Shakespeare Superteam Match Rod......In review by Terry Jackson
What the manufacturer says
Superteam Match Rod
These rods have extremely versatile progressive actions that blend the fine hollow tip section into a powerful middle and butt section. This offers a rod that is equally good when hooking and playing fish on finer hook lengths and hooks as well as more powerful fish on heavier gear. All blanks in the range are amazingly slim and balanced.
• High modulus carbon blank
• Zirconium oxide guides
• Top quality slim cor...
Terry's Travels.....The pursuit of Mullet
Mullet are typically a summer fish, but there are still a few about throughout the winter months if you know where to look. As the temperature drops, the odds are definitely not in favour of the angler, but then again, I rarely take the orthodox approach when it comes to targeting specimens! I thought I would take this opportunity to put the Shakespeare Mach2 rod and Mach2 reel through its paces again.
I invited Glenn Drennan of the Pike Fly Fishing Association along t...
Mitchell Mag Premier
Back in another lifetime, as a passionate match angler, the reel to own was the Mitchell Match. Its rugged construction, fast retrieve and revolutionary “automatic bale arm” set it aside from most other reels on the market at that time. It was also one of the first reels to introduce a shallow spool. With 100 yards of 4lb nylon being more than enough for the match scene, the designer’s realised deep spools were not entirely necessary.
Since those market leading days, Mitch...
Terry’s Travels Penn Rampage 9’ Bass Spinning Rod
9’ Bass Spinning Rod
What the manufacturer says
This model is available in both 9’ and 10’ lengths and rated to cast 1-2 Oz and 1-3 Oz respectively. These light-weight, slim diameter rods are designed for general spinning, plug fishing, working artificial sandeels for Bass and Pollack and even float fishing.
The sport a progressive semi-fast taper action, but with a stiff butt to provide long range casting performance with lighter lures...
Shakespeare Ugly Stik GX2 6’ kayak Rod
A couple of winter seasons ago, I decided to target Three Bearded Rockling. As a specimen hunter, the qualifying weight for this species is 1lb 12oz. This may seem like a small target but finding one over this size is quite a tall order for this mini-species.
I searched the tackle shops and on-line for a rod that would do the job, but had genuine difficulty in finding the ideal kit. This lead me to search the shed, hunting through old broken rods eventually coming up with ...
Terry’s Travels.....Targeting Painted Ray from the shore
Targeting Painted Ray from the shore
For the past three seasons I have been lucky enough to target and land specimen Painted Ray from the Cork Coastline. They can be quite “hit or miss” at times but we have always managed to tempt a couple of specimens (over ten pounds in weight) over a weekend session. This is in no small way due to local knowledge generously shared by my good friends Sid Kennedy and Ross Macklin.
Towards the end of last year, a ...
Bream Fishing in Windy Conditions
James Robbins from Shakespeare TV fishes at Barston Lakes near Birmingham. It's a very cold and windy day and the video shows how to approach these tough conditions when targeting fish on a groundbait feeder. Follow the link here.....http://www.eu.purefishing.com/blogs/uk/james-robbins/videos-links/
Penn Mag2 Series 515, 525 and 535
A series of three high-performance reels designed for long-range casting on both UK and European shores.
What the wholesaler says;
The 515 mag2 is perfect for targeting rough-ground Bass as well as general beach work, but with its greater line capacity the larger 525 MAG2 is the reel to choose for long range beach and mixed rough ground fishing.
The newly introduced 535 MAG2 with its fast 6:1 gear ratio is a powerhouse reel designed to fish at long range into deep wate...
Success on the stick
We meet up with James Robbins on the River Ribble, where he gives a masterclass in stick float fishing for big winter roach.
Finding the motivation to gofishing when there is a raw chill in the air can be difficult. Negative thoughts seem to dominate: is it really worth spending money on bait and petrol when a blank may be in the offing? Perhaps it would be better to sit by the fire and recall those leisurely summer days when the fish fed freely all day long. As common as ...
JRC Euro Zip Mat
JRC Euro Zip Mat
What JRC says;
The original and still the best safety mat for stalking, the mobile angler or even for boat use. It is built using heavy-duty materials to ensure many years of use but offering high levels of protection for the fish, with generous foam padding. This item also makes a great stalking cushion when not in use with fish!
• Dimensions; 115 CM x130 CM
• High-quality zips
• Extra strong webbing
• Velcro carry bag