Bass Fishing in Cornwall – at night

September 8, 2008 by  
Filed under Sea Fishing Methods

bass fishing in CornwallSeptember to December can produce some very big bass from the shores around Cornwall.

It’s best to go just after a very stormy period, so the sea is still rough, and surf quite large.

Fish an incoming tide (about 2 hours after low tide is best), in the evening just as its going dark. I advise you get there a little earlier so you can setup in the daylight!
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Plugging for Bass

September 3, 2008 by  
Filed under Sea Fishing Methods

bass fishing plugThe sea bass is one of the most desired fish to catch off the UK shore. Known for its hard fighting, catching this fish on plugging gear makes the catch extra special.

The setup is very eay, simply attach the plug to the main line. If the plug does not come equipped with a swivel (most do), its worth adding a trace from the main line connected via a swivel. This will stop the main line from twisting a fraying.

Use a  heavy spinning rod between 9-11ft, with a medium sized fixed spool reel when plugging. You need this setup with a fixed spool reel in order to cast further, a multiplier doesn’t work as well when there is no weight.

There is no right or wrong plug to use, you could try a popper, deep diver or any other, they all differ depending on the weather conditions, the depth you are fishing and the terrain. Simply keep swapping if you have no success, but when you find the bass plug which works, you should catch regularly.

Plugging for Bass from the Rocks
‘Rock hopping’ as it;’s known is the best way to cover a lot of ground, basically fish very light. A rod, reel and bag full of spinners and plugs. Look out for gullies and rock peaks and fish from these, cover all areas by casting in all directions. Reel in at different speeds and change plugs for different depths.

Plugging for Bass from a Boat
The same technique should be used from a boat, cast in all directions, from the boat you have a 360 degree rotation, so cast in all directions to cover all the ground. Bass tend to feed close in, so only go 50 or a 100 yards from the coastline, or find a peak of rocks and fish around these.

Bass like oxygenated water, so water splashing against rocks or gushing through gullies attract them, and sand eels (which is their natural food source).

Bass are most active on spring tides, and plugging is best between the months of June and November. Although the bigger bass tend to show from October to November.

Popular Bass plugs include:
The storm saltwater chug bug
Storm Jointed Thunderstick
Rapala Countdown Magnums
Yo Zuri Crystal Minnow

Sea Bass

July 16, 2008 by  
Filed under Sea Fish Species

Regarded as a premier marine sport fish in the United Kingdom. The sea bass (Dicentrarchus labraxis) a highly targeted fish for UK sea anglers.

The sea bass is an excellant fighting fish, and the bites are often a real heavy clunk followed by a long run. They provide sea anglers with great sport.

The bass is a very powerful fish, its features include a very large muscular mouth, sharp pointing fins and gills like razors. The scales are menium sized and the colur a steelish bluey grey.

They mainly feed in the surf, for sandeels and on clear days can often be seen swimming, sometimes in depths of water less than a few feet.  Other feeding grounds include rock peaks, and ‘School Bass’ can be found entering estuaries during the summer. Juveniles venture far up estuaries into brackish water, where salt water meets fresh.

Bass move inshore to spawn during March through to June, they are a very slow growing fish and a few year ago were becoming very rare.

Thankfully strict size limits, and a marketed catch and release policy has helped preserve stocks. Cleaner coastal waters are also all helping populations of bass to become re-established in many areas, but commercial fishing is still the major obstacle.

Hooked on Bass – Fishing Book

July 12, 2008 by  
Filed under Sea Fishing Gear

bass fishing bookOne of the better Bass Books I have read

Now an established classic on the subject, this revised and updated edition of Hooked on Bass shows anglers how to catch bass, particularly the bigger fish, from the shore. With excellent photography and clear, detailed diagrams to help illustrate the advice, any angler, beginner or expert, who has caught or would like to catch bass will find endless value in the pages of this book.

My Opinion on Hooked on Bass:

This is one of the better bass fishing books I have come across. It focuses on shore fishing for Bass,  from rocks, beaches and estuaries. So if your looking for a book on how to catch Bass, what tackle and rigs to use, general methods natural baits and best bass venues then this is the book for you.

I prefer these types of book as they focus on one fish, and the information is detailed. It has actually got some humour as well, so it makes for a little more interest.

Anyway, I wont tell you too much otherwise it will spoil your read.

Best price I have found for this book is at Amazon