Bass from Boat
Bass fishing from boat is one of the most exciting forms of fishing in the UK, especially if you use light tackle to enhance the quality of the sport. It is a thrill that more and more people are experiencing as UK bass fishing gradually improves.
4) Playing the fish. There is one big no-no in regard to bass, which is to never, ever, give any slack line! If you do then they will shake their heads and dislodge the hook, at which point it is all over. This is one of their favourite tricks, especially when coming up from deep water. Having pulled back most of the way, they will suddenly start rising towards you, shaking their heads. You must keep pace with them or the fight will be over.
The next danger point will come when they see the boat. At that moment in time you should be prepared for a last ditch effort to try and get away. If your drag is set correctly you should be on top of things, but if not then you may have to react very quickly to whatever tactics they try to escape.
5) Choosing your location. This is crucial to the success of any bass trip. There is, after all, no point in fishing all day where there is little chance of catching a fish. One of the first things that you should look for is the type of habitat which is rich in the kind of food that bass prefer which, to my mind, immediately suggests rocky marks, sand at the edges of rocks, sandbanks at the mouths of estuaries, where sandeels congregate in their thousands, and rocky gulleys, where a reasonable tidal flow sweeps bait along a predictable path to where the bass are waiting for them at the end!
When you get there, donít just drop anchor and wait for the fish to come to you. Drift, but drift in the right place. Put yourself in the mind of the fish and try to work out where the best place to ambush prey would be. Why do you think the fish that I caught was lurking just behind that lobster pot? It certainly wasnít accidental. It was lurking, waiting for the chance to sweep out and catch its dinner in a short, sharp sprint for which the sandeel would be totally unprepared.
In deep water marks, of course, you will need an echo sounder to help you find the best spot, but marks closer inshore may give you some visual clues, like rocks sticking up out of the water, to help you decide where the fish are likely to be.
Gordon Screech, an old friend of mine, with a nice bass from Lannacombe.
Of course, if you go out on a charter boat for the day, then you will have the benefit of the advice and experience of the charter skipper to help you to catch the fish that you are after. Be prepared to listen to him, though. He is expert on the marks that he fishes and the advice that he gives you, particularly on baits and tackle, will be invaluable.
I know it sounds strange, but I have lost count of the number of occasions when anglers on a charter boat have completely ignored the skipperís advice and done their own thing, almost always to their own disadvantage. You have got to bear in mind that, no matter how much experience you have got, he was at the mark that you are going to fish just yesterday, or a few days before, and he knows what tactics and baits are working.