Sea Angler

Sea Angler Issue 595

The best-selling sea fishing magazine in the UK. Covering the seas around Britain and all the fish that inhabit them. Sea Angler magazine is essential digital for true followers of the beautiful art, covering deep sea boat action through to shore fishing. Sea Angler brings together the complete package providing reviews of the latest rigs and exclusive offers for the world's best brands. As well as engaging the biggest names in the sport to provide you with their tips and tricks to catch the best fish! Covering the seas around Britain and all the fish that inhabit them. Sea Angler is the best selling sea fishing magazine in the UK. Whether it’s: baits, rigs, poles, marks, setups or equipment you are interested in, you’ll stay abreast of all the comings and goings with a Sea Angler digital magazine subscription.

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Paese:
United Kingdom
Lingua:
English
Editore:
Kelsey Publishing Group
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Monthly
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3 min
welcome

MAIN THEME OF this issue is spring fishing for bass, which are becoming almost an all-year species in some regions. There have already been plenty of reports of fish from both the north and south of the country. Well done particularly to a few lads in Northumberland who’ve been catching some, not just lone fish either. You can check out all the latest catches starting with our Mission competition (page 30). We’ve also got some interesting interviews and stories from some leading anglers, two of whom are charter skippers. They are Kevin McKie (page 46) Gethyn Owen (page 50) and Roy Tapper (page 94) and they’ve more in common than you might think. As always, we’ve got plenty of product information and reviews in this issue, including the new Anyfish Anywhere rods (page…

7 min
bass and the buffet

BASS ARE DRIVEN BY INSTINCT, to eat as much as possible, grow as fast as possible, and breed as prodigiously as possible. They don’t swim around wondering how to deal with fake news on the internet, when to clean the tadpole pond, or whether a three-ounce bomb weight’s going to move around too much in a five-metre tide. On the other hand when I am near the water I spend the majority of my time deep in contemplation. The reason I’m bald, I reckon, is that I’ve scratched my head so much. People sometimes say to me “You think like a bass.” It’s a compliment so I’d be churlish to tell them “You’re wrong, fish don’t think at all.” There is, however, one aspect of life where I have a lot in…

8 min
their future in our hands

CROUCHING LIKE A HUNTER keeping his profile low, Glen Wightman tenses and strikes. The bass swims deep before splashing to the surface. It is under 3lb but gives a good account of itself. Immediately, he starts working with the fish on a mat, measuring it, recording the details and applying a tag. The fish is out the water for less than a minute before it is tasting saltwater again. He holds it lovingly for a moment and then with a waft of the tail it swims off carrying that vital little tag. Only five minutes later Glen lands another fish. His fishing partner Kevin Crowley is working the same ground in close proximity but, apart from one follow, has no joy. I quickly establish I’m wasting my time trying to keep up with…

1 min
get on the programme

If any UK anglers catch a tagged bass, and a lucky few do, then record the tag number. Ideally, measure its length (nose to the fork of the tail), and ease out up to five scales from just under the tip of the extended pectoral fin. You only need give a rough idea of where you caught it, such as the nearest town or county. Email the information to bass@fisheriesireland.ie or phone the number on the tag. In turn, you will get details of the original date and area the fish was tagged, its age, and length when tagged. It’s a simple way to do our little bit to preserve Irish bass fishing in the future. Irish anglers interested in contributing by recording detail and taking scale samples can find out more…

5 min
in the lap of the gods

DOWN HERE IN CORNWALL we never quite know when the new bass fishing season is going to kick off, but there are two things I am convinced about. Firstly, I believe that the previous winter a on a or and secondly that social media gives us an indication about when other parts of the UK and Ireland start to fish for bass. It’s good that so many anglers enjoy sharing details of their catches (be careful with precise locations) because it gives an interesting timeline of when different parts of our coastline switch on. I would also suggest that these days there are more anglers lure fishing for bass, and that those old rules about seasons have been disproved and discarded. I notice it with wrasse as well. Who’d have thought…

4 min
soft plastics from the shore

IT’S THAT TIME OF YEAR WHEN WE start to switch our minds to targeting bass again. After their winter spawning offshore, the fish begin to move into the stretches I fish on the Welsh coastline and soon there will be no better time to start fishing with soft plastic lures. Spring and early summer are the perfect times to fish for those hopefully larger bass. Some questions should be at the front of your mind though. Basic things like what do bass eat? With soft plastics we are imitating soft baitfish and marine worms. TACKLE CHOICES You are looking at rods to do a specific task. Your choice needs to have power, a good action, the ability to put up with a lot of work, and be able to last in a saltwater…