Sunday, February 14, 2016

Bass Fishing

Bass Fishing UK

Bass Fishing Guide

European bass

The Bass is an unmistakeable fish there really is no other saltwater  fish like it. The grey mullet is similar with its spined dorsal fin and similar scale pattern, but it is there that the likeness ends

The bass is a strikingly handsome fish, with its pointed head and streamlined  muscular body, it is well equipped to fulfill its role as a predator.

It is able to swim at high speeds over short distances, this is why it is such a hard fighting fish when hooked.

The mature bass will range in weight from 1lb and can reach upwards of 20lb.

The Bass is well established around the UK coastline, although in lesser numbers towards the North of the country.

The main bass fishing times are between April and September, they can be caught all year around but the numbers increase during this main bass fishing period.

During summer bass will congregate in estuaries and will even move well up the river into more brackish waters.

Many of these Bass fishing marks are well kept secrets of local anglers.

Poppers are lures which attract feeding bass

Entice bass with a floating lure

Bass are a long living and slow growing fish, also with them being very popular as a table fish; they are very susceptible to overfishing.

There are many methods of catching bass; because of their predatory nature, spinning with artificial lures is one of the most exciting ways to hook a bass. A modern method is to use one of the popper lures, which is a floating lure, which causes a disturbance on the water’s surface, this attracts the bass, and the takes can be vicious.

Use lures that imitate other small species of fish for the greatest success.

The bass feeds naturally on smaller shoal fish such as sprats and sand eels, but they will also feed upon

worms, squid, crabs prawns and any other small fish.

Sand Eels also make good bass bait, but try to keep the bait moving.

Other baits will work as well, as the bass searches for food if it sees your lugworm or rag worm it will take it.

Float fishing off the rocks is a great way to catch bass, one of the most successful baits for this style of fishing is peeler crab, and it gives off a scent which will attract the bass to your bait.

Bass fishing is one of the most exciting forms of sea fishing.

When hooked a bass will fight harder than any other fish of its size.

Fishing after a storm often provides the best fishing, as this is when the bass will be looking for any food which has been disturbed by the storm.

Boat anglers tend to find the larger bass , gulls can mark the feeding bass as they will be preying on the same food supply as the bass.

Some of the uk’s best bass fishing marks include the Welsh Coastline, the South Coast of England and the Southern Coast of Ireland.

To start bass fishing depending on which method you choose you will need either a fairly heavy spinning rod or a bass rod. Bass rods are usually about 12 feet long, and whilst being capable of casting a 4oz lead into the surf, it should still be light enough to hold for long periods of time. If you are a coarse fisherman then a heavy carp rod will suffice.

Either a fixed spool reel or a multiplier, if you intend to use lures then I would go with the fixed spool. You don’t need to cast to the horizon to catch a bass, they are in the surf and if you wade out a little they will be around your feet.

Bass Fishing at Sunset from the beach

Bass Fishing at Sunset

Fly fishing for bass

This is the latest craze, to fly fish in the sea for bass and other species. I would recommend a heavy duty fly rod for this

Bass breeding

Bass spawn relatively close to the shore during May and June. The females take a long time  while to lay their floating eggs, these eggs will hatch after a few days. This is when the bass fry will move into the shelter provided by estuaries where they will remain for some years before venturing further out into the ocean.

Bass breeding is somewhat unpredictable around British waters due to cool and unsettled summers.

 

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Picking The Right Boat For Fishing

There are two questions that should be considered when choosing the right boat: "What will be the fishing for?" and "where will the fishing activities be?" Always look for the signs of quality check the carpet and the compartments – they could be plastic, metal or fiberglass. Look at the little but very important things like the 1000 GPH bilge pump, the six gauge wiring instead of ten or eight that is because heavier wires gives more power from the battery up to the trolling motor.

There is Five Star Advantage that ranger dealers often speak to their customers: Quality, Safety, Innovation, Performance, and Value. Below is a list of “must have” things when buying your first boat.

Tow Vehicle – This is one of the most important piece of your equipment, ensured that has the rating to get the job done like loading up to 3500 lbs. of weight that could easily pull the boat up the hills and mountainous treks.

Bass Boats – For first timers, consider a second hand boat. This will be a trial and error stage where fishing skills can be tested. Consider a larger boat, which is about 19 feet with 20 to 30 miles speed for larger bodies of water.

