May Bass Lure Fishing Blog "Into the Darkness"

In May things start to change and move. Sandeels are abundant on the open coast and inside estuaries. Bass will follow those sandeels into esturies and they will be of all sizes. Mackerel numbers increase weekly and when the mackerel start to chase the bait fish the bass will notice and follow. 

If the weather heats up for prolonged spells the Bass will suddenly start hitting the surface lures with venom. However.... the real change unknown to most anglers is at night. The switch turns on and changes the whole dynamic to fishing. Yes we mention at night and yes most of you will be asleep when the real action starts to take shape but if you're not in it you wont win it. Maybe try fishing into dark or first light to get used to it but its a real game changer especially when the moon lights up the rivers and sea. 

We are not talking about 2/3/4 o'clock in the morning because that would really mess with our sleep patterns but some will be rewarded if they do. We are talking about when it gets dark and staying out just that little bit longer than you would normally. We have stayed down fishing after it gets dark quite a few times but in the past few years that time in the dark extends for an hour or two and the switch is incredible. 

So you are probably wondering okay where? We are talking about where those sandeels are likely to be, in and around the sand taking cover from predators. What we try and do is replicate that with lures that might represent those motions of sandeels especially at low tide on the beach if its calm. Either that or over reefs and estuaries 2 hours either side of high and low tide using similar tactics. 

May can produce some real big fish due to the migration patterns so ensure your knots are tied well and your drag is set well. 

Lures to help you in May:


Small Surface Topwater Bass Lure

Small Slow Bass Jigs to use in the shallows at night. 


Daylight at range (Coast)

Shallow Diving Lures

Or Smaller Types

In calmer waters (Coast)

Sub-Surface Lures


In the surf or from the rocks

Seadra Aqua-Bullet

Or from a boat maybe? 

Seadra Slow Bass Jig Aqua-Drop Boat Lure

How about trying a fly for Bass? Use you bass spinning gear to catch a bass with a fly with these:

Anti-Tangle Bombarda Fly Sets: 

Tight Lines & Good Luck

Bass Lures UK

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