Last Friday i had a guiding session booked in with Trev Smith and Andy ( Nobby) Clarke, these two met on a fishing boat 20 years ago and have been mates ever since, fair to say these guys love fishing and know how to do it, all i had to do was find some fish ! The boys got on the road early to avoid the m25 madness and were down in good time, i had a mark in mind that i knew was fishing well, but with an air temperature of 28 degrees, clear skies and easterly wind i knew it wasnt going to be plain sailing !.
By the look of the conditions by gut instinct was to get straight on to some topwater lures, with the trusty Patchinko comming out for an intial outing. The first cast ( i was showing Nobby how i like to work the Patch) and a good fish swirled behind !, result !, things were looking good, clear seas, 19 degrees and hot hot conditions and it wasnt long before Nobby was in to his third fish….
To cut a long story short this turned into a memorable session, 18 fish caught in a two n a half hour session all off the top and believe me it doesnt get better than this !
Its magic when everything comes together, Trev was down here as part of his 50th Birthday celebrations and near the end of the blitz had a proper fish hit the Patchinko 3 times before she nailed it close in then tore off for freedom, this proved to be the best fish of the session nudging 6lbs..
This has to be one of my favorite sessions ever, ok we had some great fishing, but it was more about the fun we all had, kids in a sweet shop comes to mind !, kindred spirits, which was cemented in the pub after !, Nobbys first pint dissapeared in one go…
Needless to say Trev and Nobby are already planning there next trip down here, iwas sad to see them go but cant wait to hook back up for the Autumn Big Girls….
With some good tides last week i managed to get in a few sessions and had plenty of fish.Conditions on the whole were spot on, with a foot to two of swell and light winds, good water clarity, which unbelievably has shot up to 18 degrees.
The lures that did the damage were the ima nabarone and komomo sf 125 and the keitech easy shiner. As ever things dont always go your way, loosing two fish,one i put at 8 ish and the other i didnt get to see,no one said it would be easy !
What i did notice about these fish was how plump they were and hard fighting because of it,needless to say im itching to get back out there…..
I had the pleasure of guiding Nick Holland and his son Harry last week. Its fair to say they were both Bass Virgins, but were good anglers and it wasnt long before they were both into some small fish taken off the top. The seed had been sown and it was easy to see the transformation into fellow addicts !, to the point that they have already booked there cottage ready for some more Bassing next year !
As often is the case the last weeks fishing has been one of highs and lows, the lows being two clients loosing good fish, one , estimated beetween 6 and 7lb, shaking the hook as i was about to grab it to the shore and the other, estimated 6lb plus smashing a topwater lure then getting into the rocks. I hate loosing fish and it seems worse when it happens to a client. So to find some thereapy i went fishing !.
Hitting a few of my favourite rock marks i ended up with a fair few fish in the 3, 4 lb mark on different sessions, falling to the ima kommomo sf 125 and the ima nabarone 125f. After catching one fish of 4lb i quickly cast out again over some nice shallow ground, zig zagged with gulleys, as i was just finishing my retreive a much larger fish appeared from nowhere and lunged at the lure just as i was taking it out of the water !, tail slapping me a face full of salt !, there is a thin line between sucsess and failure…
This is a taster of what i get up to on my guiding sevices. If you would like to book a session, check out my site joelsoul.co.uk, my contact details are there along with prices. I have plenty of availabilty for the season, so get in early to book up the best tides. The fishing is good so why not come and share some with me.
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.