Wednesday 31 August 2011

eh Jimmeee, whare ar ze feeesh?

…...the line became heavy and stopped and I thought weed, but then, I felt the life at the end of the line.  The bass took off on a long run just as I noticed the knot in the running line in the mangrove basket!  OH SHIT!!  I knew this was a good fish, but there was nothing i could do as the knot travelled up the rod rings, click………

A very nice bass taken HERE amongst lovely scenery

Monday 29 August 2011

…..the magic bass fishing month.

Neil Driver dropped in this morning for a guided soft plastic workshop – a beautiful morning of great company sun, surface blitzes and silver too!

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Sunday 28 August 2011

Hours done on the ground – it takes time.

There's no quick fix solution here. No instant information…go here or there and you can catch fish. Only time and effort spent. Hours upon hours of investment, driving to and from, fishing, gear, tying, weather, fish on – fish off, presentations, decisions, decisions, frustration, disappointments, tactics…..on and on it goes.
But coming out the far side, when it happens you have an unfathomable depth of appreciation and understanding, a real sense of the fishing.

This transfers easily to you now having done the work, quietly shared the experiences, taken the hard knocks, the lessons learned. You know what needs to be done to make it work. You measure the depth of the personal investment you have made, and realise the significance of what you have learned, the ‘value’ of such knowledge. This has not been handed to you via a PM or a wall, this has been earned.

And the only reward? What you feel in your heart and soul having spent some time walking there in anticipation and isolation, fishing there and then, when you decide to leave you feel satisfied, content and happy, you relive the experiences on the walk home.

The world in which we fish knows nothing of Facebook or CNN.

What lies ahead

Friday 26 August 2011

Bass Fishing Workshops - Fort Camden

Coming soon - A bass fishing workshop at a unique location.

Rescue Camden is a Voluntary Community Committee set up in 2010 to help with the Restoration & Development of Fort Camden which is internationally recognised as one of the finest remaining examples of a classical Coastal Artillery Fort.

The group has worked tirelesly throughout the winter on developing the project. They have made incredible progress on a number of fronts.They are currently preparing this season's programme of events and look forward to opening a Tunnel & walking tour later this year.

The group aim is to clean, restore & develop this magnificent Fortress to its former glory thus creating a tourism and heritage centre which will not only become a huge attraction, locally, nationally and globally but will also create sustainable employment. for more details please visit

I would like to hold some bassfishing workshops at this unique location in Cork harbour during the Autumn of 2011 if you are interested in attending one of these workshops please contact me at 086 3444557

Cork bass fishing workshop

Thursday 25 August 2011

Play me !

Go HERE and press play- beware your life may change - forever!

Bass fishing the rocky shore

Time invested in watching the rising and falling of tides will reveal where and when water activity takes place. Checking and understanding which way the wind blows and how this affects wave direction and movement and hence our fly presentations will greatly increase our chances. Where there is moving water and cover you will generally find predators lurking and hunting but care must be taken in how and when we approach these fish.

Tramping down the beach in our waders clinking and clanking and then proceeding to walk and clamber over the rocks and perching ourselves at the end of the nearest point will only scare every fish in the Irish sea away.

More HERE and then tie it to this post HERE

The type of shore line, the current conditions and many pieces fit together

Tuesday 23 August 2011

Not a jig–a clouser



Eye position and material – changes the drop style, add a weed guard and heh…….

Electric stealth tactics in the estuary


The benefits of an electric engine cannot be underestimated –both in fresh and saltwater.

Many thanks go to John O’Brien for his considerable help in choosing the battery, the charger and indeed the engine. All these items and much more can be seen at Johns Angling and Outdoor centre in Waterford.

