29 April 2011

A bunch of little pollocks and a slippery butterfish!

I decided to pop down to Dun Laoghaire harbour last night for a sneaky mid week session after work. When I arrived the conditions looked great and I had high hopes of a few wrasse but the pesky little Pollock had other ideas. I just couldn’t seem to get through them no matter where I cast or what lure I used, don’t get me wrong they were great fun but the daylight was fading and with it my chances of a wrasse. I must have caught fifteen or so before I managed to get a wind knot in the line which brought my fishing to a premature end, or so I thought. 


As I was driving out of the harbour I thought I might just have a quick look at another spot before I headed home. This particular spot has plenty of ambient light so straight away I could see lot of sandeel and a few rag worm swimming around on the surface. There didn't seem to be anything bigger in feeding on them but as I was watching a couple of the ragworm swim by I saw a small eel-like fish dart out from the weeds near the surface and chase them. I quickly grabbed the rod from the car, rigged up with a Berkley Gulp Rag and began to twitch it in the same spot and again the little fish darted out again and hit the lure. It turned out to be a little Butterfish, I think that it's the first one I've caught on rod and line never mind lure.

Rod: Cormoran ULX 1-9g 2.10
Reel: Shimano Rarenium 2500
Line: Daiwa Tournament 8strand 10lb braid

Leader: 6lb FC
Lure: Berkley Gulp 4" sandworms

Method: carolina rigged

24 April 2011

Scorpion City...

Had a great session today in the harbour catching lots of little Scorpion fish (Taurulus Bubalis). I think these little fish have to be one of my favourite fish, in spite of their size these little rockfish are voracious rock pool predators. I just wish I could catch some of their larger relatives, the Short Spined Sea Scorpion (Myoxocephalus Scorpius).

My set-up
Rod: Cormoran ULX 1-9g 2.10
Reel: Shimano Rarenium 2500
Line: Daiwa Tournament 8strand braid

Leader: 6lb FC
Hook: Size 10
Weight: 3g bullet head

Lure: Berkley Gulp Sandworms 
Method: Dead and shake

Sam's set-up
Rod: Cormoran ULX 1-9g 2.10
Reel: Daiwa Certate 2500
Line: Varivas 0.3 light game
Leader: Triple fish 6lb
Hook: Size 10
Weight: 3g bullet head
Lure: Power Isome worm and
Ecogear Strawtails
Method: Dead and shake 

23 April 2011

Twaite Shad - St Mullins

I haven't been able to do as much fishing as I would like recently due to work, so I decided to try and make the most of the day off yesterday, gear all organised and at the door the night before, ready to be on the road early the next morning. However it was bass that I had on my mind and not shad but after a few hours of fruitless plugging around north Wexford it was time for a rethink, head back home? head further south? or try something completely different, Shad?

Just in case anyone isn't familiar with the species, the Twaite Shad (Alosa fallax), a member of the herring family is anadromous and around May each year they migrate up the rivers of southern Ireland from the sea to seek out gravel beds and spawn.

Anyway I decided to head back to the car and take a spin across to St Mullins to see if the Shad had started to run with the bigger tides. It still a little early for the big runs but I figured that there should still be a few fish about. In the end I think I lost three fish at the edge as I tried to land them with a landing net that couldn't quite reach far enough before I eventually got one to pose for a photo. I didn't weigh him too carefully but I'm pretty sure it's a specimen sized fish (1.1kg or 2.4255lbs), so I was very happy with that.


Rod:  Cormoran TR4 7' 6-28g
Reel: Shimano Rarenium 2500
Line: Daiwa Tournament 8strand 15lb braid
Lure: Tazmanian Devil (Blue and Silver)

A little bit of DIY - Lanyards

No, I'm not talking about putting up shelves or anything like that, I'm talking about a little fishing related DIY. This a really cheap and easy way to make lanyards for your pliers or whatever, all you need is some old telephone cable, a few cheap carabiners and some shrink sleeving.

16 April 2011

A little more Dublin LRF

Sam's been busy racking up the species on the LRF recently, leaving me with a lot of catching up to do. I think his total number of species so far this year is six (SS Scorpion, Pollack, Codling, Rock Goby, Whiting, Launce).

Rod: Cormoran 1-9g
Reel: Shimano Stradic Ci4
Line: Yamatoyo Fluoro 2lb
Lure: Gulp Ragworm, Ecogearaqua Straw Grub 2" and Power Isome
Method: Carolina rig size 10 hook 1/16 Bullet weight on the retrieve.