Bass Fishing Tips: Spinning from the Shore
This can be very productive of big fish if the right spot is found and if it is fished at the right time. This sounds a tall order, but the following advice might be helpful. The most likely place is where a headland of rock forms a miniature tidal race, or where the sea is channelled fast between, say, a couple of rocky islets.
Deep water is good (though the bass may not be feeding deep). In calm clear seas, bass will sometimes follow a spinner but fail to take it. In these circumstances, they are occasionally willing to take a plug bait, but it is usually better to substitute a very narrow lask of fish hooked on at the extremity of the broad end. With a medium-fast retrieve this will prove to have an attractive, fluttering motion; and bass seem much more inclined to take this than an artificial.
A 2.4 m (8 ft) glassrod with a standard-sized is the best outfit for this work. Since it often involves a good deal of rock scrambling, a light which hooks on to the belt is a blessing. For artificials, apart from plug baits, I favour long, narrow, Swedish-type spoons in various sizes from 10 cm (4 ins) down to 3.5 cm (1-1/2 ins). Sometimes bass, feeding on mackerel and herring fry, will refuse a spoon longer than 5 cm (2 ins) in length. At other times they will be on sprats or small mackerel and want the big spoon.
The most productive time tois when this tide is going at its fastest, that is to say the middle two hours of either the ebb or the flow. Spring tides are preferable to neaps.