Hats off to skate haulers
NO WORD better epitomises a big catch of skate from Oban than ‘haul’, because that’s what you have to do to bring them in. Heave could also be added to the description, which I’m sure Terry Theobald will testify to after he and his mates’ mammoth catch revealed in last week’s AT.
I have caught one weighing 183lb, although that was more forgiving, due to it being caught from shallower water in Westport Bay. I have fished with the ‘Skatemeister’ Ronnie Campbell and know how hard it is dragging the blooming things up from 500ft, so quite how Terry Theobald and two of his mates managed 31 of them, with half of that total over 100lb and including a brace of 200lb’ers, beggars belief.
When I’m fishing off Key West for amberjack, a notorious slugger often hooked in 300ft of water, I have a simple method of not getting too tired. I stop fishing after two. Theo mate... it’s good advice!
Terry Theobald with one of his big skate. Proper hauling!