31 October 2013

A toothy critter and a bunch of stripies...

After last weekends session on the canal I couldn't wait to get back out again. Well another weekend and another result, I'll keep the report short this time and let the pictures tell the story. 

On Saturday, the fishing got off to a good start with a pike of 7lb early on.  Unfortunately it was the only pike of the session, the perch however were as obliging as ever and over the morning I caught 15 perch and lost plenty more, most of which were in the 1lb to 1.5lb range.











The next morning I arranged to meet up with Sam, the weather had worsened over night and the high winds made the fishing a little tricky at times. Although the fishing was a bit slower that the previous day we soon found a few perch.




Sunline Small Game FC, not just for salt water.

My Set up
Rod: MajorCraft Solpara SPS-S732M
         Cormoran TR4 7' 6-28g
Reel: Shimano Rarenium CI4 2500 FA
Line: Sunline Small Game FC 4lb with wire trace
         Sunline Momentum 4x4 16lb braid with wire trace
Lure: Traper Tiger Fish on 2g jig head

Sam's Set up
Rod: MajorCraft Nextino NTS-662L
Reel: Daiwa Freams
Line: Sunline Small Game FC 4lb with wire trace
Lure: Traper Tiger Fish on 2g jig head

28 October 2013

Beneath the Surface...




22 October 2013

It's that time of year again... (Pike and Perch)

With the short evenings upon us and the cold frosty mornings not far off, last weekend we decide to focus on targeting pike and perch on a local canal. After the very disappointing bass fishing season we were really hoping that we might have a little more luck with the pike and perch. However as we made our way along the canal the fishing didn't quite get off to the fantastic start that we had hoped and we were starting to wonder if our luck would ever change. In fact it took quite a quite a while before we found a few fish but then just like buses two arrived at the same time, a double hook up of perch and the fishing continued like that for the morning. For some reason I seemed to be having a little more luck than Sam with the perch and soon landed a few more fish.

 





For some reason I seemed to be having a little more luck than Sam with the perch and soon landed a few more fish. I had just hooked up with another perch and was playing it when suddenly the fish felt like it put on a few pounds. The drag began to scream and line peel off the reel, my fish had in fact become two fish. A decent sized pike had obviously liked the look of my perch and fancied it for its lunch. The pike was heading off down the canal with my perch in it chops, I thought that the pike would break me off as it headed for some moored boats but it released it grip just long enough for me to quickly snatch back the perch and soon a slightly battled scared perch was in the landing net.
 




I thought that was the end of the pike but a few minutes later I heard Sam calling 'Pike on'. I ran up the bank and grabbed the net as the pike gave Sam the run around, with 4lb line, a 2-10g Nextino and a small jig head precariously hooked in the scissors, he carefully applied as much pressure as he dared. For five minutes Sam inched the pike slowly closer to the net only for it to take off again on another screaming run but eventually he came close enough for me to reach with the landing net. It looked like the same perch snatching pike that I had been attached to a few minutes earlier, a beautiful pike of about 7 or 8lbs. After we landed the pike the swim unsurprisingly went quiet so it was time to move on.









The next swim didn't disappoint either and I was quickly into some more perch. They were a good stamp of fish too with a few over the pound mark and one or two in or around the two pound mark. The best of which looked as though it had been through the wars, with a split dorsal fin and a few other battle scars. It had my little Solpara bent double and I actually though it was a jack pike at first, it fought long and hard and it was with some relief that it slipped into the net. In the end I caught thirteen perch or so, Sam didn't do quite so well on the perch for some reason or other but I'm sure that the pike more than made up for that.










My Set up
Rod: MajorCraft Solpara SPS-S732M
Reel: Shimano Rarenium CI4 2500 FA
Line: Sunline Small Game FC 4lb with wire trace
Lure: Traper Tiger Fish on 2g jig head

Sam's Set up
Rod: MajorCraft Nextino NTS-662L
Reel: Daiwa Freams
Line: Sunline Small Game FC 4lb with wire trace
Lure: Traper Tiger Fish on 2g jig head

13 October 2013

An Afternoon on the Canal...(Perch)

Two birds were sitting on a perch, one turns to the other and says can you smell fish. A terrible pun I know but a great fish all the same and one of my favourite species to target on lures.





My Set-up: 
Rod: Cormoran ULX 1-9g
Reel: Shimano Rarenium CI4 2500Ra
Line: Sunline Rockfish 0.3PE braid
Lure: Trapper shad on a 2g jighead

06 October 2013

Wexford Silver...

I took a trip down to Wexford last weekend to meet up with Ronan and hopefully catch a bass or two. Now as sure as night follows day, every time I arrange a trip down to Wexford the weather turns bad. I mean over the years we've had some absolute disasters weather wise but this time it was looking like it might not be too bad for a change, a slight easterly wind but nothing too bad. It meant that the water was a little too coloured for our liking at the mark we intended to fish but it didn't take us too long to find some clear water and fish.


We were expecting to hit a few mackerel but within a few casts I heard Ronan shout 'I'm in' and it certainly didn't look like a mackerel. A beautiful fin perfect bass soon emerged from the surf, tempted by a humble dexter wedge. He had no sooner put the first fish back when I heard call again, another schoolie tempted by a slowly retrieved metal lure.


I tried every lure in the bag but without any success and soon found myself resorting to raiding Ronan's stash of metal lures to see if that would do the trick. Surely now fishing a few yards apart with identical lures my luck might soon change. However as I was demonstrating my mackerel catching prowess, Ronan was landing yet another Bass. I was just having one of those days where nothing seemed to go right and my luck didn't improve much as when I did eventually hook up with that elusive bass I ended up losing it in the surf. We had a couple more contacts from fish but in the end Ronan landed four bass, I caught a few mackerel and lost that one and only bass in the surf.