The Mystery of August ….

18 08 2011

Back in the day when I was a young fella, I spent the first 2 weeks of August every year bait fishing for Bass. This  coincided with my birthday which gave me an excuse to go missing for a ‘few’ days….

Fast forward to 2011 and my findings back then are very similar to my findings the last 2 weeks; Bass go missing on the Wexford coast line in August ! Okay maybe that’s a bit strong, there is still Bass around but they are either on a diet or they are sick of the sight of me throwing lures at them and completely ignore my offerings!
I have been rambling on about this to the lads for the past few weeks, Crevan put the point forward that it tailed off dramatically mid July. Probably never know why, anyway as I look at it there’s too much thinking and not enough fishing when it comes down to Bass Angling ……Just Relax And Fish.

Barry Getting Stuck Into A Big Wrasse.

We have been out and caught a few fish all the same but nothing like what we were getting pre Ban.

Alas there are other species around our coastline worth putting the time in for if Bass fishing is a bit quiet!
Here is some of the conditions and fish we encountered over the last couple of weeks:

One of the better mornings.

Pushing Tide.

Good Surf Running.

Triple Hook Up.

Big Lips.

Pat with a Kelp loving Wrasse.

Barry with a Wrasse.


Big Paddle Wrasse.


A few Bass turned up too ...

Explosive Take.....Clean out of the Water....

Here are some under water shots I got, when I felt like getting wet !

This is the area we were hitting Bass in numbers.

Same location as above, wave just passed over head.

Below a big cresting wave on Bass Ville in the South East.

Below the surface where the Wrasse hunt Part 1

Part 2.

Part 3.

Part 4.

Bass are preoccupied doing something else at the moment
Wrasse and Pollock are in abundance on our coastline if you target them correctly, both to 5lb weight.
Dead Sticking in turbulent water resulted in a Wrasse every cast for a duration.
Soft Plastic used was an Xlayer in various colors and jig head weights. (I used 5g Bachi)
Bailiffs were out doing their job on a local mark that is being hammered at the moment ( Fair Play lads! )
Its nearly christmas 🙂

Just Relax And Fish.