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Dublin Wrasse

When opportunity knocks the best thing to do is answer! I’m supposed to be busy getting things ready for my move back to the opposite side of the country.

unhooking a wrasse

I have the date that my course restarts. I should be looking for a house for the year. I should be organising a hundred and one other things. I was due do some underwater filming for a friend’s music video this morning but when that fell through I figured that the most logical thing for me to do with the spare couple of hours that had presented themselves was to use them for some fishing.

A quick glance into the fridge told me that there were some leftover ragworm from a previous session. It was a little bit old but would be fine for wrasse, a species that are found close to home (on the east coast) and one I like to target when time is at a premium. With everything packed, I grabbed some sunglasses for the morning glare and off I went.

a wrasse before the rain

Launching from the small harbour area, my modus operandi was as it had been for the last trip. I paddled out to a marker buoy used by pot fishermen and tied off to that. Baits went down to the bottom and before long I was into the first fish of the day.

As can happen with these fish, another soon followed. That was followed by the rain; I should have left the sunglasses at home! I fished on for another forty minutes or so by which time I had exhausted my bait supplies. My final tally of wrasse was six before the bait was used up. No monsters showed up on the day but wrasse are a decent bit of fun on a setup that allows the angler to enjoy their power.

I am meeting up with Anthony from the Irish Kayak Angling Club on Sunday morning to fish an area not far from where I fished today. It will be interesting to see how we get on with fresher bait at our disposal……

wrasse - great fun on lighter tackle

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