Urban Chub Fishing on the River Tone
James Robbins from Shakespeare Fishing TV fishes the River Tone in Somerset. The venue is situated in the heart of Taunton and the target species is chub. Conditions are tough as it's a bright day and the river is low and clear. The video gives several top tips relating to waggler fishing for chub on small rivers in such conditions.
Another boat adventure and the GX2
Another boat adventure and the GX2
The Ugly Stik GX2 Kayak Rod from Shakespeare
On this adventure, I was lucky enough to have a new tackle item to play with. Shakespeare had kindly sent over two of the new Ugly Stik GX2 Kayak rods to have a look at, and I needed to bend them into a few species. This would be from my Red Bay Fast Fisher, as I don’t have a Kayak, and although I do not wish to “knock” this exciting side of our sport, I prefer something with gunnels!
A Mullet “Grand Slam” in West Cork
a 5lb Thick-lipped Mullet
For a challenging Mullet “grand slam” I had the notion to target all three Grey Mullet varieties during one adventure. However, to push the boundaries a little further, how about adding that they would all have to be over Irish specimen size!
The three species in question (omitting the Red Mullet found offshore) are obviously the “thick-lipped”, the “thin-lipped” and the smaller and much prettier “golden-grey”. A tall order I know, e...
FLOUNDER ON LURES........something different
FLOUNDER ON LURES
The upsurge in lure fishing, mainly for bass, has opened up other unexpected doors for other species. Take flounder for example. I’ve been fishing lures, and fly fishing for bass, for well over 30-years, and though I’ve caught a few flounder on lures and flies in the past, I never made the full connection and specifically targeted them with lures. Things are different now, though.
Some of my bass fishing is along the sides of small estuaries in mid...
Here’s how to win the Nationals!.......
STEVE WILLIAMS fishes for Shakespeare Superteam and has a great record fishing in Division 1 Nationals. He’s recorded three team Golds, one Silver, and one Bronze medal over a successful match career in the elite event for team fishing. We join him on one of his practise sessions ahead of the big teams’ event in August, which he would love to win again! “You can’t beat the thrill of winning a team, or individual, Gold medal on National day, as it’s the biggest match angli...
Back to basics: stick float fishing......
There are few tactics more rewarding than catching on a stick float. River expert James Robbins explains how to master the basics…
When it comes to catching fish from rivers there is no finer tactic than using a stick float. A beautiful way to spend the day, it is a method that, as well as being highly effective, requires a fair amount of skill to fish correctly and successfully. For life-long river enthusiast James Robbins it is this combination which makes it such an...
Mullet and the Greys Prodigy VX
Targeting Mullet on the new VX Prodigy Specialist Rod from Greys
After my recent and extremely enjoyable Tench session, it was now time to switch my attention to salt-water, and to see how the Prodigy VX stands up to the power of a Grey Mullet!
Although strong north-westerly winds were going to be a major problem, the tides were perfect, and I thought I would make the most of this opportunity for a Mullet bash. The wind can be problematical as most of my Mullet angling is...
TESTING TIMES!......The Greys Prodigy VX Specialist Float Rod
The Greys Prodigy VX Specialist Float Rod
The catalogue says.....
“A brilliant all-round float rod, with just a hint of extra casting and striking power. Forgiving tip allows for a degree of finesse, and helps to avoid hook pulls as bigger fish are played in towards the landing net. The 15ft option provides extra casting and striking backbone”.
While helping out on the Pure Fishing stand at the Dublin Angling Show this year, I had the opportunity to p...
MULLET ON THE MOVE
One thing I’ve learnt about mullet is that they are a moody fish. Like no other they will switch from feeding to being totally disinterested in the blink of an eye. When I started out fishing for mullet I wasted way too much time trying to catch fish that I’ve since learnt were just not feeding. The key to successful mullet fishing is keeping on the move to locate fish that will feed.
The big weakness that mullet have is that they are easy to see and locate. You can’t miss...
Roach/Rudd Hybrids.....Terry Jackson.
The hybrid season has arrived again, finally warming up enough to target the coarse fish, and Andrew Wolsey joined me as usual. As part of a pact made several years ago, I offer the benefit of my experience on this water, for what it’s worth, and he pre-baits an area for the two of us, a partnership that has worked well over previous seasons. I should explain that Andy lives close to the venue which makes it easier, but I am always grateful for his commitment.