After our trip to Kerry and a few attempts in Co Louth we decided it was time to head down the South East coast in our search for the Bass. Admittedly it was quite late in the year and our chances were somewhat reduced but it was either go now or wait until next spring, and I was rather impatient!
We had booked a house for four nights – this allowed us to use it as a base and travel out to some marks in the surrounding area. Unfortunately just before we arrived down there was a period of bad weather and for the first two days there was a large swell, loose weed and overall a very murky water. It wasn’t looking good at this point, but nothing we could do but fish on!
We tried bait fishing from the shore but the weed just made it impossible to fish. We had one or two hits but no successful hook ups. . . .
4.5 Lb Bass Attack
Time was running out and we went to a mark close by which looked perfect for Bass – good movement in the water and the tide perfect.
We were out for daybreak, clear sky and the sun just coming up . . . .
The two of us stood a couple of feet apart and began to methodically work the lures in the water.
We were chatting away and the next thing I heard was that textbook reel scream that gets every anglers heart going – Fish on!
After a good fight and a few heart stopping moments we landed the plump 4.5 lb Bass!
Got him unhooked and took some pictures and set him back to fight on for another day.
It may have been the only fish that we could produce between us but it couldn’t have been anymore perfect and certainly a memory that we won’t forget!
It was also the first time I got to try out my home painted lures. Although they didn’t catch a fish they looked superb, nice action and not too expensive if you happen to loose them!
Although the fishing was very poor, it was a trip worth making. Lovely people, nice weather and the surroundings were just spectacular!
Special thanks to . . . . . .
Also got meeting up with a lad who I must thank for putting me onto these marks, Jay, without the info we would have been lost. Great night of chit chat, banter and some good old angling stories!
All thanks to this lad!
Now time to unpack, wash the rods and rinse all the lures until next time!