Went out today despite the forecast of quite strong winds and showers. The plan was to hug the coastline at low water looking for future bass and sea trout haunts. I took a couple of rods but didn't get much chance to use them as once i got out of the harbour the wind was making the drift very fast and its easy to imagine how far you could be blown if you had engine failure and no anchor. No problem as i was keen to do a bit of cruising to search for future marks.
I was about two miles from the harbour heading North and just got round the headland when the heavens opened and the rain and wind were a hideous combination hitting me head on which was so bad it made me turn around and go very slowly back towards the harbour.
The recently made spray dodger was working overtime and although still not quite yet finished and not looking very pretty it proved its worth keeping the aux and fishing gear relatively dry.
Decided not to head North after the rain had stopped as the wind was making progress very slow and so decided to stay in the more sheltered area and test the aux which is secured on the little seat in the bow. I have modified the transom, fitting a 1" baton and adding extra bits of ply which lets me push the mariner 15hp to the side and fit the 2.5hp.
Its a tight squeeze and i had to take the tiller arm off the 2.5 and steer with the handle but with 15mph winds and low 20mph gusts offshore the 2.5hp worked very well. Don't get me wrong i know against a strong tide it would be more of a struggle but its fine for the area I fish in Northumberland.
I did get one codling on the way back in but it was about 2lb and went back for another day.
All in all even though i hardly fished it was still a great day, learning all of the time.