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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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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New Berkley XTS Saltwater Red: The All Round Line

I’m often asked exactly which mono line I use for fishing, but I can’t answer that specifically as I tend to choose different line for different types of fishing. In short, for me, there is no perfect all round line that covers every eventuality. That said some come close! When using mono on both shore […]

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NanoFil: A Line Revolution

I’ve been using the new Berkeley NanoFil line now for over 8 months and in that time its spawned huge conversation and interest with the people I’ve been fishing alongside. I’ve also been getting a growing number of questions re NanoFil fired at me via Facebook and e-mail from anglers who have picked up on […]

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Super Braid Lines for Lure Bass Fishing

Super braid lines have been a revolution within sea angling circles, and no where more than when fishing lures for bass. Many anglers, especially those new to lure bass fishing, are understandably suspicious of the advantage of braid due to the far higher cost in comparison to normal monofilament lines. So what are the advantages […]

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