… And some fish.
The last few day’s were spent out on the water in search of Bass on lures and the fish were much obliged to take once an effort was made to ‘get out there’ and put the hours in as productively as possible.
Tuesday morning started off tough but slight changes were made which proved to be correct as it resulted in many fish caught over two different locations. Some special times were had as for a period of time a large shoal of bass boiled on the surface feeding on sandeels and the gannets and terns dived after the same prey not more than forty meters from my rod tip. All that activity of course resulted in the reel screaming line as the fish took hard and fast. A fair days angling was had using mainly soft lures such as Xlayers, Slug-go’s , Wave worms, Senko’s etc and Duo tide minnow being the hard lure of choice on the day.
Wednesday was a harder days fishing all round with some weed about in the margins of some of the chosen venues but there was fish landed on the surface and indeed below on the usual array of hard surface lures and soft plastic lures rigged weedless to make life easy.There was a number of us fishing throughout the long days angling including some visiting friends from the Isle Of Man which insured the Jokes were flowing all day long. It is not always about catching huge numbers of fish in my opinion it is the angling experience as a whole that creates a day such as yesterday that any angler would remember for some time to come.
Just to update there is currently a competition taking place on the South East Angling Services Facebook page to win a days free Guided fishing or Workshop. Entering is easy simply like the SEAS Facebook page and also share and like the competition photo.
IFI has established a National Bass Programme to collect data on bass in order to provide scientific advice to support management and conservation of Ireland’s bass resource. Bass is Ireland’s only marine fish species which is managed for angling.
The programme is being developed to determine the status of bass stocks and also to improve understanding of their ecology and biology in Ireland for the long-term sustainability of the species.
All assistance with the National Bass Programme would be greatly appreciated. If you would be interested in sending IFI bass scale samples, we can provide you with a scale envelope pack.
This is a step in the correct direction in my opinion and Inland Fisheries Ireland really need help to maximise this projects potential. To learn more about the National Bass Programme follow this link: http://www.fisheriesireland.ie/Projects/national-bass-programme.html
Also when on topic if you see any illegal activity or wish to report pollution contact your local fisheries officer or the 24 hour contact hotline 1890 34 74 24.
Well what can I say the weather we have had the past month has been fantastic. It would be rude not to go fishing so that’s exactly what I have been doing. Pollack are a great species to target with lrf gear as the sport can be fast and the takes furious. I had a session recently that was intended to concentrate more on wrasse but the sheer amount of pollack attacking baits made it hard to get the soft lures down through the water levels. I fished 2gm-3.5gm heads and done some dropshotting for the pollack too using all manner of soft baits.
Before the tide flooded into some large pools I took the opportunity to scale the gear down even further to a 1gm ball jig head with a size 12 hook. Took several scorpion fish on a small section of gulp sandworm before going back to fish the pollack into darkness – Pure madness thereafter as pollack were landed every cast until I decided to call it a night.
There is currently a competition running to win a free days saltwater guided fishing or workshop of your choice. Check out the SEAS Facebook page for more information. Good luck to all who enter.
New Study – Angling worth €0.75 billion to Irish Economy and supporting 10,000 jobs in rural Ireland
Scale and value of Ireland’s angling resource greatly under appreciated – Minister O’Dowd
The Minister of State with Responsibility for Natural Resources, Fergus O’ Dowd T.D. today warmly welcomed the findings of a new national economic study which has revealed for the first time that angling and angling tourism in Ireland is generating a dividend in excess of €0.75 billion within the Irish economy every year.
The study, commissioned by Inland Fisheries Ireland, shows direct spending on angling in Ireland amounted to €555 million in 2012, with indirect spending worth an additional €200 million and totaling €755 million. Recreational angling was also found to directly support 10,000 existing Irish jobs, many of which are located in the most peripheral and rural parts of the Irish countryside and along our coastline.
The Study found that 406,000 people were involved in recreational angling in Ireland last year, with over 150,000 of these travelling from Northern Ireland and overseas. Over a quarter of a million Irish adults (252,000) held a fishing rod last year with sea angling along with salmon and brown trout angling seen as the most popular categories where domestic anglers are concerned. The quality of the Irish angling product, the friendliness and hospitality of the Irish people and our outstanding scenery were cited amongst the principal attractions of Ireland as an international destination for recreational angling. Tourism angling spend is estimated at approximately €280 million on an annual basis.
Irish shore angling teams set off last week on a journey to north Wales to compete in the 2013 Home International Championships. I myself know the huge amount of preparation that these events require. For many months previous both anglers and organisers put a huge amount of time, effort and funding into ensuring these events are a success.
Four IFSA Irish teams including u16, u21, Men and Ladies took to the Welsh beaches in what was tough fishing overall.
Final medal positions:-
Gold – England 31 points
Silver – Ireland 28 points
Bronze – Wales 21 points
D/Bronze – Scotland 15 points
Gold – Wales 34 points
Silver – England 31 points
Bronze – Ireland 18 points
D/Bronze Scotland 17 points
Gold – Wales 21 points
Silver – England – 18 points
Bronze Ireland 8 points
Gold – Wales 30 points
Silver – Ireland 26 points *
Bronze – England 26 points *
D/Bronze – Scotland 17 points
Well done to all anglers and team managers involved in the event.
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Some great fun was had the past few days fishing Lrf style using many techniques and various soft lures. It really is a great way to get out on the rocks during those sunny spells and have good sport on light tackle. The beauty of fishing so light and refined is that you never really know what your going to pick up next. If you would like to discover some of the light rock fishing the area has to offer why not book a guided day or a workshop.
On another note check out the recent post made here by Jim at Probassfisher.
Some kind and encouraging words from Jim and isn’t it just great to be able to work to each others advantage not against. Onwards and upwards in the current economic situation.
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It’s always advantageous to have a coastline that offers a good variety of available target species. South East Ireland offers just that to the angler who is prepared to quickly adapt to take full advantage of the sport on offer. With high pressure, calm seas and good tides conditions were certainly on our side.
This particular session produced a couple of hard fighting shore caught Tope with the biggest being about the 25 lbs mark. All fish were landed on pulley rigs with 6/0 Sakuma hooks baited with mackerel fillets and were released after some quick photos.
Stiff 13ft beach casting rods with standard sized Penn and Abu multipliers are required to cast big mackerel baits long distances. 15lb Berkley Big Game is my line of choice down to a 60lb shockleader.