This past weekend the Outdoor Club were able to get some of our senior boys to the College Shack. This was a much anticipated and long overdue trip, as our last visit to the Shack was at the end of January. The weather for the weekend looked promising with little wind and clear skies, this can, however, cause flat seas, which isn’t the best for fishing, but the beauty of the Shack is the variety of locations you are able to fish, there is a spot for every type of condition.
With exams starting after half-term this would be the final trip for the term for our senior boys and they were going to make the most of it. Sleep was minimal, sunscreen a plenty so that every minute we were able to fish we did. On Friday night, we went to a spot called the Boiling Waters which produced a few edibles and some reef sharks. The rest of the night was spent keeping warm next to a nice fire in the Shack with some hot coffee. In the morning, we set off in
search of the right spot along the rocks, we were quickly reminded of how tiring it is navigating over that coastline, but it wasn’t in vain. We reached a spot called Kwaai Bank, which looked good, and on one of his first casts, John Glaser managed to land what was the highlight of the weekend, 46cm Red Roman. We persisted the rest of the day but with limited success. That evening we were treated to fresh fish and got some well-needed rest.
Sunday morning, we woke to a gale, but in true fashion, the boys still wanted to go have a throw, which we duly did but soon realized nothing was happening, so we packed up and made tracks back to school.
Every Shack trip is special, and there is something that stands out. Although we had minimal catches on this trip, were we thoroughly entertained by the incredible marine life that put on a show for us during the day. We had large numbers of what is believed to be southern wright whales, bait balls with birds circling overhead, huge pods of dolphin and even some bronze whaler sharks breaching the water while feeding.
Thank you to everyone who made the trip possible and we look forward to taking some of our Junior anglers to the Shack after half-term.