Mid June – Mid July Bass Fishing Wexford 2012

27 07 2012

I just wanted to throw a few words together in relation to this particular period with regards to my lure fishing in Wexford. It has been bloody tough, not to put too fine a point on it! I have experienced and observed (the other lads I fish with.. struggle)  in our worst return rate based on hours put in on the water since we started lure fishing full time. For example 3 weeks ago I fished a good tidal cycle over a various of locations for a period of 15 hours (yes I was on/in the water for 15 hours!), historically these locations fished well at this time of the year. I did not get one single; follow, take, hit, splash, shadow..whatever…. not a Gannet dive or a Tern splash. I am omitting one vital (in my opinion) thing though, the weather..

Wheres our Jet Stream gone ?

The weather that session  encompassed the four seasons, creating varying sea state & clarity. Wind direction was all over the shop, started off at a promising Southerly which went East followed by North ( the forecast was South West by my trusted weather sites). Well where did that leave me apart from a sore shoulder blade ?. To be honest disillusioned, I mean there is an absolute abundance of Mullet about on some of our marks and Trout too, but where are the Bass? are they there but not feeding? is illegal fishing responsible? are the fish some where else? are we too complacent? have our expectations grown too much? or are we just unlucky? To be honest I dont know and don’t claim to know, but I reckon the fact that the Jet Stream has been a lot further south as reported numerous times on the News, weather sites and blogs has something to do with it ( well I hope so at least). This is not an isolated event either, the lads have hit marks recently ( the last 4 weeks) with near ‘perfect’ on conditions, fished it hard and long and not a sign of a fish. This cant be right can it?

Apart from that rant, we have been hitting some fish which keeps you pushing yourself as the hours wear the wading boots down….

This 5.5lb Bass missed my Patchinko 3 times before engulfing the Lure and giving a spirited fight in colored water.

Barry caught this Bass off the surface with a slowly worked Z Claw

Pat caught this Bass on a Feed Shallow

As a result of the fishing being a lot slower so to speak I have started using surface lures a lot more than usual. Purely just for something to concentrate on while there is no action, a by product of this is obviously a lot more fish caught off the surface for me, I think there could be no going back from here……

Another nice Bass off the surface…. Happy Days

Barry Nailed this Bass on a Z CLaw.

Marc caught this Bass on a Shore Line Shiner at the start of the rise

All fish when landed were very energetic, full off beans until they were put back into the water. All Bass were returned and swam off well.

My Bonnie worked with pauses on the surface caught this Bass

Another Bass getting ready to go back

Bass going back

I mentioned experiencing the 4 seasons above, here is an example of the extremes we have encountered in a short period of time:

Flat calm and crystal clear

Disturbed and murky

A reward

I finished work and made my way to the coast, it was lashing rain since lunch time and the roads were struggling to cope with the surface water. I geared up and entered the water, the weather had put off some of the lads, but I was not going to give in today.. I fished surface lures for 2 fruitless hours and I was soaked to the skin, the rain was now akin to a monsoon, it has been a while since I seen rain like it. It eased off for a brief moment, at which point a fish made a lunge at my lure and missed it. I made a second cast down current from the last splash and worked the lure, a splash and an arched rod resulted in my reward:

I was very wet ! but very happy with this little Bass!

Of course an update would not be complete with out giving my favorite lure a mention….

Accept no substitute

Happy Days

Afloat

We also made an attempt to suss out some new Bass grounds from the boat, first cast Crevan landed a Slug Go on the nose of a fine Bass:

Crevan with a fine Bass caught on a Slug Go

A closer look

It was a fine fish Crevan landed which gave a great fight with plenty of head shaking. We fished on in vain for another couple of hours but that was the only action we seen.

Well, all I can say is fingers crossed Mother Nature is the cause of the current situation we find ourselves in, if it is not her we could be in dire straits for the future….

Next Blog update will be about our experience at the Irish Bass Festival 

Your next one could be your best one.

Danny.

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A look back at last week end.

3 05 2012

The weather was atrocious, not to put too fine a point on it. Friday afternoon arrived again and we were free from the shackles of work, regardless of weather there was only one direction were we heading …seawards.

The tide was looking OK with a nice peak time, the plan had been agreed days in advance so there was no messing about, we got in there like swimwear!

Rolling in.

The chosen mark has been good to us on weaker tides, but this time it was choked with suspended weed, small fragments littered the layers. A couple of seals were approx 200yards further out than usual, they know the game and were out there for a reason. Our stubbornness saw us fish on for 2 fruitless hours, we don’t give in too easily. We scouted the area constantly moving as usual looking for a small break in the weed, we came across a fantastic looking area, previously overlooked . Our thoughts were confirmed by a couple of Gannets patrolling a very tight area for 30mins or so. This area was clean with a great flow through it, but we happened upon it to0 far into the tide, the area we wanted to get the lures into was just out of reach this time.

