Tuesday, December 31, 2019

More species hunting fun in Japan : Karatsu and Yobuko.

On the third day of our trip we took the train west to Karatsu where I had arranged to meet up with a fellow angler called Mindaugas, a Lithuanian who was brought up in Canada and after a few more moves had ended up in Japan working as an English teacher. We knew each other through an online fishing forum and I was really looking forward to our day out together visiting some of his fishing spots. After picking Lillian and I up at the train station he drove us around Karatsu, giving us a mini sightseeing tour before taking us up to the top of Mount Kagami for some great views over Karatsu.

Karatsu from the observation platform at the summit of Mount Kagami.

On the way to our first fishing spot we stopped for breakfast which was a very tasty Karatsu special burger. It's hard work being a Buddha lookalike and this certainly was a filling choice to kick start the day! The first spot we visited was a small harbour and after setting up my rod I quickly spotted some puffers, rigged up a small hook on a split shot rig and started catching a few. Sadly apart from the puffers, the odd multicolour rainbowfish and a single Bleeker's wrasse, the mark wasn't very productive.

My first fugu of the trip. There are several puffer species around the coast of Japan. This one is a grass puffer. I caught a lot of these and like their European cousins the novelty wears off almost as quickly as they can bite through your line.
Bleeker's wrasse has a fairly drab looking brown and green colouration. Pretty plain especially for a wrasse.

We persisted probably longer than we should have, trying different areas in the hope we'd catch something else. After a couple of hours we jumped back in the car and headed to a harbour in Yobuko. There were lots of people fishing, mainly catching Japanese horse mackerel using sabiki rigs jigged above a small plastic cage groundbait feeder filled with shrimp paste. I decided to fish a two hook paternoster rig with small hooks baited up with small sections of dried ragworm and was soon catching lots of fish, all small but I didn't really care as I was racking up lots of new species.

There were lots of cardinalfish around in the deeper areas. This one is a half-lined cardinal.
I caught a second species, this one is a spot nape cardinalfish.
This cheeky little chap is a sevenband grouper....
...and this is a threadfin emperor.
This is a mottled spinefoot. Despite knowing that spinefoot/rabbitfish have some venomous spines I usually handle them. I'll probably learn the hard way that it's probably not a great idea!

Mindaugas soon caught a cool fish that had a funky turquoise mouth that I was quite jealous of. I spent a bit of time trying to catch one myself by dropping a split shot rig down into the gaps between the submerged boulders on the outside of the harbour wall but sadly didn't emulate his colourful capture.

According to fishbase the funky turquoise mouthed fish is called a sunrise in English. I'm not sure why. In Japanese it is called an anahaze (アナハゼ ). I'm still gutted I never caught one.

The day was going fairly well and Lillian seemed to be enjoying herself too, getting involved where she could and helping take photos of the fish. By this point though a break was required so we went to a tiny restaurant in Yobuko serving bowls of something I'd never heard of before called champon.

Champon is simple dish of fried vegetables and pork with noodles in a rich broth. It was delicious!

Afterwards we fished at a couple of different spots around Yobuko. Things were slower here but Mindaugas eventually caught a Japanese horse mackerel and a really nice marbled rockfish. I was struggling a bit until we tried near a slipway where I finally caught a couple of small marbled rockfish and a really funky looking fish that I suspected was a wrasse. I'd later find out that it was indeed a wrasse but was another species that doesn't have an English name.

Mindaugas and I fishing away in Yobuko, a town that is famous for fresh squid. We really should have eaten some!
This cool looking fish is called an ohagurobera (オハグロベラ) in Japanese. Bera is Japanese for wrasse.

Mindaugas then suggested that we make a short drive to try one final spot before the sun set. It was a fairly shallow rocky area underneath the Yobuko Big Bridge. This mark produced lots and lots of wrasse. I was hoping to catch some small groupers but my weedless creature bait fished on a Cheburashka lead didn't even hit the bottom most casts before being aggressively assaulted.

