If you've read much of this blog, you've probably noticed that Jersey- where I'm based- offers some truly fabulous fishing. And we all take full advantage of it! As the most Southerly place in the British Isles, Jersey anglers benefit from warmer weather than do our friends on the mainland, and we experience warmer average sea temperatures year-round. As such, bass tend to be a much more common presence in our waters and for longer.
Whatever your lure angling skill level, I'd be delighted to welcome you to Jersey to come fishing. As one of the owners of Monster Tackle, a lot of my time is spent being involved with different fishing tackle and different techniques. I thought I could make use of that knowledge and a lifetime spent fishing local waters to offer anglers the chance to come to this exceptional bass habitat and fish for that wonderful species with someone familiar with the local grounds. This is not a service offered by Monster Tackle, but rather on a solely individual basis by one of its owners.
People newer to the sport will receive as much or as little advice and guidance as they may want to receive. Bass are never guaranteed, but are strongly anticipated and of course are always the primary target. We also enjoy exceptional wrasse fishing, and can offer more generalised or light lure fishing from rocks, beach or pier.
I divide our fishing time between boat, shore and kayak. If you'd like to come and sample some Jersey bass fishing, send me a message via our website and I'd be happy to discuss some options with you via email or phone. As a qualified guide with Jersey Heritage, I can even guide you to an offshore tower which we have used ourselves as a base of operations many times over the last decade. There can be few more spectacular places to spend a night, and with bunkbeds, a warm fire, fridge and oven and bass fishing metres away from the door, Seymour Tower is a once in a lifetime experience.
If you like your fishing from a kayak, this can be accomodated. We fish weekly from kayaks, and they offer one of the best ways to access some of Jersey's truly unique coastline. Whether you would want to bring your own, or whether you'd like us to arrange one for you, this is a great way to explore this beautiful island and catch bass while you do it!
And for those who want to get further offshore, I can offer trips out on a fully commercially-coded RIB, with a qualified skipper. Jersey is surrounded by reefs and the fishing they offer can be truly extraordinary. This is not the typical charter boat angling- there's no steaming out for hours to the middle of nowhere and then plonking lures down to depths of 60 feet or more. We fish inshore reefs with exactly the same tackle we use from shore, and our target fishing grounds are rocks and weed beds that are fully visible. The results can be amazing! Here's an idea of how it looks!
Using a RIB also allows us to reach some of the jaw-dropping reefs that surround Jersey. L'Ecrehous is truly incredible- with houses built there and only a few miles from France (but still less than 20 minutes motoring on a RIB), this is a mindblowing place to fish for bass.
Yet another stunning reef off a different part of the Island is the Minquiers. Also with houses built on it, this reef is actually larger than the island of Jersey itself, although only a small proportion of its huge size is ever above water.
We also fish a great deal on our beautiful neighbour Sark. As one of the smallest Channel Islands, it has no cars, and it is truly a lure fishing paradise of the highest order. Sark has some of the most stunning scenery in the British Isles. If you'd like to arrange a combination of fishing in Jersey and Sark, or base yourself one or the other, this can easily be arranged. As transport there is by bicycle or by foot, it is certainly a healthy place to enjoy lure fishing, but with an average of five empty beaches to every angler, you won't need to elbow aside anyone for a fishing spot!
Please contact me to discuss your perfect bass fishing holiday. I'd be delighted to talk through your options, your favoured techniques and precisely how and when you'd like to come and enjoy the lure fishing trip of a lifetime!