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The last few weeks fishing, actually maybe even months, have been very disappointing and nothing seemed to be quite coming together for me, :sad: I'm sure you all know the feeling. Anyway I lost count of the amount of blanks and disappointing sessions I've had and quite often I'd arrive at marks only to find them pretty much unfishable due to the amount of weed. I even tried a session or two after little pike and perch on the canals but even that didn't quite work out as planned,:???: as you can see although I caught the target species they were only tiddlers.:cry::cry::cry:

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Well, the canals clearly weren't working out for me so I figured I venture back to the sea, numerous blanks and a lost brand new Tideminnow later, :cry: all I had to show for my efforts was a couple of tiny pollock, a launce and an unexpected tiny little bass I caught whilst fishing for mackerel.:shock:

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I did however do a bit more exploring and found a new spot to try when the weed subsided a little bit and the weather improved.

Anyway enough of that, now on to the good stuff...;-)

When I saw the good weather this morning I figured hangover or not I was dragging myself down there and when I arrived it was just as I hoped. The weed wasn't too bad, the wind and the swell had dropped and it was nice and calm, for some reason the marks in this area seem to fish better in the calm.

I got to the mark about two or three hours before high tide and I figured that the bass might move in over an area of rough / broken ground I had previously seen, with the tide. I stuck on my trusty Feed shallow and started making my way along the shoreline trying to remember where the spots I had previously seen were. It got off to a slow start though and I was beginning to think it might be yet another blank but then a little schoolie took a liking to my Feed shallow.:-D To tell you the truth I was delighted with that and figured it would be my lot for the day but I was wrong...

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It was still about an hour and a half to high tide and plenty of time to catch another fish or two, so I fished on with the Feed shallow and also an X-Cross for a bit and got a few more hits and follows but no more hook ups. I had a feeling that a slightly smaller lure might be a bit better so I had a quick rummage in the box to see what I had with me and decided to try a little Smith ULM 115. At this stage it was just about high tide and I was starting to make my way back up to a little outcrop of boulders that I had passed on the way down, a few casts later the line tightened and line started peeling off the reel. This certainly much bigger than the little schoolie I had caught earlier and when I got it up to the surface and saw it for the first time I knew it was definitely a pb for me.:-D :-D:-D My scales is acting up a bit but I reckon 5 or 6lb? I got a few photos and then watched her swim off to be caught another day.:-D

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and another photo

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Now I thought that it couldn't get any better and sat down for a bit to look at the photos and get my gear together. After a few minutes I figured that I might as well have a few more casts since my luck seemed to have changed for the better. I couldn't believe it when the line tightened up yet again and the line started to peel from the reel, after a bit of a fight another 5-6lb fish came to the surface. I'm not sure but could it be the same fish on the same lure within a few minutes?:-?:-? Either way it was yet another fine bass to top off an excellent session.:-D:-D:-D

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I fished on for another bit but without any more luck and I was just about to head back to the car when I figured that I should probably go back to the spot where I caught the two decent bass and take a few photos to remind myself for next time. While I was there I figured that I might as well have one last cast just on the off chance, again I got nailed buy another decent bass but unfortunately he threw the hooks on the way in.:sad:

Without doubt the best session I've had in a long time and it certainly makes up for all those blanks and crappy sessions I've had recently.:-D:-D:-D
 

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Well done on the bass.. Love the pic of the wee perch and pike..
 

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Nice one Dave!
I bet all the blanks feel like a distant memory now.
Some great fish there, well done.
Nice pics too!
Cheers Nath.
 

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Nice one Dave - I had a nice one this week , must be luck of the Dave's week :)
 

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Well done dave. Great story and I really love it when it comes together after weeks and months of trying to think like a bass to work movements out. I'm sure that mark will be tattooed into your mind and hope it serves it up for you again soon.
 

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Thanks lads, I'm still well chuffed and can't wait to get back out and fish the mark again. I'm planning to get out there again during the week so I'm hoping that conditions will still be Ok and more importantly that the fish will still be about.
 
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