I am really pleased that I can make it over to the 2016 Irish Bass Festival this year, but if you are intending to go yourself - and you should! - then make sure you don’t miss out on registration which I believe closes on 15th May. Rather than me waffle on about what a great fishing event this is, I have copied some text from the Irish Bass Festival website below:
“The festival is open to all lure anglers being a lure only event and will take place along the south coast of Ireland. Anglers are free to roam around and fish wherever they please in search of bass. We will be running a fully catch and release concept and all the rules for the festival can be found in the "Festival Rules" tab here. Full details on how you enter can be found in the "How to Enter" tab here. Tickets for the festival will be available from Absolute Fishing in Tramore. All anglers are welcome whether you are a novice or a hardened lure angler. There will be people on hand to help and give tips and advice on any questions you may have. We hope you will be able to enjoy a great social weekend and get a taste of the outstanding lure fishing we have along the southern coastline of Ireland which we believe is the "Bass Mecca of Europe".
It’s a blast, and whatever the weather decides to do I am confident that just like the last few years there will be some outstanding bass caught. Sure, local knowledge helps, but there are separate prizes for locals and visitors, and you’ll get plenty of help and advice from the lads in Absolute Fishing. It’s just a great way to spend a few days in a very special part of the world that I love with a passion, the Sunday night do is a lot of fun (honestly, I lost a monster etc.!), and everybody is in with a shout at landing the bass of a lifetime. If it goes flat calm and crystal clear, either look for running water (estuaries etc.) or get out on the Copper Coast at night - and if it’s all lovely and fizzed up then bring it on! I hope to see some of you over there. Below are some sneak previews at my work in Sea Angler magazine this month.