Shallow and rocky. A nice spot for catching lots of wrasse!
I soon lost count of the number of star bambooleaf wrasse that I caught.

After a while the light went and the action died off with it so we headed back to the car and visited a tackle shop back in Karatsu. After a quick look around we picked up some worms so we could do a spot of ledgering for gobies at one final spot. A short drive later we arrived at a tidal stretch of a small river close to Karatsu station where we were able to park the car and fish right next to it. The gobies proved elusive but after catching a few spotnape ponyfish I hooked something a little bit more fiesty that turned out to be my first seabream of the trip.

My first ever yellowfin seabream.

By this time we were quite tired and I thought catching the new seabream species was a great way to end a fantastic day's fishing so we packed up and Mindaugas drove us to the station where we said goodbye. It had been great to meet up with him and we really enjoyed our day in Karatsu and Yobuko. I really couldn't thank him enough for meeting up with us, driving us around as well as introducing us to some delicious local food. The fishing was great with lots of variety and I caught several new species taking my tally for the trip to almost twenty. I'd caught more species in the first three days of the trip than I had over the entire duration of the trip the previous year! The following day we had another little day trip planned and whilst fishing wasn't high on the agenda I did have one strange little fish on my mind. One that normally lives out of water!

Tight lines, Scott.

Monday, December 30, 2019

More species hunting fun in Japan : Fukuoka.

In November 2018 I had an amazing trip to Japan and enjoyed it so much that I went back again last month for another three week trip. This time Lillian and I spend the majority of our trip exploring the southwestern island of Kyushu, only visiting Japan's main island of Honshu for a couple of days. Well we had amazing time again and I did a reasonable amount of fishing too. Our adventure began in Fukuoka where we arrived late after dark. Despite being pretty tired from almost twenty four hours of travelling we were also quite hungry so we dumped our bags at our apartment and headed out for a wander along the Naka River to find somewhere to get a big bowl of tasty ramen.

The banks of the Naka River after dark.
Yatai food stalls like this one pop up at night by the river and are very popular with locals.

The next day, feeling refreshed and ready to go, we headed along the coast to Fukuoka Tower to get a feel for the city by taking in some amazing views of it from the tower's observation decks. Of course my fishing tackle went along too just in case an opportunity to fish presented itself. Spotting some man made golden sandy beaches below that were flanked by breakwaters I did a bit of grovelling and got permission to get my species hunting underway when we made it back to ground level 123m below us.

A few of these large man made beaches form part of the city's coastline.
After purchasing a small padlock as a sign of my undying love for Lillian...
...locking it onto these railings, posing for this photo and doing a bit of sweet talking, I eventually got permission to fish.
Fukuoka Tower from one the breakwaters that flank the beach directly in front of it.

I'd love to say that my fishing in the sea got off to an amazing start but like the fishing I did in Tokyo at the start of my trip the year before it was pretty hard going, although I did at least get a few bites and caught something! Just two fish were hooked and landed, both species I'd caught last year and if I'm honest I'm not a fan of the first one due to it's incredibly slimy nature!

My first fish of the trip was this spotnape ponyfish. These are incredibly slimy and the stuff gets everywhere.
The second fish of my first session was this small darkbanded rockfish. Mebaru in Japanese, they are a very popular target species with Japanese anglers who have tackle ranges and techniques dedicated to catching them. I caught mine on my trusted HTO Rock Rover rod fishing a piece of good old angleworm on a drop shot rig.

In the afternoon after lunch we headed to Ohori Park after purchasing a small loaf of bread. The park is a beautiful open space in the middle of the city which contains lovely gardens, the ruins of Fukuoka Castle and a large lake. I knew from doing some research before we flew out that whilst fishing was permitted in the lake it was limited to four small areas in its southern half. When we arrived at the northern end and began to stroll around to the first fishing area there were dozens of large colourful koi carp swimming around but I had a suspicion that the lake would be somehow partitioned so that all the koi carp were excluded form the fishing areas. At first this did indeed appear to be the case as we soon walked passed what looked like a net that was run across the water from the eastern to western shore trapping the koi in the northern half of the lake. Arriving at the first fishing area there had been no sign of any carp so I amused myself for short time catching dozens of bluegill.

