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Bill's follow up.
After my last posting on the website my pal Bill sent me a couple of emails about his fishing on the same stretch of coast over the next day-and-a-bit. Here's his reports - clearly there are still bass to be caught.
Been out lately?
I had an absolutely lovely afternoon after the crap weather of last weekend. The Northerly winds have calmed the seas right down and as soon as I got to the coast I thought, “today I'm going to catch something”. I arrived at 13.30 and the sea was an absolute mill pond but nothing was doing. I popped round the corner and fished from the ledge. Second cast a nice bass closer to 3lb than 2lb. A few snaps, unhooked & returned. I fished for a while longer and then headed further on. On the way I found a fossilised fish the size and shape of a 2lb bream in the yellow rocks, unfortunately it was embedded in a 10 ton boulder so it didn't end up in my ruck sack.
It was hot & sweaty work so I ended up in my T-shirt..... in bloody November! In the next bay the water was muddy, as seems to be often this case this time of year. I experimented with a black & red and yellow & red Redgill (do these colours show up better that white in the murk?). No joy so fished my way back. By the time I returned to where I’d started it was calmer than ever. You could see the lure splash and then the line hit the water - magic! Anyway, there were a few big fish grubbing about in the weed, and also jumping futher out, I’ve got a feeling they could have been bass rather than mullet but who knows? I tried a Slandra fished really slowly for a while and then flogged away with the Redgill till 16.45 with no further results. An absolutely cracking afternoon and I caught something - result!
I will try again tomorrow.
Cheers for now.
- and then ---
I had another lovely afternoon fishing from 13.30 to about 16.45 (when it was getting a bit nippy). After reading your diary I thought I'd better give your spot a bit more attention than usual. I fished for about half an hour with no luck and then Poppy (Bill’s long suffering little dog) & I decided to give the next stretch another go.
After 15 minutes or so I hooked a nice 2 lbish bass. It was about 20 feet from the shore , along the western side of the ledge. With rod tip held high and without winding I dragged the fish in the direction of the beach before I started to wind in. After a little scrap I landed it (number 98 this year!). After losing what would have been my best fish earlier this year I will never ever, ever, ever, fish anywhere without a plan of how to land a fish if I hook one.
The shuffle back to the beach & a nice landing spot was part of my plan & it worked. After about an hour I then decided to head back to give the first spot a good working over. As I rounded the cliff I half expected to see a swarm of anglers after your report today but I was the only one fishing this afternoon.
I fished for the last hour and a bit. I had one bloody good pull but nothing else. Not quite as good as your results but is was still a nice way to spend the afternoon plus two fish in two trips in November can't be too bad. If the weather is OK I expect to have two early starts next week end. With any luck I might see you in the gloom!
All the best,
I took a photo of the fossilised fish I saw yesterday. The head is centre top. Ribs & fin bones are lower right and the body is bent round with the tail upper left.
Nice fishing eh! I expect we'll be going again soon and, no doubt, once he's recovered from his recent wedding, our mate Rob will be joining us. All the best from us both Rob!!!!
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