Seaside experts hooked on netting super-sized bass
VETERAN angler Ollie Call used all his experience to tame one of the biggest bass I have heard caught for some time.
The 72-year-old netted an 11.3lb specimen between the Haile and Bull Humber forts.
He located a hole the fish were taking refuge in and caught eight bass of various sizes.
He used squid sections on a long running trace – the rod buckled as the massive silver fish attempted to take off.
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Ollie's success comes as another big bass was landed by Skegness Pier Angling Club member Paul Marshall.
He caught a 9lb 3oz specimen from Mastins Corner, at the north end of Butlins.
There have been more bass caught this year and they seem to be taking squid baits more frequently.
In previous seasons you needed king rag worm, fishing very light tackle in shallow waters.
Around Wonderland, between the sand banks, was the bass's favourite haunt.
I once saw a young lad, many years ago, catch a nice fish of around 7lb from the deeper side of Wonderland breakwater.
Now they seem to be more spread out.
Although the bass seem to be more commonly caught in the boats, on the shore in the Humber the bigger ones seem to be turning up further down the river.
At Barton, some big specimens have been caught off the beach.
I am surprised that bigger fish haven't been caught at Wonderland, given that the longer rods and the use of braid are making long distances achievable.
I have fancied having a go as the tide is coming in, casting onto the mussel/rock beds.
On the Lincolnshire Coast, there have been several reports of good-sized bass caught off the beach.
I understand an angler had a tussle with a big ray at Trunch Lane. The angler tried to bully the fish in and this resulted in the line breaking.
Several years ago Dean Sumners netted a monster 48lb fish off the beach.
Corby's Paul Marshall used peeler crab on a single hook rig, fished at distance, to catch his personal best bass while fishing for Skegness Pier Angling Club.
His 9lb 3oz catch was an exceptional feat for the area and may put him in the running for regional awards from the Angling Trust.
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Meanwhile, a midweek promenade match in Cleethorpes saw terrible weather conditions – but winner Brian Tuck was still able to catch 24 fish for 502cm.
Steve Macgregor netted 18 fish (453cm) to finish second.
Paul Greaves came third, with 19 fish (408cm).
Geoff Hill's 37cm flounder was the largest caught.