These signs mark the limits of the four small fishing areas.
After another short stroll we arrived at the second fishing area where I decided to throw in a few pieces of bread into the water in the hope that some carp might actually be resident. Much to my surprise two or three common carp soon arrived so I quickly changed my set up and freelined bread flake. The carp weren't shy, I soon had one hooked and after a short scrap where I successfully turned the fish away from a some weed beds a few times a nice fish was landed, photographed and returned. Fairly pleased I packed up and we went for a stroll through the park before heading back to our apartment. On the way we passed a photo opportunity I couldn't resist.

A lovely fish and great fun on my ultra light rod!
A very happy samurai.

On the day two we got up early an went for a wander around a local fish market before heading to Hakata Station to catch a local train to Nanzoin. This small town thirty minutes to the east of Fukuoka is the location of several shrines including a rather impressive statue of Buddha in a reclining pose. On the way up the hill to see this we passed several other temples and statues including this one that provided another amusing photo opportunity.

Bellies out! I made a mental note to start another diet when I got home.
Looking very chilled this is said to be the the largest bronze statue in the world.

After we returned to Fukuoka, in the evening after dinner Lillian wanted a nap so I grabbed my gear and went for a walk along the Naka River again. On the way to the fish market that morning I'd spotted a few gobies sitting on rocks at the river's edge so I headed back to where I'd seen them. Small pieces of dried ragworm on a split shot rig provided a simple and effective approach and dropping it near them quickly saw me catch two different species.

I'd later discover that my first new species of the trip doesn't have an English name. It is called urohaze (ウロハゼ) in Japanese.
This one is a dusky tripletooth goby. As well as faint pale grey spots on its cheeks it also has a yellow band on the base of its pelvic fins...
...and several free elongated fin rays on its first dorsal fin too.

As light faded I decided to try small metals and soft plastics on jigheads a bit further out from the bank past the rocks. By this point the tide was going out and the current was fairy strong so I cast upstream and retrieved very slowly giving the lures the odd twitch. After missing a few bites I eventually hooked a small fish that turned out to be my first ever Japanese seabass.

It might have only been about 20cm long but it was another new species so heading back to the apartment I was happy enough!

So, the start to our trip had been very enjoyable. I'd also managed to catch seven species and as I had arranged to meet up with a fellow angler the following day I was confident that I'd add quite a few more. In 2018 I caught fifteen species over the three weeks spent in Japan and given the positive start to this year's trip I was sure that I'd improve upon that tally this time.

Tight lines, Scott.

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

One hundred species from Scottish venues?

A couple of captures on trips a couple of months ago put the idea in my head of trying to catch one hundred species of fish from Scottish venues. It would be a great achievement but is reaching this target even possible? First of all I had to figure out how many I had already caught. Looking back over my records I've compiled the following lists of what I've caught from Scottish venues.

Saltwater species.

  1. Atlantic Horse Mackerel
  2. Ballan Wrasse
  3. Bass
  4. Black Goby
  5. Black Mouthed Dogfish
  6. Butterfish
  7. Coalfish
  8. Cod
  9. Common Blenny
  10. Common Dragonet
  11. Common Eel
  12. Common Goby
  13. Conger Eel
  14. Corkwing Wrasse
  15. Cuckoo Ray
  16. Cuckoo Wrasse
  17. Dab
  18. European Smelt/Sparling
  19. Fifteen Spined Stickleback
  20. Five Bearded Rockling
  21. Flapper Skate
  22. Flounder
  23. Golden Grey Mullet
  24. Goldsinny Wrasse
  25. Greater Sandeel/Launce
  26. Greater Spotted Dogfish/Bull Huss
  27. Grey Gurnard
  28. Haddock
  29. Herring
  30. Hooknose/Pogge/Armed Bullhead
  31. Leopard Spotted Goby
  32. Lesser Sandeel

