Bass And B.A.S.S

Contents | Foreward | Introduction

Contents

Foreword – DONOVAN KELLEY MBE
Introduction – GEOFF GONELLA

CHAPTER ONE – KNOW YOUR QUARRY

Introducing the Bass  – DAVID HILL
Aspects of Bass Behaviour – DONOVAN KELLEY MBE
Underwater Colour – What the Fish See Deep Down – ALUN LEWIS

CHAPTER TWO – TECHNIQUES – BAIT FISHING

A Preference for Bait Fishing – MIKE CHANNON
Hayling Bass – DAVE RIGDEN
Surf Angling for Bass in Cornwall – NIGEL HESTER
Boat Fishing for Bass – MIKE BROWNING
Float – Fished Prawns – MALCOLM BRINDLE
River and Estuary Fishing for Bass – TONY LEE

CHAPTER THREE – TECHNIQUES – LURE FISHING

Start Spinning and Plugging – MIKE LADLE
Splash, Splosh, Wallop! – ALLAN HUGHES
Using Surface Poppers – STEVE BUTLER
Redgills From the Shore – PETER BADCOCK
The Shy Followers – ALLAN HUGHES

CHAPTER FOUR – TECHNIQUES – FLY FISHING

Bass with a Fly Rod – DAVID HILL
Flycasting Tackle – MIKE OLIVER
Try a Fly – Part 1 – NICK COSFORD
Try a Fly – Part 2 – NICK COSFORD

CHAPTER FIVE – GOOD DAYS, BAD DAYS

Taking Breath, and Having your Breath Taken Away – MATTHEW SPENCE
A Week in September – IAN GAZELEY
Things That go Bump in the Night – TONY HOOPER
Seven Days in Ireland – STEVE BUTLER
September – LEON ROSKILLY
Moonlight Tagging – ALAN AUBERT
The Secret Diary of a Worm Only Club Member – DAVE CORFIELD
The Dark Strand – WILLIAM HARRISON
New to Plugging – LEIGH DAVIES
Suffolk Bassing – Ambition Achieved – ALAN NARRACOTT
My First Ten Pound Bass – TONY HOOPER
Never Too Old – SHAUN GOULDING
Nocturnal Fly fishing – ‘SCADMAN’
A Cautionary Tale – DIANE RAWLES
A Bass and a Yak – PETER BADCOCK
Carry on Carrahane – DAVE CORFIELD
Walking on Water – MATTHEW SPENCE
Once You Pop, You Just Can’t Stop! – IAN MORRIS
A Day to Remember – STEVE BUTLER
Fly fishing in Mounts Bay – ROGER BAKER
The Early Bird Catches the Worm – HUW BAKER
Wrong Place, Right Time – JOHN HALL
Jersey Success – STEVE BUTLER
Wading for Bass – KENT SHERRINGTON
The Worm Only Club Angling Dictionary – DAVE CORFIELD
Reflections – BOB Moss
One Morning in May – STEVE BINCKES
Horses for Courses – STEVE BINCKES
A Pet of a Day – BOB MOSS
The Worm Only Club Rough Guide to Ireland – DAVE CORFIELD
A Tale of Two Bass – JOHN MORGAN
Just for the Record – DAVE BOURNE

CHAPTER SIX – LESSONS LEARNT

Trying Times – JULIAN FOX
Seeing is Believing – ANDY RYE
Alice’s Pipe – RICHARD HUGGETT
Bassing in West Hampshire – Time and Tide – MARTIN WALLER
Bassing via the Three ‘R’s – ION WILLIAMS
Footloose with a Fly Rod – NICK COSFORD

CHAPTER SEVEN – THE SOCIETY

Introducing B.A.S.S.
Thirty Years of the Society – DONOVAN KELLEY MBE
The B.A.S.S. Restoration Project – STEVE PITTS