Sunday 21 August 2011

IFTD Awards 2011

International Fly Tackle Dealer

Best of Show – Simms Pro Dry GORE-TEX jacket, bib and pants
Best Outerwear – Simms Pro Dry GORE-TEX jacket, bib and pants
Fly Rods, Freshwater – Sage “ONE”
Fly Rods, Saltwater – Sage “ONE”
Fly Reel, Freshwater – Hardy Ultralight fly reel
Fly Reel, Saltwater – Nautilus NV Monster
Fly Lines, Freshwater – Scientific Anglers Mastery Textured Trout Stalker
Fly Lines, Saltwater – Airflo Ridge Floating Clear Tip Tropical line
Eyewear – Smith Chief with Techlight TLT lenses
Wading Gear – Simms Freestone stockingfoot waders
Women’s-Specific Product – Redington Women’s Sonic-Pro Waders
Youth-Specific Product – CasTarget by The School of Fly Fishing
Eco-Friendly Product – Korkers Metalhead Wading Boot with Svelte 2 soles\
General Apparel – Buff Bug Slinger Series UV
Fly Pattern, Freshwater – Jay Zimmerman’s Texas Ringworm
Fly Pattern, Saltwater – Fish Skull Crafty Deciever
Fly Tying Material – Fish Skull Sculpin Helmet
Fly Box/Storage System – Montana Fly Company MFC Waterproof Boat Box
Book – Fifty More Places to Fly Fish Before You Die, by Chris Santella (Angler’s Book Supply)
DVD – Musky Country Zero 2 Here, by Robert Thompson (Angler’s Book Supply)
Gift Item – Montana Fly Company MFC iPad Folder
Luggage – Fishpond Bumpy Road Cargo Duffel
Accessory – Loon Outdoors Nip & Sip
Chest Pack/Vest – Rising Flask Pack

Friday 19 August 2011

The best built fly for Irish bass?

It certainly is one of them.

Watch the fly land on the water and then instantaneously orientate to the correct profile (the hands held in prayer) - took time out this afternoon in stormy conditions just the way I like them - casting a mini sloopy variant on the GLX #7 - fished an outbound inter with a short 5'-0" poly leader tipped with Rio fluoro on a loop knot (that's a mouthful) - result!

The up and down 'bobbing' motion of the fly is assisted by a loop knot at the hook - tying 'straight' to the hook with a stiffer leader changes the action of the fly to a 'flatter' plain

Here's the thing I fished a 700 euro rod with a 25 euro reel - the okuma airframe. Its the same okuma that I've had since 2002 - its been dropped, kicked, thrown, and excuse me, 'fucked' into the water in a rage, left in a damp shed over winter and most importantly landed probably 400 + bass, plus pollack, pike and seatrout in rain sand and all sorts of weather and still going strong today - dont spend A LOT of money on unnecessary middle crap! Take a look HERE for more help on fishing the rocky shore

Watched the blitz above for a while when I was fishing - awesome display - I was on shore by the way and apologies for poor quality - little camera pushed to its limit !

Bass fishing the Rocky Shore - some help HERE

Thursday 18 August 2011

A perspective - the 'value' of locations

'I don't mind sharing hard-won information. In fact, I relish it. So many steelheaders are tight-lipped regarding most every aspect of the sport. I am not necessarily going to tell you the exact spot to fish - that knowledge needs to be earned. But giving other anglers the tools and confidence is common, sportsman's courtesy. There is still a lot to be figured out through personal trial and error.'

From - A passion for steelhead - Dec Hogan

Wednesday 17 August 2011

Irish angler cover shot surprise !

I got a text from David Norman at the weekend. David is busy writing a series of articles for Irish Angler magazine based around techniques for soft bait fishing for bass.

I had made the cover of Irish Angler magazine with a photograph of Wexford bass angler Ger Doran. I made this photograph whilst guiding David during an early season session here in Wexford during which we met Ger.

Below are some of the other covers I have made - see the right hand panel

2005 - fly fishing for bass an intro series
2006 - lure fishing for bass an intro series
2007 - fly fishing with angling guides
2008 - fly fishing an approach for bigger bass
2009 - A guides diary 12 issues

Thanks again to the staff at Irish Angler for their continued and extremely important support and promotion of the profile of bass fishing in this country. We need more of this from more Irish organisations.


Tuesday 16 August 2011

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Friday 12 August 2011

Probassfisher on twitter

I have started to use my Twitter account over the last few days simply because I'm not carrying my laptop or SLR with me at the moment.
Using a blackberry camera and a little text there's no doubt it can be a powerful tool for me in the future. Rather than spending time on heavy text and post creation, which I will continue on the blog, tweets can be made on the fly (ahem!) which is perfect for observational, 'in the field work' on a job like this.

You can follow my tweets HERE.

Trailer - Surf&Inshore Fishing 2009 from Peter Laurelli on Vimeo.