  1. Lesser Spotted Dogfish
  2. Lesser Weever
  3. Ling
  4. Long Spined Sea Scorpion
  5. Mackerel
  6. Painted Goby
  7. Plaice
  8. Pollock
  9. Poor Cod
  10. Pouting/Bib
  11. Red Gurnard
  12. Rock Cook Wrasse
  13. Rock Goby
  14. Sand Goby
  15. Sand Smelt
  16. Shore Rockling
  17. Short Spined Sea Scorpion
  18. Spotted Ray
  19. Spurdog
  20. Starry Smoothhound
  21. Tadpole Fish
  22. Thick Lipped Grey Mullet
  23. Thornback Ray
  24. Tompot Blenny
  25. Tope
  26. Tub Gurnard
  27. Turbot
  28. Two Spotted Goby
  29. Viviparous Blenny
  30. Whiting
  31. Yarrell's Blenny

Saltwater species tallied up I've caught sixty three in total of those. Moving on to freshwater species things get a little bit complicated. The issue lies with the classification of freshwater fish because in some cases we give different strains, variations or even hybrids of species their own common name. Carp strains are perhaps the most obvious example. Technically a common carp is the same species as a mirror carp which is the same species as a leather carp which is the same species as a ghost carp which, believe it or not, is also the same species as a koi carp. A similar issue arises with rainbow, blue and golden trout the last two are simply rainbow trout that carry a genetic mutation that affects their colouration. Tench and golden tench are also technically variations of the same species as are ide, golden orfe and blue orfe. F1 carp and tiger trout fall into a different category both being hybrids.

The question I ask myself is should these strains, variations and hybrids be counted separately? Is the goal achievable if they are not? It would certainly become more difficult. Below I've split the freshwater species into three separate columns based on three ways to count what I've caught. If I count strains/variations separately and include hybrids I am currently on ninety one species and I think the goal is attainable. If I don't count strains/variations separately but still include hybrids then I am currently on eighty six and the challenge become harder. Finally, if I don't count strains/variations separately and also exclude hybrids then I am currently on eighty four and the challenge becomes very difficult indeed. My thoughts at the moment are I'm going to count the variations and hybrids separately, if I reach one hundred I will keep hunting and try to reach one hundred again taking the variations out. Finally I'll try and catch one hundred with no variations and hybrids excluded as well.

Freshwater species.
Variations counted
individually and
hybrids included.
Variations counted
together and
hybrids included.
Variations counted
together and
hybrids excluded.

  1. Arctic Char
  2. Atlantic Salmon
  3. Blue Orfe
  4. Blue Trout
  5. Bream
  6. Brown Trout
  7. Bullhead
  8. Chub
  9. Common Carp
  10. Dace
  11. F1 Carp
  12. Golden Orfe
  13. Golden Tench
  14. Gudgeon
  15. Grayling
  16. Ide
  17. Minnow
  18. Mirror Carp
  19. Perch
  20. Pike
  21. Powan
  22. Rainbow Trout
  23. Roach
  24. Rudd
  25. Ruffe
  26. Tench
  27. Tiger Trout
  28. Three Spined Stickleback

  1. Arctic Char
  2. Atlantic Salmon
  3. Bream
  4. Brown Trout
  5. Bullhead
  6. Chub
  7. Common Carp
    Mirror Carp
  8. Dace
  9. F1 Carp
  10. Gudgeon
  11. Grayling
  12. Ide
    Golden Orfe
    Blue Orfe
  13. Minnow
  14. Perch
  15. Pike
  16. Powan
  17. Rainbow Trout
    Blue Trout
  18. Roach
  19. Rudd
  20. Ruffe
  21. Tench
    Golden Tench
  22. Tiger Trout
  23. Three Spined Stickleback

