I’ve not been shy nor have I hidden the fact in the past few weeks I had lost my bass mojo. I’ve thrown all sorts at these slippery little buggers but not managed to hook one let alone land one.
This past week I’ve taken on everyone’s advise. Matt Newcombe simply said stop trying and I’ll have one as a bi-catch. Matt Jones said metals were the way but there was one persons advise that I did not take and that was Luke Fox’s who said “Give up!”.
I began studying the tide times and weather. This weekend looked good and I had been waiting for conditions like this for weeks. The wind was in the west, the weather had been a little stormy leading up to the weekend and high tide was early evening. It all seemed to be falling into place. After fulfilling my duties and painting the window sills, I don-ed my waders and headed to the mark.
On arrival it all looked too good to be true. There was a nice swell and good fizz to the water and about an hour off high tide. I hurried to get my kit together. Today’s weapon of choice was the Graphiteleader Argento RV 8’6″ teamed up with a Diawa Caldia 2508 high gear loaded with 1.0PE.
I made my way out on to the rocks and picked a spot to stand. Now waves were crashing over my usualspot so I pick a safer spot where I wouldn’t get washed off. I began with some top waters and after 20mins of nothing switched to a savage gear sand eel. 20 mins later still nothing so setup with a large Senko in white and a 5/0 Vanfook weedless hook along with a cone weight. I started by letting it sink and slow retrieve along the bottom, after covering the ground in front of me I changed my retrieve to more of a sink and draw. I then got a few tentative bites I persevered but the bites soon dried up.
I now decided to cover the middle water and switched to a sinking shoreline shiner. First cast I counted it down a few seconds then began a slow retrieve. Just as it came over one of the reefs it got hit, I paused then began reeling again, hit again and then again before hooking up. Now in my eagerness to land the fish and tick off another species for the Lure Heaven UK species hunt, I made a school boy error and cut my braid on the rock in front of me. Feeling a bit of a numpty for leaving a lure in the fish I began to setup again, the only consolidation is I do crush the barbs on my bass lures.
This time went back to the top waters and put a Patchinko 2 on in mullet. First cast over the same reef and bang, bang, bang fish on. Not the biggest but a bass none the less. Landed the fish with ease this time and a quick pic before going back. I pulled one more off this reef before things went quiet. I moved to a reef on the other side and landed one more before it was time to head home. All in all a pleasurable session despite losing one of my favorite lures. The fish were not big at all but fin perfect and very pretty. I now feel I’m getting my mojo back and in time for France next weekend.
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