A very clever way of getting a rear hook into a soft plastic, and it works

I do love this night fishing for bass thing, and I particularly love it when you get that unmistakable thump on the end of your rod and the fish is hooked up good and proper. Now it might just be me here, but I do get a number of hits on a lure like a white senko which are often some proper thumps - yet they don’t result in hooked bass. 

I have blogged about this before and I do wonder if it’s mainly smaller bass doing this, but the thing I can’t ignore is that even if it is mainly smaller bass, I’d like to hook more of these thumps because in my head you just never quite now. When was fishing ever full of hard and fast rules? I know I can clip a needlefish on that has either a treble or single hook on the rear end, but even so I had a hit on one of Jim’s Lures rather lovely needlefish the other night that was a good thump yet the fish didn’t hook up. 

And on a soft plastic like a white senko or an Albie Snax, for some reason bass seem to sometimes hit them in such a way that even with a 6/0 weedless hook in they don’t always hook up. So when somebody kindly sent me the link to the video above, I made sure to watch it - ok, so I don’t particularly like treble hooks at night especially, but the video shows such a clever but simple way of getting a (treble) hook further back down the soft plastic that I had to give it a go.

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I’ve had a couple of shortish night sessions recently when I had a decent thump on a white senko rigged how I would usually fish one - with a barbless 6/0 weedless hook in it. So I got those thumps which didn’t connect and on both occasions I then changed over to my “special senko” rigged as per the photo above and hooked fish pretty quickly afterwards, indeed this is the exact senko I caught those bass on. On each night I changed over after a “thump but no hookup” and my next hit resulted in a hooked and landed bass - albeit not very big fish! - and whilst that rear treble doesn’t exactly float my boat, not once has the thing moved or come out when I’ve been casting and retrieving the lure, and with both those bass they were hooked on the treble hook which came free of the senko and the 6/0 weedless hook was still in place and not in the fish’s mouth.

OK, so they were small bass and of course it’s so much better when larger fish just nail the whole lure, but it would be somewhat daft if I didn’t try to find a way to hook up with more of these thumps and instead simply continued to fish the same way and write these missed hits off as no more than small fish. I’d rather catch the fish and have that chance it’s a decent fish rather than not know, and whilst I am not about to start hooking up with everything now with this new rigging system, for me it’s something worth exploring because of how it’s worked already for me - if there is one thing I like doing it’s experimenting with stuff to see if I can improve my own fishing.

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But I don’t really like treble hooks at night especially, even if the barbs are all crushed down - with trying to use minimal or no light, I do find that single hooks are so much easier to get out of fish. So I’ve rigged a white senko up as per the photo above, with a wide gape single hook in the rear of the lure via this clever braid related way of rigging in the video. The next step for me now is to see this method might work, and yes, as you might have guessed, the old grey cells are still churning away!

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I want to play around making more lure fishing “short films”, but how do you show it off properly yet also protect where you are fishing?

My video output has been at best limited (see my YouTube channel here), but I have enjoyed the little bit of filming and editing work I have done myself, whilst also hoping that my two younger brothers who both work professionally in the world of feature films don’t see their elder brother’s distinctly amateur efforts! Most of the stuff I have played around with so far has either been to help promote the co-guiding work I do over in Ireland, or otherwise it’s been a few how-to do something and some very simple lure rod casting videos. It’s only a bit of fun and I would never lay claim to being any good at it by the way.

What continues to amaze me these days is how we all seem to have some way to film our fishing if we want to, whether it be a mobile phone, GoPro, or my pro stills photo gear also having the ability to shoot incredible quality - albeit it also needs somebody with proper filming and editing skills to make it look good! Almost anybody can shoot stuff and get it out to an audience, and whilst I have little interest in those unedited, stick a GoPro on your head videos that are all the same fisheye kind of angle for seemingly hours on end, there is also some really good fishing related stuff out there that I am sure you have all seen. Editing, editing, and more editing, and holy cow does editing take time. 

