Danny Meagher on the trail of the South East Smooth Hound
July 4th, 2012 | by Nancy Hearne
Danny Meagher from Wexford heads out for a nights fishing and reports the following:
The first one was a seven hour session from 11pm – 6am which saw Barry, Pat and myself battle a lot of suspended weed for the whole session. We stubbornly would not give into the weed in our quest for our quarry. I landed an L.S.D first cast and a long lean bass a couple of casts later, both these by-catch took a liking to my frozen peeler crab presentation.
Unfortunately that was to be the only action we had for the rest of the session. Every cast the weed was engulfing the traces, dislodging grip leads and carrying lines down the beach at pace. It appeared the other anglers on the beach were experiencing similar difficulties with the weed, at one point we saw an angler running into the pounding surf around 5am, only to return with a rod and a tripod a few moments later, the weed nearly claiming his tackle!
The second session saw Barry, Pat, Tom and myself put in 4 hours on a rising tide into dusk. Conditions were calm and clear with no swell or surf. Our chosen bait was frozen peeler crab mounted on pennel pully rigs (3/0-4/0) match to 5oz breakaway grip leads,
As expected the session started slow, with the sun nearing the horizon and the tide starting to push we were kept busy landing L.S.D.’s. before the pack moved in.
Light faded and takes became more venomous, the pack was in the area as rods began arching over to the sound of us scrambling to adjust the drag. First the pup’s came before we started to connect with some larger fish.
The fishing was frantic for a couple of hours, with multiple hook ups at all distances. The frozen crab was doing the business and keeping the rods bent for sport.
We called it a night with the fishing was still frantic, we had our sport, around 50 + Hounds between 4 of us in around 2 hours made up for the first session!