I got smoked …..

21 06 2011

Barry and myself had been out early on this particular morning and fished 3 different marks which were either full of suspended weed or the water was sponsored by Cadbury’s Chocolate ! Anyway we admitted defeat and headed home.

I got a call that evening from Barry asking was I heading back out, I said No because my motivation levels were rock bottom after seeing the state of the sea that morning…. Anyway to cut a long story short, I got that ‘feeling/urge/voice my head’ telling me to go!! As past angling experiences have thought me, always go with your gut feeling. I rang Barry back and it was game on again.

On location Barry and my self fished hard, the swell was after increasing and so was the amount of suspended weed, making things very difficult for us! We moved around and tried different lures retrieves etc, but couldn’t escape the weed. Craven joined us after an hour or so and was not too impressed by the conditions or his leaky waders! We fished on…

When the fishing is slow, I generally enter silly mode, lashing out jokes and generally taking the micky out of everything and anything, isn’t that right Crevan ( He loves my Jokes 🙂 ).

SPLASH, the water surface erupts just in front of Barry as a Billy hits his Patchinko, the mood changes, if there is one there is more 😉 Barry plays the fish in, the Buzz is on!!

Barry on the Patchinko.

Barry's first Bass of the session.

The action kicked off soon after as I landed two Bass in quick succession on a soft plastic. I didn’t bother taking pictures of them.

Barry was fishing 30 yards to my left and Crevan was standing beside me, about 50 yards in front of me the tide was really ripping over a submerged reef as I bounced back my SP. My plastic becomes stuck on the drop, I flick the rod forward and back trying to free it as I release some choice words….no thats a fecking big fish!


Line peels off the spools as Barry stares at me..’Is that a fish!!!!‘ ‘Yep’  as I adjust the drag. The fish swims aggressively down to my left past Barry parallel with the shore and picking up speed. I raise the rod over my head, trying to raise the fishes head in order to turn it towards me…it seemed to work. I get about 10 turns on the handle and the fish takes off again in the same direction this time gaining speed with ease as I struggle to follow with waves crashing over me.

I am nearing the end of the spool, I can see metal, the drag is locked down and I am thumbing the spool as I reach the knot, the fish stops and head shakes with venom as I keep the pressure on while trying to regain some line, the lads are fixed on my rod as it is shaking under the pressure…the hook pulls out after around 3 min battle…..  gutted.com !

It was definitely a big Bass.
It was not a seal, I have hooked played and landed one before on an uptider after a 45 minute battle, it would have emptied the 3000 reel in seconds with the jip I was giving it!
It wasn’t a foul Hooked fish, I was using a small 10g Hart Jig Head with a small gape, plus I could feel the fish head shaking trying to free itself as I applied pressure!
It wasn’t a Big Pollock, Never had one here, or heard of one here before.

Next time I will have a Full spool of braid Billy 🙂

As the light faded I switched over to a bigger profile SP, and hooked another decent fish, the first run was similar to the fish I lost and had the drag screaming ( to the sound of the lads laughing..’Do you have enough braid Danny!), I stopped and turned the fish on the second run and played it in after a few minutes….A Big Girl.

Happy Days.

Smile !

Easy Does It..

Ready To GO Back.

Release Time.

Off she went no worse for her visit. Thats what its all about ! We landed another 11 fish all of good stamp before we called it quits.

The spool has now been filled with new braid, oh she will be landed 😉



As the clock struck midnight ….

20 06 2011

The Irish Bass Ban was lifted as we entered the 16th of June.

Barry, Mark and myself arrived on location just after midnight, with fresh conditions and a relatively calm sea state we set about getting back to business.

Action Stations.

A bright full moon greeted us which made negotiating the rock and weed that bit easier as we edged towards our starting point. The excitement/buzz was off the scale before we hit the water at 1 am, but now everything was quite, no lights no talking, an unspoken understanding that you only experience around people you have fished with for many many hours!!  A very quite 40 minutes pass before the first rod is arched over, and the almost inaudible ‘yes’ breaks the silence…Mark is in!

