Friday, May 25, 2012

Skippers Diaries - Bellavista Fleet

Bellavista were host to a party of Dutch pike & zander anglers last weekend. At the moment the season for pike and zander is closed on the Continent so this group took the opportunity to travel to Ireland to try out their freshwater tactics in the sea!

They had heard of the cracking soft plastic fishing to be had off Cork Harbour and reckoned that their tactics were very similar. So with this in mind they brought all their freshwater tackle...rods, reels, braid, soft plastics, etc.,... and you know, its almost identical to what we'd use!!!

On their first day last Saturday they did struggle. Mind you last Saturday was a dirty day with a stiff easterly breeze and fishing couldn't be easy. However, to up the anti Kevin Murphy chose to call in the services of veteran angler, Jim Clohessy for Sunday's fishing. What a wise move!

Jim directed the fleet to a particular reef mark of his east of Power Head and set the boats up on a chosen drift. Almost immediately the anglers were into fish. A steady stream of pollack and cod fell to soft plastic baits. The cod in particular were of a good stamp and, fittingly, Jim landed the best fish, a beast of a cod over 90cm in length. The fish wasn't weighed but it was estimated at over 18lbs in weight. Wow, what a fish Jim, well done!!!

What sport the lads had; particularly when you consider the lure rods that were being used. For instance, Jim's 18lber was landed on an Illex Element Rider, a rod you'd be more likely to consider for bass fishing! There must have been some bend in that rod!!!

If you'd fancy booking one of the Bellavista self-drive boats for a days fishing off Cork Harbour have a look at their website here for contact details.

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