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Finally got one of these feckers! Been trying Wicklow marks on and off since January - dodging the Northerlies / Easterlies.. Sunday evening around 8pm, 1 hour off the full. Was using something a little unusual (from my box of filthy tricks) as they weren't eating the usual plugs (Zipbaits Rigge 70S Ayu / Smith Troutin Surger). Was 44cm and in good condition. Can you guess what the lure is?
 

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looks like a blade
I'm guessing an ecogear vx40 from your earlier post?
which colour?

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Nice one Rolfe! What lure was it then mate? Can't quite tell from the pic :p
 

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Some of the Irish guys on the East coast refer to them as white trout - you can see why from the picture!

As to the lure - Anselmo has it right - it's an Ecogear VX40 (40mm long), a metal vibrating bait which is apparently very popular in Aussie for bream especially. they are compact so they cast well, vibrate very strongly and can be jigged back, hopped off the bottom or just reeled straight in. I haven't used them a lot that is going to change! I got them on Evilbay for €7 odd, they're maybe a tenner from Oz. You can also get them from France I think - I saw a new vibrating Ecogear bait that looked fantastic at Nantes - ZX30.
 

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Rolfe,nice trout, Gilthead Bream are starting to show on the South Coast, I would love to catch one on a lure, do you reckon that this sort of lure would be the way to go. Any opinions would be very much appreciated
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Bob
 

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Rolfe,nice trout, Gilthead Bream are starting to show on the South Coast, I would love to catch one on a lure, do you reckon that this sort of lure would be the way to go. Any opinions would be very much appreciated
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Bob
Hi Bob

Thanks - unfortunately I know nothing about catching giltheads - what sort of conditions / locations are they usually found in? If you can describe these I'm sure someone on the forum could give you some ideas about lure tactics to try - I'll also chip in, I understand the principles but no particular gilthead experience . You might look at an Australia forum here http://www.breammaster.com/forum/ - lots of ideas there! Also Anselmo on this forum has Oz bream experience - you might pm him. There are also some excellent DVDs about Oz bream (I've got 4 I think) - series is called 'Squidgy Secrets' - can be got on Evilbay.

I'd love to try for some giltheads though - if you could give me some steer later in the summer about locations it would be appreciated! Whoever cracks the code will unlock a treasure chest...

Good luck!
 

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I do love the look of the ZX30's. We had a thread about them in the LRF section a little while ago. They do 35s and 40s as well. Will definitely have to get hold of a few.
 

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Rolfe, thanks for the reply, Gilthead Bream have been populating the South coast for the last number of years from Wexford up to West Cork, not sure about the West Coast but I have no doubt their range is expanding. They like estuaries/beaches and they are found in the same locations as Bass and Sea Trout. They tend to shoal in small groups so you can catch a few in quick sucession before the shoal moves on. Bannow Bay,Dungarvan Bay, Cork harbour Ring in West Cork etc etc all hold good stocks. They are weather dependent,settled weather is a help,rainwater coming down the estuary drives them out.Your comment about opening up a treasure chest is very true and exciting, You could easily target Bass as well as Giltheads on the same patch of ground. On LRF gear they would give a superb fight. Pound for pound they fight better than Bass. It will be interesting to see how this species affects the Bass population considering they are competing for the same food source.
exciting times:-D
Bob
 
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