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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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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Shakespeare To Launch New Lure Range

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Look out for a new range of soft plastic lures from Shakespeare around September. These are called “Hellfire” and include worms ideal for pollack, bass and cod, soft weighted shads for cod, ling, pollack, bass and coalfish, also muppets and plain soft shads. I’ve already been fishing with some of these and finding them great […]

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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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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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