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Nick Tops (Lure Rage)
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Had some cracking Bass over the last few weeks ..there are loads of baitfish around so get in asap ! Been getting them on a range of lures as you can see the trick has been to keep on the move as the fish are chasing there meals so not necessarily holding to their usual routines ,, I've had to go very cautiously as the water is particularly clear with no swell now for weeks so presentation has been paramount .. the bigger bass are smart and easily spooked so try fewer casts into the more productive looking holds .. it's hard to slow down sometimes, but could be the difference when the waters so clean ,. Tight lines ..
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18/09/2014
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I stopped to wonder in awe at the magnificent towering cliffs , gulls turning as they go raised on the updraft joining the gentle symphony of the sea massaging ,,all-surrounding a warm encompasment drawing the summer ever nearer ...it's times like these i value .This is why im here it's so beautifull those long hours of the winter drear dissolving with each new moment ..
It's been five months since i was able to get down , work unfortunately took up the best part of last year so i got very little fishing done / besides a few competitions ..which i was rather lucky with ,winning the Cornish Mens Bass Championship" and taking another 1st and two 3rd places so in all come out better than expected ..No monster Bass but i had quite a few at the 5lb mark which made up for it .. That aside i've now been setting up rigs to fish a lot of drop shot and tiny lures and weightless options for better presentation ! And although there are not a lot of fish around just yet i've had loads of fun testing out these new ..Air Bag Minnows" , Fish Arrows" and Sakura Koneels" without putting in the time to rig them right and watch how they perform in the water ( even if you have to do this in the bath ) the time you put into making them look realistic will be repaid ten fold ..you might as well get them working right before you scare potential fish off which then would probably ignore your lure..
So with a spring in my step i hastened down towards the water which couldnt have looked more inviting ...a royal blue topped with soft gentle rolling white water and bubbles where it came up against the rocks ,creating a perfect hiding place for a stealthy ambush ! Three casts in and as the lure came through the clear water and into the murk of bubbles that it tightened , I struck setting the hook and the Bass head shaking made a dash for the clear water aaah the poetry of simply understanding their habitat means targetting areas that will hold fish rather than aimless casting which will make the fish well aware your there.. It was'nt a big fish a schoolie quickly followed by 3 more all hiding in the white water and all on Sasuke 120 before it died down forcing me to rethink my approach .. well they were there but the better fish were not amongst them so i attatched one of the new 10cm sandeel tails to a 14 gram TT tournament head from "Art Of Fishing" and let it get down just enough to bring it bouncing back across the sand ..and Bang ,,a good hit and with its head down it started to peel line off the reel ,i leaned on it a bit and felt the head come up but he bore down again  current surging over him as he took a bit more line using the strength of the flowing water,, what an immense feeling that slow throb of a better fish holding its own against the current forcing such a lovely arc into the Lovely "Major Craft Solpara SPS 902ml" which i had bought down to test with the soft plastics as it has a lovely action for throwing light lures really utilising the benefit of a softer arc to enable chucking these lures a good distance ... however i did not fair so well with the rod and hard plastics as the soft top absorbs too much of the vibrating lure which is crucial to feel as it works ... But in its ellement it was with the soft plastics and was bent beautifully as the Bass fought to rid itself but the rod held on ..and too was i surprised by the "Tokushima Hi Star 4000" which Ben at Art Of Fishing" had given me to test and despite looking a bit like it was quickly put together having 14 ball bearings and the most immaculate line lay of nearly any reel i ever fished with i have really been pleasently surprised and am going to leave it on the rod for a little while longer .. in all a good few first weeks of the season ive had more than ten Bass now in the past 2 weeks so it would seem like its time to dust off those lure rods and stretch those legs once again ..
