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Rob, Iain and myself travelled to the south coast this morning to fish the dropping tide, there wasn’t much movement but there was a bit of cloud cover which gave us confidence.

The three of us fished the dropping tide, changing locations and moving all the time in the hunt to find the bass, looking for any sign of movement beneath the water to give indication their was feeding bass.
Changing lures every 20 minutes to enable that we kept focused and not to lose interest, but still no fish.


We decided to go back up to the cliff top for breakfast and to look down on the area to check things out as we ate our food and drank our lovely cups of tea. We studied the rip current from up on the cliff and could just make out a faint sign of where it was running, this gave us hope straight away.


Before we went back down, we had a quick change of lures and then set back down to the waters edge but this time to the other side of the bay where we could make out this faint rip. The tide had changed by this time and we really needed a bit more water in front of us really as it looked like a battle field.


An hour in to the flooding tide we could now get close to this rip that we had identified up on the cliff, as i casted out, i heard the cry of I’AM IN! I brought my plug in quickly and ran to Roberts location to see that he had landed a Bass of around 2lb on a Tide Minnow 145.


I then started fishing near him and i was fishing with a K-ten Ripple Popper 115mm which is just a fantastic surface lure, you don’t need to do much with it, with regards to get it working. On my fourth cast fishing closer to Rob I got nailed by a bass just over 2lb which slid back down in to the sea as i was trying to unhook.


My next cast produced another hit but lost the bass after about 20 seconds of playing the fish, definitely bigger but by how much i will never know. I changed Lures to a Tide Minnow 175 flyer and first cast produced a 2lb Bass, and another one lost
 

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Great stuff Nathan, looks like you got it sussed in the end, brilliant report and pics, give my best to your Dad !
 

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Nice one Nath,
Great way to kick off your season, looks like a fair few bass around. Once you zeroed in on them.
 

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Nice one Nathan....


That looks to be a really cracking piece of water..........
 

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The ground is fantastic for topping as the ground is really shallow, the K-ten Ripple Popper that i caught on, come into its own, We went fishing today with some forum members ,( Iestyn jones, Robert Taylor, and Ben Fields) and lost a 6lb bass at my feet as i walked over to grab it, but because i gave the bass slack line, she just went mad and slipped the plug, but that Ripple Popper will be stuck to my line from now on!!!
 

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Nathan,
is that the tuned version of the ripple popper or not???
Shame about the 6lber, sods law working overtime I guess.
 

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Nathan, well done for working out where to find the fish and for taking one off the top. That lure sounds interesting. Have you any for sale?? George and I had a trip this afternoon and saw the biggest bass (plural) we have ever seen in the water. Sadly they were not chasing or connected to our lures at the time!!
 
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