Mark plays the fish in after some good powerful runs, the result was a fine fish ready for a quick picture.

Mark with his first post Ban Bass.

This particular fish was kept for the table as it would not go back, interestingly this is the first fish our group couldn’t get to swim back this year.

I hooked up next with a Sand Smelt who’s eyes were obviously too bit for its belly!  We fished on…

A short while later Barry Hooks into a small Bass which was very lively indeed, during the course of the fight (bare in mind we are in total darkness and up to our chest in water) Barry lets a shout at the fish ‘Will ya get away from me will ya!‘ one of the best lines I have ever heard when playing a fish! The fish was trying to swim between Barry’s legs before it unhooked itself.

Again the fishing went quiet as the wind slackened off, which was nice to a degree, BANG rod arches over ….line peeling off the Twin Power ‘YES’ and this baby gave me a fair scrap  and even tried to go down past Mark! I landed the fish and held it for a picture before its release.

Danny with his first post Ban Bass.


Off she goes.

Soon after, Barry was battling a better fish this time as he struggled to tame the Billy who was intent on heading to France! Fish landed and time for a quick picture.

Barry with a fine Bass.

The fishing went quiet again for about 30 mins, I seen a Sea Trout jump multiple times in a row. It looked like it was being chased, I let a shout at Barry and we both fired our lures out into the general direction of the Trout. Two turns of the handle and I was into a fish followed by Barry. A nice double hook up to end the session.

Double Hook Up.

All too quick it was time to head off to work, not before we woke up the lad !

He should have had that Red Bull afterall.

We seen an abundance of wildlife on this session, Otters, Seals, a Dolphin/Porpoise, and an array of various sea birds. A lot of action on and off the water!

Good Morning.

Successful Lures on this session:
Tackle House Contact Node.
MegaBass x140.
MegaBass Xlayer.

Here’s to a successful season!


Starry Starry Night.

12 06 2011

Right lets get the Hounds in, and out of our system for another year. Here we go :

Fresh and frozen peeler crab acquired, pennel pulley rigs tied, reels and line inspected it was time to convert a once non believer into a Hound Junkie….

The phone rings out, sleeping beauty, sorry Crevan 🙂 must still be asleep, on we drive.
Myself and Barry arrive on location and get set up on the start of the rise. High water was into darkness and along with the calm sea conditions, the fishing looked promising. We both sent a juicy crab bait out  after we dusted off the old bait fishing cob webs and slotted back into the old routine.

As I was running down the various bits of gear I had with me, I noticed that the battery on my camera was fully charged but I had left the memory card at home….If you ever need an omen for a great nights fishing, well that is it. The internal memory is non existent on this camera BTW ( Fuji Film XP 30 )

On with the fishing, I managed to tempt 2 illegal bait robbers who were quickly released back into the depths ( see ye next week 😉 ) Crevan arrived soon after and was visibly refreshed from his siesta.

History Lesson 101
Crevan is a Lure man by trade, bait fishing is not really his thing if the truth be known…as he informed us a few weeks ago when we mentioned a smoothie session.
Now I gave him a jolly good pep talk on the merits of bait fishing in relation to Smooth Hounds and their fighting ability in caparison to our other local sea species etc. Anyway…… I dont think he was too convinced, one will learn 🙂

Anyway no sooner did the sand man have his bait in the water, the cheeky fecker hooked and battled a Starry Smooth to the shore behind my back , which swung the scales over the 6lb mark. Fantastic fish, and the non believer now had a buzz even Red Bull couldn’t match.
Unfortunately I did not have the memory card to grab a picture of the action, theres always tomorrow though.

A Man Converted
As I type, himself and the Interceptor ( Young Pat Gahan ) are back out again chasing the Hounds and I am led to believe he is wanting to accompany myself tomorrow night when I go chasing them. I wonder who has the bug now……..

The Interceptor Arrives
Young Pat Gahan takes one for the team and donates a memory card to me just as the pack of Hounds come on the feed. As I set the camera up, rods begin to be lifted out of tripods left right and center……get some !!! …this is what its all about.


