Bass: The Story So Far

Bass

Weather wise it has been a truly awful summer so far, on my home patch in North Wales. Both April and June proved to be the wettest on record, and July has not started too well either. We have had major flooding pretty much everywhere and acidic floodwater has been the main problem with the […]

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Walk and Stalk Bass Fishing

Plugging for bass

This year is going to see a massive number of new recruits to the plugging for bass army. These anglers are hungry for information, but inevitably two questions will dominate. “What tackle should I be using?” and “What lures are best?” Starting with rods, then the blank action is crucial. The rods need a tip […]

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The Soft Approach to Offshore Cod Fishing

Me with my 19lb cod

Regular readers of the angling press would be forgiven for thinking that the use of soft plastics is confined pretty much to shore and inshore bass fishing. The reality is that the lure revolution is progressing just as quickly offshore. What’s of greater interest is that anglers are now targeting fish not normally sought with […]

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Sebile Lures are Sex on Hooks

A full range of Sebile plugs and lures are about to appear in UK shops as part of the Pure Fishing portfolio of brands. Sebile need no introduction to the more experienced UK lure bass anglers as these guys have been importing them from overseas for some time, and to great effect with large numbers […]

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Soft Plastics: Right Lure, Right Time

During a recent shore bass session, a lad fishing a little further down the beach (we’d already exchanged a courteous wave) wandered up for a chat. Like me he was lure fishing, but there was weed in the water and we were both struggling to keep the lures clean on the retrieve, and frankly had […]

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All About Bass

I’ve decided to do a lot more lure fishing for bass this year. This will mostly be here in Wales on my local patch, but I’m also looking forward to a fishing exchange with Sylvain Legendre, a French lure specialist working for Pure Fishing, and comparing “bass on lure” techniques both in France and the […]

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Wreck Pollack: Right Lure, Right Time!

Throughout 2010 I enjoyed incredible fishing with the Berkley range of soft lures, especially the Powerbait Ripple Shad and the new Powerbait Ripple Grub. These lures caught me amazing numbers of big pollack, cod and coalfish, both in the UK and in Ireland. The end of January sees the real start of the UK’s winter […]

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What Length for a Spinning Rod

One of the most common questions I get asked by anglers is what length should a spinning rod be. The honest answer is that there is no one defining length. The length of rods used for fishing lures depends greatly on what type of lure fishing you want to do. For example, if I want […]

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Drop Shot Fishing for Sea Bass

Drop shot fishing started in the US with anglers after freshwater bass, it then came to Europe and produced good catches of perch, zander and pike, now it’s a firm favourite with anglers after sea bass and it’s proving highly effective too. Drop shotting is basically a method of vertically working a small soft plastic […]

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5 Top Tips To Catch Boat Pollack

January through to early April produces some huge pollack from the offshore wrecks situated in the English Channel. Fish well over 20lbs are likely, but any fish over 16lbs is considered a good one. This is fishing you can enjoy on light tackle such as 12lb or 15lb class rods and reels for maximum sport […]

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