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I find normally that just before the ban I just have to try and squeeze in as many sessions as possible....and so it was the case again this year. On Wednesday & Thursday morning a 3am start saw me down at a favoured mark by 4am. Both were bait sessions, though, and in the two short two hour sessions I managed one fish of 65cm. I was determined to fit in a few lure sessions. Mind you lure sessions haven't been fruitful so far; I have only one fish to show for over two dozen outings.

So, another early morning yesterday saw me once again at my favourite shore mark. In the pre-dawn light I was fishing upto high tide and this state of the tide on this mark normally dictates that plugs are the weapon of choice. Two hours of flogging the sea to a foam over a 1/4 mile stretch of shoreline with a variety of baby feed shallows, maria chases, thundersticks and, eventually, out of desperation, a toby, saw once again a nil return:cry:. Back again I returned at low water; this time armed with a battery of soft plastics. Again, another blank:sad:. Mind you I did see fish. I had been fishing on a rockly ledge, a considerable distance back from the edge. As the tide flooded over it a fish passed right in front of me only 10ft away, as casual as you like; the bugger:???:! The water at this stage was only above my ankles???

Two hours into the flood I headed off and opted instead to try a boat outing. For the afternoon I ventured out in my boat. Again I headed to a favoured mark, and again I armed myself with a few SP's. First drift, and as my piece of plastic sank to the bottom it was snaffled:-D. Joy:-D, elation:-D, a fish:-D!!! I'd forgotten what it was like to fight a feisty bass on light gear and, oh it was a joy:-D. A nice sized bass was soon netted and onboard for a few obligatory pics:



This was a great start but as is always the case with great starts, it was a false dawn. I persisted for another hour but that was it. Was it a solitary first fish into the harbour? A move was in order and so as the tide slowed I covered new ground. I was rewarded; shortly after I landed this better fish of 61cms:



Now, the auld confidence was up; could I squeeze a third one out in what little was left of the tide? I did!!!! Within a few minutes of returning the previous fish I was into another:-D! This bugger was really feisty and he was the smaller of the three!!! He even managed to open the egg clip, which if you look carefully in the photo you can make out. I've heard about this happening, but this was the first time its happened to me:



Now, completely on a high, I ignored my usual wisdom and carried on. Experience has taught me that on these marks slack water doesn't fish. What the hell, I was fired up, and so I carried on for another, fruitless, hour. What harm; I can retire the rods for the month less anxious. Roll on the 16th!!!
 

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Pat I got your pm but must get my post count upto 10 before I can reply. I'll do that over the next few days and pm you then. Yes, last year was a great year, despite the poor start as a result of the cold weather. It was my best year to date (...and I'm at it a long time, believe you me).
 

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Well done Pat...Lovely looking fish...
 

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Well done Pat persistence paid off, is that a mother worm that did the business?:wink: lovely action to them
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Yes Bob, that's the motherworm. Great lure...my only crib is that they get thrashed very easily and last for only about 3 to 4 fish.
 
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