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Arrrrrrh !!!!!

Just managed to " lunch" my sky road 10/30, ffs, ffs,

cant get my head around it atm, 

loaded with a tide minnow flyer @ 27/8gr, the top section just exploded into three pieces on the cast,

wtf !!!!


Hey and 3 days later BBBBBBBBBB Baracuda !!!!

A little pik in venues and reports ( le corse )



Here to catch Cuda, and what rocks up this evening, a 56cm bass, on a 125 patch,

i should have known,




Another sunny day,


What a difference, everything in the garden is rosy and more important every thing in Lpmb is “ DRY “

As you are reading this your are now an exclusive member of jptfb,

in that the site has had over, wait for it 10,000, yes ten thousand vistits in two years,

Amazing just amazing,

So after years of thinking that you were, here is confirmation,

                                    “ you’re special “

and thank you




Time as you would expect was not wasted idly during the continuous rain,

what with a wifi connection and a debit card, like most of you my mind turned to lures and the purchasing of same.

I know.

I know.

More lures !!!

But hey girls have their handbags and shoes, so we have to have something eh !!

Oh and get in !!!! the toon win again


Logged on a German site,



Shore fishing pro gear,

They seem to specialise in high end product not your mainstream tackle outlet,

I would recommend a look and postal service is spot on.

So I bought 5 little trinkets,


Seaspin Janas 107mm/25g sub 30/40cms ish on a slow retrieve

In Anchovie and Sardine.

Seaspin Pro Q 120mm/28g wtd

In Glow White and Ayu.

And an outrageously coloured

Mangrove Studio Mahi Pen 127mm/28g wtd.


I’ve used both these lures over the years, but couldn’t find the colours I wanted, but I found them here


Now the two Pro Qs have the best wtd action I know, perfect, and the Janus 107s go like a bullet easily further that the equivalent Patch, SLS, or Tide Minnow, only Nick @ sunslicker has lures that are close,


And last evening after taking “ local” advice FFS !!!!

I persisted for 90 minutes with a mélange de trois of SLS, T/M and back to SLS, nowt not a sniff,


Popped on the Janas 107 and first cast hook up plus another later,

“ Seriole Couronee”

Happy camper.

So give “ shore fishing “ a look, they speak great English and are super helpful.




Arrived in Le Corse.


Latched onto 5 of these little fella’s  “seriole couronnee” or Amberjack on my first afternoon in Corsica in the small port of St Floren,


There will be more in the catch report section “Le Corse”


Well, that’s the Tuna fishing finished for this year, bad weather and the Tuna around 30 miles out, has put the kibosh on the season,

In summary

6 fish all white and snapped off by 6 red, not the best but better than nowt.

                                Thanks again to all my mates in Socoa,



Packing up the big gear and off to Corsica, St Florent to be precise.

It’ll take me a week or so to get my bearings as normal then I’m up and running.

Targeting Barracuda!!

Thanks as always for your interest in what i'm up to,

I'll post again when i'm settled in and have found a spot for  free wifi








Starting to buy kit now for the kayak arrival,

A Lowerance Hook2 7” Triple shot fish finder unit, and screen cover from England, this is the dogs and a bit over gunned for the yak but wtf.

A sun visor from New Zealand,

And a Nocqua pro power 10ah kit from America, also safety flag system and a Rail blazer 2 rod holder.



0k so today weather was less than perfect, a little wind but a big swell and a long way to go chasing Tuna (40 miles ).


We had two chases on route and I was the only one to hook up but got creamed both times, its not like the Tuna are snapping the 40kg braid or 50kg leader its when you hook up its in a pack chasing anchovy like crazy and another Tuna just cuts across and takes your line out, not to mention a 30 euro lure.

We pushed on and I managed on the return to port 3 white each around the 15kg mark, which is good for a white Tuna, lures were press bait 125cm colour afa 0016, and 85cm ada0213,


Coming back the wind picked up and with the heavy swell and a total of 10 hours being tossed about like a cork, makes you start to think WTF am I doing!!!!!




Had no luck with the bass again today, but rekindled an old relationship with the Major Craft sky road SKR 962 ML, a rod I haven’t used for two years or more, a bit heavier that the injection 76 I would normally use @ this mark and it has a longer handle which irritates the life out of me, keeps getting caught in my t-shirt sleeve, lol, but apart from that it’s a cracking piece of kit, and about a third the price of a Tentru.

Just a good bass rod  @ 10/30gr.




Spent the last to days searching for bass, but alas to no avail, but had some cracking sport catching a fish called " oblade " in english saddled bream, had about 150 yesterday between two of us, all around the 1lb mark and on all lures, little patch , asturie, and spinners as well, good fighting fish.

going out today for bass again, fingers crossed,


Well ,  the high winds on Sunday abated and allowed us to at least head out for the tuna but unfortunately the sea hadn’t and after 1 hour into a 3 hour journey to the tuna grounds we pulled the plug, the sea was just too rough and showed no sign of calming, fishing in those sort of conditions is difficult and dangerous.


