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Lure Fishing From The Shore
That’s a great question that could have a wide array of answers. So what are the best Sea Bass lures for shore fishing?
We have other posts on what we think are our best lures so we have done some research on what other people are using up and down the country.
But before we do that there are a few things that need to be taken into consideration before we pick any lures. Point is we don’t know what their conditions are in whatever part of the country they live in. So this is a rough guide taken from posts on social media.
Here is a list of places we researched:-
- The Isle of Wight
- Channel Islands
The list could go on and on with places around the country but these are the ones we are familiar with.
Pembrokeshire – This is one of the hottest venues in the country. But with nearly all lure fishermen around the country, people will be reluctant to give away their fishing
locations. The more you go lure fishing you will sus out the hot spots yourself. But it’s sometimes trial and error to find the fish. Click here to read more about defining the fish.
The Daiwa Shoreline Shiner R50+SSR
Lure fishing for bass at night is where I do 90% of my fishing. This is due to the fact that I’m working in the daytime. Most people are unless you work nights.
Anyway, one day while I was looking on one of the popular Facebook pages one post really stood out to me. The post was from a guy in Pembrokeshire and he had put a fair few pictures of the bass he’d caught. I also see that he’d fished through the night, that caught my attention.
The reason being that our water in the South East has to be pretty good for night fishing with lures.
I could see in the pictures from the post that the bloke had used the same lure in every picture. It stood out like a sore thumb, shimmering in the headlight he was obviously wearing.
I commented on his post “Great stuff mate what lure is that”? To which he replied “It’s the Daiwa Shoreline Shiner R50+SSR” Boom! I ordered two straight away.
To cut a long story short the next night’s session I caught 15 Bass in an hour and a half, my best session yet. The one thing that slowed me down was the fact I’d forgotten my glasses.
Basically, I had to re-tie the leada or point (depending on what you call it) but also had to refrain from shining my light towards the water. Bassman is adamant about the light and giving away our location. Sometimes I’d feel like a commando rather than a lure fisherman. Oh well, I can’t complain his knowledge is priceless.
The other obstacle for me was the 3 treble hooks. That night the fish were in a feeding frenzy. Sometimes amazingly, the fish were hooked on all three trebles.
What a pain in the arse. All I wanted to do was bang that Shoreline Shiner out and get another bass. But unhooking that bass was a mission. Which brings me to soft plastics. In my opinion: I think bass fight better on a single hook lure like a Savage Gear Eel……just saying.
So I must say thank you to the Pembrokeshire lure man who pointed me in the direction of this killer lure. Like I said I had my best session ever on that lure.
To purchase the Daiwa Shoreline Shiner RG+50SR CLICK HERE.
The Isle of Wight
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Not only is the Isle of Wight a beautiful place to go on holiday, but it’s also great for fishing…..bass fishing.
In fact, this is a place where the Bassman likes to visit once in a while. Let’s face it, fishing or not the scenery around the island is just stunning. He takes his family down there but always manages to chuck a few lures out there in the meantime.
Ideal Lure Fishing
One thing we are hampered by in the South East, Kent is our weather conditions. There are no two ways about it it can be frustrating. But down the Isle of Wight, you are going to get much clearer water, this is crucial. Again, I mention this throughout the website just in case a newbie hasn’t read some of the other posts. The other amazing advantage of fishing the Isle of Wight is the wind. Yes, because it’s an Island if the wind is too strong you can go round the other side. This means you can virtually fish all the time, according to the Bassman.
Only the other day I was looking at some of the posts on Facebook. Now, something grabbed my attention for sure. Some bloke had put a picture of a Tuna leaping out of the water. The picture wasn’t really that clear, but you could definitely see it was something you’d normally eat out of a tin….it was huge. Anyway, when the Bassman last went to the Isle of Wight he said he hook a Tuna that spooled him. Now I know this has happened with bass before but a tuna?? It’ll be bleeding Marlins next.
The lure that had the greatest success down the Isle of Wight was the Tackle House Vulture. Now The Bassman was spraying his pure white but now just uses the standard white.
