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 – JOHN LEBALLEUR
Catching the Smallest Bass – DONOVAN KELLEY MBE
Sign of the Times
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

Basssing In West Hampshire – Time And Tide

CHAPTER 6 – LESSONS LEARNT Bassing In West Hampshire – Time And Tide Crunching along the shingle homeward bound for breakfast, after casting a plug at first light, or clambering up a cliff at some Godforsaken hour, most often fishless, does not give me a lot of

Alice’s Pipe

CHAPTER 6 – LESSONS LEARNT Alice’s Pipe For some weeks I kept two small bass in a 55 gallon tank along with a few beadlet anemones, a single large snakelocks anemone, two small shore crabs, some limpets and winkles, and a selection of palamanoid prawns and crangoid

Seeing Is Believing

CHAPTER 6 – LESSONS LEARNT Seeing Is Believing Since moving to Plymouth most of my bass fishing has been on a short section of coast in South Devon. Over four years I have maintained a log of what I have caught, as well as comments from other

Trying Times

CHAPTER 6 – LESSONS LEARNT Trying Times I used to think bass were the stuff of dreams. They had a mystical air, a fish to be spoken of with reverence and in hushed tones. I suspect this was because I never caught many. As I grew older

Just For The Record

CHAPTER 5 – GOOD DAYS, BAD DAYS Just For The Record It was the start of my annual holiday on Dover’s Southern Breakwater, in search of the large bass which frequent the area. My first session would be on the ebb on Saturday 3rd September 1988, with

A Tale Of Two Bass

CHAPTER 5 – GOOD DAYS, BAD DAYS A Tale Of Two Bass It was an odd year for me, for the most part I had to force myself to find time to go fishing. It got so bad that I didn’t even take any rods to Guernsey

The Worm Only Club Rough Guide To Ireland

CHAPTER 5 – GOOD DAYS, BAD DAYS The Worm Only Club Rough Guide To Ireland It’s that time of year when thoughts turn to planning the annual bass pilgrimage to County Kerry. Don’t miss out on this exclusive guide on where to go, what to do and

A Pet Of A Day

CHAPTER 5 – GOOD DAYS, BAD DAYS A Pet Of A Day It had been bad for a couple of weeks. Not so bad as to cause damage or sleepless nights, but enough all the same to keep me at home. A good bit of rain, and

Horses For Courses

CHAPTER 5 – GOOD DAYS, BAD DAYS Horses For Courses My season started in April with the weather ‘playing ball’. Lots of high pressure and warm fronts had been with us over the preceding couple of weeks. It warmed the air and water quite nicely. I made

One Morning In May

CHAPTER 5 – GOOD DAYS, BAD DAYS One Morning In May “So what time are you going to collect me?” asked my disbelieving friend for the third time that evening, and the answer was the same: “2.00am” “Are you sure?” he replied, “Oh yes” said I, with