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Scotland Bass Fishing - Bass from the Frozen North

Discussion in 'All Time Best Topics' started by Dorado, Sep 10, 2011.

  1. Dorado

    Dorado New Member

    I have been missing for a week or so. I had work in Scotland, unfrtunately without the kayak, but I did get a couple of days fishing in. I heard rumours about bass being caught by seatrout fly fishermen by accident along the far north coast of Scotland about 10 years ago.

    I had always wanted to go and find out if those rumours were true, but until last week the chance didn't present itself, despite my sister living on the north end of the Isle of Skye.

    I say they were rumours because my ghillie contact was describing the fish - but he didn't know what they were that they were catching! However, work in Stornoway meant I was nearly there and so I determined to take 2 days off and fulfil my ambition.

    To give you some idea of just how far it is, from Gretna it is about 550 miles! However, this was the scene that greeted me:


    It looked ideal territory and I was eager to find out more. I explored a bit further along my planned area and the scenery and bass habitat just got better. The sandbanks were covered in worm casts.


    The tide had turned and I got going on a rocky outcrop with a good tide flow past it. The wind was strong, in my face but "do-able". Strong winds were forecast for later in the day. On about my fourth or fifth cast I was in!

    It might not have been a big fish, but it was a bass and from above 58 degrees north too! I was overjoyed, I had waited a long time to come and fish this place and on my first visit I unlocked it within a matter of hours. Shame I didn't do a lottery ticket!

    I measured it, 47cms. I took some scales and put them in one of the soggy, little green packets I have and then weighed it with my Aldi scales. It was 2lbs 12ozs

    A plump little fellow with bright blue fins that were lined with white. I have seen a blue tinge before, but not vivid coloured fins like this one had, it was beautiful. It recovered in the water supported by the bladderwrack and then worked its way through the weed until it was off, back into the turquoise bay.


    With the increase in tide I had to vacate my rock, so I drove round, uptide, so as to try and intercept the shoal further up the estuary. I saw another rocky promontory with a good tide rip off it and made a beeline for it!

    This is what I was casting over/into from that little point.

    You can see, in the time it took me to get round the wind increased, it was howling and made casting a fly very difficult, but I managed to get the odd cast out without it getting blown round in an arc and managed a further 3 fish, only little twinkies of around 32cm - 37cms, but it made my day! A couple using the self timer, because I was alone out here in the wilderness.



    The fly that did the damage was a simple DNA clouser about 6" long on a 1/0 Tiemco 811S. I tie these with the material fastened AHEAD of the dumbell eyes only, that way it doesn't tangle and doesn't get so mullered by the fish. Dead easy to tie too, or you can buy them.

    With the wind having increased to the point where I could hardly stand against it, let alone cast, I felt a move round to the other side of the headland was a good plan. It gave me more exploration time too. If there were small bass in the estuary, then using other places as a model it stood to reason I might find bigger fish on the open coast. I found some lovely looking ground with the wind over my back, but no wave movement.

    This is the fly I was using over the rocky, reefy ground and the edge of the sand. It is one of my specials. :yes:

    After a couple of hours over the top of the tide I went back to the estuary to see if I could fish the ebb. A local had turned up with a salmon spinning rod and an Abu Toby 18g. We were fishing more or less alongside each other, to fish a good flow of the outgoing tide. The wind was in our faces and it was raining, worse, the wind was whipping the tops of the waves off and spraying us. It was like standing to fish with someone playing a fire hose on you! To give you some idea of the wind strength, his toby was getting parachuted and blown back towards us! neither of us got anything on the ebb, but i did glean that the ebb fishes better than the flood as a rule. So I felt I had done exceedingly well with my efforts in that case.

    The local went off home, to come back again when the wind had died down. I soldiered on and I was very glad I did. The rain clouds passed and it turned brighter again with the rain letting up. I carried on trying to blast my clouser into the teeth of the gale, with little effect, but then another fisherman turned up, right in front of me. This one was a professional and he knew exactly where to fish. I watched his brown head bob and then he came ashore with a little plaice and proceeded to eat it right in front of me. I have to confess, when he turned up I dropped my rod and nipped quickly back to the car for the camera and long lens......here he is having finished his plaice no more than 15 yards away from me!


    A fantastic day, even if it did only result in tiddlers. To catch them that far north on my first visit to the place, on the fly...amid such scenery and then to be treated to a wildlife encounter like that......priceless! :yes:
  2. brian carragher

    brian carragher Whitby Fishing Forum _ Simply The Best

    Re: Bass from the Frozen North

    Thats just superb, great write up
  3. BeeceUK

    BeeceUK Whitby Fishing Forum _ Simply The Best

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    This is is a great post, well written, lovely pics and some nice fish too !!

