Each year it seems to take an eternity before the bass season finally takes off. At the moment serious fish are already caught in France, the southern UK and Ireland. But given our location (The Netherlands) is situated further north we have to wait an extra couple of weeks. No problem as we’re used to it- but since there’s something called Facebook it’s pretty frustrating to see ‘it’ happening at your friends abroad almost live ;-). But nothing to worry about, first fish are being caught and it’s just a matter of one or two weeks before our Dutch coast will be firing.
Photo via Flickr (C. Quintin)
The increasing research on sea bass reveals more and more information about this beautiful species. Yet there still are quite some things about Dicentrarchus labrax that remain a mystery to us. The so-called ‘flashing’ phenomenon is one of those peculiar sea bass behaviours we still don’t know the origin of.
This winter Megabass extended its X-80 range with a new variant: the X-80 Magnum. The first thing you’ll notice about this ‘Magnum’ type, is that despite the name (X-80) its size is 115 mm. So it’s almost 30% larger as its predecessor. It’s this length that makes it a welcome addition to the (sometimes too) small X-80.
Again, each year around April and May it seems to be hard to stay and act normal. Our minds are running mad from all the ideas and possible approaches for the upcoming season. We all know it’s just a couple of weeks before the bass hit our (Dutch) shores. From the moment they arrive until the moment they leave everything else seems less (or not) important anymore.
European sea bass is a long-lived species: they have a maximum life span of approximately 30 years. During that time the fish can reach a metre in length. However size and weight at a certain age are variable depending on the circumstances. Not all 10 pound bass are the same.
There are few rods which I have been fishing with that are so versatile as the Tenryu Bull Dog II 7.0 Evolution. Despite its heavy casting weight (10-50 gr) and monstrous maximum jigging weight (150 grams!), we are talking about a very multifunctional fishing rod here. The rod is pretty soft and sensitive in its top section, which works perfectly with a more finesse approach. When looking at the backbone of the rod however, you’ll notice that you’re holding a true fishing machine.
While visiting the Facebook page of the UK-based Top Water Lures we came across this new surprise of Megabass. We’re talking about the Megabass ‘Xlush’. At first glance, -again - a beautifully finished lure. The new surface lure is 108 mm long, weighing 17 grams and equipped with a pair of Gamakatsu SP MH # 4 trebles… Let’s hope they hit the stores on short notice so we can tell you more about it…
Like many of us, also I am truly addicted to top water fishing for bass. Around the end of May, when the sea water at the Dutch coast typically arrives at a temperature between 14 and 15 degrees C, I always carry a number of stick baits in my lure bag. The swirls behind the lure and visual spectacular attacks, give every time and again a fantastic fishing experience.