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2014-05-28
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I've not had chance to post much lately as the conditions have really been against us last couple months . Fishing has been a bit hit and miss with the mean temperatures so low the bait fish are just not around for the fish to chase , even the mackerel are scarce.. so it seems the bass have had to seek out there pray in deeper water making the hard lure fishing more than challenging to say the least ! However I had some great sport a few days after one of the big westerly blows which churned the bottom up nicely and once again it was the weightless Dolive's which proved deadly taking two cracking fish of 7.2 lb and 5.5 lb within a half hour of each other and surprisingly close in too . I had been chucking hard lures above em for a good hour before switching to the soft plastics and wallop the one literally hit me under the rod tip not two meters from the rock I was on I had finished the retrieve and was just lifting it off the bottom 3 , 4 , 5 times just mesmerized at how natural the Dolive's look as they swim back down to the sand but at such an inviting and enticing angle the action just beautiful and then everything went stiff ,, no big hit he just sucked it in right at my feet ! I could scarcely believe it after two hours without a touch . Well I kicked into action in a heartbeat and swiftly hit the hook home and the fish took off ..well I just had to lock up on it as the little gully was a minefield of rocks and barnacles and if he got head down I'd have no chance ( this is why setting your drag right before u in trouble can be the difference between a trophy or a lost fish ) so I just held on applying tiny bits of extra pressure with my palm on the spool when necessary and had him up against the rocks in only a couple of minutes ! I could hardly believe my eyes it was a really long fish and double the size of anything else I've had in the last two months .. finally a decent Bass and measuring 70 cm a beaut at that ! Well I was so chuffed I could hardly belive it . I don't take a lot of fish as I prefer them to go back but I needed to weigh it in at the Club for the monthly competition so took my time and had a few pics with it probably I spent the next 10 minutes just in awe of such a beautiful creature ( which by the way went on to win me the monthly comp.. ) So imagine my surprise when not twenty minutes later I set the hook on another hefty fish which went 5.5 lb also on the same lure which just shows if u not targeting what they feeding on you could be casting aimlessly for hours .. So after watching him swim back successfully I gathered my wits ,,and all the other bits and made my way as dusk was setting in fast . Another fantastic session and lesson to go with it !
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It's RANT time ,, Snowbee-Rockhopper wading boots are the most dissapointing product ive used in more than 25 yrs of fishing !! Ontop of this ive now spoken to Snowbee who are very aware of the issues with this product but still fail to ackgnowledge it as a problem claiming "were have no plans to do anything about it" ...huh  

Ok from the start..I decided to try these on the strength of there regular Rockhopper" boots ..they come with 35 studs surely enough to add the grip we need , well within 7 weeks i was down to 6 studs in the one boot !! with the other faring just as poorly... So naturally i contacted Snowbee who said this shouldnt happen,, do you think,,, But ye they had a lot of returns in regard . So first question was what are they doing to deal with this .. "NO NOTHING" was the answer ,, Well surely you cant continue to sell these as they are if they have this problem ! No we've no plans to change them or stop selling them let alone release a press statement in regard for all the poor fellows that did buy them !! Well I decided to try one more pair despite all the problems thinking possibly i had a faulty pair.. Well its not been 3 months and they are completely ruined ! and i slipped twice yesterday and as we all know those rocks are'nt soft to land on ,, Well speaking to Snowbee again ,informing them i was writing a blog in regard and wanted to know if they were now dealing with this problem and why it was happening they just completely dismissed it once again saying only they were made in a different factory to the Original Rockhopper boots and had no plans to change this or look at the problems we are all facing with these wading boots.. Not only that but the person concerned whom i was speaking to said when i mentioned some other makes that were holding up better than there's he replied saying "well please do send the link to them for these other products as they would simply copy them " WHAT !! It's almost unbelievable !!! A CROC of a company who as most of us know do just copy every other product out there but in this case charge twice the price and last a fraction of the time ( see bison wading boots, exact copy ) and too they fail to deal with any of the customers who have had problems with these wading boots .,., Avoid SNOWBEE at all cost for sake of peace of mind cause getting stung hurts ....
On a lighter note..I've now been using Scierra cc3 breathable waders for 8 months and sure ,the coast is a rather unforgiving rough place for our kit and tackle but i have not one complaint about these waders and being on the cheaper side they sure have stood the test of time , lightweight and comfortable and retailing for about £100 you cant go far wrong here ! a cracking product that does what it says on the tin !! and if like me you value your Simms waders too much to put in the salty brine then theses are the answer your looking for ..

Ive had a few fish over the last 2 weeks but mostly small with the best going 3.5 lb and only one of 14 bass taken on hard lure the rest fell to plastic immitations , Do-live sticks and tikki worms .. May Blooms in June a reflection of the state of the bizare weather weve endured shows only what effect global warming has had on the regulaing jet stream which governs most of our weather so battling the ellements weve been but slowly water temps are rising even if the May bloom seems a month late its a sign of things hottin uP ...and finally we have a South West wind blowing for more than a couple hours ! fingers crossed this could turn em on ..Bringing inshore the crabs and worms and food they quite literally have been going elsewhere to feed on .. the Mackerell are arround but in very small and localised shoals but at least bringing some sport and a few tasty BBQ's ..  
