Jim travelled down from the midlands during the week to participate in a bespoke workshop with one thing on his mind, to become a proficient saltwater fly angler.
In the afternoon we discussed the ‘need to know’ information required to successfully target Bass, Sea Trout and Pollack on the fly then moved on to some casting and fishing techniques in a quiet and peaceful estuary. Despite having limited fly casting experience Jim promptly advanced his casting and fishing skills. The challenge begins ….
With the winds blowing predominantly from the east for many weeks resulting in challenging fishing and a degree of frustration at times it was a huge relief to finally have some South West winds this week combining with a new moon cycle which provided some fantastic opportunities to catch some silver.
Fish were caught on the lure and fly with a chartreuse over white deceiver pattern proving its worth along with some small surf candy’s tied sparse to represent sandeel’s.
The vast majority of fish caught this year by myself and clients have been off the top with the lucky craft Gunfish being especially productive in provoking fish into attacking. Fishing surface lures and fly’s is my own personal prefered tactic as the visual aspect is superb.
Many fish were caught throughout the week with the biggest being about seven pounds. Fish at this time of year are generally in superb condition feeding hard before water temperatures drop and the mass of bait fish currently available decreases. I have been taking more scale samples this week for the National Bass Programme, If you would like to assist simply contact Inland Fisheries Ireland for a pack by clicking HERE.
Lets hope the weather remains mild and the fish keep biting.
As some of you may know after much planning and preparations I spent all last week working closely with Inland Fisheries Ireland liaising and guiding media personnel to promote the local fishing and all that Wexford as a tourist location can offer.
Wexford and the surrounding areas offer superb fishing for many species of fish with plenty of quality accommodation and local amenities to avail of. Angling in Wexford and indeed throughout Ireland is a very important and valuable resource enjoyed by many from near and far.
Forecast in advance of the trip was far from ideal with ongoing Easterly based winds showing no sign of swinging to the preferred warmer air flow of Southerly or South-West winds. As always in advance of arrival the forecast was explained to the guys and its implications from a fishing point of view was understood.
Managing realistic expectations from day to day is a difficult thing for a guide to do but when working with such professional anglers who realize the influences and limitations of the fishery and importantly adjust expectations accordingly makes for a positive attitude to begin with.
Bass fishing is not easy especially fishing using only the fly which was our chosen method for most of the week. Using a lure rod you can cover a large volume of water in a short period of time but with the fly your limited to short casts often made challenging because of wind or wave action.
With the huge amounts of bait fish present recently catching fish on the fly was even made more difficult as fish cruised around with full stomachs often following our selected fly’s or gently plucking them being much more selective about there feeding than normal.
Fishing rods of 9 feet in length anything from a #7 – #10 with intermediate and floating weight forward lines we managed to catch some well conditioned fish up to 60cm in length throughout the week but it was a challenge!
We fished hard all week to produce fish covering many miles in stunning locations with some superb visuals. Overall it seemed small to medium flies tied sparse seemed to receive the most interest but some big flies were fished in one locality to represent bigger bait fish and joey mackerel resulted in a good fish attacking Andy’s superbly tied fly, I will perhaps leave Andy to tell that story from what we appropriately named as ‘Rocky Hollow’…..
Although a challenging week it was thoroughly enjoyable meeting many new faces, visiting special places creating memory’s to last a lifetime. Thanks again guys!