£50.00 in Fishing Tackle Competition

November 25, 2008 by  
Filed under Angling News

Reeeel in the Tackle with this amazing Competition

You have a 1 in a 100 chance of winning the fishing tackle to the value of £50.00. In comparison to other online competitions who receive 1000’s of entries the probability of you winning this competition is very high!

Read more

Basic Skills for Fly Fishing

November 24, 2008 by  
Filed under Game Fishing

So you want to fly fish huh? Well, it won’t be easy but it will be rewarding. Amateur anglers worldwide are learning how to master this ancient and exciting sport. There’s good reason too, it’s really fun as you are fishing with real light and limited tackle, so when playing a fish you feel part of the fight!

First thing to keep in mind is that the main objective of the sport is to use your fly / lure to act out the motions of fly, insect or small bait fish. These imitating behaviors fool fish into thinking that your actions are those of the creature and that your bait is actually real food.

Many types of fish can be caught with fly fishing including: Bass, Trout, Salmon, Carp, & others. Needless to say, this type of fishing can be used for a big catch.

What you need to do is get some artificial flies along with a fly rod and fly line. Obviously, you can’t throw a fly very far. So, you will need to attach a fly line to it. Once you have your fishing instruments, head out to the closet lake or river.

One of the hardest parts to nail down is establishing control of your line when it hits the water. There are many different techniques you may employ, but a viable option would be to use a similarly weighted fly as the rod.

Now, simply try an overhead toss and go for some distance. Remember that the rod is used a lot like your extending your arm. When the fly line hits water, try to maintain control. The main goal of fly fishing is to cast the line as opposed to the lure.

Casting is one of the primary skills you must acquire when taking up fly fishing. A great way to cast your line is by sending it out in a straight, narrow line. Straight line casting will ensure that it lands properly and is one of the most effective ways to cast.

Shooting the line is another casting method in which you release line while you are casting. The purpose of this technique is to extend your line. It will help you gain greater distance that was previously unattainable. This method should be used when you have had a bit of practice casting.

It’s also important to become familiar with the different types of fishing knots. This is an essential tool for the angler. Your fishing knot whether it be the surgeon’s loop, the half blood knot, or the perfectionist loop will help you cast line much more effectively.

Waders are boots that reach to a fisherman’s waistline, they are used by anglers to swim in the water for a better fly fishing catch. It helps them increase distance and pick exactly where they want to cast their line. There are many different types of boots, pick the right ones and start casting a deeper line.

Now, get your fly fishing skills up to par. Casting is an art form and there is a certain knack that can only come with time and dedication, but once mastered you will not forget it. Choosing the fly and remembering the fly names is more of a skill, without the correct fly or lure on the day may determine if you catch or not. I would recommend you study the hatch on the water and search for a fly which resembles the real thing. However if after a few casts there are no takes, try a different fly as colour and size differs from day to day.

Just make sure that you know how to cast a line, tie a fish knot, and control your fishing rod. With dedication, you too can be a fly fisherman (or woman).

10 Useful Fishing Knots

November 24, 2008 by  
Filed under Coarse Fishing

An angler must be well versed in tying fishing knots, it’s as important a part of the armory as choosing the right bait. There are many different types of fishing knots which are effective. We will look at the top ten fishing knots.


Slip Knot: Also known as a “running knot”, the function of this handy knot is to tighten whenever tension is applied to it’s line. A very useful and simple knot.


Half-Blood Knot: A multipurpose knot that comes in handy in a variety of uses including: attaching hooks, swivels, and lures to your main line. It’s also known as a “clinch knot”. The strongest knot for medium size hook and line combos.e.


Palomar Knot: A very easy knot that attaches the line to a hook. Tying this knot is a bit like threading a needle. A handy knot which can be learned quickly and has great breaking strength.


The Knotless Knot: A beginner’s knot that should not be overlooked. This basic hair rig is very strong to the touch and can yield great self-hooking capabilities.


Stop Knot: If you want a run-through float, you will need to stop it. That is where this handy knot comes into play. One of the best ways to put a halt to a run-through float without damaging it.


Arbor Knot: A knot that attaches the fishing line to the corresponding fishing reel aka the arbor. It is simple to learn and quite effective.


