Bass Fishing Wexford

I still get plenty of query’s on the subject of Needlefish, so I thought I’d update this post from my first experiences with Needlefish from back in 2012, a lot of water under the bridge since those first geeky blogs (cringe).   Yes, there’s many, many ways to catch bass, the Needle just gives you another option for fast flows, & distance, which is what drew me to it. It was first designed in the US to target their striped bass in strong flows, striped bass, & our bass share a lot of the same traits, and the lure found it’s way to European waters.   Bass Fishing Wexford    Since then its took on many forms, & variations, there are some great looking hand made versions around too, but my favorite is still the Super Strike versions with a little modification on the rear hook, the single hook for quicker unhooking, fish release, & with some Bucktail added to assist the lure to “Plane” a little better IMHO.        Rod wise, these days for Needles, & many other US style/Striper lures I use a St. Croix Triumph Surf 10′ 3/4-4 oz , 10′ is a great edition when managing a long line across a strong flow, and you will need to manage/mend your line when using them in strong flows, to fish them effectively, without a “Bow” forming along the line thus “Dragging” through the water too fast.  Strong flows, tidal rips, call them whatever you want are always magnets for bass, whether the bass are holding up in “Lies”, or “Backing down” the flow, when fished correctly, the Needle will find them on its “Sweep” across the flows, day, or night.

Bass Fishing Wexford

Bass Fishing Wexford

It doesn’t do anything special really, no wobble, rattle, or WTD, and its up to the angler to make them work, it just hangs in the flow in the same way as a Sandeel struggling against the flow, of course the Needle gives the impression to the bass its alive just by holding station against the flow, in essence its what lure fishing is all about, its not what the bass see’s, its what IT THINKS IT SEE’S.   Which raises more questions, are many of our modern lures over animated, or too “Loud” ? No doubt many lures are designed to catch anglers…. Just how much lure movement does the bass see from a roughly “Horizontal” position say 2 feet below the lure ? It just goes to show there’s nothing absolute in angling, it’s all about adapting to what your faced with on the day/night, and making the most of the options available to you, & one of those options is the Needlefish.

Bass Fishing wexford

Bass Fishing wexford

 

 

3 thoughts on “Lure of the Needlefish (2017).

  1. Great Stuff Sean, it was because of you asking me for the Needle fish lures that I got them in, thanks for that, sold hundreds :-)

  2. Nice work on the bass pall. What retrieve is best for the needlefish then? Is it a sub surface walk the dog type retrieve?

    • Hello Julian,I only use them in fast flows, I found a simple swing across the flow with no or very little winding,walking forward toward it, or backwinding to give it line to keep it under the surface in very strong flows,the angle of the cast is very important you dont want a bow forming on the line dragging it too fast with the flow through the water!! Most hits are in the flow,but bass have hit it at the end the swing in slack water on a fairly slow retrieve. No WTD it just hangs in the water but still giving the impression its alive just by hanging there…they work…cheers Sean.