Posted 06:06, 1 October 2014
- I had no idea that me choosing to estimate the weight of Steve’s double figure bass from the other day would generate so much “interest” for want of a better word, but if there is one thing it has confirmed if you like is the perennial question - can you estimate the weight of a fish from a photograph? Knowing a bit about photography and what happens with various lenses and angles when you shoot stuff, I thought it might be interesting to put a few fish up here that were actually weighed, and then see if you lot can get anywhere close with estimating their weights based on what you see in the photos. If you are up for this, please leave your best guesses in the comments section via the photo numbers, and if it generates a bit of feedback then I will come back sometime soon with the actual weights and see how close some of you might have got………….
- And in case you were wondering, it’s my view that guessing the weight of a fish from a photograph is pretty much impossible when a photographer is shooting with different lenses, f-stops, angles, etc. Photography is not meant to be an exact record of real life, in that the photographer is putting their creative slant upon the world. Yes, I sometimes choose to shoot grip and grins with as much impact as I can, and if that revolves around putting fish right into wide-angle lenses to get that impact, then so be it. Photography is a creative medium at the end of the day. Please take this in the spirit it is intended - as a bit of fun. Many years ago I suppose I was really into wanting to know the weights of the fish I caught, but more so these days I don’t really give a stuff. I’ll weigh a fish if I have the means, but if I don’t? Who cares, it’s fishing and we love it.
- Photo 1 - A golden dorado. Awesome species, but this one was not in great condition.
- Photo 2 - Steve Richardson with a bass from Dungarvan Bay in Ireland.
- Photo 3 - Nick Roberts looking rather happy with a bass he nailed over in Ireland.
- Photo 4 - A good conditioned bass taken via bumping a Black Minnow in the current - I have so much to learn about this method of fishing soft plastics on jig heads, but I so love doing it.
- Photo 5 - Steve Richardson with another good bass he caught over in Ireland.
- Photo 6 - A tigerfish taken on the fly from a remote river in Tanzania - wow these are savage fish.
- Photo 7 - Another golden dorado from La Zona in Argentina. Awesome fish, they really are.
- Photo 8 - Another Irish bass.
- Photo 9 - Another tigerfish from Tanzania.
- Photo 10 - Nick with another bass from the same session as Photo 3. If you are so inclined, give me your best guesses in the comments section along the lines of “Photo 1 - 250lbs” etc., and no, that golden dorado is not 250lbs by the way.
Posted 16:30, 27 September 2014
- Third cast this morning and Steve hooks and lands a bass of a lifetime - I saw it swirl on the top pretty early on in the scrap and it was pretty obvious from the size of the flank that this was a special fish, but it’s not until that thing is lying in the shallows and secured on a fish grip that you can get a proper look at the thing and see that yes, we’re looking at a magical bass over the 10lb mark. Holy frigging cow does it get much better?
- OK, so we’ve got no tape measure and no scales either, but you just know. You can’t mistake it. A double figure bass just looks like one if that makes sense - I gave Steve 11lbs for the fish, but I reckon it was somewhere between 11 and 12lbs. I am not showing the best photos of Steve’s fish here because it gives away where we were fishing, and what you can’t see here is how fantastically well conditioned the fish was in. Watching that thing swim off so powerfully was very special as always.
- Steve has been bass fishing for years and whilst he has had a heap of good fish, up until this morning he had not landed his dream, 10lb+ bass - what a way to do it. To be around a fish like this was as special as ever - three blokes standing around in a state of shock, slapping Steve on the back and just basking in the beaming glow of a very, very happy bass angler. Well done Steve, couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy, I am completely made up for you - he took the fish on a Redgill V8 lure bumping along the bottom in a good run of current.
- A big well done to my mate Mark as well - we took a punt yesterday evening and went to a spot where we had to trap ourselves over the high tide and then get out a little later on the drop. We have been talking about doing it for a while, and after Steve and I nailed a couple of 6lb fish off the top the day before, the plan was set. Mark nailed a bass that I put around the 9lb mark , hooked over some boulders literally a few yards off the shore. The lure? What else but the consistently killer IMA Salt Skimmer, and this time in that cotton candy colour. Saying that though, my 6lb fish the day before was on the Lucky Craft Gunfish 115.
- Anyway, best get on with getting the gear together and heading out again. We’ve been having a good trip overall with some good fish, some pretty special light at times - which then of course means a heap of editing for me - and of course a good laugh. I just love it over here, and whilst I can’t wait to get back and see my girls, it goes without saying that I’ll be counting down the days until my next visit.
Posted 14:44, 24 September 2014
- Crumbs - this place is starting to fire. Nope, there aren’t fish everywhere, and nope, you’ve still got to get out there and work hard, but without a doubt this part of Ireland seems to be really coming to life on the bass fishing front - and there’s some serious fish around………
- Our first evening and about half a mile up from us and one of the local guys lands a 10.5lb bass, and another guy gets absolutely torn to pieces at the same spot. A rather nice guy from northern Ireland landed a bass of 83cms (12lb+?) a couple of days ago. Crumbs. A visiting angler walks into Absolute Fishing asking for some advice - Cian does what he always does and tries to help out as best he can. This visitor goes and lands a bass just over the 10lb mark thanks to Cian’s local advice.
- It’s the same out here as anywhere else - when the fishing’s tough, it’s hard work, albeit it’s Ireland and there is always that chance of a good fish. But when this place starts firing, I am still not aware of bass fishing like it, and I love coming here more than I ever did. We’re having a blast, the weather is mostly in our favour, and reports keep coming in from all over the place of some good fishing.
- We’ve caught bass all over the place, from both estuary and open coast. Almost as per usual we have caned a bunch of bass via bumping the 120mm/12g Fiiish Black Minnow down some delicious areas of current - how awesome is it hooking bass in a run of current? This 9’ 10-30g Major Craft Truzer is doing me proud (review here), and I still can’t trip it up on any methods I might use for bass. It rather loves to be bent very hard into hard scrapping bass using the current as much as they can.
- There were a few bass around first thing this morning off the top, and yes, there are countless surface lures out there, but the four of us independently end up with IMA Salt Skimmers on the end. Nick smashed the most stunning conditioned fish of around 7lbs on one of these new APIA Foojin’R (sub-£200) lure rods he is starting to play around with. Not a bad start to another day in Ireland, and we got the most stunning drop of light as well. You never know what’s going to happen with fishing, but there’s some serious bass around here at the moment and it could well be an exciting few days ahead……….