Nail Knot: A handy knot used to attach the backing and the fly line together.  This knot is compact and is a very smooth option. Also useful as a float-line stopper.


Needle Knot: A very uniform knot that is straight and will hold up the hook and line together quite well. It is advantageous because it makes little to no splash when it breaks water. 


Surgeons Loop: Generally used to produce a loop to loop combo. It can help you to create a loop that’s able move freely and naturally. This useful knot can maintain powerful and steady line strength when tied correctly.


Perfection Loop: Another great loop to loop connection that’s quick and easy to employ. This option allows you to tie a loop neatly in conjunction with the standing end.


Now that you are armed with a few basic fishing knot ideas, go out there and try them! Remember, practice makes perfect, and although you may not get the technique down the first time, you will eventually get it.

Carp Rigs – The essentials

November 8, 2008 by  
Filed under Carp Rigs

carp rigsCarp rigs have evolved over the years and some rigs remain a secret to the individual angler.

I have experimented with many different rigs in the past, some have worked but others have failed. I wouldn’t say there is one outstanding rig to use as each one differs and the success of the rig is also down to external factors including:

• The lake conditions – has it been heavily fished recently?
• Fishing methods – Are you spodding? Fishing in the right place?
• Ground the fish are feeding on – Are you fishing on mud, weed, gravel or sand?
• Bait – Boilies, PoP-ups, meat, maggots, worm etc…

If combinations of the above are not correct the fish feeding habits could be affected. So the perfect rig on its day may not work.
Likewise, if the fish are in a feeding frenzy, a rig which not been setup correctly may still work. It’s all down to the conditions on the day.

However having a correct rig will increase your chances of catching fish when some of the other factors are in your favour – it’s all about increasing the odds!

Remember though, that carp will eventually wise up to a good rig if its used on the same lake time and time again. So I would recommend you alternate rigs after a few fishing sessions on the same venue.

Fishing with Worms

November 5, 2008 by  
Filed under Coarse Fishing Bait


Lob worms are the large worms with the flat tail that are found in gardens.
Out of all the types of worm, this is the most natural to fish, as when it rains they get washed into the water via broken banks, fish like carp also nudge the mud around to dislodge the worm from the earth.

All coarse & game fish like lobworms and due to the size of worm they can attract the larger fish. A couple of lob worm on one hook will catch carp, if game fishing for salmon, a ball of these worm ( 6 or 7 of them) on a hook works very well.

Compost Worms

They generally live above the soil surface in areas where decaying vegetation or organic materials have collected and it is this lifestyle that makes them so valuable. Lighter in colour and smaller than the lobworm, these make ideal bait for tech, perch, rudd and roach. Although all other coarse and game fish will happily eat them too.

Dendrobaena Worms

Dendrobaena are tough and the most popular worm used for fishing, they are lively, wriggle like no other worm and survive in the coldest of waters for longer. Again all fish take these, but they are an ideal bait for carp when pole or float fishing. Trout also love these too.
Keeping Worms

Dendrobaena worms are very easy to keep, a well ventilated tub (air holes) on all sides. Just add grass and vegetation to the tub and freshen every few days. Keep out of direct sunlight, preferably in a shed or darkish place.

Lobworms are a little harder too keep, again a well ventilated tub is a must, top up with the earth where you found the worms. Change the earth every few days. Make sure the soil is PH neutral or they can can die pretty fast. You may also add damp newspaper to the mix.

When taking the worm for a fishing session, use a ventialated tub, but just use grass and moss. This toughens the worms skin, making them easier to handle and hook.

Feed Dendrobaena and Lobworms mashed potatoes and potato peelings. They will also eat leaves and vegetation.

The best place to keep compost worms, is on the compost!! So after your fishing session, just return them to the compost heap.

Tip:I start off by buying worms from the local fishing shop (all varieties) and then release them into the garden where the soil is vegetated (composting leaves and other dying vegetation). Worms kept in a tub are very hard to breed, so releasing into the natural conditions help them breed. I then take enough into storage to keep me topped up for a weeks or two fishing. Any left over I release back into the natural environment and dig for a fresher batch. The ones released have time to recover and breed – the cycle repeats itself so you always have fresh worms, and with them breeding in their natural environment you will save money buy ordering less in the future from the tackle shop.

