It is great to pick up my light surf rod and recall all the great fishing memories I had with it. Since getting into kayak angling my surf rod has been gathering a little dust and it was about time I got out there and made some more good memories.
Shore fishing was always my preferred fishing style. Be it spinning, ledgering baits for bass and targeting everything I could, I was out most days around my local marks targeting fish from the shore. Having all the knowledge of bait collecting, locations and tactics have been great to use in aiding my kayak fishing but getting back to my roots is always a great feeling.
My father and I did not have much time over the weekend to get the kayaks out and with a South Easterly wind blowing we were not to bothered about getting out there on the yaks. We always found South Easterly winds to be somewhat of a curse wind and the fishing never seems to be that good. But this is down to personal preference. So with no kayaks on the water we decided to hit the beach with a bucket full of live sandeels collected the day previous. If it is Bass I am after and this time of year, a live Sandeel is a very hard bait to beat.
Tides for the weekend were large and this meant we would fish the incoming tide at the inlet of a tidal bay. Rigs were kept simple and just like off the kayak I opted for the single hook ledger rig with a 3 oz weight which allowed the sandeel to bounce across the surf. I like my live Sandeel bait moving as the disturbance I find brings the Bass in for a look and when they come across the twitching Live Sandeel it is hard for them to resist. Hook size is dependent on the size of the Sandeels we had and in this days fish our eels were slightly larger so a 4/0 hook was used.
As the tide started to push in we fished the mouth of the bay where the Bass would most definitely be coming up to devour the hoards of Sandeel shoals moving up with the tide. Confidence high, we both waited patiently for a take.
I kept in contact with the weight as I felt it bounce around with the surf and tide when suddenly I was left with a slack line take as something picked up my Sandeel and came towards me. I tightened up set the hook and was greeted by a solid resistance and short run. A bass was definitely one. It was great to feel the bend in my Penn Extreme Light Beach Rod, coupled with my old faithful Daiwa SL20. This reel has landed some amount of fish. I cannot speak highly enough for this reel. As I eased the Bass towards the shore I waited for a wave to bring it up the beach. A lovely Bass lay on the sand, it’s belly absolutely packed with what must be assumed to be Sandeels.
It was great to be able to get back to my roots and bring back that excitement of my youth. Getting the Sandeels, heading down to the surf and casting out. A great short session. Although my dad did not get into one we both know that the big ones are yet to come. So that was our couple of hours passing the time by, landing a lovely bass and just fishing together.
Well, maybe the kayaks might be on the roof of the car for our next outing. The new Hobie is on the way so I am counting down the days.
Until Next Time,