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Sea Angler Issue 563

Sea Angler is Britain’s s biggest-selling sea fishing magazine. Launched in 1972, it covers shore and boat angling around the UK coastline and further afield. It's unique because every month it offers: * Full and honest tackle tests: what to use and buy * Exclusive bass section: dedicated to Britain's true sportfish * Shimano Mission Catch Competition: catch target species over a certain weight to claim embroidered catch badges * Technical and Tactical advice: how to catch through the changing seasons * Regular kayaking advice features & stories On average we publish 140 pages each month absolutely crammed with action, advice, tips and inspirational editorial.

Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Publisher:
H BAUER PUBLISHING LIMITED
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In this issue

2 min.
welcome

Want to catch more fish this autumn? Then get your fishing off to a great start by following our 80 tips for success for shore and boat anglers. You’ll find loads of simple pieces of advice throughout the magazine to get you catching. IT LOOKS LIKE MOVES MIGHT BE AFOOT TO FORCE ALL EUROPEAN governments, including the UK, to bring in a registration or licensing system for recreational sea anglers. This news is buried in a Regulation of the European Council to amend earlier laws on fisheries control, and will apply to any recreational fishing activities. This was being talked about several years ago when Sea Angler contributor Dave Barham visited the EU Parliament building. As Dave has now highlighted, if this proposed EU regulation is accepted and posted into the…

1 min.
are you out fishing for cod?

There have been some superb cod caught already in the big Filey and Scarborough events in Yorkshire and, as always, Chesil Beach in Dorset is producing early fish. This could be the signal for some superb autumn and winter cod fishing from both shore and boat. Anglers all over the country will be keeping their fingers crossed. In recent winters, cod fishing has been very hit and miss for shore anglers in some parts of the country, so we can only hope for improved sport this season. You have to be in it to win it, so get out there and try your luck. It might be just the time to catch Britain’s favourite fish.…

7 min.
are you ready, willing and able to fish... rough seas?

Deep Atlantic depressions or low pressure systems driven by the jet stream towards our shores are either welcomed or despised, depending on what species of fish you are targeting. Cod anglers, of course, love a turbulent sea and, to a certain extent, so do bass anglers using bait, when all manner of tasty morsels get torn from the seabed and dumped on to the shoreline. If lure fishing is your thing, then how do you go about coping with large swells, breaking waves and the associated murky, water, along with those dreaded floating weed fragments that can frustratingly hinder a lure’s action? Consider the lures at your disposal, and then decide if you are ready for the inevitable onshore gales. Are you willing to plan and prepare accordingly so that you are…

1 min.
tips

1 When planning to fish rough seas, take the time to discover the likely wind direction and strength. 2 Lure choices range from floating, to suspending and fast-sinking patterns. 3 A very shallow-diving hard minnow may end up being spat out on the crests of the waves, so try a medium or deeper-diving floating minnow. These burrow into the water. 4 Slender weedless soft plastic lures with a paddletail worked slowly, parallel with and very close to the beach, is an excellent tactic. Fish these lures weightless, otherwise you increase the risk of weed gathering on the line and lure. 5 Be safe – wear a lifejacket or flotation device…

9 min.
big bass a seven point plan

FOLLOW THE FOOD KEEP MOVING NIGHT TIME IS THE RIGHT TIME DODGE THE TIDDLERS DON’T SCARE THEM AWAY PICK THE RIGHT BAIT HAVE FUN LET ME START WITH A FEW WORDS of caution. I catch a fair number of double-figure fish, and I’ve developed a local reputation as the bass-whisperer, the fellow whose maternal granny was a monster bass. You might think I know exactly what I’m talking about, but bass fishing doesn’t work that way. There are no universal truths or binding rules. The more you study bass, the more you recognise their endless capacity for springing surprises. I’ve seen a whopper that hit a tiny mackerel feather off a crowded pier at noon and another that took a thumbnail-sized piece of bread from the surface of a busy harbour. That said, I don’t propose hunting big bass…

1 min.
tips

6 The bigger the tide, the better. More rise and fall means more current, and that drags more edible stuff into the wave. 7 Bass are eating machines. It makes sense to put your bait or lure into spots where there’s plenty of food on offer. 8 A good many of my best lure-caught bass have come from casts that were almost parallel with the shoreline, and I rarely fish a surf bait more than 30 yards from the rod-tip. 9 With bait, unless the wave’s enormous, I use a bomb weight so my gear moves around in the surf, searching out the areas where food might be accumulating and a bass might be waiting. 10 Even though big fish are caught in daylight, he hours of darkness are more productive. 11 For big bass,…