We've been getting out in the kayaks fairly frequently recently, not least because we've had some beautiful, calm evenings. We even went out last night after having a very good bar meal at the Kilchoan Hotel, and had the pleasure of seeing a small pod of dolphins. We tried to follow them, but they were in a hurry to get out of the Sound, so quickly left us behind.
We saw places where the surface of the sea seemed to boil - sure sign that predators, probably mackerel, were feeding off shoals of bait fish. A man fishing from the point below the house managed to drop a lure into one of these, and immediately hauled in a mackerel.
There seem to be fewer mackerel around this year, and they were much later coming in than usual, but they do seem to be bigger.