After 10 years of trying to catch a double-figure bass an angler from Cardiff caught two, with the best weighing a superb 13lb 14oz.
John Fishlock, a member of the Cardiff-based South Wales Sea Anglers, was fishing with club colleague Robert Cole at a mark near Cardiff Foreshore where previously they had caught bass to 9lb.
“We think this bass ban has made a huge difference in the Bristol Channel with loads of reports coming into me about double-figure bass,” said Robert, who is also press officer of the Welsh FSA. “I decided to brush off the light gear and have a session to see if there was any early bass showing at a Cardiff mark.”
Robert and John headed for a local mark, where, about half hour before high water, John’s 175g barbel rod was almost pulled off his rod-rest. After 20 minutes he was able to net his first double-figure fish from the bottom of the steep mud bank. He caught the bass, which weighed 12lb 3oz, on small peeler crab baits on size 2/0 Sakuma Manta Extra hooks and 6lb mainline with 10lb snoods.
Two weeks later on a similar tide, the pair headed back to the same mark and John caught another bass of 13lb 14oz. Both fish were released.