Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Monster Queenie for Omar!

Just had this mail from Omar down under (top fishing fella!)

"Oi old man, here’s a tale for the blog.

Check out this queenfish I caught yesterday late afternoon!!!! She smashed a live mullet that I had merrily working for me on the edge of a deep hole on the Don River. It was only in about 60cm of water. The tide comes sweeping up through the hole & up through a gap 50m wide out onto the sand flats. Purely tidal; at this time of the year there is no flow & the river drains fully on low tide.
When she took off, she headed back into the hole and ripped off 80m or so of 20lb braid. The Stella did as always, rock solid. Full on acrobatics, jumping many times clear of the water during the 15 mins it took to land.
Unfortunately, all the exertion had taken it out of her, there was no chance of a release here. Quickly dispatched with a strong jab behind the eye, bled & cleaned immediately so as to make sure the fish was best on the chew. Shared around the street. The walk from the point (Yasso Point, mouth of the Don) back to the car is only 600m or so, but with this beast, 2 rods, cast-net & bucket, I struggled indeed. Plenty of folk fishing for whiting & flathead along the way back.
Plenty of the same old question....... “F**K mate, did you’se get that here???” Awesome, buzzing as you can tell. The all-tackle record for queenfish is just over 17kg & 130cm. This measured 115cm & I would say around 14kg. They don’t get much bigger. I generally put big fish back, but like I said, this big girl was unlucky & wouldn’t have survived long even if I swam her for 15 mins in the croc infested waters......"




 

Tackle

G-Loomis GL2 LR905S (an awesome livebait rod, heavier than I usually use, but I had seen these big queenfish over the past few days feeding.)

Shimano Stella 4000SW loaded with 20lb Fireline

Fixed ledger rig with 80lb flurocarbon trace.
 
 
Cracking fish - respect!
 
Tight Lines...................

Saturday, 10 August 2013

New Shad to try.........

I just picked these up & they look pretty nice so I thought I would share. They are EFFZETT Rolling shads from DAM, 75mm & 11g.

Although I'm not a great fan of fishing shads, these may well work on a couple of spots I know and are well worth a try at least.





I hope to be back out fishing in a couple of weeks so I hope to give these softs a blast then.

Tight Lines & Fat Fish !

Wednesday, 24 July 2013

A new topper for my box..........

I picked up a new topper for my box last week, which I hope will prove to be a catcher:

86mm & 13g in a pretty mullet pattern (the new smaller size Z-Claw "Phelps"). I think this little fella may fill the gap between a standard Z-Claw and some of my smaller toppers when the conditions are as calm as they have been recently (well that's the theory anyway).




 
 
I picked mine up at Chesil Bait n Tackle ( http://chesilbaitntackle.co.uk/ ) - seriously nice people & a shop very well worth a visit if you are in the area.
 
I'm hoping to get another sneaky trip in this week to test out the "Phelps".
 
That's all folks......tightest lines.

Tuesday, 23 July 2013

A Dorset Quickie.

Just back in from a night down in Dorset where the conditions have been difficult of late (although there seems to be a good stamp of fish down that way with several biggies being caught.

The fishing was tough (no wind, weed etc.) but we managed 11 fish. I suspect if the conditions had been slightly different (note different & not necessarily better) we would have bagged up.



Nice haircut lad!
 
Late night schoolie.
Not much else to report (but I hope to get out & land another fish or two later this week).

Be good & tight lines!

Sunday, 21 July 2013

Fishing in Pembrokeshire gin............

Just back from a week in Pembrokeshire, where the weather was great for a family holiday (not fantastic for bassing but you cant have it all...). The tides were small and as you can see in the pictures below, the water was very very clear, coupled with a lack of wind & water movement I knew I was up to a challenge.

Could almost be the Caribbean.

There`s water if you look closely - honest!

I have to admit that I struggled the first couple of days, but when I did manage to locate them I did reasonably well with up to 13 fish in a session (up to 55cm so no real monsters). The fish I was catching seemed to be good little fighters & I even had some trebles and split rings trashed by the fish.

The fish were a fighting this year.

Bright shiny lures did the trick.

One of 10 fish landed for 12 casts.

I managed to catch up with Ricky & Rhod while I was there (always fun), but to the end of the week the wind turned East & the fishing seemed to drop off.

Ricky on a rock.

Despite only having fished a few short sessions (trying to avoid that pesky sun) we had a fantastic family holiday to boot & fun was had by all.

Fantastic scenery.

Beautiful sunsets (thanks to Mitch for the pic).

Another Pembs bass.

I ended up just short of 30 fish (& took a Swiss bloke called Rico out, who managed to land 5 bass off the top on his first bass lure session ever - his face was priceless).

Anyway its good to be back catching bass (thanks for your patience to those who actually follow this blog).

Next weeks dilemma is going to be the choice of fishing Dorset or perhaps Pembrokeshire again - time for me to take a quick look at the weather & surf sites to try and make some sensible decision (which of course would be a first for me lol)......

Catch you all soon - tight lines.


Tuesday, 1 January 2013

The Winners & A Happy New Year....

A Happy New Year to All (hope the hangovers are mild & the fishing is good wherever you are).

As Xmas is over & done with I thought its time to post the winners on the Xmas give-aways. This year there were very few entries & the prizes will go to whoever was closest to the required post number.......

So the winners are:

Give-away 1 - Skagway Fishing Charters Skagway Fishing Charter
Give-away 2 - João Pinto  http://sheospinning.blogspot.com
Give-away 3 - Jim
Give-away 4 - Jaime

If the winners post their addresses (I wont publish) the lures will be in the post very soon.

