I then headed back into the harbour to fish from the west side of Brownsea Island.
Was met by a group of sea kayakers (Poole Canoe Club I think) who had two birds with them. A seagull and cormorant were both hooked by the same shrimp rig which had large stainless steel hooks (3/0) -- ouch. I managed to get the hook embedded in the seagulls nostril out with my forceps and it flew off. I don't know what happened to the cormorant - it had two hooks embedded in it and the group decided to head off to find some pliers which could cut through the stainless steel hook. Was impressive to see one of the kayakers towing two kayaks whose occupants were keeping the bird still (after a short while the paddler did seem to slow down ).
After the bird incident I headed down to Furzey Island trolling all the way with no bites. My GPS gave me 2.5 miles back to the launch point - I had 70% power left on my batteries so I went for it and tootled back on high speed (3mph against wind!) back to the car making a potentially unpleasant finish to the day pleasant. Conditions today really were bleak especially outside the harbour but despite this and lack of fish or bites it was an enjoyable day nonetheless.
Edited by SpeciMan, 08 January 2006 - 11:43 PM.