A quick look at the watch indicated 60mins of rising water left, options limited with weather and tide we made a call and gave the Pony some nuts ( Copy Right Pat Gahan 🙂 ).

We arrived on the second location but Crevan was not convinced, communicated through ‘Im not feeling it’ ( Copy Right Crevan 🙂 ). I was feeling the Buzz so there was no debate from me, I was down to the mark as quick as I could set the pace. I Dont think Crevan and Pat were sharing my Buzz, I was just happy to be out of work/house for a few hours and no weed was gonna take the shine off it!

We split up a few hundred yards apart, conditions were better here, and it wasn’t long before Crevan changed his tune, I could he was bent into the first fish in the distance and Pat confirmed it as he raced across the rocks. I followed suit and grabbed a quick picture and called Barry to tell him it was worth coming out for a while.

Is this man feeling it ?

I made my way back and began fishing again, and was soon rewarded with a nice fish which fell to an X-140 on an erratic retrieve. A bit of commotion followed before the fish was brought under control, it was a lively one, long lean with a big head.

The business end.

The Release,
The Release,

Did I say I had a Buzzz…. Pat joined me and we fished into the fall, I connected with and landed another Bass, this time the fish took took the lure very timidly, similar to a take on ‘dead sticked’ soft plastic. I unhooked the fish in the water and it shot off, I think shes been here before!

Barry arrived soon after and made his way with Crevan to another vantage point out of sight. Pat and myself fished on, moving in the opposite direction. The moon lit the sea up nicely as the Northerly wind gathered pace, the tide continued to fall… I hooked into another fish awhile later the rod arched, drag chimed and then the fish was gone. That was to be the end of the action for us, it was becoming bitterly cold so we called a halt. Barry and Crevan met us on the way back, turned out Crevan landed a nice 6lb Bass which gave him a great fight on his first cast into a nice flow of water. He was certainly felling it now 🙂

That was all my fishing for last week end, fingers crossed for this weekend we might just get out on the boat in Kilmore for the first time this year….

Your next one could be your best one.

Danny.





Black clouds, brown water and a flash of Silver…

23 04 2012

Prime conditions for the Black Beetle it wasn’t !

Headed for the sea after work on Friday, Pat and myself scouted a few preferred marks but we were disappointed to see heavy seas creating a lovely brown band reaching from the shore to approx 100 yards out.  Varying wind direction made it difficult to assess the evening’s fishing. A call was made to try a mark that we very seldom fish, en-route we were joined by Barry & Crevan.

Some weather.

We made our way  down to the water and fired out a few lures for the last of the rise into crystal clear water. We could see Gannets bombarding the water further out but our offerings were not touched for around 30mins or so. We made a move and fished on, this time encountering alot of suspended weed which helped the decision to move again.

The wind had now changed direction to Northerly calming the sea some what, the inshore water in front of us appeared clear as we made our way down, we walked for a bit before splitting up, Barry & Pat taking a deeper vantage point, Crevan     attacking a flooded reef while I ventured on to an isolated rock some distance away.

It was cold and wet, and after 60mins I had 2 follows to show for my efforts, I could see see Barry & Pat now back up with Crevan as it was unfishable near the deeper water. I fished on working the lure as close as I possibly to a set of submerged rocks, the lure stops around 10 yards out and I knew it wasn’t stuck. Fierce head shaking followed a strong initial run before I finally landed the Silver. Happy out dot com !!

A Bass in tough conditions.

It was a reward catching it, you take for granted fish you catch on marks you are familiar with and it can  ‘some times’ become a formality on such a mark, not this time. This is a mark I wouldn’t be too familiar with which made it even better when the Silver hit.

We fished on as the tide dropped further out, the black clouds rolled in and dumped its load on us, we continued casting and moving before I hooked into another fish a few turns into the retrieve just over a submerged gulley. It was to be the last fish of the evening even though we fished on for another couple of hours as the rain got heavier…

Very Lean Bass.

A view from below.

Observations:


Both fish were very lean – possibly after spawing already.

Taking under water pictures in April is not good for the hands.

Tuesday looks like a good window !

Yor next one could be your best one.

Danny.





Firing On All Cylinders…

15 04 2012

Since my last post we have been hitting the water at every opportunity with some fantastic results so early in the season.

I had my first few Bass on a Hard Plastic over a week ago and they have been hitting them hard since, for now the Soft Plastics have taken back seat as we push on through April.

