|Arriving at Airds Bay, Loch Etive|
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|Heading towards the fish farm north of Airds Bay|
|Heading up Loch Etive towards the quarries at Bonawe|
The bait we generally use on Loch Etive is mackerel and calamari squid. Starting out by baiting hokai lures and similar with small strips of mackerel, we were soon pulling in small whiting, all unfortunately undersized. Although we tried to return them to the loch as unharmed as possible, in many instances the seagulls were swooping down and snatching them up whole before they could swim for the safety of the depths.
After a fairly productive hour of these small whiting and a few gurnards, I suddenly felt a much better take on the drop and was delighted to pull in three very good sized mackerel. Whatever else the day brought, I now knew at least that dinner was taken care of for that night and the next!
|Looking up Loch Etive from off the quarries at Bonawe|