Really feels like LRF is firing now. The water feels alive. Loads of mini sandeel and fry about. With it a huge amount of aggressive species. Good array of fish hitting non-flavoured lures. Nice to see the shoal bass have returned. Could this be why I didn't catch a single goby all weekend? Or maybe just out-competed by the wrasse.
Pollack are one of the core target species of LRF in the British Isles. Member of the cod family, most of the Pollack we catch are around one or two pounds in weight, but much bigger specimens do turn up from time to time – normally in the colder months. Pollack can be caught on a broad range of lures and techniques, but they are especially susceptible to sink-and-draw methods with metals and paddletails.
Best of all, and what really gave me payback for braving the drizzle was witnessing ragworm spawning on the surface. I've only ever seen this once before and never as clearly as this. Couldn't understand why they weren't getting smashed by the Pollack.
Hats off to Andy Mytton for a first class LRF competition and meet-up, drawing in anglers from all over the country. Huge turn-out for any time of year (I think it was 34), but for December, with 40mph winds roaring away it was exceptional. Lots and lots of friendly faces, plus a few new to the saltwater side of light lure. Everyone appeared to be having fun. Read more
Great little session with Chris Wheeler in Weymouth on Saturday night. Wind dropped away to nothing for a couple of hours around midnight and we were able to fish delicate Aji-type lures on jigheads, using the curve fall method, on-the-drop (OTD). We picked up the desired Horse Mackerel (Scad), Mackerel and some decent sized Pollack, plus the odd tiny Whiting caught well off the bottom. Really enjoyed it.