    Looks like a stunning part of Scotland.

    Well done !!
  4. bassman

    bassman Administrator

    Re: Bass from the Frozen North

    One for the bass fishing board great report and pictures :yes:
  5. robq

    robq Rockling

    Re: Bass from the Frozen North

    Great report and stunning Pics :yes:

    Lovely part of the world !!
  6. Mr T

    Mr T Blenny

    Re: Bass from the Frozen North

    Amazing stuff, just makes you want to be there. Top quality write up and photos, thanks for sharing your adventures. Just my cup of tea.
  7. mich

    mich Whitby Fishing Forum _ Simply The Best

    Re: Bass from the Frozen North

    you have a dogs life Simon all that fly fishing in scotland you poor thing :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:
    nice work they are fantastic photos too
  8. tatch1

    tatch1 Whitby Fishing Forum _ Simply The Best

    Re: Bass from the Frozen North

    absolute brilliant what more can be said
  9. Davo

    Davo Rockling

    Re: Bass from the Frozen North

    Fantastic report Simon, and well done. Thanks for sharing.
  10. newdave

    newdave Guest

    Re: Bass from the Frozen North

    nice one Simon, stunning pictures
  11. Shadrap

    Shadrap Rockling

    Re: Bass from the Frozen North

    Stunning photographs Simon,thanks for sharing a superb report from what looks like an anglers paradise.Well done on a mission well and truly accomplished.
  12. mattylamb

    mattylamb Rockling

    Re: Bass from the Frozen North

    absolutely brilliant Simon, great photos and report. Just shows there are bass right round our coast. that looks like heaven to me, would love to have a crack at that some time
  13. ste muir

    ste muir New Member

    Top class wright up and pictures mate.Enjoyed reading that,what a place!
  14. Baramundi Bob

    Baramundi Bob Super Leeds United !!!

    First rate photography there Simon. what a beautiful place and well done on the fish.
  15. harrythecod

    harrythecod Rockling

    What a cracking report ,and what a beautiful place to fish ,
    i felt i was ther with you reading through your report Brill, :cool:
  16. big cliff

    big cliff Rockling

    What a truely superb report , a great read , fantastic pics an absolute credit to the forum
  17. the artist

    the artist what a view , i think ill paint it or fish it

    Class Simon, what an amazing place and fishing against the elements , thanks for the report and pictures i enjoyed reading the post cheers .
  18. TangleJock

    TangleJock Whitby Fishing Forum _ Simply The Best

    Cracking stuff, excellent photos, and a very enjoyable read. Love the photo of the otter.

    When I'm fishing up here in Scotland, especially in the twilight, I often see otters on my local rivers. At night, fishing for the seatrout, I have shared the pool with them and had them come to within 20-30 feet of my fishing position. It's a great privilege to see them.

    That looks like expensive kit to be using in the salt. How does the reel handle the repeated use in salt water? I have been using my nice Vosseler large arbour reel for saltwater fly fishing, though I wash the reel in freshwater after every use, I did not feel confident regarding its chances and have therefore purchased a Sierra Avalanche reinforced carbon reel. There is no Sierra badge anywhere on the reel, so it is probably just marketed by them, but for the price, it is a surprisingly nice reel to use, the drag is exceptional - it could stop a train, but I'm not sure for how long. No match for the Vosseler though.

    What line do you prefer. I have been using a Cortland 444sl line, shoots like a dream, but it is a full floater. I often think I would be better with a sink tip, but I'm not sure that Cortland do the 444sl in a sink tip. Mind you, most of my saltwater fly fishing is done over only 4-10 ft of water. As indicated recently, I've had a few sea trout but no bass yet. I'll keep trying -I'll crack it one day.

    Keep these reports coming in, they are great to read and are very motivational. I did not realise I had such great fishing virtually in my backyard!

    Tight lines,
  19. Baramundi Bob

    Baramundi Bob Super Leeds United !!!

    Hi David, you have fishing the rest of us can only dream of. You have lots of fish of various species and even though Simon didnt find them this time, you have fish of good size too. Whats more its amazingly beautiful, remote and I would bet my bottom dollar that some of your venues havent even seen an angler in years. What more could you want. Scotland is awesome.
  20. GJW

    GJW Rockling

    What an absolute cracking report Simon from such a beautiful location.. Imagine given the summer season to roam the many bays, rock edges and estuaries armed with a fly or lure rod my idea of heaven.. Well done the pictures are first class.

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