Had a chance last sunday to get out for an early one, tides and conditions looked bang on, so i was itching to get out there. On arrival to my mark things looked good, light winds, 1 to 2 ft of swell pushing and clear water, perfect. I hadnt fished this mark for awhile and its like visiting an old freind, the knowledge of the underwater scenery clicked in and i was quickly casting shallow running lures through the edges of one of my favourite gullys. As often is the case you cant always tick all the boxes, weed !, which has gone crazy with the rising sea temperatures, 14 degrees, so i texas rigged up a gold flash Keitech Eay Shiner 4 inch with a lead cone to get it down where the fish would be. Cast out, let it sink, then a slow sink and draw back, fish on !, just a small one but encouraging that the technique was working, just need to find its granny !. Next cast same thing, but slower, wallop !!, fish on, the drag was singing and it was obviously a good fish, keeping deep with powerfull runs, right lets get her in, coaxing her away from potential disaster i got my first look at her, heart pumping full of adrenaline she was nearly mine, a few last runs then in i went and she was mine. Picking her up and feeling the weight i knew she was a good lump.
So a few quick shots then measured, 73cm !, result, around the 9lb mark, a beautifull fish in great condition, heart still pumping, it was time to get her back home, swimming off strongly . As always when youve had a good fish, its like a state of shock, so i just sat there and thanked the sea .
Had a guiding session last thursday with one of my regulars Martin Rawle. Martin was keen to have a go at some of the soft plastic fishing i have been doing of late, to see if it would be worth having a go on his own patch. So it was a case of running through the methods, times and tide were chosen for the right time of when i felt the fish would be there. Even with blazing sunshine we managed 6 fish and Martin bagged his first Bass of the season and what is most important he now has the confidence to believe in this method. Martin said he would give me a call when he had bagged himself 3 fish on this method on his home patch. im sure it wont be long !. Lure of choice was the Keitech Easy Shiner 4 inch in Ayu, the sea temperature has jumped to 14 degrees.
I had the pleasure of guiding Dave Cowell last sunday. Daves been one of my regulars for the last six or seven years and like most of us is addicted to his Bass Fishing. As the fishing has been pretty good of late i contacted Dave to get him booked in for a short session, pretty confident id find us a few fish or two. Well it turned out to be a cracking session with 15 fish landed between us, the largest going 62cm, all falling to the Keitech EasyShiner 4 inch in ayu, rigged up to an Iwashi 14 gram jighead, with a long 8 lb fluro leader. Needless to say Daves been on the phone recently itching to get back out for some more action !!..
Keen to get out after the recent sucsesses it wasnt long before i was back into some fish and the drag was singing !, music to my ears. 8 fish in total with the best going 62cm, same technique as the last session. The water temperature is now 12 degrees.
Ive been experimenting on some new ground using soft plastics rigged up with a jighead trotted down in the flow, figuring the fish are sat down in the bottom with there tails up picking up food as it drifts by, basically just trotting it down with minimal movement just that of the current, with the rod held up high. And its proved highly sucessfull and today was no exception with 7 fish up to 57cm taken in a short period. The setup that did the business today was a Keitech Shad Impact 4 inch and a 14gram Iwashi jighead, attached to a long 8lb fluro leader, great stuff and i cant wait to get back out there, the sea temperature has just risen to 11 degrees..
Here is a little film Austen Goldsmith put together last October whilst we were fishing some of my local ground.
Here is The Certate Film i had the pleasure of working on last September, cool stuff indeed.