Wednesday, October 27, 2010

A big thank you...

A big thank you to everyone who was at the opening day . It amazed me the amount of people who turned up to the official opening and I would just like to thank everyone for making the effort and taking the time to come along . It has been hard work setting up a tackle shop but seeing the crowd that turned up on Sunday made it all worth while. So again thank you all very much.


Nick Hart and Henry Gilbey arrived over last thursday for a marathon week of bass fishing and to help out with the opening day. The weather was mixed while they were here but we still managed to get some good fishing in between what at times were difficult conditions with the lads having a very enjoyable week with the bass making an appearance at times, Nick managed to get his first bass on lures and now has the bass bug bad!! For some great pictures from there week here take a look at Henrys blog here


Sunday, October 17, 2010

Difficult Conditions

This settled weather is very nice but it is making fishing difficult . The water is gin clear and there is still plenty of bait fish around but in my opinion without that bit of fizz ( life in the water ) it is hard work fishing with lures . The bright sunshine and clear calm water give the fish too much opportunity to see the lure the line and you . Also I think with a bit of movement or surf they do not get as much time to think about attacking something if they don't have it straight away they could loose it in the next wave . Saying all this there are still some fish being caught and nice ones too.
Here is a little story that explains the catching of the fish above .
A few weeks back myself and Paul were fishing a mark , nothing new about that only that Paul lost a brand new Yellow Patchinko. That evening Marty Harrison and his friend Austin arrived into the shop just after fishing the same mark . Marty announced that he had found a Yellow Patchinko. When I informed him about Paul's loss we had a bit of a laugh and Marty was sure it was going to catch him fish but the lure obviously had bad luck attached to it because Marty did not get a touch on it . Marty and Austin were down again this week and again the Yellow Patchinko did nothing for Marty so he handed it to Austin and within five min the picture above explains what happened . Austin smashed this fish on Marty - Paul's Yellow Patchinko . Well done Austin what a great fish off the top . That lure certainly does not have bad luck for you.
Tried a bit of bait fishing with James earlier in the week which was nice and we managed a few fish nothing spectacular but very enjoyable . The biggest fish was 4lb and full of life when hooked but all of the fish landed were just plucking at the bait , it was like flounder bites . I do not know does the same go for bait fishing as lures , do they need that bit of fizz in the water to really switch them on or is there still just to much food in the water for them.
Just a quick reminder about the opening day Sunday the 24Th a week today from 1pm to 4pm . Everyone is welcome .It should be a good day and you never know you could win something .

Saturday, October 9, 2010


It has not been a great week for fishing with all that wind we are getting and now its in the east and due to stay there for a while , which is certainly going to make things a lot more difficult . It is such a shame with such nice tides this week that the weather got the better of us but we can not complain too much as we have had some fantastic fishing so far this year . In my opinion we still have a good bit of time lure fishing left this year . The water temperature is up there has not been too much rain and all we need now is for that wind to swing around and settle a bit and we will be out again . This time of year right up to Christmas and after if the weather allows is probably my favorite time for lure fishing . Its time to get the plastics out slow it down and hopefully see a few big fish .The weed will start move on and make it possible to bounce plastics where it was impossible during the summer . If all that fails I will be sure to be getting out the light bait fishing gear a bucket of crab which I must admit I am looking forward to . It is another nice way to approach bass fishing and if it means getting fish when lures wont work I am quite happy .

Official Opening
We are having an official opening of the shop on Sun 24Th of October from 1pm to 4pm . There will be a raffle with loads of prizes and a top prize for lure fishermen of a Tenryu rod and a top prize for bait fishermen of a Daiwa 7HT Mag and lot more . Henry Gilbey will be here for the day doing the official opening so come along and pick his brain . Everyone is welcome and hopefully it will be a great day .
Just a quick thank you to everyone who is reading the blog its great I can not believe so many people are reading it , James and myself enjoy doing it so thanks to everyone .

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Not a bad day.....

After checking the weather last night I was delighted to see some high pressure sneaking in between the constant low pressure we were having. From past experiences I found that if you can find some clean water on the open coast the day after a strong blow that it can fish its socks off, so hopes were high for a good day.

I arrived onto the copper coast early afternoon and after checking the usual marks it was clear that it wasn’t going to be easy to find some clean water, after checking countless marks I said Id take a gamble and try a mark I had not fished for a couple of years. After a bit of a trek I found what I was looking for, some reasonably clean (mixing) water with plenty of fizz!

