Talk about making the right call......

The first spot we turn up at and it's blown out. All coloured up and full of weed, but we can't quite work out why because it did not blow that hard overnight. Plan B then. Make a move, but the next location was full of weed as well. James then makes a suggestion that proves to be somewhat along the right lines. We get there, stand at the top of the hill, and collectively make the decision that it has to be worth at least a few chucks. You know when you get those sea conditions that are right on the edge of being unfishable, yet at the same time they are potentially about as awesome as you are going to get ? This was what we had in front of us.......

The sea is pounding, but the colour is pretty good and you can definitely fish it ok if you time your casts and also make sure to turn away from the waves that are splashing up all over us. Not long after and I caught this bass of about 6lbs right in amongst some of the heaviest conditions, and by this time I have just about made the conclusion in my head that yes, James had gone and made the perfect call. The fish hit like a train and James had to help me land it in between the somewhat pounding waves, but as always the best bit was watching this bass nose back out into the ocean.

So we're feeling pretty good about things. I am finding what positions I can to take some photos of the guys fishing in all this mayhem when James goes and hits a train of a fish. It still amazes me what those "little" Tenryu Injection rods can actually do, and I dumped my camera gear and scrabbled round to give the guy a hand landing the fish. Holy cow !! The moment the thing is beached at my feet I can see that it's a double figure bass. It was bouncing around 10lb plus on my Boga, but the priority was to get the fish to calmer water, revive it, and then get some photographs of one happy Irish angler. A double figure bass on lure fishing gear in those kinds of conditions is quite something to see. Made up ain't even close. Over the proverbial moon more like. Just a massively special fish that came about because James made the right call on where to try and find some fishable water. And the lure ? The MegaBass 120 Zonk Gataride in the Pearl Rainbow colour, a lure that James tells me always works for him in really heavy conditions. How important is colour ? So many variables I know, but he swapped from a Cruising Blue over to the Pearl Rainbow and hit that 10lb bass first chuck with it. So that's another phone call to Cian at Absolute Fishing. A mate with a tackle shop stuffed full of lure gear is a bad thing if you get my drift. Got to keep reminding myself about my legendary self-control..........

So we then move locations only to find that the first part of the mark is essentially unfishable. No worries, walk on up and check some more water out. The amount of perfect bass territory around this extensive coastline fries my brain. James and I are walking along together and he says to me how you can almost imagine a bass moving through that water ahead of us. I kid you not when he goes and hooks another proper bass on his first chuck into it, but this time he has (sneakily ?) changed over to the IMA Sasuke 140 in that (please, no, I need at least a modicum of holding back) Cotton Candy colour. But the bass is a "mere" 8lbs this time !! 18lbs of bass for two fish. How about that ? Simply outstanding to be around both with my cameras and of course as an angler. A more modest bloke you could not hope to meet, but James made the call and he got the rewards. When this place fires it has to be some of the best shore fishing for bass anywhere in Europe, and I can't tell you how much I am loving learning more and more about it with some of the finest anglers and most wonderfully kind people you could hope to meet. Best pack the gear up and head on down to the Beara Peninsular where I am hearing reports of some really good shore pollack fishing recently.......