24 July 2011

Lazing around the harbour

I just fancied a bit of chilled out fishing around the harbour this weekend and to see if I could pick up a few more species to add to this years tally. I didn't bother with the mackerel this time but ended up catching six species all the same, three new ones for me. All were caught on a Carolina rigged Gulp sandworm except for the pollock which took a curl-tailed grub on a 2g jig-head. No monster sized fish but a bit of fun all the same.


Check out the gnashers on this little Goldsinny Wrasse!



A beautifully coloured Corkwing Wrasse




and a little Ballan Wrasse to complete the set... (well nearly)


Long Spined Sea Scorpion





 

Rock Goby



My set-up
Rod: Cormoran ULX 1-9g 2.10
Reel: Shimano Rarenium 2500
Line: Daiwa Tournament 8strand 10lb braid
Leader: 6lb FC

18 July 2011

The Windy South East - maybe next time

I took a spin down to Wexford at the weekend to meet up with my mate Ronan and to hopefully catch a bass or two. However things didn't go quite as we had planed, the wind had really picked up which limited our already limited knowledge of marks to try but we still tucked away and the water clarity and weed weren't a problem so we were still hopeful.

 

The weekend got off to a good start with me catching a couple of small sea trout at the first mark, on a Ryobi Trapper and a Spinmad Vibe/Blade lure, not quite the lures I would have chosen if I was targeting sea trout but there you go.

 

They were my first sea trout of the year so I was happy enough but it was really bass that we were after and they eluded us this time. We moved on to a well known mark which we figured would be sheltered and fished in to darkness but caught nothing nor saw anyone else catching. I guess we were just at the wrong marks at the wrong times but how and ever, maybe next time we'll have better luck with the bass.




16 July 2011

New guy...

While I was off in Wexford at the weekend trying to catch bass Sam was busy introducing Stephen to LRF, here's his report:

Well the plan last night was to do some bass fishing but with the wind gusting to gale force so I thought it was a bad idea, I had a call from a mate to see if I was going fishing after some discussion I suggested that we go do a little LRFing and he was up for that.We met up at Dun Laoghaire harbour and the wind was still blowing like mad not great for your first LRF session. However Steve was first off the mark with two rock gobies.



We moved on to another mark and we were into more gobys, Steve had a goldshinny wrasse and I had a common goby and a load more rock gobies.

I think it is safe to say that we have a new guy on the block....




10 July 2011

Flattie Fanatics (Flounder)

After weeks if not months of talking and thinking about targeting flounder on lures, myself and Sam finally got around to it yesterday. Following very much in the footsteps of David from East Coast Fishing Blog we headed down to Arklow in search of our first Flounder on lures.

I arrived a little earlier than Sam and rigged up with a 2" mr twister grub that I had scented with aniseed. I couldn't believe it, I was just bouncing the lure across the bottom on my first cast when I got hammered by my first ever flattie on a lure. What was more surprising was then even though I've caught countless flatties over the years albeit with bait and I suppose heavy gear, I'd never got a fight off one until now. Great fun on the light gear.



A short while later Sam arrived and the pressure was on as I was already off the mark. He started off with the Power Isome worms and missed a few fish before switching over to a Reins Rockvibe which seemed to do the trick and it wasn't long before he too was in to his first lure caught flounder.



 


I think its safe to say that we'll be having another couple of sessions after them before the year is out.

My set-up
Rod: Cormoran ULX 1-9g 2.10
Reel: Shimano Rarenium 2500
Line: Daiwa Tournament 8strand 10lb braid
Leader: 6lb FC
Lure: Mr Twister 2" curl tailed grub
Method: bounced along the bottom

Sam's set-up
Rod: Reins Raz Ajiringer-Z 7' 6"-0.4-7g 
Reel: Diawa Certate 2500
Line: Varivas 0.3 light game
Leader: 6lb FC
Lure: Power Isome worm and Reins Rockvibe
Method: bounced along the bottom


08 July 2011

California Fishin!

My mate Ronan just got back from a trip to San Diego where he managed to squeeze in some quality fishing targeting Calico Bass and Barracuda, here's his report, enjoy.


I was over visiting some friends in San Diego for the last couple of weeks. Really nice city with loads to do and see and the most amazing climate - 22 to 35 degrees all year round with pretty much no humidity. I could get used to it. I wasn't able to bring the rods but had to get out for a day's fishing anyway. There's quite a lot of big game fishing from July/August on but I'm not a big fan of trolling for hours. There's a few large party boats available for a quick few hours fix but I wanted to get out with a local guide preferably to get a true picture of the local fishing. I ended up making a few inquiries at local tackle shops and decided on local man Kelvin Nettleton from La Jolla Fishing. Kelvin has a boat that heads out wide for the bigger stuff but also goes out in a 16ft boat for one-one-one fishing trips. Can't recommend it enough.

Our targets for the day were Calico Bass and Barracuda. The Calico is like a cross between our Bass and wrasse with a huge big tail that gives it some serious power.


We launched around 6:30am from a local beach and within ten minutes we were at the first fishing grounds surrounded by loads of locals fishing from kayaks with bait all over the place. There's a thick sea mist called the June Gloom that comes in every year but is generally burnt off by midday. Great to have to keep the sun off.

Most of the fishing for the Calico Bass is done around the extensive kelp beds in the area in 50-70ft of water. Our chosen lures were to be swim-tail soft plastics. The day started off pretty well with a few Bass on the plastics up to around 2.5lbs. These guys go to 10lb plus but a good fish is in the region of 5lb. The smaller ones pull like a train so I'd love to try a bigger one.



Things quietened off a bit as the tide turned around low water so we headed a bit further out to try for a barracuda or two. First spot we tried I was hit time and again by barracuda but could not hook up. Bites were quite tentative with loads of follows. Finally I started to get the hang of it and managed to land a couple.

As the day progressed and the sun began to shine a bit more the fishing really came on. We hit the kelp again for a few more Bass again up to around 2-3lb but I'd gotten the barracuda bug and asked to head back out for some more.

 

I lost count of the number of fish landed and lost probably 3 times more than that. At times there were 4 or 5 barracuda lining up to smash the lures until one of them would finally get hooked, often as I was about to lift the lure out. So exciting in the clear water. They go like lightning on the lighter gear - spinning rods rated up to about 2oz and metal jigs to save on soft plastics. Some of the fish didn't know they were hooked until they saw the boat and then hit the turbos taking 30 yards of line in a few seconds, rod tip bent right over into the water. If I lived over there I could happily spend the rest of my days casting lures at shoals of speedsters like this all day long. Best fish of the day went to about 8lb - average fish was 4-6lb.


Even had a seal shoot out from under the boat to take a hooked barracuda and let's just say the seal won.


All in all if you're in San Diego, give Kelvin a call. He was always willing to try to accommodate me in any way and probably thought I was half crazy wanting to fish for the cudas all day when there were so many Bass around! If you're heading over there look him up on http://www.lajollafishing.com