Maver Poles

November 5, 2008 by  
Filed under Carp Fishing Gear

Maver UK Limited was launched in 1994, with probably the most technically advanced poles in the world at that time. The prestigious Maver brand is the flagship of the group of companies, Maver UK Ltd, Reglass SPA and Paioli Sport. They are Europe’s largest and best producers of competition poles.

Maver  remains firmly at the forefront of pole innovation and technology, the poles below are all recommended and chosen for the varying price range which should accommodate anglers of all skill levels and have also been chosen for their varying price ranges:

Maver Competition 201

Maver 201

The best mid-priced pole Maver have ever produced. The Maver Competition 201 is outstanding at 13M, unbelievable at 14.5M and excellent at 16M. At 11.5M weighing in at a featherweight 618 grms, and at 13M an incredible 868 grms. Supplied with at 16M as standard with a total of 6 kits including the top 3 housed inside the fishing pole.

Pole Special features

  • Magic steps & Sun cure (AFS) finish
  • Teflon joints & Clean caps
  • Nanolith technology & Put over joints
  • Telescopic top 2 match kit
  • Rated to 10 elastic with match kits
  • Rated 12-20 elastic with power kits

Pole Supplied with:

  • 2 x Power kits
  • 2 x Match Top 3 kits
  • Cupping Kit & cups
  • Mini extension
  • Pole bag and DVD

Maver Competition 101

Maver 101

For the price tag this pole is advertised at the Competition 101 fishing pole is nothing short of remarkable.

Featuring the same technology found on models costing more than £2000. Features such as Magic steps, Fusion, Sun Core AFS finish, Teflon joints and Nanolith impregnated fibres have never been available at this price level before. Supplied at 13M as standard the 101 weighs just 696 grms at 11.5M and only 932grms at 13M.

Pole Special features

  • Magic steps & Sun cure (AFS) finish
  • Nanolith technology
  • Rated to 10 elastic with match kits
  • Rated to 12-20 elastic with power kits

Pole Supplied with:

  • 3 x Power kits
  • Cupping kit & cups
  • Mini extension
  • Pole bag and DVD

Maver N25 14.5m

Maver N25

The Maver N25 fishing pole is extremely stiff, has a fast rapidity of action and is beautifully balanced. Supplied as standard with the revolutionary ‘SUN CORE’ finish

Maver N25 Fishing Pole

A perfect all-round fishing pole that is at home on canals, lakes and rivers, but showing its true colours when carp are the target. Weighing just 665 grams at 11.5M and just 910 grams at 13M. This fantastic pole is the best value high performance fishing pole available.

Pole Special Features

  • 9 section Mandrel Technology
  • Wide Bore Tips
  • Put Over Joints
  • Telescopic Top 2 match kit
  • Sun Core
  • Teflon Joints
  • Rated to 10 elastics with match kits fitted
  • Rated to 12/20 hollow elastics with power kits fitted
  • High quality Pole holdall and user guide DVD

Trakker Trident Bivvy

November 4, 2008 by  
Filed under Carp Fishing Gear

Trakker Trident Fishing Bivvy

From reviewing my fishing bivvy advice, I have researched a few Bivvies, one shelter which slightly differs from my considerations is the Trakker Trident Bivvy from Fishtec. This is because its an open faced bivvy, so you can easily get out of the Bivvy when the bite alarm goes off.

Trakker Trident Fishing Bivvy

Trident is the all new bivvy from Trakker. The perfect solution for anglers wanting the freedom of an openfaced bivvy but without compromising the security and protection you get from a fully enclosed bivvy. Like our Armo range of bivvies the Trident is made from groundbreaking Aquatexx material that’s over 40% stronger than conventional nylon fabrics. Those who know buy Armo.

  • New 3 section two break pole system. Allows much quiicker erection/breakdown
  • Now fits easily into a quiver
  • Removable peak
  • Removeable (zip off) front
  • Trident is a 1 man bivvy, size 2.3m x 2.8m
  • Compatible with all existing Armo 1 man wraps
  • Can be used as a day shelter, or with the addition of a super extended wrap, an emergency 2 man bivvy.
  • Trident image shown with frame support – sold separately