Frustrating start but a few bass in the end…

Fishing for me is my time to relax and forget about the day-to-day things in life and very seldom do I let anything to do with fishing dishearten me. However, I must admit that’s how I felt just as the light got up on Sunday morning. My intention was to get some early morning fishing done in the dark for an hour or so before dawn. So, I’d dragged myself out of bed just before 3 a.m., drove for an hour and a half and then yomped for a further 30 minutes to get to chosen mark. I like to fish here at low to particularly get the first push of the tide and the timings were favourable for this early start in the dark at this spot.

It’s usually a fairly reliable mark and I was surprised that for that first hour or so in the darkness I didn’t have any interest whatsoever… top water, shallow divers, soft plastic – zero interest. Then the light started to come up and  the reason became fairly clear – if you look carefully in in the cropped photo below you’ll notice what I was faced with…

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Yep, strewn out for probably 200 metres in front of me was a net pretty much in casting range, in fact if I’d had a metal lure to give me extra distance I would definitely have hit it. Frustrating and above all disheartening. Needless to say I moved on and later I saw the net owner come along in his little boat to retrieve the net with his catch. Really wish there were some ‘no net zones’ for the good of all marine life and not just to appease the recreational anglers amongst us.

Anyhow, the move along the coast was a positive one and soon enough my mood was pepped up as I was into a few fish. As with my last post the bass were all small with the best topping out at 55cm. At least they put a bend in the rod and there do seem to be plenty of them around this year which I guess can only bode well for future bass stocks…. if they’re left alone of course.

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You’ll notice the Patchinko 125 was once again the weapon of choice, definitely my favourite lure of the moment. I just feel really assured it will pick me up fish versus other options… amazing how much confidence plays a part in lure fishing eh?!

Hopefully, will be out again in the coming weeks for a few local(ish) sessions but the countdown to Ireland in November is well and truly on now. Shouldn’t wish your life away I know but I can already picture it… and of course taste the Guinness.

Until next time…