Still some tidy bass around and about.......

Photo courtesy Mark Quinton

I was out and about with my girls yesterday morning and got one hell of an excited phone call from my friend Mark Quinton at around 10.30am to tell me about this cracking 8 ½lb bass above that he had literally just caught and released from a mark in south east Cornwall. It might well be January, but with the relative warmth of the weather at the moment it seems that the chances of a bass or two is more than on the cards (like Adrian's stunner taken on New Year's Day, see here). Mark is a very dedicated bass angler who knows these local waters like you would not believe, and yesterday morning he got his just reward for keeping going on the lures. What a fish. Well done Mark. Believe me, it could not have happened to a nicer bloke.......

And how about that to christen a new lure rod ? Mark had literally just bought a mint-condition Tenryu Rod Bar 270 off a mate of mine on Saturday, and that 8 ½lb bass was the first fish that he caught on it !! There are of course more and more lure rods being made more easily available to us UK lure anglers these days, but there's no getting away from the fact that those red Tenryu rods are and always will be utter class. They just work.

Mark took that big bass on a hard lure that has proven time and time again to be one of the go to lures for decent fish. In the relatively short time it's been on the market, the MegaBass X140 has done a lot of damage for a lot of anglers. If you go right back on my blog to here you will see what happened the first time a friend of mine (rather sneakily) got one out of his bag in southern Ireland. Most anglers I know or fish with simply don't go out bassing without at least one X140 in their lure box. I wish that MegaBass would now make us a sinking version of the lure to go with this killer floating version. And while they're at it, please could we have a sinking version of the (killer) X120 as well !! Anglers eh ? Never satisfied !! Joking aside, the MegaBass X140 seems to work just about perfectly by whacking it out and cranking it back in. Nice and simple, but then so much of lure fishing is just that - nice and simple. A rod and a reel, a few lures, but of course the right place at the right time. Like with Mark on Sunday morning. Hearing of a fish like that in early January doesn't half inspire a bit of confidence, and both the conditions and the tides are looking a little interesting..........