Tuesday 9 August 2011

A note from a friend

Hi Jim

Just got back from Norway. Bass fishing was disappointing. I didn't catch or have contact with a single bass. But I talked to the guy who did the video from Oslo fjord and he usually know where and how to catch them. Even he hadn't done as well this year as previous year. Last year he also had a decline in his catch rate. His explanation for this was partly due to cold
an long lasting winters the last few years and this year the ice didn't break until April. Another factor is the commercial fishing. It seems the bass stay in the fjord during the winter but stays still in deep holes and the commercial fishermen has found out so they net them. Runar (the guy from the video) was quite worried aboubt the impact on the recreational fishing.
Any way... I caught 3 new species that I never caught on fly before so I have enclosed some pictures of them and some pictures of the surroundings I was fishing in. Also as a bonus I came within 30 metres of a feeding humpback whale - awesome creature. I am not completely sure what the fish are called in english but I know one is cod and I think the
others are pollack and haddock.

I follow your wonderful newsletter closely and it seems fishing is reasonably good.
All the best

Trying to get involved for years!

Dear Stakeholder,

As the Government grapples with the serious economic problems confronting the country it is clear that tourism will provide a vital element of our recovery and that innovation will be a key component of its success. While other sectors of the economy have begun the process of measuring and improving innovation activities, our knowledge of innovation in Irish tourism is in its infancy. In order to improve our understanding of these issues we are working with Professor Jim Deegan and his colleagues at the University of Limerick. They are working on a project that aims to measure the levels of innovation across all sub-sectors in tourism with the firm objective of developing targeted support interventions to increase the levels of innovation.

There are four central elements in business innovation. The first element is “product development”, the second is “back office process”, the third is “managerial innovations” and the fourth is “marketing innovations”.

We are confident that you will have been involved in some way in one or all of these elements of innovation over the last three years. If so, we need your help to begin the journey of understanding the levels of innovation and how best we can support the individual sub-sectors with targeted initiatives. Even if you have not been actively involved we would still like to know as we can then begin the process of helping you with innovation interventions.

I strongly encourage you to get involved in this vital project as the output from the research will inform our strategy for innovation. Please click on the following link and Professor Deegan and his colleagues will be in touch in due course.

Wednesday 3 August 2011

Bass fishing Wexford, first day out specimen

An incredible day
Anne Curran caught played and landed and returned this magnificent fish this afternoon. Using soft plastics for the first time Anne applied the technique to deadly effect – resulting in a masterful display of control and patience in high seas and difficult conditions, a big fish window!
The fish measured 83 centimetres with a calculated weight certainly in excess of ten pounds
Congratulations Anne
Anne and Pat attended a bass fishing workshop in April 2011
Landing Gear

Rod: Smith Tidewader – Blow shot boron 8’-6”

Reel: Daiwa Certate

Line: Powerpro – 9kgs

Leader: Rio Fluoroflex 8kgs

Lure: Sluggo and Illex gambit 5.5g Texan jig head.



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Tuesday 2 August 2011

Bass fishing - July in TEN years

I started guiding during July of 2003 and wfish (2)ent full time in 2004. During that time and for many years previous I have seen and experienced many weather patterns and their subsequent influences on bass fishing. This interaction with many unique locations where they are to be found in Wexford is one of the keys to understanding the fish and their behaviour – 2002 (to the right) was a challenging cooler and wetter but a rewarding year.

Here are some extracts from 2003 to 2011 from the Met Eireann weather summaries – for me the seasons through 2007, 2008 and 2009 were particularly difficult with an improvement through 2010.

If you were fly or lure bass fishing regularly during those years you can share some of those experiences and no doubt draw some valid comparisons and conclusions over time for yourself. How where and when fish were present and what they decided to eat and even what they choose to eat in different places at different times!

2000 and 2001 were warm and sunny

July 2003

Warm but dull everywhere – heavy and thundery rain at times.

DSCF1065Summary: July was a warm and cloudy month everywhere with dry weather at times, especially in eastern and northern areas, but also some heavy and thundery falls leading to localised flooding in places. The sequence of warmer than normal months throughout 2003 continued during July, with mean air temperatures around a degree higher than normal in most places



July 2004

Mild but mostly dull; dry in east and southeast

fish (46)Summary: After a cool and very unsettled start to July, which brought heavy showers and strong winds, there were spells of drier and warmer weather during the later part of the month. Mean air temperatures overall were below normal across much of the country, however, and it was the coolest July for between 11 and 16 years at a number of stations. As the charts of daily values on page 12 indicate, both minimum and maximum temperatures showed a general rise during the month, but maximum values in excess of 20°C Mild but mostly dull – dry in East and Southeast


