bass on the fly

speycaster

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i had two small bass and half adozen mackeral from pensarn beach last week on the fly great fun , the seatrout season has been awfull ive only had two so far
 

elwyman

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Well done, I heard there were massive shoals of mackerel around....must be good fun on fly tackle.
 

T7

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Great to hear. I keep meaning to come across to N wales for some SwFF. Do you fish around structure or anywhere directly off the beach? Any particular tides? Cheers!
 

Sash

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Structure is (really) good, but don't rule out long, featureless, surf beaches. My two best bass this year (largest 8lbs+) came from the middle of a Pembrokeshire beach with absolutely no features/rocks etc except at the ends!

I fish the beach like a long (boring) salmon pool: cast and side step, cast and side step etc. The bass seem to patrol up and down the line just behind and where the waves break, so I just need to find them.

No need to cast far: in bad weather (which the bass LIKE) I probably cast closer to 15 yards than 20 yards. But they are out there all right, and give a terrific fight on a fly rod.
 

elwyman

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I agree that bass are usually quite close in and they do seem to prefer rocky shorelines. On a few occasions I've actually seen bass come from behind a rock and take my lure.

I had a couple of hours lure fishing at Llanddulas today, didn't see anyone catching. Checking local catch reports it seems fishing has been good this season, but it's gone a bit quiet since the recent storm broke up the big shoals of mackerel and whitebait.
 
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