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For anyone unfamiliar with the site always check the FRESHWATER, SALTWATER and TACK-TICS pages. The Saltwater page now extends back as a record of over several years of (mostly) sea fishing and may be a useful guide as to when to fish. The Freshwater stuff is also up to date now. I keep adding to both. These pages are effectively my diary and the latest will usually be about fishing in the previous day or two. As you see I also add the odd piece from my friends and correspondents if I've not been doing much. The Tactics pages which are chiefly 'how I do it' plus a bit of science are also updated regularly and (I think) worth a read (the earlier ones are mostly tackle and 'how to do it' stuff).

21 April 2007

Loads o' bass.

I suppose that it's had something to do with the good weather we've had recently but there have been quite a few bass caught along the Purbeck coast recently. That's not to say there have been no blanks - it's always iffy at this time of the year and it's easily possible to spend an hour without a bite.

It started off with Ben outfishing me again one early morning. He had three bass and I only managed a wrasse on a plug. Having said that I was actually 'trying' to catch a wrasse in shallow water over a wrack bed at the time. The following morning I went down alone determined to break my duck with the bass and managed not one but four. To be honest none of the fish were monsters but they were all in good nick and very welcome.

On the following springs there were lots of fish on the evening tides and between several of us there were probably twenty or thirty caught - all on plugs as far as know and all in the same size range (up to about 45cm). In the course of the various sessions I met a couple of angling friends who I had not seen since last year and I saw terns, gannets,peregrines and a range of interesting plants and wildlife. A good start to the bass fishing year.

If you haven't signed the bass petition yet, please go to Saltwater page 168 and do it now.

If you have any comments or questions about fish, methods, tactics or 'what have you.'get in touch with me by sending an E-MAIL to - docladle@hotmail.com

One of Ben's.

What a lovely fat little fish.

- and another.

Unhooked and ready to go back.  I managed to get the horizon cockeyed.

My ballan wrasse.

Not big but different and taken on a J9F Rapala.

My first.

I'm up to seven now so it could be worse.

- same fish.

I took another picture of the plump little fish caught on an 'Angel Kiss' lure.