Rookie bass angler Steven Neely writes from Antrim:

With howling West winds and stormy seas meant accessing my usual coast marks simply was not possible …… The Sea Trout decided to switch off and we were looking for some sort of sport to keep us sane.

We headed off to a small back bay which we have fished many times before and it is stuffed full of small Pollack and there is always a shout at a good sized Sea Trout.

The gear was pretty simple, a mixture of small, sub 3inch soft plastic lures and light (3-7g) jig heads:
– Illex Pin tails – Illex Ishads – IMA Trilobite – Megabass Hazedong – Lunker City Sluggo

It was great to play about with the various colours and to feel the fish plucking away at the lures ‘On the drop’ ……. Yes, of course it was not rod bending, adrenaline pumped action but it was insightful.

Witnessing fish switch colour preference, feeling how they hit the lure depending on the action and watching them chase and stalk it over the shallow weed beds was educational.

No monsters but a good way to pass a few hours.

Steven Neely

Rookie Bass Angler