  1. Arctic Char
  2. Atlantic Salmon
  3. Bream
  4. Brown Trout
  5. Bullhead
  6. Chub
  7. Common Carp
    Mirror Carp
  8. Dace
  9. Gudgeon
  10. Grayling
  11. Ide
    Golden Orfe
    Blue Orfe
  12. Minnow
  13. Perch
  14. Pike
  15. Powan
  16. Rainbow Trout
    Blue Trout
  17. Roach
  18. Rudd
  19. Ruffe
  20. Tench
    Golden Tench
  21. Three Spined Stickleback
Total = 91. Total = 86. Total = 84.

Looking at what I haven't caught and what I can add I think I'll be doing a fair amount of course fishing next year with barbel, crucian carp and sturgeon being the focus of my efforts. In saltwater the three bearded rockling is the only species I haven't already caught that springs to mind that I think can realistically be deliberately targeted although a Porbeagle shark from a boat is another possibility in that respect. Adding new saltwater species to my tally will require a lot of luck although many photos have been taken by underwater photographers around St Abbs Head of several fairly unusual species so I may find myself down there in the summer trying to get lucky. There is also a resident population of Atlantic wolffish around St Abbs Head too and I'd love to catch one of those!

Tight lines, Scott.

Sunday, November 03, 2019

How many is that now?

A few days after my sessions with Nick on Belhaven Beach I headed west with a few of the lads from work to have day out with Blue Fin Charters out of Dunstaffnage Marina. The rest of the lads fancied a go for skate but I was after my first black mouthed dogfish. After a morning of catching mackerel for bait and then winding up lots of spurdogs and lesser spotted dogfish from the depths a few black mouth dogfish began being caught by the other lads, much to their amusement. After a few hours had passed and I'd listened to a fair amount of abuse from them all I eventually caught one myself, much to my relief!

I take a look at my first ever black mouthed dogfish, admiring its lovely markings,...
...beautiful eyes, a rather prominent nose covered in sensors,...
...and then showed the inside of its black mouth to the camera. 

I'd made several attempts to catch one of these unusual deep water sharks over the last few years and having also had several trips cancelled due to the weather it was great to get out and tick this one off. Straight after this the gear was swapped out for some heavier outfits and some big baits were sent off to the bottom for skate. Having caught what I came for I was more than happy to let the others take any skate runs as none of them had caught one before. Sadly over the next few hours the conditions began to deteriorate as a storm approached from the south and only one very small skate at 27lb was caught by my mate John before we had to head back in. Still John was chuffed to catch his first one and the other lads are all very keen to go back again next year for another go. I might tag along and try something a little different to see what else is lurking down in the depths. Adding further species to my all time Scottish tally from saltwater is now going to be quite difficult and I may have to think outside of the box. Since the trip I've figured out how many Scottish species I've caught over the years and will be discussing this in my next post.

Tight lines, Scott.

Monday, October 28, 2019

One species closer.

After hearing several reports in work from anglers throughout August that they'd been catching lesser weever from various beaches in East Lothian whilst targetting flounders I headed down in September for a couple of sessions to try and catch one myself having never caught one from a Scottish venue before. I met up with my mate Nick and over two evenings we caught five between us, ledgering small ragworm sections using ultra light tackle in the wash at very close range.

Belhaven Beach was our chosen venue, towards the end of the flooding tide as the day drew to an end.
My first Scottish lesser weever. They might be venomous but they’re also quite a pretty little fish with a nice pearlescent herring bone pattern along their flanks and their distinctive jet black dorsal fin.  

Much to our surprise every single one we caught buried itself right in front of us when we released them. One of them even stuck it’s little venomous dorsal fin up out of the beach’s fine sand. 

A little black warning sign jutting up.

Towards the end of the second session I hooked into a nice fish that certainly wasn’t a lesser weever that put up a rather spirited scrap in about six inches of water. I knew it was a flatfish straight away and a nice flounder was soon landed. 

