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Bass fishing in the second half of March along the coast of Co. Cork was very good compared to the same period last year. I caught a total of 24 bass, including one exeptional session where I landed 17 bass!!!! bringing my total for 2011 to 44 so far, a vast improvement on the first quarter of last year when the fish were just not around.
The month got off to a slow start and I didn't get the chance to do much fishing for the first three weeks but made up for it towards the end of the month.
20th March - I headed to a local beach that I had not fished for a long time. I fished the last three hours of the ebb and first two hours of the rising tide with two rods, one with lug on a 4/0 pennel pulley and the other with razor or razor/lug cocktail on a 6/0 pennel pulley. There was a nice surf so it looked promising. There wasn't much happening at all on the dropping tide, but over low tide I had a strong tug on the rod baited with lug, I struck and connected with a good fighting fish. It had to be a Bass. After a few minutes I hauled a 45 cm out of the surf.
As the tide began to push in I spotted a tug on the same rod. The line went slack, I grabbed the rod, rapidly reeled in the slack and connected with the fish. This one was putting up a stronger fight, ran another slackliner as I was getting it close, I caught up with it and after a brief struggle in the shallow surf I landed it - this was a better plump Bass at 54 cm.
I had a very scrawny 42 cm flounder a little latter. The bites died down after that so I started to pack up. I brought in the rod baited with razor first, I didn't have a bite on it all night - the fish were in the mood for lug. I started to reel in the other rod, at first there was little resistance, then I felt a sudden pull on the line and had a fish fighting on the end. It was a 42 cm Bass. I reckon it must have chased after the bait as I was retrieving it as there was definitely nothing there initially.
More to follow ........