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Old 16 August 2014, 08:02   #1
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Mackerel and bass in the Solent

Anyone seen any ?
Seems pretty scarce out of Portsmouth/Bembridge.
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Mackerel has been very hit and miss (mainly miss) although I haven't done too bad this year for them. The Bass fishing has been the best in years, probably in part due to the mackerel not being about. However it's tailed off quite a bit to what it was like about a month ago.
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7 mackerel between Poole and Swanage this morning, just trailing lines from the the back of the sailing boat as we went along. No bass for us yet, but we aren't exactly keen fishermen!
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Mackerel has been very hit and miss (mainly miss) although I haven't done too bad this year for them. The Bass fishing has been the best in years, probably in part due to the mackerel not being about. However it's tailed off quite a bit to what it was like about a month ago.
Any tips on what lures/bait for the bass, and where to try ?

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Other side of the Channel in Normandy, Mackerel are scarce, but bass aplenty if you know how to catch 'em...which I don't despite much trying AND I've read a book, so I don't know where I'm going wrong. Using the same techniques as the locals but to no avail. I'm going to tear the pages out o' the book & laminate 'em & fasten them to the hook, the Bass obviously haven't read it
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Other side of the Channel in Normandy, Mackerel are scarce, but bass aplenty if you know how to catch 'em...which I don't despite much trying AND I've read a book, so I don't know where I'm going wrong. Using the same techniques as the locals but to no avail. I'm going to tear the pages out o' the book & laminate 'em & fasten them to the hook, the Bass obviously haven't read it
I know this exact feeling.
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I think the Bass give your page to the Pollock-because that's all I catch....
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I think the Bass give your page to the Pollock-because that's all I catch....
Our list this year so far is:-

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too many Pouting and Wrasse.

There's a disappointing lack of Bass or Mackerel on there.
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A friend caught a load of bass in the solent near bramble bank using small white feathers, when the fish were gutted they had been eating white bait
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Any tips on what lures/bait for the bass, and where to try ?

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Ryde middle was throwing up a few. Try head hooking a ragworm and drifting across the banks. This works around any of the banks, but as I said the fishing isn't as easy as it was a few weeks ago. Fiiish lure are pretty good at winkling out a few from drifts and features. This is a new lure to me so I can't really advise on technique or types as yet. Trial and error, but they are good around weedy areas due to the hook point being buried in the body. If you fancy dropping the pick, find a nice ledge or bank to fish in to or over. Just work the bait up and down the bank. It can be very hit and miss but fresh bait is a must, so got looking for them Mackerel first.
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