Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Sunline Super Braid & Siglon V Mono Spooled Up

This week I have spooled up with a couple of new variants of lines I already operate with. Sunline Super Braid PE#2.5 30lb and the Sunline Siglon V Mono 4kg / 8lb. I also use both these lines on my Daiwa Ryoga 1016HL baitcaster, with the Super Braid in 20lb, and the Siglon V in 14lb.

The 30lb Super Braid has been spooled on my Van Staal VS150B. This is the first time I have loaded a line onto this reel. It does have a bit of an ugly shape to the line lay, which can be corrected by some hand winding of the backing onto the spool first. With a monster capacity, there is a lot of backing to put on! First attempt is by no means perfect, hopefully I will even it out better in future spooling. This line is going to get a good workout, with deep wading, submerged reel, in amongst the surf. I went with the Super Braid as I wanted something tough, reliable and up to the job.

The 8lb Siglon Mono has been loaded onto the factory spool of my Daiwa Ryoga 1016HL. I wanted a lighter version to compliment the 14lb I have, for presentation of smaller lures and weights. The 14lb has already proved itself to be very capable of fighting the Wrasse in amongst the rough stuff, so I am confident this 8lb mono will be more than up to the job. With the line coming in 300m spools, you can load up a couple of reels with this mono, depending on your reel size.

Thursday, 23 May 2013

DUO Designed by Ultimate Organizer

Over the winter months, I managed to get my fingers on a few more lures from the DUO range. With the decision to fish 2013 with heavier, bigger tackle, it made sense to get some of the heavy hitters from DUO. With the Bass starting to show here and there, and the imminent arrival of consistent numbers, here is a look at what will be hanging out of of the mouth of those silver predators in the coming months.

DUO Tide Minnow Surf 150 (29g)

DUO Tide Minnow Surf 135 (24g)

DUO Tide Vib Slim 140 (32g) / DUO Tide Minow Slim 200 (27g)

DUO Tide Minnow Terrif RS 125 / DUO Tide Minnow Slim 140 (18g)

DUO Press Bait 115 HD (36g) / DUO Tide Minnow SSR 140

DUO Rough Trail 130S (29g)

DUO Larus Minnow 95 (34g) / DUO Tide Minnow Slim 105 Heretic (15g)
 DUO Tide Minnow 75 CD (11g)

My DUO army for 2013

Be sure to check out the various online media sites for DUO, as they add more and more content each month, giving you the chance to see the full range, and how the lures work in action;

Friday, 3 May 2013

Major Craft Volkey Vs Wrasse

Weather this week has been amazing, with brilliant sunshine, and little to no wind. The sea, whilst still cold, has been very flat and crystal clear. A short after work session was on the cards, fishing locally in South West Devon, with the tide pushing from low.

It was a good chance to get some more time on the water with the Major Craft Volkey Big Lake Custom Series VKC-70/BL 7' / 3/8 - 1.5oz. Paired with a Daiwa Ryoga 1016HL, freshly loaded with a spool of Sunline Siglon V Mono 14lb. 

Target species was Wrasse, fishing amongst the deep kelp strewn gullies, left by the receded tide. Kept it simple with a 7g Texas rig and a size 1 wide gape weedless hook. No need for a leader with the mono, quick and easy. I fished the whole session with just one type of lure, the Ecogear Minnow M. I had good success with it towards the end of last year, and Luke at cornwalllurefishing has been really smashing the Wrasse with it lately. Conditions were pretty much perfect at the waters edge, oily calm water, blue skies and evening sun. 

The action came fast, with 11 Wrasse being landed, and a couple lost. The 7g rig plus lure would be at the suggested lower end of the rods capability, but I found casting and working the lure slow close to and along the seas bed to be very good. The rod tip is more sensitive than maybe the rating suggests, and easily transfered small bites into big hook ups. 

It has been a while since I had fish landed in numbers, hopefully the hard winter weather is now behind us, looking forward to a great season. A good first outing the with Sunline Siglon V Mono, cast well, and no problems with the Wrasse dragging it in and over the rough stuff, will get some more time with it in the coming weeks. The rod proved a great tool, breaking the fish out from the deep kelp cover, whilst still enjoying the fight. Should prove a good tool when hunting for those monster Wrasse.