Coarse – Match Fishing Rods

April 22, 2009 by  
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Tying a good Fishing Knot

February 17, 2009 by  
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There are several things that you will want to keep in mind if you want to tie good fishing knots. First, the quality of your fly fishing knots will directly affect how well you can fish. The knots used are typically the weakest point of a rod and line assembly. This is due to the fact that the line is usually weakened when it is tied, and is often responsible for line breaks and the loss of fish. The first step in making certain your fly fishing equipment knots are secure is to make sure you lubricate the knot as it is being tied. Using a liquid to lubricate the knot will lower the amount of friction heat generated when you are tying your knot. When heat is generated during the typing of the knot, the line is weakened and can snap under strain.

Next, once you have lubricated and tied your knot, you need to test the knot. This is done by pulling on the leader and the line and seeing if the knot holds. It is best to do this because you want to ensure there is a good amount of strength in the knot before you cast your line and discover the knot was incorrectly tied, resulting in the loss of your fish. If you notice that your deep sea fishing knots seem to slip, you will want to make certain that you are tying your knots correctly. A properly seated knot will not slip or move when put under strain. It is always suggested that you trim your fly fishing knots prior to casting your line. The trim should be done as close to the knot as possible without nicking or otherwise damaging the knot or line. This can be tricky at first, but once you have practiced, you will be able to trim the knot cleanly.

If your knot is lose and you did not properly seat or test the knot but trimmed it, you will notice that your knot is much more likely to come loose. This is due to the fact that the knot is not tied tightly enough, allowing movement within the knot. This is something that you will want to avoid as it can result in the loss of the leader and your fish. When you tie sport fishing knots, make certain that you are careful in how you grasp your lure and leader. It is extremely easy to cut your finger on a lure if you are not careful when you are typing these knots.


February 11, 2009 by  
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Common Bream are one of the larger members of the Carp family found in British freshwaters. Mature bream are known as “Slabs”

Bream Statistics:
Scientific Name: Abramis brama
Maximum Weight: 18lb
Average Weight: 3-4lb
Maximum Length: 14-16 inches
Life Span: 15-25 years

Bream Characteristics:
A mature bream has a dark back and a greenish tinge with silvery grey sides and a whitish belly. Young fish are silvery and known as “Skimmers”. Bream are relatively thin fish, but make up their weight due to the depth of their shape. The are easily identified as larger fish have a hump shape and their mouth face downwards as they are bottom feeding fish.

Where to Catch Bream:
Slow moving rivers and canals. Gravel pits, lakes and large ponds.

Feeding Habits of the Bream:
Bream are often found feeding on soft bottoms, so muddy areas are best. They feed in shoals so if you catch one be prepared for others.

Bream Baits:
Maggot, meat, sweetcorn, hemp, bread flake

How to catch a Bream:
Popular methods include waggler or pole fishing methods with a simple float and hook.
Feeder methods with maggotts and ground bait in the feeder with maggot or corn on the hook.

As they are a shoal fish, when you hook one try to throw a few maggots in to keep the other bream feeding and not spooked.
A bream will often put up a good fight, but then just float to the surface ready for netting. The fish are very slimy and will leave a trail of slime in the net!


February 11, 2009 by  
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The Perch belongs to the family of Perciformes – fish with spined fins. It is a hunting fish a will often feed on fry and smaller fish.

Perch Statistics:
Scientific Name: Perca fluviatilis
Maximum Weight: 7lb
Average Weight: 6-8oz
Maximum Length: 20 inches
Life Span: 13 years

Perch Characteristics:
The Perch has striking looks well suited to its predatory life. Its flanks are olive green with six or seven black stripes, camouflaging it among weed and reeds.

Where to Catch a Perch:
Perch can be found in any freshwater system, lakes, rivers, streams, canals and ponds.

Feeding Habits of the Perch:
The Perch is a predator and will use weeds and reeds against its colour to blend in with the environment. As the fish or bait passes by they will strike. At certain times of the year, Perch will group to feed on fry and smaller fish.

Perch Baits:
Small fish, fry, worms, maggots, meat

How to catch a Perch:
Popular methods include waggler or pole fishing methods with a simple float and hook.
Feeder methods with maggotts and ground bait in the feeder with a double red maggot on the hook.
Spinning – Small mepps spinners are very good.

Nineoaks Fishery – January 2009 Match Report

January 28, 2009 by  
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fishing report for January 25th at Nineoaks Fishery
Oakford near Aberaeron, Ceredigion, W.Wales, SA47 0RW
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10 Useful Fishing Knots

November 24, 2008 by  
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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.

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.

Ron Thompson Carbonite System Box

October 22, 2008 by  
Filed under Coarse Fishing Gear

The New carbonite seat box is one of the best value match or general course fishing box on the market. The box is fully loaded with extras, and available at an unbelievable price!, click the buy now button for a competitive price.

