Footprints and Fins and Fotos by Fone

‘Come on’ he says, ‘theres loadsa of ‘em here again at the moment, on softs and bait’

I’m tempted to take out the Loomis the Clousers and the T11 and go and cast a line and get cold and wet and maybe……..



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@northwexford: The first Humpback Whale of the season is spotted off Hook Head this morning…

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Wet in places; dull and windy everywhere
Rainfall for the month was above average along the Atlantic coast and in the northwest, with most stations in the west reporting their wettest December in 5 years and an above normal number of wetdays (days with 1mmor more) recorded. Malin Head had the highest rainfall relative to normal in December, with 179 % of its long-term average and its wettest December since 1999 (12 years). The rest of Ireland reported a dry month with below average rainfall. Casement Aerodrome received only 72% of its monthly rainfall total and recorded its driest December since 2004 (7 years). The majority of the month’s highest daily falls were on the 12th and 19th, but were relatively small, with some stations reporting it as their lowest December daily rainfall for a number of years. At Dublin Airport and Mullingar, it was the lowest daily rainfall at the sites in December since 1963 (48 years) and 1970 (41 years), respectively. Mean temperatures for December were above average or average for the time of year. Mean maximum temperatures for the month were above normal everywhere, but almost all stations reported their maximum temperatures, mostly recorded on the 25th and 26th, were not as high as December 2007. Minimum air temperatures were warmer than normal almost everywhere, leading to a below average number of air frosts recorded, of between zero and eight. Malin Head and Belmullet both reported that their minimum air temperature’s for December of 2.0°C and 1.6°C, respectively, were the warmest minimum temperatures recorded since 1988 (23 years). Sunshine during December was below average nearly everywhere, with Casement Aerodrome recording 26.2 hours of sunshine and the dullest December on record since the station opened in 1964 (47 years). Other stations across the country reported it was their dullest December for between six and 20 years.
Source Met Eireann

NEVER confuse some forums with reality

The possibility of opportunity

From December through to late April is often avoided by many saltwater flyfishers and in fact its not until the warmer months of May and June that many will begin their fishing at all. I can understand this and there have been several points in time when I felt this way too but through some perserverance and with a little hard work there are some good tactics that can greatly increase your chances, difficult as it is and slim as they are!

Late Winter early Spring tactics for bass fishing – a link to notes from the past

Don’t exclude fly fishing tactics for bass from your lure fishing or vice versa – a ‘blended’ approach creates more opportunities.

For Bob – Happy birthday

Not long now guy

Toms tarpon

Tom’s Tarpon: Fly Fishing For Tarpon from WorldANGLING on Vimeo.

Availability 2012 update

I have just updated the availability for 2012. With 80 days reserved at this time and less than 10 optimum days left to fill for 2012 it does a number of things for me. It alleviates some of the stress involved in ‘wondering’, but it also confirms the ‘new’ interest in saltwater fly and lure fishing for bass is continuing and indeed strengthening.

Within those odd 71 days of bookings are recurring customers who are happy to fish with (or put up with) me whenever they can.

Everyone who has partaken in bass angling in this country, through investment in travel, tackle, clothing, guiding, workshops, B+B’s, food, gifts and personal time contributes to protecting the fishery by making it increasingly valid. Bass angling can have a broad reach into many different aspects of our communities not all directly related to fishing, but nevertheless connected. It is the realisation of the benefits of these many interrelated connections that will help protect bass angling and not singular stand alone identities or operations. 

This continued and sustainable ‘bass angling business’ can only help to strengthen the fishery its structures and its many beneficiaries, and partnered with the type of protection successes witnessed in the post below I hope today the future is a little brighter for bass angling in Ireland.

Best regards and thanks – Jim

A job well done

Well done to the people involved in this operation – the photograph is significant, both in the relevance of the capture and the portrayal of the scale and regularity of the illegal fishing in the area.

This has to be good for the country, anglers and the people involved in valid tourism and angling businesses – long may it continue. Please forward and promote this link HERE