The Shakespeare Ugly Stik Tour Begins…

Pure Fishing marketing manager David McCartney with Mac, winner of the Ugly Stik GX2 Rod

Arguably the most famous name in boat rod circles is the Shakespeare Ugly Stik. To celebrate the recent introduction of the new Ugly Stik GX2 range of boat rods, Shakespeare decided to undertake a UK tour with the rods. The format is to visit as many of our sponsored boats around the country as possible, […]

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A New Beginning

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The Mayan apocalypse has been and gone! It turned out, as expected, to be nothing more than possible misinterpretation of something written thousands of years ago. Some choose to believe that the 21st December was the start of a new age on Earth. I have no insight in to that, but we are at the […]

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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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Cameras, Cod and Conger

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The plan was to travel to Plymouth from North Wales, get there early morning, and film some short DVD’s for a forthcoming sales conference. The drive down went to plan, as did the first part of the filming covering some new Shakespeare rods called Agility and Sigma, plus lures you’ll see in September. But at […]

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The Soft Approach to Offshore Cod Fishing

Me with my 19lb cod

Regular readers of the angling press would be forgiven for thinking that the use of soft plastics is confined pretty much to shore and inshore bass fishing. The reality is that the lure revolution is progressing just as quickly offshore. What’s of greater interest is that anglers are now targeting fish not normally sought with […]

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Time to Target Big Wreck Pollack and Cod

Boat Pollack

The period from mid January through until late March sees some of the best wreck fishing for pollack here in the UK with fish in excess of 20lbs possible. However this year also sees the added possibility of some very big cod being caught from the same wrecks with fish above 20lbs, and possibly even […]

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Gods and Cods

It feels like the fishing Gods are conspiring against me! When I’m working away the wind turns to the west, increases to a good force 6 and builds up a big, steady surf that just screams cod. When I’m at home, which is rare enough these days, the wind drops, the skies clear and the […]

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The Cod are Coming!!

Gathering in reports from all round the UK it looks like many areas are already experiencing a fair run of smaller codling to 3lbs, but backed up with a few fish from 5 to 11lbs. The past three years seems to have produced reasonable numbers of juvenile cod, these having now grown on to be […]

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Shore Fishing Adventure in Northern Iceland

After two years of waiting I finally managed to organise five days shore fishing in the untapped waters of Dalvik way up in the north of Iceland. Here commercial fishing pressure is minimal and sea fish stocks are at levels most Europeans and British anglers can only dream of. Every small port in the area […]

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Penn Cup 2010

The Penn Cup was first fished in 2009 in Havoysund, northern Norway, and such was its success in its inaugural year that already it’s become a prestigious annual event. For July 2010 there would be six teams of four anglers, these all associated with the Pure Fishing Company who own the famous Penn brand, with […]

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