Sunday, 2 November 2014

Lure Fishing for Sea Bass - Ways to Improve your Chances of Catching Fish

Tides and time of day can have a big influence on the chances of catching Sea Bass.  From my experience, there is more Bass activity on spring tides than neap tides however; time of day can also have a big influence.   Even on poor tides when the right time of the tide coincides with dawn or dusk the chances of catching are greatly increased.




Below is a video of a trip fishing at dusk into darkness on a poor tide but at a favourable time of the day.


10 comments:

  1. Brilliant video as usual Rob,
    Very professionally done.... really do enjoy them.
    Fished that mark yesterday and just got wet, no fish at all.

    The end music is brilliant, I noted it as jarvic 8 but a you tube search played a different tune??

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    1. Hi Mick. Thanks again for the comment. The end music is called Believe in Your Dreams from Premium Beat. Because I purchased the licence, I just reference the URL of Premium Beat. You can listen to it or get it here: http://www.premiumbeat.com/royalty_free_music/songs/believe-in-your-dreams You can download the unlicensed version free but it will have voice over from Premium Beat. On another note, I had my first beach Bass trip at (C - the beach we both know well). Daytime trip, offshore wind, no real surf just the swell causing a couple of breakers, very bright, first few hours of the flood. Managed a couple of Bass, one too small and one reasonable fish plus a couple of missed bits. No weed problem because of the off shore wind and calm. Well pleased considering the conditions but the tide was good. No filming on this occasion but enjoyed being there. Love that spot. Rob.

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  2. Thanks for the link. I'll download it.
    Fished (C) myself one night last week. Fished great until somebody arrived and shone a massive spotlight at me and lit up the whole bay. Shone it for a good 10-15 minutes putting all the fish off. Never had a bite after that!
    Will be out on the yak as soon as the weather allows, need to get some mackerel from the deeper parts of the Fal (inspired by your winter mackerel video). bait freezer empty!
    Mick.

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  3. I hope the spotlight person was not a fisherman as should know better bearing in mind how close those Bass can be at night. Hit it right and the Fal can fish well over the winter. Jan/Feb can produce some very good Mackerel. I am hoping for a couple of trips there before Xmas as late Nov, and December can produce some decent Whiting rather than the pin Whiting that stick around until the spring. You can get a real mix bag in the late autumn/winter. Just need the weather to coincide with availability. Still hoping for a trip out from Portholland for Pollack or Cod but it can be tough to get the conditions from there this time of year. Will carry on Bassing of course. May see you in the Fal some time over the winter. Rob

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  4. Hi Rob, I've just stumbled across your page and videos and you really are providing a great resource for someone like me who is just getting into fishing and particularly kayak fishing. Thank you very much!

    I was wondering, are the tides such an important factor when fishing from the kayak as they are when shore fishing? For instance, am I right in thinking that mackerel or pollock are much easier to catch from the shore at high tide.....but if fishing from a kayak say at low water would you simply need to paddle a bit further out to find the fish? Or is it not that simple...

    On a different note, when vertical jigging on the kayak would you always be drifting or would you also use this method at anchor?

    I hope you don't mind the bombardment of questions-any advice would be much appreciated!

    Thanks, David (north Cumbria)

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    1. Hi David. Thank you for your comment and pleased you find the videos useful. Tides are just as important from the kayak as they are from the shore however, when I say tides I do mean just high water low water. It is a bit more complicated than that as tides and time of day are also a factor. With regards Mackerel from the shore in the summer/autumn, the food available for the Mackerel has more of a influence than whether it is high water or low water. Mackerel feed on plankton and small fish (fry) and sandeels. If there are plenty of small fish close to shore they will come in to feed on them regardless of whether it is low water or high water and I have often caught Mackerel when lure fishing for Bass around the low water period in very shallow water. This is because they was a lot of fry in the shallows and the Mackerel will come right in the feed on them. Mackerel will almost beach themselves when chasing bait fish. Therefore, if you are fishing for Mackerel from the shore, I would not just wait for the high water just fish a incoming tide from low water or a couple of hours of the early. ebb tide and you stand a chance of catching Mackerel. Pollack generally populate rough ground and again from the shore can be caught at times other than the high water period. With Pollack it is a matter of fishing the right type of ground however, from the shore like Mackerel better a rising tide when the fish are more likely to move closer to shore as the tide floods in. From the kayak as is is from a boat where you can be out a bit further, any state of the tide ebb or flood can produce fish however, some tides fish better than others and this is where it gets complicated and I recommend you take a look at the web site "Tides for Fishing", which can be a guide both from the shore and the kayak. Here is the link and I have chosen for your area however, you can choose another location: http://www.tides4fishing.com/uk/england/whitehaven At the end of the day, fishing and times to go fishing is not an exact science as so many factors come into account as to whether the fish will be there or not such as food availability and water temperature. I mainly vertical jig on the drift however, when bait fishing on the bottom at anchor I often monitor the fish finder and if I see a shoal of fish passing by will take advantage and lower lures down to try to catch whatever the fish are. But yes,mainly on the drift.

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  5. Hi rob,

    Thanks for such a detailed response and explanation. I'm very new to kayak fishing and sea fishing, having only really fished fresh water previously. I've bought a Tarpon 120 kayak and am slowly getting kitted out. I can't wait to take it out and (hopefully) catch some fish. It's lure fishing that I'm really interested in but clear enough water is a bit difficult to find around the coast up here (I'm based in Carlisle). I'm very envious of your cornish coastline!

    David

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  6. Hi Rob, brilliant video's and excellent information. wish more like this!!! I am going to try lure fishing for the first time in and around perranporth and wondered if you could advise, also if you could only fish 1 lure which would it be??? Regards, Paul

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    1. Hi Paul. Thank you for the comment, which is appreciated. Tackle House Feed Shallow 128. I have caught a lot of Bass with this plug however, mainly when fishing over shallow rough ground in depths between 2ft and about 15ft. It only dives to 30cm.

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