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Not having been fishing since BH Monday and reading about Mmads fantastic results I was keen to get out after some Bass today but wanted to mix things up a bit so had three short sessions:

First was 6.45-9am from just after LW up on an open beach mark that I've been meaning to try with lures after bait fishing it earlier in the year. I've been working in Denmark for a week with no time for fishing so I treated myself to a couple of suspending lures before I came back, these were brought with a specific purpose in mind but I tried them at this mark where they failed by diving too deep, 4ft in 3ft of water, and came back weeded up every time. Changed to surface lures and eventually winkled out a 14oz Bass.

Second was a HW trip in the river from 1-3.30pm to try out the suspending lures at the place and tide state I had brought them for. First on was a 10cm freshwater X-rap in olive green, a lure I've used and lost before but never tried in the Arun, it didn't take long to prove its worth as less than 20mins later I had a good take which took about 10ft of line, this wasn't followed by a good fight and the best I can say is it resisted a little bit before being landed in about 1minute!!! Decent Bass though, photos attached taken after a few out takes as it woke up on the bank and gave me grief before it was released. I had no scales or tape so its judged against the rod handle which is 58.5cm and looks about 56cm and around 4.5lb, it also looked exactly the same size as Jeff's Bass 2 weeks ago and one I caught about 1 month ago which were measured at 55 and 56cm respectively. I got another Bass around 1lb just over an hour later and never changed the lure so the second one still has to be trialed.

Third outing was with a fly rod in the river mouth over LW from 6-7.30pm trying to get my first Bass on a fly. My casting was pretty poor in quite a strong wind but I managed about 20yds most casts but failed to get any interest or even see any signs of fish, might have another quick crack at it in the morning.

Now where near the results of Mmad but I'm happy and it was especially nice to get a Bass bang in the middle of a sunny day :sun:
 

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Not having been fishing since BH Monday and reading about Mmads fantastic results I was keen to get out after some Bass today but wanted to mix things up a bit so had three short sessions:

First was 6.45-9am from just after LW up on an open beach mark that I've been meaning to try with lures after bait fishing it earlier in the year. I've been working in Denmark for a week with no time for fishing so I treated myself to a couple of suspending lures before I came back, these were brought with a specific purpose in mind but I tried them at this mark where they failed by diving too deep, 4ft in 3ft of water, and came back weeded up every time. Changed to surface lures and eventually winkled out a 14oz Bass.

Second was a HW trip in the river from 1-3.30pm to try out the suspending lures at the place and tide state I had brought them for. First on was a 10cm freshwater X-rap in olive green, a lure I've used and lost before but never tried in the Arun, it didn't take long to prove its worth as less than 20mins later I had a good take which took about 10ft of line, this wasn't followed by a good fight and the best I can say is it resisted a little bit before being landed in about 1minute!!! Decent Bass though, photos attached taken after a few out takes as it woke up on the bank and gave me grief before it was released. I had no scales or tape so its judged against the rod handle which is 58.5cm and looks about 56cm and around 4.5lb, it also looked exactly the same size as Jeff's Bass 2 weeks ago and one I caught about 1 month ago which were measured at 55 and 56cm respectively. I got another Bass around 1lb just over an hour later and never changed the lure so the second one still has to be trialed.

Third outing was with a fly rod in the river mouth over LW from 6-7.30pm trying to get my first Bass on a fly. My casting was pretty poor in quite a strong wind but I managed about 20yds most casts but failed to get any interest or even see any signs of fish, might have another quick crack at it in the morning.

Now where near the results of Mmad but I'm happy and it was especially nice to get a Bass in bang in the middle of a sunny day :sun:
lovely report as always andy,what a way to spend a day!
those lure caught fish really are special ones,and when you get your first on the fly you wont look back, my first on the fly was a 3.5 lber that took forever to land in deep water at beachy head rocks,i fished a sandeel type lure that johnny lighton had made up years ago,i wish i still had the lures now.
bass were cracking sport on 8lb tips but the rod was soooo well underpowered(like a rubberband with a fish on):roll1:
heres to bigger and better bass for you as the year winds down!:drunk:
 

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Normal service is resumed. Nice work on the plugging fella..hopefully get a few at the weekend. :thumbs:

stay classey
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Rubber band sums up my fly rod very well and I'm looking forward to catching a Bass on it, bit of a shame the sea trout have run up river though :whistling

Hopefully some bigger Bass might come 12v's and my way on Saturday, I think you know where we're going and I have a target of 7.25lb to beat from that county/mark as long as we're not too distracted by the prospect of a Conger!!!
 

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nice fishing andy well done m8
 

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Thanks for all the replies

Long time since I saw a reel like that ...lookes like an old Mitchel Prince,the dogs bssss in the 60s. Pete.
Not quite a Mitchell Prince Pete, bit before my time!!! it's a Mitchell 300Pro brought 25yrs ago that I keep going back to each time my newer reels give up the ghost. The new ones are better and in most cases cheaper (the 300 was 拢53 in 1985!!) but they don't last like this reel whose features included marine brass gears, although the tolerances were never great and its always been a bit industrial. Your comment did make me search for this website; http://www.mitchellreels.net/index.php?option=com_easygallery&act=categories&cid=445&Itemid=72 where I found the Mitchell prince and info on my reel.
 

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Many thanks for the Mitchel reel info...I used to have a 304 and 305.Brilliant reels.... being only about 14 at the time in 1964 money was very tight but my little gardening job enabled me to purchase the 2 reels one summer.They never let me down. Pete.
 

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Nice to see the mitchell still proving its worth. I'm pretty sure I got a couple somewhere that just need bail springs if you need spares. Nice fishing!!
Lol, I need a new bail arm spring!!! a common weakness in old Mitchells.
 
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