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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Hellfire Shads Hammer Icelandic Cod & Coalfish

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In a recent blog I mentioned the new Hellfire weighted shads that are about to be added to the expanding Shakespeare range of lures. Just to illustrate why I’m so excited about these lures, I was recently in Iceland and chose to use the Hellfire shads to target shore cod and coalfish and enjoyed incredible […]

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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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The Soft Approach to Offshore Cod Fishing

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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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Soft Plastics: Right Lure, Right Time

During a recent shore bass session, a lad fishing a little further down the beach (we’d already exchanged a courteous wave) wandered up for a chat. Like me he was lure fishing, but there was weed in the water and we were both struggling to keep the lures clean on the retrieve, and frankly had […]

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Wreck Pollack: Right Lure, Right Time!

Throughout 2010 I enjoyed incredible fishing with the Berkley range of soft lures, especially the Powerbait Ripple Shad and the new Powerbait Ripple Grub. These lures caught me amazing numbers of big pollack, cod and coalfish, both in the UK and in Ireland. The end of January sees the real start of the UK’s winter […]

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What Length for a Spinning Rod

One of the most common questions I get asked by anglers is what length should a spinning rod be. The honest answer is that there is no one defining length. The length of rods used for fishing lures depends greatly on what type of lure fishing you want to do. For example, if I want […]

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Drop Shot Fishing for Sea Bass

Drop shot fishing started in the US with anglers after freshwater bass, it then came to Europe and produced good catches of perch, zander and pike, now it’s a firm favourite with anglers after sea bass and it’s proving highly effective too. Drop shotting is basically a method of vertically working a small soft plastic […]

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Plymouth Pollack Fishing

I recently teamed up with Pure Fishing category managers Rob Wyatt and James Robbins aboard the Penn/ABU/Shakespeare sponsored Plymouth based charter boat Sea Angler 2 skippered by Malc Jones. The aim of the trip was to shoot some DVD film for some product presentations, the product being new lure/spinning rods, boat rods and some new […]

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5 Top Tips To Catch Boat Pollack

January through to early April produces some huge pollack from the offshore wrecks situated in the English Channel. Fish well over 20lbs are likely, but any fish over 16lbs is considered a good one. This is fishing you can enjoy on light tackle such as 12lb or 15lb class rods and reels for maximum sport […]

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