The Shakespeare Ugly Stik Tour Begins...
Arguably the most famous name in boat rod circles is the Shakespeare Ugly Stik. To celebrate the recent introduction of the new Ugly Stik GX2 range of boat rods, Shakespeare decided to undertake a UK tour with the rods. The format is to visit as many of our sponsored boats around the country as possible, and using the same rods, catch as many varied species on a wide range of techniques, just to prove the versatility of the GX2’s.
Our start point was aboard Sea Otter 2 out o...
Tackle Test.....JRC Cocoon 3-rod sleeve 12ft
I picked up this very handy piece of kit from the luggage range at JRC. It is designed to carry three, fully made up rods and reels. It is extremely light-weight and the extensive padding will keep your rods fully protected in transit. One large side zip gives access to two compartments, with a further zipped centre compartment.
I tried it out for size with my JRC Razors and big-pit Cardinals as seen in the photographs, and they easily fitted with room to spare. Th...
Two Personal Bests......Gary Maddison
After banking what was a new PB Common (36lb 5oz) on Saturday 10th May, and banking six other carp up to 30lb in that session - all of them falling to 16mm Coco & Banana bottom baits as you can imagine I was buzzing to get back to the lake. On Wednesday 14th of May saw me walking the banks again looking for signs of carp.
The wind was still blowing a North Westerly and to no great surprise I found the carp where I left them four days earlier. This time I se...
Terry’s Travels Carp and the JRC-Penn Combo
A chance trip to Cork City for a week’s work would have been a missed opportunity if I hadn’t taken my carp gear with me! Obviously, tackle omission was never going to be an issue, and so, my beloved JRC “Classics” and Penn Affinity reels were packed into the Navarra, along with the caravan of accessories required for a few nights bivvy’ing.
With the week’s work behind me, made easier in the company of good friends and fellow anglers, Bill Brazier and Ada...
Tench under the rod tip
ALTHOUGH there’s an early morning chill in the air, James Robbins sets up his tackle for the session ahead full of confidence that he’ll be able to extract a handful of hard-fighting tench from the intimate estate lake stretching before him. “I came across this place through the owner Gary Howard. He runs Welham Lakes at Malton, and years ago that water used to be a tench Mecca,” he says while passing reel line through his rod rings. “Ton-up bags of quality tench used to come...
DÉJÀ VU WHITING
They say history often repeats itself, and sea fishing seems to be no different. I was down in Plymouth with Shakespeare Category Manager James Robbins filming some product and sales videos, but also looking to field test some new Shakespeare rods we’ve been working on.
We filmed all day Wednesday, so apart from a very short LRF session resulting in small pollack and shannies late that evening, fishing was not in the plan. The Thursday was different though, as we needed so...
Swanborough first time this year.....Danny Boorer
Swanborough first time this year
It was a blustery Friday here in the south east of England where the said venue Swanborough looked picturesque nestled amongst the South Downs. The wind was blowing really strong at times so I set off round the lake in search of a few fish. Having only fished here once before I didn’t know the water very well so I thought finding the fish would be critical to my success. With no fish showing I decided to set up in a swim that commanded ...
Peach & Black Pepper……Bob Naisbitt.
Unable to get the time on the bank that I would have wished for this was a trip I was eagerly looking forward to for it was to be my first time on the Berkley Peach& Black Pepper. Fishing just the one night I chose a lake that I had only once fished before and with the memory of a blank still in my mind I set about what I hoped would be a successful trip. As it happened the weather turned out to be a bright sunny day followed by full moon at night making it a really comfo...
EARLY MAY MADNESS............Gary Maddison
EARLY MAY MADNESS
They say that May is one of the best months to get out there, and for me this was going to be so true. Arriving at my syndicate lake in Cambridgeshire a little after seven on a Wednesday morning, the weather overcast with a strong South westerly, I stood on the high bank watching the water. I started to see a few carp head and shouldering out in front of a swim known as the BBQ; it looked like the carp were following the wind.
A few hours later the rods we...
Terry’s Travels Roachy-Ruddy Things
Once upon a time in Ireland, we had Rudd, an indigenous species that managed to survive the rigors of the last ice-age. Roach were artificially introduced last century and exploded through-out our lakes, loughs and river systems. Now it seems, these two species have merged and hybridised, to the point where it is extremely difficult to find Roach or Rudd in their purest form in this country. This is, I am sure, a serious problem for the future of our Rudd stocks. The othe...