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 ...
Observing the Seasons – Mike Linstead
Over the winter I packed away the Carp fishing gear in favour of targeting a few other species over the colder months.
I feel it's important to practice a diverse array of methods and also to observe the traditional seasons of our great sport. Not only does it improves your general watercraft but it also keeps your angling year filled with excitement and variety.
So, over the winter, I've been fishing for Grayling on the stick float and centrepin and also targeting ...
The last week on the Tarn.....Steve Peach
The last few months on the Tarn have been very hard. With the mild weather it has brought a lot of anglers out and too much bait has been introduced and with all the rain and floods the quality of the water has suffered and the fish have really not been on the feed.
And with only a week of the season left on the Tarn I really needed to catch a fish or two. My last trip resulted in me loosing on and I was gutted as it was my first run in 10 nights!
The weather had really tak...
Berkley Powerbait Split Belly......Paul Garner
I have thousands of lures, most of which are quite specialised but, if I had to pick one lure to fish with for the rest of my life it would have to be this one - simply because it catches just about every predator going! The slim body and over-sized paddle tail gives a distinct fast action that can be fished either slow and deep or fast and shallow depending upon how the fish are reacting.
I normally rig the 5” size on a 5 to 20 gram jig head depending upon the depth...
Frant lakes fisheries.......Danny Boorer
It was in Kent where I set out to complete my first 24 hour session and with the weather being in everyone’s favour there was little choice of swims available to me on the day in fact there was only one swim left on the lake. The lake in question was one of Frant lakes specimen waters, with a good head of high teens and low twenties I set about catapulting boilies to the island which is visible in the pictures.
I had just recently placed a bait order and just the d...