We’ve had a few bass here in Kerry, but to be honest it’s been pretty tough on them. We have the perfect tides and for a while the conditions were absolutely spot on, but for some reason they aren’t properly switched on at the moment. They did have a bit of red tide down here a while back which killed a load of sandeels especially, and on a couple of the marks that tend to really fire later in the year, the lack of baitfish is very noticeable. Saying all that though, there’s been a few bass to about 5lbs landed in some stunning surf conditions we had for a couple of mornings (so, so pleased to see this style of bass fishing!!), and then bass to about 5.5lbs landed on the numerous reef marks around here.
OK, so our clients want to catch bass, indeed who doesn’t? But show them a bit of pollack fishing on the same rods and reels and it’s just something else. I absolutely love lure fishing for pollack off the rocks and I have made myself a promise that next year I am going to come across to Ireland especially and get back to doing more of it again. It’s just bloody epic, and especially in an area like this where there’s virtually nobody out fishing and there’s a wonderfully abundant pollack population of a good average size that seem to love chowing lures!! Very cool to see that bright pink Fiiish Black Minnow working for the pollack, just as its designer told me they would. If the bass fishing ain’t firing then who wouldn’t want to get out on the rock ledges and smash these hard-scrapping, golden-flanked marvels of our cold Atlantic waters? Sure, the weather dictates where you can get to, but wow is there a lifetime’s worth of ground around here for whatever way the wind is blowing. Seriously, the more I get to know this part of Kerry, the more it is frying my brain just how much ground there is that is never, ever seeing other anglers.
The odd cynic here may well think that this is some sort of marketing speak from me because the bass fishing is a bit quiet just now, but it has been on my mind for sometime now that firstly I should be getting back to doing more of this pollack fishing myself, and secondly that John and I should perhaps be making more of a big deal about it. Sure, they ain’t “sexy” like bass are, and fishing for them of course doesn’t force us to chop and change methods etc. like we might for bass, but I defy anybody who likes a bit of light tackle lure fishing not to giggle when a 5lb+ pollack nails your lure and does its absolute crash-diving best to snag you up good and proper. I love living in Cornwall and we can get some decent bass fishing sometimes, but we simply don’t have a worthwhile shore based pollack fishery that you can approach with light tackle (the magnificent Isles of Scilly aside of course). A 5lb shore pollack doesn’t even raise an eyebrow here in Kerry and I wonder how many saltwater anglers realise how accessible much of this fishing is.
There’s pollack fishing like this in so many parts of Ireland and to be honest it increasingly amazes me how lure fishing is growing so much in the saltwater world, yet so few anglers have switched on to how easy it is to come on over to Ireland and find some of this pollack fishing for themselves. Sure, I’d love for some of these anglers to pay to come fishing with John and I, but in reality there are thousands upon thousands of rocky ledges that will throw up awesome pollack out here, but it blows my mind how few anglers are out and about actually doing it. I used to love my bait fishing, of course I did, but a light lure rod bent double is about as good as it gets to me and I have made myself a firm promise to spend more of my own Ireland fishing/photographing time next year on the pollack.
And as for the October weather here in Kerry!! An early forecast I saw was threatening the tail end of that hurricane coming in, but aside from a bit of swell that must have come from that, we have had some stunning weather out here. Lunch outside every day, no rain so far (ok, I know that’s the kiss of death), masses of warm sunshine, a great bunch of clients, and a bunch more turning up later today. John and I do all we can to put our people onto good shore fishing, but whatever happens we have a huge amount of fun in a truly special part of the world that to be honest I feel privileged to be spending more and more time in. Call me biased if you like, but this is how fishing is meant to be in my book, and whilst I don’t see my obsession with lure fishing for bass slowing down anytime soon, there’s plenty of other good stuff out there that is easily overlooked. My apologies for the lack of recent blog posts, but we are out and about all day long out here and spare time is not exactly easy to find.