I fished sandbanks last Saturday over the large spring tides. Hoping to bag myself an early spring plaice. All I ended up with was a small scorpion fish.
These small fish are not poisonous but carry some wicked spines around the head and dorsal fin. It is best to use pliers or a disgorger, or use a thick cloth to unhook them.
I was surprised not to see anybody else fishing. Maybe they had a better weather forecast than mine. It was a mile out!! and the wind forecast was even worse!!
With many of us living so close to the sea and dependant on accurate forecasts not just for comfort but for sheer livelihood I’m shocked the weathermen can get it so wrong.
Over the time I fished on Saturday I was was approached by the usual “what have you caught brigade”. Nearly everybody asked about the bass fishing at sandbanks. I know it is legendary and few people realise that there is a whole host of other species that can be caught there. Plaice,sole,bream,smoothhound and rays to name a few can can also be caught at this amazing venue on its day.
As the season progresses I will try to cover fishing for a species as seasonal as is possible. Due next will be the smoothhound in may which I will cover in more detail.
Back to the bass fishing. Small bass can be caught all year round here on the south coast. Though mainly small,from a few ounces to about a pound in weight (we call them checkers). Due to their colouration at this size. Please remember the minimum landing size for a Bass is currently 36cm, and with any luck that will be increased this year.
As the water warms up the bass numbers increase as well as the size difference. The bigger bass will require a slightly more specialised approach. I will also cover this in the next few weeks.