A switch of bait proved decisive for Hampshire sea angler Dave Jones when he landed this 13lb 7oz bass from the shore.
The 27-year-old fished off Lepe beach in Southampton and started off using livebaits. But after a quiet couple of hours he switched to a squid bait and promptly hit into ‘the fish of a lifetime’.
“We were using live whiting but to no avail so I pinched some of my friends old bait which had already been defrosted twice and within two minutes my rod was rattling like crazy,” he said. “I had to be careful as I was only using 12lb mainline but after 10 minutes I managed to beach it.”