Seeing Double.

17 10 2011

(My computer BSOD’d a couple of weeks ago, as-well as my smart phone packing in for that matter!!. So I have eventually resolved the computer issue with a loss of some of my latest data including the video of the fishes release…. Thankfully I still had the pictures on the SD Card. Yes I should know better and back up my stuff more regularly!…anyway)

This fish was caught and returned over 5 weeks ago.

Since then I have been contemplating whether or not to put it on the net…  A lot of the fishing we do does not make it to the blog for various reasons, for us it is important not to give those that would plunder the local resource to annihilation any ammo to target these great fish. But I am confidant enough that this big girl is safe to reproduce for another few years with a bit of luck.

That Session

A strong southerly was making fishing quite difficult for Barry Pat and myself as we battled the white foam and constant bow in the lines, keeping contact was difficult but achievable  through adjustments to stance and retrieve. I had lost my balaclava some where in the trip to the Kingdom and I was to be exposed to the elements… wooo hooo a geart start !

Barry and Pat were fishing the top and I opted to fish subsurface as I had success at this mark on a similar tide previously using this method. The tide pushed in and Barry connected with the first fish away to my left, I moved down to grab a picture but the fish unhooked himself  before I arrived..typical.

I looked a around for a bit and started flicking out a few fan casts around a rock that was starting to foam to my left, ….. a fish nails the Feed Shallow after around 10 minutes of me working the area, it took me by surprise  as I was going through the usual early casts motions up to that point . Nice little fight plays out and I land a very chubby 5lb Bass. A couple of under water shots and the fish swam off at speed. I was back in the zone ….

Pat joins us and is soon into a fish off the surface down beside Barry, I was too far away to get a picture but Pat did look happy with his catch ! Barry bends in again to another fish hitting his lure as I watched from a distance contemplating whether to go up top!??  Nah, I stuck at it with the Feed Shallow.

Depth Charge

The water explodes to my left as my lure is up-ended as my quick pause and retrieve is interrupted with style. The rod lunges seaward and line begins to peel off the line, slowly at first and quickly gathers pace as I applied pressure. A few moment later and line was still going off the spool and at an even quicker rate as the fish headed for cover. Barry shouted something like  ‘Donkey/Or Pony’ at me as he hear the drag under pressure with the rod bent double.

I tightened the drag a bit and began pumping the fish, it was getting too close to that cover for my liking, the fish finally turned away and headed for its plan B, out to sea at my 12 o clock. Getting the rod up high seemed to turn the fish again and it made another run straight at me before taking a sharp turn away to my right, Que me winding like the clappers to catch up and keep in contact.

This run wasn’t as long as the fish tired against the drag  as I knocked up it another notch and eased it towards me. The following couple of minutes felt like 10 as I realized the size of the fish, my legs went weak as it began a violent head shake, I was off balance and being knocked around by waves….no I cant lose her…

‘ This is a big fish’ I shouted at the lads ( they thought it was 7/8lb and stayed where they were), I finally dropped the rod and lifted the fish out of the water . . ‘Holy ****’ was one of the phrases I heard as the lads seen the fish come out of the water. They scrambled over to me….


I was shaking, hands legs you name it, my heart was thumping out of my chest, Barry even said he was too when he seen the size of it. To be honest it was sheer disbelief holding the fish there in the water. A couple of quick pictures a quick weigh and she swam away with ease.

The fish pulled the scales over the 12lb mark.  I didn’t take a length measurement of the fish or scale sample. In hindsight maybe I should have but  TBH we were that engrossed in the sheer size of the fish (Pictures don’t do it justice to be fair, she looked pre-historic, with plenty of age/battle scars on her body) and getting her back into the water was the only concern.

Going Back.

She swam off very well and we all took a few minutes to take in the moment, it all seemed surreal at the time. I didn’t really appreciate until a few days later when I looked at the pictures/video!

Rekcon she dominates other predators with that look?

We fished on and I landed another fish in the 3-4lb bracket before we called it a day.

Wind: Southerly – Moderate
Tide: Rising

Tackle used:
Rod: Teklon Concept Spin 702L
Reel:3000 Twin Power SFC
Line: 20lb Power Shot / 20 inches of  Sakura 20lb Flouro
Lure: Feed Shallow # 12
Technique: retrieve and pause.

In Dream Land.

Your next one could be your best one !





16 responses

17 10 2011
pete smith ireland

She is an absolute beauty Dan, spot on report as well, big congrats on smashing your pb.

17 10 2011

Beautiful fish Danny, well done!!

17 10 2011

Incredible, a fish of a lifetime. Well done Danny

17 10 2011
Tom H

Great bass that you got there Danny. Well done.

17 10 2011
James Barry

Super stuff Danny…have been eagerly awaiting the report for the last couple of weeks. Fish of a lifetime, Well done!!

17 10 2011

Many congratulations for no kill !!

18 10 2011

Scary looking beast. Well done mate.

18 10 2011
Rory O Donnell

Thanks Danny for the report. Any worries your fluro would break?, if not can you name the brand. Looking for a dependable leader!


21 10 2011

Rory, the Fluro was Sakura 20lb. It has never given way when playing a fish. That’s including big Cod, Pollock, CoalFish and Halibut from the boat.

18 10 2011

Fish of a lifetimetime Danny, big congrats! The report was worth the wait!!

20 10 2011

Thanks for all the comments lads.

Ive a few more reports to put up since that session so stay tuned 🙂


21 10 2011

Danny ,,
fish of a lifetime one that will be there fin your memories for the rest of your days,great report and release

well done


21 10 2011

Thanks for the comments lads. That’s one for the Grand Children hopefully !

27 10 2011
Matt Spence

Lovely fish! When viewed in the flesh once over a certain size (somewhere around 10 pounds?), my limited experiece suggests they start to look unfeasable in proportions, and never truely match the image in your head when the photographs are viewed…. This one however looks every bit 12 (plus) pounds to me and must have seemed impobably huge when you held her!

28 10 2011

Hi Matt,

Yeah your bang on the button there Matt. Looking at the pictures, it doesn’t reflect the different dimensions of the fish, the huge mouth, the long spines and the thick tail.

A picture can only show you so much I suppose. I hope to see a fish again that size before im too old to fish !


3 12 2011

Good artical great photos looks like a great time. Hows the floro line working out for you do you get a lot of breaks close to the boat with bigger fish.

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