30 June 2011

A round up of the past few weeks...

Sam has been kept busy for the last couple of weeks with the LRF stuff and he's been racking up the species count too. The Ecogear Strawtails, Marukyu Power Isome and Gulp 4" Sand worms are still producing fish. Here are a few of his recent reports.

30/06/2011 Wicklow LRF - A mixed bag
I have not fished Wicklow Harbour for a while now, so this afternoon I headed down to see what was on offer. When I arrived there was a lot of people fishing for mackerel so I moved just down from them and set up the Reins rod (Raz Ajiringer-Z 7' 6"-0.4-7g) with 0.3PE on the reel, size 10 hook and a 3g bullet weight. The 'Mack Men' were looking at me as if I was mad and they might be right but from the first cast I was into fish. A scorpion fish then a pouting and so on, it was non stop action from start to finish. It ended up 10 Pollock,4 Scorpion fish ,2 Pouting,1 Wrasse,1 Launce - Mack & Bait men, 2 Mack's, 1 Dogfish, not bad for a mad man.








Rod: Reins Raz Ajiringer-Z 7' 6"-0.4-7g
Reel: Diawa 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 sticking 
 

26/06/2011 Dublin LRF - Mackerel and pollock
Well the plan was to do a bit of Bass fishing last night but the colour of the water put pay to that. I brought the LRF gear just in case, So it was off to the local harbour to see if there were any Mackerel showing, I did manage to get one vertical jigging but just the one so a change to LRF gear to have a go at the small Pollock with the vibe lures on the 0.4 to 7g rod (Reins Raz), great fun. 


Rod: Reins Raz Ajiringer-Z 7' 6"-0.4-7g / Browning Safari 3 pice 7' 1/8-1/2oz
Reel: Diawa Certate 2500
Line: Varivas 0.3 light game / 0
.8 Diawa Tournament 8strand
Leader: Triple fish 6lb FC / 15lb FC
Lure: Spinmad vibe/blade / H
ansen flash 16g



18/06/2011 Dublin LRF




Hi all, I know the Bass ban is over but this weekend I am not going to get much of a chance to have a go at the bass, so on the way home from work this morning I fished a local rock venue to see if there were any wrasse. I fished over low water and had wrasse and a scorpion fish on the ultra light gear. The wrasse gave a good account of himself on the light rod, not bad for an hours fishing.



Rod: Reins Raz Ajiringer-Z 7' 6"-0.4-7g Reel: Diawa 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: Carolina rig

20 June 2011

Bassing in the rain...

Sam opened his account on the bass front for this season, caught on a Diawa Saltiga Minnow 114. Here's his report:

Hi all, I had a few free hours to spare this afternoon so I thought I would blow the cobwebs of the Branzino. However just as I arrived the heavens opened, the wind got up and there was a lot of weed on the surface. Should I go or stay? Well what the hell I gave it a go and was rewarded with my first bass of the season.



Rod:        Diawa Branzino 8ft SQC 8-35g
Reel:       Diawa Certate 3500
Line:       Diawa Tournament 8strand
Leader:    YO-ZURI H.D.CARBON
Lure:       Diawa Saltiga Minnow Laser Chart Rainbow

Back on the Bass...

After a few eh... practice attempts before 'the ban' I'm finally off the mark with a nice bass around the 5lb mark on a Jackson Artoron. I must admit that I wasn't too convinced by this lure when I got it first as it didn't seem to be unlocking quite as easily as it should have, however I put a drop of oil on the locking mechanism and decided to give it another shot today and I'm glad I did now. 





Rod:      Sakura Rookie 8' 6"
Reel:     Shimano Saragosa 4000
Lure:     Jackson Artoron
Line:     20lb PowerPro
Leader: 15lb Seaguar  

12 June 2011

Another quick trip to the harbour...

I managed to get back out to Dun Laoghaire harbour again yesterday for a short session and to have another crack at the wrasse which had eluded me last week.



I rigged up with a drop shot rig, stuck on a Gulp Sandworm and began to make my way along the harbour twitching the lure along the harbour wall. It didn't take long before the little wrasse started nipping at the lure, I dropped a few fish until at last I hooked one. I was expecting a little Corkwing Wrasse but it turned out to be a little Ballan Wrasse.




I continued fishing for the wrasse for another while but without any more success so I decided to try the outside of the harbour for pollock. I was hoping that I might find some better fish out there. However even though I was catching plenty of pollock they were all on small side.



Rod: Cormoran ULX 1-9g 2.10m / Cormoran TR4 7' 6-28g
Reel: Shimano Rarenium 2500
Line: Daiwa Tournament 8strand 10lb braid
Lure: Berkley Gulp Sandworm 4" / various metal lures for the pollock
Method: drop-shot and spinning 


09 June 2011

A Day in the Harbour...

I took a trip out to my local harbour in Dun Laoghaire at the weekend and the plan was to take it easy, sit out in the sun and do the kind of easy fishing I used to do catching wrasse and all sort of other small fish, except with lures.


Well that was the plan anyway but I was driven demented by the little corkwing wrasse, they kept hitting the lure but I just couldn't hook them. I even tried tying on a second hook but with out any success. In the end I decided to turn my attention to the pollock and rigged up with a blade lure and caught a couple of small pollock. Not the species I was after but at least I was finally hooking fish.



I got talking to a couple of fishermen that were heading home and as they were going they offered me their left over bait, I hesitated for a second and then figured why not at least I can compare lures and bait side by side. First drop with bait and I eventually caught one of those little wrasse, typical.

I headed off to meet up with Sam shortly after and to fish another part of the harbour. Switched back to the lures and first cast caught a Scorpion fish, It went a little quiet then so we moved along the harbour and it wasn't long before Sam was in to another little fish and a new species at that. It took us a while to figure out what it was but it turned out to be a Common Goby.




Then the Scorpions came on the feed, we had a few each before it went quiet again. We've noticed that at this mark at least they seem to come on the feed around low tide and the technique that seemed to be working for us was to shake the lure (straw tail) and then pause. I never thought that those little critters would take a lure but they certainly do. Anyone else notice anything similar?






We had hoped to fish another part of the harbour and possibly outside of the harbour for the bigger polock but at this stage the wind had really picked up so we decided to leave that for another day and to head home.


My set-up
Rod: Cormoran ULX 1-9g 2.10<
Reel: Shimano Rarenium 2500
Line: Daiwa Tournament 8strand 10lb braid
Lure: various soft plastics and vibe / blade lures
Method: drop-shot, carolina rigged and jig heads


Sam's set-up
Rod: Reins Raz 7' 6"-0.4-7g
Reel: Diawa 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