South East Angling Services Gerard Doran gives some excellent tips and tells us:

With the water temp at met buoy 5 currently reading 14.6 c and mackerel still chasing sprat ashore the past few days it really is hard to believe November is so close. Change is however slowly happening with winter species appearing and proper winter weather forecast too. Frosty winter ahead perhaps?

Ragworms, lugworms and peeler crab was collected once again this week with the hope of catching some bass and perhaps some other species also. A specific Gerard Doran - Bass schoolies 1section of a mixed ground beach was chosen because of its previous ability to produce fish in similar conditions to what we are currently experiencing.

The location choice proved correct as schoolie bass were landed on a regular basis throughout the session hitting fast and hard in the nice surf. Other species landed on the night were whiting, codling, rockling and flatfish. Bigger baits were fished in the rolling surf and as a result hook sizes used were from size 2′s – 1/0′s on simple paternoster rigs.


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Gerard Doran,

South East Angling Services


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Phone: 086-3769727