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Seat Box Details

The box comes complete with a solid square leg frame system with adjustable legs and flexible mud feet. Also included is a folding footplate with adjustable legs, side tray with a sliding accessory bowl that slides neatly under the main box and locks in place. There is a magnetic 3 drawer system and the comfy pole seat also doubles up as a pole winder tray. The main box has a deeper padded section for even more accessories and the soft padded strap will ensure comfort, all the way to your peg!
Seat Box Features

  • Pole winder tray
  • Accessory bowl system
  • Deep tray for extra storage
  • Padded shoulder strap
  • Folding footplate
  • Magnetic 3 drawer system

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Fishing with Maggots

September 11, 2008 by  
Filed under Coarse Fishing Bait

The maggot is available in all respected tackle shops. They are the most popular coarse fishing bait in the UK, most probably because they are a trusted natural bait and for the amount you get, are very cheap to buy.
fishing bait - maggots

However  the main reason for there popularity amongst anglers is that the maggot (if the fish are feeding) is guaranteed to catch all known coarse fish, including the occasional pike! As well as some sea fish such as mullet and game fishing, mainly trout.

Storing & Selecting the Maggot
If stored in a fridge, they will keep for a number of days before they turn into a caster, the caster can equally be a very good bait.
Try to avoid purchasing ‘sweaty’ maggots or slow moving ones, as this means they will be turning to caster shortly. If they over-heat too much, they will die. (even dead maggots can be used as loose feed)

Maggots come in a variety sizes, the smaller ones are know as pinkies. Dyed maggots are also very popular, and colours include red, bronze and yellow. Maggots are bought by the pint (or ½ pint) so it’s well worth buying a variety of colours, although it worth separating these into different bait boxes, as its normally best to throw one colour in as loose feed, and use the other colour on the hook. Each day is different, but keeping the maggots in separate bait boxes keep your options open.

Hooking & Presenting the Maggot

maggot hooks
The best way to hook a maggot is by gently pressing the body and its ‘beard’ will stick out, hook this part using a sharp small hook. If the maggot bursts discard it and use a fresh maggot. You may also hook the maggot through its tail end, hook it at the very end, again so it doesn’t burst. A popular method is called top & tail where you use two maggots on the same hook, using the two hooking methods described.

Drennan provide carp and silverfish maggot hooks. Spade end hooks are recommended, as the spade is less visible than an eyed hook.

For carp fishing, you can hook as many as you can on one hook, although the best method it to literally thread about 50 maggots onto fine line using a pin, so you basically have a line full of maggots. Then tie this onto a hair-rig, the maggots will pull tight and form a ball shape. This is irresistible to carp. Other techniques include super glue, and feeder fishing them.
The key to maggot fishing is to keep the bait fresh, and wriggling maggot is better than a static one. So change your bait when the maggot is looking dull.

A good trick is to breathe on the maggot before it goes into the cold water. Warming up the maggot just before it hits the water will send it into a wriggling frenzy!

The maggot is the larvae of the bluebottle, you could make you own maggot hatchery at home by using a dead chicken or sheeps heart to attract the flies, but these day its really much easier to purchase from your local shop, or go to your nearest maggot farm and buy by the bucket full!

If you ever run out of maggots, there are also maggot vending machines availalbe!! What ever next?

Choosing the Right Footwear for the Fishing Bank

August 22, 2008 by  
Filed under Coarse Fishing

Fishing – a fascinating hobby

Fishing is one of the post popular pastimes in the UK, with over 4 million anglers
fishing every year. It`s not only a fascinating sport and an enjoyable way to spend
time in the great outdoors, anglers also contribute to river conservation by helping
to keep waterways clean and well stocked. The basics of fishing can be learned in as
little as a couple of days, but you can spend a lifetime mastering the art of

Footwear for fishing

Before you set off, make sure that you have suitable footwear for fishing. Rubber
boots are an invaluable piece of kit, but which type you choose will depend on what
type of fishing trip you are going on. Top siders are ideal if you will be launching
a boat off a pier or dock as they are waterproof and have non-slip soles. If you
will be standing at a riverbank, consider investing in a pair of wade fishing boots.
These are usually designed to reach thigh length and to give good traction on uneven
surfaces. Most importantly, they won`t come off if your feet sink into mud.

For boat trips and sea angling consider investing in a good pair of deck or boat
shoes. These shoes are usually made of leather or nubuck, but the most important
feature is the soles. These are made of rubber and should have enough grip to be
able to stop you from sliding around, but shouldn`t leave ugly marks on the deck of
the boat. Recent advances in fabric technology have led to the creation of deck
trainers, which are becoming increasing popular as they are lightweight and dry

Sailing sandals and flip flops are intended for sailing in warm weather, and there
is evidence to suggest that because they expose feet to clean air, they reduce the
chance of infection. Sandals and flip flops designed for sailing are lightweight and
come in a wide variety of styles. They should have non-slip soles and be padded for

If you don`t intend to be in the water at any point during your fishing trip, a pair
of hiking or walking shoes should be adequate for your needs. If you will need to
walk some distance to your chosen spot, it makes sense to invest in a lightweight,
sturdy pair of shoes or boots which will see you through most eventualities. As
British weather is so unpredictable, choosing a waterproof pair would be sensible.
Fishing gear, equipment and supplies

To get started, you can buy a beginners package fairly cheaply containing a rod and
a variety of hooks, swivels and other vital equipment. This should be enough to get
you started, but you will no doubt want to invest in more equipment as you improve.
A tackle box is vital to transport your equipment, and can also double up as
something to sit on. The most basic type is just a box with a carry strap, so you
will need to buy a selection of smaller boxes to keep all your small items separate.
As well as considering which footwear you will need for your new hobby, think about buying a lightweight
waterproof jacket and a warm hat for cold weather

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