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Well i managed a few fish over the last couple weeks .. Cant say the conditions have been favorable as you all know just being able to get down to throw a line has been hard enough with this constant wind and rain ..besides fishing being really sporadic ,with winds from the South East North and West just ripping into our early season opportunities / But fish i did and a few i got.
And nothing quite hits home like taking Bass on weightless 5" worms..especially the first ! 

And as i made my way down the valley disappearing into the low mist which hung just above the water an eerie still drew me in ,setting the tone for a valuable early season lesson ! I had seen a few fish over the last week but mostly on bait and although small it's knowing they there but not taking lures that can be the most intriguing part if fishings what makes you tick.. I'd been down for about an hour , covered all the likely holds on route but driven by instinct and far from beaten I waded out onto a spit with a small island twenty meters off and a lovely gully just starting to wash as the tide surged around it. I had swum four or five different lures through but to no avail and it was with a bit of trepadation that i tied on a weightless 4" Do Live Stick.. out it went getting swept along in the determined tide filling as it went covering even the way back .. there was'nt much time and to be fair the Do Live was out of it's depth here plane'ing up to the surface in the strong current but as i wiped it back in a Bass came out of the depth looked at it and then dissapeared / possibly a belly weight might have done the job but i opted for a 5" Ticki Worm instead a bit heavier and more lifelike as it got swept along the edge of the island ,, It looked deadly ! As a fresh set of waves washed clear over the island i took my chance and dropped it right on the last foot of showing rock and watched as the tide washed it off and over the ledge , I played out some line to give it freedom to move more realisticly and counted down from 5 as it sunk into the swirling white water then slowly tightend up and he took off ! For a moment i could'nt believe what was happening it was tight solid was i rocked ..and right then all doubt dissolved into sheer bliss and with a hollar i set the hook and the fish head shaking bore down into the the rip running the length of the island before turning and holding in the deepest part just before the mass of rocks that surely would mean the end for my braid and possibly my first Bass on lure this season ! But luck was on my side today and literally with kids hands i worked him back towards me till it slid up the rocks and and quicker than a miner on a nugget I grabbed at old spikey and sure to his name let me know what he thought about that ! low and behold not only did he have a go but that worm was so far down its gob that only the last couple cm's of it were visible ..

This is a great lesson to be fair as time again the advice has been - It's too cold they wont chase lures at this time of year- and considering were catching them on lug worm could this be just the answer I've been searching for...
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With a slow and persistent creak, finally winters door is edging closed ..The Sea has returned to the beautifull deep blue hue that embodies the mysterious inevatability that draws me back ..rod in hand and mind a buzz of excitement ! What could this season hold for us fisherman ? would the jet stream return to its usual course or sit lower again like it did last year dropping our mean temperature and bringing persistent wind and rain dirtying our rivers churning up the sea.. would the Mackerell show early and bring with them shoals of hungry Bass and Pollock ...All these questions that only time itself will answer run through my mind as I head slowly down to one of the deeper water marks spinning rod in hand and sun on my back..Conditions look good with only about a foot of swell so i choose a small 28g metal lure and send it out into the small weedy bay on its first swim of the year ,, and bang! straight away im on hit on the drop ,I almost cant believe it..A small Coal fish ! Man does it feel good to b out doing what i love most again and i've hit a fish already .. Well i went on to take between 20-30 Pollock and small Coal'ies over the next couple hours which was absolutely amazing and while fishing got a call from my mate Rich who'd just had a few Mackerell off the kayak ! So im guessing the fish should move in over the next couple weeks as the tide rises towards spring tide at the end of the month and with it the shoals of Mackerell and hungry Bass and big Pollock and after 4 months hibernation im literally chomping at the bit... 
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The weather's been relentless for the past 8 days churning the sea up and making fishing near on impossible ,So when it looked like we had a small gap I had to take the opportunity,, and despite fairly brisk winds and getting rained on twice ! nothing was gonna stop me from fishing today .
I'ts true i've had some good days fishing recently, and although i've caught more Bass in a session,today turned out to be my most sucsessfull ..and possibly most memorable ever !
