At sunrise I returned to same rocks as yesterday, preparing for a couple of hours of fishing, before the Sardinian sun burned too strong. This morning, I chose to rig up my tackle slightly differently. Still using the Power Isome, this time I threaded the artificial worm on a tiny jig-head. I dangled it into the water as before. Within two seconds a goby had taken the bait.
It was a ragged specimen, but closely resembled the Rock Gobies I’d caught before in Wales at Hobb’s Point.
This must have been the only goby in that rock-crack, as nothing else took the bait. Again, rainbow wrasse and damselfish bothered the Isome, but couldn’t swallow the hook. I rooted around my tackle box for a solution. I found another lead (about 1.5oz which was part of a float kit) which I didn’t think I had and reverted to the size 10 hook that worked previously.
The smaller hook was still too large for the small brightly coloured wrasse. I switched the Isome for bread moulded around the hook, with no more success. Returning to the Isome, eventually a couple of blennies took the offering. They appeared to be the Tompot Blennies that I’m familiar with from Brighton Marina.
I made a final attempt to lure another species; hopefully something unique to the Mediterranean and not something I could catch at home. I stretched my arm out that little bit further and dropped the hook into slightly deeper water. There was an instant response from a wrasse. This was something new.
Hardly a big fighter, but this was the largest capture of the two-days fishing: an East Atlantic Peacock Wrasse. That was enough fishing for one morning. The breakfast buffet beckoned.
- 1 Rock Goby
- 2 Tompot Blenny
- 1 East Atlantic Peacock Wrasse