Just got home from only my second ever sea fishing trip. First one was off the rocks at Anglesey a good few years back. This time, i was invited to tag along with a fellow cab driver, and his mate. We would be fishing the River Mersey at low tide at Perch Rock, New Brighton, on the Wirral. What a fantastic few hours, a completely new experience for me. We arrived at the car park, with a good wind and heavy snow. Unpacked the car, and started the half mile walk across the sand to the river. As we were setting up, the river seemed to know that we had arrived, the wind dropped and the snow stopped. Was taught how to thread a lugworm, around the bend of the hook, which was HUGE by my barbel standards. Also learnt how to fillet a mackerel, and squid into bait sized portions. Half an hour in, i had my first bite, a violent rattle of the rod tip, result, my first ever codling , not quite big enough to be coated in batter , but at least i was off the mark . An hour later came the next bite, this time, it was a small whiteing. Two new species in one session. Before i knew it, the tide had turned, and it was time for us to make our retreat. We fished from 5.30 p.m. till 8.30 p.m., and it was gone in a flash. But an experience i will never forget. Thank you Ste and Stan. Already looking forward to the next one.