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Bass

About

The name Bass is a 15th century corruption of the Old English bærs meaning "a fish, perch," and from the Germanic bars meaning "sharp", 'bristle'. Anybody who has handled an angry bass will know that this fish bristles with sharp dorsal spines and razor sharp gill plates which are easily capable of inflicting a bloody wound. The French call this fish the 'wolf of the sea', a perfect description for this formidable hunter with it's greenish black back, silver flanks and white belly. A late autumn bass

Season

From mid spring to late autumn bass feed close to the shoreline, prowling the surf for small fish, polychaete worms, cephalopods and crustaceans. October and November can often be the best months for the large ones.

Bass breed offshore from March to mid June and as inshore waters cool in the late autumn bass move offshore to deeper waters. Having said that, in some parts of the south and south west it is possible to catch bass all year round.

Methods

Bass can be caught in a variety of ways in many different places on so many different types of ground, any method is likely to pay off at some time or another. Bass will readily chase lures - try spinners such as an Abu Toby or jointed plugs such as the Rapala J13 or poppers like the Storm Chug Bug. In weedy locations you can also use soft plastic lures such as a Redgill eel. Sandeel caught bass

If you choose a bait rig, a one hook paternoster with 20lb mono line as the main body of the rig and either a 15lb mono hook length or invisible fluorocarbon hook length is a good choice. Your choice of bait will determine the best hook to use e.g. a Kamasan Aberdeen or similar for worm baits and a wide gape circle hook for crab baits. Hook sizes should be from 1/0 up to 5/0.

Under the right conditions fly fishing using the sink and draw method will also take bass. The most popular flies to try are deceivers, clousers and patterns which represent sandeels. The best colour is chartreuse, with red at the throat on a size 4 hook.

Baits

Sandeels, prawns, peeler crab, lugworm, ragworm, squid, mackerel, slipper limpet.


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