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When you think of bass fishing from the shore, there is one thing that you want to bear firmly in mind, which is stealth. Bass are a cautious fish and can, on occasion, be easily alarmed, which means that a low key approach may ultimately put more fish in the net.
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If I could find them, the old grey westenders - about 70 mm in size - were absolutely deadly. Unfortunately I haven't been able to get hold of them in this size for a while - only bigger lures which are not as good from the shore.

Of course, a lot of the bass that will come up on fly will be small, such as this schoolie, but there is no need to kill them. Grab a photo - if you want one - then slip them back into the water as quickly as possible. That way you will be helping to ensure the future of the species, especially if you don't take any for eating that are less than 16 inches in length.

   Other places to fish for bass include harbours and piers, which I would approach in the same way, and beaches, where I would concentrate on leger, keeping the tackle as simple and streamlined as possible. (I am not a lover of fancy rigs for bass - a simple leger will do fine.) Spinning, fly fishing and plugging will also take fish depending on the mark. On some marks, for example, wearing waders will make the difference between getting in amongst the fish or not. You will simply have to play it by ear. Your first job however, no matter where, should be reconnaisance. You need to know where to fish.
   Looking at headlands in general, fishing close in with live prawns is a good tactic for any with a resonable depth of water. If they were shallower, then I would probably experiment with surface poppers or fly fishing tackle, fishing a slightly weighted fly on a floating fly line. It is probably as well to use fluorocarbon for the tippet but don't go too light. Personally I tend to use 8 lbs breaking strain.

   Plugs and flies are good for deeper water too but you will need to change to deeper diving plugs and an intermediate fly line. A line stripping basket is also helpful.

   A slightly different approach is to fly fish with small artificials, like the 65mm red gill lures, which are particularly effective in white or deadly nightshade patterns. You could also use yellow but I should warn you that is a favourite colour for pollack. Red is good for mackerel and scad but white and deadly nightshade seem to target the bass more effectively.
Bass Fishing from Shore
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