Shore anglers sample hectic shark sport off the west coast of Scotland
Your round-up of catches and stories.
Three anglers on their first session seeking tope from the shore caught nine fish. James White, Lenny Davies and Darren Browne, all from South Shields, South Tyneside, made the trip to south-west Scotland in search of shore-caught tope.
Arriving at the mark two hours before low water, they set up immediately and cast out half joey mackerel baits on pulley rigs with wire traces.
Within minutes Darren landed a smoothhound, quickly followed by another five, while James and Lenny caught nothing. About two hours into the flood tide an angler fishing nearby had his rig bitten off by a tope.
Once again it was Darren who had the first fish, a tope of 22lb 5oz, his first ever.
“Soon we were all changing baits in the hope of some action and shortly afterwards Lenny had a screaming run and landed a tope of 21lb 8oz,” said James.
Finally, James got the run he wanted and landed an 18lb tope, after which it was constant action. James landed four more tope. Lenny landed three and Darren added two more. James also caught a bonus ray.
Two anglers from Cumbria were among those chasing the tope. Kyle Sibbald, top left, and Mark Scott, bottom left, from Workington, got among the fish on May 22 at a rock mark in south-west Scotland.
First Mark caught a tope estimated at 12-15lb, and 10 minutes later Kyle landed his first-ever tope, a 29-pounder, on half a mackerel on an up-and-over rig with 150lb wire trace and Sakuma size 6/0 circle hook. They also caught smoothhounds and rays.
Also sampling the tope sport was Mark Clegg, of Berwick-upon-Tweed, who visited the west coast for a first attempt at targeting the species. It proved successful as he caught a 22-pounder and added a 12lb huss. Both fell to mackerel heads on a Pennell pulley rig.