19 March 2012

Troutin' About (Part 1)

This weekend marked the opening of the trout season on my local river, the Dodder. It's where I caught my first fish many years ago and for that reason I've always been very fond of this little river. Well, that and the fact that it also offers some fantastic trout fishing on my doorstep, right in the heart of Dublin city.

I was joined on the opening day fellow Lurefish Ireland angler Sam and Stephen of Irishsportfishing.com. However we wouldn't be fishing the fly this time, instead we would be using the kind of ultra light lure gear that we use for LRF (light rock fishing) and fishing both hard and soft plastics for the trout. We actually fished the soft plastics for the trout in a slightly different way this time and used ultra light 1/80 Oz Tungsten bead jig heads. This allowed us to fish the small soft plastics more like a fly I suppose, allowing them to sink slowly and come around in the current as we slowly worked them. It proved to be a very effective technique and accounted for a few decent fish over the weekend. Anyway I'll let the photos do the taking and just say what a fantastically enjoyable weekends fishing.

Finally check out Stephen's recent article on the day he spent with us here.

Here's the kind of gear we were using for the trout over the weekend, Illex Jacoknuckle and Maria Ma Worm Action Fish soft plastics, 1/80 oz Tungsten bead jig heads, high quality fluorocarbon and braided lines.

My Set-up:
Rod: MajorCraft Solpara 7'3" 0.5-5g (solid tip)
Reel: Shimano Rarenium CI4 2500Ra
Line: Sunline Small Game 3lb Flurocarbon mainline / Sunline Rockfish 0.3PE braid
Softplastic Lures: Illex Jacoknuckle 2" and Ma Worm Action Fish #1.8
Jighead: 1/80 oz Tungsten bead jighead size 10 hook
Hardplastic lures: Illex Tiny Fry (50mm,2.7g, Suspending)

Sam's Set-up:
Rod: Rod: Reins Raz 7' 6"-0.4-7g
Reel: Daiwa Certate 2500 Line: Varivas 0.3 light game
Leader: Triple fish 6lb
Softplastic Lures: Illex Jacoknuckle 2" and Maria Ma Worm Action Fish #1.8
Jighead: 1/80 oz Tungsten bead jighead size 10 hook