Superb Bass Fishing


The brilliant summer weather was making bass fishing tough during the day but night fishing was superb last weekend and at the beginning of the week.  The two guys that were fishing with me had some super sport on soft plastics with lots and lots of takes from fish in the 2.5lb to 3.5lb range.


If you have never tried night time bass fishing with lures you have been missing out as it is truly awesome when conditions suit.  However, make sure to take all the necessary safety precautions if you intend on doing some night fishing.


Brian from Tyrone visited Waterford on Tuesday and Wednesday and having had a large bass on his last visit he was keen to try to replicate his feat this time around. Day time sessions were difficult but perseverance was rewarded and Brian had a cracking fish on Tuesday along with some smaller ones.  He also was unlucky to lose a another large fish on Tuesday night.  On Wednesday it was more of the same although there was quite a bit of floating weed on the surface of the water.  Again the fishing was excellent and we several nice bass.



Overall it was a great start to the week.  The weather has broken now and the wind is up. That said, I expect there will be a window in the next few days where we might just get that magical “fizz” in the water and prospects for more large predators are looking good.

2013 A Review – Part III


Normally reliable this past season fishing was tough due to high temperatures, drought conditions and algal blooms.  But we still managed to catch some nice fish!

Night fishing for seatrout

Night fishing for seatrout with Conor and the lads

Maury after landing a nice autumn fish on the Blackwater

Maury from Tyrone after landing a nice autumn fish on the Blackwater

Gurnard on soft plastics with Kuba

Gurnard on soft plastics with Kuba

Casting tuition on Lough Derg

Casting tuition on Lough Derg


In October the bass fishing picked up a bit!

Darren with his first ever sea bass.

Darren with his first ever sea bass.

And the water in the lakes started to clear up.

Tom "Doc" Sullivan from Galway with a cracking Knockaderry Bow

Tom “Doc” with a Knockaderry Bow


With the rivers closed it was more saltwater fishing and of course the Waterford lakes fished well.

A quality Vantry trout

A quality Vantry trout

And a trip to the Irish Fly Fair in Galway which was fantastic.  I really enjoyed giving a talk there on winter tactics for stillwater trout.

At the Irish Fly Fair in Galway

At the Irish Fly Fair in Galway

Denis O Toole with some of his templedog style salmon tubes

Denis O Toole with some of his templedog style salmon tubes


The year comes to a close.  And a chance to catch up on some fly tying.



But with all the mild weather there are still some seabass caught along the copper coast when conditions are good and the lakes continue to fish well.

Mick catches at Ardaire

Mick catches at Ardaire

A cracking Ardaire bow

A cracking Ardaire bow

With only a few days left in the year and with winds estimated at 150kph Shane and I managed to fit in one more days fishing.

A super Ardaire Bow

A super Ardaire Bow

2013 – A Review – Part 2


By May the fly fishing season had really taken off.  Another trip to Lough Corrib for the Mayfly (although this was a bit patchy) produced some nice trout.

Corrib brace

Corrib brace

Fishing Awareness Day took place at Carrigavantry Reservoir.  Days like this are really important to get youth into our sport.

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A highlight of the day was the entomology workshop by Willie and Martin.

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And the Waterford Reservoirs continued to produce quality trout to buzzers.


It was a case of more of the same in June with the arrival of:

Good hatches on the Suir and its tributaries.

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Grilse and seatrout in the Munster Blackwater.

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And Bass (and bass anglers!) in Dungarvan Harbour

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In July the reservoir trout turned their attention to Caddis.

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I took part in the Charity Open Day at Ballyduff Bridge that raised a lot of money for the Crumlin Childrens Hospital.

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And helped out a few other associations with casting demonstrations on the Blackwater and Slayney.  It was around this time that I decided to establish Game Fishing Ireland as a an independent local business guiding anglers in the area for:


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and sea bass.

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August was a busy month with tuition and guiding starting to take off.

I stocked up on some saltwater flies.

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And the bass fishing was tough but rewarding.

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