And I would continue to argue that lure fishing for our various saltwater species can look seriously impressive at times. Put the fish and locations and conditions together and I’d put the actual fishing experience up against anything when things come together - but if you are going to properly make a fist of putting together “short films” if I may be so grand as to call them that, how on earth do you go about protecting where you are fishing? To make a halfway interesting fishing film you’re going to need a mix of all kinds of shots to edit together, but by trying to do things properly you could end up ruining where you are fishing. Take a look at the fishing video above for example - I doubt it’s “blowing the mark” as such, but aside from a couple of (dead) big bass, to me it’s pretty boring to watch. One angle, bad sound, wonky horizon, as good as no editing, but on the flipside it must be bloody hard to try and film yourself fishing and also make it look visually appealing. 

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So why the whole secrecy thing? Come on, you know as well as I do that there are any number of reasons for trying not to divulge where you are fishing to an increasingly prying world - I don’t need to preach the bleeding obvious here. You must surely be aware that many of those fishing and catch photos especially you post wherever online are most likely being poured over for clues to where those fish were caught. Look at the photo above as an example - it’s a place where a few of us really enjoy lure fishing. Sometimes it can be pretty good, and for the most part we know it’s not going to be crawling with other anglers. If I shoot further left or right of that angler then anybody who knows the coastline will know exactly where we are fishing. It’s not some highly secret mark that only throws up monster bass (I wish!), but we kinda like it how it is. Could that also me deemed selfish on our part? We live on an island with far too many people as it is, and I would always argue that being able to tuck away and fish in relative peace and quiet is part and parcel of going fishing.

So how on earth would you go about filming a place like that? When it’s on it can be a blast, and even with my limited filmmaking skills I reckon I could make at least an ok short bass fishing film there - but to do so you need a wide range of shots, from lovely, wide establishing shots through to rods bending, fish splashing etc. My urge to mess around with this filming lark is nothing financial by the way, rather it’s just me being increasingly interested in it all, and especially having been the bloke in front of the camera in the past when in fact I reckon it’s a lot more satisfying and indeed skillful creating the material and then putting it together. 

And before you say hang on Henry, why the short bass fishing film from our co-guiding work over in Kerry? Well John and I spoke about this before I ever did any filming work, and we both decided that with the amazing lack of other anglers we ever see over there (seriously, we can go days and days without seeing another angler) and the fact that John was comfortable with doing it, then why not? So why not film other parts of Ireland then Henry? Well I have been entrusted with a lot of bass fishing location based information over the years, and I take that trust very seriously. Even if for whatever reasons I don’t fish anymore with some of the anglers who have kindly divulged a lot of info to me, I will always do what I can not to divulge those locations - and if there is one thing that would divulge them it’s shooting proper video. And before you go shooting me down here, yes I take stills, but I am bloody careful about what I show in them, and I would fully expect anglers who know those exact locations to recognise where those photos were shot.

Very simple stuff, but deliberately put together by me so that it doesn't show where we are fishing - unless you know where it is of course!

But I don’t see a way around this with video work. I’d love to mess around with drones and multiple camera setups and what have you, but to make at least moderately interesting and exciting content I just don’t see how it’s possible to properly do so when you are having to so severely restrict your shooting angles. It is obviously no worries if you’re shooting somewhere so bloody remote like the outer atolls of the Seychelles where virtually nobody can get to anyway, but imagine all those lovely quiet places where you go lure fishing were suddenly splashed all over YouTube or whatever. With the numbers of anglers always looking for better places to go fishing (and we are all in the same boat here, however much of an expert you might be), I can’t work out a logical way to overcome these issues. Any ideas?

Please note as well that we are not talking about Saturday afternoon and the rugby events that took place. I have to say seriously well done Ireland and indeed France, but it’s worrying times…………...
 

No Fishing Today - this is turning out to be one of the most awesome books I have ever read……..

