Fly fishing for bass offers great sport
Local anglers hunting for the bigger stamp of fish usually head for rough ground. This is often mountain-goat territory and is not for the unfit. Safety is the most important issue, and it's always best to fish with a friend and to ensure that you take a mobile phone with you in case you get into trouble. Be very aware of heavy swells and rising tides - each year even experienced anglers are drowned while fishing this coastline.
As the tide starts to flood, bass hunt very shallow water, searching for food. The bait angler will again opt for light tackle, but this time fish fresh peeler crab in the gullies. One of the most popular methods however, is to fish plugs, and in calmer conditions, with fly tackle. This is active, exciting fishing where the name of the game is to cover lots of water and to get to know the movements of fish in the area with the tide and weather. The plugger will opt for a rod of 10ft to 11ft, a fixed-spool reel loaded with 12lb to 15lb line (or equivalent braid) and large, shallow-diving or surface plugs such as those produced by Yo-Zuri, Rapala or Storm.
The bass fly fisher will need good casting technique, mainly to overcome the prevailing wind and to help cover more water. A line-tray to hold retrieved line and keep it away from fast-moving water, rocks and weed will also help a great deal. Outfits most commonly used are 9ft rods to take lines rated 8 to 9, with a floating line being the most versatile, especially when fishing the shallows. Flies must match the prey, so patterns to imitate small fish and sandeels are most common, with the Clouser Minnow and Surf Candy in various colours being two typical patterns. Surface poppers made of high-density foam will also bring fish to the top and result in explosive, arm-wrenching takes, very often from the bigger fish. On these rocky areas, first and last light are again the most productive times for the bass fisher.
In late summer, mackerel, garfish, pollack and even sea trout join the bass in frenzied feeding, giving the light-tackle sea angler an opportunity of truly magical sport.