Sea Bass are a species of fish that can be found in the United Kingdom. They have been popularized by British fisherman and their high demand has created an industry around catching them. Bass fishing is typically done with a variety of different types of rigs depending on the location and time of year. In this blog post you will learn a few general facts, what their habitat and distribution is like and how to catch these fantastic fish!
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DISTRIBUTION & HABITAT
WALES - The bass distribution in Wales is mainly inshore, in shallow water over rocks and gravel. You will find bass along most part of the welsh coast, and especially near the mouths of rivers. They are also found in estuaries, but seem to be less common there than they used to be.
ENGLAND - Bass are found more predominantly around the south west coast of England. Although they are found on the east coast they are far more abundant on the South west coast!
SCOTLAND - Bass fishing in Scotland is not well renowned and they seem to be far less abundant in the Scotland than they are in the rest of the UK. It is possible though to catch them at certain times of year in southern Scotland!
IRELAND - Bass fishing in Ireland can be exceptional and again is more abundant on the southern coast. This is because the waters are warmer which bass love. You will find bass in the Irish Sea and also off of the south coast.
BREEDING BEHAVIOR & LIFE-CYCLE
Adult sea bass move closer to the shore in warmer waters during March through mid-June, then they start spawning. Females can release eggs that hatch into larvae after 3-4 days at 13-14°C, and then the larvae will drift closer inshore.
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Sea bass are found all around the world, mostly in temperate waters. The UK has a number of sea bass species that live close to shore and can be targeted by anglers who fish from their boats or on foot. The European seabass is a predatory fish found in inshore British waters and estuaries. These fish migrate to inshore shorelines during summer months and offshore throughout colder seasons. In the springtime they will gather in larger shoals to spawn!
Sea bass fishing can be done in a number of ways, such as from the shoreline or while standing on rocks. Fishing for bass requires using specialized equipment and techniques that can be slightly different from those used for other fish species found inside UK waters. Sea bass rigs are often baited with squid, prawns and mussels to entice these predatory fish to bite! Sea Bass is an excellent sportfish - catching them often involves being able to identify their prey by learning how it moves through water (including natural obstacles) so you can anticipate where your catch will likely be coming up!