Why I’m such a fan of bass

Angling Times (UK) - - WELCOME -

I WAS en­thralled by Martin Bowler’s bass fea­ture this week.

I caught my first bass nearly 60 years ago, from Ex­mouth beach in Devon, on a bunch of peeler crab legs and claws on a rolling leger – and a 7ft spin­ning rod!

I’ve had some great days since with Mike Wil­liams on Fire­fox out of Dover where we had dozens to well over 10lb on live sandeels... clas­sic bass fish­ing.

Sim­i­larly with Dave Gib­son from Wey­mouth, out in Port­land Race, where my friend Wendy Perry had a 12lb 2oz beast. In Cobh Har­bour in 2014 I caught bass to 7lb on sur­face lures while my host, Kevin Mur­phy, had a sen­sa­tional fish of 10lb 3oz.

I have also caught bass on plugs and pop­pers in Por­tu­gal, while in the USA I’ve caught striped bass and black sea bass, not to men­tion large­mouth and small­mouth bass from her lakes and rivers. Yes, I un­der­stand why catch­ing bass is so greatly in de­mand, and why an­glers are fight­ing for their pro­tec­tion.

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