30 April 2012

Bass off the boat

First bass of the season for Neil, caught on his recent trip to Cobh in Co. Cork. He was fishing with his friend James MacSweeney, who also just happens to be a bass guide in the area. Neil and James were fishing Cork Harbour aboard a Bella Vista self drive Warrior 175, however the weather was far from ideal and the pair knew that it would make the fishing a little tricky.

They initially tried a some of the reefs outside the harbour but the weather forced them to seek out more sheltered water. However a change of venue later and after a few more comfortable drifts, Neil got what he was after - his first bass of the year. He was bouncing a soft plastic lure on a 15 gram jig head very gently along the bottom, when he had a very subtle take. As the fish inhaled the lure and Neil lifted into the fish he quickly realized that it was a good one. The fish took off on a couple of nice runs with plenty of head shakes but Neil carefully guided the fish into the net which James had ready and waiting. After a few photos the fish was released to be caught again another day. 

Rod: Diawa Branzino
Reel: Shimano Stradic ci4 4000
Line: Diawa Tournament 8 strand braid 20lb
Leader: Sunline Siglon 14lb fluorocarbon
Lure:  15g jig head and soft plastic worm