: Paulie, MyselfDuration
: 4hrs (9pm - 1am)Tide
: As good as it gets!Bait
: Fresh MackerelRigs
: 8/0 Steel Wire / Pulley RigResults
: Paulie: 2 Tope (17lb 4oz, 22lb), 1 dog, 1 Turbot - - - Myself 4 Tope (25lb 7oz, 17lb 10oz, 14lb, 31lb)Report:
Well its been a tough summer for the tope from the shore i must admit, and have been striking out more often than not, So when i seen the weather and winds starting to come right, i knew that this was going to be my best shot at finding them. So i rang paulie to see if he was up for a session, and as usual he comes up trumps AGAIN, Says the magical words - Ive got FRESH MACK
Which is a god send when targeting Tope from the shore and IMO a good advantage! So got the gear packed and headed off! Arrived at the venue and i must say, gave me goosebumps, it looked awesome, a still pond wouldnt have been as calm and just screamed TOPE! The session started off slow, with not much of anything stirring, but paul got bored and started scratching and managed a nice turbot which saved the blank just incase things didnt pick up
As the tide started to make, and darkness fell, things started to get interesting and the fun began. I was the first to get into the action, with a nice run, but failed to hook up, and needless to say i wasnt happy, lol.. No sooner had i finished my rosary
, Paulie got into the action but was also not having much luck. He was running 2 rods, One of the rods had a mono trace and luck would have it, the tope had picked that one, and wasnt in the fight long when the inevitable happened, the tope had bitten through the mono, another bad luck moment. We were starting to wonder if this was going 2 be one of those nights, but lady luck eventually came when i got an amazing run and hooked into my first tope of the year, excited wasnt the word for it!! This fish gave one of the best fights i have had from the shore, not the biggest tope i have ever had from the shore, but it was fast, strong, took line at ease and gave a few impressive runs. After about 5mins the fish was landed and weighed in at 25lb 7oz. It was tagged, documented and a quick photograph before the fish was released back!! At least the pressure was off now, and it was pauls turn to land one, but Paul was getting greedy and decided that one wasnt enuf and had a double hook up, no sooner had he landed the other one he turned and said there is also one on that rod aswell, lol. He landed both fish and we only managed to tag and document one of them, because when i was helping paul out, my rod took off and it was all hands on deck as this was a mad half hour of fishing (Unfortunately no pics were got of pauls two tope and I was playing another Tope and we needed to get the fish back into the water as soon as possible for a safe release).. I struck into another tope and this one weighed in at 17lb 10oz, delighted
This was a feeding frenzy as we dropped numerous fish on the night and often when u miss a bite, reel in and leave the rod down, they would smash it again and again. I had one tope hit and drop me 3 times before he eventually took it, this was the smallest of the session, weighing in at 14lb.. My last fish of the session was the heaviest and gave a serious account of himself and this one weighed in at 31lb.. This fish literally gave everything he had, and when releasing it was very tired and disorientated and took a long time to get swimming. It kept swimming back into shore which was cause for concern. Brought him out to deeper water and got him swimming strong, which was a good sign and looked to be back to himself, released and swan away. Actually lost some sleep that night on that one fish (Sad but true, lol) that kept swimming back in, hoping he made it back in good health and didnt end up swimming back in further up the beach that night, but myself and Paul walked about 200 yards either side of our pegs that night to check for him and no sign, which was a good sign..
Went back down the following night without Paulie ( My lucky Charm was out on the tiles ) and i had fellow Club member Philip along with me, Hoping to land his first Tope from the shore.. The conditons were much the same, It was a little colder and a lil more weed in closer that the previous night, but conditions were still very good (Never seen as many shooting stars in one night, along with a big red moon, amazing). Fished for 4hrs and Philip blanked, and myself had 1 Dog, and lost a tope aswell. Well actually tiredness and stupidity lost it for me, forgot to put the ratchet on, and got one hell of a bite and pulled the rod off the stand and by the time i got to the rod, the fish had done a number on me and evaded the hook, RAGE, but couldnt be mad at that as the previous night made up for it
All in all, A couple great nights fishing and the Craic was had, which is the main thing
Hope you enjoy the read, all the best SQUIG (aka Steve)...............
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