I always remember somebody asking me some years ago now how on earth I managed to work from home and not give into watching television all day long! I don’t know about you lot, but there is never any daytime TV in our household and wanting to watch the box during the day never comes into it - save for vital rugby and cricket matches of course. Nope, my problem has never been wanting to watch TV, but it could so easily be ignoring my work and settling down to read a good book all day long. I could so easily shut this computer down, light the stove as the rain comes down outside, and lose myself in a book - ever since I could read I have devoured books……….

And I am not going to try and pretend that I spend my reading time consuming highbrow literary masterpieces that the newspapers I might read seem to review all the time but the actual books are so rarely in the Top Ten selling book lists etc. I have read all the Jack Reacher books for example - and yes, I want to be him - and I used to scare the hell out of myself when I was a lot younger by reading all those classic earlier Stephen King books (I first read IT when I was about 13 or 14, and I last read it about five years ago - it’s fascinating how this book comes across depending how old you are). Give me a good serial killer book or a fast moving thriller and I can easily lose myself for hours on end, and yes, I have read plenty of the best Wilbur Smith books multiple times. My wife is an avid reader as well, and I am really glad that our two girls have inherited our passion for books - with a lot of credit due here to J.K. Rowling and what I imagine must be a legion of children she has helped to fall in love with reading.

Anyway, as much as daytime TV is a complete no-no in our household, I am passionate about good films and TV series, and recently I started watching that rather outstanding Netflix series “Godless”. Wow. Talk about wrapping you up in the world of the western era, and it got me thinking about how I am pretty damn sure that I have never actually read a novel set in the American West. I love a good western film or TV series but I can’t recall reading a novel from that era - so I went looking for one. I didn’t particularly want  a simple cowboys and Indians and bows and arrows as much as the kind of “involved” feeling that the TV series Godless is giving me.

As with looking for fishing gear, good old Google was how I went looking for a good book set in the American West, and pretty quickly there was one book that kept on topping most of the lists - so I got it for my Kindle, and I am now fighting the urge to stop any work that needs doing and keep on reading it. It’s that good. I don’t know if you are into reading yourself, but if you want to have a go at the most gloriously evocative, sprawling epic of a book that creeps into your conscience and places you right in the middle of every single page then I urge you to buy “Lonesome Dove” by the American author Larry McMurtry. I am finding myself going to bed that bit earlier because I want to spend as much time with this book as I can. I fell asleep reading it last night, then woke up and read some more.

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“Lonesome Dove” is a serious epic and I reckon I am about half way in - this is a big book! I read very fast and this book is so damn good it’s impossible to put down, but every time I turn a virtual page on my Kindle I am dreading this book ending. Here’s the blurb about this book from the Amazon page (you can read a sample here): “It begins in the office of The Hat Creek Cattle Company of the Rio Grande. It ends as a journey into the heart of every adventurer who ever lived. From the author of The Last Picture Show and Texasville - here is Larry McMurtry's Pulitzer Prize winning masterpiece. A powerful, triumphant portrayal of the American West as it really was. More than a love story, more than an adventure, Lonesome Dove is an epic: a monumental novel which embraces the spirit of the last defiant wilderness of America. Legend and fact, heroes and outlaws, whores and ladies, Indians and settlers - Lonesome Dove is the central, enduring American experience dramatically recreated in a magnificent story of heroism and love; of honour, loyalty and betrayal.”

I love a good book as I said, but this thing is way beyond that - it’s a true epic. It’s the sort of book that you start reading and can’t help but initially wonder a little what all the fuss is about, but a little later and you can’t put it down because it’s got you so hard. There are a few other books by the same author that are part of a Lonesome Dove series, but Larry McMurtry wrote the actual “Lonesome Dove” first, and every book based website I have come across says to read it first and then dig the other ones out afterwards if one is so inclined. Sorry for the lack of fishing today, but I am feeling so utterly consumed by this book “Lonesome Dove” that I am struggling to think of much else at the moment………...

 

Happy Xmas, see you in 2018……….

