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Night bassing

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With the weather forecast suggesting the next few days will be as wet as one of Shaun's cakes, I thought I'd spend Friday night's high tide on the peninsular with my trusty box of hard and soft plastic lures.

I wasn't sure what the wind would be like with some big gusts forecast in the early hours so I went with the heavier Rod Bar 240 set up and 4000 size reel with the aim of trying out some of our lovely new lures! Our Sakura supplier, SERT have sent us some new lure clips to try out too. Based on the JB clips, we are stocking the 12kg and 18kg versions, and at only £1.50 for a pack of 8 they are certain to prove popular!

Clipping on a new glow-in-the-dark Fiiish Black Minnow, I walked my way around the bay covering lots of water as I went but no takes. I reached a patch of boulders where I've had success on topwater lures before and switched to my favourite night-time bass lure, a Matt Tiger Z-Claw. Gently zig zagging it back to me across the surface I heard a splash. Second cast it was walloped! A nice plump 3-4lb fish that battled well all the way to the shore and the Tiger had produced again.

A lot of bass anglers have been popping in to the shop and raving about the IMA Hound Glide recently, so thought it was about time I gave them a try too. At 120mm and 20g, these end loaded medium divers really fly!

Launching it out past the boulders to the sand and deeper water beyond, two schoolies offered a quick burst of sport in successive casts falling for the Cotton Candy pattern.

The horizon started to glow hinting that I really should head back and get some sleep before work, so I retraced my steps back around the bay pausing every so often to cast a white nacre shad on a 20g jig head.

ZZZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz!!!! The drag started singing again!

Looks like there's good numbers of fish around inshore again now the algae's cleared up, so it's a great time to get out there and give it a go!

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