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Having never caught a bass on a lure later than November 12th, I assumed my season was over for another year, but it seemed a shame not to take advantage of yesterday’s window in the weather. I was in 2 minds at the start of the week, but having had an early night on Monday, to get over the side effects of my most recent Covid booster 🤒, I was feeling fully refreshed yesterday morning 🤩 and so I thought what the hell!

Conditions on my arrival were pretty good, with fairly calm water save for a small swell, and decent water clarity, and though at 9.5˚c the water temp was down 3.4 ˚c since my last visit on October 20th 🥶, I hoped the bass might still be around.

Unfortunately, it looked like I was out of luck, and despite my best efforts, the next 4 and a half hours were completely dead, with no signs of life whatsoever 😢.

As midnight approached, I had pretty much resigned myself to the fact that I was going to end the season with a blank and going through the motions for the last 5 minutes, I was thinking ahead to getting back to the dirty bait fishing for the winter, but then I thought I felt a small tap on my line 🤔. Nooo, it couldn’t have been a fish, it was probably just my lure bumping on a rock I told myself, but 4 or 5 casts later there was no mistake, as this time my lure was stopped dead in its tracks and the rod started bouncing around in my hand! 😲 I was well aware that this could well be my only chance of the night, so praying that I wouldn’t lose it, I carefully reeled the fish towards the shore and after a nervous couple of minutes, I successfully landed my latest ever lure caught bass 🥳.

At 47cm, it wasn’t particularly big, but that didn’t matter one bit, I was just chuffed to bits to catch something 😊
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After a quick snap and a kiss 😄, it was carefully released to grow bigger, while I got straight back to the fishing.

I must admit, I thought my catch was a bit of a fluke and with no more takes in the next 20 minutes, that looked to be the case but incredibly, just as I was about to call it a night for the second time, my lure was hit again 😮. Once more I took my time, not wanting to bully the fish for fear of pulling the hook, but I needn’t have worried and another identical silver of 47cm was duly landed 👍.
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I obviously couldn’t leave now 😅, so I decided to give it another 10 casts 😉.

Surprisingly, over the next 45 minutes I landed another three bass of 41, 42 & 46cm
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and I also missed several more hits, but eventually the water got so shallow, that despite me switching to gradually lighter jig-heads, I just couldn’t fish the lure effectively without it snagging on the submerged rocks 👎.

I could probably have winkled out another couple of fish, by fishing ultra-shallow with a weightless Swimish, but with a decent drive home ahead of me, and work this morning, I thought better of it and reluctantly called it a night at 01:15.

So having caught bass 10 days later than I’ve managed before in 11 years of lure fishing, it looks like I was mistaken in thinking that my season was over. Sadly the forecast for the rest of the week isn’t great, but if a weather window does present itself, then I might just be tempted to have another go 😉.
 

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Well done Andy, still banging them out. If there's bass about like this then there must be plenty of food still about. I bet for the same reasons it'll be a good year for "other" species as well ;). Gotta be time to break out the mission impossible gear soon :cool:
 
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Well done Andy, still banging them out. If there's bass about like this then there must be plenty of food still about. I bet for the same reasons it'll be a good year for "other" species as well ;). Gotta be time to break out the mission impossible gear soon :cool:
Cheers Tim (y).

Though I didn't see any on Tuesday, I have been reliably informed that there are still large shoals of baitfish around during the day, so hopefully I'll get another window in the weather soon, to try again.

On the subject of conger, I will be out after the mythical 20lber again this winter, but after fishing it hard for the last 10 years and being no closer to reaching my target, I've lost my mojo a little and so I won't be devoting as much time to it as I usually do. I intend to try for a larger variety of species this winter, to keep the interest levels up.
 
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Cheers Tim (y).

Though I didn't see any on Tuesday, I have been reliably informed that there are still large shoals of baitfish around during the day, so hopefully I'll get another window in the weather soon, to try again.

On the subject of conger, I will be out after the mythical 20lber again this winter, but after fishing it hard for the last 10 years and being no closer to reaching my target, I've lost my mojo a little and so I won't be devoting as much time to it as I usually do. I intend to try for a larger variety of species this winter, to keep the interest levels up.
Ah wow, that's interesting to hear about the bait fish and yeah gotta be some bass hanging about chasing them I would have thought. Good to hear there's still gonna be some "mission impossibles" to read this season. I always look forward to those winter tales of yours, especially now the gales are howling so regularly and the nights are drawing in. Can't beat a good read when it's like that.
 
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Great to see you still catching Andy, and thanks for the report.

It is 13 days ago now but last time I was after the bass I saw plenty of baitfish. Some shoals but what was unusual was there were quite a few sandeel swimming alone or only 2-5 at a time. Easy pickings for hungry bass!

Looking forward to your winter reports already Andy.
 

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Good to hear there's still gonna be some "mission impossibles" to read this season. I always look forward to those winter tales of yours, especially now the gales are howling so regularly and the nights are drawing in. Can't beat a good read when it's like that.
Looking forward to your winter reports already Andy.
I was planning on a first dirty bait session of the winter last night, but with a forecast of 40mph+ winds and heavy rain, I just couldn't be bothered 😄.

Though I won't be after the conger every week this winter, I have been doing some research over the summer and I've pinpointed a few new marks to try. I've also been informed by a very reliable source, that 2 of these spots have actually produced 20lbers for him 👍.



"I decided to give it 10 more minutes... I caught 3 over the next 45 minutes " 🤣🤣🤣
Great effort and well done. Maybe you'll get one in December now
I tried to leave several times, but the bass wouldn't let me go 😂.

A December bass on a lure has never really appealed to me before, as I've always thought it would be too much like hard work 🤔, but having got so close now it seems a shame not to at least give it a go 😄.
 
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