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I know that lots of us on here are just coming to the end of our first proper season of pluggin', and i'm sure that there will have been some Eureka Moments for us all !!!

My top 3:

1) Moment: Seeing a 6lb Bass nail a Mullet Z-Claw about 15yds from me over some shallow kelpy ground in Ireland. Why: My first Bass off the top. Also, it was such close range, and so visual, orgasmically exciting!!!

2) Moment: Whilst retreating off the causeway at Worms Head, i 'saw' Bass in the gulleys 'behind me'!!!!! Why: Just another stark reminder of how these guys move in over the flooding ground, and how i need to be far more aware of potential spots to cast into.

3) Moment: Luke catching his 3lb'er on a little early morning Bumble. Why: We'd never fished that mark before. He picked his own spot, his own lure, and was casting away merrily himself - what a cracking sense of achievement (both for me & for him) !!!!!

So, i cant be alone . .. . . . . . . what were your moments, and why ????
 

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mine was stalking a good fish on the reef on shell island at 5 in the morning,water was like gin and flat calm.warm and not a soul about, then wallop,7lb off the top followed by another 3 fish,..why,because it was the first time id used ultra light gear and felt id hooked a train.cheers daz
 

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I pretty much have one eureka moment every time I go out I reckon. Luckily it's happening more and more now but I get quite a lot of satisfaction out of predicting where I think the fish will be, then dropping a bait in there and actually catching one. :horsesword:
 

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The day Bob caught his 10 off the top, but not the actual 10lb'er, my eureka moment that day was drifting down a run and we were about to give up on that run, we call it dragging the arse out of a drift. Well just one or two more casts and we would have started up and moved, then we see some bass attacking on the surface, look decent size too. Z-Claw on, 2 casts later and we are away, an hour i supopose of good fun. Why? Because we had drifted past where I thought the hot spot was, we seemed to be out of the tide now and not where I wanted to be, but the bass certainly wanted to be there, they started smashing the surface all around us.
 

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For me it was standing on a beach and going through almost every lure in my box and not being able to hook a Bass, then stopping for a few minutes and thinking what can I do that is almost the opposite of what I have been doing? I knew the Bass were there so on went a SP and down to the bottom it went, 4 slow winds, pause, 4 slow winds, pause....EUREKA. 11 Bass later I was a happy boy.
 

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Eureka moment would be sitting down and actually watching what the baitfish I am trying to imitate really do and then copying it to land 4 bass in as many days, 3 of them in size for our club, best 5-9 and that was November, wait til the summer!!

I tried to film some last night that I found under a light so will see what the footage looks like for you. Might be too dark/far away to be of use.
 

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FishingGuernsey said:
Eureka moment would be sitting down and actually watching what the baitfish I am trying to imitate really do and then copying it to land 4 bass in as many days, 3 of them in size for our club, best 5-9 and that was November, wait til the summer!!

I tried to film some last night that I found under a light so will see what the footage looks like for you. Might be too dark/far away to be of use.
Now that would be interesting, what were they doing?
 

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Mine was the first time I had success from a mark that i'd chosen on my own.

I was actually fishing somewhere else and it was approaching the time where I was expecting action - except it didn't look right. So I jumped in my car and motored off to the other spot I had wanted to try for a while and set up.

1st cast pollack - a good sign there was something alive down there!

2nd cast - bass - small but it was a bass!

This went on for a little while, a real little frenzy. Nothing big or amazing but I had chosen the mark.
 

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I think it was fishing with other (more experienced) bass anglers in Weymouth at the start of September (you know who you are boys!). After that trip I did two things differently and upped my catch rate significantly:
1) Kept moving on my chosen mark until I found the fish;
2) Used a wider variety of lures especially Shallow Divers, rather than just surface lures.
 

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Mine was finding a cheap SP on the beach at low water, then being out on boat going through all my finest (pricey) Japanese imports, before resorting to the SP I found, and it outfishing everything else 5 to 1, and for the next 2 or 3 trips as well, it just couldnt fail. Clarified even further in my mind that Bass dont know how much technology is in a lure, or how much it costs, they'll just hit what is 'right' on the day.

I now have 6 of the aforementioned SP's.
 

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for me it was Keith showing me the depth of water you can fish in - much shallower than I had thought possible (opened a whole new range of marks for me) - cheers Keith
 
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