Nearly another year gone, and as ever one has to ask where on earth the time goes? Can you really believe it’s Christmas Day on Monday, and as an angler I hope you have been good boys and girls for present time! Sadly my wife has absolutely no idea what a DoLive Stick is, so you can rest assured that when I open my presents on Monday (and surely you notice how bloody small your pile of presents is compared to when you were a kid!) there will be nothing like that in there.

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I have no concrete plans to do any more blogging until the New Year, so you all have a good Xmas and I will see you in 2018. We’ve got lots of family down over the next week or so but I will be out fishing when possible with conditions etc., and I hope that many of you on here might manage to wet a line or two. As much as I tend to love this time of year for bass fishing around where I live, it does seem worryingly quiet at the moment, albeit there seem to be pockets of fish around if you can locate them.

I did want to draw your attention to a fantastic new fishing film trailer that I saw the other day, with the main man behind this project being a hugely talented South African fly fisherman and film maker who I have done a bunch of stuff with over the years. I was lucky enough to go and photograph this insane tigerfish location back in September 2010 and the experience has lived with me ever since. I have never seen a freshwater fish hit a fly as hard as a tigerfish, and the only saltwater fish I can think of that hits so hard and fast and aggressively is a GT. As you well know, I am obsessed with bass fishing and I love our magnificent fish to bits, but wow would I love to see some of the bass fishing experts out there get nailed by a 10lb plus tigerfish! Try setting a hook in that mouth! Africa, it has been far too long and I need to go back. I hope you all get some proper time away from work, looking forward to catching up soon…………….

 Only in Africa.........

Only in Africa.........

No Fishing Today - what’s your favourite film of 2017?

I feel like something different this morning, and films (which I refuse to call movies) are a real passion of mine. Because I am a bloke I can’t help but formulate the things I am interested in into lists, whether it be the top five lure rods I have fished with, my top ten black metal albums of all time, etc. - and in this case I thought it might be a bit of fun to think about the best film I have seen this year, and then if you would be so inclined you could reply in the comments section below with the best film or films you have seen in 2017………..

And just so you know, I can’t stand anything Star Wars, I despise superhero films save for the outstanding and gloriously subversive sendups that are Kick Ass and Deadpool, I never really got Blade Runner, and there are a number of films that were released in 2017 which I haven’t seen yet but can’t wait to - Dunkirk, It, etc.

One of the best films I have seen in the last few years was the truly immense Sicario, and close behind that was Hell or High Water - both these were written by a guy called Taylor Sheridan, and when I saw online that he was going to be both writing and directing his first major film I was intrigued. For me the end result was the best film I have seen this year and I can’t wait to buy the BluRay so that I can watch it again - Wind River is my top film of 2017. There are any number of standout scenes in the film, the script is sublime, the cinematography is breathtaking, and there was one scene in particular that just floored me with how subtly powerful and emotional it was with the outstanding yet understated acting. What a film.

Aside from me needing to be thrashed for not having seen It and Dunkirk yet, are there any standout films from 2017 that I need to see? I do love my films and I watch what I can, but there are surely a few gems that I have gone and missed. Have you seen Get Out by the way? Another outstanding film that I bet slipped under a few radars…………...

 

Does fishing get any more ridiculously exciting than in this video?

I guess we are all made slightly differently, and some anglers and indeed people live for dreaming about and doing their utmost to experience a bit of something more out there - and some people don’t. I reckon I’d happily lure fish for bass until the day I can’t do it anymore - or until there are none of these fine fish left in the sea - but within me is the need to see different places, meet different people, and fish for or at least see different species of fish from time to time.

Via my working in fishing I have been lucky enough to see and also catch many different species of fish, and some I’d describe as about as good as a purely fishing experience is going to get - tarpon have to be up there as just about the most perfect sporting quarry a human being could target with on bait, lure or fly for example, just as say bonefish surely have to be the most perfect skinny water species going. Closer to home of course we have our bass, but I’d put a decent pollack from an out of the way place right up there as well as something that more anglers need to experience. Not just for the fish, but also for the places and people you meet whilst chasing down these dreams - the overall experience. Hell, if it was only about the actual fish I don’t think I’d still be fishing.