Aluminum – In smaller lakes, a 16-18 foot aluminum boat is a good choice. It is cheaper than fiberglass and more forgiving of bangs, running up into shallows and hitting stumps and rocks. The only downside is that it rides rougher even with the slightest winds.

Fiberglass – This two-stroke engine is much more expensive which could cost from $20,000 to as much as $50,000. The good thing with this boat is that it could handle bigger, rougher water and still give you a smooth ride.

Brand new versus Second Hand – Buying a second hand boat is not only cheaper but holds their value longer and better. The downside is that you’ll probably inherit someone else’s troubles. During casual inspection, outboard engines problems are not easily identified. The best thing to do is bring someone you trust with you to inspect a prospective boat or buy from someone you know instead.

Handling the Boat – Listen to the pitch change when trimming down. Although it will be very difficult for beginners like trying to launch and retrieve the boat backing it down the ramp. Never worry, because everyone passed that stage and there’s no boat owner that is not willing to help a first timer learn. Sometimes all it takes is just 4 hours to learn the basics.

Buying a dreamboat is very exciting. It is not the boat that really matters but the experiences that come with fishing.

Catfishing the Right But Simple Way

There are a few basic methods that are effective in catching catfish. Bear in mind that specific methods are applicable to specific kinds of waters. That is because techniques and baiting mixtures are formulated for specific targets.

The following methods are simple, yet proven successful when used:

1) Rigging method – Depending on the bait used, loop the bait holder or the treble hook from a line to a preferred distance to the end. Bait movement is not suggested; therefore, a weight must be used to allow the rig to be still. A good distance shall be about 18" to 24."

Same as the first method, using the Slipweight to make the bait stable is also effective. The weight does not matter as long as it can slide in the line. The fish will not feel any weight and it will be late until they realize that the bait is fake.

Multibait technique allows multiple catches at once. Simply place three-way swivel along the line. As it draws more strikes it makes a great choice for catching more catfish at the same time.

2) Bait – Experts opt for chicken livers or medium sized shrimp from groceries. The shrimp’s tail and skin must be removed and body should be big enough to slide up in a number 6 hook. This is simpler than the chicken which necessitates the use of pantyhose. A diameter of a quarter is wrapped in a piece of pantyhose leaving a tag end then attach it through the treble hook. Blood worms, minnows, catfish paste, night crawlers, snails, living or dead small fish, and dough baits are also good choices of baits. Remember that the best baits are always those that nature produced.

3) Chumming – Fishermen catch more catfish with this method. This is simply throwing balls of mixtures of natural recipes in the fishing area. This attracts more catfish; the trick is that the mixture should be right enough for the catfish to feed heavily. The hook that will be used to fish normally must have the same recipe for the bait. Adding a good smelling flavor into the pasty mixture attracts catfish more.

4) Tackling – Although the technique involved in this method is by far effective, it’s still the bait that attracts and brings the catfish in. As simple as it is, the tackle should be about 6 feet long with a spinning real. Choose heavier lines to allow more battle between the fisherman and the catfish. It doesn’t necessarily have to be expensive. The experience you get from a cheaper tackle is no different from an expensive one.

Make sure the grip is secure hooks are removed by pliers after catching the fish. Avoid being stuck with the fins as some are poisonous. Just simply sliding the hand up to its belly from tail, placing the fingers behind one side and thumb behind the other can remove the catfish from the hook without any harm. Happy catfishing and good luck!

Basic Carp Fishing Pointers

Frustrating as it is, carp fishing is awesome. Carp are really good at sucking in and blowing out suspicious baits. It’s such an excitement to see the whole action in a fraction of a second as you hang on for dear life while the reel is trembling with a loud noise.

Carp happily devour on the surface as long as you keep the pellets, biscuits, chic peas, bread, and re-hydrated corn coming in, and these are inexpensive baits as well. Just attach them to the hooks, most preferably the bread. Have the biscuits softened by dipping it in the water for about 2 minutes, then, place them in a sealed sandwich bag for about an hour. Since different brands have different textures, just experiment to know which is firm enough to cast. Another way to hook baits is super gluing the pellet into the shank.

Once they get into feeding, let them feel comfortable around the bait. This gives more opportunity for the fisherman since they begin to not feel picky. This tactic can be useful for zig rigs.

As soon as they’re feeding, cast the bait but make sure not to drop the bait directly onto the feeding carp. Cast away from the feeding area then slowly draw it in position. While the bait is till hanging, keep the food coming in so as to keep the carp from going away.

