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Something a bit different for you

Post by anselmo » Tue Jun 02, 2009 6:34 pm

European sea bass (Dicentrarchus labrax) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/European_seabass
in France they call these "les loup de la mer" (wolves of the sea)
when they are smaller they hunt in packs, but once they reach sexual maturity (about 3 years and 2-3 lb in weight) they become loners

A pic of a small one from last year (on a hot tail squidgy)
note the fluoro blue fringe on the anal fin
bass squidgy.JPG
And now one caught this weekend (accidently in closed season while fishing for pollack and mackerel)
Released of course!
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Sea bass 5lb - close.JPG
This one swallowed a 4 inch megabass spindle worm on a 1/8 oz megabass head
great fight on 5lb powerpro
Note the white patch on the snout
this fish has been head butting baitfish then eating then

when you fish for the bigger bass with SPs you wind in slowly and when you feel a bump - pause - then wind in faster for 2 or 3 turns
usually you'll come up tight
unweighted SPs or suspending HBs are best for this reason



ah whats with the self-centring text?
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Post by Mully » Tue Jun 02, 2009 8:39 pm

beautiful fish mate those sea bass look great very nice clean fish ,,what do they grow to weight wise and do they fight well ???
self centering text well me thinks a bug in the system ill look into it didnt pay much attention actually.

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Post by anselmo » Tue Jun 02, 2009 11:54 pm

Theoretically they will get up to 18-20lbs
tyically though you get then at 2-3
a 5lb fish is worth jumping about and every year you hear of 1 or 2 10lbers
(especially here in Ireland with the strict regs that are actually working - if they were enforced a bit better it would be even better still)

fight? ok i guess
kind of like a flathead
big head shakes at the start then decent first runs though only over a short distance
i do the old mack tuna on fly trick - just let em go for it
they generally don't run into cover so all they do is tire themselves out
then you can wind them back in (giving away all my secrets!)

sometime though you'll get one that has heard about mangrove jacks and wants to be one
they are the fun ones yay
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Post by simon bruce » Wed Jun 03, 2009 1:25 am

Interesting read, thanks Anselmo.

Good to see the Megabass plastics doing the job for you.

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Post by Mully » Wed Jun 03, 2009 1:35 am

thumbsupsmilie Top stuff now im coming up to outfish you mate i know your secrets muhmuh

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Post by Station49 » Wed Jun 03, 2009 6:45 pm

Very interesting mate, always good to see what our overseas friends are catching on artificials.
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Post by tacklerat » Thu Jun 04, 2009 2:44 pm

Very interesting thanks for the pics clapclap

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Post by MXB » Fri Sep 04, 2009 8:38 pm

@anselmo . . .

Just stumbled across this thread . . . used to fish for Sea Bass in West Bay, Dorset. Got a few in the rough water as you say herding the baitfish and cruching them in packs. Superb fish in every way, fantastic eating when fresh, great fighting fish and magnigicent looking creatures very reminiscent of Aussie bass but in saltwater. blahblah blahblah blahblah

I caught them are metal spoons and pirks shot into the deeper water and channels along the beach, cranking it hard like a jig to imitate the baitfish . . . biggest I caught was about the 5lb mark and to be honest I wasn't really expecting the hit to be as savage as it was. Excellent fun.

Really enjoyed the posting . . . thank you as I don't have any pics of those fish as I never carried a camera clapclap clapclap

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