Monday 30 August 2010

Bass Fishing Workshops

The bass fishing workshops scheduled for next week have been cancelled I'm afraid. With low numbers of interest in the short workshops it wouldnt be feasible for me to continue, apologies for any inconvenience caused - guess I'll just have more time for fishin'!

I will re-schedule a complete workshop day for the people who did express interest later this week and will contact you by e-mail.

Conditions tough for fly and lure

Conditions during last week remained very tough and unsettled on the Wexford coast. Winds veered westerly to North easterly and Northerly with a mid week blow from the south west. Some fish were to be had but again the fishery didnt perform at its normal late August potential.

This is what you often have to accept as a bass angler - regardless of many things, the significant impact the weather plays on the fishery and your abiity to fish 'through' and adapt to that impact is vital. Fine tuning your fishing and your expectations when its tough doesnt mean its impossible to catch fish - its just more difficult.
Out of that difficulty comes a greater reward.

Conditions South East - Week 35

If only this had fallen last week or indeed next week...... synchronicity fixer needed please apply ASAP

SUMMARY: Remaining settled till the weekend, with high pressure continuing to dominate our weather. Very mild, even warm, with just light southerly breezes. TUESDAY NIGHT: Dry with some clear spells. Some mist and fog pockets developing too, with little or no wind. Not as cold as recent nights though, with lowest temperatures 7 to 12 degrees, coolest across Leinster. WEDNESDAY: spells of hazy sunshine on Wednesday, and largely dry, but there is the risk of a few showers in the west and northwest. Very mild, even warm, with highest temperatures 18 to 22 degrees, warmest across the western half of the country. Winds will be just light southeasterly generally. THURSDAY: Dry with good sunshine, and temperatures again reaching 18 to 22 degrees. FRIDAY: Friday will be a largely dry day with the best of the sunshine early on in the day. However cloud will increase in the southwest later in the day, with the risk of some rain here towards nightfall. Another very mild day, with highest temperatures 18 to 21 degrees, and just light southeasterly breezes once again. Early indications suggest it will stay mild over the weekend but turning more unsettled

Saturday 28 August 2010

Bass fly fishing Ireland - Part 25 - Location Strategy

What is location development?
Over the next range of posts I hope to be able to continue the series by linking various bass fishing location types, how, when and why they fish, to the various influences we have briefly touched on like weather and tides. Part one will deal with location strategy.

Friday 27 August 2010

Bass World I

Bass streamer fly box

Large Size Grand Slam Cases

Optimized slit foams to hold heavy wire hooks and bulky flies with security.Weight from 200g. 8˝x 4.5˝x 1.7˝

C& F DESIGN CF-3500CT available here

A large, clear top, waterproof fly box for big flies and streamers, featuring C&F’s thick, dense white saltwater foam to hold large hooks firmly. This box has three rows of slits, each with a hole punched for easy location of flies.

The flies you see in this box are tied by Andy Elliott at chasingsilver. They are american patterns - hollow fleyes, flatwings, and sloopies running to 8 inches and sometimes a little longer.

The clear top is a new favourite of mine holding eight of these big flies is enough for any session and these boxes and flies will be with me from now until the end of season.

Light, versatile and fits most jacket pockets perfectly.

Thursday 26 August 2010

Browned Out

Green and brown

I've made a trip south due to the cancellations I made this week. Water is still a little green and brown so I made the photos below this morning on the way to and from fishing.

Patience Jim, patience!

all in one hour

Tuesday 24 August 2010


'I'm going to need a bigger boat' said the bass poacher to himself one day.
Then he went out and bought one.
Now he's doing even better than before.......and nobody gives a damn.

Monday 23 August 2010

Bass Fishing Equipment


Conditions South East - Week 34

Forecast Map Wednesday Aug 25th (source windguru)

General : Cool, unsettled and changeable for much of this week, with temperatures below normal and quite windy at times too. But there are signs of more settled weather developing for next weekend.

Details : Tuesday night will be a cold fairly clear night with just a few showers. Some patches of mist and fog will form and lowest temperatures 4 to 8 C. Wednesday should start dry and bright with some hazy sunshine, but very wet and windy weather is set to develop over Munster in the morning. This will extend countrywide in the afternoon and early evening. Highs 14 to 18 C. That heavy and possibly thundery rain will persist overnight and also into Thursday. Some large falls of rain are possible with a risk of some local spot flooding. Winds will be strong and blustery and mainly southwest to west in direction. But winds should moderate later Thursday, and it should become brighter and drier with just scattered showers. Friday will be bright and fresh with sunny spells and well scattered showers.
But present indications suggest that dry, more settled weather will set in for next weekend, with sunny spells each day, slacker winds, and temperatures 19 or 20 C., in places.

Sunday 22 August 2010

Bass fishing Cork harbour

Neap tides, brown water, low barometric, gale fore winds (challenging to say the least) - an impromtu and very pleasant day in Cork harbour with great company Jean Louis Max and Richie who produced on the day!

Thursday 12 August 2010

A morning session on the fly

Caspar Hansens' three day saltwater fly fishing trip to Wexford came to a head this morning.

Casper took seven fish and continued to improve on his personal best record - he has now broken it so many times I've lost count -

Lots of fish were taken in the 50 to 54 cm bracket with the best of the bunch running to 58 cm's. See more photos below!

