2010 - My View

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2010 - My View

Post by carpyken » Mon Oct 17, 2011 10:37 pm

A quick run down of 2010 from my perspective.

2009 ended with me having a run up and down the Humber a few days after Christmas last year, a beautiful day and not a sign of frost of snow.

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Well not until the sun went down anyway, then it got very cold

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January was taken up with a lot ‘learning’, including coach training, navigation courses and first aid.

February was milder at times and I managed a nice paddle around Bridlington Bay, there was one of the big shore matches on, cannot remember which one.

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A new addition to the fleet was the Canadian canoe, this brought a new dimension to paddling and fishing, it even got my young lad involved in the fun.

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March had me attending more kayak training, this time on Anglesey in the tide races and around the stacks.

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Things didn’t always go to plan and we ended up with a holed boat a mile out in a tide race…oops

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A week or two later I was back on Anglesey with George and Simon up the Menai

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Also fitted in a paddle from Boggle Hole to Scarborough with our Spawney. This one had our bum holes nipping a little.

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Quite a busy month, even got the lad back out in the open boat pike fishing, those damn pike are elusive …

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April and finally we got fishing, out of Robin Hoods Bay. A big tide and a snotty sea wasn’t making things easy and to be honest I think both Dave and myself blanked.

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I then shot up to Loch Lomond with the lad for a spot of camping and pike fishing with friends, one of the best weekends of the year I think.

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Some where even lucky enough to catch

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Also managed to get in an uptiding trip under Bempton with Spawney.

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Nothing much to report I don’t think

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May soon came around and one of the highlights for me was the Anglesey Sea kayak symposium.

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and I got to play in the latest rocket ship from Rockpool

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Back home and the spring run of codling had turned up in good numbers. A good session for Spawney and myself.

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May usually sees our annual trip up to Skye, this year was no exception. This nutter even decided the ferry was way to easy and so paddled across instead.

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If that wasn’t enough, a week later saw me and Dave back up Neils way for a trip to the Farnes.

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Fishing rods where taken and numerious coalies and mackerel were caught but far too many seals for a proper attempt.

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Neil found a fun play spot..

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Beginning of June saw more great weather and both Dave and myself headed out to one of the east coast wrecks. I wasn’t impressed with the launch site though.

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The following weekend saw a lot of us across at Sharkatag on the Mull of Galloway. Another one of the highlights of summer.

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Fishing was a bit slow but a paddle around the Mull head made my weekend.

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More summer fishing around Ravenscar saw us catching pollock a plenty.

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June also saw the Disability Day at Llangorse Lake in Wales, a wonderful day and I felt so honoured to be asked to help.

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July and the Filey Kayak Fishing Match, a brilliant weekend, plenty of fish caught, Well done to Matty on the win.

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Ben had a nice cod the following day, a new pb for him.

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Lots of short sessions in search of silver

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July also saw us heading out to Bass Rock, a place I’ve wanted to paddle for a long time.

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It got a little snotty at times but Neil made sure he enjoyed himself

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Before coming ashore and feeding us all on freshly smoked Mackerel that we had caught.

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Even managed to sneak in a day trip pike fishing on our local river system with the lad. Brilliant memories.

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August soon came around and this turned out to be just as busy as July.

First off saw us targeting bass locally both off the kayak, the shore and a combination of both…..

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This eventually led me to a new pb bass of just short of 6lb

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More bass for friends….

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And Dave showing us how to do it as normal..

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I quick step away from the fishing and I entered the Eddystone challenge from Plymouth out to the Eddystone lighthouse and back.

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Another win for John Willacy in the Rockpool Taran

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August also saw us paddle the Yorkshire Coast in aid of the RNLI. Thank you to you all for sponsoring us again, your generosity was fantastic and £1200 or so was raised.

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Neil popped down to pick up a boat so was the perfect excuse to go for a fool about.

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Another couple of long paddle trips, one down the Humber from Goole to Hull

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And then from North landing to Fraisthorpe and back…

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September and the nights were drawing in. Me and the boy had a couple more trips on the canoe, priceless fun.

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More short trips with Dave…..and of course he produces the goods…

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More paddling and just a little pollock fishing around Robin Hoods Bay and Ravenscar with Fi.

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Before I quite trip up the Esk.

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October soon came around and of course this means ‘Snappers Meet’ down on the Broads, a real favourite of mine. For a change I took the canoe and lad with me.

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A break in the weather and I managed to fit in another 30km trip from Filey to North Landing, Flamborough and back.

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We managed one more good paddle under Bempton before the weather and cold really moved in.

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Dave dragged a plug around but the bass just weren’t biting. A quick turn around under Staple Nook and back towards Hunmanby gap.

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Hope I haven’t bored you all too much, if you’ve got this far, thank you for reading.

Ken

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