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First bass on a lure last year was May 16th.... determined to beat it this year....
I'm on a monster run of 30 consecutive blanks so far this year [ THIRTY, yes, three - zero, one more than 29, really !]
I built a fantastic Conoflex bass bait rod over the winter [sorry!], & I need to check...if I reel a fillet of mackeral in slowly [ really slow] , does it count as lure fishing ??

Sorry for asking, it's just the force is fading !

On a serious note, anyone beating me in the early season lure fishing consecutive blank stakes ?
 

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Hmmmmmmm hell of a 2nd post :clap: . . . i rekon a few arent far behind you (maybe a couple in front ;)), either way, the worse is behind you, and fish will be landed soon - keep at it !!!!
 

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Rhys, as said keep trying. Im not off the mark yet either, soon though, its what helps us all keep going. Anticipation can be double edged sword at times. Agree with Si on this being your second post, fair play and hope you starting catching soon.
 

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Listen guys, if something isn't working, do something else.

I've read a few posts where the play is "Bass are getting caught on bait", "It won't be long", "They are coming".

I fail to see the logic. If the Bass are there, what are you all waiting for ?

Chances are, the water is too cold for standard plugging techniques to score consistently but how many have tried at night, soft lures, OTD, Suspending plugs, Lipless reaction lures etc

I'll bet, not one of you.

Not having a dig but, you won't learn squat if all you do is wait for fish to respond to your favourite methods.

Good thread as it really is the picture many face every season and yet do nothing to rectify it.

Why is this ?
 

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Simon, i really appreciate the difficulty in moving away from methods and plugs that have caught Bass before but there comes a time for change.
30 blanks in a row has exceeded that threshold by about 27 trips imho. We ALL blank. Anyone 'today' who reports more than a 60 or 70 % strike rate on Bass is either sitting on a power station outfall or is lying. Bassing is getting harder, not easier each year. Progress or fail, learn or die, change is good as a rest, you get the picture.

Everyone can learn something new. Jeez, we do it every day nearly.
That's why I love it so much.
 

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Good post Keith !!

I for one am loving the whole 'species diversity' thing !! I'm gonna get me a pesky Wrasse !! :evil:
 

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I'm leaning more and more to the sp's. After reading Keith's blogs its intriguing me and showing great diversity into finding the fish rather than waiting for the fish to come........just wish these Northerly swells would [email protected]£ss off lol.
 

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Andrew, your profile says you are in South Ceredigion so I assume around the Cardigan area and that you fish in Cardigan Bay? I found my Cardigan Bay marks very slow last year and started fishing South Pembs as it is no further for me, with instant results. We have been seeing some fish down there for a few weeks now, albeit sparse but I am not aware of any yet on lures in Cardigan Bay. Alun Parry is in your neck of the woods, so maybe you can compare notes with him? I will be fishing up your way before long as there are some lovely spots around, so let me know if you want to get together.
I would suggest fishing elsewehere for the time being until things pick up perhaps? If you want any suggestions or want to tag along just drop me a PM as we are out every weekend and will be doing some evening sessions as well soon.
 
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Thanks for the suggestions Tim, I've heard that Alun Parry is one top bass anglers in West Wales, & I've met him a few times, so I'll give him a call & see if he can give me some advice.

As for crossing the border into South Pembs..... I've caught bass on the lure during 8 calendar months in Ceredigion, & one of the reasons I blank so regularly is that I'm desparate to extend my record on my home patch - I was snowed off the beach earlier this year trying to catch my first ever January bass on a lure. Yes, I know my chances weren't high [to put it mildly], but I've had January bass on bait, so why not a lure? I'd always rather be blanking on the beach trying a new technique instead of watching the telly. During the winter, I still fish twice a week, not always lure, but as often as possible. I know this doesn't give me the best returns - I could choose to fish just a few times a year during the peak times, & almost never have a blank session, but thats not my style.
Can you pm your email address Tim so we can get together when the fish finally arrive - I'll even consider packing my passport for a cross the border trip!
 

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Rhys, you need to get your posts up to 10 to use your PMs I think. When you have, PM me and we can communicate very well via the Forum - join the Welsh Pluggers group too. Ping Alun a PM as well - he's often on the Shoutbox too. Saw lots of bass today, but none after my lures!
 

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Sounds like we could get a Ceredigion Bumble going...

I too rather fish localy. I rather have an extra hour on the beach instead of being in the car.

but am still up for the ocasional trip down south (the bumble has given me a bit more motivation to get down deepest west), and am well up for a bit of Crock hunting when Bosherston opens up.
 

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You out today, Alun? Torn between heading south to meet Si Clapham (and where we saw some mammoth bass yesterday!) and Lochtyn Bay this afternoon....
 

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Waters were a bit rough & turbid at dawn this morning Tim [ 4 a.m start for me !], so another ceredigion blank for my tally...might have fined down a bit by this evening, I'll probably try a dusk session tomorrow
 

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Maybe heading out late this evening...i doo fancy lochtyn bay. Could be an option for a few evenings this week.

It's a great evening location if the tides are right. Most beautiful place I have fished - will try and join you some time this season.
 
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