A little bit about seabassPosted on 25 August 2014 by Vincent
It has has been a little quiet around here. Work, fishing and some other boring stuff kept me from writing more. So I would like to make it up to you guys and gals by writing a little bit about bass. European Seabass to be precise.
My main target this summer has been Seabass. I’ve had quite a good start of the season, with the first fish caught about a month before the usual first fish. And I immediately got into good numbers. Mostly small fish, but they all count. So you don’t hear me complaining here.
But still, there was that hunger for bigger fish. You always hope to feel that sudden pull on the end of your line, followed by some heavy headshaking. Usually the sign of a big ass bass.
Finally, after a lot of attempts, I got a couple of nice fish after all. Persistence pays as they say. I don’t remember all the details about the trips, but I’ll show you some decent fishporn later on in the article.
About the seabass fishing
I’ve written in previous articles a little bit about the gear and flies we use, but let me get into that a little more.
We fish in and around the port of Rotterdam. A huge industrial area. No area for wussies. Most spots are hard to reach, and even harder to find. Slipping, sliding and tearing waders around the rocks might not be everyone’s cup of tea. But once you’ve felt the power and seen the beauty of a Seabass, you are immediately hooked.
The gear we use is pretty simple. An 8 or 9 weight rod, decent saltwater reel, and a Di3, Di5 or Di7 line (the number stand for the inches the line sinks per second). The line we choose all depends on the spot, the depth, the tide and the current. Tippetmaterial consists of 20-25lbs fluorocarbon. You definitely need this heavy line and the abrasion resistance quality of fluorocarbon, because of all the rocks, mussels, oysters etc. Seabass are smart fish, and you wouldn’t be the first one to lose a big fish one an oyster reef. We’ve all been there at least once.
Flies are simple. We use EP-streamers (watch this video for instructions) in the 8 to 15cm range. Natural colors are our favorite, but sometimes black/purple or chartreuse/white can also work well. Especially in dark or colored water. Some people prefer clousers, deceivers or other saltwater baitfish patterns. I think it’s just a matter of personal preference. We’ve been pretty successful with EP-streamers, but some buddies of mine prefer other flies.
The tide is also something to keep an eye on. Some spots are only accessible on a low tide. Other spots are especially productive during heavy tidal currents. Other spots are good on a high tide. So, just go fishing, and find out where to go on a certain tide.
Now, onto the fishporn. I’ve selected some pictures from a couple of our last trips. A little disclaimer here: Some pictures are pretty heavily photoshopped. I don’t like messing around with the pictures too much, but the port of Rotterdam is a popular fishing destination, and we’d like to keep some spots to ourselves. It’s pretty darn easy to ruin a good fishing spot by posting it on the internet. So, I’m sorry if you see some ghosting, repeating patterns etc in the background.