We headed in shore to get some calmer waters and with light tackle to fish for Bonite, a member of the Tuna family but much smaller, using my Tenyru injection 76 these 4/5 pound fish don’t half hang on they’re such great sport, all catch and release, we spent a great 3 hours, couple of beers, red hot sunshine and a calmer sea, 30 odd fish between the two of us, great craic.

Just a good day.



Oh and thanks to Helen (uk) Hayley (uk) Val (uk) Tony (uk) Malcom (uk) Craig (ire) Keppa (esp) Ange (fr),

For the first kayak related questions, I hope you received the information you wanted,





           OK BREAKING NEWS for 2019 !!


What !!! iv'e learned to spell !!!!

Nah you all know that aint gona happen, sumtime soon lol


No after 5 years of rock hopping in ireland and france, my knees are giving me a yellow card, so before i do serious damage, i'm buying a kayak !!

as you know i always try to get the best tackle available with rods and reels so for me the only option is the best, so i'm having a look around to see whats available

A major investment for " le pettit pecher " but i'm worth it, lol.


So as well as the fishing reports we will have a whole new section "Kayak Kit " what i've got loaded on the kayak and how i use it, got the rods and reels already sorted, 5 Tenyru's and 5 Shimarno's, with a Lowerance Hook2 7" Splitshot sounder and a shed load of other kit to come.


i'll keep you all posted,

stay safe out there !




Thanks again guys for the posts !


I hope iv'e been able to answer your questions and give some good advice, anytime just ask !! ,

you know you'll always get a straight and honest answer from me.


So i'm in Socoa fishing for tuna, red and white,

major difference in tackle from my bass fishing  as you would expect with the purchase of a Tenyru furray racing 80, shimarno stella 1400, 80 pound braid and a bunch of £45/60 quid lures " ouch",  total investment  the neck end of 2 grand.


I go out with my Basque mates on Patchies boat, but only on a monday or a tuesday afternoon as they work the rest of the time, basically we head off shore about 20klm and scan the area for bird acitivity or a visual of an actual " chase " taking place, then head there as quick as possible.

I've had 3 white up till now @ about 15kg a good size for a white, but lost a big big red possible 45/55kg and the most effective lure a PRESS BAIT 125 AFA 0016 last week.

A call to my mate, Sebastian @ Mer et Loisirs and the guys @ Ultimate Fishing on Belle ile en mer got me 6 replacements sent down on a 24hr carrier, thanks again xx.

Being in the middle of a feeding pack of tuna is an amazing spectacle,

So fingers crossed the weather is kind and the fish are kinder tommorow,

take care,




Arrived @ Socoa village, Le pays Basque region,

sunshine and warm weather, after the cold and damp

of Normandie its a welcome change,


Bought a dry suit from Typhoo, strong wages for me but just sick of getting wet, and one of my french mates has a good set of chest waders, strong fabric but not too restrictive, so i'll get a set of those,

just to keep the job right,



Received some terrible news this week, without going into details a bass fisherman was taken by the sea in Asturias Spain, the lifelong fishing partner of my friend, who as you would expect is in bits,


I'll say no more, except that the response from the lads on my watts app has been amazing,

We all know there but for the grace of god,

rest in peace, Amigo xxx


After wasnt much consideration i've gone back to single hooks, no more trebles for me,

the VMC 7237 super light inline size 1 fits the bill perfectly, from Alan @ agm products.

Yes i will no doubt lose a few fish but compared to the grief of removing an inhaled 100 patch i'll take the loss, anytime



Dingle came and went, didnt even bother with waterville, have had fish there before but i just dont like the place, just a fishermans vibe, pas bonne pour moi,

back in cmac, if its gona pick up it will be this week, last chance.



You can see where i'm headed with this one, just added a new page to catch reports,

" France 2 "

just not working out here atm despite the specimen 75cm 10lb 2oz pb,

the fish just aren't coming to hand, going over to Dingle via Waterville for a couple of days to see a mate of mine, then back to c/mak for a week or so,

Sad that it hasn't worked out this year in Ireland, i've enjoyed the craic with the lads,  but as my mate Stevie D keeps reminding me

                         " peter your not here to socialise your here to catch fish "

                                                     aint that the truth !!!!



