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P8080014_rs1.jpg P8080007_rs1.jpg P8080012_rs1.jpg P8080006_rs1.jpg P8080011_rs1.jpg Given that Mrs Nick is expecting our first child, fishing
opportunities have been a bit rare recently. I even went to Wexford
last weekend and didn't even take a rod let alone go fishing!
So this weekend when SWMBO said she was going to visit some friends up
north and do some shopping with her mum and sister, guess what was
running through my mind ... :lol:
Thanks to Sam R and Dave F I had the bearings on a spot half an hour
from the house.
So the alarm was set for 4.30 (can't do that normally!), a half awake
blink at the twilight and I was off.
Arrived at the parking marvelling at the lack of traffic at 5am on a
Sunday - if only the rest of the week was like that!
After a bit of mountain goat style trekking I was on a nice rock as
the sun peaked above the horizon. Conditions were perfect. The tide
was 1/4 in and rising, slight swell, some cloud but not dull not
sunny, warm but not hot.
I started off with a 1/8 oz home made jig head with a junebug powder
coating and one of my own tiny xlayers in junebug. I was pleasantly
surprised to see how my new home made colourant was working. The
junebug colour was nice and bright, very visible but in a good natural
way, the flouro colours aren't.
A dab of s-factor and 2 casts later and a slow hopping retrieve, and I
was on. A small but fat pollack to start. Good fun and enough to
ensure I'd be back.
Further casts yielded a couple of tentative bites but nothing landed.
I decided something more "attractive" was required so I switched to a
fluoro yellow 1/8 oz head and one of my new gulp 2" minnows in
watermelon pearl.
Half an hour with this yielded a further 2 pollack, both on a slow
rolling retrieve. Both fish had the lures very deep and required
forceps extraction but swam away fit and healthy. I'm not sure if it's
the slower retrieve, the smaller size or the gulp itself but the fish
took these deeper than I usually experience with standard SPs.
After a while I tried something different. On the way in I'd noticed a
commotion in a small tidal pool close to the incoming tide and upon
closer investigation I'd seen a school of shrimp. Not something I've
seen here before but a good sign I thought (and as it turned out).
I swapped the gulp minnow for a 2" gulp shrimp in bone white.
First cast a few twitches (think shrimp I said to myself) and I was on
again. Another fat and healthy pollack. First cast on a new lure -
gotta love that.
At this stage I looked behind me and noted the tide was well and truly
on it's way in and I would need to think about climbing out soon.
On the other side of the point was an area of shallow boulders and
gutters that had me thinking of my new species wishlist. Yes people -
wrasse was on my mind.
When I was growing up in Australia my friends and I used to do what we
called weiner fishing. This basically involved light tackle (think
LRF), small lures or unweighted baits and flicking them into snags,
under jetties or into the roughest cover we could find. This was
usually with the aim of our booby prize - whoever caught the smallest
fish legitimately hooked in the mouth would be bought lunch or dinner
on the way home. It usually backfired and the biggest fish of the day
was often the one hooked (though not necessarily landed) when weiner
fishing. It was always great fun and as we got older it was a skill
that was of great benefit when we progresed to lure casting in creeks
and estuaries for bass, bream, mangrove jacks etc.
Anyway, I was looking at this bouldered area and flicked out an
underhanded pitch cast 20 or so feet and twitched the lure back in. As
it nearly reached my feet, I paused and let it sink into the gutter at
my feet. A brown flash and 5 feet of line was ripped off against a
fairly stiff drag (love that Stella drag - silky smooth). There was a
large bunch of assorted weed now caught on the line and after turning
the fish for the first time, the weed acted as a sort of inficator,
showing me where the fish was heading. After another shorter run which
again peeled some line off the drag, I had a heavy bunch of salad and
weed swimming at my feet.
Thanking my foresight in bringing my folding landing net, I extended
it and reached down and swam a flapping, kicking pile of assorted weed
and (I hoped) a fish into the net.
Success! As I lifted the net up I felt something kick. There was a
fish in there!
After pulling back the weed there it was. My first wrasse. Well, first
in the northern hemisphere. These are a solid fish -very reminiscent
of groper in Australia (albeit smaller). They have the same solid
body, heavy scales and thick slime coating, and have the same thick
rubbery lips that hooks don't come out of easily. They even fight the
same - a dogged single minded surge of power in one direction - the
nearest snag. This was only a smaller version so I can only imagine
what the 3, 4 or 5 lbers go like. I have a idea of a few places in
Clare where these fish will be and next time I'm there guess what I'll
be chasing? :-o Oh dear another obsession.
By now the tide was almost in and I had time for one more cast. No
hits but as it came to my feet another smaller wrasse came and hit the
lure as it wallowed on the surface. It ripped another few metres of
line off but the hook didn't stick this time. But that was fine - I
know weiner fishing works here too!
A short hard climb back to the beach, a longer steeper climb back to
the car and I was home in half an hour.
Now I'm here watching fishing tv shows, typing this and waiting for
herself to arrive home with one of my favourite Australian reds at
half price from up north.
Does it get any better than this?



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and a couple more pics


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Bravo sir, great report. Interesting point on the deep hooking with Gulp!, as I have found exactly the same thing with Pollack and 'bio' SP's. Which rod were you using?

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Hi all, Well not been doing much in the last few week's but got out in the last couple of days to have a go at the Bass. The Bass fishing has been slow on our streach but should start to buzz soon. All fish C & R.


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Bravo sir, great report. Interesting point on the deep hooking with Gulp!, as I have found exactly the same thing with Pollack and 'bio' SP's. Which rod were you using?
a self rolled one as usual
6' 4 piece 4-6lb "little Styx River" aka my bream outfit ;-)

the gulp is more "foody" even than SPs with s-factor it seems

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Nice one Nick, its great to see some more Dublin lrf reports up here. We must try and arrange a session with myself and Sam, it would be good to swop ideas and that sort of thing and maybe try a few more marks around that area.
that would be good :D

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Great report Nick...Looks like you enjoyed yourself mate...

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Excellent report Nick, that one was posted while I was on my hols and must have snuck under the radar.
My mate had a similar deep hooking problem when we were out on the boat t'other day. He was using frozen sandeel C-rigged with two small split shot. I was using various SPs with jigheads. He had 3 Callig that were deep-hooked and met their maker (hence my Kedgerree last night)while I hardly had to touch a fish all day. As my fish came to the surface, just grab the (crushed barb) jighead and turn it over, fish drops off. We thought my mate's probs were due to the light split shot rig but weren't sure. Anyone have any other ideas?
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