old head Louisburgh 28.04.19

Mon Apr 29, 2019 12:13 pm

Not an auspicious day.

Arrived near high water, full cloud cover, calm, light wind to south, protected by the headland.

With no bait (bag still in freezer - do!) we three proceeded the thrash the water with a host of various lures to no effect. We didn't walk all the way down to the cliffs, as I know from experience that area only fishes on the first half of the flood. As the tide dropped we did manage to secure a few limpets, but there were no wrasse around to benefit from our bravery (quite a big swell despite it being calm and on the ebb). Found a seal offshore which didn't help. Some arctic terns did start to dive bomb the next headland so I scrambled over to look - appeared to be small spray, possibly one of the small varieties of sand eel.

A quick change to soft plastics in that pattern did no good. Water was absurdly calm. No pollack around. Only hope was a sea trout and we didn't see or hit anything.

As we packed up, three blanks, a gannet started to work the current line well offshore. Probably too early for macks, might be herring?

One thing I did learn is that there is a nasty weed laden reef offshore, on the "corner" near the two cuts for those who know the mark, which is a real tackle thief. It is also surprisingly shallow outside the scours at the cuts, the small local beaches are very full of sand, suspect last storm pushed it all inland.

Can't believe I forgot the bait! Still, nice to be out...


Re: old head Louisburgh 28.04.19

Sat May 04, 2019 11:44 am

I think your first and last sentences just about summed it up!