Targeting large Perch
2015 has been a slow year for me as a specimen hunter. Commitments at home have been such that time spent on the water has been somewhat limited. Obviously, when you aren’t fishing, you won’t catch and this is the problem.
A few weeks previous, James Robbins from Shakespeare UK kindly sent over an Agility Drop Shot Rod to have a play with, and with a selection of Berkley lures, new and old, I had no excuses not to get out and wet a line. So, with angling opportunities ...
Plundering park lakes - at Birmingham’s Cannon Hill Park
I’M REALLY enjoying today!” said James Robbins with a large grin. “It’s like being a kid again,” he added, slipping a plump, waggler-caught Cannon Hill Park roach into the folds of his landing net. Having first fished the venue as a sprightly teenager, the session served as an evocative trip down memory lane.
Remaining largely unchanged over so many years, one constant to delight the Warwickbased Shakespeare Brand Manager was the excellent fishing on offer, despite condi...
Shakespeare Superteam Match A second product test
I enjoyed fishing the waggler with the Superteam Combo so much recently, I had the strong urge to get out again and track down these elusive Roach and Roach/Rudd specimens. This time I tried another lake that has produced big fish for me in the past, with the pleasing company of Andrew Wolsey and Simon Gibson to join in on the hunt.
Although Simon was keen to find his first specimen Roach or hybrid, Andrew was more concerned with finding a large Perch and happily paddled o...
Fly Fishing for Trout at Draycote Water
James Robbins Boat fishes for trout at Draycote Water near Dunchurch. The video includes tips relating to boat fly fishing during the spring period, when the water is still cold and the fish are feeding in deeper water.
James Robbins and Gary Scott introduce new 2015 additions to the Shakespeare Oracle range of salmon rods
James Robbins and Gary Scott introduce new 2015 additions to the Shakespeare Oracle range of salmon rods. These additions include a 12'9 4pc Skagit rod (9#, 34-38grm head) and two 11' 4pc Switch rods a 7/8 (23-25grm head) and 8/9 (25-28grm head). The location of the video is the fantastic Dunkeld House on the River Tay.
Stik At It!......
TSF editor Paul Dennis joined the Shakespeare Ugly Stik Boat Tour for a Mersey mission.
I still get excited before every fishing trip, but the night before joining the Shakespeare Ugly Stik Boat Tour I really did have trouble sleeping. It was a combination of excitement, meeting old mates and navigating the dreaded M6 that did it!
Many years ago I headed up to Liverpool from the Midlands on a regular basis, and the M6 was always a nightmare. With a 9.15am SHARP sailing ...
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...