GTs are insane fish, pure and simple!

What do I mean by that? When everything comes together in a kind of sensory overload, when at that moment in time fishing means absolutely every single thing and you want to bottle it all up and stay right there for ever. It’s not as if bass are the biggest fish in our seas for example, but for me it’s always going to be a combination of so much cool stuff that comes together which makes me obsess about fishing for them. But the world’s a big place and there are some fish out there which to me are kinda not entirely normal.

We’re talking about fish that are so ridiculously powerful and dirty and almost scary to go and hook that when you see or connect to these things your mental guidelines for what true fish power really means are instantly and forever realigned. Carp obviously get big, but would anybody be almost scared by their power and aggression? Same with catfish etc. Me thinks not. Nope, some fish punch way, way above their actual weight and sit there as a kind of ultimate warrior that demands total dedication, skill, serious tackle, time, effort, money, luck and any number of other factors in order for the angler to come away with occasionally getting one over on them - and note the word occasionally!

Watch the video above from those gloriously mad Morning Tide anglers and I defy you not to go weak at the knees at how insane that fishing is, indeed if it doesn’t freak you out when I would suggest you need go and see somebody. Chucking lures at GTs from the boat may for the most part produce the absolute biggest fish, but having done a little bit of it - and of course loved every second of it - for me it doesn’t reach the extra level of buzz at catching these insane fish from either the rocks, or what I have seen the most which is fly fishing for them on shallow sand flats. I did land a GT from the rocks a few years ago on a lure very much like a GT Ice Cream, and whilst the fish from memory was “only”  about 40-50lbs, I do remember the frigging thing nearly pulling the rod out of my hands while the waves were also knocking us clean off our feet at the same time. It’s not remotely everyday fishing, but thanks to pretty damn cool videos like this we can get a taste of what else is out there in the waters of this amazing planet.

Our co-guided lure fishing trips in Ireland have already sold out, so we’re planning another trip in November - interested?

If you read my blog then you will know that along with my many lure fishing tackle issues, I have fallen head over heels for this co-guiding work I do with John Quinlan over in Kerry, Ireland. Sure, I know it’s work, but I bloody love it, and I was mighty pleased and even a little proud at how quickly our 2017 dates sold out. The October dates went almost straight away with repeat bookings, which I hope means that John and I are doing something right by working together like this, and the July dates finished filling up a few weeks ago.

A short bass fishing film shot in Kerry, SW Ireland, from our co-guided lure fishing trips in October 2016. 

And the result of this is that John and I have been speaking like the business minded grownups that we both are (?), and we want to go ahead with a plan we hatched late last year - which was to offer another co-guided four day trip later this year in November. If this seems late in the year to you to go bass fishing with lures, then please believe me when I say that it can actually offer some of the best bass fishing of the year down in that magical corner of the world that is Kerry. Sure, the weather can do anything - but then it can and indeed does at any time of the year anyway - but once again I come back to why that part of the world is so damn perfect for a fishing trip…………

There’s always somewhere to go fishing, whatever the weather does or doesn’t do, indeed I was speaking to John (remember, we have very grownup conversations!) yesterday morning and he could not recall losing a single day of guided fishing to weather in 2016. They also had some great bass fishing in November last year, indeed he reckons they’d have carried on catching bass on lures if they had been taking clients in December. Hence me feeling perfectly confident in putting the idea of this November co-guided trip out there and seeing if people are interested. Go on, give me another perfectly good excuse to get myself over to Ireland this year! If the fishing fires like it can that time of year it could be great, and if the fishing isn’t quite on fire we will find some fish and have an absolute blast. These are the dates we are proposing for this trip:

  • Tuesday 14th November - arrive at Thatch Cottage
  • Weds 15th, Thurs 16th, Fri 17th, Sat 18th - four days of guided fishing
  • Sunday 19th November - depart Thatch Cottage

If you interested in coming along on this trip, then please contact me via the Guiding page on my website. Where is it? At the top of this page, and thank you for getting in touch.

