A few weeks back I decided to explore the benefits of Japanese style worm hooks and purchased a few examples from Decoy, Gamakatsu and VMC. More
As we fast approach May we are finally getting April's fishing. This time last year I had boated a few Bream and registered several more species but whether it's from boat or shore, this year has been tough. The bonus of not having anything silver to fish for yet is that the Plaice have demanded more attention when boat fishing and with the right set-up are entirely target-able with plastics. Last Sunday the weather gave us a window to try Hayling Bay again. More
Not strictly an LRF catch but an interesting capture none-the-less. I had this Thornback Ray on a 6-inch Berkley Gulp Sandworm as we drifted for Plaice. He nailed it good and proper. Just shows you every fish is a predator. Love this stuff!
Gone are the days we dreamed whether Plaice could be caught on lures. I'm pleased to say this is the third season we've intentionally targeted and succeeded in catching Plaice on lures. More
Very happy with this one. Beautiful Tub Gurnard caught on LRF tactics - red Gulp Sandworm fished dropshot. Probably a shore PB for me and my 20th lure caught species of 2012. Hooked no more than 10ft from my rod tip in shallow water. Stunning looking fish.
I like the end of the summer season. Fish species seem to turn on in waves. If last week was boom time for Cuttlefish, this week was peak for Corkwing Wrasse. There were dozens feeding at both the marks we fished and very eager to take an artificial worm. Such was the ferocity of the Corkwing it was nearly impossible to catch anything else with this tactic
Another possible British record to add to the monster Black Goby Dan had in February. I had this mega Shanny in Old Portsmouth on a section of Gulp Sandworm. Photo doesn't do it justice - it was huge! (it went back)