Sometimes a bit of good comes from a blank.....

You couldn't have asked for better plugging conditions late yesterday afternoon - a bit of south west wind coming in, that "fizz" back in the sea, great clarity, awesome ground, building tides, yet not a bass to be seen !! I was nearly running down to the mark when I pulled up in my car and copped an eyefull of how good it was looking. I love the kind of weather we have been having lately, but it's hardly ideal for some kinds of saltwater fishing. Yesterday though was close to perfect. Every single cast and I am utterly convinced a bass is going to jump on the end of my lure. Pretty sure I had a bump, but that was it. Gutted to be honest.

But, driving back home and the light just kept getting better and better - I had to keep pulling over and framing a bunch of photos up, like the one you can see above.This I guess was my reward for having blanked so spectacularly !! Much as I was questioning either the complete lack of fish or my utter inability to catch them, the light breaking over the coastline was that impressive that my frustrations were soon forgotten. As I said last week, I get a huge buzz from living near to the sea and having the chance to experience it in so intimately in all its many different moods. I guess the places where the land meets the sea always have some extra significance.

Here's a shot of Mark fishing yesterday afternoon. Is it just me or have we been getting the most fantastic ranges and varieties of light a lot this year ? I can't help but think about the quality of the light virtually all the time. Either we picked the wrong spot and somewhere close by there were hundreds of hungry bass looking for non-existent lures, or else it's just a case of the fishing surely being very close to firing up, but just not quite yet in this area. I even took a bit of a punt with a mate on Saturday afternoon and threw some soft plastics around for wrasse - blanked then as well !! My fishing is currently going great guns !! But all that aside, I did learn something about this lure fishing for wrasse in the first few minutes - it's vital to fish with a rod that has just the right amount of "feel" to transmit what is going on with your lure, otherwise you are essentially guessing. That is no good at all. I simply could not feel enough and I felt that I was fishing particularly badly.

The rod thing is important to me at the moment because I have just been sent some rods to play around with - the people concerned have asked for my honest opinion. I took one of them wrassing, the one that I thought would be the best suited to it. Felt nice in the hand, I reckoned it might just do the job. But I put an XLayer on with a little 7g jig head and the rod just felt "dead" when I was fishing with it. Upped the jig head weight and still I could get no feel at all. Messed around with some bass lures and it still felt lifeless. Weird how the rod had felt so interesting wiggling it around at home, but in my mind it just felt completely dead when I actually fished with it. Rods are personal things, but I was a bit gutted to be honest..........

So I took another of the new rods out bass fishing yesterday afternoon - what a difference. Just the most fantastic bit of kit to fish hard lures, soft plastics, at range, close in, crank, twitch, pause etc., this rod just ate it up. You know a rod is a bit special when fishing with it actually makes you smile because it just feels so "right". If I had to categorize it I would say that it lies in between say the out and out "finesse" Tenryu Injection and the "do it all" Tenryu Super Mix 240 or indeed the Grauvell Teklon Concept Spin 8' 10-40g 802ML. I was working XLayers on 7g and 10g jig heads yesterday and I could feel exactly what was going on. I also worked a number of different hard lures and the rod worked just fine with them as well. An interesting bit of kit, and so completely different (and so much better) than the other one.........

On the subject of photography, take a moment to brighten up your Monday and check out a small gallery that is called the "Top 40 Nature Photographs of all time" - have a look here. This kind of thing fries my brain it's so awesome. On the one hand it massively inspires me to keep on trying to get better and better at what I do, and on the other it makes me realise how far I have to go to get anywhere close to being qualified to even carry one of these photographers' bags !! The natural world is one seriously special place, and the more time we all spend in amongst it the better if you ask me.

I have gone and started one of these Facebook pages - check here. I have been thinking about it for a while now and I guess I have been avoiding it for ages, but eventually I signed up and did what most of the world seems to be doing. I am not completely sure about it all yet and I don't really "get it" yet, but at least it's there and I can begin to learn about what it might or might not do.......