Bass – and how to catch them on coarse fishing tackle!

25 Jul

BASS are highly prized for their fighting prowess and superior taste, and are found right around the British Isles.

8. Legal limits are sensibly enforced, to help conserve our fragile bass stocks, as commercial fishing has hammered European bass numbers.
The current limit stands at 16 in. (41 cm) measured from the tip of the snout to the end of the tail fin, with any fish under that length being released immediately. The current UK shore-caught bass record stands at a mighty 19 lb, but many considerate bass anglers release very big specimens, as these bigger fish are of crucial breeding age.
Bass are slow-growing and long-lived fish (a 10 lb specimen could be 20 or even 30 years old).
They take six or seven years to reach sexual maturity, and are generally in excess of 40 cm long at that stage.

In the warmer months  bristling predatory bass can be found in all manner of coastal locations, from surfy beaches through …Continue reading »

Crucian carp essentials

5 Jul

CRUCIAN CARP are a very popular spring and summer species, and give great sport on light gear. Learn lots here about how to catch them, with Bill Rushmer…

Here’s a cracking Marsh Farm crucian of about 3 lb but they do grow much bigger on this venue. My best crucian of 4 lb 6 oz is the biggest to-date from Harris Lake on the Marsh Farm complex.

A member of the cyprinidae family, crucian carp are notorious for their shy bites, often hardly moving the float after …Continue reading »

Summer fishing tips and insight sure to boost your catches

18 Jun

SUMMER fishing tips don’t get much better than these from Angler’s Mail – to help you catch the main coarse fish species.

Low water stalking
When rivers are low and clear, fishing can be difficult, but it is still possible to catch and you can improve your chances in a number of ways.
Roving while keeping concealed and fishing for one fish at a time is one option, and this allows you to cover lots of ground and target fish that are not buried deep in cover, and have their guard down, relatively speaking.
The target fish are often not actively searching for food, but they are alert, and will opportunistically take relatively large food items if you can present them in a natural way.
This form of fishing can be very rewarding, but also very frustrating, because if the fish becomes aware of you, either by sight or through vibration, you will have lost your chance. If you do manage to get into position to present a suitable bait, for example a freelined slug or breadflake for chub, or a lobworm or piece of meat for barbel, takes can be instantaneous, followed by memorable and sometimes hairy close-range scraps.
The main rules of engagement are to keep low on the horizon, approach from downstream and present the bait as naturally as you can, and if you spook the fish, move on to another swim, but keep a mental note of the spot, as the fish will often be back in the same position when you return.

SUMMER fishing tips articles have rarely been as insightful as this one! What you’ll read here draws on the experience …Continue reading »

Tench fishing insight and top tips

24 May

TENCH FISHING is mainly angler’s favourite pursuit – and spring and summer is prime time to catch them. This insight and hints are sure to help get more green ‘uns in your net.

Tench can feed all day long.

Tench seem to do a vanishing act in the colder months, but as soon as the mercury levels start to climb …Continue reading »

Mullet and how to catch the thin-lipped variety

9 May

MULLET are often referred to as the English bonefish – hook one and you’ll soon see why. This article from Angler’s Mail helps you target them…

9. Get the formula right and you can expect bumper hauls of thin-lipped mullet. It can be arm-aching stuff, but definitely worth it!
Treat your catches with care. These handsome marine fish can thrash around on the bank, and a few shed scales are inevitable. Calm them down by covering their head with a damp towel and nurse them carefully in the water before releasing them. Don’t bother taking mullet home for the table – they have a muddy taste and it’s far more rewarding seeing them swim away to join their shoal mates.

MULLET, an estuary-loving fish, fight like crazy on light gear and are definitely proud contenders for the hardest fighting sea …Continue reading »