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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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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Boom Time

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I’m often asked what I think is the best shore rig to target general catches from the beaches with during the difficult months of February and March. This is the period when the bulk of bigger fish are offshore spawning and inshore fish stocks are at their lowest point. Most clean beaches will still hold […]

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Rough Ground Roulette

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If you are wondering what happened to me from September to late November, blog wise, I was constantly working away and unable to fish. Going for so long without wetting a line was sheer agony and by late November when I finally got home the ache to fish was unbearable. My first trip out was […]

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Big Cod Comeback

Big Cod Fishing

The cod have been slow to show in most areas this past autumn, some say to higher sea temperatures, also the numbers of lost days due to bad weather for the charter boats have maybe given us a false impression of the true state of play. But suddenly catches have taken an upturn with good […]

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Walk and Stalk Bass Fishing

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This year is going to see a massive number of new recruits to the plugging for bass army. These anglers are hungry for information, but inevitably two questions will dominate. “What tackle should I be using?” and “What lures are best?” Starting with rods, then the blank action is crucial. The rods need a tip […]

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