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Wonderful stuff there Tunny.........Well fished last night at a pretty well known beach, in the pouring rain.
Waded out and covered the mussel bed that is reachable over the low tide. Nothing. Rain continues to get harder and harder.
After a bit of a rethink, I wondered down the beach to feature that is only visable over low time. I thought I might as well play with the Patchinko. God it casts well off the Shukan:showoff:, Well second or third cast I thought I saw a boil, but it was at range. So put it down to wishful thinking on my part. Next cast about 10 foot into the retrieve..............
Yeap Patchinko gets nailed, proper surface smash. Kept winding until I felt the weight properly and lifted the rod, rather than trying to strike, and it was on. So about 3 or 4 minutes later (felt like alot longer) during which I managed to fall over twice, and one horrible slack line moment. Where the bass decided to be co-operative and race towards the beach.
A lovely bass of about 2.5-2.75 pounds slide onto the beach. Ok not a monster, but anyone that can remember what there first top water bass felt like, will know how much that fish meant to me. Really pis*ed with myself as I left my camera/phone in the car due to the rain.
So had to slip the bass back without a pic. Lovely watching the bow wave head back out.
Managed a little schoolie on a BW, from a little gutter in the sand on the way back to the car.
Got home wet, but happy. Just wish there were more fish around this year. It really feels like some of the old good marks are just not holding fish anymore. Spoke to Neverenoughfishing when I got in, I think he feels the same way.
Until this year I have never bothered with topwater lures, always thought I would catch more on subsurface lures. But it does get the heart racing getting one on top. I have fished at lot with surface lures this year, with nothing to show for it but a few boils and a couple of bumps, until now. So anyone else that is still trying to get that first one, stick with it.
Tight Lines Tunny