TheTight Line Vol 8 Part 2 - page 10-11

Daiwa or
5000 size Shimano reel. The next size outfit up is
a rod that can cast up to 100g or so and PE4-5 line. Some
examples include the FCL Labo UCB74, Synit Van Diemen
X35 or Zenaq Fokeeto Tuna 83/4. The key with using this gear
on bass effectively is to hit the fish with everything you have
got and not rest until the fish is flapping in the boat. By this
I mean: when you get a hit, set the hook and start cranking
immediately! Don’t pause to feel the weight of the fish or
let it run – just get the head coming towards you and keep
it coming. Fish a firm, but not locked drag. If the fish pulls
line add a bit of hand pressure on the spool to make sure
you are using maximum tension for your gear. Once the fish
is in more open water away from the shallows, don’t stop!
They have a nasty habit of turning on the afterburners and
powering down to the bottom at this stage. Also a larger bass
may have only just woken up and realised its predicament
at this time, so it can still be pumped up and full of fight.
Win or lose, a fight with a red bass will be over in seconds.
With leaders for casting at bass I tend to favour a hard
fluorocarbon leader in the 50-60lb range. This kind of
stiff leader is not the most casting friendly leader out there
but it certainly can cope with a lot of abrasion around the
coral, when compared to most mono leader materials.
When running larger lures and heavier tackle, I may step up
to 100lb mono which is far more castable than very heavy
fluorocarbon while maintaining enough toughness for the job.
Lastly, jigging is a very successful way to chase red bass. In
deeper water the lure losses to bass are much lower and some
quite large specimens can be caught without too much drama.
The authors best land based bass - taken on
25lb braid over a very shallow, coral studded
boulder garden. Possibly the unluckiest fish alive!
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