At 36cm this was great fun on a very light 8' 6" rod rated at just 3-15g.

The two sessions had been very enjoyable and the question of the possibility of catching one hundred species of fish in Scottish waters came up at the end of the second as we walked back up the beach to the car. At the time I wasn’t even sure how many I’d caught over the years and I’ll come back to this in a future blog post but a few days later I'd have opportunty to catch a new species and in Scottish waters too so whatever my tally sat at I was hopeful I’d be another one closer to a hundred. 

Tight lines, Scott.

Saturday, October 26, 2019

Hitting the rocks.

After enjoying my holidays to Kefalonia and Madeira earlier this year I decided it was time to hit the coast locally, something I had not done for way too long. I headed down to East Lothian to catch up with my mate Nick and we decided to have a go for pollock from the rocky coast of Eyemouth.

A glorious day to be out on the rocks.

Well the weather was great but sadly the fishing was not, with neither of us catching any pollock. After a while and a quick change of tactics from metal jigs to a soft plastic worm on a drop shot rig I did get a few tentative taps straight down the side which I though might be a small wrasse. After changing from an unscented plastic to tried and trusted angleworm on my hook I soon caught the culprit. As it turned out the fish wasn't a wrasse after all but when I realised what it was it did put a big smile on my face.

A rather big long spined sea scorpion. I always enjoy catching this funky looking mini species.

After a trying a couple more spots with no luck we called it a day, scrambled back up the rocks and headed home. It was great to catch up with Nick, getting a little sunburnt in the process and despite not catching our target species the specimen sea scorpion with its devilish appearance left me with a determination to get out locally more often. 

Tight lines, Scott.

Sunday, October 06, 2019

Even more species hunting on Madeira.

After getting back from Kefalonia I didn't do any fishing locally but luckily I also didn't have to wait too long before I was packing my fishing gear into my suitcase again. Less than five weeks later, at the beginning of July, I drove down south to fly down to Madeira for a spot of species hunting with two of my good friends and fellow anglers, Lee and Ross. Having myself already visited the beautiful Portuguese island twice before I had a pretty good knowledge of marks for us to fish both visited previously and also some new ones for us to investigate. Lee had been with me the first time I went to Madeira, for Ross it was his first time, but we were all looking forward to seeing each other again after about eighteen months apart, having a great time and were hopeful that us visiting later in the year than any of my previous visits would mean better fishing. Well, Madeira did not disappoint!

Madeira is a beautiful place.
With lots of interesting wildlife.
It's famous for flowers and the town streets get decorated with them during festivals.
The locals don't mess about when it comes to cooking large quantities of well seasoned meat on large skewers.
They also make a tasty beverage called Poncha that should be enjoyed responsibly.
If you're really lucky you'll bump into friendly locals who'll show you incredible hospitality and generously offer to take you out fishing on their boat where you'll have an epic time catching dentex!

Wait a minute! Perhaps I should rewind a bit and explain how on earth Lee, Ross and I found ourselves out in a boat catching dentex with Team Portugal member and world championship winning shore angler Nuno Barradas and his partner Fabyy. 

Ross with our hosts Nuno and Fabyy. Two of the friendliest people I've ever met and very good anglers too.

So, after an enjoyable but fairly uneventful fishing wise start to our week we were out on the second evening of the trip looking at a couple of new marks that I thought might produce barracuda, a species we were all keen to catch. Driving past the first mark we could see from the motorway above it that it was already very busy so we went to the second. Unfortunately we couldn't find an access point so we decided to head back to the first mark and see if there was in fact enough room. When we got down it was still very busy with local anglers and it turned out most of them were fishing jigs for squid. Amongst them all Ross instantly recognised Nuno as he had been over in North Wales for the world shore fishing championships last year and had visited the tackle shop that Ross had been working in at the time. It's a small world after all! We all got talking and Nuno very generously invited the three of us out in his boat the with himself and his partner Fabyy, an offer simply too good to turn down so of course we accepted. Early next morning we all met down at Funchal Marina, headed out to sea and along the coast where we had an epic couple of hours fishing for dentex using live squid as bait. It was a great experience and we knew afterwards that unless something truly incredible happened, it would probably end up be the fishing highlight of the week.

