A Mixed Bag of Fish - Ballycastle, Antrim Coast
Ballycastle, Antrim Coast
Our off-shore trip this weekend was scuppered by strong north-westerly breezes (not for the first time!) and a contingency plan had to be quickly drawn up. Rather than heading out into the deep waters of the north-channel, we decided on the safer; and a great deal more comfortable plan of targeting some inshore sand banks and reefs to see what was lurking about.
Luckily, a few mackerel shoals were still hanging about, they usually become few ...
Weymouth Variety....In the right Plaice for a Brill Blonde Ray....
Weymouth update from Flamer IV….Colin Jones(above) from Cheltenham landed two big plaice whilst drift fishing. The plaice weighed 5Ib and 5Ib 10oz.Colin was using 10Ib class tackle with the successful bait being ragworm, Ammo black lugworm and squid strip.
John Collings (above) on only his second ever boat fishing trip landed a blonde ray weighing 26Ib while fishing at anchor. John was using 30Ib class tackle with Ammo squid and mackerel cocktail mounted on a p...
NanoFil: A Line Revolution
I’ve been using the new Berkeley NanoFil line now for over 8 months and in that time its spawned huge conversation and interest with the people I’ve been fishing alongside. I’ve also been getting a growing number of questions re NanoFil fired at me via Facebook and e-mail from anglers who have picked up on the NanoFil story from its exploits on the USA freshwater bass scene.
Its time to break the silence!
NanoFil is formed from gel-spun polyethylene. It is crea...
Flattie Grand Slam
I think most of you are aware that one of my favourite things in sea angling is hunting new species! One I’ve been after for a while is a brill. I’ve tried a few times to catch one of these stunning looking flatties, but so far they had avoided all contact with my baits.
To put this right I was looking forward to a trip with Weymouth skipper Colin Penny aboard the famous Shakespeare/Penn sponsored “Flamer 4”. Also in the back of my mind was the chance, whilst fishing the S...
Weymouth Latest From Flamer IV
Graham Newell above landed his personal best plaice weighing 6Ib while fishing on the drift. aboard Flamer IV. Graham was using 8Ib class tackle and the successful bait was ragworm, Ammo black lug and squid strip.
Dave Lamm a local angler from Weymouth landed a personal best bass weighing 9Ib beating his previous PB by 3Ib.Dave was on an autumn wrecking trip and also caught several pollack and a cod for good measure.Dave was using 1...
Angling First Charity Trip - A charitable day out, part 2
Angling First Charity Trip
A charitable day out, part 2
After our successful trip chasing spurdog and bull-huss along the deep, off-shore marks of the Antrim Coast, we opted for a change of scene for day two. Our move further north would also give us a change of species, and on this occasion, our target species was tope. The lads from Angling First charity had never seen a tope let alone experience the pull of a small shark on rod and l...
Now this is shore fishing/
Big Fish Part 2 - A Giant Bluefin Tuna and A Monster Tiger Shark
After my last post on big fish I got to think about some of the instances where fish of 'abnormal' size have made an appearance when I have been out at sea. There have been a number but here are two of my own favourite encounters and indelible memories…
It is August 1995 and I am fishing in a light tackle (30lb test) tournament in the Adriatic Sea for Bluefin tuna. The Italian tournament rules state that you fish from anchor and chum your fish with sard...
Fishing in the dark
Fishing in the dark is great fun and gives you a better chance of catching specimen fish as they have more confidence in feeding as you can see from my latest trip to the River Trent in
Me and my son Jordan have a session once a week, and fish from around 6.00pm until around 11.30pm, the first couple of hours is about feeding accurately and getting some bait down as very often you get no signs of fish at all until dark then its like a different r...
One of the great things about fishing offshore is that you are never sure when the fish of a lifetime may just pass you by. We could be fishing for cod and Pollock in the English Channel when a monster porbeagle decides to take one of your fish for lunch. Equally you could be 20 miles offshore in the Indian Ocean when a black marlin of immense proportions shows up in your spread of lures……….I am sure that all of us have had such experiences when out at sea.