Feed Shallow ready for action.

The weather conditions have varied from bright sunshine without any wind, to heavy rain driven by a bitter Northerly wind. Fish have been caught through these varying conditions.

Mixed Bag.

We experienced some of the better fishing over the weaker tides at various tide states, High Water being the least productive. One of the weaker tides produced Barry’s first Lure caught Bass of the year:

Barry with his first lure caught Bass of 2012.

Water clarity has varied from brown & murky to gin clear, we experienced good fishing when we found a happy medium between the two.

Here comes the rain.

Calm, Clear & Rain

Mullet turning, Sea Trout jumping and Sand Eels swimming were some of the sights we encountered.

Sand Eels going about their business.


The Bass we caught were in great condition and ranged from 2lb – 7lb, all were put back to fight another day. Here is a sample of some of the fish:

Crevan with a fine bar of Silver.

Great condition for April.

This Bass hit my lure while it was stopped.

Head into the tide before the release.

Crevan letting one off.

Off ya go.

Lost & Found

I was stood on a rock out crop working my lure slowly over a patch of clean ground to my right when I was hit hard, the fish felt strong as it headed out to sea taking 5 yards of line before turning left taking a further 10 yards of line. ‘This is a good fish’ I shouted to the lads who were fishing 20 yards to my left on another outcrop. The fish had the better of me as I could not get an angle on it with the rod looking like the letter C, the fish approached the two lads and ran over the shallow jagged rocks. I could feel every rock rub against the braid before I felt the ‘PING’ the main line immediately fell back and brushed my cheek. I stood there and vented, cursing my luck and explained to the lads how I lost the lure and the fish.

I reeled in the slack line that was around my feet still venting a few choice words, suddenly the line tightened just below my feet followed by a ‘head shake’ and another run …haaaaa the fish was still on!! I managed to bring her under control and land her as Barry got to me. Pure madness, the fish must have done a bow turn and headed for me at speed after I felt the line catch and release off an obstacle, what a Buzz. That is the strangest fight I had off a fish and here she is:

Danny with 7lb of Silver.

7lb of Silver.

Lures that produced over the past two weeks in no particular order:

Mega Bass X-140

IMA Komomo II

Tackle House Node

TAckle House Feed Shallow

It was great fishing over the past 2 weeks, but as the saying goes – no two days are the same…

An end to another tide.

Your next one could be your best one.

Danny.





My lure season has officially started….

27 03 2012

I am three sessions into my lure season in Wexford, having put away the lure outfit back in November save for a impromptu Waterford session back in January. I was surprised at how stiff the limbs had become over the Winter break while out clambering over weed covered rocks and ledges..

During the first two sessions, various marks were scouted but no signs of  fish activity, the water was still quite cold but gin clear.

Early morning stroll

Can you see it ?

Great conditions for the Black Beetle

Wheres Barry

Looked fishy....

Incoming

The third session kicked off with an early rise but fishing did not take place until several hours later due to a lengthy discussion between Crevan, Pat and myself over freshening weather conditions…

We made the decision to gear up and go fishing. We met Andrew, Barry & Damo members from The Lure Forum  and had a bit of craic before we let the lures loose on the ebbing tide.

I set up a Storm Sand Eel on a 10.5g jig head & worked it with the tide, the end result was a nice Sea Trout a few casts later which fought well for its size. When I first saw the flash of color beneath the surface I thought it was the first Bass of 2012!

My first Sea Trout of the year

Sea Trout being released

No other action was encountered over the next 90mins so we took a break before deciding a change of location was in order.

On location and first cast I felt two sharp tugs, seconds after the SP hit the water, I said noting and gently tightened the bow in the line and connected with the fish. I didn’t hang about getting the  fishes head up, and I was greeted with a great flash of silver!.A Minute later and I had landed my first Bass of 2012 , 4lb of perfect Spring Silver. Happy Days.

My first Bass of 2012

We fished on but no more Bass showed for Crevan Pat or myself. Crevan had a fish snatch at his lure but failed to hook up. Pat did have a follow by a Sea Trout to his feet on a blue & White Jig. I hooked and quickly lost another Sea Tout on an SP when the fish became airborne after the take.

The day was rounded off by young Patsy bent double into a fish that was really giving it to him. I went over for a look and low and behold true to his building reputation he had foul hooked a fine Mullet !, this fish was not impressed at all and gave Pat a good work out.

Mullet Turning Hard

Pat with his Mullet

While only one Bass was landed between the 3 of us, it will give us great incentive to push on and explore other marks as the warmer weather continues to heat things up.

Here’s to a successful and plesant season 🙂

Your next one could be your best one.

 Danny.





