The gloomy summer weather continues but its a rare day that doesn’t see at list a glimpse of the sun. After a week away from the waters edge its time to set out and wet a line. Long time friend Nick Hart who always brings with him an abundance of enthusiasm joins me. We are fishing a shallow rocky mark with plugs and soft baits hoping to learn from each other by using differing tactics.
A brisk west wind is blowing but the water clarity is good. After half an hour of fishing I enjoy the electrifying jolt down the line and land a small bass of around 1lb 8oz. I take the opportunity to christen my latest tackle toy a boga grip. This handy tool reduces the risk of getting snared on the sharp trebles that hang from the plugs.
An hour later I hook another small bass and grow optimistic that there will be more sport when the tide reaches what I believe to be the optimum tidal state. Nick has been working a selection of plugs and soft plastics and eventually connects with a small bass. The next cast also brings a hit but the hooks fail to connect.
The tide reaches its optimum state and the sun emerges to illuminate the sky and sea creating a scene that makes the trip worthwhile fish or no fish. As the water recedes Nick hooks a decent fish on his wave worm that makes the clutch scream momentarily before coming adrift. Next cast brings another swirl and momentary contact. As the water drains away and the light fades its time to head for home fully primed for the next trip.