Glimpses of Zen
Jun12

Glimpses of Zen

Today was one of those dreamy summer  days, it did however have a nightmare start with a Bass of double figure proportions lost at the net  . I can’t recall ever losing a Bass that big at the landing net before today . I can still see that fish swimming away back into the depths now . We were both very sad to see that one slide away.  Whenever we hook a big bass I urge (scream politely ) at the person playing the fish to back off the drag As a Bass gets closer  to the boat the pressure increases on the hook and the mouths start to rip if located in the wrong spot . The second you release the pressure with a large hook hole thats it , game over ! We pushed it hard today , burned a large amout of fuel and hunted the far off corners of West Cornwall . Several hours after the lost Bass we found some fish willing to feed. At slack water a shoal appeared on the surface . They looked pure white in the bright sunshine and electric blue water. Just stunning. Ive never seen Bass catch the light like that before . We did manage t land a couple of fish on surface lures. They absolutely refused to eat my fly. I could strip the fly and watch a pod of 20 bass speed up and slow down in sync with my left hand !!   Heres a very short film . What a joy its is to be in Cornwall in the summer .          ...

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Dolphins !!
May22

Dolphins !!

They bring so much joy to us and often seem to know when were having a tough day and need cheering up !! They are as fascinated by us as were by them. Catching Double figure Bass is quite Joyful too ! What an amazing start to the new Bass season !    ...

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Zen2 2013 ” The movie ”
Nov13

Zen2 2013 ” The movie ”

What a great year it has been , so many great days  aboard Zen2 . So many great fish !  Long days they are. I would say the average day works out at around 13 hours start to finish.  Most days the alarm goes off around 4 am . I have to take every booking that comes my way . The winter is a quiet time for bookings. Were loaded with Bass but Joe public just won’t make his way down the A 30. So Winter is the time to look back and reflect upon those sunrises and sunsets and Bass in the shallows .   Enjoy !...

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Bass Fishing Cornwall October blog
Oct11

Bass Fishing Cornwall October blog

Ive worked my nads  off this summer ! Its been amazing, exhausting, exciting, funny, sad, easy , hard, humorous, serious and a whole lot more.  Now I have a van that needs a service. Ive spent a grand on the traior  repairs and tyres  this week and the Suzuki DF 150 is just about ready for its 400 hour service. The ironic twist of the knife is that come October the mother load of Bass start to arrive in West Cornwall and the punters vanish! (Time for some winter deals ! Im not missing the best part of the year ) 48 hours ago Khem and I fly fished on the Lizard and landed 9 Bass to the  gurgler  fly on floating lines in 8 foot of water. This drreamy sunset was a wonderful end to what has been a dream run of bookings and weather. Khems a jammy git ! Its becoming a regular theme when we fish together.  Hes a very competent all round angler but that aside he still has a lucky streak . Take Sunday for example. I tried a new drift for Blue Sharks, perhaps brave with a client , but I did have Jammy Khem not a regular punter ! After 5 hours without a bite I decided the best idea would be to go for Bass and try and make it up to the guy. The lifting of the chum bag very much signals the end of the session or the loss of hope . I lifted the bag Khem and had a solid run from what turned out to be a 60 lb shark. These fish tussle really well on the major craft jiggiing rods , saying that the fish was ready to land with 6 minuites. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Aruddko_5hY I just this week finally took the plunge and invested in a gorgeous 2.9 ghz I Mac. I have had that in my mind all summer, its my way of rewarding myself for all those 3 am alarm calls an 12 -13 hour days with 8 of them bobbing about on zen2 . 400 Fiiish Minnows – 6 Spools of 20 lb seguar – 10 spools of 20 lb Braid- 3  broken lure rods – 2 fly lines and God knows how many saltwater flies later I had the time  today to compile all the video clips and test out the I Mac’s video editing capabilites. Its been a joy to use the Mac and even more of a joy to throw the clips together. So many memories , there are parts of the film that make me feel quite emotional. There is only...

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Zen2 Does the Camel
Aug13

Zen2 Does the Camel

This video was shot up on the Camel estuary back in July , what a day it turned out to be. I fished with Tyson Jackson . The Go Pro chest mount really works well when fly fishing . Music by Prodigy . Cheers Oz

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Good karma !
May16

Good karma !

Today started with a family Breakfast of Porridge and Leftfieds ‘ Inspection’ at deafening volume. I thought dads were supposed to tell the kids to turn the music down ? Not in this household ! The joy of a sunny morning and the prospect few hours fishing for Bass got the better of me . Things have been deathly slow in Bass department in West Cornwall  , these water Temperature refuse to rise. Im bored of Pollack or Wrasse I want Bass I want Bass Bass Bass ! Porthleven slipway is a  2 minute drive, its always a welcome luxury to launch on the front door step rather than tow  Zen2 to Plymouth or Falmouth . If a picture says a thousand words then I suppose a video says more, even a crap one like mine ! They are here ! At last they are back .  I had half forgotten just how Dam cool Bass are , those pectoral fins all lit up electric Blue, Those silver scales. That nodding dog sensation on the rod tip that tells you  have a bass . The line rising up through the water column when a Bass heads towards the surface to shake the lure. They are great to eat , but releasing these fish leaves  a better taste in my mouth ! The 3 Bass I landed this morning all went back. I need plenty of  good karma...

