Page 1 of 1

first time bass fishing on boat

Posted: Fri Jul 09, 2010 12:26 pm
by maff99
hi all.after years of hunting these silver bars from the shore im heading out on the nik i lou soon for my very first time at bass fishing on a boat.what i was hoping for is if you guys have any hints and tips for me eg how its done
any help greatly appreciated
tight lines

Posted: Fri Jul 09, 2010 6:49 pm
by eccles
I still recall a wonderful bass session on a wreck many years ago which my pro skipper at the time took half a dozen of us to. Most of us were fishing with live sand eel on snoods around 5 or 6 ft long but the guy who took the most bass that day was using a yellow six inch rubber eel which was obviously fluttering in the tide. When the tide stopped the fish stopped too, even for the live eels - just as the Skip had forecast. So there ya go:-
Tide current required and eels on longish snoods; rig is simply a 6 to 8oz sinker (depending on conditions) hung on a french boom by means of a paper clip. A PAPER CLIP!???? Yes, because it acts as rotten bottom if the sinker gets trapped in the wreck and you don't lose the fish.

Posted: Fri Jul 09, 2010 7:17 pm
by maff99
excellent thanks for the reply. one more question do you need to cast away from the boat or just "plop" it over
thanks again

Posted: Fri Jul 09, 2010 7:44 pm
by Iknowagoodplaice
I'd go along with eccles - a flowing trace, 6 ft or so; but in moderate tides a 2oz lead is adequate, or even lighter. I know a skipper who fishes 1/2 oz and catches a lot of bass. Simple traces with sandeels are generally the best, but if they're not available, articificials can work well sometimes. No need to cast away from the boat; lower it down and you can let line spill away from the boat as it drifts in the tide.