I agree with Crevan's original post.
As they say actions speak louder than words, I can count on one hand how many times I have been out fishing this year. Before I got browned off I could accumulate up to 40 hrs on the water a week fishing. That was after I put in my 39 hour a week work commitment plus my Family commitments with two young children. ( I dont need much sleep
)JimH, your post made for depressing reading, particularly the last sentence, I am truly sorry to hear that.
I put up a similar post to this last year on another forum, I had to vent a bit of frustration (like this year) I too had been talking to people who were having their best season ever. When I eventually did enquire (I normally wont ask about quantity or size when it comes to peoples fishing) I would hear "Yeah its great I got 4 Bass in the last month!!" or "we got 3 Bass in one session, the place is full of them..." I am sorry but peoples expectations are vastly different based on their fishing activity or experience in my opinion. I am not saying that is not good fishing but if you read the post I am going to copy below, you will get where I am coming from:Thread Title:
Fill Your Boots Lads !! Bass every where !!!Date:
21 September 2013Post Content:
Default Fill Your Boots Lads !! Bass every where !!!
How are the men eh ?
Right I am going to do some thing that I have not done since I stopped updating my blog, and that is a fishing report! ....... I can already hear sighs and fcuk sakes all round ,,, but I will proceed anyway.
Welcome to Ireland the Mecca of Bass Fishing....
Well obviously Wexford was excluded from the 2009-2013 Bass Mecca agenda by the looks of things!
(P.S. for any of you who clicked on here to see some pictures,,,,,,, there aint any sorry! you can go and click on the new posts button again/ I know I would !!! )
I will give you a brief summary of the past week which I am sure my fellow Wexford anglers would agree, will sum up the real fishing here on the Wexford coast this season and for the past few.
Saturday 14th of September. Base location Kilmore, Fishing method via boat. Start time 05:00am Finish Time 16:30pm.
Up nice and early, it was to be just 2 anglers on this fine morning, Pat and myself, unusually small crew but it was September and the schools were back...
We had agreed that Bass was the target for the day over a neap tide (before any one tries to give a small tide as an excuse I am not buying it as Pat later discovered when he mentioned it!!!! )
We had picked out 3 specific areas that we had got Bass on on previous years same time, same tide....( Please note that when we go out on the boat, we go out for the craic and fish light for Pollock and Wrasse on the reefs...and not Bass) The reason we were doing this was because the Bass fishing from the shore was non existent!
Anyway we fished the various marks over the day and we landed one special Bass, why was it special? I am not being funny here, but if you don't read all the hype, and are actually out fishing unaided you will understand... that any Bass landed from the shore in Wexford is indeed special.
When that fish took the lure early am on a mark on the first cast, we knew that this mark does not receive much angling attention, and we thought we were in for a bumper session!
I will spare the dramatics. we fished 8 previous known Bass marks (WHERE WE CAUGHT/NOT OTHER PEOPLE) and drew a blank, if it was not for the blessed Pollock ( I regard the Pollock higher than the Bass from a an angling perspective for what its worth)
Fast forward 1 week, the tides are big, a great S/W wind is blowing, clarity is fantastic, lures are in the water under the cover of darkness and fished through for the next 7 hours. REALITY BITES...excuse the pun, not one hit/touch/knock... etc between us for 7 hours.... BOLLOX... IMO...
Take the year bracket of 2008/2009 on the same mark with lures we recorded 'up to 70 Bass between us ( the same 3 competent anglers) in 2 Sessions! MAXIMUM/IMPORTANT FACT !!' no lies or bull s***.... on that mark at a similar time. Plus around that time we had good fishing maybe 5 or 6 fish leading up to that bench mark each, with plenty of lost/knocks to keep us interested....
Winds, Cold, Rain, Nets, Trawlers, .. etc....
Well for me anyway the excuses are starting to ware thin, and I am seriously considering another pass time to invest MY TIME & MONEY in, lets face it we are not getting any younger, and the netters are laughing at us spending stupid amounts on tackle, here in Wexford anyway, as I have heard first hand....
Just to add insult to injury, I agreed to fish 2 shore marks I had marked off my fishing list, in the last 3 weeks. Previously, these were great Bass Marks, even when Bass were not there, Wrasse & Pollock would show, but I had experienced bad fishing on these marks and vowed never to go there again!... Ha, any way I Went again and fished the proverbial sh1t out of it with my good oul mate Barry.
We fished from extreme left to extreme right ( I dont know why I am protecting the marks name ,,,,, any way ...its been Barron for the last 3 years!)
Well guess what we caught no Bass, was I surprised .... no not in the slightest!.... point proven yet again...!
This trend has been played out on a lot of marks for us this year, th
So what is my conclusion from that brief output of emotion,,,,,the fishing is fcuked in Wexford IMO........ but others will have you questioning is it?... .. as I say there is always a question when money is involved$$$$???
Imagination is your only limitation ... much like the Bass fishing here in Wexford right?? ... Thats why I bought a computer game this week instead of a lure...... its simple lads.... getting fish? .. but lures.... no fish there.. what's the point??
Shortly after I posted this I admitted defeat and stayed off the fishing forums and cut down my hours fishing by about 90%, and put my time in other things.
The sad part is I geared up my eldest son (8) last year to try get him into the past time, I was hoping the concentration required for lure fishing would help with his ADHD over time.. unfortunately his attention is not going to stay focused if even I cant locate a fish!
Maybe I am expecting too much, everyone else is catching right?