Big or small, it doesn't matter - because it's started
After writing that blog post on Friday morning about getting all buzzed up about the bass fishing starting to kick off once again, I headed out that evening with my mate Mark. I’d have preferred HW to have been a little earlier and I couldn’t get away in time to fish around the LW which can also work on a certain part of this spot, but we had low light and a bit of fizz, and whilst Mark’s bass was hardly going to break rods and lines, wow it was good to see one being caught. He nailed his first bass of the 2015 season on that killer Duel Lipless Minnow 120. I had a few hits from bass that didn’t connect, including a decent wallop on that pollack coloured IMA Komomo SF125 that I know murders for a lot of people, but the main thing was that there were some fish around.
The two of us then went out on Sunday morning to take advantage of the early part of the flood tide, and yesterday morning the conditions were really bouncing nicely. It’s interesting how the coastline around here seems to have almost “healed up” since last winter’s savagery, because I reckon this time last year the spot we fished could well have been all coloured up with the amount of sea we had on it early yesterday. But this time around it wasn’t, and with Mark’s bass from Friday evening I would have been somewhat surprised not to have at least seen signs of bass with all that delicious looking water (that is also rather cold when it comes up and over a rock and down the front of your waders).
I’m sure that we would have all attacked that kind of ground and water in any manner of different ways, and my first technique was to bump a Black Minnow around - the 120 yellow/white body attached to the 20g Shore Head that is actually meant for the 140 size Black Minnow. I reckon they fit together just fine, and whilst the lure felt like it was working well in that surf, I wanted to try something that had a rattle in it. In that kind of turbulence, I can’t help but think that a bit of “come look at me” noise from a soft lure might just do the trick. In my lure box I tend to have a MegaBass XLayer rigged on a jig head around 18g, so I clipped that on.
The shape of the waves and the way they were breaking and/or flattening off show me that there’s a good looking bit of rip current running off the edge of a sandbank, and a few casts later my XLayer is nailed the moment it hits the bottom. Now let me assure you that my little bass wasn’t going to threaten any record books, but it’s pretty satisfying to get that first one of the season as such firmly under the belt, which in turn doesn’t half give one a great big dose of confidence heading forward. Please note that my jig head had a single hook on there with the barb crushed flat. I make no apologies for banging on about the use of barbless hooks, and it’s one single little bass at the end of the day, but it’s just so easy to literally slip that hook out and get the fish back in the water.
It was the bounciest conditions so far that I have used the Daiwa Morethan AGS 93ML 7-35g lure rod I reviewed the other day (see here), and whilst I do prefer a more powerful tip for banging hard lures like the IMA Hound 125F Glide into a sea like that, I was slightly taken aback by just how much feel the Daiwa rod was giving me when I was bumping the soft plastics around in what was a fair bit of turbulence. Does a tip with that bit more give transmit a little extra to the angler, or is it something to do with those AGS guides that Daiwa have put on the rod (as per the video above)? Give me a choice of the 9’6’’ 10-30g Major Craft Truzer (review here) and this 9’3’’ 7-35g Daiwa Morethan and I’ll take the Truzer, but I really like the Daiwa - it seems to be a fairly complex lure rod that offers far more than a waggle in a tackle shop can ever reveal.