Flying to the east coast of Canada tomorrow, striped bass time!
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by Henry Gilbey
4d ago
I have spent a fair bit of time on the east and west coasts of Canada for my work, indeed the first time I went to this vast and amazing country we were delayed on Vancouver Island for a few days when 9/11 hit and changed the world forever. I checked my photo library and I found out that I haven’t been to Canada since I went and photographed some spring steelhead fly fishing around the Skeena area in British Columbia way back in April 2012 - so it’s been far too long……………. Tomorrow that shall be rectified when I fly from Heathrow to Halifax with John Quinlan and his family. When we land we wi ..read more
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I do love a good shortie (really enjoy fishing with some of these shorter lure rods)
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by Henry Gilbey
6d ago
What is considered short and what is considered long in terms of rods we might turn to for our lure fishing? What is the most popular lure rod length in the UK for bass fishing? It’s something I get asked a fair bit but I don’t have any hard data to back up my gut feeling - which happens to be that 9’ sounds about right for the most popular length of bass lure rod in the UK and Ireland. Now that might well be because there are more 9’ rods available than any other length - again, I don’t actually know - but to me it’s a good all round rod length for the sort of bass fishing so many of us do ..read more
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Initial impressions - Gosen Answer Casting PE X16 braid (pretty sure this is the most expensive braid I have tried)
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by Henry Gilbey
1w ago
There is no getting away from the fact that £54.99 for a 150m spool of braid is a hell of a lot of money, and I would suggest that most anglers will not entertain the thought of spending this much dosh to fill a spinning reel up for their lure fishing. I quite understand this, and especially when you can get a bloody good mainline for under £20 per spool these days, but the fact is that this new Gosen Answer Casting PE X16 braid exists, it’s in the UK, and some anglers will choose to spend this much money on a mainline. I didn’t I might add, so it’s a big thanks to Ben at the Art of Fishing fo ..read more
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The angriest bass I’ve ever caught?
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by Henry Gilbey
1w ago
It had to have been there or thereabouts, indeed I was genuinely shocked at how hard the roughly 6lb bass in the video here hit my lure. It was my last day in Kerry before I headed for the Copper Coast and a couple of days of photography for the Favorite rods tackle company, so I wanted to make the most of my actual fishing time. The lads I was in Kerry with had a few more days left so they had headed out earlier whilst I was trying to clear some work before nabbing a few hours of fishing, then packing the Epic Berlingo up and hitting the road to the south coast……………. Something which has reall ..read more
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I need to get back to twitching lures around a bit more (do you find that something you used to do sometimes gets a bit forgotten?)
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by Henry Gilbey
1w ago
I know that I obsess about straight-retrieving various paddletails and the Pulsetails for a lot of my bass fishing, but talking with Marcin Kantor over those couple of days on the Copper Coast got me thinking back to how well I also used to do when I was twitching various soft plastics around. If you have read this blog for a while you will know how I obsessed about the killer OSP DoLive Stick soft plastic (still got a bag-full of them here!), then I got to help make the Savage Gear Gravity Stick Pintail and later on the smaller Pintail 120, and then when Marcin told me that the majority of hi ..read more
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A stunning bass in tough conditions, what do we really know?
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by Henry Gilbey
2w ago
It felt so good to spend a few days on the Copper Coast in Ireland again. Driving and walking around felt so reassuringly familiar as we either fished/photographed various locations or passed spots I have spent time on. Specific fish I have caught or seen caught in the past came flooding back as a wonderful overload of great memories, but in reality I was there to take photographs for some lads from the Ukrainian fishing tackle company Favorite (just getting to Ireland was a serious mission for them). We had decent conditions for the actual photography, but not exactly ideal for daytime bass f ..read more
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This lad’s first ever cast in Ireland - and he goes and hooks a bass!
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by Henry Gilbey
2w ago
A very brief post this morning because it’s a bit hectic out here with work. I have stopped off on my way back from Kerry to spend a couple of days on the south coast of Ireland doing a photo job for a fishing tackle company. In the main it’s to get images of their gear in action, but a fish or two never hurts of course! The actual bass fishing conditions are pretty naff - flat calm, clear, bright sunshine - but the lads are giving it a good go so my cameras. This lad here in the photo has never fished in saltwater before and this is his first visit to Ireland. We spoke about what sort of fea ..read more
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If you want to catch bass on creature baits, it helps if you don’t fish like a tit!
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by Henry Gilbey
2w ago
Cover myself in glory I certainly did not yesterday afternoon! We are having a blast out here in Kerry - the bass fishing has been a bit tough with some very changeable weather, but we have found a few fish and one of our lads got properly torn up the other morning by a good fish. We were fishing very, very shallow, seriously rough ground, and he hooked a train on the Savage Gear Sandeel Pencil 125. The fish went the way it chose though. Tight braid touched sharp rocks and it was all over. It happened to be the lad’s 60th birthday as well which proves yet again that fishing is not remotely fai ..read more
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Heading over to Ireland today, going fishing where I do my guiding work - we also have a few spaces left on our guided fishing trips
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by Henry Gilbey
3w ago
About 10pm tonight I should arrive in Kerry, SW Ireland, and although I am more used to doing this journey for my guiding work, this time it’s different. Some friends are booked up with Thatch Cottage fishing lodge and they very kindly asked me to come along and fish with them. Excited, moi? Damn right! I will go for a run tomorrow morning, get myself organised, and see if I can sneak in a quick bass session before the lads arrive tomorrow afternoon………… I will obviously shoot photos and so on out there, but this time I am going to get to fish my socks off where John and I do our guiding work ..read more
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That was a slightly different kind of follow!
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by Henry Gilbey
3w ago
I was fishing the last of the ebb yesterday morning at the mouth of an estuary, and I was bumping lures in relatively shallow water in a decent run of current. I was on my own in some glorious weather and the world felt pretty bloody good. Storm was with me, the water was about as clear as I can remember seeing it, and there were a few bass about. It’s times like these when I get to wondering why everybody doesn’t love fishing………… There was no size to the few bass I caught, but I do love it when these fish slam into lures which are trundling down the current. I was fishing with the larger Sav ..read more
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