Hats off to skate haulers

Angling Times (UK) - - WELCOME -

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!

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