School Bass caught on an Ecogear Aqua Straight near a drain water outlet in Southampton Water
Arguably the Bass is the nations favourite sea fish to target with lures. With this cagey adversary, LRF tackle and techniques can offer an advantage in terms of stealth and subtlety. Find a shoal of even smallish Bass and expect a huge amount of fun catching them on lightly fished soft-plastics and metals. Make sure you’ve set your drag correctly!
Lure fishing in the UK is firmly associated with Bass and even though my fascination with using lures stems from HRF/LRF it was inevitable that I would be drawn to targeting Bass from the boat. Over the years I have fished for Bass with live baits and although it can produce terrific results, fishing a live sandeel on a 12ft plus trace with 6-8oz of lead on a 12-20lb class rod always seemed a bit clumsy. I wanted to catch Bass from a boat on similar tackle to which I catch them from the shore, a 6-7ft 10-30 gram rod teamed with a 3000 fixed spool and 6lb braid,the trouble we have in the boat is tide, and lots of it. More
In some ways this time of year, just before spring is the best time of the year. Some of my favourite fishing is so close I can almost smell the sea air. After what seemed like the longest February ever I will finally be getting out on my boat or wandering the beaches as often as the weather (and the wife) allows! More