Weymouth Bass and Bream fishing on board Als Spirit October 2013

Als Spirit out of Weymouth Dorset UK with skipper owner Adrian Brown drifting the Portland Races for Bass and Bream from the mussel beds. New lure designs tested and proved very productive on the Bass supplied by seabooms.com.

Give Adrian a shout for a trip on his fast boat Als Spirit he does work hard to find you fish and he came up trumps that day. Be quick I know he’s filling up the best tides for next year !!

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It’s Saturday and it’s blowing a Hoolie here with rain lashing down and I’m hoping the weather abates so I can go fishing on a special invite with the MeerKat skipper Dave Gibson and this is the second attempt and forecast isn’t looking good so miserable man !! Oh well I live in hope.

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Red Gill Evolution Weighted Bassing Selection


Product Description: Red Gill Evolution (Weighted) Lures

Red Gill Evolution lures are the next generation of the classic, original sandeel imitation bait. Features include a special new soft but tough plastic compound that not only gives the lure its unique fish catching action but prevents the lure from falling apart after only a couple of captures, prolonging the lures life. The extra strong, super sharp internally weighted hook not only increases the lures fish catching action but allows the lure to be worked closer to the sea bed with less chance of the lure snagging up. Selected 5 pack of eels that are regular colours and size to capture quality Bass.

The trace is approx 2.5m and terminates with a double surgeons loop, they’re individually packaged in resealable waterproof bags, the 178mm eels use 6/0 hooks and 45lb mono.

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Bass trip a washout well nearly was !

Our bass trip went ahead and the weather performed virtually on que as predicted. Kicking off at 07-30 hrs on board with Paul Davis and his Cougar cat the Katie Ann (Video Here). The early morning weather and sea state was first class and the sun came up to give us some heat too.

We headed to the Portland races and they were behaving well too but I knew that wouldn’t last with what was forecast. One of the reasons for this trip was to test out and get some footage of our new ready to fish out of the bag lures and rigs. I had a friend with me who is a relative novice and keen to get to grips with rigging up and learning more about drift fishing so today was ideal for imparting some of my years of experience (Ooh Ark At Im !!) on him.

Add to the purpose of the day I am still testing rods and reels to see if I can break them and one reel I managed to do just that, more on that later. I provided the rod and reel for my mate and it was one of our low cost Charter Boat Rods you can see the video spec here and for less than £20 you’re not too concerned if it gets broken. The reel I loaned him was an old one as I only had the test reel and I wanted to use that.

He set up the braid main line and I showed him how to add a swivel to the braid ready for a Portland rig. I gave him one of our out of the bag ready to fish Portland rigs and a ready to fish Portland eel to rig with. As these only require a brief bit of instruction on how to set them up as it is as simple as just passing the loops through the swivels and then dropping the lure or the weight clip through the loop and then tightening them up, add a weight and you’re fishing.

Our new rigs are really that simple and my friend was over the moon in that if he lost rigs during the day he could now re-rig himself and change lures to try different ones to pull a big one. So first test completed and satisfactory now to move on and test out the lures. We both rigged up with Portland eels makes sense as it’s the Portland Rig with Portland eels on the Portland races doesn’t it !

First drift one pollack small and it as returned, not what we wanted really as it was a bassin day. Second drift I had on a black and transparent Portland eel and it got hit hard and the fish gave a good account of itself and I lost it just near the surface, obviously I hadn’t lifted into the fish on the take and set the hook, but hey ho a bite, a near fish and a new eel tested so time to move on.

Fishing was hard with only a couple of bass being taken by others on board and no more for us two so far, Paul re-positioned the boat for new drifts and I changed to a blue and white mackerel Eddystone 1973 eel 155mm size with a 4/0 fine wire hook tied to a 1.5m 30lb trace, one of our ready to fish lures changed over very quickly.

Paul gave the drop to go ahead and to try the hit bottom and wind up 15 turns method to see if you can induce a take and at 5 turns bang a hit and 4+lbs healthy bass in the ice box with my tag on it. Sadly the weather had started to turn and the winds were arriving, we hit another drift at the start of the races and got side swiped beam on to a huge wave, fortunately the wave went upwards rather than breaking completely over the boat.

