12 June 2012

Just one of those days... (Flounder)

I woke to a text from my friend David, to tell me about his early morning flounder session, 15 flounder and 2 brown trout on lures in a short two and a half hour session. Needless to say I was chomping at the bit to get back down and fish for the flounder again, especially as they seemed to be around in numbers and the conditions were perfect also. So I headed down to fish the evening tide with David and as I arrived he was already landing his third fish. I rigged up as quick as I could and got to work trying to catch my first flounder of the session but soon realised that it was just going to be one of those days for me where nothing seemed to go quite to plan for me. David on the other hand seemed to just have the knack with the flounder, and was landing fish after fish. I eventually caught a couple of flounder and thankfully didn't blank. However David did much better and ended up catching 21 flounder in the session. Surprisingly, 11 of them were caught on a size 0 Mepps. Check out his report on the link below.











06 June 2012

Fly fishing on the canal...

Fly fishing for coarse fish is one of that those things that I've been meaning to try for quite some time but never got around to until now. So over the weekend I decided to make the best of the fine weather and head to a spot on the Grand Canal that I used to bait fish a few years back and to try fishing it with the fly instead. I wasn't too sure where to start with regard to what flies to use and tried some small dries and nymphs before  remembering that I used to catch a lot of fish off the surface with bread flake at this spot. So I rummaged through the fly box and tied on the closest thing, a dog biscuit fly and soon got some interest off a couple of fish. After a couple of missed takes I eventually struck into my first coarse fish on the fly. It was a beautiful day to be out fishing the canal again and fantastic to be able to sight fish for roach and rudd. I fished on for another hour or two and caught a couple more fish but I only had time for a short session and had to head home a little sooner than I would have liked. Maybe next time I will fish on until dusk and perhaps try baiting up the swim with bread to get the fish feeding more actively. I'm hoping that the bigger hybrids that I used to catch on bread flake are still about, only one way to find out.









My Setup:
Rod: Scierra pico v2 7' #4
Reel: Greys G series
Line: DT4 floating, 5x tapered leader, 6x tippet
Fly: Dog biscuit fly

03 June 2012

Flounder on lures...

We were back targeting flounder on lures again this weekend, Sam headed to his local harbour in Bray while I headed a little further south to Arklow. They're quite different types of marks and required slightly different approaches but both marks threw up a few flounder all the same. Sam fished a 2" Berkley Gulp Fish Fry rigged carolina style and slowly twitched along the bottom, where as I chose to fish a curl-tailed grub on a jig-head, gently bounced along the bottom. It's a method that has worked for me at this particular mark many times before and is effectively the same set-up and technique as I use for my perch fishing. To be honest I'm a little surprised that more people don't target flounder in this way, as they give a pretty good account of themselves and are lots of fun to catch on the light gear. Anyway 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
Reel: Shimano Rarenium CI4 2500Ra
Line: Sunline Rockfish 0.3PE braid

Leader: 6lb FC
Lure: 2g jighead and 1.5" curl-tailed grub
 

Sam's Set-up:
Rod: Reins Raz Ajiringer-Z 7' 6"-0.4-7g 
Reel: Daiwa Certate 2500
Line: Varivas 0.3 light game braid
Leader: Triple fish 6lb

Lure:  2" Berkley Gulp Fish Fry 

01 June 2012

Trout on lures...

Over the past week or so we've been out after the trout again and trying to tempt them with some new lures. I have to say that we were particularly impressed with the quality of these new lures, much like little scaled down bass plugs and with price tags to match. However we were interested to see how they would compare with the old tried and trusted Rapala F5, and were particularly impressed with the little Smith Panish. A lovely little lure to use and proved to be a good fish catcher too, although we did find ourselves casting a lot more carefully than we normally would for fear of losing them in overhanging trees.

 



I also got a chance to try out some interesting handmade trout lures made by a company called Taps.  My friend Tomasz from Sea Bass Hunting sent me on a couple of them to try out and I have to say I was impressed, lovely little lures.




As before we found dusk and well into the dark to be the most productive times and caught plenty of fish between the two of us, with Sam catching the best of them.







My Set-up:
Rod: Cormoran ULX 1-9g
Reel: Shimano Rarenium CI4 2500Ra
Line: Sunline Rockfish 0.3PE braid

Sam's Set-up:
Rod:
Cormoran ULX 1-9g
Reel: Daiwa Certate 2500
Line: Varivas 0.3 light game
braid
Leader: Triple fish 6lb