How to catch Bass

How to catch Bass (And other species)


Cod don’t take poppers

Cod don’t take poppers


Posted By on Aug 3, 2014

If theres one thing that defines Bass fishing its fishing disturbance lures and flies on the surface , its just the best ! I never tire of watching Bass large or small follow and boil around a surface lure before sucking it, the next fish may just smash the lure at like a torpedo . I had one Bass take the lure in the air the other day !  It also makes the process of ”Guiding” that much easier as I can interpret exactly...

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Today I fished with Roger , Dave and Dave . These guys friendships span back to the school days and its always a pleasure to become part of the gang for a day. I have a job to do but I always enjoy the banter . Its a busy task managing 3 guys and a boat on the drift in shallow water around submerged rocks . You drop you guard at your peril ! I rarely fish in such circumstances . When we struggle to find the fish I hunt for them with...

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Fiiish Minnow Finesse (Part 1 of many )

Fiiish Minnow Finesse (Part 1 of many )


Posted By on May 22, 2014

When someone invests hard earned cash and free time on a trip on Zen2 the last ting I want to do is take any chances .Failure is not an option !!!(It happens but not too often) I use Fiiish Minnow extensively for mid depth reef fishing or tidal race work and the Kaki  colour always fills me with confidence.  I prefer Fly fishing or shallow water soft plastic or surface lure work , thats my heritage with Bass , but the Fiiish Minnow...

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A sneaky rig for sneaky Bass

A sneaky rig for sneaky Bass


Posted By on Apr 11, 2014

Zen2 sneaky rig Its amazing how long we hold events in our minds like hi Definition video clips ,and yet other things just fade away . I can still see that side on take from a 7 lb Bass in 2006 as if it happened seconds ago. I can still see that bow wave to the 10 feet to left of the lure , next the spines were breaking the surface. Then the explosion. An exquisite moment to cherish .  I have seen so many bass take surface lures but...

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Im quite excited about this ugly lump Plastazole .I think it will be a serious game changer or  at least enhancer in 2014   , it has so many positive attributes crammed into a mould . I’ve already stumbled upon something quite unique that this lure can do  .I just need the Bass to show up and make the same discovery . The Dot Crawler is very dense and has amazing aerodynamic abilities , thats the long winded way of saying it...

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Fiiish Sponsors Zen2

Fiiish Sponsors Zen2


Posted By on Mar 7, 2014

Ok its official ! This will not come as a massive surprise to the anyone who has lure fished with me over the last couple of seasons. Fiiish UK and I are working together . 2013 was a great year and the mighty Fiiish Minnow certainly helped to make it even better. Its a Killer lure !! This all started when Fred the designer sent me a few samples to try out in July 2011. I was instantly taken by the lure , so were the bass on the...

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Stinky Water  Bass Fishing -(Part 2 )

Stinky Water Bass Fishing -(Part 2 )


Posted By on Jan 23, 2014

Continued form Part 1 – Shallow water Bass  I remember one particular Bass around 6 lb . I  fished the bay from dark into dawn. I worked a gurgler(Surface )  fly on floating line. After a while I decided to move 40 yards along the beach. If I move location along the beach I will often cast the line out onto the water rather than leave the line piled up in the line tray, its far less prone to tangles and falling out of the tray...

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Skinny Water Bass Fishing  – Part 1

Skinny Water Bass Fishing – Part 1


Posted By on Jan 23, 2014

So much has changed since I started fly fishing for Bass , in the old days all I had was my trusty copy of Mike ladles classic book ‘ Hooked on Bass’ and  a pile of Ordinance survey maps and that was it . I had no background in sea fishing . I was also a terrible fly caster . These days we have Google earth and anyone who aspires to catch bass can survey potential areas from the comfort of the living room or on the train . Once you...

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12 is a magic number

12 is a magic number


Posted By on Jan 23, 2014

  The Golden rule of Twelfth’s    The 6 hour tide speeds and slows down . This curve is the curve by which our fish live. The rules change every day but I find that maximum flow generally coincides with maximum bites from fish. Its feeding time . Its pretty obvious stuff  once you have been doing it for a while but there are plenty out there who seek this knowledge ,so hopefully a few readers will find this helpful...

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Dropshotting in the salt

Dropshotting in the salt


Posted By on Nov 18, 2013

Dropshotting in the salt (So far ) The last month has been very quiet on Zen2 , she has sat there gathering dust or should I say leaves. The bookings really did tail off towards the middle of October , the few days booked were lost to rough seas anyway. I jumped for joy when 2 bookings coincided with perfectly calm seas and at last we were on a mission ! James has been on a few trips with me this year. That  horrendous cold spring...

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