Jay La Roche, an avid lure angler from the South East tells us of his encounters on Sunday morning with the silver of the sea:

– Got up at ridiculous’o’clock to catch first light coinciding with high tide so I arrived at the mark in total darkness and the tide was still rising. So I rigged up a weightless sluggo and fished this method until it began to brighten up. I could hear fish splashing and breaking the surface but couldnt hook up. I rigged up a nice paddle tail on a swimbait hook and began to retrieve it nice and slowly just enough to feel the tail working and it wasnt long maybe 4 or 5 casts and I was into my first fish I initially thought it was a pollack but the constant head shakes told me it was a bass and not a bad fish just touching 5lb in weight I fished on and wasnt long before I got hit by another smaller bass.

By now terns had started to work around me so I decided to swap lures to a try some topwater with my favourite lure the pugachev cobra by IMA. I worked the lure over some submerged reefs and narrow gullies in a real slow walk the dog pattern and with a nice swirl and then smash I had another fish on a lovely bass of about 2lb.

Back she went and I fished on in the same general are as I had picked up the first fish and it wasnt long before the water erupted behind the lure again so I stopped the lure gave it a slight twitch and bang another fish on!!
So I released this fish and went on again over another gully this time changing the retrieve to a sharp pull and stop this makes the lure dart under and bob nicely.

Bass off the top has to be the most exciting and by far my favourite way to fish for these our most exciting  sport fish.
I really love it when things just come nicely together as they did this morning and it has really wet my appetite to get back out again later today hopefully for some more silver.
On another note the first Irish Bass Festival gets up and running in a month and I understand there is plenty of interest both at home and abroad in it.
Entry can be made through Absolute Fishings online shop and the full itinerary can be found on their blog here I.B.F itinerary
I really hope this can be a great success as it will show our relevant governing bodies just how much tourism is generated through sport fishing in Ireland.

I’ve also been out at pollock recently and got my new personal best weighing in at just over 4lb I thought it was a bigger fish but they can be quite deceptive I’ll finish up with another few bass I had on a zonk gataride a lure i totally neglected due to its bib being so fragile but seemingly to my own loss…..

I fished on for another hour or so hoping for a better stamp of fish but it seemed to have totally switched off this seems to happen when the sun is high in the sky and the water is extremely clear. Anyway by this time the hunger was setting in so I packed up and headed home. I hope you enjoyed reading .
Tight lines…

Jay La Roche
South East Lure Angling