Although we only had an hour or two on the hunt for bass that we could actually see, wow has it got my brain racing. After a day in the office with some of the Fiiish people at their offices outside of Brest last Thursday, their lure designer Matt took me out on Friday to have a look around the coastline, and first off we headed up a beautiful and very quiet little estuary to have a look for a few bass……
I know that Matt would have preferred neap tides to keep the water that bit longer, but we did see a few bass mooching around, including one that must have been 8lb+. Seeing bass though doesn’t mean that you are going to catch them!! If we can see them, then I am working on the assumption that for the most part they can see us, and this cracker of a bass was having none of it!! Still, just to see a fish like that moving around in such clear water and so close to the edge was enough to induce a bit of racing heart fever. This particular little estuary had a sandy bottom, and as such the water was very clear - the amount of mullet moving down with the ebb tide was extraordinary. Matt also showed me a big stretch of coastline that just screamed bass fishing, and we saw a stack of big mullet feeding on sardines that the commercial boats had spilled in a big harbour. I am now bashing my brain to think of potential spots around me where sight fishing for bass might be a realistic possibility.
Pretty soon after I arrived at the Fiiish offices last Thursday, I got to see the prototypes that Matt has been working on. Obviously I can say nothing about them here, save for my own opinion that if he gets this new concept right, holy frigging cow will these be some seriously interesting lures. I nearly fell flat on my face when I first saw one of the prototypes swimming in the tank at the Fiiish offices, and Matt and I then had a play with them out on the open coast after that bit of sight fishing. Let’s just say that this concept is “rather interesting” to say the least, and I can’t wait to see how it develops further. I really want to shout from the rooftops about this new concept because I think it could work for so many anglers, but I can’t. Fish beware?
I know that Matt has also been working on another project recently, and I also got to see this one. It kinda helps I suppose that the newest version of this project had been pretty well tested early last week on a few bass that Matt nailed out on his boat, with the biggest couple of fish going around the 12-14lb mark. Product testing isn’t always what anglers think it might actually be, and via various things that I have seen and heard over the years, I can’t help but respect how much time, energy and of course resources that Fiiish put into their product testing. I love going to France and I consider it a privilege to spend time around such forward thinking anglers.