The morning saw regular schoolie's while the tide was on it's way out ,all close up and along the rocky ledges,but i had to cover quite a bit of ground and only seemed to find them in singles ..This gave me a chance to run some prelim tests of the new lures i'd got in which i was hoping would cope with the rougher conditions we've had of late..First up was the Duo Rough Trail 130, weighing in at 29g a fairly hefty lure which does have as good'sh castabillity, see it has no sliding weights , just solid so it casts well but can get picked up by the winds if they heavy.. it's a solid lure ..but did battle a bit in the more turbullent waters / as it has a long but square bib ,which maybe if was a bit rounder to catch the water better , as a few times i found it plane'ing to the surface as too much pressure forced it out of it's comfort zone : so despite it's name would probably be more at home in not so rough conditions where its action could be clearer . Second was the Duo Gyodo 90 which at 9cm weighed a heafty 30g and cast like a bullet , a solid little lure with no moving weight system but aerodynamically did'nt need it ,as it cut through the air on a determined path ! Well this is one of the strangest lures i've used in a while , but that's not a bad thing . It has a mental action and even on a regular retrieve darts left and right on it's own accord seriously looking like a pannicked bait fish.. which was very interesting ,however its weight overides its ability to hold true as it battles to keep itself square on but this also makes for an interesting erratic action .. However it too battled somewhat in the heavy'er currents,, but i'm looking forward to using it in more moderate sea's and i think over clean ground in stops and starts as it bounces across the bottom in a flurry could be very interesting .. So both lures still need some testing to see how they'd fair with less pressure !
The Hokkaido was next, at 13 cm and 23 g was a comfortable lure to fish with and in truth has a fantastic rolling action and swims beautifully ,and although the fish were tentative and it got more hit's than hook-ups this was more to do with it's size on the day compared to the natural food source the fish were feeding on as little sprats half it's size were in the margins .. It did however bring the fish up when others were'nt ,and took about four fish during a couple hours ..I can't wait to use it again as it's a great lure and considering it retails at about £13 a solid performer..
On noticing how tentative the fish were only nudging the bigger lures, i switched to the Zonk 77 from Megabass ,which is just a smaller version of the brilliant Zonk 120 ,and the fish could'nt stop nailing it ..They've one of the best actions Zonk's digging into even the toughest sea's and do they ever vibrate  ! excellent lures from start to finish casting like a dream with their internal shifting weights ..a true legend of a lure , and the '77 is a great addition to the family.
But the real star of the show was the Seaspin Buginu 140 ! bagging me a lovely 5lb fish recently when other lures could'nt handle the conditions,, and did it ever pull it out the bag again today!! At 28g and shifting internal weights it absolutely flies ! and with its unique shaped bib really bores down hard into even the roughest sea's ..They look great too and swim like a dream with a most mesmerizing natural action that just begs to be eaten . A truelly magnificent lure and one that has'nt left my box now for over 3 month's !
So as the tide had now turned and the wind picked up making the sea even more choppy it was with great confidence that i clipped the Buginu on, and made my way to the left of the next sandy bay where i could cast sideways across it avoiding going directly into the wind and covering big patches of churning white water  , the tide had been pushing now for about an hour and the surf was churning up the sand which hides so much of the bass's food. Also offering great cover for the smaller fish as they try to avoid detection . 
