Drop Shotting Tips by Paul Garner
Drop shotting is amazingly popular at the moment and for good reason - it is perhaps the best and easiest way to catch Perch from a few ounces right up to whoppers!
1. Use light braid, such as 6lb Berkley Fireline Smoke or Berkley Nanofil, instead of nylon as the lack of stretch in braid is important for working lures correctly.
2. In cold weather work your lure REALLY slowly - tiny movements are all you need to tempt a Perch. As it warms up you can fish lures faster ...
Terry’s Travels Trolling on Lough Mask
I have just returned from a short week-end on Lough Mask, Galway in pursuit of the stunning Brown Trout this area is famous for. We spent the whole session trolling in an attempt to sort out a specimen (anything over the magical 10lb barrier). Andy Wolsey joined me on this adventure, as usual, but un-like most of our angling trips, neither of us are too familiar with this method, or indeed, the Lough itself.
This is my second attempt to find a double-figure fish on Lou...
A fine start to 2014. Jon Angell
It’s been a while since my last blog due to work and family commitments but I have had a few results on my local syndicate lake. Pike fishing took up the first 2 months of the year but the very mild weather at the start of March convinced me to get the Carp rods out. All 3 rods were cast out with chod rigs on, over area’s where the Lily beds are. Hooks were baited with various Gulp pop up’s.
It was a very mild night for the time of year and at 2am I was into my first Ca...
2014 update - Jonny Molesworth
With my final year (and semester) of uni upon me, the prospect of finishing education and getting out into the ‘real world’ is both exciting and heart-breaking – I’m going to be left with a gaping hole in my life! Despite a ridiculously busy schedule, however, I’ve still managed to get out fishing a few times. After nipping home for a weekend in February, I headed to my local runs water – a good bet for a few takes during the colder months since it stuffed with small carp. De...
James Atkinson age 24 landed his first ever Undulate Ray which weighed in at 17Ib 8oz on his first trip aboard Flamer IV. The big Ray set a new record for the Appledore Ship Builders Angling Club.
James was using 20Ib class tackle with a Sakuma hook pennel rig baited with a cocktail of Ammo squid,mackerel and launce fillet. The ray was returned alive. James dad David landed a 15Ib 3oz Blonde Ray on the same trip.
Mr Colin Penny 1,Wyke Road,Weymouth,Dors...
Todbar Manor.....Steve Peach
Finally I had a few days of work and I had organised a trip away with my dad.
So we set of to Longleat lake which was about 2 hours drive away.
We arrived around lunch time and after a chat with some regulars we discovered the fishing was not quite as it had been in the past but we soon had our rods out for the night. I was lucky enough to have a nice 19lb12oz common about 3am on the gulp squid and liver, but we were having trouble with the strong winds and a lot of driftin...
Bill Oliver landed two personal bests while fishing at anchor on a Bank to the East of Weymouth. Bill landed his first ever Spurdog weighing 9Ib and then landed an 18Ib Undulate Ray (Pictured) which beat his previous Personal Best Undulate by 1Ib 8oz. both fish were returned alive. Bill was using 20Ib class tackle with a pennel rig of Sakuma 6/0 and 4/0 hooks baited with a cocktail of Ammo squid and mackerel.
Dave Metcalf from Bothenhampton,Dorset landed three Spur...
Terry’s Travels Sea Trout
The start of 2014 has been a stark contrast to recent years regarding weather patterns. The bitter drop in temperature didn’t show, but the rainfall seemed relentless. I normally spend the first two months of the season in search of specimen River Pike, but my local waters have been a permanent wash-out. The large females have passed through un-hindered on their way to spawning bays, which isn’t a bad situation I suppose, but it leaves my specimen tally at zero so far!
Midnight mirror................Craig Soames
On a quick overnighter at my Norfolk syndicate I managed to catch this pristine 22lb mirror that had only been stocked this winter, I caught this beautiful mirror using a peach and black pepper 12mm bottom bait, tipped with a white trimmed down squid liver pop up critically balance over twenty freebies, fished tight to the far margin between a small reed bed and over hanging tree,
I arrived at the lake late afternoon on Saturday 22nd march with two choices the deep end...
An Exciting New Chapter? - Mike Linstead
Since moving back to Yorkshire about nine months ago I've been enjoying lots of fishing on a variety of waters for lots of different species including Carp.
Whilst it has been great to explore the vast array of lakes and rivers that are at my disposal in this part of the world I've felt like there often hasn't been much consistency to my catch rate as a result of this nomadic approach.
I caught really well last year and had dozens and dozens of Carp but none of them were ...