Sunday 30 December 2012

Bass Fishing Wexford A Season Revisited

A season remembered in video shorts

Bass fishing wexford

Click on any of the links above to visit some of our experiences during 2012.

I hope this can give you some insight and feeling of the fishing to be found on the south east of Ireland


Friday 28 December 2012


I could never have known then what was going to happen. It was the start of it I guess, the Summer and Autumn of 2003. Three days in a car with Terry Thomas and Clive Gammon, bass fishing and driving around the southern coasts of Wexford, trying to capture the essence of something. For me it was listening to the stories of Wexford, the angling past remembered by Clive.

I remember standing at the coombe, at the race, casting half mackerel twenty yards into the cauldron, holding our bass rods into a late October evening. He said he had seen something similar somewhere in the US, where I cant remember, I felt very naive, very young.

We fished with John Devereaux on board Celtic Lady – free lining live sandeel over a reef, he smiled and held a fish and told me he had felt the sandeel panic as the bass approached to eat!


Thursday 20 December 2012

Birthday, solstice, end of the world ! Thank goodness its fly day!

'There comes a time in all of our lives when we let ourselves dream about living life on our own terms. When we wrestle with the decision to take a step into traffic, follow our passions and live deliberately ­‐ or simply let another day, and daydream, pass. In the end, it doesn't matter if we make the decision of our own accord, or life makes it for us. It’s where our heart and soul are that matter. For some, the result is a closer alignment between vocation and avocation, for some it’s a re-prioritisation of what’s important in life, for some it’s the very real difference between life and death.'

One wonders exactly what decisions might be made, what things might be done, what choices might be struggled with, if through angling was how you lived your life?

Sunday 16 December 2012

line stripped, reel screamed

bass fishing WexfordIt wasn't perfect but it was good enough, ‘it’s gunna happen’ I whispered. He kept looking at the fly, stripping, focused, and still crouched. Only moments left, half a meter, and then suddenly there was that unique sound of a big fish hitting a surface fly, an explosion of white water. A sudden moment of fear, of shock and surprise, line stripped reel screamed and then there was silence. I heard a tern high overhead.

The fish wasn’t on.

see and read more HERE

Thursday 13 December 2012

The Wexford Wolf

bass fishing in Ireland

The cover of one of Germanys best selling angling magazines features Wexford bass fishing this month – a six page feature that can only do good for angling in Ireland in many ways.

Thanks to Holger, Holger and Markus.

Saturday 8 December 2012


I have thought about this many times and I guess have forgotten about it equally as often. I am interested in creating a group for people who might like to come together in the interests of saltwater fly fishing, nothing more serious than fun mind!

If you would like to be a part of, or are interested in, this possibility then please drop me a mail @

Wednesday 5 December 2012

A little update today –realising the Wexford potential

Hi, Jim.

1-DSC_5222Big excuses that I drop some lines so late after our really enjoying sea bass-trip. Had a really "demanding" autumn concerning current online-projects. But now things calm down a bit and now I find some time to update you:
Again many, many thanks for your brilliant guiding and efforts that made this trip for Holger Hoener as well as me a very special one.

And - deeply honest! - I must think back lots of years to remember a similar impressing fishing-experience. It's all about the fishing itself, the surrounding, being in Ireland, sea bass and very best companions. Exactly
the mix I like ;-)

1-DSC_5124In the following issue of magazine Rute & Rolle (issue No. 1/13, on sale Dec, 20th) there will be a 6-pages story about our trip. Also the cover-pic will be one shot of our seabass-trip!

Parallel to the article the on will be online! The story will be
mainly about the spinfishing we did. Later on next year there will be an article focused on flyfishing in the magazine Fisch & Fliege.
Last week a guy from phoned me (had met him on
the water some months ago and stayed in contact) and asked if they also
could have that seabass-story. Guess I will create a new article with
different views for that mag. And I also plan to offer that story to a 1-DSC_5224
Danish, a Dutch and a Czech fishing-magazine ... I will tell you, when I
know more.

I also planned to come back next September for some private fishing (found some guys who would give their left leg to join me!), but there
are some other dates and trips not fixed yet.

As soon as I know, if and when I am able to return to the Wexford-area,
I will tell you, Jim!

1-DSC_5241So much for my little update, Jim.
I will send you two copies of Rute & Rolle as soon as I hold them in my
hands ...
All the best and take care,

PS: the first snow just fell in Hamburg today - will have to watch out
for some mulled wine later on ...:-)

Sunday 2 December 2012

Salty sea trout

sea trout on the flysea troutsea trout fishingsea trout in the seasalty sea trout

Salty sea trout cruising the coast

Are you thinking of Spring 2013?

New Website

The beginning AND the end…

Forwarded to - The Irish Bass Policy Group (David McInerny, John Quinlan, Shane O Reilly, Mike Hennessy, Dr William Roche, Dr Nial O'Ma...