Apart from that here's a nice 90cm Barramundi that Omar caught a few days ago (well done fella!).


 
Best of luck with everyones 2013 season & especially good weather to fish in!


Tight Lines.

Sunday, 23 December 2012

A first winner (on the Xmas give-away 4.)

We have a winner for the Feed Shallow that was up for grabs......well done Jaime!

Jaime if you put your name and address in the comments, I will post the lure in the next few days (I will not publish your name and address).

The other give-aways are still up for grabs so get in there....

Have fun!

Saturday, 22 December 2012

Xmas give-away 4.

The last lure up for grabs is a Tackle House Feed Shallow in Pink Rainbow (or the "Poulet" as some call it but that's another story lol).

3rd person to answer correctly wins.......



Q: Which company makes "The Patchinko"?

Be quick to win.................

Tuesday, 18 December 2012

Xmas give-away 3.

Next up is a Rapala MaxRap MXR13 (15g)......

Win it by being the 3rd person with the correct answer in the comments box below.



Q: Which grow larger - male or female bass?

As usual the comments get posted on a winner....

Wednesday, 12 December 2012

Xmas give-away 2.

Next up for grabs are a pair of  Illex Kenbu metals (a gold and a white both in 20g).......

The 9th correct answer wins (answer in the comment box please)....oh and one answer each please.




Q: Who manufactures "The Gunfish".

Enjoy!

Sunday, 9 December 2012

Xmas give-away 1.

As last year I have a couple of lures up for grabs. Quite easy - just answer the simple question & with any luck youll be a winner (decider as last year is your comment number).

Anyway first up for grabs is.....a packet of Team Cormoran Slickworms in SB-5.The 5th person to provide the correct answer will win the softs (the comments will be published once a 5th correct answer).........as last year these will be sent to you by post free of charge.



Q: Who manafactures "The Zonk" (now how easy is that?)

Answers below in the comments box (oh and one per person only & dont forget your name).


Good luck all (especially to those still fishing - brrrrrrrr)

Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Bits n pieces


Over on TLF, I entered the annual team bass competition, and to my amazement our team is up there in second place at the moment. The competition is run each year & random teams of four are created with each person being able to enter their best fish (with photographic evidence against the TLF ruler).
 
 

Our team "2012 A Bass Odyssey" have submitted four fish for a current total of 263cm (giving an average of just under 66cms!), the leading team still has 11cm over us, so I'm guessing we will finish second unless someone below us takes a lunker or two).
 
Anyways I have been asked, if I will do another December giveaway as I did last year, so keep an eye on the blog in December (just in case - who knows you might get lucky).
Apart from that not too much to report (my fishing's done for this season), but I thought I would just post up the silly video below for your amusement.

 
 Thats all folks..................
 

Sunday, 28 October 2012

Sausage fingers, half a seal & Joes leg.......

Just back home from the usual poor fishing weather in the UK (what I had hoped would be 10 days of great Autumn bassing turned out to only be two whole days of tough fishing!)

I took a trip to Dorset where an East wind killed any real chance of bagging up big style but there were a few fish to be had but we really really had to work hard to catch. We did have a few as you can see below, (sorry about my poor editing to conceal the spot a bit) but certainly not as many as we would have liked.

Mr Sausage fingers.

 

This next pictures a testimony to Joe's Simms G4 waders - despite getting this nice graze on his shin the G4 waders were only slightly scuffed on the top layer (Ive ruined cheaper waders in the past with way less barnacle scrape than that)......well done Simms!

Nice pins Joe!

I also had a wander to West Wales, got up at 03:30, did a 2 hour drive ------- and found dirty water where I had been expecting water like gin. After giving it a couple of hours I headed home & found this half a seal on the beach on the way back.

Half a seal....
Anyways a bit disappointing despite having caught a half way decent fish (the boys headed over to Ireland & managed to pretty much blank there too but that's another story).

Tight lines one & all

Friday, 28 September 2012

A big girl for Mark.....

Mark just texted - a nice fish of 75cm...........looks a stonker!



Well done Mark!

Now why don't I catch fish like that? lol.

Wednesday, 26 September 2012

Rob did the job!


Just back in from a Dorset trip with Rob Staigis which turned out to be a blast despite the usual weather issues (this time we were blessed with the tail end of a hurricane & a months worth of rain in a day!).
On arrival conditions were actually pretty good & we sat off to Chesil where Rob managed to bag a schoolie on his second cast in England. Despite the other boys all catching a fist full of fish, I managed a spectacular blank.


 
 

 
Next day we headed off to some rock marks early where we had a few fish and a lot of fun (Rob was straight into the fish again - a very happy chappy), followed by an evening session which produced another second cast fish for Rob & Joe.


As we had caught there the previous day we headed to some rocks again & Joe managed 6 fish in a row on arrival but the fishing seemed to die off as the wind swung East.
Last day found us on Chesil with pure East wind (gusts to a savage 50+ mph with enough rain to drown a town). We did manage a couple of fish but the going was extremely tough!

 

 
All in all it was a big fun trip, although the average size could have been better (we caught probably around 60 fish between us despite the conditions) and it was fantastic to swap tips & tactics with Rob who introduced us to a couple of lures which worked very well in Dorset (perhaps not the patterns we would usually use but proved to be fish catchers for Rob).

Rob will I'm sure do a report on his blog & I will post a link when its done (Robs website can be found at www.wolfsbarsh.com)


Tight lines you bassers…………..