Not just on the Isle of Wight but around our neck of the woods, this is his favourite lure. Believe me, he has just got that Vulture down to a T. He went on to explain that he had caught about 10 bass one session down the Isle of White, all on the Vulture. He explained that he changed the Vulture to another surface lure and never had a touch.
Ultimately, switched back to the Vulture bang…..first cast the bass just love them.
Tackle House Vulture
In the real world
I have been fortunate to have fished with the Bassman loads of times, and never seen the Vulture come out of the box. Sometimes, I have just not caught off the surface. In fact, I have even got a Vulture. But it is the lure our for the Isle of White and Bassman’s favourite it’s well worth getting. Click Here to buy the Tackle House Vulture on Amazon.
Yes, Dorset has one of the most popular fishing venues in the country. Reminiscing, I can remember Chesil Beach growing up as a kid. I lived in a place called Portland Bill. This was like an Island that you could drive to without getting a ferry. I can remember the amazing rocky cliffs and pathways that ran around the island. Being only a kid I would be none the wiser about the awesome fishing that surrounded that area.
People catch the likes of Trigger Fish off Chesil Beach. Interestingly enough, Chesil Beach was another place where a Tuna was film exploding out of the water. There are numerous other fish to be caught at Chesil Beach
Nowadays, the Bassman will often take trips down to the Chesil Beach area. Incidentally, this is another venue where some of the top lure anglers in the country fish. The advantage is the conditions favor them for clearer water. Also, you can lure fish nearly all year round. There is about a five-week period where the fishing goes flat for bass.
The lure for Dorset is the Tackle House Feed Shallow. This is probably one of the best lures out there. Favourites include the Mullet and The Pearl with the luminous belly. I have never fished Dorset yet but heard through the grapevine this is the one.
Yes, good old Cornwall the place where I was born. Redruth to tell you the truth. To be honest I can not remember a thing about Redruth, although I did go back years later. I worked on the roads and that’s about it. However, we did fish in Newquay but not on the lures this time. We climbed down the rocky cliff and fished for Wrasse. Yes, we got some rag from the local tackle shop and had a bash. To be honest, it was great fishing, we were only fishing close in it was pandemonium at times. Knowing what I know today about fishing I wish I had some lures and my lure gear with me. The coastline seemed littered with typical bass haunts but there you go.
There is some amazing place to fish in Cornwall. I just wouldn’t know where to start. But I’m sure if I lived there it wouldn’t be long before I found some hotspots. There is some pretty famous lure fisherman from around that area. Some of them post regularly on Facebook forums. I’m not going to name drop anyone in particular but will leave the relevant links to the Facebook pages at the bottom of this page.
The Lure – it just has to be the Xorus Pachinko, the big one. Yes, it’s a huge favourite down the West Country commonly called a Patch. There are a few variants but for me, the big one is the best. Although the Bassman reckons the constant thud of them hitting the water, spook the bass. Whereas I know other people say that splash attracts the fish. What do you think? answers on a postcard.
Another beautiful part of our glorious country. I can remember working in Devon at a place called Loo. There are all sorts of shark fishing off the Devon coast. You can get a charter boat and go and catch Jaws, great fun.
There are just so many places for our beloved bass to dwell too in the West Country. The option is endless so before you decide to go there, you better do your homework. If you’re not going to get advice from the local or tackle shop then check out Google Earth.
Google Earth is a great way to check out areas to fish. You can check out cove and peninsulas around those rocky areas. You also need to check out a route of how you’re going to get where you’re going to fish. It’s great finding places to fish but you’ve got to be able to get. And find your way back lol. I’ve walked miles with the Bassman to one of the locations. I prefer it when you can fish out the back of the car. I’m not as fit as I was lol.
Yes, it’s two lures for our Devon region. Let me explain why. We haven’t mentioned the soft plastics yet. To be honest some of them are just lethal. The Fiish Minnow is a must-have lure where ever you go lure fishing. Not just Devon. But it’s a firm favourite down that neck of the woods. I definitely think it favours the deeper waters. If lost a few up around our shallower marks.