The first cast went out straight in front of me and so followed the next few ,as I made my way clockwise into the bay covering as much water as i could in search of their feeding zone ..whacking a long cast out to the side I started the retrieve quickly to make contact with the lure as the wind was catching the braid and doing it's best to sweep it off course during the cast . 10 meters into the retrieve and all Hell broke loose ..as the lure was smashed as it sped through the rough water ! What ever had hit it was'nt about to let it get away ,, the rod arched and the fish sped off through the churning surf ripping line from the reel and causing complete panick from my end as it surged determidly away from the sharp pull in it's mouth !! This was a big fish who knew what it was doing and all i could do was watch as 30 meters of line peeled off the reel at an alarming rate .Well if you want excitement this is what it's all about ,as the addrenalin sent shock waves all through my body and the fish banking hard against me with massive thuds and head shakes showed me who was really boss in the rough sea's ..And as it paused for a moment I took the chance and scrambled higher up and into a better fighting position ,, I could only pray my knot's would hold ,as when you hook a big fish and have'nt seen it yet you literally think it could be any size ,and should you return with only a fisherman's tale would be a very sorry situation ..I held on for what seemed like ages.. but slowly started to gain some line back as the fish changed direction ,starting to head back into the churning surf where with it's broad flanks it was using the currents against me making it feel twice as heavy ! I pumped the rod ,gaining slowly.. bringing the fish ever closer ,maximum pressure on both it and the tackle, but it would'nt be rushed ! and scrapped hard running again when i'd got it about 20 meters from me  .This was the difficult part as the strong backwash off the beach was really in it's favour and it was a few minutes before it was close in enough that i managed my first glimpse of it  ! A magnificent sight , long and dark with a great big tail working hard to keep it from succumbing ,, As i clambered down to a point about a meter above the sandy shore I did my best to prevent it from turning again and with a final stalemate over used the surging tide to bring in in the last final feet .. What a beauty ! a Great Big bar of a fish ,which I could'nt help but admire as I lifted it out of the water and quickly climbed back onto the rocks placing the fish in the deepest pool to revive while I grabbed the camera and pliers to safely remove the hooks .It weighed in at 6.7lb and was in perfect condition ! and true'ly made my day ,and if nothing else came of it it could'nt get much better,,
Well how wrong this turned out to be ..as the fun was certainly far from over..  After slipping it back into the water and checking my leader and a quick cigg'y I got into position and fired out another cast straight back into the surging bay. Five turns of the handle and wallop I got hit again the line tightend and i felt that big tell-tale thud and as quickly as it was there it was gone .. No , I ripped the lure back in checked the hooks and fired it out again,  two sharp pulls to dig the lure in and Wack ! Tight , Heavy ,,Very heavy ..I was on again and there was no mistaking , this was a large fish ..well im not sure if it even knew it was hooked at first as the pressure built and slowly line started running off the reel nothing panicked just determidly for a few seconds , Two , Three thuds and the game changed as the beast aware now that something was wrong made it's first heavy but unstoppable run . This was different from the fast and frantic pace of the previous fish ,I could'nt turn this one let alone stop it and it felt almost as if it knew I stood 50 meters away with a light rod bent to the hilt and little more that i could do,, it hardly seemed bothered probably just laughing at me ," what do you really think you.ve got a chance with that pathetic little rod against me, ha ! " I could'nt do much but hold on too afraid to tighten the drag and too shocked to do much else .So it just swum me around the bay for five minutes probably  showing off to it's new jewllery to it's mates ! I could'nt turn it so just held on for dear life hoping I could just stay connected long enough to maybe tire it out ..It felt like me against a whole rugby scrum .. Heavy surf and Big fish will take years off your life ,but there's just nothing that comes even remotely close and i'd happily watch them tick by ( well i say happily When in fact it's more like being perched on top a high cliff with a parachute dragging you ever closer to the edge ! ) But I was'nt going down or over the edge without a fight and slowly started applying more and more pressure lifting the rod as much as possible and then gaining a few feet at a time ,, It's broad and deep body were like a wedge against the pressure, but I inched it closer bit by bit . At least ten minutes had gone by and my arm was starting to ache ! But it was coming and once i'd cleared it of the white water the fight strarted to even out some, and every time it took off I would work it back again , It sure was a heafty lump ,but i could see it now, and it was more like a trophy than a prize / and as i beached it I could'nt believe how broad it's shoulders were ,what a magestic creature ! It was a battle even to hold onto as I climbed once again up and onto the rocks ,, A leviathon of a specimen memorys of a previous chat with a mate who'd said it was many many years since that he'd had his big fish and how he'd not repeated it since and the chat at the pub when they said the last big one i had was a fish of a lifetime almost a one off for our coast ,, But there it was infront of me only two months later,, I'd beaten the odds on this one and I could'nt be happier ,, It measured 70 cm and weighed in at 8.1 lb's another proper specimen ! I took some pic's and revived her for a while before watching her swim off to fight another day..
I needed a coffee ,, But lady luck was'nt done with me yet ,and I managed another 3 fish over the next half hour,,all between 5 and 6lb leaving just before there was barely enough light for me to find my way off the beach .
"Today was like hitting the Jackpot !! not once but like five times in a row ! ..What an outstanding, outstanding session ! and one I'l sure'ly never top ,,,sure'ly...only time would tell ..
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Had two great sessions over the last week taking 12 and 15 Bass respectivley ..with a couple lovely fish of 4.5 lb and 6.3 lb for the first and another cracking 6lb fish on the second session ! Also we had the Masterline Walker Trade Tackle show which produced some lovely new bits namely some good looking Viros braid a new black Artica reel and some rather interesting new lures which shall all be tested as soon as they arrive with me !
