It sometimes happens that fishing trips don’t work out as planned. For 5 years Englishman Sidney Garood was contemplating “hooking up” with Eire Bass guide Richie Ryan. His fishing buddy could not travel and for various reasons the trip kept getting postponed. In 2016 Sidney decided to book Richie for the following year for a week fishing every alternate day.  Richie takes up the story…

Cork harbour fishing
Sidney Garood with a pollack

Prior to Sidney’s arrival the bass fishing had been reasonably good with German clients in particular. The Pollack on the fly had been very good as it always is in the summer months. The first 2 days of Sidney’s booking only produced one bass and the Pollack fishing on the fly was only mediocre. A plankton bloom made life even more difficult. If someone  travels from abroad to fish with me I feel under additional pressure to produce results. This wasn’t panning out as planned.

Cork Harbour pollack
Better pollack came eventually

Day 3 arrived and I was starting to worry  that Sidney’s holiday might not work out as planned. Staying in the beautiful Elmville B&B in Cobh the Englishman was blissfully unaware of my plight. To add to my woes he told me he had a great fishing holiday with the bass guru John Quinlan in Kerry a few years ago. John’s professionalism and expertise is renowned amongst the angling fraternity, extra pressure !

that's bass
Sidney Garood with one of 7 bass caught at the end of the session!

I was expecting to have to write a contrite report about a poor fishing experience but Lady Luck shone on us on the last day. The Pollack fishing on the fly was very good indeed with larger fish being landed. To top it all 7 bass were landed on lure at the end of the session in a very short period of time. Sidney was heading home happy. Phew ! ” .

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