Have a very Happy Christmas

Is it really Christmas tomorrow ? Where has this year gone ? I hope you all have a fantastic festive period and here's to hoping you all get some proper time off work to spend with your families and perhaps even nip out for a bit of fishing - when I wonder is the coastline around here going to clean up because there's a chance of a decent bass if we can find decent water. I would like to thank all of you who read this blog of mine, and an extra big thank you to those of you who leave comments either here, via email or on my Facebook page - it always means a lot to get some kind of interaction and I do my best to reply to many of the comments. I am hoping by now you realise that I love doing this blog.

So here's to 2013 and all the good stuff that I hope it brings for you. Have a great day tomorrow and in the meantime here's a few photos I shot this year that for various reasons I kinda like. I get asked from time to time about where you can buy prints, canvasses etc. of my photographs and recently I have come across what I believe might be a very good way of doing this - so as from now when I think a particular photo on this blog warrants being made available to buy I will put a link below it that will take you to a "special place" where you can order all kinds of photo related things. I hope this will prove useful to some of you, but please of course feel completely free to ignore the links if you have no interest in it. I am not sure how comfortable I feel with offering a service like this, but at the end of the day taking and selling photos is a big part of my business and I feel that I should be making more of my work available like this.

I never get a say about what magazines use on their covers, but I can't help but hope that this simple grip and grin of Nick Hart with a bass makes a cover someday. I love the fact that Nick is a fly fishing guide and instructor who has gone and got lure fishing really badly - oh, and yes, the bass is held out a bit for extra impact, or an "in your face" look. Is this wrong or is the photographer perfectly entitled to do what he or she creatively wants ?

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Everything I want to say about steelhead (fly) fishing by a photographer who is actually a pretty useless fly angler. I took this in May out in BC on the west coast of Canada and for me it's all about the mood - which is steelhead fishing in a nutshell.

Imagine if the bass that Seamus saw really was that big !! OK, to be fair to the lad I think he was talking about a stingray that was swimming around in front of him up on the north Kerry coastline, but it's a bit of a giggle.

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Light, light and more light. This spot is very close to where I live and we do often get the most extraordinary light around here. The sort of photo where I was literally shaking as I lined it up. This to me is bass fishing, plain and simple.

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This to me is also what I want to say about bass fishing. As with the steelhead fishing, this is all about mood to me, and it's what I would like to show say to a non-angler to help visualise what we do and why we love it. Being out there.

Bass fishing French style. Pre-focus, wrap the camera strap around my wrist, hold the camera up in the air and "blind shoot" - hoping that what you pre-visualised actually comes out. I was trying desperately to go some way towards showing the conditions we were out in the other day off the coast of Brittany and this to me is getting there, and mainly because that lighthouse is top right and gives it some scale.

Saltwater fly fishing, north Kerry and a drop of half-tidy light, not to mention an angler who looks as if he was born to wear chest waders (sorry !!).

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I have a thing for trout, but I have a serious thing for rainbows that go to the ocean and come back to the rivers of BC - steelhead are just an awesome species and this was a rare chance to get a macro lens on one and really come in tight on all that glorious texture and colour.

Another grip and grin which I hope might someday land on a cover. It isn't always about the biggest fish, indeed the largest bass I saw caught from the shore this year happened to be landed when the light was just pants - but what can you do ? Ger Carey took this particular bass (around 7lbs from memory) on the Copper Coast in southern Ireland, and although the light was not actually great, I could use those high cliffs behind as a backdrop to even out my exposure.

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The Isles of Scilly in February. A very simple photo but I just loved the colours on this wrasse. Del and I saw this fish swimming around before it was caught on a soft plastic lure.

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Gotta love rainbows and moody clouds, with the angler lit softly by the sun breaking through. An obvious photo I know, but rest assured that north Kerry in Ireland is a place I will be spending plenty more time around over the years. What a place.

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God these fish float my boat and as you might have guessed, my obsession is so wrapped up with the photography and the fishing for them in what I reckon is about equal measures.

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The one that got away and a bass that I know still haunts my mate Del.

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The Sunday morning of the inaugural Irish Bass Festival. The conditions were fizzing and the fish were on. My mate Andy had already been torn up by a fish, and when you see a sea like this you sort of fancy your chances big time.

Sometimes the light gets so good I am almost crying !! OK, so it's no more than a simple grip and grin, but wow does that light get me going. We hammered the fish that evening out on the Copper Coast.

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A horse of an Irish lure-caught bass. That black eye always does it for me and I do like the colours and patterns on that fish-grip and the angler's sleeve that help inject a bit of colour into the photo.

Another bass spot very close to where I live. If I had to sum up what to me are the perfect lure fishing conditions for bass are around me then this photo is it. Fizz, life, perfect clarity, low light etc. I really like how Dean's rod is arched over in the cast and the lure is there bottom left just about to fly out.

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If you look at my photos from time to time you might have guessed that I rather like skies. I also rather like that this is an awesome bass mark. Happy Christmas !! Here's to 2013 and please make sure to check out the first in a new series of fishing photography articles of mine up on the World Sea Fishing website - check here. Lots more to come.............