How to Set-Up?

  • Use a hair rig to increase your chance of catching. As carp taste food first, if they don’t like the taste, they won’t come near it.
  • You may also use a Spider Line, 50 lbs test, then use a leader material that fits the situation.
  • Thread the bait on the baiting needle and hook the hair loop. You may also use foam dipped in a flavor as this enhances the attractiveness of the bait.
  • Also make a baiting needle by just straightening a long shank hook. Slide the bait on the shank, then slide the bait from the needle onto the hair.
  • Using a float is also an advantage because it adds weight for further distancing and the location is easily identified.
  • Don’t forget the controller float rig. A leader can be used which is attached to the swivel to its mainline of at least 3 feet length with a 10lbs Drennan double strength. A low diameter mono will do just as long as it floats well enough for visibility.

As experts say, it is not the bait that catches the carp but the method in which the bait is introduced. Pre-bait everyday, in one spot for a few days. This makes the carp think that there is a regular source of food for them and by “word of mouth” there’ll soon be a school of fish around. Just be patient and it will all work.

Tips for Archery Fishing

Also known as Bow fishing, this is a sport wherein a fisherman uses archery equipment to fish.

A regular hunting bow can be used for fishing by simply attaching a reel to the front of the bow grip.

Archery fishing is especially favored by regular hunters when regular game like deer are off season. This way they can continuously hone their skills for whatever season it may be.

Before engaging in archery fishing, one must first take into consideration the following:

1. A fisherman must be duly licensed. Some states require that an individual have a state license to fish.

2. Equipment. Most states have a predetermined set of approved equipment for archery fishing.

3. Archery Safety Course. Still, some states require that an individual go through an approved safety course for archery fishing to ensure that the individual is well versed with the proper safety precautions and information regarding applicable laws in fishing.

4. Seasons. Bow fishing in some states can only be done in certain seasons. This is to allow the fish to spawn.

5. Species of fish. Some states have rules forbidding archery fishing for some species of fish.

The following skills are necessary for an individual to obtain and practice:

Knot tying. Though it may seem like a simple task, tying knots that will not slip (line for the arrow) are crucial in bow fishing.

Tuning. Tuning is making sure that the bow is at its best working condition. To ensure this, one has to continuously adjust the rest and calibrate the nock.

For a faster tuning process, one may shoot a regular bow-fishing arrow (without the tip) onto a target made of cardboard.

Marksmanship or targeting. Bow fishing and bow hunting, though similar on some aspects, really do differ on many things. Arrows for bow fishing are heavier, have larger arrow tips and, the most obvious one, has a string attached to the arrow.

And since fish are shot in the water, resistance differs as when compared to shooting in the air (for bow hunting of games)

There are various methods or ways of archery fishing. This includes the following:

1. Still hunting. A fisherman selects a place by the lake in which he would wait for passing fish to shoot its bow at.

2. Stalking. This can be done on foot or while on a boat. One is in constant motion in an attempt to locate fish.

3. Ambush. Fish that are best ambushed are the ones that are spawning since they tend to crowd thus increasing chances of target.

Tales From The Riverbank

Among the most popular kinds of fishing, the sedate afternoon on the riverbank has to be one of the most enduring. For many people it is fishing the way it should be.

Quiet, usually fairly isolated and relaxing, with only a few people there. There are many reasons why this is a good way to enjoy fishing. For one thing, the optimum conditions for fishing necessitate a certain amount of quiet.

If things are too noisy, then fish are likely to avoid the area. If there are too many people there, then any fish who do stick around will be spoiled for choice over which bait to take.

But apart from the fact that it provides a better chance of catching something, the isolation of a quiet riverbank has other benefits for an afternoon’s fishing. We’ve all been Christmas shopping during a December weekend.

It takes a very strong and determined person to do that and not come home feeling like they want to roll up into a ball and start sucking on their thumb. This is not something that you want from a fishing expedition, which should after all be sedate and pleasant.

Sitting on a riverbank is also pretty much as close as you can get to nature. There is nature flowing right in front of you, hopefully with a lot of nature swimming around in it.

There is nature beneath your feet, and there should be some more behind you – riverbanks tend to be close to trees, in most cases. It really is one of the most relaxing pursuits that you can indulge in.

You Should Have Seen The One That Got Away

There is a popular running joke which is used to gently mock fishermen. It essentially runs that a fisherman who shows off his catch looks apologetic at its relatively small size, and says to their audience “you should have seen the one that got away.

