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Well my day was on a bad footing from the get go, I had planned a days fishing on my day off when at the last minute I had a small job on that would scupper my day long session.
So the job was done and I was home for 2 o'clock hardly worth going Know I thought, but as it was giving a poor forecast for the next few days so I thought to hell with it a short session was in order.On getting ready My gps was missing and after a good search it didn't turn up, it wasn't in the car or tackle box either No big deal I thought sure I had a rough idea where the mark was .
I got to my launch site and it was lovely flat calm and just wright for a short session off shore. So off I went and tied to a crab buoy about a half mile off shore, Lines down and it was glorious great to be out, and as I fished a head of fog appeared like a cream topping on a cake and sat on top of the hills and thats as far as it normally comes actually I never seen it come any low than that before, but it did today .
I sat there and watched over the next 2 or 3 mins as it seemed to pour over the water and a minute after that visibilty went from miles to about 20yrds, this was around 5 o'clock. I thought no, damn it but sure it will clear soon. I stayed where I was and watched closely for a break in the fog. I was quiet happy that I was in no imediate danger so I was comfortable to sit where I was till it lifted . 7 o'clock came and the fog was no better so our fine Coast guard got a call to say where I was and what I was planning to do.
They said they would send out the rescue boat wright away. I was reluctant to have them come out as I was close to shore and really should be able to get in. so I asked them to hold off for 10 mins while I'd try and get hold of one of the lads on shore to beep the horn on shore so I could get my bearings and head in. But no not a sound could I hear. Now the land was on my right hand side when I tied on to the crab buoy and as far as I was concerned the tide had not turned while I was out so I had thought.
So I was about a 15 mins paddle from the shore so I headed the direction I believed the land was and paddled for about 10 mins in the direction that land should be but after 10 mins there was no sign of land and the fish finder was showing that the water had gotten 12 feet deeper. But I know this area well and there is no deeper patch between where I was and the land. So anchor down and back on to the coast guard. I told them what the craic was and that I did need assitance.
Now I did have a digital compass on the phone and it worked fine a few times when there was no fog but today as I moved off it twice told me to recalibrate it and seemed to be all over the place so that was that out the window.
Help was on the way and I sat tight. At this stage it was 8 o'clock and as I sat the land appeared about a mile away in the oppisite direction . Anchor up in record time and I was away like a mad thing for shore. I was about 300yards from shore when the coast guard came zipping along so I sat on to thank them for there speedy response and to say it was myself that had called them and I was sorry for wasting there time. They were very decent and said it was the wright thing to do and that if your indoubt get on to them. They even towed me the short distance to shore. So a big thanks to Malin head radio and the lads and lady from Greencastle coast guard that gave up there evening up to come to my aid. They are a fantastic volintary service that make life on the water alot safer for us all.
Yak species 2011. 29 so far; whiting, pollack, coalie,doggie, spurdog, seatrout,red gurnad,greygurnard, ballan cookoo and corkwing wrasse, dab, flounder,ling , conger, poor cod, pouting, mackeral,garfish,turbot,tope,squid,cod,grey mullet,pike,sprat,haddock,bullhuss.