Sea-bass Fishing Techniques: Float Fishing
This is most useful for covering rocky areas that could not be fished with abecause of the foul bottom. The tackle used can be lighter than that recommended for , the sort of gear that is used for live-baiting for pike being ideal. The size of used will depend on the size of the bait and the turbulence of the water. A pike float is necessary to hold up a big soft crab and the lead needed to hold the latter down in the water; but an Avon float may be all that is wanted to fish a couple of prawns.
The kind of float-fishing I should recommend is covering narrow gullies between the rocks, letting the float swash around in the white water almost up to one’s feet. It is vital, of course, in this game to keep out of sight, or at least low down on the horizon; a long rod is a great advantage here. In most circumstances, bass take the float away very positively and quite often a good fish will hook itself.
Because of the absence of a heavy lead, bass are a much tougher proposition on float tackle than they are on the leger rod in the surf. They will indulge in a variety of tactics, as a rule heading out to sea at great speed,but occasionally diving for the weedy rocks. Float-fishing areas are usually full of hazards, and it is a good idea to use a light wire trace and avoid the risk of having the line cut on a jagged rock.
The standard baits for float-fishing for bass are soft crab and prawn, but as substitutes for these, sand-eels and king rag may be used, though I prefer to use the former on drift-line tackle from a boat.
Other fishing methods for catching bass: