Last weekend, some of us went on a bass fishing trip to Brittany. We met with Hubert Calvar and Gael Rognant and they took us deep into their finesse ways of fishing. And when we say finesse, we really mean finesse. A full report will follow soon, for now just a couple of pictures to give you a sneak peak.
Sometimes it’s those small things that make life a little easier. This certainly applies to this ingenious small hook keeper from Fuji. It takes practically no time to install it onto the blank of your rod, and it’s immediately ready for action. So, from there no more damaged ceramic guides (because you somehow just can’t resist to hang your lure into them). Hallelujah.
Interesting and professionally recorded (38 min!) video of some Japanese bass fishing. Watch some impressive surroundings and the exact boat maneuvering of the captain. Of course we don’t get any word of what they’re saying. But as it looks pretty awesome, we wouldn’t want to keep it from you guys…
Slowly but surely, more and more good news about the bass fishing from our Dutch shores is dripping in. Some nice catches that have been reported are an indication that the season has finally started. Therefore, Bram, Joran and myself decided to plan a long session -visiting several marks- in the hunt for that first 2013 bass.
That’s Duel’s slogan for their Hardcore Minnow. And they ain’t joking around. This ‘little’ gem is available in two big sizes: the comparatively small 17 cm version and a whopping 21 cm long model. The latter might even frighten small bass! Weighing in at 34 (floating) and 38 gram (sinking) you’ll need a proper rod with plenty of power to whack this big boy out – and you also might want to think about going to the gym first. ;-)
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…