Bass have been on my mind a bit lately. I still enjoy Bream and I feel fairly confident that I can go out most days and catch them. With Bass that just isn’t the case and maybe that’s why they have piqued my interest a bit lately. I am a self-confessed tackle whore and was long before Lureandfly.com and working for Daiwa. Some of my first articles here covered that fact. I love all the sexy baitcast rods and reels and the weird and wonderful lures you throw on them. I spent ages going through eBay looking for those weird and wonderful things and I still have tons of it.
I started fishing for Bass purely in a social setting and did OK. I caught enough fish to stay very interested in it but as many things go for me I gravitated towards a more competitive setting in the ABT Bass electric series but all of a sudden, fishing those same dams with the same gear , I had dismal results. I slowly learned that conditions were not always perfect and the pressure of another 30 or 40 boats had a big effect on the fishes willingness to bite and started going lighter and lighter.
Flash forward a few years to now and I haven’t done any competitive Bass fishing in a while but with Hobie now starting into Bass comps I had another go on the weekend. Now Brogo Dam on the far south coast isn’t known for its big fish but regardless of where a Bass comp is, I don’t take anything but Bream gear now and anything other than 2lb straight through rod gets well used. Most of the time it’s about scratching together whatever you can to get a bag and this weekend was no different. Light jigheads, small plastics, blades and small topwaters got a run for the weekend, mostly fished on braid with a 4lb leader.
In the end it was a tip from Dave Mann the day before about merging two of the things I would have done that really caught fish. My intention was to fish a beetle spin rigged T -tail plastic for the majority of the time but Dave talked about putting a blade on a beetle spin instead. The beetle spin does it’s thing and the blade just slowly waves behind it rather than the usual high impact vibration you might think of when using a blade. Also the main advantage using a blade is having trebles rather than a single hook. I had a few T-tail plastics have the “T” nipped off by short striking fish but as soon as I put the blade on the hookup rate skyrocketed.
The light approach certainly has it’s validity in Bass fishing as well. As much as I love breaking out the big gear I think maybe I’ll just have to do some more Cod and Yellowbelly fishing to sate that desire.