About Dan Sissons

Dan Sissons has been fishing since the late 80s. Growing up by the sea in his home town of Portsmouth, Dan was introduced to sea fishing by his father, Bob Sissons. As an active, junior member of Southsea Sea Angling Club, Dan developed his angling career from both boat and shore. It was at SSAC that Dan and Adam Kirby first met and consequently fished and competed together. Life long friendships were forged. Skip to more recent times, Dan, Adam and third SSAC member, Pete Baker are proud owners of 'Drifter', a Raider 18, fast fisher boat and continue to fish the surrounding area, out of Langstone Harbour. Most recently, Dan has become smitten with modern lure fishing techniques and has an ethos to maximise the enjoyment from all species - big and small. While predominantly still a saltwater angler, Dan's fascination with lure angling has seen his skills transition over to the freshwater competition scene, culminating in second place in the grand final of the 2015 British Lure Angling Championships, fished by 60 of the country's best lure anglers. Dan has also won the coveted Species Hunt section of the Cornish Lure Festival. Along with Adam, Dan is a contributor to the UK's largest sea angling publication, Sea Angler.

Posts by Dan Sissons:

Boat Lure Fishing At Last

Has this been the windiest year ever? It certainly seems that way to me and lots of fishing plans have fallen by the wayside as we simply could not get out in the boat. But when the weather eventually gave us a chance recently, we filled the boat with rods and lures with the intention of getting amongst a few fish. Read more

Sun….Sea and Travel Rods

Spending a few weeks away from the great British summer with my better half has traditionally been a fishing free affair. After all, keeping the ‘boss’ happy is the key to earning a few fishing tokens somewhere down the line and us anglers are nothing if not good at thinking ahead. Lure fishing for me and more specifically LRF though has now meant that the earning of ‘fishing tokens’ (on holiday at least) has been put on hold and I can sneak out for an hours fishing wherever in the world my good lady has been good enough to book up – provided there is a bit of water nearby. So with a borrowed Sonik 3-10g travel rod, a handful of lures / soft-baits and a bit of terminal tackle I tried my best to find a foreign fish or two in Northern Italy Read more

Black Bream Fishing With Lures

Black Bream on Bream Prawn
I have mentioned before how much I look forward to my Bream fishing, the fine weather and flat seas compliment the hard fighting, colourful fish well and can signal the start of ‘proper boat fishing’. However with the wind not doing what its supposed to, combined with the wettest drought on record, the Bream’in has suffered a bit of a false start this year for me which is frustrating. However with a ton of lures and techniques to try using both LRF and HRF this year we are determined to make the most of what time the weather allows us to get out and yesterday (6/5/12) was an opportunity to do just that. Read more

LRF for Mini Species

Aside from getting out in the boat I still find time to indulge in an hours LRF a few evenings a week. As with most of the fishing in my part of the world it is still early for the host of mini-species available to the LRF angler at this time of the year but nevertheless I can’t help myself and with rod, reel and a small amount of lure I will wander around the harbours trying to add to my yearly species tally. Read more

Wrasse Fishing Afloat

I am in limbo a bit at the moment. After some good Plaice fishing a few weeks ago I find April a funny month to fish on the boat so I often find myself fishing without any real aim or target. This is not a problem, provided I am fishing I am happy but a few very quiet sessions do knock the confidence a bit and no more so than when I am lure fishing. Not that it is all bad, we have seen a few fish on the boat and maybe more importantly we are fine tuning how to present certain lures in certain ways from a boat in readiness for some more productive fishing. Even so, its nice to get a take and put a bend in the rod so we have been fishing some inshore marks where there is always a variety of fish to catch.

One of the better Wrasse so far on the boat fell to Pete on an X-layer and gave a good account of itself on light tackle.

Xlayer Wrasse
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LRF Plymouth Style

Long-spined Sea Scorpion
During a recent visit to catch up with the good people at Art of Fishing in Plymouth we had to have a little dabble in the excellent LRF that Plymouth and the surrounding area has to offer. Not though before we had spent plenty of time and maybe a few pennies in the new lure only shop the Ben and Jo along with Matt have created. Now I have not been given cake in a tackle shop before but then I have not attended an opening day of a tackle shop before so it may be the etiquette, either way the cake/fishing tackle combo is one that works for me! Read more

Mullet on LRF

Mullet on Isome Lure
What I love about LRF is just how versatile it can be, last summer I would often nip out of an evening with just a rod, reel and my shoulder bag and squeeze an hours fishing in and more often than not be rewarded with a couple of species for my efforts. So far this year I have not had so much luck, it has been a slow LRF year for me and the mini species I love to catch are taking way too much time to become active for my liking, so, out of desperation (and buzzed by a new LRF rod purchase!) I thought I would try for one of my long-term targets, an LRF Mullet. Read more

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