The Smooth Touch

PF Blog - Smoothound - Mike T with 12lb 11oz smoothound

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 […]

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GIVE ‘EM A ROCKET

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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 […]

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It’s a Fine Line in April

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, […]

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Clash of the Titans

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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 […]

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Costa Rica Clash

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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 […]

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FLOUNDER ON LURES……..something different

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FLOUNDER ON LURES The upsurge in lure fishing, mainly for bass, has opened up other unexpected doors for other species. Take flounder for example. I’ve been fishing lures, and fly fishing for bass, for well over 30-years, and though I’ve caught a few flounder on lures and flies in the past, I never made the […]

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MULLET ON THE MOVE

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One thing I’ve learnt about mullet is that they are a moody fish. Like no other they will switch from feeding to being totally disinterested in the blink of an eye. When I started out fishing for mullet I wasted way too much time trying to catch fish that I’ve since learnt were just not […]

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Blue Turns Ugly – An iconic brand of boat rods gets the ultimate workout against a hard-fighting shark ugly

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  When the iconic Shakespeare Ugly Stik brand of boat rods first appeared in 1976 it was described as “maybe the most remarkable product of the last two decades”. Nearly 40 years later the trademark clear-tip Ugly Stik remains one of the most popular and recognised brands in the fishing tackle industry. To celebrate the […]

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Summer’s Coming

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Work and bad weather have restricted my fishing time so far this year, but you have to make the most of it, and I’ve still managed to catch some decent fish. The plaice were bang on time this year, but not in the numbers expected. I bided my time until I thought their numbers had […]

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Stone Basse Surprise

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Fishing is a funny old game. Sometimes, no matter how hard you try, nothing goes right. On another day, you just happen to be in the right place, at the right time. When the latter happens, you need to be ready to take full advantage and make the most of any slice of luck that […]

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