CHAPTER EIGHT – PROTECT AND SURVIVE

Just a Dream? – LEON ROSKILLY
Bass Legislation – A Summary – GEOFF GONELLA
Bass Tagging 2000 – 2003 (Part 1) – JOHN LEBALLEUR
Bass Tagging 2000 – 2003 (Part 2) – JOHN LEBALLEUR
Catching the Smallest Bass – DONOVAN KELLEY MBE
Walls Have Ears – NICK COSFORD & GEOFF GONELLA
Nursery Areas – GEOFF GONELLA

CHAPTER NINE – ‘MORA’

Part 1 – Summer DAVID HILL
Part 2 – Autumn DAVID HILL
Part 3 – Winter DAVID HILL
Part 4 – Spring DAVID HILL

CHAPTER TEN – AMERICAN COUSINS

So What Exactly is a Striped Bass? – GEOFF GONELLA
Stripers Afloat – MIKE DUCKETT & TONY VALLACK
Swimming with Stripers – ‘SCADMAN’
Montauk in the Fall – MALCOLM GILBERT & MIKE OLIVER

CHAPTER ELEVEN – LOOKING BACK

A Chairman’s Reflections Then and Now – CLIVE GAMMON
Is There a Cure for Constipation? – JOHN DARLING
79510 and all that – PHIL HYDE
Experiences with Bass – BRIAN HARRIS

CHAPTER TWELVE – LOOKING FORWARD

The Bass Management Plan – An Overview – GEOFF GONELLA
One Last Cast – JOHN LEBALLEUR

Recommended reading
Abbreviations used
Length to weight conversions

Experiences With Bass

CHAPTER 11 – Looking Back Experiences With Bass? My first experiences with bass took place when I was about thirteen, when my family regularly spent summer holidays and weekends in a caravan at Newhaven. I had been coarse and trout fishing since I was about five, but

Is There A Cure For Constipation?

CHAPTER 11 – Looking Back Is There A Cure For Constipation? Thirty years – goodness knows how many bass have slurped my offerings in that time, but I know they’ve given me a lot of pleasure, with of course a fair amount of frustration. But that is

A Chairman’s Reflections Then And Now

CHAPTER 11 – Looking Back A Chairman’s Reflections Then And Now This year, every time I have tried to mount a serious bass trip, something has intervened. The whole of the June peeler crab fishing, or nearly all of it, I missed because of having to be

Montauk In The Fall

CHAPTER 10 – American Cousins Montauk In The Fall Malcolm Gilbert and I look forward to our annual trip to Montauk, at the eastern end of Long Island, New York. Getting there Over the years we have developed a good partnership, organizing the trip in equal measure

Swimming With Stripers

CHAPTER 10 – American Cousins Swimming With Stripers Standing on the beach at Ditch Plains, Mike Oliver passed me the binoculars to observe birds working over a shoal of fish on the distant horizon. Other anglers watched in awe, and very few words were spoken. Some claim

Stripers Afloat

CHAPTER 10 – American Cousins Stripers Afloat At a B.A.S.S. AGM we watched a presentation on fishing for striped bass in the USA. We were so impressed we decided to go over and have a try. Now that we have been, we’d like to share some of

So What Exactly Is A Striped Bass?

CHAPTER 10 – American Cousins So What Exactly Is A Striped Bass? The striped bass or ‘striper’ is a relative of the European sea bass, both fish belonging to the Sea Perch family. It is a native fish of the eastern United States from northern Florida to

Spring (Part 2)

CHAPTER 9 – ‘MORA’ Spring (Part 2) A dozen times he recast when the bait was fished out and had swung right round to the edge of the surf, each time moving a little way along the beach to cover new ground. As the sun went down

Spring (Part 1)

CHAPTER 9 – ‘MORA’ Spring (Part 1) In the spring the North Atlantic Drift, pushed along by the mild southwesterly winds, carries rich nutrients into the bay from the far off seas of the Gulf of Mexico. Creatures living in the sea and above it depend, in

Winter (Part 2)

CHAPTER 9 – ‘MORA’ Winter (Part 2) Mora stayed feeding in the open area of the harbour until the early snow water began to come down from the hills, and the continuously cold winds cooled the water sufficiently to make her swim out to the deeps. As