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Shetlands Trip


Ivan Tuna
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Having watched numerous YouTube videos of Shetlands trips we were well prepared for what was in store.

We had no plans to fish Pirk and 2 Gummie Macks - we were going “sporting” so one hook be it jig or soft plastic shads.

Rods we’re jigging rods capable of 200-400g, Reels small narrow spools loaded with PE 1.5 to PE2. Fishing 100 to 200m deep with a fairly fast drift. Jigs 300-500g preferred Shadvwas Cutbait 480g in Puffin.

Also made up 2 hook rig for Haddock and a 1 hook wrecking rig for Ling.

I drove up from Oxford to Aberdeen and then took the overnight ferry to Lerwick, I took the rod reels of the other 3 guys and they flew up from Heathrow via Glasgow on the Thursday. After meeting up at Sumburgh airport we headed to Tesco for supplies and then off on another short ferry ride to Mid-Yell, then it was a 30 min drive to the chalet, 4 bed en-suites 5🏅

 We we’re fishing on Oberon docked at Cullivoe harbour - 10 mins from the accommodation.

When we were unpacking and prepping our gear at the chalet the other group who had been there for 4 days appeared back from their final day afloat - they looked whacked !!!
 

Friday was our first day afloat - Kenny the skipper had a wry smile when he saw our gear and remarked that he had x8 80lbs outfits in the wheelhouse if we needed them. Day 1 was Cod, slow start with some 8lbers until the tide picked up then it got going. The 8lbers soon became doubles then we got the first 20lber. It was a struggle getting through the 15lbers to get to the 20s but they were there. 3 of us managed 20lber+ luckily I had the biggest at 25lbs. Disappointingly throwing back 18lbers as they weren’t 20s again again and again. 
 

Saturday we decided to hit the wreck - longer steam about 1.5 hours against the tide. Wasn’t much of a wreck on the sounder U boat from WW1. Down went Shads, jigs and mackerel baits. I started with a jig and had a few Cod, some 15lbs Ling then came up. I changed over to a mackerel bait hoping for a big Ling and ended up with a 28lbs Coalfish that spat out 2 mackerel - it had the bends! The Coalfish had found us - every drop was smashed mid-water all 20lb+ fish. Kenny then had the idea of starting the drift well off he wreck and the Coalfish so we could get our baits to the bottom - that worked I had a 29lber and Andrew a 32lber - both PB on the same drift. Neither the Coalfish or the Ling can go back so we moved off to a Haddock bank - they had them to 10lbs a few days back. We had haddock but nothing over 6lbs but the Cod showed up and the haddock disappeared.

Sunday was our last day and the wind changed direction so we got to fish the east of Muckle Flugga - we were doubting the skipper but we assured us they would show up on the bank. First 2 hours only a few fish in the hold, 8lbs Cod good eating size. Then they appeared as if by magic every one 15-22lbs range every drop for 3 hours non stop.

We’ve booked for 2023, 2024 and 2025. We’re going in July and August next time as the Mackerel don’t get thick until then so there’s a chance of a record Cod, Coalfish and Ling. Shetlands holds U.K. record for Cod and Ling and there must be a record Coalfish up there too.

 

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6 hours ago, Andy135 said:

Cracking effort! What a trip!! Good write up too. Those fish look amazing. Well done 👍

@Saintly Fish.... for your 50th??

Defo one to throw in the mix. Didn't look very sunny though! 

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Top fishing! Do you only go once per year as it takes that long to get through the fillets?! 🤣

Ive heard a lot of good things about it up there 🙂 Any halibut to be had? Or is that Norway only? 🤔

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6 minutes ago, Saintly Fish said:

You tart. You'll go with anybody!!

With fish like that, wouldn't you?!?!

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11 hours ago, Saintly Fish said:

@Ivan Tuna WOW!

Some superb fishing there, the guys look well f'kd in the wheelhouse. 
What was the weather and conditions like. 
Great report thanks for sharing. 

Unbelievably it didn’t rain in the time we were there. It was windy in the morning but then settled down from lunchtime. It was comfortable fishing more rolling swells. There’s shelter other than from a northerly, most winds are some sort of southerly and you can always fish the east or west cod grounds. Kenny boat is 20 ton so it sits in the water great when your drifting. 

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7 hours ago, Odyssey said:

Top fishing! Do you only go once per year as it takes that long to get through the fillets?! 🤣

Ive heard a lot of good things about it up there 🙂 Any halibut to be had? Or is that Norway only? 🤔

I’d go more if I could. It’s a shame the Ling and Coalfish don’t go back as there’s some monsters kicking around but you need to get through the sub 20lbers first. We were lucky and got a cancellation for this trip. Halibut yes he gets them every year as a by catch, we only had one that took a small Coalfish on the way up but it smashed the mackerel rig. Skate are there if you want them but it’s a 40min+ fight. There’s easier venues Oban/Mull for skate.

We’ve booked later for next year as we plan to go for a record Coalfish and Ling.

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On 6/30/2022 at 11:23 AM, Andy135 said:

@Ivan Tuna, in the unlikely even that you have any drop-outs for your future trips let me know. 👍

The question is Andy - can you throw back 20lb+ Cod every few minutes….

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3 hours ago, Ivan Tuna said:

The question is Andy - can you throw back 20lb+ Cod every few minutes….

Don't know, but I'm keen to find out!

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