It was huge.” Commonly, this joke is expanded upon by the unfortunate angler spreading their arms wide, to demonstrate the length of the fish which, by the fourth telling of the story, has begun to rival Moby Dick in terms of size.

There is a grain of truth in the stereotype, but no more so than that which exists for any hobby.

You will always find at least one golfer in any club that you walk into who shows you, by means of putting their thumb and forefinger very close together, how close they were to getting a hole in one.

The keen amateur soccer player will talk of a goal they scored which, when they originally hit it, was about ten yards out. By the time they have finished talking about it, they’ll be saying how they were somewhere around the halfway line.

This kind of bravado exists anywhere where there is competition. It is mostly self-mocking in any case, where people jokingly plead with you to believe that they are so good at what they do that they can achieve feats that are beyond the reach of a mere mortal.

And frankly, it is what makes most hobbies so much fun. We’d be nowhere without our boasts.

Knowing When To Replace Equipment

One thing that you can absolutely guarantee about any hobby is that the longer you practice it, the more, and better, equipment you will accumulate.

Even if the word “better” is the wrong word to use here, “more sophisticated” would be appropriate. It is unquestionable that the more often you go fishing, the more you will be aware of how additional and more developed equipment will benefit you in terms of catching more and bigger fish.

As a consequence, you will become more conscious of the fact that, after a while, equipment needs to be renewed and replaced.

Fishing equipment can be divided roughly into the more permanent items such as rods and reels – which you can use for years, if they are properly maintained – and other items such as line and hooks.

The latter equipment needs to be replaced more often, as it is more perishable. Fishing line will become frayed and weakened as time goes on, and hooks will become blunt. These will need to be replaced quite regularly.

As a rule, you should have spares in any case. Rods and reels are a different matter, however.

Knowing when the rod you are using has had its day will rely on you being aware that it is giving you less performance. It may be that the rod has been weakened over time by the amount it has to bend in order for you to reel in a fish.

A reel may begin to stick somewhat, and you will have to work harder to lad those fish that you hook. Once this has begun to happen, you will need to look at replacing the equipment that is causing the problems. If you don’t want to throw out a faithful old rod, then keep it and use it less regularly.

Catching Fish To Eat

Although many people eat fish, and many go fishing, there is a surprisingly small subgroup of people who do not put the two together – by eating what they catch.

In some communities it is the major reason people go fishing, but in most of the West fishing is viewed more as a leisure pursuit.

However, if you happen to be a good angler, and have a plentiful stock of edible fish in your nearby rivers and streams, then it is more than possible to save money on groceries by catching, cleaning, filleting and cooking fish.

The first thing you need to make sure of is that the fish you catch are of a species that is genuinely palatable. Although, in a pinch, you could eat most species of fish there is no doubt that some are far from pleasant to eat.

While cod, haddock and plaice among others are universally popular, there are very few people who could really bear to eat – for example – dogfish.

Finding edible breeds in your nearby lakes is as simple a matter as checking what species are native to your area and checking out recipes online.

Of course, not everyone is a good cook, and a lot of the important parts of food preparation are in the early stages before the food is even placed in the oven or frying pan.

Unlike most meat, fish are full of small bones, and it is important to remove these before attempting to cook the fish. If this is not done, not only will the texture be unpleasant, but swallowed bones can cause problems.

It Takes Two … Or More

When you go fishing on your own, you are likely to find that the process is just not as much fun as you would like it to be. It’s not just because an experience shared is an experience enhanced, either.

Of course, sitting down on a riverbank with a few cold drinks and snacks makes for a fine experience, but there is a bigger reason to have a fishing partner – the fact that fishing can be difficult, and there is always a better chance of having a good day’s fishing if you have a experienced colleague.

When you are starting out, it is always beneficial to have a more experienced fishing partner. Because you are just beginning, you are likely to make mistakes, and there are things you simply will not know.

Fishing with an experienced partner means that you will have someone to ask when you don’t know something, and someone who can fix things that go wrong.

For the same reason, it is advisable that you choose to fish with someone who is easy-going and doesn’t mind sharing the benefit of their experience with a novice.

There are so many reasons why fishing with a partner is better than fishing alone. The benefits of companionship and shared knowledge far outweigh any disadvantage.

The only disadvantage one can imagine is that there is likely to be more noise from more people.

This may disturb fish, but a experienced fisherman will know to be more relaxed and how to make less noise.

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