So when my mate Phil called and said he was coming with Paul to fish the weekend expectations were high . Although the weather was looking a bit touch and go we got up at first light making our way to one of my most productive marks. as we walked along the beach it looked like we should at least get a few hours in before it turned.
Stopping at the first bay Phil was first to tackle up and make his way into the surf and when i looked up he was on his way back with a fish in hand ,, although a big bass it was'nt,, when he dropped a little sprat into the rock pool I felt a rush of excitement "look just found this washed up on the shore" . Better news would be hard to find as if the sprats were this close in then something was chasing them !!
Well moments later i found another and as both were still alive, it sure was a good sign , tying on a small sand coloured Sasuke 105 which was as close a resemblance as i had with me i could'nt hide my excitement..So once we were all tackled up, we made our way into the next bay and after a few quick casts i figured i'd make my way down left to allow a little more space for each of us,only to met by screams of excitement from Paul who had climed up on some rocks at the head of the bay and who was now waving his hands franticly and pointing down towards Phil who was obviously hooked up ,,and by the level of excitement from Paul it seemed like a good fish ! quickly i made my way back towards them and sure as Phil's "Yamaga Blank" was bending hard the fish holding on strong in the surf zone . But Phil's a good fisherman and carefully he worked the fish closer concentration apparent on his face he knew what we suspected and when he beached the fish I think we all gasped ,,A beauty of a Bass and as he clutched his catch and I fired off a few pic's we were sure all more excited. It really was a lovely fish glinting in the morning light a Bar of Silver ! excitement and joy written all over his face and well due ..It weighed in at 5.5lb ,making it his best bass of the year !! I had barely finished taking the Photo's when Paul's shouts wrenched me from the moment ,, He was in too ! I could'nt wait any longer and reached for my rod and made my way out into the surf and hurled the little Sasuke as far as possible , watching Paul manouver his fish as i got into the retrieve ,but in the excitement i think i cranked it a bit fast as it was already in so i calmed myself and looked for the best bit of wash and sent it out again a bit more deliberate this time .. Paul had got his fish in and quickly released it as it was a smaller school'ie and i could see him aiming out his next cast when my line tightened ! Bang what a hit..straight away i knew id found one of the bigger fish as the rod arched and the fish tail thumping put the pressure on , Wow literally we'd all hooked up in about 5 minutes and i could just see the amazement on their faces ,as fishing like this is sometimes very hard to find ..I could feel my fish boring hard and working the surf line to it's advantage all i could really do was hold on as it's large flanks kited in the swell , I sure did'nt want to loose this one it did feel good and i loosend my drag two clicks to be extra sure..But after a really good account i eventually started to feel it give and worked it ever closer .. Phil was now at my side and making his way into the surf and as the Bass got close enough he launched the Boga grip at it and moments later lifted the lunker clear ! Wohoo" what a smashing fish about the same length as Phil's but with a great big fat belly .. Was i ever chuffed ! It weighed in just under 6lb and as we slipped it back after a few pic's and the beauty of the moment really hit me ..what an epic 10 minutes..
But it was'nt over yet ,as Paul struck into another fish this one definately bigger than the last and rod bending his excitement hard to hide as the fish gave him the run-around finding it's way under one of the larger rocks. He certainly did well to get it out.. landing another cracking Bass of about 3.5 lb which he swiftly returned to swim another day.. Nice one Paul !

What a manic half hour that was and on moving further round the bay it seemed our good luck was in as i bent into another stonking fish from the rocks not even fifteen minutes later which weighed in at the 5lb mark and with all of us taking a few more school'ies over the next hour before the wind completely got the upper hand ,,and with the tide pushing hard we had to make haste to get back along the beach before we got cut off ! On the way back we shared moments of the day and with 9 fish between us it had really been a fantastic session and made the long journey well worth the drive .. Thank's again guy's was awesome to see you again and a pleasure to share some more fishing time  ..
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This weekend saw the St Collumb Bass Competition over Saturday and Sunday ! But the weather was'nt playing ball as Saturday was really blowing hard .So i decided on an early start instead Sunday morning as it looked like the wind would calm down during the night ..
