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Solitary Fish

I was in two minds about going out the door last night with a breezy enough westerly blowing, but with the kids in bed at around 9pm I finally gave myself a good mental kick-up-the-arse to get out the door.  With low tide at 1am it was off to a mark to fish the ebb tide, and a ‘supermoon’ the previous night meant a strong set of spring tides was in effect.

I started fishing half-way through the dropping tide and there was a very strong run of current, flying along in the same direction as the westerly breeze. For 45 minutes or so I fired out a few plugs up wind, but found it hard fishing them as they were flying back in the current – any retrieval which was going to get them sub-surface felt like too fast a retrieve in the darkness.

It just felt it wasn’t a night for the plugs so I put on a Slug-go and began casting upstream and allowing it to come back to me in the fast current, again though it was difficult to get any ‘feel’ on the lure or maintain any contact as it flew past me from right to left. I had been wanting to give a floated soft plastic rig a try again, a technique I knew had worked well for others at the mark. So the Slug-go (Alewife) went onto a 3-4 foot length of fluoro below the float rig. It’s probably hard to fully see in this picture the setup but should give some idea:

Floated SP Rig

Floated SP Rig

I began casting the floated Slug-go rig upstream and retrieving line slowly as it floated past me in the current, until it swung around past me each time – and then retrieving it back against the current with pauses every few metres. About ten minutes in I felt some subtle resistance while retrieving the rig against the current. What I initially thought was weed then felt a bit heavier and pulled a bit of line off the reel … yahoooooo fish on! The fish put up very little resistance – I had the drag very loose and there was a few small runs but until I landed the fish I really thought it was a small fish. Then I saw it was a much better fish than it had felt and it went to 67cm on the ruler – a new best fish of the year for me. Bass never cease to amaze me, sometimes it is the bigger fish that give the smallest fight.

67cm Bass

67cm Bass

The fish went back in the water very well and recovered much quicker than I had expected – it is usually so much easier unhooking a fish caught on a weedless soft plastic than on a plug.  I fished on for just another half hour, the wind dropped, and the current slowed down a lot and it just felt like the window had passed so I decided to pack it in.  Just the one fish but as ever I was happy out to have found one, and a new best of the season for me.

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2013: Off The Mark

The main news from this year, was the birth of my beautiful son, Cathal, in February.  He is the loveliest wee fella you could meet, and already seems to be having a bit of the craic.  I will be looking forward to giving him his first fishing rod soon, although it’ll likely be a wooden spoon with twine – the conversion will begin 🙂

Cathal Compilation

I finally got off the mark fishing-wise the other day with a decent pollock of around 2lb weight.  It was caught on just my fourth outing of 2013 thus far, the previous 3 trips having resulted in blanks (whilst targeting bass before the 1 month ban started).

First Fish 2013 :)

First Fish 2013 🙂

Slug-go Guzzler

Slug-go Guzzler

The fish fell to the old reliable Slug-go with 7.5g jig head.  This coming weekend I will be travelling to the Aran Islands for 2 weeks (Inis Oirr), so a pollock bonanza is expected out there, although the persistent northerly / westerly winds will likely slow the fishing down somewhat.  A full report will follow when I return.

Sunny Conditions = Slow Fishing

Sunny Conditions = Slow Fishing

 

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