2017 tides
Dec07

2017 tides

Ok here we have the 2017 tidal curves.These are always popular .  I always seek those up curves from neaps to spring tides first when booking charters on Zen2  then fill in the gaps therafter . Lets hope for a  great year. Lets hope I don’t break any arms or dislocate any shoulders in 2017 ! I will remember 2016 for the wrong reasons, a few of those big bass we landed helped with the memories ....

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2016 Tidal Curves
Dec18

2016 Tidal Curves

Here they are , all those lovely tidal curves brimming with possibilities !! Its mid winter , Christmas is next week . I get a warm glow in my heart  looking at those tidal curves . It reminds me that spring will soon be here and all those great customers , friends and adventures with it !   Merry Christmas   Oz  ...

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2015 Tidal Curves
Dec08

2015 Tidal Curves

Ok here we have the 2015 tidal curves , I always seek those up curves from neaps to spring tides first when booking charters on Zen2 . Lets hope for another great year !!                                     ...

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2014 tidal graphs and how to use the data
Dec11

2014 tidal graphs and how to use the data

CLICK ON THE IMAGES FOR A FULL SCALE IMAGE – LOGGED IN MEMBERS CAN VIEW THE FULL COLLECTION OF TIDES FOR THE YEAR AND READ THE ARTICLE -TIGHT LINES !!    We have to try to quantify things in order to make plans so I guess the best we can do is go with what we know but then be prepaired to have to eat humble pie from time to time.  We also have the issue of Shore Vs Boat . This article relates very much to my own area and the way I fish . I would love to hear from other bass fisherman to find out if they agree with some of my findings.(If only to get some assurance that somebody can be bothered to read all my stuff ) I should also re cover my butt by explaining that I have no hard data to back any of my words . I have never kept a dairy but I have maneged to escape and fish quite a few tides for Bass in the last 10 years. Springs ? Point a gun at a Bass fishermans head and tell him to choose a spring or neap to go bassfishing and I would expect most of them to choose a spring tide . There are however other factors . Do you want to catch lots of Bass or a Big one ?  Are you fishing from the shore or afloat ? If I fish from the boat then I would choose a larger tide. The main reason being that certain reefs and Bars will have excellent current through them as the tide thunders past. Rips form in places that are lifeless during small tides. The bass will gravitate towards these features and light up as the currents swirl over and around them. Baitfish will be funnelled out of control and soon become lunch. Things change fast when fishing the big tides. The boat enables us to move with the fish or chop and change locations as one mark lights up and another slows down. If we are just fly fishing then getting the fly down in front of the fish can be an issue on the Springs.  So fly fishermen who want big bass should consider fishing with me on the neaps. These big tides stand out like a sore thumb on the tide tables . I sometimes look upon them as ‘Fools Gold ‘ Dont forget we have big Spings and small Springs !! Just to confuse matters. These days I prefer the moderate springs Neaps Slob tides for Big Slob Bass ?? I may get confused by what makes for the ultimate bassfishing tide but ...

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2013 Tidal Curves
Jan02

2013 Tidal Curves

Here we have the 2013 Tidal curves. I find these simple graphs very easy to understand. The peaks are often  best for boat fishing and the troughs are better for shore fishing as the bass stay closer to shore and move less on the tide.  The upcurve out of neaps towards springs will always be my favourite stage of the tidal month . Rather than repeat myself I will just suggest this page may be worth a read.http://zen-sportfishing.com/2011/12/bass-fishing-tides/...

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Bass fishing tides
Dec17

Bass fishing tides

Before I start this page I feel I should cover my backside by emphasising that the more I fish the more confused I get ! I may get confused by what makes for the ultimate bassfishing tide but  I have however identified over the years that those gutless neap tides will provide the shore angler with a great chance of landing that special fat lady bass. I have soft spot for those classic boulder strewn beaches. You know the ones where you stumble around like idiot to access the sweetwater and then nearly drown as the tide floods back in . All my best bass have been landed on Neap tide low water plus two hours into the flood.( LT + 2-3 ) My friend Steve had a belting great Bass at 8 12 oz fishing the most gutless tides of the year, bright sunshine in the middle of the day. I wrote the mark off as a schoolie bashers location years ago. How wrong I was !  Following the tip off I fished the approximate area a day or two later. We hooked and lost a big bass on the fly. Theres a great ‘ one that got away ‘ story as a footnote. My feelings are that these big fish are lazy if they find a cozy location within a couple of feet of the shore where they have a supply of food they will stay put. I have also seen bass patroling the shore line . They are sometimes within a foot of the shore. I have seen it from the boat I have seen it from the shore. It makes so much sense from the point of view of safety. If you hug the shore you only expose one side of your body to danger. You only have to look in one direction. Im heading off course here as this can happen on a spring or neap. It does however back up my ‘ saftey’ concept. BTW on Spring Low water  I have seen Bass slide into the stringy weed that has piled up and hide. I have friends (Spearfishermen so not that close ) who have witnessed just the same. (That must be a Turkey shoot !)   Half time conclusions If you want to catch Big Bass from the shore or boat then fish the small tides and fish close to the shore. Lure fishing is less critical I have saved the best bit for the end. What about the Monthly Tidal Curve ? This is important so stay with me Riding the Curves So we have neaps and springs , the tides ocilate over the course...

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The Cornish Season
Dec15

The Cornish Season

The Cornish Season This far West I am lucky enough to have great fishing 12 months of the year. The bass fishing season runs from 1st of April right through to the  31 st December ! I have a description of the Months and my approach to fishing on this page If you wish to book a bass fishing trip then please email me on sales@uksaltwaterflies.com or call 01326 562753   January & February The Cod and Pollack  close to shore in fly fish able depths. The bass are still here . If you find them you may well find large fish in shoals. High pressure systems make for great boat fishing on the right day. Winter days are best booked at short notice .as and when the conditions are suitable. Bass = 7 Pollack = 10 Cod =10 March Plenty of Cod and pollack but now the Bass will have other things in mind. I would fish lures and then grab the fly rod if the fishings good. Soft Plastics on Jig heads fished deep or dredging with the fly rods. Bass = 1 Pollack = 9 Cod = 10 April The second set of Spring tides heralds a change. The Bass may well start to return from Spawning. Cod and Pollack are still in the shallow water 20 – 40 foot . Mackerel will be here in large numbers.  A good time to fly and lure fish.  The estuaries are very quiet at this time of the year. Top water lures – Soft Plastics and fly fishing . Bass = 4 Pollack = 4 Cod = 7 May Bass will be starting to show up in numbers and also start to chase whitebait in the estuaries. Cod will still be here in shallow water. I have had a few epic days this time of year. If we can access the North coast then we can intercept large shoals of post spawning Bas around Newquay / Padstow area then the skys the limit. I now have the kind of boat that will take on the challenge! Top water lures – Casting Soft Plastics and fly fishing . Bass = 6 Pollack = 6 Cod = 4 June The same as above although by now the Cod may have moved a little deeper . The Bass are here in numbers although the larger fish are harder to find.  Good weather and good fishing. Top water lures – Casting Soft Plastics  and fly fishing . Bass =6 Pollack = 7 Cod = 4  July Plenty of  Bass around  although sometimes Falmouth Bay can go off the boil. In which case i tend to look...

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