Evening Twaite Shad.

27 05 2010

Pat and myself spent a couple of hours after work flicking out micro Lures.
We were joined by a scientist from the Fisheries Board for a half hour who took size, weight, lenght and scale samples  of some Twaite Shad for her reasearch.

Here is a link to more details about this rare fish:

It was a nice evening in a very peaceful part of the country.



Factor 50…

24 05 2010

Sunday 23rd May we set off at 6am for a 12 hour session out of Kilmore armed with light lure rods and an arsenal of soft plastics.

Conditions were as calm as we have ever witnessed in Kilmore with a clear sky, the sea was like a mill pond for as far as the eye could see and not a breath of wind.

Nevertheless the life jackets were put on before we boarded the boat at the slip and they remained on until we returned to the slip.

We steamed out taking in the sights, puffins struggling to take off across the surface of the water with their little wings, gannets making the odd ariel dive for the early breakfast, and a couple of pot boats working hard off the back of the islands…. If only I could be out here every morning.

On location, check the sounder, line up drift, engine off, out with the soft plastics and que an hour of frantic action… Casting up tide and trotting the lures over the broken ground, we were smashed every drop by hungry Pollock, the smallest fish no less than 4lb. Some Epic battles ensued on the light rods in 80-100ft of water.

If Carlsberg did mornings…this would be it ! 🙂

Triple hook ups to beat the band, trying to avoid crossed lines as drag washers were lit up while rods were bent double, these Pollock were fighting very hard and we were loving every minute of it.

As the morning wore on the fishing eased off which allowed us to give the arms a welcomed rest, and apply the emulsion ( Factor 50) as the sun was starting to cook us nicely 🙂 A few more boats appeared on the horizon while we decided where to fish next…. Pollock City was the Call from Pat…we steamed on.

Air Tempreture was rising steadly while the water temp was showing 10.5 degrees a few miles from land. A change of tactic was required here with larger jig heads to match the 12 inch soft plastics…there is big fish down there !!
Barry is first down to the sea bed…bang…line peels off the little reel as slab of a Pollock makes his way for cover, haha great stuff as a tug of war plays out over the next few miutes, Barry comes out on top as I guide the net under the fish a fine healty fish at that, it is brought aboard for a picture…..a discussion is started as Pat and myself connect with the fishes twin brothers!!….will today be the day we land a double???

‘Its a DONKEY’ was the shout from Pat as the tip of the rod gets pulled down into the water by healthy fish, a few moments later the fish was gone….Pat said a few words at that point.. We will get him next time Pat 🙂 !! eeeeee hhaaaa

Some cracking fish were landed, and we decided to move to target other species, Wrasse was next on our list, again change in tactics and colours as we made our first drift, my rod arched over as I got the unmistakable take of an angry Wrasse, these babys can rough you up pretty quickly if they catch you un awares..not this time though as the fish tired after a couple of surging dives..a fine fish with some lovely colours on it.

It all kicked off then with Barry and Pat connecting while I brought my fish to the boat, great sport to test the tackle, we stayed on them for about 30mins before we moved of in search of some new marks.

The after noon was spent trying out new marks and techniques, I trig out a tiny little soft plastic and got a Female Cuckoo Wrasse first drop..happy days 🙂

Pats lure on the left , mine on the right:

A few Codling showed but nothing major, we encounter a large shoal of Coal Fish too, which were more than happy to hit the lures..
I had a nice fish on late in the afternoon for a few minutes, rod was bending to the butt at times but the swivel opened on me ! aaaargh.

We had a lot of soft plastic casualties too..they served us well while thay lasted.

It was a fantastic day, plenty of fish, sore arms and happy heads.

You Gotta Love it.


Every cloud has a silver lining…

19 05 2010

With the Bass ban underway again for another year, (cant believe its mid May already!) the lure rods are put away for a deserved months rest along with my back 🙂 .

While not being able to target Bass can be  somewhat frustrating at times during the month: 15th May – 15June, all is not lost though. It does allow me to turn my attention to Smooth Hounds,  and I love my Hound fishing !!

Time to make up the Pennel Pulley traces, check/replace mainline & shock leader, stock up on elastic thread, oil the 7ht Turbos and prepare to hang on !!


15 May 2010

15 05 2010

Sea bass, Dicentrarchus labrax, have enjoyed legal protection in Ireland for over ten years. The current measures in place for anglers are:

  • A bag limit of 2 bass per angler in any one 24hr period.
  • An overall size limit of 40cm (tip of snout to end of tail), where all smaller fish are returned alive.
  • A closed season from 15 May to 15 June.
  • Sale or offer for sale of bass (other than bass which has been imported into the State) prohibited.

These measures are enforced by the staff of the Regional Fisheries Boards and the Department of the Marine. All concerned anglers on seeing any of the above laws being violated should report the matter to their Regional Fisheries Board.

Please give the Silver fellas a break for a month 🙂


Now for something completely different….

12 05 2010

My first attempt at Fresh Water fishing….

2lb line, micro hooks and tiny maggots…..a whole different ball game!


Mid Week Bassing

5 05 2010

A great evening, great company and some great fishing.

 A pleasure to be out on the water:


03 May 2010

3 05 2010

Barry and myself headed out for an hour in search of  Wrasse on Soft Plastics,it was a nice clear evening, rising tide on a local rock Mark.

Not much to report really, Barry got a follow by a Pollock bu goot spooked by the shallower water.

I got a follow which inturn developed into my Soft Plastic being attacked and the rod tip lurching seaward as the fish made a bolt for its home, it was a brief fight and a happy sight with its lovely dark colours.

A nice way to end the Bank Holiday Weekend.