Trev and Nobby….


Trevor Smith and Andy ( Nobby Clarke ) are a couple of my regular clients who each year come down to chase some silver bars and let there hair down in some of the finest North Devon public bars and usually a friday night curry !!. Needless to say i look forward to there company each year !,and its always sad to see them go.



Both Trev and Nobby had plenty of fish off the top, but the better fish came from bouncing soft plastics in the flow, Andys fish came to a black fiish minnow, whilst Trev did well on the fiish crazy sandeel. The best moment comming with a double hook up, double trouble !!…


The water is 17 degrees and rising so if you fancy a guided session, please get in touch, i have plenty of availability through September….




As ever all the fish were returned, catch and release all the way….


What a cracker !!….


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I had the pleasure of guiding Rory Batho and his freind Gordon last monday and here is Rory with a cracker he had off the top on a xorous frosty, the smile says it all !!


We all had plenty of fish but Rorys was the pick off the bunch, unfortunately Gordon lost another good fish but at the end of the day it was two happy anglers and one happy guide !!


Released to fight another day….


From tide to tide to tide…..


Its funny how one tide to the next can vary so much, last week was a good example. Checking the tides and conditions i headed out friday morning full of confidence, everything looked good but i blanked !. Convinced it was worth another go i headed back for a short evening session and im glad i did !, fish were topping everywhere hitting shoals of sandeels and it wasnt long before i was playing my first fish off the top on the tackle house vulture.


So to cut it short i managed 15 plus fish all in the 2/3/4 lb range, kid in a sweet shop comes to mind !, a few photos were taken due to the intensity of the action, after all the memory i believe is stronger than the image.picasion.com_ba57b038930d1ba03d2da4b44f33b60c


Needless to say i was back out the following morning eager for the first hit off the top and in another golden spell i managed another 15 plus fish of a similar size, the following morning( rude not too !!) i managed one fish, the wind had changed and the water had coloured. So it just shows you how the fish can switch on and off with so many variables thrown in, when its on you need to get stuck in to get the results, the next tide may reveal things have changed……

Resistence is futile…



Resistance to topwater bass fishing is futile !!, one lure that seems to be doing the business the Tackle House Vulture even has resistance written on the top of it, just in case you forget !. Anway its a good sandeel imitation that casts really well and can be worked to create a panicked sandeel skittering on the top and in a couple of recent sessions its accounted for some good fish, the best going 61 cm.


The guiding is comming in now and two recent clients Johnny Clarke and Barry Evington had plenty of fish off the top and some bouncing plastics in current, heres a shot of Johnny releasing his new pb of 57cm, well done that man..





Its a Start…….


Well at last a post !!, its been awhile…generally speaking the season didnt really kick off untill the end of April with just one fish caught. The winter fishing was a major dissapointment with storm after storm hammering the North Devon coast, ok so it was a mild winter but i always judge things by the water temperature which has taken a long time to warm up hence the slow start.


A two week family holiday in Ibiza coincided with some good settled weather here in the uk ( aint it always the way !!)  so on my return it was a pleasant suprise to see jellyfish moving past me in the now 14 degrees water, i had one decent session at the tail end of this warm period and had 6 fish to 57 cm off the bottom, tt shad on  a daiwa 21g jighead and off the top patchinko and vultura… its a start….


The first fish of the season at the end of April was taken on a bassday range vibe, a vibration lure that i have been playing around with, vibration lures are highly effective and popular in Japan where they use them to great effect on their seabass, our european brothers and sisters seem to like them too !!…

An Obsession within an Obsession…..


This season ive spent a fair bit of time working out a new mark which i discovered last season.I had a good idea of when this mark would work, time of season, state of tide, wind direction, but the only way to find out is just to fish the hell of it through different conditions and tides. As with any mark lure fishing for Bass you need some good clarity of water before you even start, the ground here is rough and shallow with a deep channel running off it and having tried pretty much everything in there – sps, subsurface hard lures, but the method that works best is fishing off the top. This new mark has become an obsession to say the least and i must admit catching fish off the top is hard to beat, its an obsession within itself !!…


The water has now dropped down to 14 degrees, with the recent spell of settled weather i managed a few sessions with fish up to 65cm all off the top !…


Heres hoping for some good action up till christmas, with the water temperature dropping the fish should be feeding up hard and when im not on the water my brain as ever will be thinking and working out more new marks…




There”s No Two Ways About It…..


There”s no two ways about it, its been a tough season with catches way down on previous seasons. Why ?, well the main reason i would say on my North Devon coast has been the conditions. Constant summer swells and winds have all helped keep coloured water in charge on my coastal marks, which is pretty much the kiss of death for lure fishing. The marks i then turn too for better clarity have been hit hard by intense inshore netting leaving zero confidence on fishing these marks.


Well thats the doom and gloom done with !, the recent settled weather we just had ( the first i would say since April !) allowed  me a good chance to blow out some cobwebs and get into some hard fighting solid Autumn Silver. With the sea at 17 degrees i can never resist some topwater fun so the Patchinko brothers have been put to good use with fish up to 69cm falling to there charm..


Bumping soft plastics has generally been less sucsesfull than of recent seasons, but again its more down to the conditions than anything else, i have had good sucsess with the one up slug,i shad tail 4.8, geecrack gyrostar and the trusty favourites the tt shad and keitech easy shiner all attatched to either a iwashi jighead or gamakstu bottom knocker…


So here”s looking forward to some windows in the weather to enjoy some quality Autumn Bassing….