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Yes, I did it. I know it's not big of me but I couldn't help it. They were everywhere...

I had popped out with the Rocksweeper and a few lures in my pockets with the full intention of lure fishing for bass, but as I approached the beach I could see shapes in the clear water, each time a wave rose up they were there, thousands of them, just riding through the waves in the crystal clear water, you could see them on the surface and when the waves crested there were dozens and dozens just hanging in the wave.

i thought at first there might be a few bass in amongst them so I plugged away but all I felt was the constant bumping as "they" got in the way, I was retrieving slowly so as not to foul hook one of them but frustration got the better of me and I returned to the van (aka tackle shop with wheels...).

I got out the 13ft Avon and screwed on the Shimano Super 2500GT RA loaded with 8lb mono. (Obviously fully intending to distance cast for bass instead of using 8 strand and a lure rod...).
Instead I found myself riggin up an Avon with a single SSG shot and taping a starlight to the float as the light was fading. short leader and size 8 wide gape...

I found a loaf of bread in the back of the van (tackle shop on wheels remember... lol).

I then found myself putting some bread on the hook and casting into the swirling mass.
Cast after cast I was hit like a train but could I hook one of "them"??? Like **** I could. The wind was a mare, straight in F4/5 making it hard to keep the line in position and stop the waves pulling the float under.

After about an hour I made the shout to my mate who I called earlier to watch these mystery fish surfing, FISH ON!!

He's back across the beach with net in hand at a speed I didn't know possible...
I managed to get it up on a wave and into the net. Fight over.

Pic later... Ha Ha!!

So what was the result of that?

Well at about 2lb it was hardly big but blimey, that was boring on a big floppy rod, the drag didn't even move once, though it was quite tight. A long soft unweildy rod makes the fight just the rod bouncing up and down. Been a long while since I caught on that rod and I want to go after the little blighters with the LRF rod now even if it does have a float on it...

And here endeth my confession. I used bait... I'm sorry but i'm weak!!
 

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Shame on you brother Andy :wink: I will forgive you this once :p
 

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Shame on you Brother Andy! may the lure gods rain molten plastisol upon you! ;-)



Mind you, I had a little go on frozen sandeel last night, purely out of frustration, just to see if the fish were there you understand....
 

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Andy

Sounds to me as if this was all premeditated.

I don't go fishing with a loaf of bread & an Avon quiver tip rod just in case.

I'm sure in judicial circles this is known as "going equipped"

You are guilty of the heinous crime of bait fishing.
 

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Thats fine Andy, adapting to the conditions, good stuff. I haven't bait fished in ages. I did take my pet ragworms out for a swim the other day...

I have access to some live sandeel this week also apparently, so I can see a little livebaiting occurring
 

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Andy

Sounds to me as if this was all premeditated.

I don't go fishing with a loaf of bread & an Avon quiver tip rod just in case.

I'm sure in judicial circles this is known as "going equipped"

You are guilty of the heinous crime of bait fishing.
Honest Guv... I'll take a pic of the back of my van which normally contains:

1 x LRF Rod - Shimano Salty Shot
1 x HRF Rod - Daiwa Infeet
1 x Normal plug rod - Abu Rocksweeper
1 x Heavy SP rod - Illex Vale Tudo H
1 x bass rod - Fox Bass something or other 3-5oz
1 x Fox Duolight Avon rod with interchangeable quivertip section
1 x 13ft Fox Specialist Float rod

Reels for all of the above.

Lures for all of the above

Box of leads 1oz to 4oz

Numerous buckets, some with shirvy in them which may have been there for some time and may have evolved into new life.

Waders
2 x landing nets
drop net
Lures

I have removed my 13ft Casting rods and the obligatory eel rod as well and the 525 Mags etc etc so part way to the conversion...
 

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I expected it from you brother Alex cos you are weak :wink: but not Brother Andy !
I expect it from Alex as he is weak and works in IT - therefore he has no morals.

But Andy, what can I say, flesh is indeed very tempting and clearly it has driven you to distraction. I think you need to go and wash yourself in holy sea water and say ten hale Maria Chases.

Alex, redemption can be yours if you come to the bumble in Pembrokeshire.....
 

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Next time it'll be a Reins Aji Meet in a natural colour and enough shot to get it out there... Got to be worth a shot...??
 

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I don't blame you one bit for using the bait. What I cannot forgive is a bucket of chirvey of undetermined age in the back of the van - ye gods that must reek!
 

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Andy, as long as you used some Kingsmill or bread of the like then thats as near to a plastic as you can get!!

Besides at 2lb it had better have been a GG!
 

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Hahaha I had a very large and I mean LARGE bass swim up to my xlayer on my MRF rod - I heard it say "meh" nosed it and swam off right under my nose ... I will get him even if it means a stringer of live mackeral!!!
I couldn't see, Alex, as I was on the other side of the boat....but it may have been one like this,...

 

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At least you avoided a blank buy trying something else , done well m8 and not suprised you out on the bike with a van full of shirvy !
 
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