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3. Bass can be caught using many different methods – I’ve even seen plenty of schoolies caught on fly gear by experienced fluff chuckers. A great method in this harbour environment is to use quivertip tactics – not the delicate 1 oz tips you’d use for little silver fish, but the beefier tips associated with twin-tipped Avon-style rods.
Abrasive pads on a bass’s mouth and rough scales call for a main line and hook length of no lighter than 6 lb breaking strain.
Hooks can be either a size 6-8 carp hook or, even better, a chemically sharpened Aberdeen medium shank in a size 1 or 2. Lead size depends on the strength of the tide, but a 1 oz carp bomb is usually okay.