Thursday, 26 May 2011

Plus Fishing Goodies 26-05-2011

Received a pack of goodies from James @ Plus Fishing today

OSP Dolive Stick 3.5"

OSP Dolive Stick 4.5"

OSP Mylarminnow 3.5"

Deps 3/8oz Head Lock Jig

Zappu 3/8oz P.D Chopper Jr. Jig

Zappu Choverig 'Shad'

Famell 3lb Spinning Fluoro

It's been mentioned before, but those Dolive sticks really do STINK!!  Looking forward to getting these wet soon.

Tuesday, 24 May 2011

Doggie On A Lure? 24-05-2011

Had a session near Prawle today, trying to find (unsuccessfully) a little shelter from the strong winds. Fished from high tide down to low, with choppy conditions, with a small swell.

Will the start the report in reverse order: Dogfish on a lure?

Well, not really. I was crossing a shallow rock shelf at low tide, with some large shallow rock pools. Saw some orange mono stretched out across the rocks, picking it up and pulling to find the end, it terminated in a weed filled rock pool. Sharp tug and out popped the Dogfish, entangled in the weed, still alive and kicking. Cut the line and 6oz lead free, and removed the 6/0 hook from it's chops. Quick pic next to my rod for a size comparison, and set free. Swam off happy into the depths! Luckily it was caught up in a small rockpool, otherwise would have been high and dry in the sun.

Back to the beginning, and I was fishing my Nories Seabass Program (5-12g) rod with a '10 Certate 2506 loaded with 0.8PE YGK Gesox. Lures used were various Nories SP's, rigged Texas style.

Over the session I had what is my PB Pollack (first one I have bothered to weigh as it had a bit of size!)

Came in at 2lb 4oz, so at least I have a bench mark to work from. Also had another small Pollack;

Wrasse were the main flavour of the day, with 5 landed in total, nothing big, maybe the biggest coming in just under 3lb.

I was secretly hoping to have found some Bass, but only saw the one cruising in the shallows. Finally just a pic of some old wreckage uncovered at the low tide mark;

Saturday, 21 May 2011

Jacks LRF Goodies

Have recently been sent some soft plastic samples from Andy @ Jacks LRF This online supplier specialises in soft plastics and tackle at the lighter end of the scale. Some really interesting lures available, sourced from far and wide, to bring you a wide selection to choose from.

I am particularly excited to try the 2" Senko variations, the Wrasse are going to love them, and perfect for fishing with on the light gear. The larger 'double ended' lures also look great, with the versatility to be used as they are, or can be cut in half to be used as a smaller lure.

Will be getting these lures wet over the next few sessions. Had a Thursday night meet up with some of the Plymouth crew this week, and fished with some of the tiny paddle tails as seen above. Was great to have a catch up with some people I have not fished with since the cold dark winter days. The lures worked well too, with a nice little Scorpion Fish and a Wrasse being landed.

Once again, big thanks to Andy @ Good to see people offering more choice, and pushing the Light Rock Fishing and Hard Rock Fishing game further forward in the UK.

Tuesday, 17 May 2011

3 Session Catch Up Report 17-05-2011

Report covering 3 sessions from this week, at three different areas;

14-05-2011 First up a quick after work session at home, on my doorstep in Bigbury Bay. The strong Westerly winds were making things difficult, managed to find a slightly sheltered spot, deep rocky water with thick kelp.

Tackle of choice was a Nories Slow Retrieve (0.9-5g) with a '10 Certate 2506 and Varivas 0.3PE braid, 4lb Fluoro leader. Mixture of LRF metals and softs used. Not much action going on, but was my first time trying this particular spot from shore, have tried a couple of times from Kayak close in before. Only managed 3 small Pollack and a micro Wrasse!

16-05-2011 Second session was the same place I fished last week with Ben, East side of the Lizard, Cornwall, near the Helford. This time I arrived at a spring low tide, possibly too low to fish successfully. The rocky, weedy outcrops were high and dry, and the water sat over the low tide estuary bed, with no real cover for the fish. Again, wind was an annoying factor, but no swell. 

Walked from the estuary out to a headland point, all along the low tide rocks, which are usually covered, when I have fished there before. By the time I reached the point, tide had been flooding for an hour, and the fish started to turn on, as the rock and weed became covered. Tackle today was a Nories Seabass Game (5-12g) with a '10 Certate 2506 with 0.8PE line. Texas rigged soft plastics from Nories and the Ecogear 4" Paramax. Most the fish were on the small side, one coming in around 42cm mark, 9 Wrasse in total;

17-05-2011 Today went out for two hours to a South Coast mark in West Cornwall I often fish. Headed to a rocky headland in the opposite direction to which I usually fish. Arriving at low tide meant I could access large rock formations that are covered withing a couple of hours of the tide pushing from low. Some deep gullies, with thick kelp and boot lace weed.

Today was the first time I targeted the Wrasse with my light LRF line. Combined with my Nories Slow Retrive (0.9-5g) and '10 Certate 2506, I was using the Varivas Super Trout Edition 0.3PE braid (5lb) with a 6lb fluoro leader. The lure of choice was a 3" Slug-Go Texas rigged (2g weight) with a selection of size 4 and size 2 hooks used. A healthy blob of Mega Strike fish formula was also smeared onto the lure.

The fishing was done at very close range, mostly vertical jigging and deadstick. Simply allowing the lure to sink down between the kelp heads, pretty much beneath the rocks I stood on. Just short flipped casts. Here is the type of gulley the fish were taken from;

4 fish taken, the biggest fish of the day came in at 45cm and 3lb 2oz, which is the biggest I have taken on the LRF rod, and certainly the biggest fish I have taken on the Varivas 0.3PE line;

Fishing vertically above the fish, ensured that a good fight on the light tackle had me at an advantage, as the fish could not take the line horizontally over and into structure. The light gear worked well in this instance, even in the heavy kelp cover.

The scoop net I recently bought is proving invaluable, especially with the lighter lines used. Continuing success with the Mega Strike fish formula, used it in all 3 sessions. Seems to ensure that each take from a fish ends up in a hook up, as if missed the first knock, pausing sees them coming back for another go. Bit of a long post, so thanks for reading.

Monday, 16 May 2011

More Light Metals and a Scoop Net

Few new additions I recently acquired;

Halco 10g Twisty (x4)

Tackle House Nabura Deka 6g

Tackle House Nabura Deka 6g

Reins Palpuntin 5g

Reins Palpuntin 3.5g

Reins Palpuntin 3.5g

Also got this small 'scoop' net, for landing fish at the waters edge/wading as I tend to fish pretty light. Has a Daiwa magnetic clip, and the net handle is hooked, to stow away on a belt. Very easy to fish with, extremely lightweight and has had some good use over the last couple of sessions.

The Tackle House and Reins lures all came from Mick @ Mr. Fish