Hot on the heels of last weeks musings I can follow up with some pictures of proper fish. I jumped aboard Adam Kirby’s boat for a supposed Bream trip that didn’t quite go to plan despite the fact we think we found some nests which should’ve dropped us on the money for some of my favourite fishing from a boat, light line Black bream fishing is too good. Anyway, we slogged for an hour for just one Bream between us albeit a nice LRF fish on the Reins rod.
Sometimes you have to know when its not going to happen and with the Bream gear tucked away we made a trip to some shallow banks and broke out the lure gear properly in search of some Wrasse. My go-to plastic currently is the 6” Zman Fattyz, I can’t offer a reason other than to say it fishes well vertically and has big Ballans written all over it, its designed for fishing on a texas worm hook which helps and just has a nice profile to it. Several drifts later and were not seeing much action at all, I picked up a reasonable 39cm Ballan on the aforementioned Fattyz but not a lot else, certainly not as much action as we were hoping. Soon though Adam is hit hard on a big shad, he’s been teaching me a lesson lately using ever reliable swim baits while I’m keen to get on creatures and worms so I made the switch to the new Zman Trout Trick and from then until the tide forced us off the reef we had some excellent fishing. Interestingly when the Trick are fished on a texas hook it obviously shortens the action of the tail and it really buzzes as a result. Although i can’t say for sure if this helped today it certainly didn’t hinder and reminds me of when I used to search out Shads for Perch fishing that had a very fast tail action, might be something in this in certain scenarios.
A few fish for each of us just falling below 50cm was finally beaten by a 51cm lump of a Wrasse that had my 15g rod doing all sorts of things. Its probably a lure caught PB for me, I never used to measure as I was always keen to get them back quickly but I cannot recall a better fish. There was a magic moment when everything switched on with Bass following hooked Wrasse to the boat which we could then tag-team by dropping lures in front of them. We both had lots and lots of big hits and there is every chance we dropped bigger fish than we landed.
So a poor Bream day turned into a good Wrasse day as well as a Garfish for my 2017 species list that now stands at twenty with plenty of ‘easy ticks’ to target yet.
If you’re looking for a versatile lure give the Trout Trick a try, as happy on the canal as they are in the salt.