26 November 2012

There be Dragonets...

I was actually intending to go perch fishing this weekend until the two W's, work and weather, put paid to those plans. So instead I decided to head to the local harbour for two short LRF sessions. To be honest I wasn't expecting much particularly in the daytime but suprisingly ended up catching a nice little mix species all the same, including one species that has eluded me for quite some time, the diminutive but pretty little Dragonet.

Rod:  Major Craft Solpara 7' 3" (0.5-5g) Solid Tip 
Reel: Shimano Rarenium FA CI4 2500 
Line: Sunline Small Game Mono 3lb / Sunline Rockbite FC 3lb
Lures: Gulp Tiny Fry, Power Isome, Ecogear Aqua Strawtail and Spro Trout Master Snake paddle tail

16 November 2012

The Changing of the Seasons and the Species...

With the winter now well and truly upon us, it's now time to start focusing on some of the species that the winter brings with it. This week I have been back in the harbour to do a little more LRF and to see if any of those species had started to appear. There was plenty of small whiting and codling about but I was delighted to see some herring starting to show also. We had had a couple of great sessions fishing for the herring last year and I'm very much hoping for the same this year. However they still don't seem to be around the harbour in any numbers just yet but I still caught a few all the same.

Rod:  Major Craft Solpara 7' 3" (0.5-5g) Solid Tip
Reel: Shimano Rarenium 2500
Line: Sunline Rockfish 0.3PE braid
Leader: 6lb FC
Lures: Various Spro soft plastics

06 November 2012

Wrasse from the Kingdom...

I couldn't wait to get back down to the breathtakingly beautiful Dingle Peninsula in Co. Kerry again this year and to have another couple of sessions after the wrasse. When I was last in Dingle earlier this year I had some great wrasse fishing from a mark that I had found the previous year. Its a great little spot with the potential to throw up some good size wrasse and the odd bass too. Best of all is that unlike so many of the wrasse marks down there, it doesn't involve a daunting climb down to the waters edge.

Well the bass didn't seem be be around this time but the wrasse were as obliging as ever, munching through all sorts of soft plastic lures. Its quite rough ground at this particular spot, fishing over a reef with lots of sharp barnacle covered rocks, so weed-less soft-plastics were the order of the day. As I was fishing at close range and to avoid having to keep replacing frayed leaders, I decided to use a fluorocarbon mainline (Sunline Siglon Fluorocarbon 10lb mainline). In relation to the lures, to be perfectly honest the wrasse at this particular mark didn't seem to be too fussy, as you can see from the photos below they hit a variety of different soft plastic lures. Within a few casts my lures were being hit by the wrasse with many being bitten in two before I started hooking a few fish. They were a decent stamp of fish too with many in the 2-3lb range. I ended up having two very enjoyable sessions fishing for the wrasse before the sea got a little too rough to comfortably and safely fish this mark but I'm already looking forward to my next visit.

Rod: Sakura Rookie 8'6"
Reel: Shimano Rarenium 4000
Line: Sunline Siglon Fluorocarbon 10lb mainline
Lures: Various soft plastic lures and jig heads

04 November 2012

November rain....hail, gales and bass

I had a few days on the Dingle Peninsula in Kerry last week and managed to squeeze in a little bass fishing. Talk about changeable weather though, sunny one minute, then gales and driving rain the next with the odd heavy hail shower thrown in for good measure. That said the weather wouldn't really put me off too much, once the water temperature is still good there should still be a few fish about and as the old saying goes "there's no bad weather, just bad clothing", so wrapped up well I headed off to see if I could find a few fish. Big swells and rough sea towards the end of the week meant I avoided the rock marks that I had intended to fish and instead I decided to concentrate on a couple of estuary marks for the bass this time. The bass didn't seem to be around in any numbers unfortunately but I still got a few November bass and to be honest I was happy out with that. The lure of choice was a 6" Savage Gear Slug Eel on a Owner Sled Head jig-head, its a combination that has worked well for my friend Tomek this year and I can see why. It wasn't all bass fishing though I also did a little lure fishing for the wrasse but more about that later.

Rod: Sakura Rookie 8'6"
Reel: Shimano Rarenium 4000
Line: Sunline Super PE 20lb (Braid)
Leader: Sunline Siglon FC 15lb Leader
Lures: 6" Savagegear Slug eels on Owner Sled Head jigheads