With lighter nights and warmer settled weather, it was time to wake Ballast from his winter hibernation. So a knock on the door and a get your gear, he was ready to go.
I hadn't been idle over the winter, I'd made a trolley for the human dynamo to pull. It was so good I had to use a high speed camera to take a picture.
You can see the blur lines.
Whoosh, and he was gone.
The sea was flat and with a very light breeze anticipation was high.
We motored out and tried several spots but the fish just weren't feeding. So we headed a bit further out. into deeper water.
Finally we caught a fish, a codling of about 2lb, which was released to grow bigger.
By about eleven o'clock a S E breeze started chopping up the water, so by 12 o'clock we'd had enough.
A nice morning to start the season, even though the fish didn't play.
The only spoiler for the day was an oil slick several hundred yards long, that we went through.