I generally don’t do any bass guiding outside of Waterford, preferring to leave it to the local guides in an area. However, I do like to make the occasional visit to Cork every now and then. There are great quality bass there too. The forecast wasn’t too bad so Mike and I set off for Cork, boat in tow. We launched and headed to a likely looking spot, where we were greeted by two IFI Fisheries officers traveling on Jet Ski’s. I have to say this was a first for us. We chatted for a few moments and then the guys left us to our fishing. We made a good start with a nice bass of over 50cm on a plug.
This was followed by a very nice fish of 72cm also on plug.
Normally, when you get a large fish like this you don’t get another but Cork can be a special place for bass fishing. I switched to a soft plastic and several casts later as we drifted along I felt a soft bump, bump, bump. Everything went solid and I lifted into the considerable weight of a very good fish. It put up a mighty scrap on my Teklon Concept Spin. Finally the battle was over and the fish was aboard. I took some scale samples and measured it at 75cm. It was in superb condition too.
The tide was going out and we tried a few more spots. 2 more hits on plugs and then a nice little 44cm fish on the plastics again. It was well worth getting up early to make the coming tide and considering we only fished for a few hours it was pretty awesome. Can’t wait to get back there soon for another visit.