July 2005

Dry in North but heavy spells in south and east – warm and dull

joan 021Summary: Rainfall totals for July varied considerably across the country. Bands of heavy rain affected parts of Leinster and Munster during the last week, while other areas received little. There were exceptionally heavy falls near southern and southeastern coasts on the 23rd/24th, while another band of heavy rain affected southeastern and eastern areas on the 28th/29th. Severe thunderstorms developed over the southern third of the country during the evening of the 12th, giving some torrential falls locally, while a tornado developed during the same evening near Myshall, Co. Carlow (see page 2). This variation in rainfall totals across the country is reflected in the fact that, while it was the driest July at Malin Head since 1983, it was the wettest at Rosslare since records began there in 1956. The number of wetdays (days with 1mm or more rainfall) during the month was close to the normal range for July of between 9 and 13. July was a warm month everywhere, with mean air temperatures of around one degree above normal generally.


July 2006

Warmest July on record in places; sunny and mainly dry

PICT1175July was another very warm, dry and sunny month, continuing the pattern of fine summer weather set in June. Temperatures were above normal throughout almost all of the month; they were around two degrees higher than normal overall at most stations and three degrees higher at Clones. It was the warmest July for between 11 and 17 years in most places and the warmest on record at Malin Head, Clones and Casement Aerodrome; records at Malin Head extend back to 1885. Kilkenny had a total of 29 days during the month where the maximum temperature exceeded 20°C, with 9 of these days exceeding 25°C. The period between the 16th and 20th was particularly hot, when daily maxima reached over 25°C generally and above 30°C in a few places, the highest temperatures recorded since the recordbreaking month of August 1995. The values of 31.0°C and 29.9°C, recorded on the 19th at……..


July 2007

Another very wet month in east and southeast mostly cool but sunny

DSC_0016After the very wet weather of most of June in the east and south of the country, rainfall totals for July were again exceptionally high in the same areas. Like the previous month, high pressure remained well to the south of the country, allowing an uninterrupted succession of depressions with their associated frontal systems to move over Ireland until near the end of the month. These produced spells of rain or showers each day, with some locally heavy falls causing flooding, while there were severe thunderstorms and reports of tornadoes on a number of days. At least 1mm or rain was measured on each day at one or more stations in the 49-day period between June 11th and July 29th. Early summer rainfall totals (June and July) were more than 250% of normal over parts of Leinster


July 2008

Very wet and dull in most places: becoming warm after cool first half

DSC_0020Much of the first half of July was wet and relatively cool, but warmer and drier conditions developed until the last few days of the month, when rain or showers again became widespread. High pressure was responsible for the settled conditions in the period after mid-month, but low pressure to the southwest of the country at both the beginning and end of July brought some heavy rain or showers in all areas, with thunderstorms on several days. Rainfall totals for the month were above normal except in parts of the west and northwest and were more than twice the July normal at stations in the east and south. It was the wettest July for more than 30 years at many stations in the south and southeast.


July 2009

Wettest July for more than 50 years in places – near normal temperature and sunshine

DSC_0041Apart from a short spell of dry weather between the 7th and 9th, rain or showers were recorded on each day during July, resulting in record high monthly totals at some stations. The weather pattern of the previous two summers was repeated, with Atlantic depressions tracking over or close to Ireland, producing substantial falls of rain at times, with frequent thunderstorms. The north and northwest of the country fared relatively well, however; in these areas the lowest rainfall totals were recorded and both mean temperatures and sunshine amounts were well above normal. Over twice the normal July rainfall totals were recorded over most parts of the country, with more than three times the normal amount in parts of Leinster and Munster. It was the wettest July for over 50 years in many places and the wettest on record at a number of stations, including Valentia Observatory, where records began more than a century ago.


July 2010

Warm and dull: very wet in places

P8120122July 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 south westerly 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.


July 2011

Dull and cool with below average rainfall in parts

DSC_0124The majority of mean air temperatures for the month were lower than normal, with most temperatures across the country being between 0.5°C and 1°C below average. Dublin Airport reported its coolest July in 46 years with a mean air temperature of 13.8°C, while some stations in the south and southwest recorded their coolest July since 1988. Almost all maximum temperatures for July were recorded during the periods of high pressure in the latter part of the month, while the majority of minimum air temperatures were recorded on 6th, 22nd and 23rd. The lowest minimum air temperature during July of 4.7°C at Casement Aerodrome was the lowest for the station in 27 years, while Cork Airport’s minimum air temperature of 6.2°C was the lowest measured at that site since 1965


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