Stephen Brennan of IrishSportFishing.com sent in this report on bass fishing along the east coast.
There was a rare high-pressure over Ireland last week so I decided to pack the jeep and head south. There was a fresh south-easterly blowing but luckily the mark I had chosen was fairly sheltered. As the tide fell I managed a couple of small schoolies, and also missed a few more fish. As the tide began to flood, fishing became near impossible with the weed that followed. I was just about to pack up when I had a take from a much better fish – it turned out to be just shy of 5lb.
After this I decided to give another nearby mark a try. Conditions here were much better with no weed. The shallow water was crystal clear, and I could see shoals of sandeels hugging the edge. There was a reason they were in so close and this reason soon became clear.
I was using a 90mm Smith Jib which was perfect for this venue. It didn’t sink too fast or too slow, or didn’t require a retrieve that was inappropriate. It allowed me to work the lure as I wanted, imparting an action that was just right. Obviously, the fish agreed!
I managed another seven or eight fish up to around 4.5lb before the light started to fade. I know there are bigger fish here, and hopefully i’ll get another few chances at them before the summer is out.
See the full article and more photos at: http://irishsportfishing.com/2012/08/13/a-window-of-good-weather/