While choosing a right reservoir for a pike angling trip in Ireland, I often end up at local dam lakes. Sadly, high water level during springtime makes those fish much harder to catch and requires much more creative approach from an angler, in order to succeed. Not to get frustrated with such complications, and properly channel all the angling passion that arises within me at that time of a year, I tend to angle at the Celtic sea, using the spinning.
Quite often sea fishing is perceived as more complex and more difficult than the traditional angling. Speaking of sea spin fishing - it is not that different from a freshwater one, also in terms of the equipment. Differences can be found in specs of rods and reels but the ingredients of a perfect setup are roughly the same. While angling at the sea I always bring along a well-tested and well-known to me, Mikado set. It consists of the Milestone Heavy Spin 240 rod with a casting weight between 10 and 40 g and Alter reel size 4000, with a braided line Nihonto Octa Braid 0.16, strength 12.90 kg on it. Lure selection is always more of a personal choice and reflection of how familiar an angler is with the fishery. I usually choose slender spoons like Fighter and Runner, to angle with a sea spinning. They look a lot like herrings and other small marine fish. Besides that, Shallow Minnow 10 cm wobblers work for me really well – I also select those in a herring or mackerel coating. Sea spinning, just like the freshwater one, requires angler to “get wet”. Floundering in water and getting waist-deep is almost a given; no matter which fishery I select, I always use the waders. They provide proper water proofing, but also – what is just as important in case of cold, salty water – they keep you warm.
My first this year, longer fishing trip (above 10 hours) was really satisfying for me. You never expect much from such an initial expedition, yet you always secretly hope for a nice catch, that will somehow mean that the entire coming season will be plentiful. This year I did have quite some luck…
Submerged waist-deep in water I started observing the sea, that was covering the entire horizon in front of me. I could see every single detail clear as a bell. There were small fish schools and seagulls grouping in a pre-selected zone. I knew well what does it mean. That is exactly the spot where you should look for your prey.
I scanned the water once again and got ready to cast. I knew that the set that I was handling would never fail me. I took one last glance on the wobbler – everything ready and set. Cast. I aimed for a spot located along a rocky shore, where water was closely guarded by seagulls. I made a few spins of a reel and… there it is! Incredibly prowess fish decided to depart towards deeper water, fighting vigorously with my set and bouncing on the rocks. That’s when a though came to my mind: didn’t I forget to use a fluorocarbon leader? Luckily, I do it subconsciously by now I reckon. If it wasn’t for that, the line would snap on the sharp rocks and first of a catch would swim away with my wobbler. Duel with a fish, however fierce it was, did not last long. Short haul and a beautiful 57 cm long bass ended up in my hands.
I was really pleased. Good sign during my first trip – the season got properly open. After a brief photoshoot, the fish got back to the water. That day, after a few hours spent by the sea, I managed to catch one more beautiful sea bass.
On my way home, my smile would not fade away. I was pleased and proud at the same time. I hope that the season, opened in such a beautiful manner, will be filled with multiple fruitful angling expeditions that will bring me many great fish, also from the fresh water. I wish that to all eager anglers and to myself as well.
Mikado Fishing Team