We all got wet on that side of the boat but fortunately we were all dressed for safety and wet cold weather in flotation suits so getting wet wasn’t a problem and we were safe if the worst case scenario happened as there were plenty of boats on the races that day too.

So time to move and fish more inshore on the Shambles as per the plan if the weather turned. Rigging up our sliding ledger rigs ready to fish out of the bag and single 4/0 wire hooks with 1.5m traces plus the clock grip weights as we were drifting for Turbot, Brill and Plaice only took a few minutes. On the first drift using a mackerel fillet one of the crew took a nice size brill, next drift another bril on board and third drift a small size turbot that was returned.

Next drift a really good size brill up near 7lb came up, sadly we missed out but it was a good day and productive enough for me to have a novice test out our new rigs and love them too so when we launch them they should be popular. Returning to port we stopped in the bay and jigged for some squid see if they were about but to no avail so back in and get ready to head for home.

Fishing to me is always a good day out as it gets me away from my business and the keyboard, add in catching fish and that is always the Bonus so yes another good trip out was enjoyed by me, my mate and all the crew.

Bass trip is a Go Go

Probably the only window for weather over past few days and into next week and we are game on for a bass trip off the Portland races. The weather is supposed to turn early afternoon so the plan is to come inshore and fish the Shambles bank.

This is good news as I have a loads of new stock of the Eddystone eels and the Red Gill range so the plan is to get some filming done alongside showing the eels catching big bass. Well that’s the plan and sunshine is also forecast so for a December day it could be an omen for a good trip to start to close off what has been a really hot year.

So all fingers and toes crossed it will happen and I will post after the event and let you all know what the outcome of the day was.

The latest on our bass trip

This is just a brief post as it’s been a long day but to say it was spectacular is an understatement, the weather fantastic, the sea state calm to slight and the fish well !!

What was a bassing session ended up a species session too, over 50 plus bass, bream, brill, place, makerel, cod and red gurnard. This thread is worthless without video so just to confirm what I have written the video will be up soon.

Softbaits for bassing

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Time to make a decision list of what I want to take with me Friday to use if we can’t get fresh live sandeels or joey mackerel, First choice are the Killies these come in two colours and resemble the sand eel well plus the tail action is very realisitic especeialy on the up jig and a quick drop gives that injured eel feel Killie Colours, plus they usually do the trick if other lures fall flat. Another advantage of all our softbaits they are all pre-hooked which make it easy to quick rig them especially with our Lumi Traces.

Next choice will be our Latex Eels also pre-hooked with fine wire hooks and I have used these before with success so they’re in the bag. Assorted sizes and colours of Shads ready to fish out of the bag with a lumi tube on the trace. I like these in fast tides as they’re un-weighted so perfom well on a drift when worked on the 20 up and down method, especially on a fast drop, had more bass on the drop than the up wind.

Raging rattling shads sound crazy don’t they and they are I just love these and they perform well as an alternative to the eels or killies. Side vibes, vibrating heads and they get a real wiggle on too, sounds like a sex toy doesn’t it and they are to fish, had some great cod and pollack catches on these so see how they perform with the bass. Again will be using a Lumi Trace good thing you can pull the lumi tube out of the trace quickly so try both options. That will do for starters so roll on Friday.


Bass fishing trip 30th Sept

Fishing off Portland Races trip is getting closer and time to get the tackle ready as the weather forecast looks really good wind SSE force 2-3. New rods here ready to trial an upgraded Xtra Flexx boat and a Charter boat rod, both cheap as chips rods so going to see if I can break them as the Xtra Flexx is supposed to be unbreakable

Had one of the Xtra Flexx from when they where launched and this later version has more heavy lift characteristics I have been told so it can only get better as it was good before. The Charter boat rod again low budget rod in the 15-30lb class so a good range rod. I was going to run with my CA30L reel but new stock of the Vantage 300 reel has arrived so going with one of them see what happens plus a Chieftain 45 reel another low cost reel to try and blitz. Haven’t sorted softbaits yet will post on those later.