The next lure is the IMA Salt Skimmer. What I love about this cracker of a lure and all surface lures is sure not going to lose them. Not unless your 10lb bass swims around a rock because you couldn’t stop it. Or you cast around a post or the water is too shallow. Or your braid is proper shit and snaps when you cast. Guess who’s guilty of all 3. Yes, yours truly.
Always make sure your Leeda is always in good nick. Any slight wear can cause the line to snap. Also, check your braid for any frays. If in doubt change it and wet those knots: you’ve been told.
The Channel Islands
If there is anywhere your going to find sea bass, then it’s got to be the Channel Islands. The five islands are Jersey, Guernsey, Sark, Alderney and Hern. I only ever been there once as a kid, and that was Guernsey.
Saint Peter Port
We stayed near Saint Peter Port which I think is the main town on the island of Guernsey. I can remember the massive rocks sticking out of the rocks. Great places to launch a lure to coax in a monster bass.
The channel island is a pretty much all year round fishing venue. Being islands this is a great place for clear water. And yes, if the wind was in a crap direction you could venture somewhere else.
Not so long ago I posted on Facebook asking what everyone’s favourite lure? Also, if they could only have one lure what would it be? To be honest I was expecting lures like Mega Bass Zonks, Patchinko or Komomo but know. The majority of reply (loads of them) were The Skerries Eel. Not that I’m short of a few lures but ordered my Skerries straight away.
I would be a crap salesman but to be honest I still haven’t had any success with them. That’s no reflection on the Skerries Eel its just the right time and the right place with us. I still have my favourites lure but that’s where we live. We are talking other hotspots in the UK.
You only have to watch the Channel island videos on YouTube to see the Skerries Eel in action. I think the channel is Smash Fishing. Another great channel is the Cornish Kayak Fisherman he really goes into detail about lures.
Unfortunately, our conditions quite frankly are a nightmare. I mention this throughout the website. But it still doesn’t stop the Bassman from catching up to 2000 bass a season. Basically, when that window turns up you have to nail it. Trust me, there is no shortage of fish out there. Most people are not able to just drop everything and just go at silly o clock in the morning. Luckily for the Bassman, he can.
The wind for us determines everything. If the wind is in a Northerly direction the water clarity is not good. That won’t stop you from bait fishing, but then it’s not always going to be bass. There are other fish out there believe it or not. It’s funny that we only really catch bass on the lures around our area. Yes, bass has had mullet, mackerel, pollock and even at wait shad. But all of these are very few and far between. I would be totally surprised if I had caught any of them to be honest. Further down the coast like Folkestone way, then yes. I caught a squid down there. Recently, I have seen that people from our area are buying squid lures. I find this rather disappointing as far as bass fishing goes. But that’s how drastic things have been, especially this year, it’s been pants. For me, I have had my two biggest bass to date this year I’m more than content. One 11lb the other 9lb 2.
Incidentally, the south coast is the other option if the wind is northerly for us. But still, it’s not always a banker.
The other problem now is the fact that it’s getting mobbed down there. Not that I have been down there that much this season. Folkestone is normally our first port of call in March to see if the bass has turned up or not. It normally starts down there for us it’s been great in the past.
Arguably The Best Place To Fish
With all that negativity out the way let start flying the flag for the South East.
When its on, the bass fishing around Kent is probably the best in the country. If you know what you’re doing and know how to catch bass your in. People who come down there still don’t understand about getting into and finding the fish. They ultimately give up. We don’t care really because there is more fish for us lol.
Living in Kent I know there are loads of lures that have shone on a certain day or night. In my opinion, on the day, anything can work. But for me, the Komomo II is the bomb and a great all round. That wobble just gets them bass buzzing. My favourites are the Joker Flashing Plate and the Cotton Candy. The only thing with the Cotton Candy is the paint comes off. But we can always paint them pure white and still have an amazing lure.