Thursday, August 22, 2019

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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Learning How to Fish

You have decided that you want to learn to fish. There are several ways of learning, the hardest being trial and error. It would be best to find an instructor for one-on-one lessons.

1. Buy seasickness medication

Nothing is worse than ruining your fishing because of seasickness. Most seasickness medication e.g. Bonine would be fine. Even seasoned fishermen are known to take some on rough days. Take one before you go to sleep, another when you wake up and a third one before you board.

2. Buy a reference book

A lot of good books are available at your bookstores and online. The book should give you instructions as well as terms and definitions. Some things you may not immediately understand but you should know anyway. Learn how to tie different kinds of knots. This knowledge will be invaluable for other purposes throughout your life.

3. Go to a party

There are party boats that carry from fifteen to as many as sixty anglers. The boat provides everything like bait, rod, reel, sinkers and hooks. They assist you in fishing and take the fish off the hook for you. Mates will spot you and will generally stay close to assist you. Party boats generally will cost you $25 – $70 a day, and the fish are yours to keep. The party boat is a bargain for beginners.

4. Pick your pier

Assuming you have already acquired skills to operate a rod and reel, you need to look for a fishing pier.
Majority of coastal cities have one public pier or pay-to-fish pier. You can rent tackle and buy bait at the piers. If you’re having trouble, there are many pier anglers willing to help and give you tips.

5. Party or pier

You may want to do either step three or four or both at this point. The best thing to do is to do both several times to really learn.

6. The reel deal

The conventional reel is probably what you’re using up to this point. The conventional reel is designed for a lot of wear and tear. You may now want to consider other types and makes of reels. Ideally you have met people and perhaps made a friend or two who can assist you in selecting a reel. You can even ask a tackle shop owner for tips.

You need to understand the mechanics of the reel and the other equipment. Learning to cast, tie knots and bait are not that complicated. Secondly, you need to learn where to fish. Successful fishermen know where the fish are located. Fish move from place to place and knowledgeable anglers understand these patterns and are able to anticipate where the fish are located.

Deep Sea Fishing Tips

Deep sea fishing is a wonderful and extremely enjoyable activity. Here are some tips that will make your salt water fishing adventure even better.

1. Watch the signs

If you see birds e.g. Seagulls that are feasting on small bait-type fishes, there are probably larger game-type fish below the surface of the water. Also, look for floating wood or debris. In most cases when you chance upon a large floating wood, you would find a large game fish in the area even encountering dolphin.

2. Stop, Snook and Listen

Fishing for snooks is quite similar as fishing for bass. Snooks like to be around ledges, posts and rocks.

3. Crabs for full moon

During full moons use soft crab imitations as bait. That’s the time when crabs shed their shells and stripers come looking for them.

4. If you’re looking for tunas, find the dolphins

Yellowfin tuna are usually found schooling with dolphins. So if you see a group of dolphins, chances are there are some tuna in the area.

5. Cut and Burn

If you have trouble cutting through a spiderwire braid, try using a lighter or a match.

6. Good Reef

The best place to fish is near reefs since big game fish feed on fish that live on reefs.

7. The Circle Hook

Use a circle hook if you would like a higher hook up ratio. These hooks guarantees more catch, because of the minute gap, and the reverse point. They are generally better for the fish since they do not hook in the gut just the lip.

8. Don’t have sea legs

Watch the horizon and stay on deck. These would generally help you if you’re having trouble with sea sickness: Stay away from the boat fumes, breathing it only exacerbates the problem.

9. Anchors away

When your anchor is stuck at the bottom, try attaching a float to it. Return after the tide has changed in direction. This should be enough to loosen the anchor.

10. Fish where the fish are

A lot of fisherman have the idea that they should be catching their live baits over the reefs before going to deep waters. If the live baits are not in the area you’re planning to catch the larger games, then why would you come up with the idea that the large fish are there. Wouldn’t they be in the area where the bait fish are?

Fresh Caught Fish Cooking Preparation

To maintain the delicate flavor of a newly caught freshwater or saltwater fish, this must be handled properly to avoid spoilage. Not to mention preserving the fish with pleasing odor. There are ways to properly prepare and maintain the quality just after the catch of the fish into a sumptuous fishmeal. Check out the tips below:

1) As soon as the fish lands avoid any contact with hard surfaces to prevent bruising. It should be washed immediately by hosing or bucket rinsing in order to remove the slime and possible bacteria that cause spoilage. Never use water from close proximity marinas, municipal or industrial discharges. To make sure, always use potable water instead.

2) Simply chill the fish to prevent deterioration in less than an hour. With a little advance planning, proper icing can be accomplished with the use of some relatively cheap equipment. Fish should be stored in coolers and should be well chilled. It should be 3" deep, thus, covering a pound of fish with pound of ice. Use chlorinated water per quart of water for the final rinsing.

3) Clean the fish as soon as possible. Their tissues are sterile but not their scales, which contains many types of bacteria. When cleaning fish, avoid rough treatment because wounds in the flesh can allow the spread of bacteria. Gutting the fish does not have to be necessarily long. It is wise to cut the belly, as it leaves no blood or viscera in the body. Make sure not to soak cleaned fish fillets in a prolonged freshwater as this could reduce the meat texture and flavor.

4) The eating quality and nutritional value of fish can be maintained up to 5 days if properly cleaned. Washing of the hands before touching the fish is also important. No matter what fish and the cooking technique used, one golden rule is to be followed always. Whether it is whole or not, cook exactly 10 minutes for every inch measured. 15 minutes should be allotted to fish enclosed in foil or sauce baked. Double the time for frozen fish.

Allow extra time if fish will be baked while packed in an aluminum foil and allow extra time for the penetration of the heat. That should be an additional 5 minutes for fresh fish and 10 for frozen. In thawing frozen fish, slowly thaw in the fridge for 24 hours or let the wrapped fish be run under cold water not at room temperature. Do not thaw a fish that’s frozen before cooking as it may make it mushy and dry.

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