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Well at long last i can claim a Sea Bass and a little beauty it was too measured at 45cm and weighed on my womans kitchen scales some 4 hours later at slightly over 2lb.
Was down bright and early this morning at 09:30 and was thinking of fishing on the concrete block but there was already and old fella sitting there with his 2 rods out, the sea was pretty much flat calm, slight swell and not very fishy looking at all. He hadnt caught anything but hadnt been there long and i felt it wasnt the right spot today with LW being around 11:45.
I waddled off towards the harbour entrance rocks and noticed there was a little bit of surf at the last beach before the breakwater rocks and that seemed a better idea to me. By the time i got set up it was after 10:30, it was rather overcast but still t-shirt weather as i settled into my seat with 2 rods out, both with 2 hook flappers loaded with lug worm.
I thought i was seeing things when my rod tip started that almost forgotten nodding movement. When i whacked it i knew there was a decent fish on but it seemed to come off long before i got it near the beach, i was gutted! I carried on reeling in and there was tension on the line again, spirits up again as it came into view it looked like a small fish but as it got closer ...... whoo hoo a sea bass and it looked very good to me.
When i got it on the beach i was gob smacked to see a tinsel type meckerel hook in its lip, trailing behind it were the other 3 mackerel lures and a red gripper weight. My wormless top hook was wrapped in the feathers and thats how it landed. Dont suppose i will ever know if actually took my worm and it came off my hook and to be quite honest i really dont give a ****e.
The rest of the day was fairly uneventfull, i caught 1 other small bass and a few weaver fish, fella who came down around lunchtime pulled out a few small bass too next to me along with lots of weavers too.

So the fish is cleaned and filletted and ready for the pan now and i can hardly wait to cook it and try a sea bass for the very first time. Ive managed to resisit the temptation in tesco for this very day.
 

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i have read your reports before so just shows to keep at it and you will be rewarded, i think 95% of fisherman at the moment are down beat on there catches of late, damn hard going, so well done.
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Thanks chaps, right place right time, and i did notice that previously my lug baits were coming back in untouched, that was rare today. I ran out of lug tbh and was lure fishing in the end on one rod. Thats a good thing as far as i see. Looking forward to more of that in the future.
 

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Very well done on getting your 1st bass, I caught my 1st decent bass from Langney Point of identical size a few months ago. Even more unlikely as it was during daylight which doesn't usually fish that well there. As Steve says, a lot of people are too depressed to fish at the moment due to this bad catch rate for everyone this year, me included. I was really looking forward to this summer for all the new species but it hasn't lived up to my expectations, which were pretty low anyway!
Savour your lovely bass and lets hope his brothers and sisters are out there somewhere as well
 
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