The sun is out, the fish are in shore… grab your rod and get out there. Here are my top tips to catching a sea bass.
- GO LIGHT: Use light tackle, you will be able to feel the lure working much more effectively. Also means you can cover more ground and move easily.
- WATCH THE WATER: watch bursts of action from bait fish breaking the surface or seagulls diving on the bait fish.
- WHAT TO CATCH: If there are Mackerel, Whitebait and Gars about then you can be sure that the Bass are not far behind.
- STRUCTURES: Bass like to hunt in beach surf, so you do not need to cast far. They also like to hang around structures and ambush their Prey. Try fishing rocky marks, piers and groins for Bass using a variety of lures.
- CHECK OUT YOUR MARK: Check out the areas you intend to fish on really low tides, to spot potential fish holding features such as gullies or ambush points for bass.
- REEL SPEED: Vary your retrieve rates when lure fishing, also change the action when twitching the rod tip.
- LURE TYPE: Match the lure/spinner to what the main bait of the area – sand eel, mackerel and red heads are all round winners.