With this blazing sun and calm seas the bass fishing has been far from great. In fact in the last two weeks I've seen two caught and only one by me. With an invite to the beach for a swim (yeah right, not got my bikini body in shape yet) I thought I'd go along with my rod and camera in tow with the hope of a fish or two. At worse I should at least get a photo of our glorious coastline.
I started off chucking some metal, more percisely one of my favorites. The 8g Mahi jig in pink (red and silver officially). On the other end of the line was my Daiwa Gekkabijin 2004 and attached to that was old faithful, my Graphiteleader Finezza Nuovo GONFS-76-842UL-T-AL. I had a few casts and after a few small and very tentative bites I decided to slow it down a bit. I switched to a drop shot rig using a 7g weight and a size 8 Vanfook DS-21B Down 'Drop' Shot Hooks and a Bait Breath Needle Fry 2" in pink. Two casts later and I had my first turbot. As the title suggest this was no monster in fact it wasn't the dinner plate I was after but more of a saucer.
After the second fish I decided it was time to go and socialise and reluctantly I put the rod away. With the sun starting to set I decided to set up the camera and do my best to capture the 'moment'. Without boring you with camera talk I took a few pictures and below is the result.
Isn't this place just beautiful? I love Cornwall and fail to see how anyone could disagree with me. That's why a couple of weekends ago I was more than happy to spend 43hrs of the 48hr long Cornish Lure Festival fishing its glorius coast and estuaries. Once again we had blazing sun and calm seas but after a lot of hard work between Ben and I we eventually rocked up in Wadebridge having bagged 15 species for me and 13 for Ben.
I had to wait for the species master himself to see if I was in with a shout of winning. Arriving with just seconds to spare Josh Fletcher rocked up. I made my way over trying not to look desperate but I was sure Josh was as keen to know the scores as I was. We had tied both with 15 species and after the final scores we stood in joint first place. Ben Church, Jake Schogler and Dan Sales took the next spot all on 13 species. A massive effort was put in for Jake and Dan travelling down from Scotland fishing unfamiliar ground and still pulling out 13 species.
Although conditions weren't great for bass there were a few good fish caught the biggest stretching 58cm. Misty was the lucky winner with Luke Fox in second with 57cm and Matt 'Ruler' Brundy in third with 56cm.
There were some decent wrasse caught to with Shane Harris winning with a cracking 53.5cm fish. Shane is no stranger to big wrasse and has caught fish I dream of. Like the bass section Luke Fox came in close second with 52cm but these two were just the start of Luke's winnings. To cut along story short Luke worked extra hard and traveled some miles in search of species both from the fresh stuff and the salt. In the end he ended up bagging the largest perch, largest pike as well as the second largest bass and wrasse.
Reuben Smith entered as a junior did well enough in the perch section to qualify for the adult section and bagged himself second place. Will James, also a junior wasn't too far behind in third. Now these guys have put in some serious hours over the past year and they are seeing the results.
Another name that popped up again and again was Kyle Robinson. I have fished with Kyle on a few occasions and this lad has skills. Not only did he manage to win the junior species hunt with 10 species he also won the junior bass section and the junior wrasse section. Kyle is definitely going to be one to watch in future events and good luck to him. He certainly puts the effort in.
Last but not least another well done to Reuben and Will on placing in the species hunt. Will managed 8 species and came in second with Reuben grabbing third with 6 species, Alex Cottam qualified 4th with 3 species.
Thanks to Ben Tregoning for the festival pictures. I was to tired and anxious to take any myself.
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