As the week continued we fished various marks all over the island and were racking up the species as we did. Some places we'd fished before but we also explored some new spots that on the whole fished really well too and between the three of us we caught some nice fish using a variety of methods.

Lee's fished exclusively with light game jigs most of the week and was rewarded with some nice fish like this pink dentex with its funky fins.
A nice male parrotfish for Ross. If memory serves it took a chunk of raw prawn ledgered on the bottom down the inside of the harbour wall.
In the same harbour this cracking derbio took a freelined bread flake. It went off like a rocket, stripping line of my reel multiple times. Awesome sport on my ultra light tackle!
After seeing a huge stingray swim past a breakwater we were fishing on a deadbait was rigged up and cast out on Ross's heavy lure rod. This produced two small stingrays in quick succession, one each for Ross and Lee. Sadly a third run didn't materialise so I never got the chance to catch one myself.
An early morning session fishing metal jigs into fairly deep water from a rock mark produced a few nice white trevally and this cracking striped seabream for Ross.
Night time sessions after dark were quite productive too. Lee's not usually a fan of fishing a drop shot rig but this white seabream was caught on a Gulp Fish Fry rigged on one.
A very happy species hunter with his first ever African striped grunt! Caught on the last after dark session of the holiday just before we were about to call it a night. Lee and Ross had both caught a few of these earlier in the trip and I took a fair amount of abuse for failing to do likewise so I was over the moon to catch my second new species of the trip.
Just for good measure I caught a second African striped grunt a few casts later. A nice looking fish that seem to only feed after dark.

By the end of the week we had racked up a very respectable thirty seven species between the three of us.

Here's what I caught with new species in bold...

  1. African Striped Grunt
  2. Atlantic Lizardfish
  3. Axillary Seabream
  4. Bastard Grunt
  5. Black Goby
  6. Black Seabream
  7. Canary Damsel
  8. Cardinalfish
  9. Chub Mackerel
  10. Common Dentex
  11. Common Two Banded Seabream
  12. Couch's Seabream
  13. Diamond Lizardfish
  14. Emerald Wrasse
  15. Guinean Puffer
  16. Lesser Weever
  17. Macronesian Sharpnose Puffer
  18. Madeira Goby
  19. Madeira Rockfish
  20. Mediterranean Rainbow Wrasse
  21. Ornate Wrasse
  22. Pandora Seabream
  23. Rock Goby
  24. Rockpool Blenny
  25. Salema
  26. Thick Lipped Grey Mullet
  27. Thin Lipped Grey Mullet
  28. White Seabream

Lee and Ross also added these to our group tally...
  1. Blue Runner
  2. Bogue
  3. European Stingray
  4. Gilthead Seabream
  5. Golden Grey Mullet
  6. Pink Dentex
  7. Saddled Seabream
  8. Striped Seabream
  9. White Trevally
As always it had been superb spending time with my two great friends and also it was nice to make two new friends in Nuno and Fabyy. After our initial chance encounter and the subsequent early morning boat adventure we'd met up with them again a few more times during the holiday. We did some lure fishing for bluefish and barracuda at sunrise one morning from the shore but sadly this didn't produce the target sepcies and all we caught was some crazy lizardfish that attacked lures almost as big as themselves. We also met up with them a couple of times in the afternoon and had a great time in their company eating some traditional island food. I was really taken back by their incredibly warm hospitality and generosity.  They are both really lovely people and when we return we'll certainly be meeting up with them again for sure. Over lunch we even talked about catching the ferry to Porto Santo together for a couple of days to do some fishing there. Madeira is an amazing place and I can't wait to get back down there again!

Tight lines, Scott.