I received an email the other day from Steve Mitchell down in south west Cornwall, and he has kindly given me permission to display it here, along with a photo of the stunning bass he caught. I can not tell you how much it means to get emails, comments and feedback like this, so my thanks goes to Steve, and of course my congratulations at catching such a fantastic bass. To know that a few of the bits and pieces that I do within fishing can actually help some anglers out just makes my week, but make no mistake - it works the same way for me. Opening up one's mind is a skill........
I just wanted to drop you a line
I live in South West Cornwall and have been sea fishing on and off since I was a lad and I have also done quite a bit of fly fishing, my biggest bass has been around 5Ib and biggest brown trout 5Ib 8oz from Argal back in 1999 when it was a trout fishery. I have never done any lure/plugging for bass before. My son for Christmas bought me one of your DVDs on plugging and this has inspired me to re-think my fishing. I have been looking on your website which is great, and have bought most of my gear on your recommendation. I have also been following your blog and find it very informative your enthusiasm certainly comes through
I have been out quite a few times since March and haven't caught any bass using this technique that is until last Wednesday night, I went fishing on the North Coast with my son. I was using a Maria Bull Chop in calm conditions when I got hit by a bass about 25 yards out, I couldn't believe my eyes when I landed it, it tipped the scales 9 pounds 3oz my first lure caught bass this has got to be some kind of record? It will be down hill from now on, I don't think I will top that in a hurry
I decided to keep the fish, however I did feel quite emotional when I thought of how old this fish must be, I must admit in the past I couldn't understand why anyone would not want to take such a fish home, however I have completely change my mind, and will release larger fish in future (that's if I catch any!)
I just wanted to thank you and my son of course, for rekindling my enthusiasm for fishing.
Keep up the good work
Photo courtesy Steve Mitchell
Thanks again Steve. Personally I think it's really brave of Steve to say how his feelings at taking such a fish have now changed. I am sure that every single one of us has at some point in our fishing lives killed fish that we then thought about in a different way and ultimately regretted. I know I have. Whatever the case, that is one hell of a first lure caught bass Steve, and I would like to say thanks for contacting me. I would guess now that Steve has got the lure bug bad !!