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 Bass
(Dicentrarchus labrax)

 
POLLACK COALFISH LING CONGER EEL POUTING
WHITING COD SHARKS BASS SEA BREAMS

WRECK
Bass are not really wreck fish. But saying that I once caught an 8lb Bass whilst fishing for Pollack. Probably just a fluke, because that is the only one I have seen caught on a wreck.

REEF FISHING
Now reef fishing for Bass is another story. This species shoal around reefs in great numbers and there are areas around the country where they seem to dominate the reef structures. Some of these areas however have been desecrated by gill net fisherman, almost wiping out the shoals. Some of the areas have also been hit by the Scotsman pair trawling and  of course the French who are experts in this field.
So where are these areas? I suppose the most famous was the Eddystone Reef in it's heyday. Other areas are the Manacles, Wolf Rock, Portland Race, Start Point and I could go on.

For drift fishing my favourite rig for bass fishing is a 15 to 20lb Rod at least eight feet in length with a fast tip. A small multiplier loaded with 15lb main line and a "flying collar" rig as shown in our diagram on the left. Attached to this is a long flowing trace of about 10 to 15 feet. I like to have at least two swivels in the trace to avoid any chance of twisting. Weights attached to the flying collar only need to be somewhere between 2 to 8 oz depending on tides and the winds. Sometimes a freeline rig can used, with any weight in the form of lead shot being attached to the main line.

Other favoured methods of Bass fishing are trolling. However this method limits the number of people who can fish at any one time.

The favoured baits for Bass are it's normal staple diet which is the Sandeel. Live sandeels being the most deadly. Close behind are "joey' mackerel which are favoured by some over sandeels. These can be kept alive on your vessel by having a baitwell through which sea water is circulated. When it comes down to dead baits these are no so effective but do catch at times in tidal races. Strips of fresh mackerel or squid may be used.

 

Artificial lures are used to great effect for Bass fishing. The favoured lure is the Eddystone Eel or a lure of similar design. Colours seem to be of a personal nature but white with a blue back seems to be No1. In France they use yellow only. I personal prefer red or an orange colour.

One lure you might consider using is the new Eddystone PlugEel which comes in about 20 different colours. These can be used in tidal races of cast from the boat.

Our picture on the right shows a Bass captured on an Eddystone PlugEel White/Blue Back.


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