Lure of choice was a Sasuke 140 in candy colour. Within the first few casts I had a nice Pollack, I was delighted thinking to myself if the Pollack could find the lure if there were any bass around Id be in with a good chance. Sure enough within 20 minutes I hooked a good fish that doubled the Injection and proceeded to strip countless yards of line of my 3000 sized reel, the gear was well up to the test and after a few minutes I slid the most well conditioned bass I have ever seen onto the shore, the girth of this fish was remarkable, on the boga she came in at over 9lb.

The tide was really pumping in at this stage and there was a thick line of kelp on the foreshore which was slowly starting to get picked up and beginning to float in front of where I wanted to fish, making things difficult. Fishing amongst this floating weed was a nightmare, but on one of the retrieves I felt a bang then another, thinking to myself here is another Pollack I stopped the lure and bang…not a Pollack but bass on, the fish really wanted that sasuke, giving yet another outstanding fight on the light gear, definitely the best way to catch these fish. Again on the sasuke 140.

Confidence was sky high at this stage and but the line of kelp had made its way out in front of me so time left fishing the mark was of the essence. A few minutes later I hooked another fish again in close which went on one hell of a run but the on this occasion the fish won and all I got back were two big bass scales on my sasuke.

A quick break for lunch and into the shop for a couple back up lures to have for the dropping tide and of course to let Cian know what he was missing. So onto the next mark that I generally fish on the dropping tide, and which had been fishing very well for me of late. Sure enough within 5 minutes I had a fish which came in around 8lb on the boga.

Fishing where I was I only had another 30 minutes before the water would strip off in front of me making the gulley I was fishing into impossible. Just as I was thinking I would move on I hooked a reasonable fish which after a bit of head shaking on the surface took me to ground,, DISASTER the fish and the lure of the day gone.

The confidence knocked a bit after losing my lure of the day I fished on and to round up the day nicely I had a nice 6lber as the sun was setting on yet another perfect day on the copper coast.

Tight lines,


Friday, October 1, 2010

September silvers....

Sorry for the lack of reports in the last week but it was hard to blog with the non stop fishing which we have done in the last week or so. Great days, bad days and a plenty of craic would some up Henry Andy and Nicks visit to the Copper Coast. Their first day with Cian turned out to be the highlight of the week when they got to see what the copper coast is capable of on a good day with Cian getting bass to 10lb, for some excellent pics from that day and from their week here check out Henrys blog.... here

As Cian was off fishing alot last week I was only getting out for an hour every evening after closing. However it turned out that all I neeeded was 40-50 minutes to make my season and probably the highlight of my bass fishing to date. I arrived at the rock mark without a head torch so it was going to be a quick session. Within 3 casts I had a fish which came in at 7.5lb, in the next few casts I hit another fish which I know from the first run and the bend in the Injection that it was a serious fish. My Injection proved more than capable of bringing in the fish and never looked like it was going to struggle with one hell of a fight in rough conditions, after what felt like an hour of vicious head shaking and long powerful runs I got the fish in close as soon as the fish came to the surface I knew straight away that this must be close to my previous pb of just over 9lb, panic then set in as I tried to get the fish to the boga after a nervosus couple of minutes with waves crashing around me I somehow managed to get a hold of the fish. She measured 76cm and was around the 10.5lb mark, words cant some up how I felt looking at this fish after spending so long chasing a double the feeling of everything finally coming together......perfect! After a few phone calls and picture messages fired off I had a few more casts as the water was alive with fish in front of me, I was hitting fish every few casts and managed to land a 3lber and lost another 2 fish one which straightened the hooks on my Gateride.... another fish to add to the list of the one that got away...

Being in the right place at the right time for that 40-50minutes made all the long hours blanking and hard days worth while. All fish were cuaght on the Zonk Gateride in GG new favourite colour!!

The same mark produced fish for me 4 days in a row last week but then the Northerly winds set in which killed the fishing with the much needed fizz on the water gone, the lads still picked up the odd fish towards the end of the week but nothing like the first day when conditions were spot on.

Simon Lewis and his son from Wales were also over for a few days at the end of last week, have a look at Alans Blog here turbot on an xlayer,, very cool!! and a new pb for Luke. A sucessful trip?

At the moment fishing around rock marks is tough however some good fish are still making an appearance, the bass seem to be pre occupied with the abundant bait fish which is still around the coastline. The megabass X140-sw, ima sasuke 140 and of course the Zonk Gateride are the lures we found are working best at the moment.

Tight lines.