Community voices #3 - Local sea-angler Lewis Robinson
Manuela meets Lewis Robinson at the COAST/SSACN Fun Fishing day on Lamlash Pier. Lewis was happy to share his passion for sea angling with us and has even offered to take us out fishing!
What do you enjoy about sea-angling?
I’ve done it from a young age, Steven Girbow got me into it. Once I caught my first fish I got addicted! I’ve always been an “out and about” boy.
What has changed in Arran’s waters? Do you think the MPA will help recover the fish?
I’ve dived for scallops myself and seen where dredgers have gone by, leaving dead areas on the seabed. Only creel pots, hand diving and sea angling should be allowed. We put back any fish or lobsters that are too small, or females with eggs. Local sea anglers practice “catch and release” taking only what we will eat.
Waters around Arran are still very poorish but it can only get better now. I remember as a young boy going to the Lamlash Fishing Festival. More than 15 boats would go out and bring back loads of large fish.
But there are good signs, I caught my first cod on Arran in 8 years a few weeks ago, off Clauchands Point.
What can you fish for around Arran?
Pollack, wrasse, cod, mackerel, tope, catfish, the odd haddock, lots of octopus
It depends on where you fish but also on which bait you are using, for example if you use mackerel you are more likely to catch dogfish, crab will attract flatfish and with lugworm, mussel or squid you might be able to catch a cod.
What would you say to those who think fishing is boring?
It never is boring, there are so many different ways to fish, you can fly fish, spin on a rod, use bait from the shore or from a boat, float fish, etc. Arran’s caters for everyone!
You need to know your basics about fish behaviour, for example how they will come closer to shore when they come to feed and go back out with the tide.
Any tips for beginners? Keep your lines tight, and just carry on. Don’t give up.
I’m trying to get my 4 year old boy into it but because there are not many fish in the sea now, you need to cast about 12 times to catch something! But probably older children would get more engaged.