Sea Fishing Safety

July 30, 2009 by  
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All types of fishing can be potentially dangerous, but out of all fishing venue types, the coastline and sea has to be the most dangerous. Simply because in the UK the sea is so unpredictable. Strong tides, freak waves, the weather and erosion all play a part, and over the years many lives have been lost.

Beach Fishing

Potential dangers include:

  • Being cut of by the tide
  • Freak Waves
  • Getting out of your depth if wading into the sea
  • Shifting sands

Rock Fishing

Potential dangers include:

  • Falling off the edge
  • Slipping in wet conditions
  • Being washed off by a freak wave

Boat Fishing

Potential dangers include:

  • Capsizing
  • Falling overboard
  • Breaking down out at sea
  • Getting lost – in the fog
  • Boat fires

To help prevent any disasters I recommend you purchase some safety equipment, after all you’d spend a lot on fishing gear, but how much is you life worth. Equipment to consider includes:

  • Life jackets, also know as Buoyancy aids – ideal for fishing
  • Torch or some kind of light
  • Compass, or better still a GPS
  • Mobile phone
  • Flares
  • First aid kit
  • Spare petrol / diesel when boay fishing
  • Good all round clothing, waterproofs, hats, boots

However the most important advice is never to take risks, go fishing with a friend and always tell someone where you are going and when you expect to be back.
It’s always a good idea to inform the local coastguard via VHF if you are planning a boat trip overnight, but keep them informed when you return back to base.

Also check the weather forecast before you leave, the sea can get very rough before any sight of a storm, being in a storm and a rough sea can be fatal!

Casting a Multiplier Reel

December 1, 2008 by  
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There are many ways to skin a cat or in this case spin a cast. We are talking, of course, about casting multiplier reels sometimes known as “baitcasters.” They are a more effective way to cast . Whether your fishing with squid or worm, multiplier reels are the way to go when you want to cast far for those bigger species..

Many anglers who are used to fixed spools are skeptic about using multiplier reels because they fear an over-run or even worse, that they won’t know how to use one. Fact is, multiplier reels are quite easy to use and cast.

A great idea when you cast is to hold it at 45 degrees towards the sea. You want to make sure you cast up instead of out. This will help the line come off the spool slower and allow you to achieve a cast with greater distance. It will also help you to avoid the most common rookie mistake– the dreaded birds nest. Make sure that your rod is the same weight as your lure for the best cast. A steady hand will go a long way in your fishing endeavors.

Another tip to keep in mind is stopping the spool firmly just before the lead breaks the water. Make sure to control it with a thumb finger as soon as the lead begins sinking. The trick is to start off gently and then build up your power at a slow pace. This technique will help you with greatly with efficiency and is another way to avoid birds nest. Once you get over your fear of multiplier reels, you will start seeing big results. Just remember that it may take you a few different tries at first, but it will be well worth it once you start reeling in those big fish!

Bass Fishing in Cornwall – at night

September 8, 2008 by  
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bass fishing in CornwallSeptember to December can produce some very big bass from the shores around Cornwall.

It’s best to go just after a very stormy period, so the sea is still rough, and surf quite large.

Fish an incoming tide (about 2 hours after low tide is best), in the evening just as its going dark. I advise you get there a little earlier so you can setup in the daylight!
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Plugging for Bass

September 3, 2008 by  
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bass fishing plugThe sea bass is one of the most desired fish to catch off the UK shore. Known for its hard fighting, catching this fish on plugging gear makes the catch extra special.

The setup is very eay, simply attach the plug to the main line. If the plug does not come equipped with a swivel (most do), its worth adding a trace from the main line connected via a swivel. This will stop the main line from twisting a fraying.

Use a  heavy spinning rod between 9-11ft, with a medium sized fixed spool reel when plugging. You need this setup with a fixed spool reel in order to cast further, a multiplier doesn’t work as well when there is no weight.

There is no right or wrong plug to use, you could try a popper, deep diver or any other, they all differ depending on the weather conditions, the depth you are fishing and the terrain. Simply keep swapping if you have no success, but when you find the bass plug which works, you should catch regularly.

Plugging for Bass from the Rocks
‘Rock hopping’ as it;’s known is the best way to cover a lot of ground, basically fish very light. A rod, reel and bag full of spinners and plugs. Look out for gullies and rock peaks and fish from these, cover all areas by casting in all directions. Reel in at different speeds and change plugs for different depths.

Plugging for Bass from a Boat
The same technique should be used from a boat, cast in all directions, from the boat you have a 360 degree rotation, so cast in all directions to cover all the ground. Bass tend to feed close in, so only go 50 or a 100 yards from the coastline, or find a peak of rocks and fish around these.

Bass like oxygenated water, so water splashing against rocks or gushing through gullies attract them, and sand eels (which is their natural food source).

