The European Bass
European Bass can be caught at the mouth of rivers in relatively large numbers. In fact, in the late 1990s, there was a report about a school of European Bass in the River Blackwater, United Kingdom. It was estimated that there were some 10 million bass in this school based on its size and the estimated density.
Study tide times as you will want to fish the high tides, which bring in lots of baitfish. After all, it is the baitfish that attract the European Bass.
In order to improve your chances of landing a lunker European Bass, be sure to select the right combination of reel, rod and line. Having the best lure helps little if you cannot detect a strike and set the hook. And, if your rod and reel are not strong enough, you will loose more than your lure.
The European Bass can reach over 30 pounds and have a ferocious fight. A light rod will snap and a light weight reel with have it's gear strip.
The Shimano Speedmaster Spin STC is a good solid salt water rod that works both in the boat, on the beach and from the shore.
The Daiwa Megaforce Baitcaster provides great sensitivity and provides a lot of control over the lure. When a large 20 pounder bass is on the hook, control is still smooth and assertive.
They are plenty of lures that work to catch European bass. Before we get into these types of lures, let's recap the different food preferences for European Bass (Sea Bass).
While European Bass have some 140 different foods that they will eat, lugwords, ragworms, crustaceans, crayfish and baitfish.
Knowing what they like most, we then look to find out what is the current top food preference and then ask are we planning on fishing at night or during the day.
For daytime fishing, Berkley makes a lot of great lures such as the Pulse shads, kiddy sidwwinders sprats and the lunker city slug which looks like a lugworm.
Flies also work very well at catching European Bass on rivers. We suggest trying the Turrall bass bug black hair, the Turrall gerbubble natural and the Turrall slinky black leech.
Fly-fishing for European Bass has been practiced for about 500 years and one of the most enjoyable methods of catching them. Look for bass breaking the surface or feeding to know where to cast. Circling birds are a good sign that the bass are feeding and a good chance you'll land a bass strike soon after casting.
A good way to catch their attention is to drag a dead sand eel and a mackerel skin behind the boat and it will immediately attract any European bass in the area. Now cast your fly, lure or bait into the disruption. Fly-fishing can also be practiced in estuaries and lagoons.