I found my way to the cliffs at first light and slowly clamerd down as a bit of overnight rain had left it rather slippery, but before too long I tied on the Graduation Sardine and sent it out on it's first swim of the day . I had two small Bass of a couple pounds straight away in close so made for the next mark a bit deeper where i'd allways found the bigger ones,which soon saw me leaning into a lovely fish of 7 or 8 pounds / which while geting washed around below me as i tried to reach it got cut off on some mussels,, and with my lure still in it's mouth gently swam off !! completely worn out but off to live another day..after a fair amount of swearing I regained my composure and started again ,,echoes of the Tintagel Competition from a few weeks ago when i lost a massive Pollock .. There's not much more brutal than getting your fish in only to loose it trying to get it onto the rocks ..  Anyhow it was'nt long before the rod was bent again properly in the next bay ,which had lovely white water stretching right across it and I banged 3 beauties in twenty minutes .I ended the day on 9 Bass with 5 of them going over 4lb which was great !!  I got 3rd place with a 6lb fish ! winning a Anyfish Anywhere rod , case of beer and some cash ontop of that ...Result ..winning fish was upper end of 7lb ! but a good session for sure !!
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An outrageous day's fishing which saw Eight Bass and me loosing four more, and the second time in two weeks which saw a hatrick of species in my first 3 casts on arriving !! and then two more Pollock in the the following two casts..which has all to do with the SW wind bringing the essential food in close enough to the shore. But what a start to the day ..
I'd got up at first light following the previous days fishing (last Post- just hav'nt had a chance to type it up since the weekend). The day before had seen plenty fish so i was determined to get down for the same tide ,and on leaving home just as the sun was cracking the dawn i prayed to find the same kinda sport. Conditions looked good so i parked the car and set off down the rough pass thinking first to hit the deeper mark for an hour then make my way back along the trecharous goat path and to the little bay which had seen so much action for me the previous day . Well in the space of 5 casts i had just as many fish it was sure looking good and as the second fish was a lunker Bass at 53cm just under 4lb i knew id hit it just right ..It's not too often my coast fishes this well but after about a week of the SW you get a couple days when it all goes nuts ! And after a start like this it boded well ..As the fish were around i decided to try a large streamer fly with a 1oz running sinker as i was sure it would work on the pollock.. and this was my favorite Pollock mark so no better time to try ,, first 2 casts nothing then on the third it got hit hard and was'nt long before a cracking 4.5 lb deep flanked golden Pollock lay glisterning on the rocks next to me  ! what a result .. I'd had seven good fish before grabbing my bag and making for the other mark round the corner and into the little bay to the left, and honestly I could'nt help but heading off with a spring in my step !! 
It looked perfect still a bit of swell pushing up against the rocks as everything was getting pushed ever closer to the shore , So on went the IMA Melty with a 7g Iwashi head . I wanted to raid the kelp and boulders up close with minimal disturbance as there was no action showing on the surface just yet .. I sent it straight out to start just to get a feel for it and see it swim before aiming parallel with the shore about 5 meters out running it back just on the edge of the white water surging back off the rocks .. two little knocks but it did'nt tighten so i fired it out again giving a few more seconds for it to get down as those pollock love to hide in the kelp and then pounce on unsuspecting pray and this was the zone i needed to work it in. Reel , pause , twitch , twitch Bang fish on ! perfect ,a lively 2lb Pollock which held on hard and was a great confidence booster for the little lure , Great i thought just what i needed ..as the first two casts id just swum it straight without any twitches or pauses but they seemed to like it with a bit of action and being the chartreus they could sure see it from a way ! I fired it out again and this time it was a much more solid take as it got smashed by a Bass violently shaking it's head swimming hard and putting up a great fight ! I was in my element and took another within five minutes ! The Bass were here..
So on went one of my favorite little Bass lures , the Chiquita Baby from Halcyon Systems which with the smallest twitches could'nt look more like an injured prey if it was one ! Absolute chaos ensued with me taking four fish and loosing another four in the next hour with takes almost every cast !!as fish literally fought for the lure ,with sometimes five or six fish charging it at a time ! it was pure madness and one of those moments you just wish you'd been filming as fish missiles just came out of the depth straight at the Chiquita in a mad rush to be first at it.. I'd hook fish and they'd throw the hook only for another to grab it within seconds,, it was a special session for sure and must have been an hour before it seemed like they had enough and shyly sunk back into the depths .. although i did manage one more on a Savage Sandeel a bit further out a half hour or so later they had moved off and in truth i needed to gather my thought's and calm down ,, sitting down to a well needed coffee..
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