04 October 2014

Kerry Trip - September 2014

I got back down to the Dingle Peninsula for a week at the end of September. The fishing was a little tricky in that the marks that I expected would fish well didn't really produce much and it took a while to track down a few fish. I met up with my friend Tomek again and we flogged a couple of marks, fished different states of tide and well into darkness several times but with much to show for our efforts. On one of the night sessions we noticed that there was quite a lot of bioluminescence in the water. In the pitch black of night the glowing light from the waves washed over the sand looked bizarre, as did the glow of our boots as we waded through the shallow but by far the strangest and  most interesting thing was seeing fish glow like laser beams as they darted through the shallows. I had never seen anything like it before and maybe it was putting the fish off either way we both blanked. The Bass fishing was proving tougher than expected but some local knowledge soon put me on a few fish. The mark was a bit of a drive from where I was staying but I caught a few Bass on each session. None of them were monsters but still it was a relief to finally start catching a few bass. All fish were caught on soft plastics, SG slugeels and Fiish Minows.

Spotted this shoal of Trigger fish in the Marina in Dingle.

My Set-up:
Rod:  Smith Blowshot Boron Tide Wading / Lucky Craft ESGII
Reel: Shimano Rarenium CI4 2500Ra / 4000Ra
Line:  Sunline 4x4 Momentum braid /  Sunline Super PE 20lb with Sunline Siglon FC leader  
Lure: SG slugeel and Fiish Minows

30 June 2014

Kerry Trip - June 2014

I spent last week in the breathtaking beautiful Dingle Peninsula and for once the weather was actually good. I really couldn't have asked for better weather but unfortunately the fishing wasn't quite as good as the weather and we really had to work hard for the fish we caught. I had been told that just a couple of weeks ago the water was full of sandeel and that there was lots of bird activity but the week I was there couldn't have been much different. No sign of any mackerel being caught, very few sandeel and little or no bird activity, not quite what I was expecting. That said it was great to catch up with some old friends, meet some new ones too and while the fishing may have been tougher than I expected we still caught plenty of fish over the week.

Tomek with a nice 60cm bass

Another bass for Tomaszek

Tomaszek with a nice sea trout 
Apparently sea trout like soft plastics lures too...

The wrasse didn't seem to be around in any numbers for some reason but we still managed to winkle out one or two.

Tomek with a nice wrasse

29 June 2014

First Flounder of the Year ...

First flounder of the year for Sam, hopefully there'll be a few more when the river clears up.

22 May 2014

Shad Run

My Set-up:
Rod:  Smith Blowshot Boron Tide Wading
Reel: Shimano Rarenium CI4 2500Ra
Line:  Sunline 4x4 Momentum braid with Sunline Siglon FC leader  
Lure: Tasmanian Devil

04 April 2014

Start of the trout season

It's been a pretty slow start to the year for me fishing-wise, not getting out as much as I'd like and blanking more than I'd care to remember but thankfully the trout season has here again and I don't think that ever looked forward so much. Anyway here's a few photos from the last couple of sessions on my local river.