Catch & Release
Reports: Sept 2007 (Paul Blyth)
Trev n Pete collected me gear Sunday evening 9th for the long drive/ferry to the Dingle peninsula. I followed in the early hrs of 9/11 flying from Stansted on the 6-20 arr 7-30, a 1hr drive in hire car saw me in Dingle by 9am. Weather for week dry n bright, changable wind, the odd shower, big tides early on.
DAY 1, 11th Sept Pete dug lug and a few silvers while i popped em into bucket, a pod of porpoises played near where what was to be our 1st sesh.Trev went to a different location after bait mackies. at 1pm to 5 (high tide) we fished Log rock and came up with a selection of pollock wrasse n doggies to 3lb, plaice n mackies in the GIN clear water.
DAY 2 After being 'rayed out' on day 1 and with signs of bass decided to make them the target. On the same Trabeg beach, fished 2-30 pm till 10 armed with 3 rods each,2 rods for bass, mainly on worm or peeler and the other on macky and/or sandeel for some more of them rays, just to keep up interest!!. A steady flow of flatties came to Pete, also the occasional gar n macky and at the end another 5 rays. Trev was still pulling in rays with regularity, 5 to him too but his specimen for the day at about 90yds a magnificent 5lb 3oz Turbot on HTide. No sign of bass today even in a more surfy sea i played about beach float fishin for 5 gars but did pull in 3 rays on me Zippy bass rod, 1 of which a good 7lb. 2 days gone, 31 rays to 11.5lbs, a 5lb+ turbo and a whole host of other stuff. Tides were easing now and changeable winds, that was the best of the fishing.
DAY 3, Another old haunt for for P n T, a 1st time for me at Minard
castle in bright conditions and a light surf, after scrambling over boulders
to access beach we settled to a beautiful day to fish the ebb and maybe the
flood, 6ish. Trev had a few bits n pieces, Pete 3 conger to 7lb and me 3 doggies.
Realising we would be washed off ot HT and fishing relatively slow opted for
DAY 4, Me n Trev had another go on log rock, i nearly had a brace
of pollock about 5lb, the second dropping off as about to be lifted, some
flatties n dogs. T had pollock, wrasse, dogs, macks n a flounder, he also
lost a fairly decent conger.
DAY 5, I had a couple of lunch time hrs to blank at Wine strand again. A lot of surf on other side of bay enticed Pete to bag up on flatties and a 2lb bass while me n Trev went to a fairly rough Trabeg during the afternoon, we blanked. Moved onto cloghan estuary near Brandon for the evening flood, we had a few flounder and T a 2lb bass. DAY 6, Early morning start for bait mackeral, P done Dingle rock for about half a dozen, me n T struggled for 3 from brandon and Dingle piers. Pete hit the strands again for more of the same flatties etc, me n T did log rock for a few bits n pieces, nothing exceptional in the bright conditions. I ended my week up Dingle harbour,a 3hr sesh, ht just into darkness for Conger with T. I started feathering for 3 macks in half a dozen chucks on helipad. T was soon into a run, after 5 secs of bent rod and head banging it chomped thru 100lb braid!!! That really was it, just a few more twitchy bites.
ROLL ON NEXT YEAR!