A more comprehensive report of flies gear and tactics will follow in the next few days

Saltwater fly fishing Ireland

Wednesday 11 August 2010

Red sky in the morning bassfishers warning?

Caspar Hansen continues his bass Fly Fishing success breaking his PB in two consecutive days.

Caspar from Denmark fished his own hand tied flies and hand built rod.

Tuesday 10 August 2010

The Danes are back in Wexford

Caspar Hansen from Denmark is enjoying an early start to a flying visit. Arrived Dublin airport yesterday afternoon and by 18:00 Caspar had landed two nice fish. His luck continued this morning with fish taken on a special fly – more of which later.

Landing Gear
Rod – Self built #8
Reel – Danielsson LW6/9
Line - Rio Aqualux
Leader - Rio saltwater tapered
Fly – More later

Thursday 5 August 2010

Forecasting the weather - August - 12

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 weather theories over the next few months –

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

August, like July, can be unreliable, with frequent heavy downpours of thundery rain, but there can also be warm weather. At least one good spell occurs.

There is hardly any danger of cold weather, although it can feel cool for the season in some years. The sea is warm for bathing. The heat of the sea helps the latter part of the month to be warmer, owing to its highest temperature.

Most areas can expect to experience good weather. Despite the unreliability of this month, because of the thundery tendency, there is generally at least one good spell, usually near the middle or latter part of the month.

The weeks of August

1st to 7th The first few days are often changeable and thundery, but the weather improves towards the end of the week

8th to 15th A good warm spell is probable at the beginning or end of this week

16th to 23rd Thunderstorms are frequent, either at the beginning or at the end of the week, with a fairly good warm period

24th to 31st There is often a short stormy interval with bright sunny and cloudy days intermingled. The alternative is a good warm spell lasting into September.

Bass Fishing; Your bass fishing during August can be as unpredictable as the weather. Many experienced anglers will say it can be one of the most difficult periods during what should be the height of the season. Fish turn up at expected locals and then strangely dont or you can be simply blown away by a magic session. There are many reasons and the challenges continue!

Rating 3/5

August Bass Fishing Experiences Here Here Here

Wednesday 4 August 2010

July weather summary

July was the first month of 2010 which was dominated by weather patterns associated with Atlantic depressions. Slow-moving frontal systems brought significant falls of rain at times, while most days were cloudy but mild, with south to southwesterly winds.

Rainfall totals for July were above normal everywhere and were more than twice the average at some stations; it was the fourth successive July with rainfall totals much in excess of normal over most of the country. Unlike previous years, however, the relatively dry weather of the preceding months of 2010 and consequent high soil moisture deficits helped to prevent significant flooding during this month. Claremorris had its wettest July since records began there in 1950, while its daily fall of 56mm on the 10th was also a record for the month at the station. Belmullet’s total of 140mm equalled its previous highest July value, recorded in 1988. Heavy falls in the period around the middle of the month were often associated with thunderstorms. Most stations recorded between 15 and 21 wetdays during the month (days with 1mm or more rainfall), compared with the normal range for July of between nine and 13.

Mean monthly air temperatures were near normal in the south, but were around half a degree higher than normal at most stations. As shown by the accompanying temperature charts, there was little variation in either daily maximum or minimum values during the month, with few very warm days. Mean maximum temperatures were close to normal, but the generally cloudy conditions kept mean minimum values over a degree higher than normal generally. July sunshine totals were below normal everywhere, the first relatively dull month of 2010.
Valentia Observatory’s sunshine total of only 85 hours was among the five lowest for July in over a century of records at the station and was also its lowest of any month so far in 2010. The sunniest days of the month were during the first week and on the 22nd.
Source - Met Eireann

Tuesday 3 August 2010

Development of Inland Fisheries Ireland Corporate Plan

Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) was established on 1st July 2010 in accordance with the Inland Fisheries Act 2010 in place of the Central and 7 Regional Fisheries Boards. The 2010 Act sets out the authorities statutory obligations in relation to the protection, conservation, management, marketing, development and improvement of the inland fisheries resource in Ireland.

The legislation provides that the new authority must develop a 5 year rolling Corporate Plan for the new organisation within the first six months of its establishment. That Corporate Plan will define what the organisation will achieve in the next 5 years, how the objectives are to be achieved and how they are to be measured. In order to develop a Corporate Plan that is informed, realistic and compliant, IFI is now inviting submissions to the Public Consultation process from any individual, group or, associations who wish to actively contribute. The purpose of the consultation is to provide interested parties in the general public with an opportunity to comment on the future plan for IFI and to provide their views on the role and priorities for the organisation.

Development of the IFI Corporate Plan (2.82 MB)

Submissions can be sent to Inland Fisheries Ireland by post or by email, to reach the organisation by no later than Friday 20th August 2010. The most efficient method of making submissions to IFI is by way of email to

Alternatively, responses can be posted to the following address:

Mary O’Reilly
Inland Fisheries Ireland
Swords Business Campus
Balheary Road
Co. Dublin.

Please include your name and contact details along with your submission. If you are putting forward a submission on behalf of an organisation please include contact details for the organisation.

New Website

The beginning AND the end…

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