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For anyone unfamiliar with the site always check the FRESHWATER, SALTWATER and TACK-TICS pages. The Saltwater page now extends back as a record of over several years of (mostly) sea fishing and may be a useful guide as to when to fish. The Freshwater stuff is also up to date now. I keep adding to both. These pages are effectively my diary and the latest will usually be about fishing in the previous day or two. As you see I also add the odd piece from my friends and correspondents if I've not been doing much. The Tactics pages which are chiefly 'how I do it' plus a bit of science are also updated regularly and (I think) worth a read (the earlier ones are mostly tackle and 'how to do it' stuff).
10 April 2007
Although we had one or two bass in March it's still a bit early for consistent catches. However, if you want to catch fish you have to give it a try, even if it means the odd blank session. In truth even at this time of year when things can be a bit slow it is quite rare not to have something of interst. Quite apart from the sandeels that I saw when I went to a new venue, the flock of sandwich terns catching sandeels (always a good sign) and the peregrine that I saw chasing a raven along the cliff it is still unusual not to, at least, get a bite or even to catch something.
My last two early morning sessions failed to generate any bass. On the first occasion I went with Ben and Phil. We were armed with spinning gear, fly rods and (ever hopeful) I took my livebaiting tackle hoping that someone might catch me a bait. In fact it was pretty dead. I had one desultory pluck (try saying that after a trip to Wareham's BEEREX festival) on the fly, Phil lost a lure and Ben managed the only fish of the session a modest , but welcome, pollack. Sadly I felt that it was too big (even for me) to use as bait.
I wasn't exactly inspired by our poor results but it was such a pleasant morning that I went on my own the following day. This time, for convenience, I took only my plugging rod. When I started fishing, in the dark, there was nothing doing but as it began to get light I felt a knock and missed it. Out went the lure to the same spot and sure enough this time I was into a fish. It was no great size but it pulled quite hard in the strong flow of tide and turned out to be a pollack. To cut a long story short I had five more on the next five casts, all like peas in a pod, then it went dead so I went home for breakfast - bassless but happy.
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