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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).
22 October 2007
I've struggled to catch a bass this week. I've no idea why because when I've been out conditions have often seemed pretty good but my poppers and plugs have been ignored. I had one short session off a deepish rock mark in the early morning that produced loads of bites (sometimes several on a single retrieve) on a spoon but I couldn't hook anything. Eventually I decided that they must have been squid. All I managed was a tiny pollack on the fly.
My next trip was with a pal, Richard Gardiner and this time neither of us had a bite. Richard saw a couple of fish close in by some wrack but they were not interested.
On the final session I was alone and fished one of my favourite (and usually consistant) spots. I tried for bass for about half-an-hour using a Maria Chase plug but zilch. Eventually I admitted defeat and decided to shift to a wrassy spot with lots of rocky ledges, cobbles and wrack just under the surface. I stuck to the same lure and first cast I had several plucks on the lure suggesting that I was in the right place. On the next cast I hooked a decent wrasse and for the following twenty minutes, by fanning the casts out over a wide area I landed one after another. None of them were monsters but it was great fun. I was constantly hoping that one of the bites might turn out to be a bass but none did.
On my way back along the shore I stopped for a cast at the spot I'd tried first. A couple of big bass were grovelling in the weed for woodlice but neither they nor any others showed any sign of wanting to take my lure.
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