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50 Seconds of Joy
Aug24

50 Seconds of Joy

This little video wont win any awards, doesn’t feature bent rods and Bass . It does however remind me of why I do this and what else happens when we go fishing this far West .   Cheers   Oz Bass fishing Cornwall from Zen-Sportfishing on...

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lurefishing on Sky TV
Oct15

lurefishing on Sky TV

UPDATE 23 – 11- 2011  Heres the link to the Sky sports film http://bcove.me/78hv8lwb ENJOY !!    FLY OR LURE ??The last three days Bass fishing in Cornwall  have been quite special. Tough going but special . On Wednesday we bounced about in the  14 mph Westerly winds . The following day we fished in eerie breathless foggy conditions. Likewise the fishing was full of contrast. On most days the fly will out fish the lure provided the angler can cast a decent line . Day one this was just the case and day two the bass showed no interest in the fly for the first 5 hours of the day. The more I fish the less I seem to know ! Take choice of fly for example. I confess that I have become very set in my ways when it comes to fly fishing for bass. I tend to pride myself on my resolute confidence in a couple of patterns namely the Sparse DNA clouser and the Brown over orange Clouser with gold flash. After numerous bassless drifts over a reef  I suggested to Mark that he changed the fly over to a chartreuse and white deceiver. The result was  instant . A 4 lb bass had grabbed the fly straight away. This was a kick up the arse and a reminder to try different things from time to time. The following day I had a situation that once again completely contradicts everything I have just described. I thought we were going to have a bonanza when I saw the foggy misty dank conditions and the tide ripping through the boulder reefs. The ebb tide produced zero bass and after 5  fishless hours the turn of the tide provided a change of luck. We had 4 bass pounce on the Z claw through the mist. A coulpe of hours later I set up the drift a long way uptide of one of my favourite reefs.I managed to pluck a bass off the top on the Z claw. That was 5 fish to the lure and not  sniff on the fly. That all changed later when we had a triple hook up. Three rods bent over always makes for good banter! Mark fished my black Sheep hair deceiver. Jonathan my white version. I had a 6 inch sluggo rigged on the Owner Sled head. Sometimes the Bass just don’t care, they are fired up and they want it they will eat it , simple as that .   Day three with Tightlines (SKY TV) Andy Ford and cameraman Matt joined me for a day of bass lure fishing. No Pressure !! The guys filmed with me  last October. We had...

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Magical Day
Aug23

Magical Day

I fished solo today. I had been blown out by a Journalist !  , conditions were to nice to waste . Today was pretty mind blowing in so many ways. First I had a great surf in perfect clean waves on the North Coast. I bombed it home and hitched up the boat and launched onto the south coast. The first couple of hours were pretty grim. I started inshore with Fly , plastics and zclaw on a few of my old shore marks without a single sniff of a Bass . I had a reef 3 mile offshore near Lizard point that I wanted to check out so headed out into what felt like a very big sea thanks to a solid rolling groundswell.  That’s a fair distance from Porthleven and it did feel rather daunting. There was almost zero wind . Once again I was greeted with a big zero after a long journey. I fished 25 G Xorus Jig heads with a Pearl White Sayori Shad in around 60 foot of water.  With so little wind and tide I was more than able to hit the bottom with that set up. As I dropped off the edge of the reef the depth changed to 80 and then soon after 100 feet. To my amazement I was till able to drop the lure on the deck. This was where everyone was hiding !! Over the 2 hours I had countless Pollack in the 5 – 8 lb Class. As soon as my lure hit the deck it would be eaten up. I also had a very welcome Cod around 4 lb, he was less lucky than the Pollack ! I made a long journey through slack water and hit a reef in search of Bass. I flogged the area for an hour or more. it just felt dead, I had very little tide and Zero wind. At this point I had what must be my best Dolphin encounter to date, magical. Im just glad I remembered to video it to show the missus. I pulled myself together after that . I had an idea that perhaps with such small tides a few bigger bass may stay right tight to the shore. That seems to be a common theme down here. I tried plastics and zclaw with no joy. I pulled out my virgin Zonk and stuck it on . I dont like cranking Divers but I was feeling rather desperate. After a few casts I moved into a new gully and bang ! The Bass was 64 CM and must have been the fatest pig of a bass...

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Marazion January 15 th
Jan30

Marazion January 15 th

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