The Legend Of Bob’s Boulder

I’m going to do something that not too many boat anglers ever do, share a specific boat fishing mark! Why? ‘Cos I think my dad Bob would have appreciated the thought, he enjoyed sharing and talking about fishing almost as much as the fishing itself. If you knew my dad there wasn’t really any such thing as a “secret” spot!!!

Bob's Boulder

Everybody who fishes the west coast of the Isle of Man knows about Craig’s Rock? It’s marked as a danger to navigation on every chart and even though it is charted slightly out of place it is roughly where it is supposed to be so very easy to find. I think everybody has fished it at one time or another. What none of those charts show though is another peak of rock that sticks up not quite as high but even closer to Peel.

I’d first heard of it years ago when my dad, the Bob in question here, told me of a large rock that came up to a point you could sea at low tide. Back in the day when everybody had small open boats, long before I was born (early 70’s), he’d towed a set of feathers over this rock purely by accident and caught the bottom closely followed by a Calig (Pollock) over 10lb. He switched back on himself and towed back over it catching another large fish. In the time he spent unhooking the second fish he lost his bearings and never found it again. His only guide was that it was “opposite” an old Coastguard Station by Whitestrand. This mark was always one he spoke about for years and years, usually on our way up to the Devils Elbow, Orrisdale or Jurby. The story off the rock would come out but with the Coastguard Station long gone and with my dads sense of “opposite” legendary we (I) never gave it a second thought. Seriously my dad was infamous for his landmarks, lining up thumbs and generally it was a big result if you were within a 2 mile radius of where you were supposed to be! I’ll tell the story of our pre GPS search for the Thracian wreck one day, that was one expensive fuel day 🙂

Then in 2010 I started doing my own sonar recordings to create our charts of where we fish. Over the years this has built in to what is probably the most detailed chart of large portions of the west coast of the Isle of Man you’ll ever find. I’d hate to think how many square miles it cover but it’s a lot with details down to a meter or less. And on one of those chart recording sessions we passed over a small bump in what was an other wise flat sandy bottom, I know enough to know that at 20 knots a small bump can be a whole lot more. The next chance I got we did a proper slow speed survey around that spot and marked out a large rock that was almost as big as Craig’s Rock. Sidescan sonar gave even more detail to what was bound to be a fish holding hot spot. We’d found my dads mark and having fished it for the last 5-6 years can confirm that whilst we’ve never pulled anything double figures it holds lots of fish. At various times of the year we’ve caught large Calig, plenty of Coalies, Mackerel (it’s one of those places that will hold fish before the main shoals turn up), Cod and Wrasse and the odd surprise 🙂

Here’s a video of a bit of underwater action from Bob’s Boulder:-

Here are the GPS co-ordinates you need.

North 54.15.006
West 4.39.906

I don’t mind sharing these but please if you’re not already fishing this spot (I’ve never seen any other boat on it) then please record it as Bob’s Boulder on your system. It would mean a lot.

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