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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A Good Start to 2013

Conger

I wasted no time in getting my new year fishing underway and chose to begin with a rock fishing session on Anglesey in North Wales with conger eels in mind. I’ve also been field testing a potential new Penn 535Mag reel which is ideally suited to this rough and tough style of fishing, so it […]

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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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Flattie Grand Slam

I think most of you are aware that one of my favourite things in sea angling is hunting new species! One I’ve been after for a while is a brill. I’ve tried a few times to catch one of these stunning looking flatties, but so far they had avoided all contact with my baits. To […]

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Dream Fishing in Norway: Shore Halibut

For a long time I’ve had a dream of catching a double figure halibut off the shore. I’ve caught quite a few halibut from boats, but prior to mid February, I’d only caught one small 2lb fish in Iceland while shore fishing. I was due out in central Norway to fish with Ian Peacock, UK […]

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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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Testing Times

I’ve lots going on at the moment. I’m still field testing prototype rods and reels scheduled for the Penn and ABU brands which are due on the shop shelves in the coming autumn, and we’re about to final field test a new series of spinning rods due to go in to the ABU product range, […]

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Giants of the Deep

I was recently up in Oban, Scotland with my son Mike Jr. We’d booked a couple of days for some pleasure fishing with Ronnie Campbell who runs the charter boat Laura Dawn from Oban. We were fishing with 4 other anglers and the target would be giant common skate, one of the largest fish a […]

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Mike’s and Rob’s Testing New Product Day

I recently teamed up with Penn Category Manager Rob Wyatt for a field test/photo trip out from Plymouth with top local skipper Malc Jones aboard his charter boat Sea Angler 2.   We needed to put some 8/12lb class prototype Penn rods through their paces against big fast running fish, so we intended to target […]

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