Not to be outdone, on Monday 23rd July 2007, I too had a go at this fishing lark.
Back down to Cromer to get another rod from our friendly fishing shop, I ended up with a lighter, more flexible rod that suits me. It was still however, cheap!
I won’t bore you with the details of casting repeatedly, waiting and then hauling the line back in. It can get a bit frustrating, particularly when you discover that the bait keeps getting eaten.
The previous day, we had a false alarm and a lucky escape by catching a weever fish. We had no idea what it was at the time. Is it a baby something or other? All we found out was that while we took the hook out, the black spines stung a bit. But the fingers tingled for a few hours after. Time do do some research and find out what the story is on these little blighters.
Anyway, a picture is worth a whole lot of writing and here for all to see is my own first fish. A 0.7kg Sea Bass caught on a bait of frozen squid which is slightly more manageable to handle than lug worm.
How did we eat it? Pan fried in olive oil and butter, with home-grown potatoes hand-cut into chips not two hours after the Sea Bass came out of the sea. Possibly the most luxurious fish and chips on the east coast!
If you fancy a go and need some instruction, the guys at www.bactonfishingforbeginners.co.uk are local experts and can offer tuition. They provide the rods and tackle; everything you need to try your luck.