What more can I say about this place ?

Thursday 16th May, the first day after the bass close season over here. We are on the rocks and fishing by about 4.30am, and pretty soon after that there were a bunch of decent bass showing to any number of different lures. What more can I say about how much I love coming over to fish in Ireland ? The place, the people, the coastline, and of course, the insane shore fishing. I guess you could say we had a very good start to the trip.........

Andy was first up with this bass of around 7lb on the Boga. Lure ? The lethal IMA Komomo SF125 that I am often raving on about. There is a reason for it, and that's because for us lot it just keeps on banging fish out. This "new" version of the SF125 definitely cuts into a headwind better than the old one, but to me the action is still equally as good. Pretty good first fish !! I took a smaller one shortly afterwards on this new IMA Molmo 80 that I have got. Some action, and we all know how it helps to catch a fish on a new lure to give one confidence to work out when to bring it out and use it in anger.

I think we moved to about three different marks in the space of the back tide this morning. We are extremely lucky to be spending some time fishing with an outstandingly talented local angler called Ger Carey - he's a mate of Cian at Absolute Fishing, and this morning Ger took us to a bunch of spots that none of the rest of us had ever fished. It just amazes me that people like Ger are so kind as to go out of their way with helping us out with the fishing, and I can't tell you how much this guy knows about his coastline. The mind boggles, honestly, we are on another big learning curve about this area. Ger is the kind of angler I describe as "listen to every single thing he says because you are going to learn the most ridiculous amount about bass fishing if you take it all on board." Huge thanks Ger, you are a complete star. The photo above is Ger putting some proper bend into his 8'6'' Sakura Shinjin lure rod - the thing obviously works pretty well because he has already had what might be termed a "silly" amount of bass this year. No point me quoting numbers or sizes, but once again the mind nearly fries at it all........

Here's Paul with a good bass over the 6lb mark that he took from a very, very shallow mark that for a while seemed to be stuffed with fish. I hooked a fish of about the same size right off the rod tip just before Paul landed this one, and Andy took a few off the surface on the trusty Xorus Patchinko. Ger was fishing a few hundred yards away and told us of a very nice 8lb fish he took on the Tackle House Feed Shallow, and then pretty soon after he connected briefly with a big double figure bass that then came off. Seems that the whole coastline is firing, with reports coming in to Cian of some tidy fish all over the place on the first day after the month long close season. I just can't imagine a day when Ireland could possibly cease to amaze me....

Above are some more bass to Ger and Cian. The wind picked up all day and it is now howling but forecast to drop back off I think around midday tomorrow. We had one hell of a first day, and as knackered as we are right now, obviously we are about as buzzed up as possible and raring to head out again. I also used a "new to me" lure rod all day today that was really interesting - it bangs them out big time. So loving being back in Ireland again. Lots more to come.........