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Bass on the fly, from the kayak

Discussion in 'All Time Best Topics' started by Dorado, Aug 17, 2011.

  1. Dorado

    Dorado New Member

    A lovely couple of hours this morning. On the water for 06.00, I had hoped to be out by 05.30 but too much socialising with friends last night put me back a bit. :laugh:

    It was flat calm and hardly any water movement, not ideal conditions, but the spring tide gave me some hope.

    I paddled out and found a reef break that gave some movement in the water. It was obvious this was the place to try.

    I positioned the kayak so that I could cast into the breaker and the backwash around it. The rocks here have gullies between and the bass run up the gullies under the surf. With the kayak just riding the start of the reef break I started casting my fly out. This is what it looks like in the water, one of my own ties and it has proved to be very effective.

    Within a couple of casts I was into the first fish.
    It was a decent one too, when I eventually got it alongside the kayak.

    I measured it, weighed it, took some scales off the flanks for reading and revived it - letting it swim back to the shoal. I was working on the premise that it would be good karmha for the rest of the day. :wink:

    I paddled back round and set up a similar drift. I made good casts and the result was exactly the same. the fish were hanging in the backwash from the reef break and it just needed me to be bold and get in on the edge of that cresting wave!

    I ended up with 6, they were al like this. The smallest was 4.5lbs, the biggest was just on 6lbs. All taken on the same fly. I did snip it off and retye it on after three fish. I also had a good pollack, about 4lbs, but I lost it at the side of the kayak trying to get a decent picture! I wasn't worried, it would have followed the others. I am in Ireland on a bass fishing trip. The bass fishing over here is to die for. there is NO commercial take (for the last 20 years) a closed season to protect the spawning fish and a limit on what anglers can take. The anglers are very protective of it too and anyone who takes too many will get shunned and worse - Irish justice!
    Some more pictures.



    I reckon it was worth the cost of my trip for this morning's fishing alone. :yes: The pressure is off now, I can relax and fish quietly for the next couple of days.
  2. dan the pollock

    dan the pollock Rockling

    fantastic simon, some real crackers there

    out of interest what line & leaders do you use?
  3. stonefish

    stonefish Any fool can criticise , complain and most fool do

  4. congerball

    congerball Blenny

    Great report and photos. Quality session on the Bass. Nice one
  5. Dorado

    Dorado New Member

    Dan - I use fluorocarbon and learn to tie the stuff the properly. It can be finicky with knots...if I tie the knot badly I can break 30lb like cotton, tie it properly and it is as strong as any other 30lb material!

    Orvis Mirage tapered leader, then add another 3 feet of same strength (20lb for over here!) to the end, making a 12 foot leader with a 3 foot working length on the end...as that 3 foot gets whittled down changing flies, I nip it off and tie on another 3 foot length.
  6. Davo

    Davo Rockling

    Irish Justice? Thats obviously tarred and feathered then, or it used to be. Best put them back :scare:

    Seriously, a cracking report Simon and equally cracking photo's too. Well done. :yes:

    ps, ive sent you a pm regarding tackle tray on the Kaskazi forum.
  7. andym

    andym Rockling

    Excellent report Simon and cracking photos takes some nerve to fish in that kind of position in a fibre glass yak!

    Well done
  8. Dorado

    Dorado New Member

    Davo - got them in stock. I'l answer properly on the Kaskazi pages.
  9. Mark Gelder

    Mark Gelder Rockling

    Nice 1 bud................
  10. Dav

    Dav Rockling

    Great fishing there simon . cheers
  11. mattylamb

    mattylamb Rockling

    great Stuff Simon. I am still to get a bass on the fly but i haven't really tried. had a pollack and a couple of mackeral on the fly this evening, great sport :yes:
  12. Sambo

    Sambo To the MAX!

    Excellent stuff Simon, great session and great pics. Looks to of been a very enjoyable day, well done :yes:
  13. steph

    steph Whitby Fishing Forum _ Simply The Best

    what a lovely way to catch some fine looking fish. going to learn to fish with the fly when i find a new job , i am toataly hooked on bass fishing, what a rush getting thm on the lure especaily on the surface it must be amazing on the fly. well done
  14. TangleJock

    TangleJock Whitby Fishing Forum _ Simply The Best

    Fantastic report, cracking photos, and some very nice fish - well done!

    That fly looks as if it is about to swim off on its own - very nice, you should post the tying, i'd love to try it.

    I'm a noobie when it comes to fly fishing in salt water, so a couple of quick questions:

    What line do you prefer - floating or intermediate? any preferred unusual tapers? Do you use a polytip, for example slow sink, fast sink etc? I'm not sure that there are many bass on my side of the coast, but I'm still searching.

    Thanks for a great report.
  15. Dorado

    Dorado New Member

    Tangle Jock - which side are you? There are bass all around the country, including along the top of Scotland now.

    I tie the flies up and they are available.
  16. TangleJock

    TangleJock Whitby Fishing Forum _ Simply The Best

    I am on the east coast near Dundee, Scotland. Have yet to find the bass in my area, but I have had some fun with the sea trout fishing in salt water. I find the sea trout are quite hard to tempt to take the fly in saltwater, they can be crashing around on the surface but steadfastly ignore the fly. Then out of the blue they will take a fly .

    The other evening, I was wading knee deep dibbling a fly around in the water at my feet just to see if it was swimming OK and what it looked like in the water. Next minute, a grey shape shot out of the depths and grabbed the fly - it was a sea trout of about 1-2 lb. It didn't stay on, but it was a surprise to say the least!

    Let me know how to get hold of a few of your flies, I'd like to give one a swim.
  17. peter catchpole

    peter catchpole Whitby Fishing Forum _ Simply The Best

    excellent pics & a great report thanks for shareing
  18. Dorado

    Dorado New Member

    Tangle Jock, There are plenty of bass in your area! Within 30 miles or so, either side. If you can get down to the Fife peninsular you will find plenty. More up around Arbroath. You just need to search out the food sources - if you are getting seatrout, you will have bass - on the same marks.

    For seatrout in the sea, 1m deep water is about as much as you need. They will often lie in the bladderwrack in just 1 foot of water! They hide under the weed stands.

    Get hold of me through the kayak website (it is kayakuk - and is on here somewhere too). I am not brilliant with computers. I can do a bit, but I am a bit technologically dyslecsic! I should be up your way within the next couple of weeks.

    EDIT - Just thought. I can send you a PM!!
  19. TangleJock

    TangleJock Whitby Fishing Forum _ Simply The Best

    Thanks Dorado, this is all very helpful information and thanks for the pm.

    I'll give you a call over the weekend.

    I'm off just now to bag me a sea trout - um- hopefully!

    I'll be sure to concentrate on the bladderwrack!

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