Superb Bass Fishing

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Crafty Flies for Bass

Tied up a batch of sea bass flies for a friend the other day.  I started with some deceiver type flies like the one below.

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Then I tied a few larger flies along the lines of the hollow semper.  The thing with most saltwater flies is they never really look like baitfish when they are dry.  But try running the tap on them for a few moments and then look at them when wet.  The transformation can be astounding and this is when these flies come to life.

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Many saltwater flies like those above are tied with bucktail.  This is a great material but you can tie some with softer materials too.  I also tied my friend a few flies using Craft Fur.  Despite appearances, there is nothing overly complicated in tying any of these saltwater flies.

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It is always a good idea to have some bright coloured flies for different light and water conditions.  Try something like the fire orange craft fur fly below!

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