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The Smooth Touch

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mike-thrussell

Published on

22-06-2016

Mid June to late July is the very best time for offshore smoothound. They are shark like in appearance, but have no teeth, just hard sandpapery gums designed to crush up crabs. Teeth or not, they fight exceptionally hard, especially on light tackle, and are one of my favourite summer fish. Smoothound are found right around the southern half of the UK drawing a line from the Mull of Galloway in southwest Scotland, to the Holderness coast in Yorkshire. They stay with us unti...

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GIVE ‘EM A ROCKET

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mike-thrussell

Published on

27-04-2016

The ABU Rocket Popper plug is my most successful popping plug bar none! It’s caught me more bass than any other plug type I own. Some anglers struggle though, with the technique to fish a popping plug successfully. With the lure bass season already upon us, here’s a few tips on how to fish the Rocket Popper to maximum effect. I use braid line for all my plugging, but always use a short section of Fluorocarbon, about 4-feet long, tied to the braid to give a clear separation...

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It’s a Fine Line in April

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admin_uk

Published on

08-04-2016

April is never an easy month. I find it’s the transition between winter in to spring. Many of the normal shore species can still be offshore spawning, and it’ll be a few weeks yet before they return in real numbers, as already it looks like a slightly late start to spring, even though the winter, overall, has been mild. The fish that are currently left inshore tend to be few and far between and bites have to be worked hard for, especially in the northern half of the UK. &n...

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Clash of the Titans

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mike-thrussell

Published on

21-02-2016

Marlin! It’s a magic word for saltwater anglers and recognised as the fish of a lifetime. I’ve been lucky and fished for, and caught, both striped and blue marlin in Mexico. But that was some time ago, and I thought my chance to fish for them again was now forever gone. However, during a short 3-day trip to Costa Rica and the amazing fishing resort of Crocodile Bay, a chance to fish marlin once more came out of blue. I was in Costa Rica with PENN for the worldwide introduc...

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A Roving Approach......

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admin_uk

Published on

13-02-2016

Paul Garner ended the year in fine style with this prettily marked pike weighing just over 20lb from Oxfordshire's Farmoor Reservoir. The fish fell for a Berkley Ripple-shad fished over deep water. Paul has enjoyed considerable success on the trout reservoirs this autumn and puts his results down to fishing with lures and staying mobile. "I know a lot of anglers lack confidence in fishing with lures, but the secret is to stick with it. Because you can cover so m...

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Costa Rica Clash

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mike-thrussell

Published on

06-02-2016

Costa Rica! A country quoted as being one of the best big game destinations in the world and home to the magical roosterfish. It was somewhere I’d always wanted to fish, but never had the opportunity to go. Life is full of unexpected twists and turns though, and well over a year ago, I was involved in the field testing of the new PENN Clash fixed spool reel here in the UK. A reel packed with advanced performance features, and with an incredible low inertia drag that ma...

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A Specimen Hunter’s Year 2015

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admin_uk

Published on

05-01-2016

Acknowledgement I wish to take this opportunity to thank my sponsors, the World’s Largest Tackle Company, Pure Fishing. All my adventures and captures over the past five years were under-taken using only tackle from the Pure Fishing stable. chasing pike on the fly at dusk Well, we are at the passing of another year in the specimen hunter’s calendar. Over time I have fallen into the usual species hunting routine in Ireland, and there are many like me it has to be said....

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WET WEATHER WHITING....Mike Thrussell

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admin_uk

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26-11-2015

WET WEATHER WHITING Normally I’d expect to be catching large numbers of whiting along the Mid Wales coast from early September. However the mild weather we’ve experienced right through October with relatively warm sea temperatures seemed to keep the main whiting shoals offshore in deeper water longer than usual with only a few being caught. We had to wait until early November, and then on the big tides, whiting numbers suddenly escalated overnight. I like to fit in a ...

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Carp and cough medicine......Terry Jackson

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admin_uk

Published on

23-11-2015

Carp and cough medicine Having the opportunity to work down in Galway, I threw in an assortment of tackle for a few days mixed fishing, and in particular, my first shot at the Carp for 2015. With work completed in Galway, I made my way to County Cork, but could feel a heavy dose of flu coming on! I had called in to see my good friend Sidney Kennedy and to scrounge a few of his “special” boilies that never fail to catch Carp, but wasn’t allowed to leave until I had been fu...

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Taking this year’s new Agility Spinning Rod from Shakespeare out for a test!

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admin_uk

Published on

28-10-2015

Shakespeare Agility Med-Heavy 8’ Spin Taking this year’s new Agility Spinning Rod from Shakespeare out for a test! “Predator Agility” and Berkley Power Worm, great Pollack combo Throughout this year, I have been lucky enough to have the opportunity to product test many rods from the Agility range. Yes, they are a budget range, but so far, every rod I have played with has proven beyond doubt to exceed its low price tag by far. Shakespeare have found a formula in the 20...