Some tense moments in the opening Six Nations weekend, crumbs, but I do believe that winning when you’re playing that badly has to be good in the long-term for England - or is that just wishful thinking as we head for Cardiff tomorrow? My wife and I are heading over to the Isles of Scilly tomorrow with our two girls plus Storm for my mate Del’s wedding next week - and yes, the wrassing gear is coming with me - so I am not sure if I will be able to do much on the blog. I am incredibly honoured to be Del’s best man and I will be making a speech which of course will make no mention of him being without doubt the hairiest creature I have ever shared a room with. We all love him to bits and he’s marrying a cracker. Aren’t these girls lucky to have us blokes eh?! Many thanks and have a good weekend.

I’ve made a video about how I’m fishing with lures like the OSP DoLive Stick

There’s a high chance that what you see in this short video ain’t nothing remotely new to you, but I make no apologies for that - because in truth I remain convinced that a lot of anglers getting into lure fishing for bass especially are confused as hell about how to go about fishing with soft plastics such as the DoLive Stick. By no means do I mean to say via this video that this is THE way to fish with a lure like this, rather it’s one simple but pretty damn effective way to do it, and it’s how I have been fishing with this lure and catching bass……….

And it’s also an exercise on my part at shooting a bit of video with a specific goal in mind, and then trying to cut that footage together in a way that flows well and also shows what I am trying to get across in an easy to understand way. Sounds simple if you know all about this sort of stuff, but I don’t, and I am trying to teach myself a bit of it and see where it goes. I also got the GoPro out to try a bit of showing the DoLive Stick underwater as we work it, and it’s a big thanks to Mark for helping me out with it all. We also lucked out the other morning because it was absolutely stunning, and whilst this doesn’t actually help with showing how we’re fishing with these lures, I am a sucker for a decent drop of light as you know. I can’t help seeing the world of fishing as a stills photographer, but I am enjoying a bit of messing around with video on this new Fuji X-T2 mirrorless camera I’ve been shooting for a while now.

OK, so the video is based around the OSP DoLive Stick, but I’d fish other “twitchbait” style soft plastics such as the MegaBass Cattle Tongue, MegaBass DOT Crawler and even a senko like this. I don’t have a lifetime of experience at fishing for bass with lures, but neither do many of us who have fallen so hard for this style of fishing, and at least this simple video is a visual demonstration of something that I reckon a bunch of anglers could have a go at and benefit from.

 Steve with a 9lb bass taken on a slowly straight-retrieved senko during the day

Steve with a 9lb bass taken on a slowly straight-retrieved senko during the day

Quite aside from this “working” such lures around though, I have also seen a lot of big bass caught over in Ireland especially by doing nothing more than winding a senko in at say a quarter of the speed at which we might retrieve the same lure at night, as per the video below. And yes, I know it’s meant to be that you wind lures slower at night than you do in the day, but with the fish I have seen caught and also caught myself, I would suggest that there are many different ways to skin the proverbial cat……………..

Might be barking up the wrong tree here, but I’m looking out for smaller lures that can work like needlefish or senkos for specific situations

As we near the end of the year and I think about my fishing this year and the fishing I have been around, one thing that really stands out for me is the whole night lure fishing thing, and more specifically, chucking those senkos out, winding them straight in and catching bass and absolutely loving fishing like this. But there’s an aspect to it that has been niggling me for a while and I wonder if there’s a way round it………….

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New lure, new technique, a bass on your first chuck, can you gain any more confidence?!

My mate Del has been staying with us for a few days - he’s from the outrageously beautiful, wrasse and pollack heaven that is the Isles of Scilly, but for some reason they don’t get bass in their waters. Why? I don’t know. I have heard a number of different explanations put forward, but as far as I am aware, none of them have been proven as fact. Anyway, Del loves his fishing and we were going to get out after bass as much as possible around my work and whatever conditions December might throw at us……..

