a few wrasse lrf but even though it was a calm day with little
or no wind the swell was very heavy and i found it very difficult
to keep in touch with the lure or indeed to keep the lure in one place.
I tried for around 2hrs with bites or even a touch so i decided to drop
sizes and do a bit of lrf rockpooling for a while to see if the swell would
I armed up with a 0.5g jighead size12 hook and rigged it with a small section
of gulp neiris in red after a couple of chucks a nice blenny
Had plenty of Blennies from various pools around the place
I had began to give up on any other species when all of a sudden i got smashed by
a very big long spined sea scorpion around six inches in length certaintly the
biggest specimen of this fish i have caught it actually took a little bit of line and was
perfectly camoflaged in the pool almost like two fish joined together with its strange
colouration of a black/brown tail and sandy front end
This was the first of around 10 scorpionfish i had it was strange like the blennies switched off and they switched as i had no mix of species it was all of one kind then all of another
The variation in colour of these fish is incredible with no 2 fish looking the and the way that they display
by puffing up , growling and vibrating in the hand one fish even flipped over in the hand to display a pair of bright blue fins and and bright golden underside which was a first i had never seen one do that or actually have these colours whether they are a threat or used for mating i cant be sure and will probably never know.
I also spent almost an hour at one particular pool i had a blenny and a scorpionfish in but had spotted 2
wrasse most likely corkwings or maybe goldsinny or even rockcook trying to get these fish to take my
lure plenty of interest but didnt even touch the lure.
I came across this interesting guide to mini species the other day and thought it might be of interest
to any rockpooling or lrfing
Mini species guide
I went back to try for ballans afterwards but the swell hadnt really died down a whole lot so i called
it a day and headed home