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


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.


Drifting the Kilmore Reefs

17 07 2012

We launched the Wahoo twice out of Kilmore Quay since my last update, both in contrasting conditions.

Bottle it and sell it…..

First trip out was over a spring tide, fishing into crystal clear water.  The second trip seen us fishing over a neap tide into murky water. We fished as ever on the drift, fishing light with the Soft Plastics targeting drop offs, plateaus and peaks. Our target Species were Pollock, Wrasse, Ling, Codling and Coalies.

Here is a Sample of  what we caught:

Crevan with a Cod caught on an Illex lure.

Pat with a Cod caught on a Fin S.

Barry with a fine Pollock that fell to Wave Worm OTD.

A Cod on a Storm Sand Eel.

Double Hook up.

Double Hook Up.

Another Double Hook Up.

Crevan With a Kiimore Pollock.

Pats new best friend..

Oh the hat is out lad …..

On the first trip the fishing was patchy, there seemed to be no trend to where or when the fish appeared. We usually have the better fishing on the fall, particularly if high tide is at dawn. The takes seemed plucky and timid compared to the usual smash and grab antics, leading  us to strike into the fish more than usual.

A day would not be complete without a Wrasee.

The lure hits the bottom and ‘BANG’, we were into fish straight away on the second trip, all doubts about the current murky conditions put firmly to the back of the mind.

The fishing was hectic at times, the fish were feeding very aggressively, ripping the SP’s to pieces when they missed the hook.  Slim profiled SP’s preformed particularly well on the Pollock. Wrasee were scarce, although a good number of Cod showed over the bottom of the tide, Ling also made an appearance, with Crevan getting his first one on a SP.

Ling incoming

Ling took a liking to the One Up Shad

Crevan’s Ling

‘A bird never flew on one wing’………no, but with 2 wings it flew straight into my line !!

Houston we have a problem.

Not impressed

It was very placid to be fair

The Heron Gull hit my line at full tilt and managed to wrap the line up around its wing. I got it to the boat and after several minutes we managed to free it, the beak was held as it appeared to have a taste for fingers !:

Here is a few more random pictures from the trips:

Business end – Pollock

Business end – Cod

Business end – Cuckoo

Navy on patrol

Look just above the wheel house, that is a retreating ‘Tornado/water spout’ !! Mental

A selection of some of the Lures I used.

The one that got away. I wont even bother telling the story..I am still raging over it!

In all the two trips were decent, both trips seen a good quantity of species up to decent size. Now if only the Jet Stream would go back to were it supposed to be, we might get some stable weather so we could head out again!

The Big Fish Hat.

Your next one could be your best one.


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.


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.


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.


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....


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.


Specimen Sea Trout

15 01 2012

We headed West in search of some early season Bass, who didn’t show on the day for the record …., but Barry landed a fish of a life time as he bounced a soft plastic on a falling tide.

In his own words :

With settled weather and above average water tempretures for January fish have been showing up in numbers…..so with all that in mind we dusted down the lure rods and headed for Waterford for the first outing of 2012 with the hopes of an early season fish or two……

We met up early this morning and headed on to a mark that had been producing fish this week…….arrived on site happy days clear water no weed at all and a slight breeze blowing…ita all good……Danny,Pat,Crevan and myself hit the shore”s

The Beginning Of 2012

We fished for about an hour with no success so decided to move a couple of 100 yards and what a move that proved to be my second or third cast with a Delalnde GT shad and a 7gram jig head my rod got up ended and nearly pulled out of my hand to my delight as a i roared wey hey fish on !!!!!!!!! I laughed my b0ll0cks off as i played the fish in amazement that one of us had actually hooked a fish on a lure in January…….

Barry Putting The Branzino Through Its Paces.

It took off like a rocket to my delight as the Branzino rod bent over like a good thing,and after a couple of minutes and lots of drag adjustments it was very close to shore and we all expected to see the first bass of the year but no no it was a surprise to see a huge sea trout beach itself in front of us…….result………

Barry Was Not Expecting This

After many smiles…laughs….. choice word and pictures we sent her on her way…….Happy days were here thank you very much…..

We fished on for a while with no more success beford heading over to the lads at absolute fishing for a chat and a mug of coffey…..good to see you all again its been a while……time flys when your in good company…….anyway the afternoon pushed on and it was time for home….a memorable day was had on the copper coast………………

Some Times I get A Good Feeling

Top End

Off Ya Go

What a fish to kick off 2012 with eh?

Your next one could be your best one.

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:

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.

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.

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.

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


Bass        12lb +

Pollock  9lb

Wrasse  5lb +


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.

The Kilmore Challange….

6 11 2011

Kilmore in November

We spent the day aboard Wahoo today out on the reefs of KIlmore.

Bait Versus Soft Plastics

Pat and Crevan were on the Bait for a duration.

Barry and Danny flew the flag for the lures.

Care to hazard a guess on the results?

Report to Follow

Out and about over the last few weeks.

25 10 2011

I haven’t been out much lately due to a combination of weather, work and family. But when I did manage to get out I tried to optimize my time on the water with the lures, combining your knowledge and a bit of lady luck for a flash of Silver!

Future Fun

Having a chat

Crevan and I were out for low water and were watching some Mullet sunning themselves while we flicked out the lures for the Bass. Not much was happening on the Bass front, but the big Mullet kept us occupied as they glided around at our feet.
We were having a chat as I was straight retrieving an Xlayer, and just as I was to lift it out of the water when rod arches over and the drag lets off a bit of line…. and the hungry Bass is landed….Happy Days.

Smash and Grab Bass

Little Submarine

Two and a half hours

I took a day off work on a good tide and was on the water as daylight broke. I started up top with the Gunfish and worked it around for 30mins or so. No interest was shown so I switched to an Xlayer and tried multiple techniques and a combination of colors and weights but again no interest was shown to my offerings for over an hour.
This was a morning when everything seemed in place, conditions, tide, mood 🙂 , there had to be fish here.. I sat down and took a break happy in the thought that I wasn’t in work.

I finished the last of the Red Bull and clipped on me oul Storm Sand Eel, I approached the water and flicked her out into the rip, I let her sink with slight tension. Pluck and the rod arches over.’YES’ fish on !!
A few minutes later and 40 yards down the the shore line from where the fight began a nice Autumn Bass was landed.

7lb+ Autum Bass

A great condition fish that swam off well after a few poses for the camera.

Getting ready for launch.




I headed home soon after in time to make the children’s breakfast, and answer the barrage of fishy questions !

When the Weather Forecasters got it wrong

High winds was the forecast but Barry and myself headed out anyway. Thankfully they got it wrong again and it was an extremely calm morning when I met up with Barry. He had seen a small bit of action with a couple of escapees managing to elude capture.
We had the craic and waited for the turn. I was bouncing a Storm Sand Eel down current when it was hit hard by this plump Bass:

Plump Autum Bass

Barry switched to a One Up Shad and had instant success on his first cast a few yards up from me. The fish gave an excellent account of itself going on multiple long surging runs much to the amusement of Barry. It was a nice fish too that presented it self on the shore after the battle:

Barry with a 6lb Autumn Bass

Another one going back

The fish swam off well and that was all the action on that particular morning.

On the bait front, Pat and Crevan have been out chasing slabs of Flounder with great results. I think they had 11 in one session a couple of weeks back all ‘Dust Bin Lids’ and they also had a few bonus Bass to 5lb for their efforts. All fish falling to live crab.

Hopefully we will have a couple of more lure sessions before the weather turns and the Bass head off for another year.

Your next one could be your best one.


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 !