Saturday 24 October 2009

T minus 19 and counting destination Andros

The books I have been reading for the past twelve months in preparation for Andros are as follows

Bone Fishing - Randall Kaufmann

Fly Fishing for Bonefish - Chico Fernandez

Innovative Flies - Bob Veverka

Not only are these books full of incredible photographs but they also contain information that takes time to digest, learn and apply. Incredibly I found myself using many strategies from these books in my bass fishing in Wexford this year. I highly recommend them to any saltwater flyfisherman.

Friday 23 October 2009

T minus 20 and counting destination Andros

I guess at some time I had to really start thinking about it - for the first time in months its finally started to hit me. Location, location, location. No amount of preparation, equipment or planning can replace the natural bounty that I expect to experience at Andros South . It is, most definitely, the location for bonefish. In twenty days time that’s where I’ll be.

South Andros Island is widely known as the Bonefishing Capital of the World. With the island's endless, diverse flats, the opportunities for my fly fishing and photography are boundless.

I expect to find and to fish to schools of bonefish that average 2 to 4 pounds, with larger fish apparently swimming with the schools. I will also hope to make many shots at tailing and cruising bonefish ranging from 5 to 10 pounds plus. These opportunities will come while wading hard sand and marl flats or being poled along in one of the fully equipped flats skiffs.

One of the pieces of equipment that I used last year and this for my bass fishing will travel with me to Andros. The simms Dry creek flats pack is an indispensible piece of equipment. Holding my two fly boxes, tippet material, first aid, spare spools, pliers and camera its a great piece of comfortable gear. Long lasting and tough. I guess i'll just have to include insect repellent, lip balm, high grade sun factor and water on the list.....

Green and Gold

Sunday 18 October 2009

Daiwa Day Breaker performs at Day break!


Rolfe Deppe took several bass this morning - all on surface lure fishing techniques
Landing Gear
Rod - Daiwa Morethan Branzino 82 ll
Reel-Shimano Stella
Line - Powerpro
Leader - Seagaur fluorocarbon
Lure - Zipsea pop

This rod is beyond doubt the most incredible bass fishing tool - perfectly matched to the experience and the fish. 

Thursday 15 October 2009

Forecasting the weather - October - 2

I came across a little book recently - Signpost to the weather by D&K Barlett. First published in 1949, I have extracted their forecasts for each month of the year. I hope you will enjoy their theories over the next few months -

The Month of October according to D&K Barlett with BASS indications by Jim Hendrick

The temperatures now begin to fall more quickly than in any month of the year, although there can often be a late fine warm spell of several days. The nights will be noticeably cooler. The first frosts are more likely inland.
The depressons over the Atlantic are deeper and a greater deal of wind can be expected, but there are not usually more than one or two severe gales.
The good spell, if prolonged delays the autumn change into November. and this, of recent years has often occurred.
The sea remains quite warm but the land surfaces cool quickly, and some fog and mists can be experienced in many areas.

The weeks of October

1st to 7th - Fair, cloudy days at first becoming more changeable with a little rain later in the week
8th to 15th - Usuall there is cloudy weather with light rain intermingled with fair days
16th to 23rd - A calm, fair and quite warm period can occur during this part of the month
24th to 31st - During this week the weather becomes more unsettled fair days will bring frost but rather changeable

Bass fishing - Arguably one the best month of the year for bass fishing, opportunities for great fishing.

Rating 4/5

October Bass Fishing Experiences Here Here Here

Friday 9 October 2009

Fishing Report - Oct 9th - Fran and Ger

Thursday Afternoon -

Landing Gear

Rods - Lucky Craft ESG 8'-7" casting 3- 16 grammes for 6-14lb line
Reels - Shimano tecnium 3000
Lines - Powepro - 6kgs
Lures - Smith Sticky 12.8 grammes - 08
Leader - Varivas Power Finess Fluorocarbon 0.3 mm

Several bass all taken with surface lure fishing techniques

Thursday 8 October 2009

Indian Summer Workshop - with Fran and Ger

Thursday Morning -

Landing Gear

Rods - Smith bayliner boron BRF 66ML - 6'-6" casting 2-10 grammes for 4-10lb line
Reels - Shimano tecnium 2500
Lines - Powepro - 4kgs
Lures - Smith Chinupen floating 8.8 grammes - clear
Leader - Varivas Power Finess Fluorocarbon

Several bass all taken with surface lure fishing techniques

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