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Old 24 May 2014, 16:11   #1
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A day in the life of the Gurnards SIB

I will be the first to admit that I am not the hardies of SIB’ers. You can think of me as being like the mackerel, and can only be found around the coasts when the water starts to warm up.

Today was the first day this year that I found the inspiration to dip a toe in the water to test the temperature. I always spend my first day of the new SIB year in the relative safely of Loch Etive, before heading for open sea journeys. This gives me peace of mind that my winterised outboards are working as they should and I have not left any vital parts out when I reassembled them after servicing.

My SIB is an eight year old Quicksilver 4.3m ply floor job. I trailer it to my chosen destinations as I like variety and there are plenty places to use a SIB in Scotland. I don’t think a RIB would be better for me even though I trailer the SIB. The main reason is it weights 110Kg off its trailer. A typical RIB of comparable size will weight twice if not three times that. I normally launch and retrieve on my own and find a boat around 100Kg is manageable to shove across beaches ..my hard shell boats were not so easy.

Once the SIB is on the beach.. I can push it with one finger on two inflatable roller boats. I keep the SIB keel deflated until the boat is floating. Even on soft shingle beaches or mud.. they wont dig in or bog down. They are also a fraction of the cost of transom wheels



But the biggest advantage of roller boats over transom wheels ... I can mount an auxiliary engine on the transom.



My main engine is a 25hp two stroke which I can easily move around on its sack trolley. Because my tow car has a drop down tailgate.. it just slides in.. so I never lift its full weight. It has plenty of power to zip my SIP along at 20 mph although I normally keep it at around 15mph. It doesn’t take long to get round Loch Etive which is a sea loch of around 20 miles in length. Im not a speed king as I also like to take my time.



Today, I took a colleague from the old work place with me. The 4.3m SIB has plenty space for two to fish, without sitting in each other’s laps. The wooden floor allows easy movement around the SIB and I don’t worry about accidentally dropping fish hooks or sharp objects on the floor.



My friend ..who is seldom in a boat.. loved the experience and soaked up all the beautiful scenery



I landed at this abandoned jetty and cooked sausages on a disposable BBQ for lunch



We then had afternoon tea and another leg stretch on this deserted sandy shore. We never saw another soul all day and it is still too early for the midges. It felt like we were floating in paradise.



They only thing that was slightly disappointing was the fishing. Not a single bite all day.

Well..until the last half hour... and I hooked a small cod. I returned it without touching it because I don’t eat cod..but it still made my day.





I do eat mackerel. But I didn’t catch any ... I guess it is still too cold for them. I do hope they arrive soon.. look at the day they missed by staying away :-D

Yup...its not what make of SIB you have .. that makes it the best in the world... its what you do with it that makes it :-D
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Old 24 May 2014, 16:22   #2
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Fantastic pictures - it looks idyllic.

Still a bit early for mackerel. We've been out a couple of times in the last month. Apparently the mackerel were about 12 miles offshore according to some old sea dog.
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Old 24 May 2014, 16:36   #3
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A day in the life of the Gurnards SIB

Cracking day out, a lot better than the one I've had. That's a smart setup you have there.

Mackerel are just off Oban at the minute, should be in Etive soon.

Etive is cracking for spur dogs, I have them up to 12lb in there.
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Nice story and great pics. SIBs are great aren't they.
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A good read and the deserted sandy shore picture gives a great sense of isolation.
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Old 25 May 2014, 03:30   #6
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Went out last week no mackerel around yet strange dispite the mild winter and probably warmer seas

A few small pollack near the shore and that was it

Tried in the habour in a hole for skate one big bite but got away

Better luck next time
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The mackerel were in further east-Matt H had quite a haul off Poole that weekend. Might just have been bad luck.
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Many thanks for the kind comments guys... they are appreciated.

For some reason ...the photo showing the space for two fishing in a 4.3m SIB didn’t show.. so I have re attached it below. The beauty of a ply floor is that with a little imagination..it is easy to make seats..lockers .. and fish tables etc. I tie them all to U bolts secured to the floor. Everything is easily removed... if required.



@spartacus.. glad to hear the mackerel are not far from shore. Im looking forward to having some fresh caught for dinner.

@A1an.. yup..I have caught a spur or two there too but never in the double figures. I was hoping to get one yesterday.. but on my first SIB outings..I always seem to forget something ? This year it was the bait of mackerel and squid .. I left it at home in the freezer L




I called the SIB after the first fish that I caught on its maiden voyage... a gurnard from Loch Etive



@max ...yup.. pound for pound.. I have found that SIBs are the best boating value for money .. and loads of fun

@stray ... Loch Etive sure is a beautiful location.. my work mate could not believe just how beautiful it all was... but he is a city boy.. so I can excuse him



It was one of those days that SIB memories are made of.. thanks for reading this post
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Cracking report love the pictures.

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Great report and pics Gurnard. I never get bored of reading your threads, thanks for posting.
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