Sounds like a blast Pedro! Is that a bass? 13kg!!! 8lb line sounds more like LRF! Doubly impressive...
wow - very nice fish !!!!Yesterday I went to try a new rod I got, a Gloomis SJR 783 IMX, it has 6'6'', Medium Heavy and Fast rated, and a c.w. of 3/16-5/8 oz.
The line rating is 8-15 lbs.
In went out to try a new mark, a shallow water zone (1,5 meter max.) in the low tide, still it had some decent current.
Mixed rock and mud/sand bottom, and a somewhat nasty man made rocky shore.
I trew a Berkley Power Bait shad in the herring color texas rigged in a 10 gram Owner jointed jighead, it gives away a very nice erratic swimming action that plus with tail working gives away plenty of vibrations.
I used a nice and slow retrieve to make the softbait bump over the bottom, also I gave some tip twitches to make it shake and some short pauses.
When the lure was at about 5 meter from me I felt a hit and made the hookset.
And it was on! I fell love the Gloomis IMX carbon, very sensitive and fast, great for hooksets hahah!
It was a great fight, lot's of long and strong runs with the drag buzzing really hot, and after a few long minutes, the fish was tired and near me, I got him on the surface and runned him aground eheh, grip on the jaw and it was done!
Still I was about to loose him 2 times in the last meters, when he decided to sprint for the rocks to break the fluorocarbon leader, smart fish eh?
It weighted 13 kilos and a few grams.
The hook was right in the "bone", the rod really helped!
As for the rest of the material I used my old and light Daiwa Emblem-S 2500, it drag sucks, especially for big fish but it's the lightest I got at home that don't unbalance the rod.
I also used 0,17 mm Berkley Fireline braid and a Seaguar AbrazX 0,33 mm (15 pound) fluorocarbon leader.
It's great when we apply the knowledge of past experiences (marks, lures, retrieves, etc...) and it gives some results
I try to aim for regularity, which is hard IMHO, cause fishing is everything but an exact science.
Now I would like to ask, does the use of this rod and softbaits make this HRF?
Cheers from Portugal!
I think they were always here, but aren't nearly as common as bass, (at least in the spring and summer) but no one ever tried to really target them before using lures, I started from scratch last year, but the results and hard work are starting to pay the dividendsAwesome fish are they a common catch in portugal?
Got a smilar G.Loomis myself - great rod!