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 Post subject: North Devon places for Bass (& perhaps Mullet)?
PostPosted: Fri Jul 22, 2011 2:27 pm 

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Location: Kent, UK

Just a short enquiry for anyone who has recommendations about areas to try for someone who is visiting North Devon for the first time next week and taking his fly rod with him. Hartland Peninsula perhaps?

Probably fishing from the shore unless anyone recommends boats that aren't too pricey!

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 Post subject: Re: North Devon places for Bass (& perhaps Mullet)?
PostPosted: Sun Aug 21, 2011 12:54 pm 

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Sorry Mike, only just seen this.

The pressure on bass is such that an early post asking for marks will have the result you have experienced - people clam up! The reason is simple, bass get wiped out on good marks that are publicised - even by angling pressure. So naturally, people are sensitive. N. Devon is one of the worst areas for commercial and angling pressure too, Yorkshire is another one and Dorset, then again in Sussex.

You need to work out your own marks, but don't think it is difficult, it isn't. The things you need to look for are well known. Watercraft will help you - look for features in the water, on sandy beaches this could simply be a an area where there is a bit of a depression that forms a gutter 1 foot deeper than the rest (those sea pools you see left on sandy beaches). It might be a an outcrop of rocks, a tide rip, but you need water movement - either from tidal movement, or wave action, or both!

Food sources - if you see birds diving and screeching excitedly, terns especially, get there as fast as you can and cast to the edge of the commotion. The bass, or mackerel, will be pushing baitfish to the surface and the birds are taking advantage. Birds working are the best indication of fish feeding you can have. The next is swirls in the water.

Most people fish too far out for bass - they also prefer low light levels, because the beaches are less noisy. If I were going to N. Devon at this time of year I would be fishing from 04.00 to 07.30 and then going home and not fishing again (unless I could get afloat) until about 7or 8 in the evening. You can either eat at a civilised hour, or go fishing, but if you want to catch bass regularly, you need to fish first and fit your eating and socialising habits around the fishing, not the other way round!

Give Oz a shout and see if he can take you out on his boat. His prices are very reasonable. UKBASSFISHING.COM - advert at the top of this page! He is a very good guide, a bit further west than you, but worth the drive. The N. Devon guides tend to put you on tiny fish, 12" - 16" and think they are doing you a favour! :roll:

It's not how you casts them out that matters. It's how you pulls them in!
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