There has been some fantastic bass fishing along the copper coast this September and October. Good numbers of fish have been caught and the average size has been great with quite a number of fish over 70cm reported. All methods have worked but I have concentrated on fly and lure fishing with my clients. Our best fish came on fly at night. Unfortunately we were unable to get a good quality picture of the beast but even so the photo we did get shows the with of the fish before we swiftly released it back into the sea.
Successful flies included wake flies, sandeel imitations and the ever reliable Dahlberg Diver.
The usual lures produced the goods with Black Minnows being very successful especially at low tide in the deeper channels.
Over shallower rough ground Komomos and soft plastic worms fished well as always. It never ceases to amaze me how bass absolutely love these things.
Another lure that has been working well is the hard needlefish type lures. Bass Bullets, Line-thru lures and Westin Kongetobis all performed well at long range. My new “favourite” are some custom made lures I ordered from the UK. They fly out like bullets and the bass just hammered them.
If the water temperatures stay high then fishing may continue well into November. What effects ex-hurricane Ophelia will have on the fishing I cannot say but a lot of coastal areas in the south east have taken a real bashing. Tight lines!