European Bass are a voracious predator feeding on sardines and mackerel and it’s meet is high in oil.

Summer bass fishing differs from spring fishing in many ways: for one, European Bass are found mostly in the surf and in the estuaries, and, surf fishing is very popular, though it requires a different set of tackle.

During summer, the best way to catch the European Bass by far is from the shore as the bass love to stay in the surf while the water is warm. They are also found in the troughs, on rocky shoals and in channels. They can be caught with much of the same soft and hard lures as well as live baits including lugworms, ragworms, peeler crabs, squid, clams, shrimp and small baitfish, though worms are one of the most popular types of bait. However, the use sand eels and live prawns are considered the best baits for the European Bass.

European Bass are sought after by anglers the world over as well as chefs for their highly priced meet. It is a voracious predator feeding on sardines and mackerel and it’s meet is high in oil.

The best time to feed on crustaceans and eels is during the summer and spring season when the temperature rises. The best time to catch European Bass is at dawn and dusk for shore fishing. For surf fishing, the surf must not be too low and must not be in a suspended form for the best conditions.

Float fishing and spinning are two techniques that work rather well. Aim for areas that are likely to have an abundance of mussels, crabs and small fishes as these are favourite bass food. Fly-fishing is also becoming a popular way of catching the sea bass.

European Bass can be fished from the shore or from a boat by casting, trolling or fly fishing. For inshore fishing, use a beach caster of ten to twelve foot while fishing from a boat requires a shorter rod of six to eight foot in length. And, you may need to use a heavy rod if sea conditions are rough. When in a boat, consider drifting with baits under floats, casting with spools and the use of plastic eels. Plastic eels solve all the issues of trying to keep your bait alive and fresh.


Study the tides. Larger tides have more predator fish like the European Bass because a large tide brings in a lot of baitfish. Since higher tides also induce mating and birth there is plenty of food available in the form of planktons and baitfish.

Keep you bait cool until you are ready to fish. Some bait like black lug and white rag are available only when the tide is high, so keeping them in cold storage until they are needed. Key tackle box items are your rod, reel and tripod, bait, hooks, swivels, lead links, spare sinkers, both grip and plain, spare line both main and shock leader are the items that must be carried in a tackle box.

Ocean fishing is a little more difficult to detect strikes than freshwater fishing. The movement of the sea and the boat can feel like a strike. Watch for any rod movement, line movement and indicator movement, which are not in time with either the tide or wind. Holding the fishing rod and line may also help.