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Me and the Squid headed SW today on the Ebb. Small 28ft tide, a bit of swell.

We had a few new bits and pieces to play with and the colour of the water dictated
we fish both soft and hard baits.



Very narrow, swell bound earlier. Settled when i took the picture.



It was near a submerged area like this that the fish I lost buried me good.

Around 30 minutes passed whilst I was shaking a Zoom trick worm on a 7g head in 20ft
of water. Bang, big fish on.. It felt really good but sadly, went to ground. Just as I was playing
with the line trying to free the jig the fish pulled another few yards of line off the reel and then
everything did go solid. Fish lost.

We carried on trying various colours, length's and styles of lure.

Then, Chris (Squid) was in...



A great start on a new soft plastic. ( TEAM CORMORAN SLICK WORM SB-5 )



We reckoned this fish went about 1.5lb.



Lure closely matched the weed in contrast and colour. Little twitches give the Illusion of life.

After this fish we turned up the heat, I went for a little walk, Chris switched to a hardbait. I worked the
deep gulley with a tube bait but, no takers. Tubes are pretty good Wrasse soft plastics.



Gary Yamamoto Tube. internal 10g head.

I was also working the crankbait today. I had various ones 1-3ft, 3-6ft, 5-8ft and a real deep digger. I was standing next
to Squid working this....



Bomber Crankbait 5-8ft floating diver.

Cranking it down, DEEP and letting it come up at medium speed in and around the submerged
ledges. I shouted to Chris....PIG, PIG, BIG PIG...!

A decent pig had followed said crank right up from 8ft hanging a few centimeters underneath it.
Shades of Triggerfish days flashed though my mind. As it breaks surface and the pig see's it's own
reflection it'll nail it. We watched as the pig just hung, then saw me and Chris and he turned quietly away.
This is the stuff that excites me in fishing.

I said to Chris, I'll change my plug for another colour...

Seconds later....

WHOA ! I'm in..

I turned to see the Injection and Chris Steel leaning heavily into what was obviously a great fish.



Cracking Wrasse. We weighed it. 3lb 12oz of solid ham.



Hit the River to Sea hardbait.



Chris was well pleased with this fish. Winter lure caught Wrasse are a bit special.

Another cracking winter lure session.
 

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Nothing quite like seeing a huge beaming smile like that :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:

Lovely report gents, and stunning colouration on that pig . . . . . . . love it !! :clap: :clap: :clap:
 

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Simon Lewis said:
stunning colouration on that pig
Yea, a really nice one. It amazes me at how many beautiful variations exist.

Liam: We are out tomorrow evening for a harbour scratching session.
On kids duty am and early pm tomorrow.

If anyone fancies a soft plastics session tomorrow evening, just pop along.
The more the merrier.
 

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kevin white said:
nice going guy's, cracking smile you got there chris, you almost look happy :lol:

kev
Keith, Great Photos and it was a very good day out.

Kevin, you should see me when I am not happy :lol:
 

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Beautiful fish there Chris,
Love the mark too, water looks great. Murky and coloured here, but going to give a crack tomorrow.
 

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Nice work guys - mission accomplished. Very beautiful markings on both fish - wrasse vary so much, it's amazing! Wish we had some water clarity like that though...
 

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''We had a few new bits and pieces to play with and the colour of the water dictated
we fish both soft and hard baits.''

Hi just wondering what sort of colour in the water is best suited to plastics and what for hardbaits. Still learning so any help will be appreciated.
Thanks
Paul
 

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Tiddler said:
Keith White said:
''We had a few new bits and pieces to play with and the colour of the water dictated
we fish both soft and hard baits.''
Hi just wondering what sort of colour in the water is best suited to plastics and what for hardbaits. Still learning so any help will be appreciated.
Thanks
Paul
Water clarity was very good and previous dive knowledge of this mark led me to believe
that Wrasse could be in suspension along a ledge about 2 meters off the absolute bottom.

This is why we used suspending crankbaits and pull and slow rise techniques alongside
the soft plastics.

I've found a little colour very beneficial for Wrasse. I guess you just become accustomed to
water clarity and what to do, or at least try.

Remembering of course, sea temp is 7.3 deg and not alot, if anything, is chasing around.

Clear cold water normally dictates suspension tactics especially for Bass. I wrote something
recently on my blog reference early season approaches..

http://www.jerseybassguides.com/bas...nd-the-dead-preparation-for-early-spring-bass

I also don't tend to use soft plastics in less than 1 meter of vis IF the water is deep AND the water is cold.
It's more general guidelines than rules. Part of my seasonal pattern.
 
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