BRAID, ffs

after weeks of lost fish due to knots pulling braid snapping i've ditched the Varivas and the Suffix and gone back to what i know,

Sunline super 8pe and the hassel free Power Pro for close in sp and reef work, i feel much happier now,



Do yourself a big big favor and check out SUNSLICKER lures,

I've just received their PRIMUS 20gr sub surface in chrome sandeel,

nothing i use casts like this and catching fish from the get go,

These lures are hand made in England, drop Nick a mail for info,

you won't regret it,

i promise



Two fish this morning takes me to 150 so far this year ( see catch reports, Ireland )


Just a quick note re one of the fish today, it went into a spasm/shock mode, all fins and gill plates extended, mouth open,

this lasted for 12/15 minutes while holding a mid water position after release, its happened three times now in about 200 bass,

so its not common but be aware of this when releasing if this should occur, and do so in a calm piece of water as to help it recover



First decent day, weather and water clarity good enough,

lost a decent unit this morning 65cm ish, watched it circle and attack but didnt get a good enough hook hold and after a short tussel it turned and burned,

but picked up two @ 50/55 cm this evening, details on " catch report ",


Just arrived, to lovely irish weather, blowing a gale and pissing down,

anyway the water is far too cloudy for fishing so i'll get the craic with the lads here and make a start when the water clears.




After blowing my turbo on the m6 on, 10 days later new turbo fitted, bank account empty, i could be back on the move,

glass is always half empty with this fecking engine so we shall see,

fingers and everything else crossed



146 fish in total, from Belle ile and the mainland, not to shabby,

Thanks to all the friends i have made on this trip,




why why why!!!

did i ever agree to putting another diawa product on any of my reels after the fecking J braid fiasco, never been snapped since j braid last year, put tournament on and what do you know two breakages in two sessions,

never !! never !! never again will i use any fecking product they produce,

rant over lol,



lol if i could have seen what was comming up i would not have belived it possible in the space of 8 days, lol, see catch reports France




Looks like i've answered the decent fish question,

12 in the first week, just 4 days fishing, down to roughly 12hours, a fish an hour.

71cm personal best,


3 x 35ish

ffs, when i see it in black and white its amazing,




lunched my pextax/ricoh digitl camera, going to have to find a replacement on the island, not easy



Belle ile en Mer, it looks as it says on the tin, but can i find some decent fish ?

we shall see !!

had a good craic with the tackle shop owner, invested in some appropriate hard and softs that are in favour on the island,

going to recky marks for the next two days, also knackered after the drive up from st jean 940 odd klms / 16 hrs so going to rest up a bit before going into full into fishing mode.


not enough phones, managed to lunch another one, for fecks sake thats 3 in 9 months


Just a general thanks to the lads that have e.mailed me, and hope i have answered your questions,

as iv'e been asked this three times here is a list of the kit i have with me :-


Rods :-


M/C Skyroad 962 ml 10/30g

M/C Skyroad 962 mh 60g

Tenyru Furray Racing 80

Tenryu  Shore Dragon 20/80g

Tenryu  Supermix 240 10/60

Tenryu  Injection sp76m

Tenryu  Injection sp70m bimax fsi

Tenryu  Injection sp64ml

M/C KG Evolution KGS 762 ml bay 7/23g


Reels :-

Shimarno Stella 1400 tuna power 80lb pe8

Shimarno Vanquish 4000  XG FA Sunline super 8pe 20lb

Shimarno Vanquish C3000S DH FA Sunline super 8pe 20lb

Shimarno Sustain 4000 power pro  30lb

Shimarno Rarenium 4000 power pro 30lb

Shimarno Rarenium 3000 power pro 30lb

Two spare 3000 spools

Two spare 4000 spools


Kit :-

Two pairs of chest waders,

One pair of dry suit launch trousers.

Typhoon surf boots,

Typhoon rock boots,

Norther Diver rock boots,

and not enough sun cream.



OMG, platt have no more of my go to lure, sls 175 original anchovey, and wont be getting any more in, and i've only got half a dozen left, bloody hell gona have to go back searching for the holy grail yet again




Well it aint new news, but the on going battle with chest waders and boots, i mean man how fecking hard is it to make something the works.

Greys waders lasted 6 outings, their boots 10 outings then just fell apart, still awaiting a reply from them, £174 package and they aint got the minerals to reply, avoid at all cost.

Next inline was volare breathable chest waders, bought from Landers @ Tralee, 175 euros,  lasted 4 weeks, exchanged, next efforts lasted 6 weeks, ffs.

So i have sent both pairs for treatment @ diver daves, we shall see.

Bought a couple of pairs of boots, typhoon rock boots and typhoon surf master, cheap as chips but my waders wont fit them as the sock is just to big.

So now i'm looking at a pair of palm dry trousers with a fabric sock to fit the typhoon boots, another investment, i mean ffs its got to end somewhere.






Guarding the dinner

 went out to get some food fishing



mackerel and a lieu jaune

had some great sport, single lure caught about 20, kept these for supper and breakfast






                 on Belle ile

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