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For anyone unfamiliar with the site always check the FRESHWATER, SALTWATER and TACK-TICS pages. The Saltwater page now extends back as a record of over several years of (mostly) sea fishing and may be a useful guide as to when to fish. The Freshwater stuff is also up to date now. I keep adding to both. These pages are effectively my diary and the latest will usually be about fishing in the previous day or two. As you see I also add the odd piece from my friends and correspondents if I've not been doing much. The Tactics pages which are chiefly 'how I do it' plus a bit of science are also updated regularly and (I think) worth a read (the earlier ones are mostly tackle and 'how to do it' stuff).

Back to bass(ics).

Last weekend Ben and I had an evening at the coast. We hadn't been fishing together for a couple of weeks so it was pot luck where to go. It was almost high water so we opted for bait fishing over the ledges first of all - I tried a freelined mackerel head and Ben used a fillet - both were futile and we never had a sniff so, after about an hour we gave it best and shifted to another spot for a bit of plugging.

It was still pretty light when we started spinning so we were not surprised when nothing happened for a while then I had a knock - certainly a fish! Shortly afterwards I had a small bass. This was followed by another one then another bite or two and then a third bass. Reasonable results for a short session. For some reason Ben, using the same lure, was fishless as were three other anglers a bit further along the shore. We packed in and left them to it.

I was quite buoyed up by catching a bass or two (albeit on the small side) and decided to go the next morning - Ben opted out of the early start. When I got home I rang Nigel and we arranged to meet at four-thirty the following morning. It was still pretty dark when we began to fish - me with last night's plug and Nigel with a freelined mackerel head. While it was still pretty dark I had a bite then I landed a bass - a bit better than the ones I had the night before. Nigel, wisely, ignored my success and stuck to his freelining. It was probably ten minutes before my pal, only twenty metres to my right, called out that he had a fish on. I put down the rod and grabbed the camera. I had to get quite close before the flash picked him out in the gloom but I could see that it was a decent bass. Eventually he slid the fish ashore - just under nine pounds - a cracker. After a picture he returned it to the sea.

We moved to another spot a mile or so further on and tried bait fishing there but - nothing! As it got light we fished over the ledges with lures (where we were joined by our friend Richard Gardiner) and I had a modest bass and lost another on a Yo Zuri surface popper while Nigel landed a small ballan wrasse on his plug. Richard had a small bass and dropped a garfish and a pollack. All in all a pretty good morning's fishing.

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Small bass.

One of three that I had in the evening.

- another.

This one was slightly bigger but it's curled up.

Trying the fly.

After I'd seen a few fish swirling ben gave the fly a try.

Another on the plug.

My first fish of the morning session - a bit bigger.  It was still dark - the light's all flash.

Nigel's in!

Nigel plays his good fish.

Got it!

Bass are easily slid ashore between the boulders.  The bait's still in its mouth.

Smile!

What a beauty.  Nigel's best bass up to now.