We had our first real go of the year chasing bass with hard lures on a Waterford rock mark yesterday. Hopes were high, tides were spot on, life on the water and reports of plenty of bass around.
We made our way out along a rocky ledge (its going to take a while to get back into the swing of rock hopping again) out to some weed clear water. From the off the bass were hitting our lures. Cian moved out onto a promising looking rock, fishing his favourite megabass x-140 (hama shirasu) into a nice deep gully.......Cians first 4 casts resulted in 3 drooped fish and one landed!
At this stage I was all thumbs desperately trying to get on my own x-140 after seeing the damage it was doing. It didnt take too long, fish started nipping the lure almost immediately and a brief pause of the lure during the retrieve resulted in that unmistakable bang of an aggressive bass. These bass were really putting up great scraps and it was nice to finally have a bend back in the lure rods.
As I looked down to my right Cian was still hitting fish and managed to land a few more bass on the Zonk Gataride pm hot shad.
Plenty of action was being had by all of us along the rocks, a great session for this time of the year. Most of the fish landed were aound the 3-4lb mark however just as the tide made it final push Ger Carey stole the show as he connected with the fish below on the feed shallow, the fish came in at 7lb a great fish on the hard lure for this time of the year.
A great evenings fishing was had by all and hopefully this is a sign of things to come this summer.
So if your thinking of getting out with those lures dont waste any time the bass are back along our shores and are more than happy to hit some of those shiny lures.