It has been a pretty hectic week for me from a fishing perspective and a business point of view.
It all started with getting afloat in our new 3.8m Honwave (more on that to follow) and smashing some pollack off the coast of Donegal. They weren’t huge fish but for a maiden voyage we were pretty chuffed to be getting into fish up to 4lb on the first trip out. Illex Nitro Sprat Shads proved devastating on the drop.
All I can say is there is huge potential along that stretch and with the aid of the new Humminbird Helix I am quietly confident we will produce some rather special images and videos as the season goes on so watch this space.
I capped the trip, over on the West coast of Ireland, off with a cracking shore based wrasse session, nailing over 20 fish to around the 3 1/2 lb mark. I absolutely love this style of mobile lure fishing for wrasse … fewer things are as adrenaline pumping as hopping around and smashing these pigs in only 2 or 3 feet of water … it rocks!
Then after a rather hectic weekend I was home for one night before flying over to Pembrokeshire where I was guiding with my good friend and pro bass guide Matt Powell.
Now, admittedly the fishing wasn’t great due to the hideously bright weather and calm seas but the clients caught some fish and the social side of things was fantastic. I had an absolute blast with the lads … it really is something special when you sit down with a bunch of like minded blokes and just share your fishing stories and experiences.
One of the highlights for me was watching one client (Will) nail his first shore caught bass off the surface. Granted, it was no monster but to see a passionate angler achieve a goal and being there to share it with him was pretty special.
There will be a full write up on the trip in Total Sea Fishing magazine in a month or so time … keep an eye out.
So needless to say I came home rather tired after a weeks worth a pretty non stop fishing / guiding and generally talking lures!
Back to the grind of emails now but there are a few plans being hatched as I write this for some more fishy adventures.
P.S. for those following the bass debates and talks be sure to keep an eye in both Total Sea Fishing and Sea Angler over the next few editions for some features I have coming up – covering the bass protest and a piece looking at fish stress levels.