My favourite method for catching ballans is by freelining. Its as simple as tying a hook on to your mainline and then placing 3-4 splitshots about 8" above the hook. Best baits are rag or the claw of a peeler. The problem with using a whole peeler for ballans is the fact that it gets ripped apart by the smaller fish even when wrapped with bait elastic, wheras the peeled claw picks up the bigger fish of 3lb plus.
Hi Blenny, a rotten light link is simply a piece of line which is lighter than your mainline which is attached to the weight link on your rig. For example say you had 18lb mainline you would use a weaklink of around 10lbs. It is a very useful method for fishing rough ground. Say you have a fish on and it dives for cover snagging the weight in a crevice. Under normal circumstances if you pulled for a break you'd be likely to lose the rig, fish and all, however with the weaklink there is a strong possibility you will get the rig with the fish still on but minus the weight. Well thats the theory anyway
As it happend I did. Off to the power station in Culross. The weather was bad, windy and very wet and as i'd just come from lecturing I wasn't in the best clothing for it. Fished just as the tide peaked and caught nowt (bar a cold)
Water was rough but I thought this might be good for the bass coming in to root about!? Tried a couple of lures but to no effect!
Am I doing anything wrong? I hear this area fishes best as the tide just starts to turn back in. Any thoughts?
Hi Blenny, I can't say I know the area. It could be that the warm water outflow at the station had been switched off and that could account for the lack of bass. It might be worth trying bait next time. I do know that quite a few bass are caught from Torness to spinners and even on the fly.
Lecturing.......thank god there will be no more of that for a few months, had my last exam at uni yesterday!