It’s been far too long a time since I mustered up the motivation to add a new post (my last post was way back in August), so apologies to all readers for the lack of updates. I think I hit a similar hiatus in 2012 when I failed to write a blog post through the winter months at the end of that year, there seems to be a pattern forming..
What makes this lack of posting worse, is the fact that I actually landed my personal best bass last September, and failed to post it here… 😦 That fish came in at 69cm in length, and I would have approximated the weight at around 8lb. She was built like a tank, as can be seen from the photo below, and had likely been feeding very well for the couple of months prior to catching her (there was an abundance of mackerel, sandeel, sprat and launce in the area).
The fish was caught on one of those lovely calm dry nights, when the last of the summer warmth (for once in a decade we had a great summer in 2013) still makes for comfortable night time fishing. As far as I recall, I had waded out to waist depth, and had been fishing for about an hour before turning my attention to fishing the shallower water behind where I stood. A slow retrieve on the white Feed Shallow lure with an odd twitch or two was the usual approach, and a very subtle take was felt. Seconds later the fish let me know she was there and took off like a rocket, tearing line off the reel. One knows immediately when a decent fish is on, mainly from the strength at which they run. This fish took many runs, and my heart was pounding by the time I landed her, over the moon when I saw straight off that this was going to be a new personal best. The usual photo was taken (and submitted to a fishing competition I take part in), before being released back to sea (the fish took some time to recover but appeared to be none the worse for wear after getting her senses back).
I fished on that night on a high, and landed another nice fish of approx 6lb about a half hour later. That was to be my last bass fishing session of the year, and my last outing until I managed to get out for an afternoon boat session in December. This was with a friend in Cork Harbour, where we hoped to find some cod knocking around. My cod jinx continued however when we couldn’t find any on the day, but we did land quite a few whiting and around 10 mackerel; the first time in my life which I caught mackerel in the month of December! Some photos of this boat fishing session are shown above and below.
I write this on the eve of my first fishing outing of 2014 – tomorrow morning for a dawn start, Cuan and I will again venture out into the harbour to see if the elusive cod will finally make an appearance for us..