Del and I have spoken a fair bit about this whole white senko at night thing, but because the last time we went properly bass fishing together this technique was largely unknown to me, Del had never actually tried it. He was due to fly back home on Monday afternoon, so I wracked my brain and came up with the most incredibly cunning plan to get a few more hours fishing together that would also give us a bit of a go at the white senko thing before it got light and we could properly fish the mark I chose to go to - as in, you need to have at least a bit of light to negotiate your way around the myriad of channels and reefs and required wading.

Anyway, we are fishing by 6.45am on Monday morning, and with the rain plus murk it’s still properly dark. Del moves to a finger of rock to the left and I take one to the right. There’s a fair bit of sea running but a reef system is killing it enough that we can fish inside it if that makes sense (a part of my incredibly cunning plan!) I had suggested that it was well worth a go on the white senkos before it got light. We are carrying walkie-talkies because if somebody catches a decent bass and we are out of shouting range then they can put it in a rockpool, call me on the radio, and I can come over to take a few photographs. OK, so there aren’t always rockpools and it doesn’t always work, but it’s better than nothing, and you can also keep in touch about the actual fishing.

It’s that dark and gloomy that I can hardly make Del out on his finger of rock, but I haven’t even clipped a white senko on and there’s an excited yelp coming over the radio. Del’s first ever cast with a white senko at night and he’s caught a bass of around 3.5lbs - how frigging outstanding is that? As much as he has heard about this simple lure technique from me, Del had to have been feeling at least a little doubtful that the boring looking white plastic stick he had clipped on was really going to stand a chance at being found by a bass in that turbulent water, in the dark, and fished like in the video below when the lure is retrieved at a speed which is causing it to wake on the surface. A dubious sounding method I grant you, and especially if you are sold on lures having to do all manner of stuff in the water, but I think after Del’s first ever cast with a white senko in the dark that he’s sold on it!

New lure, new technique, what a result, and as excited as Del was, I think I was even more so. Talk about making my day. I didn’t get any photos on Monday morning because it was peeing down with rain most of the time and the light was at best totally pants - but pretty damn good for fishing. The photos here are from another day last week. We caught a bunch more bass when it got a bit lighter and we could see the gullies we needed to access as the tide stripped out, but what will live with me the most is the yelp that came over the radio at just after 6.45am. Outfriggingstanding! Gotta love December bass fishing in Cornwall if the conditions behave………...

 

This is how we are fishing a (white) senko at night, and it could not be easier

Whilst I am many millions of miles away from being much good at filming and editing related work, when I was out fishing with my mate Mark the other day we took a bit of time out to shoot a very simple “how to” video on how we’re fishing with a generally white senko at night for bass. For me it’s very much an exercise in learning more about filming and editing as opposed to stills photography which I feel far more comfortable with. Whilst this may make little sense to anybody here who has never got involved in anything filming related, this basic video shoot thing I did with Mark was the first time I have actually had a shot list in my head in order to then edit to when I am in front of my computer - instead of just filming stuff and seeing what you’ve got for whatever reason.

I hope this short video might help a few of you out with better understanding how some of us are fishing these simple senkos at night for bass, and bearing in mind of course that there are many different ways to skin the proverbial cat here. What I think comes across as most surprising to some anglers who I know have seen this video and then commented on my Facebook page is the speed at which Mark is winding the senko in - and please bear in mind that it’s obviously daytime in the video because you ain’t going to see much if I film it at night. I will fish a senko far slower during the day than I will at night, which I accept might not make a whole lot of sense.

But it does work, indeed Mark caught this bass a couple of nights ago fishing a white senko EXACTLY the same way as he is in the video. It’s such an easy way of lure fishing for bass and it fascinates me how this whole night fishing thing has crept up on me to the point that it now feels just as normal as chasing them during daylight hours. I’ve got so damn much to learn about it and that is exactly what I so love about lure fishing I guess. Have a good weekend, can’t wait for England v Australia, loving the banter between the coaches!