Q: Which LRF tech­nique would be best to try when fish­ing for my first bass? RUS­SELL SMITH, BROADSTAIRS, KENT

Sea Angler (UK) - - SEA SCHOOL -

AK & DS say: Bass are ac­tive preda­tors. Although their diet can be var­ied, more of­ten than not they'll be hunt­ing some kind of bait­fish. While you are fish­ing, keep a look­out for bait­fish in the wa­ter. It will give you an in­di­ca­tion of what bass might be feed­ing on.

Two LRF tech­niques that are ideally suited to bass are met­als and jig-heads. Both al­low you to cast good dis­tances and cover large vol­umes of wa­ter, search­ing them out.

Both tech­niques can be fished sink-and­draw to cover the wa­ter col­umn, or can be fished with a steady re­trieve and depth once the fish are lo­cated.

Me­tal jigs cast amaz­ingly well, but gen­er­ally need de­cent wa­ter clar­ity. It's a very vis­ual method. In poor wa­ter con­di­tions, we would fish a shad-tail, soft lure on a jig­head – some­thing that will beat and pulse, draw­ing a fish’s at­ten­tion.

There are more tech­niques that will work for bass, but these two will give you good odds of land­ing your first LRF bass.

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