Bass are most active on spring tides, and plugging is best between the months of June and November. Although the bigger bass tend to show from October to November.

Popular Bass plugs include:
The storm saltwater chug bug
Storm Jointed Thunderstick
Rapala Countdown Magnums
Yo Zuri Crystal Minnow

Deep Spinning Sandeels

July 9, 2008 by  
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This method is as basic as it gets, but it is great for catching pollack in the daytime.

Basic Setup:
Light Beach caster or Carp Rod
Multiplier or fixed spool reel with 20lb main line
30lb shockleader – length depending how far up the cliffs you are fishing.

End Tackle:
4oz lead
3feet 12lb trace
3/0 aberdeen hook
Biating elastic
bead
swivel
snap swivel

Bait:
Ammo blast frozen sandeel.

Rig Setup
Attach the weight to the snap swivel
Thread the snap swivel up the shock leader
Thread bead onto shock leader
Tie swivel the end of shock leader
Tie trace with hook to the other end of the swivel.

There are other methods where you could tie the weight to the shockleader using a rotten bottom method, so if the weight gets stuck in a rock, you will loose the weight, but the trace hook and maybe a fish is still in attached.

To use the rotten bottom method, simple tie a few nots in the line with attaches the weight to the main rig, this acts as the weak point within the rig, as the knots cause frictions and become weak, when pressure is applied this is the spot to give and snap.

Fishing MethodHook the sandeel through its mouth and out its belly, so the shaft of the hook is within the eels belly. Wrap elastic tightly around the eel. This will stop the eel from breaking up when casting hard, and will generally last on the hook a lot longer.

Cast the eel, once it hits the bottom, start a steady retrieve and do not stop reeling in (this is essential). When a fish knocks, do NOT strike, keep reeling at the same speed, the rod will start to bend  and then reel harder and faster and do not stop.   This will hep prevent the pollack from dashing down into the kelp.

Features
Cast into rocky areas and deep gullies. You want to fish where the kelp is as this is where the fish hide waiting for its dinner!

Times
3hrs before high tide, to one hour after.
This method is best on a sunny day, when the sea is calm and clear. The pollack mainly feeds by sigh in shallow areas, so having a visible bait when spinning is half the battle.

This method is also used for wrasse and the odd bass.

Shore / Rock Fishing – Beginners Advice

June 18, 2008 by  
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We all have to start somewhere and this blog is intended to help the beginner as well as give essential advice to the more experienced angler.

Ok so you’re interested in fishing and would like to take up the sport. My advice for the complete beginner would be to hitch up with a friend who fishes and go with them, try out their rod and see if you’re really going to enjoy the sport. Purchasing rods, reels and tackle can be expensive – so you want to make sure you are going to enjoy the sport before splashing out on new tackle.

Hopefully you enjoy the fishing session and the next move is to purchase your first rod and reel.
The rod will depend on your size; it’s no good purchasing a rod which does not feel right. I would advise you go for a rod capable of casting a 4 to 6oz weight. For a beginner definitely buy a fixed spool fishing reel. A fixed spool reel is much easier to use than a multiplier reel, and generally the cheaper option.

Tackle, is easy. Main fishing line 15 to 20lb, shock leader 30-40lb, hooks, swivels, beads, 4 to 6oz weights, knife, fishing box and rucksack.

The ideal place to find all the above is a car boot sale, you could probably get the lot for under £40.

Another option is the internet, if you are buying over the internet I would recommend you go to a tackle shop first and just feel the rod and reel to ensure you get the right balance but for the complete beginner I would still go to the car boot for your first fishing rod, and then once you’re hooked on the sport spend a little more for the better quality rod and reel. Like all products, the more you pay the better quality and build you receive.

For further advice look around this fishing blog, leave comments or questions below and I will answer them all.

Good luck on your first fishing trip…..

Essential Fishing advice for Rock Fishing

April 27, 2008 by  
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OK, fishing from rocks can be great fun, but also very dangerous if not respected.

My main points of advice would be:

Safety Aspects:

1) Check out the fishing mark in the daytime, so you’re prepared for the night.

2) Tell a family or friend member where you are going, and when you expect to be back home

3) Always fish with a friend

4) Take a mobile phone with you, and make sure it’s charged up!

5) Pack a spare torch, wear a headlamp and a main light source – tilly lamps are best + matches.

6) Wear a flotation suite

7) Pack some rope in you backpack

8) Wear good boots with plenty of grip.

9) Look out for slippery rocks

10) Look out for big sea swells and rouge waves

11) Never risk your footing in order to reel in a fish.

12) When casting always ensure you have a sturdy foothold.

13) Dress for the weather, but always ware your flotation suite.

14) If conditions are too rough, go home!