The Main Event
As Hounds hunt in packs and generally don’t hold back when attacking a food source you can understand the next 2 hours is a bit of a blur.The madness begun seeing Barry kick off proceedings with a fine fish ( don’t know if it was weighed, too busy running up and down the beach taking pictures! )

Barry's Hound

Barry with his Starry Smooth Hound just before it is returned.

I went back to check on my rod and noticed the line was way off its original location and the spool of the reel was looking a lot lighter. I tightened the drag and engaged the fish who fought well for its size and after a couple of minutes it broke the surface around 50 yards out in a semi jump tail walk effort. Great Buzz as Crevan and I watched it fight to the shore.

Danny with a Starry Smooth Hound.

Pat was next to do battle with a fine Hound, the fish gave him a serious fight and brought him on a little walk up the beach !
The fish was eventually landed and hit the scales at 8lb as Pats eyes lit up 🙂

Pat with a Starry Smooth Hound.

Time for a double hook up as Crevan and Pat strike into another brace of fish a couple of hours off high water.

Pat and Crevan looking pleased with themselves.

Time for a triple hook up, the baits were being attack as soon as they hit the sea bed at this stage, 3 rods arch over as the craic reaches fever pitch.

Triple hook up; Danny, Pat and Barry.

I put the camera down after this Hound was landed as it became a bit ridiculous running around with not a drop of Red Bull on board!

Danny with another Hound.

We stayed until the top of the tide when the bites stopped as the pack had moved through. We used both fresh and frozen crab, which had similar results. Majority of fish were hooked at distance and takes varied from small plucks, slack lines to tripods being pulled over when drags were not set correctly. I have no idea how many we caught in total, as I lost count of the ones I caught after a couple of hours.

Anyway get out there and put those rods under some pressure the Hounds are back in Wexford 🙂


The Depths…..

6 06 2011

With the ban Ban in full swing, and as the title suggests I am missing the the Billy’s !!!

Anyway, broke the lure rod out for the first time today since the the Ban kicked in, target species were Wrasse and Pollock on the soft plastics.A day aboard Wahoo was the plan for the day but conditions didn’t suit our preferred fishing method so we were to travel on foot instead.

First location:
It was a tried and tested Wrasse hide out, the weather was glorious as we arrived at 7am, the sea was flat calm and the shoals of bait fish were easy to spot in the crystal clear water. No fish showed for the lads, I managed to hook a sneaky Wrasse that had followed my finesse worm into the shore line on 2 previous casts.  A fine colored fish it was pulling the scales over the 3lb mark. We decided to move on….

June Wexford Wrasse

Second Location:
A couple of weeks ago Barry and Crevan had been fishing  a deep water mark they discovered while out on a sortie, and today they led me to it ….complete with blind fold …. 🙂

The mountain goat led the way as the two Bambi’s on ice followed….

It was a mark I had seen before but not fished, it looked good for a few decent fish as the wind freshened from the South West.

South Westerly increasing on second location.

Over the duration of the session the wind and sea sate took on a split personality with casts not reaching 20 yards at best, it was tough going but we managed to pull a few fish out of the depths. I hooked up first with a baby wrasse followed by a drag screamer, rod bent double, up to the left, then to the right and finally in behind me a large golden brown Pollock surfaced but he slipped the hook as Barry tried to lift him, a promising start!

More Pollock followed with Barry getting in on the action and I knocked up a few more in around the 2-3lb bracket, Crevan must have been sweating as he hooked in to his first fish…’about time too’ was his shout as the smile finally appeared.

Aurora Shad Pollock

I pulled out another Wrasse and some more Pollock before we called it quites.

Aurora Shad Wrasse.

Up close with Paddy.

B&W Wrasse

I need new wading boots! Fell 3 times today and nearly smashed the Twin Power in the process due to lack of grip.
I have a camera……..so use it !! Lack of pictures in the report ….. apologies.
Red Bull now comes in a bottle ,,, definitely a Dragons Den idea 🙂
Aurora  Shad Xlayer caught 6 of my fish today and induced a lot of follows.

A grand day out but it only took the mind off the Billy’s for a few hours…..