It Baits All In March…

12 03 2012

The lads have been running down their gear over the last few weeks in the run up to the early season madness. Lures have been bought/prepared and fired out over various locations and tide states in search of an early Bass on the Wexford coastline, without a hit unfortunately. Sea Trout and some Mullet have resulted in by-catch only, but on the flip side it is only early March.

In light of this a bait session was arranged, I dusted down the bait rods, serviced my reels and hit the lug beds with Pat and Tom after work a fortnight ago. Digging was tough going but we managed enough to keep us plus Barry and Crevan who would be joining us later going for a few hours.

The forecast was for a strengthening Southerly wind on a rising neap tide into the cover of darkness – conditions which fished well on our chosen mark historically.

We arrived on location, got geared up and hiked on, descending the cliff face we were met with the full force of Southerly which would make for an uncomfortable nights fishing echoed by the thundering surf pounding the shallows in the distance.

We set about anchoring tripods and loading lug on the 4/0 pennel pully rigs as the tide pushed in, careful not to birdie the multipliers faced with the gale that was now blowing hard. Lines in the water and it was lights to code red as we waited for our quarry….

Tom let fly with his first cast, but not in the direction he intended..’ I dont know weather that landed in the water or the beach’ says the lad ….. 30 seconds later it was confirmed it had hit the water alright as the rod lurched forward trying to free itself from the confines of the tripod. ‘TOM’… he looks around & quickly and engages the fight… Fish On 🙂

Tom eases to fish in through the tumbling surf with precision and slides the fish onto dry sand, his first Bass of 2012 landed on fresh lug. Happy Days.

Toms first Bass of 2012

Good man Tom

A great condition Bass posses for the camera, it looked to be full of Roe pre-spawn, a few pictures and the Billy was off on its way to plant its seed.

Billy going back in.

Off ya go.

Crevan arrived awhile later armed with fresh crab and set out his stall, only action the rods encountered for the next couple of hours was that of hitting the water due to the wind getting the better of the tripods.

I appeared to be the only one losing hooks at an alarming rate, my snoods were being snipped off by an invisible force…. then I landed an edible crab, which indecently ended up in Pats hood for a good 20mins before he realized followed by him doing a bit of a dance along the beach 🙂 .

The tide was nearing its peak as the conditions worsened, rain was now hitting the flotation suits with the velocity of hail stones. During the arial barrage Crevan gets hit, he waits a bit before the slack line signals a hooked fish heading for the shallows. A short while later Crevan poses with his first Bass of 2012 before it is sent back on its way again.

Crevan's first Bass of 2012

Crevan's Billy makes its way back out.

Conditions soon got the better of us so we called it a night.

Observations:

5 Anglers

3 hours

2 Hits

2 Bass

1 Month before the madness begins….

Your next one could be your best one.

Danny





A look back on last season.

14 01 2012

A Belated Happy New Year To You 🙂

Just like that we are back at the beginning of another year, how quickly did that season go eh? Only felt like a few weeks ago we were hitting those early spring Bass and hoping for an epic season. . .

Hope To See You Again In 2012

A quick reflection:

Spring
Started well and fished well up until the Ban. Good quantity and quality of fish were landed and released early April to mid May. Hitting the hard and soft plastics with venom.
There was no consistent pattern to the preferred lure type, they seemed to hit most lures when presented correctly.

Summer
Started slow with quantities landed down on previous years. A slight peak in catches in the last two weeks in July before the Bass done their usual August lure avoidance act!.  The fish appeared to be more timid with there takes during this period.
The Wrasse fishing really picked up with some decent size fish taking soft plastics fished slow.
Soft plastic picked up the majority of the coy fish during this period.

Autum
The weather played havoc with any planned trips but when we did manage a session we got some decent fishing in with good quality Bass Wrasse and Pollock landed from shore and boat.
Hard plastics fished very well during this period.

Winter
We managed a few fish in the first two weeks of November before the blanks arrived and we called it a year on the lures.
Soft Plastics accounting for the fish we encountered.

My last fish of 2011

Two most successful lures I used in 2011 was:

Hard Plastic     

Mega Bass X140

Soft Plastic

Storm Sand Eel

Best Fishing Purchase 

Fuji Film XP30 water proof camera (see Blog pictures)

Personal Bests

Shore

Bass        12lb +

Pollock  9lb

Wrasse  5lb +

Boat

Wrasse 5lb +

Thanks for taking time to have a look at the Blog in 2011.

I did not get out as much as I wanted to in 2011, so the quantity of posts was lower than I would have liked but sure there is always 2012 to get back on track. Barry has just started 2012 with a BANG ….report to follow.

Your next one could be your best one.
Danny.