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Hi from another Nick

It’s quite an effort to join this forum, though I can see why you have to jump through so many hoops to join. The trouble is with forums like this is that they can become addictive, a bit like Facebook as Mrs N who enjoys her compulsion knows so well.

I became a bass addict a few years back. Sounds like Bass Addicts Anonymous. I usually fish in Dorset, the Purbeck region in particular and started lure fishing a few years ago because of Mike Ladle and his excellent accounts of bassing in the Kimmeridge area. His site as I am sure anyone who reads it will know is a mine of information on where to fish, so much so that I suspect it now has a negative impact on the area with increased gill netting almost onto the beach a noticeable feature on his patch.

At this time of year I usually fish early from dark to a couple of hours max after sunrise (thanks again to Mike Ladle) and sometimes pass anglers coming to fish as I am on my way home at 7.00am. I began a few years back with plugs (floaters and sinkers) including the good old J 11 and I still use this one when the conditions are right but in the past couple of years moved almost exclusively to soft lures in various forms.

One of the keys to softies I have discovered is that sometimes you often or usually need to move them slowly if at all rather like a free lined bait perhaps. I get many takes on the drop and find that these are the hardest to connect with. It’s all a matter of keeping the right tension between rod tip and lure plus something I can’t quite pin anything on. Intuition/sixth sense? Any way that’s enough of an introduction so it's back to my lunch break.

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Welcome abard Nick. Great introduction! You'll find a lot of good stuff about soft baits and bites on the drop on here, so get stuck in. Look forward to hearing more from you. Like you say, this damn thing is way too addictive!
 

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Hi and welcome Nick. As Ben says lots of guys specialising in SPs around here. We'll all be glad to hear about any tactics you've figured out and look forward to your catch reports.
 

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Hi Nick from another Nick who also fishes out from Kimmeridge. I am one of those who arrives as you leave! I launch a small boat and fish the area. Had 2 Bass to 3lbs, a 4lb Wrasse and a Mackerel fishing between 1000 and 1400 on Saturday. Have yet to work out how to accurately forecast the tides at Kimmeridge can you help?
 

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Hi Nick and welcome, great introduction and first post out of the way :-D
 

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Thanks for the welcome. There is a lot to read on here and it takes time to go through the threads. Nick Anthony - I will try to find info on the tides. There is what we call a double high tide which can confuse people on this part of the coast caused by an eddy from the Cherbourg Peninsular? The tide comes in goes out a bit then comes in again before going out properly if I remember from my small boat days in Poole harbour. The tides can strong at Kimmeridge so you really need to know what to expect before you venture out of course. It can be a dangerous stretch of coast. I fish further west from a shingle beach most of the time.

I have found that apart from Chesil beach where the tides do matter for shore fishing, results are not so much determined by the state of the tide but winds. A south south westerly is best up to about force 4 maybe 5. As long as there is not too much weed in the water. An in your face sort of wind brings me the best results although it's harder to cast but then most of the fish I take are close in almost on the beach at times. Low tide can be good, an ebbing tide or flooding tide does not seem to matter so much. It's exciting fishing to get takes in the white water where seconds before shingle showed. Thre is a knack too to getting the plug to hang in the wave so to speak but when I do it well it can be amazing.

It's been too calm recently to bring the bass onshore and the whitebait have been noticeable by their absence this year from the main beach I fish. I hope to go again this weekend with some fresh Xlayers and light jigheads. Thanks Mr Fish for the very quick turnaround. I ordered Monday and they arrived this morning (Wednesday)! Great service.

I had a great wrasse session last weekend but the ballans made mincejelly of the softies. Hopefully this time the bass will be there.

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Thanks Nick. I spent many a night in small boats (not fishing!) up and down the coast between Poole and Portland so understand the dangers. Underneath those cliffs at night is one of the less well marked and darker places along the coast. I must have been lucky last week as I fished in flat calm and bright sun and caught a few fish albeit not off beaches but under the cliffs. The tide times seem closer to Portland than Poole and it is good to hear tides do not make too much difference.

I may be out on Saturday subject to family commitments
 
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