On 7th February My Way was re-launched at the port of Holyhead after a 4 week stint in the boat yard having some well-earned TLC following the rigours of the previous year afloat.
The next few days were spent completing a few odd jobs before getting the kit ready for our first trip of the 2012 season.
This trip was on Sunday 12th February, with a 30ft tide and 8 novices and 1 angler; it was going to be an interesting day afloat for early February. The big tides would keep us inshore, but a pleasant enough day was on the cards with hopefully a few different species.
Fortunately the day went without too much of a hitch for our newcomers, the inexperience not really showing through as each of the lads took to using the gear fairly quickly.
Sadly though the fishing was fairly slow on all the marks that we tried through the day, ever present were the dogfish, many coming to the anglers in braces and on the odd occasions as triple shots, mixed in with a fair number of small huss.
A few coalies graced the decks and with weights of around 2lb, they were quickly despatched as thoughts turned to a fish and chip supper for the fortunate anglers.
A few very small codling also came aboard along with a couple dabs.
Gareth P a regular aboard My Way and experienced pleasure and match angler managed to break the monotony of double shots of dogfish with a small ling of a couple of pounds. We also boated 1 small female thornback of around 6lb in weight.
A fair few fish, a mixed bag of species, a bowl full of good chilli… yes, all in all a first day of the season afloat.
Details of how to book a trip with Gethyn on My Way can be found on his website.