Sunday, 22 July 2012

Video Blogs

Something iv been thinking about for a while is doing short videos to accompany this blog, so starting from Next week i will start my new series of "hints and tips" plus other lure based vids showing rigging and lure types to detailed looks at the fish we catch on these methods. really looking forward to showing you guys a different way of doing your lure fishing and hopefully help you put more fish on the bank! Heres a quick video filmed this weekend while out wrassing with Karl and my girlfriend Gemma

This is just a demo and the final vids will feature more close ups of rigs and other relevant info. feel free to drop me a message if theres anything you guys feel you would like to see on here as this blog is done for you guys. Anyway we fished this weekend in south Devon for wrasse me Karl and Gemma hit some amazing ground which myself and Gemma had fished about two months ago in fairly awful conditions and we still caught some awesome wrasse and iv been gagging to get back ever since but the weather has really hit my fishing bad!
Check out the sceney! this is the view we got as the sun popped out over the headland, truly stunning the sea was flat as a pancake and crazy clear! things looked good so we all sat on some rocks set our texas rigs whacked on some of Karls soft plastics like the Senko's and the Catapillars its wasnt long before we got hits crawling our lures over the rocks things looked mint but starting slower than hoped! we fished a few rock points on the front of the headland with just the odd bite to show so we upped sticks and ventured around the side of the headland where things looks brilliant the gin clear water showing all the reefs and and gulleys up a treat we could see the wrasse swimming around down in 15ft of water amazing sights.
Heres my first crab cruncher of the day at just over 2lb a puppy compared to the monster we knew lurked below! Karl had already nailed two wrasse to around 3lb on his home made Senko's in the black with green and red glitter i was getting eager now hearing him shouting across the gulley everytime he nailed a fish so i was glad when this pup came along and nailed my senko too! i could still see some wrasse and some fairly bigger ones too lurking in the gulley so i called Gemma over to try and smash her first proper landed ballan wrasse..... it wasnt long before i saw my girlfriend almost yanked off the rocks by this beautiful wrasse
This picture doesnt do it justice the blues and greens of this wrasse mixed with the dark reds and bright oranges these fish never fail to amaze me!! this beauty nailed one of Karls own SP's the Slug-X in a nice natural colour you should of seen the smile across Gemmas face when we landed this i was soooooo proud!! it wasnt long before she was in again from the same gulley this time it was even bigger!#
By this point i was a bit pissed off as i was being beaten by a girl!! not a happy chappy! it wasnt long before she was in again, i couldnt believe it this time the braid screamed off the reel and as i looked up Karl was in too in the gulley next to us. This time i could see Gemma had hooked into something slightly more special, i had to lean over and put a couple turns on her drag as this fish was still taking braid and the ground we were fishing was pretty horrific. heres what we landed i was soooo chuffed!

Check out this Beast! weighing in at 3lb 4oz this was a awesome start to Gemma wrassing day! she was on fire, so not only was she now drawing with Karl she was beating me and caught the biggest fish of the morning so far!! i felt like throwing myself in ha ha ha Karl and Gemma now being on three wrasse each i was seriously lagging behind so decided i would have to up my game!! after fishing on and missing loads we decided to head off and search out another mark. this was a personal favourite of mine and had been looking forward to heading back it wasnt long before we hit fish with all of us getting bites on our Foxtrot Senkos i had a fish on my first cast another wrasse of about 2lb Karl wasnt far behind with another tiddler being landed! once again Gemma showed us how it was done yanking out two wrasse from right under our noses. we fished on around the corner and by this time the tide was bang on low water
I managed to sneak out this little fella from a small pit but things were very slow! the sun was high in the sky so me and karl changed tactics, we tied on smaller hooks and lighter cone sinkers and the smaller 3" Go-b-fox thinking this would buy us some more bites while the tide slacked on low water. it kind of worked with this increasing the bites but these were all really small puppys all under a pound! we clambered over this point to get into deeper water where both of us continued to get knocks and bumps but not much was happening. Gemma scrambles over the rocks and flicks out another one of Karls creations the Frosty Rag a catapillar style senko it wasnt long before i hear drag belting off and Karl shouting "thats a bigger fish" 
after a spirited fight Gemma lands this nice fish weighing in just over 3lb and returned safely to fight another day, we were all tired now after getting up at 3.30am to head down here and had a blast as usual not as manic as we had possibly hoped but we ended the day with 17 wrasse between us with a good few bumped off we all left smiling! it was a nice sunny evening and a pretty walk back along the coastal path to the car where i literally cried all the way due to having my assed kicked by Gemma not only did she catch more but she caught the biggest! last time i take her out lol ;-) off out again soon where i will start doing the proper video blogs so keep your eyes peeled!

