March 18, 2017
Recently a friend asked for some tips to help him catch some bass, so I thought I would share some that I have used over the years just in case it may help anyone who is starting out.
Please note there are people far more qualified than I, so if you are looking for advice just Google away – there’s loads of great info out there.
- Fish close. How close? Experiment you may just be surprised
- Fish big. Think of the size of bass you are targeting and match that with the bait you use
- Big hooks. Don’t be put off, the bass won’t
- No lights. When you have to, face away from the water and use a red filter (if your light has it)
- No noise
- Fish one rod. As I was once told, fish one rod and fish it well
- Touch leger when conditions allow. It will let you know what is happening more than a rod tip will
- Experiment with trace lengths. Depending on the conditions long is not always the best
- Not all tides will produce even when everything seems to be right which makes the next point frustrating
- Be prepared to do a lot of groundwork by fishing venues and tides to discover the best times
- The bite window can be as short as 20 minutes on a tide
- If you go for big or bust, then go expecting more busts
- Use a running ledger or freeline if conditions allow
- Don’t use a light weight when ledgering it will only get ‘lifted’ during a take
- A 3oz weight tends to hold in the areas I fish
- Check your hook point every time you bait up
- Keep a diary or log as bass can be very predictive and looking back can start to reveal patterns
- Appreciate this is subjective but be secretive when you have found them, not all anglers will respect catch and release and in this age of social media it doesn’t take long for the word to spread
- Please put the big girls back, it takes on average 2 years to grow 1 pound
Hope this helps.
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March 15, 2017
Beautiful morning, sea gentled to flat calm. Still really early but wanted to get out and perhaps erase my last trip – who knows. Tried and tested tackle at the ready and everything to hand, wasn’t expecting, so wasn’t disappointed.
The breeze however turned as expected, creating a lovely draw along the shoreline just made for a prepared bait to hang around in the undertow. The light cloud lifted and the sun broke through just as I found a new method to attach my bait. Made me smile with its simplicity.
A slight knock out of time had me alert and I noted the time – just in case – but the undertow was playing games with my bait and me.
Battery fully recharged, will keep popping in to see if they have made an early return.
February 2, 2017
Rubbish weather, rubbish recent results so a little bit of reminiscence. Part 9 from 2013
October 7, 2016
I’m hoping this will be a good month. Its started off ok…
July 24, 2016
The new updated link that should work – if interested:
Would be great to see you there. Thank you
July 23, 2016
After many years with WordPress I have decided to move to a different hosting site. It seems that most angling bloggers are on ‘Blogger’ so I have moved my swim and joined them.
To everyone who has read the ramblings of this old fool over the years, thank you and if you ever wish to cast a line in my direction then you will always be welcome:
(As I understand this may take a while for the address to be recognised)
Once again many thanks and tight lines all.
July 4, 2016
For me and my past results, this year is already proving to be rather good. Went out again this morning fished a different venue and after two missed runs struck third time lucky and landed a bass of 26″.
There are times when stuff just comes together and I had one of those moments while playing this bass. All those years of fine tuning my tackle, working through venues and times all just came together while watching the water boil as I stopped run after run against a tight clutch, just fantastic.
My forum buddy has also returned with a bang catching a 26″ from another local venue, lets hope this continues throughout the summer.
Incidentally the running camera saga nearly continued. Having looked at the prices on Amazon I decided to use another old camera. It was only after returning the bass I noticed the mode dial had been knocked, and it was on landscape mode – I think I was fortunate to get the quality I did. Thank goodness!
June 25, 2016
This morning I had a great trip, in fact one of my best but I’ll quickly update on the last few months first.
I really considered fishing for carp this year and spent the spring looking at a local water I used to fish many years ago as a teenager. The old magic was still there and so were the carp but it had a tremendous weed problem. Now this would normally be a good thing as it keeps anglers off the water but this was really bad and up until May there were perhaps only 2 or 3 fishable areas so I decided against joining just yet.
June is normally time to start my bass fishing but over the last few years it has proved to be pointless, but old habits die hard so I have already done a couple of trips with no results – although a strange dropped run has kept my enthusiasm levels topped up. In recent years all my recognised marks have turned off and when I’ve had limited success the times have all changed as well, and I’m not alone as this seems to be a trend amongst other bass anglers I have spoken to.
Only last week I was saying in a local tackle shop that I’m now chasing rather than waiting for the bass by trying new marks and times, and perhaps I should just stick to my old ways? So this morning saw me trying a new ‘old’ mark, at a new time just to see what was there!
Usual tactics were deployed with mackerel close in, but the quality of the mackerel was appalling with the flanks pulling straight through the hook, so big head and tails were used as they didn’t come off! The tide was just on the turn when I had a small run. I was almost shocked as it really wasn’t expected but I failed to connect and put it down to a small schoolie, but it was encouraging. About an hour later I was just getting the rod into position after placing the bait when I noticed the line had pulled tight before I had chance to set the freespool, inevitably the extra tension resulted in another dropped run.
Wow, this doesn’t normally happen to me, two runs on a newish mark, in June? I made the decision that if I should get another run I will let it develop longer and see what happens. Perhaps 20 minutes passed when I felt and watched the line start to move from left to right, it passed right in front of me and continued for about 20ft when I engaged the spool. There was a moment when we were both confused but sure enough it was hooked, so it decided to take a leisurely run putting a nice curve into the rod. I could see the bass and realised it was a good one, but the fight was easily controlled so it wasn’t long until it was beached.
After all these years I still shake like a teenager in front of a girl when I land a large bass but she was quickly unhooked and measured at 28″. Unfortunately, and for my second successive bass capture my camera failed to work; I can’t express how frustrated I was at my ineptitude for continuing to have faith in a camera that after 16 odd years clearly doesn’t want to work anymore, but to happen now was painful. Very painful.
Anyhow I have now found a mark that fishes at low and could potentially throw up a huge surprise later in the year – and I can’t wait.
NB, BASS Society length to weight scale 28″ approx. 9lbs