Client Catches – One hit wonder!

Client Catches – One hit wonder!

A rather apt blurb, as the bass lure fishing really has been like ‘night and day’ recently in the sense that an area seemingly devoid of fish by day suddenly switches on once the Sun has set and darkness really sets in (at around 2230 presently).

There have, of course been some captures during the day, and with the shoals of tiny sandeels zipping along the coastline I suspect that wherever they go, the bass are following. What this translates to is that if these shoals (signalled by the gannets having a field day!) are close to the shore, you can almost guarantee that the shoals of school bass (such as the one below) won’t be far away – and even the mackerel have appeared.

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Cut short

One such session occurred last week when a very nice Gentleman called Tom arrived in south Devon for an eight hour guided session, split into a four hours in daylight and the remaining four in darkness – well, that was the plan…

Casting hard lures
Tom casting out a medium-sized surface lure under intermittent light conditions (cloud, then Sun etc.) – conditions that I really like!

We commenced the first part of the session from a fantastically rugged area of coastline. And with the sea having completely settled down we were able to reach the outer extremities of some delightful coves, where some wonderfully aerated water was bubbling around the rocks as the ebbing tide began to push through.

A range of lures were deployed over the differing types of seabed here (including surface lures, hard diving minnows and jigs) but despite our efforts Tom remained fishless. Therefore I made the decision to cut the session short by 45 minutes so that Part 2 could be extended long into darkness.

One moment

Bar the Easter weekend I think it has been rather cold since the start of April, and this evening was no different as my faithful woolly hat was called upon. Fishing a shingle cove that leads onto flat reef and patches of kelp covered by between 4-8ft of water, Tom’s Whiplash Factory Spittin Wire here was quickly popping, turning and gently splashing on the surface into dusk. He had one swirl at the lure, but before long I decided that we should ‘rest’ the area in anticipation of the bass arriving for the night…

Bass from shingle beaches
Another spectacularly marked bass that fancied the white senko. Persistence was key, as this was definitely the right lure for the job.

For well over three hours Tom stood and steadfastly cast and retrieved his white 5″ Wave Worm Bamboo Stick here beneath the oily calm water without so much as a sniff of a bass. However, it only takes one moment to change everything, and that is precisely what happened, as following a change of retrieve (allowing the lure to sink to the seabed, followed by a rapid retrieve for ten turns and then settling into a slow recovery) his lure was utterly ‘nailed’ and all hell broke loose!

Bass on senkos at night
Trust me, he was a lot happier than he looks here! I’m getting better at the night shots too!

After safely returning his 4lb+ prize (see below) Tom told me that it was one of the most amazing moments he’d experienced in fishing, which considering he fishes his local stream ever day and takes his rod on his numerous travels, says a lot about this deadly method whereby your senses are constantly on high alert. Yes it was a one hit wonder, but one that certainly won’t be forgotten!

Thanks for reading.

Marc Cowling

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