Friday, 13 July 2012

CLA Game Fair Cancelled

Just a quick post to say the Game Fair has been cancelled due to the horrid weather conditions

Wednesday, 11 July 2012

CLA Game Fair

Its that time a year again........ the CLA Game Fair! this year we are show casing a number of new and exciting brands as well as exclusive lure models and styles from our standard brands such as Megabass IMA and Lucky Craft. this includes hard lures for Bass and other salt water species as well as numerous exciting soft plastics from the Megabass fresh water black bass scene! Also keep your eyes peeled for new and exciting rods from the usual brands as well as brand new companys.
This year the fair is at a new venue and hopefully this year will see a even bigger and more axciting fair! the dates are the 20th of July to the 22nd, at Belvoir Castle, Leicestershire near Grantham. Get your self there to check out the new gear, and buy your self some nice flashy fresh and salt water gear to use and abuse! as well as check out our Q&A and displays in our testing tank and of coarse your all welcome to come along and chat all things lures with Nick, Mike and Myself its going to be a top weekend so hopefully see you there! more info can be found at CLA's website 

tight lines

Monday, 2 July 2012

Busting your balls........

Fished one of my all time fav venues for wrassing this weekend with Karl and then again on the sunday with my brother and our mate Shaun and WOW what a tough weekend indeed....... possible the hardest wrassing iv come across in years and years! Me and Karl had our alarms blaring at quarter to 4am on Saturday for a short drive down to Torbay on some of the rock marks around which over the last few seasons have been a goldmine for local-ish wrassing.
We had some awful winds blowing 20+ but the ground we had wanted to hit was N/E facing so it was blown flat calm, with a bit of cloud cover and nice mild temps things looked like we would be having a action  packed day on the water! how wrong i was...... hit the first mark and covered some blinding reefs and gulleys with not a sniff on the 4" senkos we had been fishing a good hour before i got some hits in a deep gulley tucked in right under my feet after a spirited scrap i yanked out a plump female Ballan around 2lb. we fished on hoping things would hot up but only managed a few taps here and there it wasnt happening at all....... by this time the Makky bashers had made the hike down the cliffs it was carnage with all manner of horrific casting flying left right and centre. We decided that venue number two was calling so a sort 10mins down the road we hit the next venue. it wasnt long before things started to show some interest with me getting hits on the very first cast, five mins later my rods slams 
this plump 3lb 6oz crab cruncher nailes my Tiki stick senko and runs me under the rocks taking drag and whacking a nice big smile on my face! it was on now and me and Karlos were raring to hit some more it wasnt long before i hear a drag screaming and then some swearing from the direction of the Fox, Karl got smashed to pieces around 10yards out a big fish nibbled them engulfed his home made Slugo/Xlayer and turned before snapping him off! GUTTED so Karl rigs up again ready for some more abuse but we hit another brick wall of really slow fishing! we tried everything in the box from Senkos in 4" and 3", Xlayers, craw patterns, Karls home made SP's in various styles it wasnt happening! we moved off to the front of the headland where it was totally out of the wind, it was literally flat as a pancake this side so bites were easy to tell. it wasnt long before Karl shouts he's in!
Possibly one of the ugliest wrasse iv seen in years all covered in boils and scars but was still a good bit of fun played on Karls Nories Rockfish Bottom, was fun trying to get it up over about 12 ft of rock ledge mind you!! we were starting to get a few hits now fishing the lures smack bang tight to the bottom just wriggling our lures nice and slow, Karl went over to the Jikka rig with a 3" senko where as i fished on with the 4" lures still getting hits every now and then, it wasnt by any means kicking off and we really had to work for the bites changing through every colour we had between us, i found the darker patterns getting me more attention with lots of slams on these beautys made by Karl himself

This is Karls Goby SP fished on a 2/0 worm hook these have such a nice action and fished texas along the bottom on a 5g cone head it was the only lure all day that got me regular attention from the crafty ballans, i also used one of Karls rascal Beavers which had me another fish but this was a tacker at about 1.5lb. the day was getting on now and before we knew it we had already clocked 16hours on the water......... talk about tough fishing with only 5 wrasse to show for our efforts...... the conditions couldnt of been any better the only thing we both thought could of snuffled it was the amount of sandeel in the water everywhere you looked was thousands of Eel could this of been a factor of why we struggled to really get any proper sport this weekend?? anyway i was told of some nice wrassing on the bait only a week ago so i feel a mid weeker coming on so watch this space.