Sunday, 28 September 2014

Surface Plug Fishing for Sea Bass - September 2014

My first choice of plug for Sea Bass fishing in the areas I fish would always be shallow diving plugs however; there are certain times when surface plugs are more suitable.  For me, those times are when it is calm and you can see surface activity from baitfish and activity from those bait fish being perused by their predators.  It is then that I like to use the surface plug.




Below is a video about surface plug fishing for Sea Bass using the walk the dog action.


9 comments:

  1. Hi Robert. Love your videos. You mentioned that you put single hooks on your bass luers. What size are these please?

    My name is Ravin. Im 44 years old and have been fishing for 3 years in east and west sussex coasts. I have only caught a few bass, using live prawns on a float.

    I have bought so much fishing gear, even a good luer rod that im using in Holywell.

    My email address is ravkiss@hotmail.com

    please get back to me.

    kind regards.

    Ravin.

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    1. Hi Ravin. Thank you for your comment. For the size of the plugs I use which range from 125mm to 130mm I use 1/0 and 2/0 Decoy Plugging Singles. You can either have three 1/0 or two 2/0 (one at the head and one at the tail). It is important to use plugging singles designed for the job because they have large eye's to accommodate the split ring and lie correctly below the plug. Normal singles are not suitable because the eye's are not big enough and they do not sit correctly below the plug. Hope this helps. Rob.

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    2. Further to my other reply, the size of the singles on this surface plug in this video are 2/0 as the plug only accommodates two hooks, one at the head and one at the tail.

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    3. Thank you.

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    4. Hi Rob. Thanks for getting back to me.

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  2. I was advised that as I was starting out I should use 15lb mono line straight through on my spinning rod as this would help avoid wind knots and would be easier to tie knots with....is this a good idea? Other folk online say for lure fishing one should always use braid with a leader as you yourself seem to prefer. I like the simplicity of using the mono straight through but am I starting off on the wrong foot? Ben

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    1. In my opinion 15lb straight through would greatly reduce your casting distance due to the diameter of the line particularly when using light lures such as plugs. It would also be too thick for a spinning reel. Using mono instead of braid is fine but the main line should be lighter say 8lb to 10lb with a 15lb leader. Braid is favoured by many lure anglers these days because of it very thin diameter and casting ability. 20lb braid only has the diameter of 6lb mono. Wind knots (line twist) can be a problem when spinning even if you are using mono. One way to avoid wind knots is to make sure you put the line on the reel correctly making sure you are not putting the line on the reel with a twist. See these videos.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bDYquiQKa1A

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GkyGPl0k_AE

      In conclusion, no problem if you prefer mono but go lighter with a leader. If you do decide to go for braid, do not fill the spool to the top make sure you leave a gap of about quarter of an inch. Braid does not need to be filled as fully as mono. Most spinning reels come with two spools and for practice you could have one with braid and the other with mono and see which you prefer. Rob.

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    2. Further to my recent reply. Another way to avoid wind knots or line twist is to avoid reeling slack line onto the reel when out fishing. This usually occurs most when casting into the wind and the initial few yards of line will be slack. Avoid this by taking hold of the line with your left hand above the reel and reel the slack on under tension until you come back into contact with the plug.

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    3. AHHHHH! I see. Thanks...that all makes sense. I do indeed have a spare reel so I'll get me some braid. ...upwards and onwards! Many thx for your reply....and the links.

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