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I just wanted to do a little report on an awesome day that I had this weekend, largely because I haven’t seen any publicity relating to guided fishing, despite how invaluable I and evidently others have found it to be.

On Saturday, courtesy of an early pressie from my dad, the Mrs and I were escorted on a dawn ‘til dusk trip by the awesome FishyRob.

Having only recently taken up the sport, the knowledge I had was gleaned from locals and my own very limited experience; so I had no idea what to expect; and up to that point had just been chucking lug at the water and taking anything that I could hook. Rob advised that we would be lure fishing – Something that I had seen before and dismissed as ‘a bit crap’.

The day started with an early morning (cold as f***) jaunt to McDonalds to meet Rob and grab a coffee, then it was off to the first mark, via the tackle shop. The target was Bass, as the three I had caught before then were caught totally by accident.

We hit the first mark (a slipway) and I made my way down the slippery slope to the waters edge (all the while cursing my decision to wear trainers instead of buying a pair of wellies). We broke out the rods, and while I worried about breaking mine due to how small it was compared to my 16 footer, Rob rigged up some jellies.
My first cast was extremely tame as I was still worried about breaking this tiny little rod, and I marvelled at how the lure moved through the water on its way back. Second cast I was told to get angry at the rod, which I duly did and the lure sailed out with no complaint from the rod. Gaining confidence I smashed my third cast out and concentrated on feeling the lure move through the water, trying to set a standard by which I could judge future knocks and bites. Fourth cast and the lure started dragging back across the rocks and snagging, or so I thought until Rob looked over and said “you’re in!” Still not sure I started reeling until I saw the glint of a beautiful bass. I was so convinced that the rod was going to break in half at the sight of a fish that when I had one on and was dealing with it with such ease, I just didn’t think it was really a fish! The rest of our time on the first mark, passed without incident (although I must stress, not without learning), I picked up so much just from watching Rob and asking questions, then applying the answers to my technique.

Eventually, we moved on to the second mark which showed great potential as the bait were moving up and down just offshore. We had a couple of casts before Rob spotted something further up the beach and had us setting off at a near run. We reached the spot and having been pointed in a particular direction I chucked my lure out as quickly as I could. I don’t know what Rob saw or what kind of deal he has with Poseidon but I was straight into my biggest bass ever (not saying much in fishing terms, but put a massive grin on my face). Shortly after, the Mrs banged into two in quick succession, one of them notably bigger than mine. Not being the jealous type, I’m happy for her and don’t put it down to complete bl**dy beginners luck at all!! Following the bait we moved back up the beach and were just considering retiring to the pub for a bit of a break when I felt the rod lurch with the lure not 10yds out, another spikey!

After a quick lunch, it was off to the next mark to target some Pollack. First fish in and just as I was about to lift it clear of the water it looked me in the eye, gave a massive flick and was off. Not long after that, the Mrs was in again and managed to keep hers on the line for the final fish of the day. We did have a go at dropping in behind a late run of Mackerel that were quite close to the shore to see if they were being followed but nothing showed.
We decided to call it a day and Rob was kind enough to take me and show me how to gut and fillet the two bass I decided to keep for the table.

So that’s the short version. The long version includes all of the stuff I picked up from watching, listening and asking questions. Not only did I catch a few under instruction, but I learned and developed the ability to catch more on my own, using my own gear. I honestly can’t adequately stress just how much I learned, and how much confidence I gained just from 12 hours of doing the right thing.

Also the knowledge that Rob has is astonishing, and I quietly admired the way he picked his marks and the reasoning behind the decisions as well as his knowledge of the sport in general.

To conclude then, if you’re a bit new to fishing or even if you’re just a bit low on confidence, this is definitely the thing for you.

And if you’re in the right area, or willing to travel, then FishyRob is the guide for you!! I will certainly be back for more in the future and can’t recommend him highly enough.

Cheers FishyRob!
 

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Lovely well written report, you certainly had some good calm weather for it, ideal......
I think lure fishing is such a beatiful sport.:thumbs:
 

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I done A two day guided tour with rob the weather wasent great but his knowledge and energy was a great help top guide and bloke will book another day out with him
 
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