Visit to an ole mark, Pie and chips, one dozen pollock, a pout and my first black Bream of the year

After loading up the fishing van with the Tict Inbite 710 tb rod, a stella 2500fe reel with a spool of sunline small game 2.5 flurocarbon main line, my prime area bag loaded with my New Ecogear & Aqua gear test products, Not forgetting my trusty majorcraft L600 6 meter landing pole.

I left the house at 7.30 bought a pie & chips at 7.45 arrived at a old Elphinstone 7.50 landed my first Black bream of the year by 7.55pm then I ate my pie n chips, caught loads of pollock & a wee pouting

The night was fast and furious the pollock were much larger than the ones I’ve been catching recently.

The wind picked up and the bites eased off, my lucky pink aqua strawtail grub lived to fight another round. I was happy as I had ticked off a load of fish in a short time and blasted my three species a night target.

I moved off to the ole mark, a large line of LRF boys already fishing. One or two might have noticed my new Ecogear team jacket 😉

I didn’t really fish, partly because it was already too busy and partly due to me yapping to the lads.

A few cuttle fish had been caught so I pulled the tict rod already rigged from Elphinstone clipped on a squid jig and began catching loads of cuttle fish, or should that read hooked loads of cuttle fish but could not land any of them. My now infamous 6 meter telescopic landing net could just about reach the water as long as you lay on your belly with your arm out but still they evaded me. 😦 I put it down to using the wrong rod. The Tick is far too powerful for them. last time I went for the squid I used a solid tip reins rod, still powerful in the blank but really bendy at the top end. The Tict inbite is a great rod for almost everything but maybe not a good egi rod. I had a Nories slow retrieve 74 ( non F version) in the fishing wagon too.

Younger’s fishing T5 Sportline with a custom camping interior.

Some of my fish!

LRF Pouting, Ecogear Aqua strawtail grub

Finesse fishing in Plymouth using Ecogear Strawtail grubs

LRF Pollock using Ecogear Aqua Strawtail grub.
The Pollock was caught using ecogear lures. The Bag is a Prime area lure fishing bag.

LRF Black Bream, Small but feisty. Caught using Ecogear Aqua Straw tail grub on a 0.9 fine jig head also from ecogear
Black Bream on a lure

Ecogear catching Bream
a Small black bream caught using a Tict inbite rod, Stella 2500fe reel and Ecogear aqua straw tail grub

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Ecogear team!

Exciting news, I’m on the Ecogear Team. This is fantastic news, in fact the excitement levels are almost on a par as the day  my Baby boy was born.

I received a box with Maruku logos on the outside…… (Maruku, Nories, Ecogear, Prime area, Fish League all fall under the same umbrella.)

My Box was filled with LRF goodies from Ecogear. The day it arrived was a Thursday which means fishing night.

Fishing the usual mark again…….I really must try somewhere else. Its getting so busy with LRFers but also bait boys on 50cc mopeds. I think the reason I consistently return is I enjoy meeting new lads with the same goals…… LRF SCAD.

The bait boys can Poke it, one almost came off his moped coming close to hitting a couple out walking. what is this boys a drag strip?also related to these bait boys…… my biggest fishing related hate is trash……These lads enjoy a box of five of Chicken from Kentucky washed down by a large can or twenty of MONSTER. Ok rant over but I do seriously hate rubbish on a mark that we can easily get thrown out from.

Back to the LRF, did i mention Scad?? I caught Two ( this pics would suggest loads) One ok size that put a mighty bend in the Nories Slow retrieve 710F and another that bent my rod into a mexican Mustache

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Random image but I think it explains my rods bend with a mighty scad.ImageImageImageImageImage

All in all a good night  I managed my new personal target of three Species every night and for the record , 4 poor cod about 12 pollock and two scad.

My Major craft L600 landing pole is becoming more & more helpful these days.

All fish were caught using Aqua Gear Katsu Merbaru Shirasu in Chartreuse or pink.  loaded on a Shirasu fine 0.9g Jig head size 10. For scad I would normally use a Aqua Katsu Aji Straight but I have so much faith in anything Ecogear / Aqua gear the fish seem to go nuts for everything in the range. Most popular I think is the Aqua Strawtail grub, Aqua Katsu Aji Straight, Aqua Merbaru Shirasu and the power Isome  from Marukyu. Its a good job I fished mostly ecogear products before getting the pro staff gig 😉

I usually use fluro straight through when fishing this mark because of the wind but it helps with the scan as It sinks. even in a slight head on wind I can cast under 1g huge distance is not really an issue as the fish are usually within 20 feet.

There is a really good buzz at the moment largely due to a comp being held by Lure Heaven

Thanks to Sam & Frankie for help with the landing net & the photography ( lightly edited to enhance my rugged good looks)

LRF Comedy Night and Bread

 

Tuesday nights are not only Two for one at Pizza Express but for me Tuesdays & Thursdays are fish nights.

Decided to pitch up to a lazy mark that has really been hit or miss these days, We always seem to hit loads of small Pollock and just miss out on the Scad. I really need to search out a new spot. ( A sentence I use on a regular basis)

Straight in on Pollock using a Nories Slow retrieve 710F paired up with a Shimano Stella 2500 fe loaded up with Sunline small game fluro 2.5lb. I recently bought some tict Bullhead jig heads and wanted to give them a try.

These jig heads have a groove cut out at the front to send more vibrations and tiny bubbles, I really liked the fishing 2g & 1.5 g jig heads. Ecogear Aqua strawtails in Chartreuse then changing through the colour range. I found the fish seemed to wise up to the lures whizzing about them. On each change a few fish would get caught before the bites dried up.

It wasn’t only the LRF pollock that had a fight in them, a small LRF sized random yokel turned up & squared up for a fight with one of the usual Light brigade. If the fishing wasn’t to finicky he might have got his way but hay…..we’re fishers not fighters.

Two of the regular light lure boys had downed tools in favour of bread??? Chasing the Mullet……..That is a fish sent to this planet to wind us good folk up.

Another funny night packed with fish in the shape of a Large ish scad, a decent Poor Cod an a huge arm full of pollock, not to mention the happy chatty ole fellow, a time bandit spoiling for a fight and the frustrations of the bread boys.

Finesse fishing Plymouth, Sunline & Ecogear

Ecogear Strawtail LRF lures always catch a large selection of Pollock.

cerate 2506 for sale

For Sale Few chips / scratches but smooth as butter and total bargain costing well over £420 new, bought June last year from the Art of fishing. boxed

Tict inbite LRF fishing with more power

The tict inbite, 7.10 in length 0.9g – 12 g light lure rod. The rod bag is unusual made from fantastically thick neoprene. it’s so thick it doesn’t fold in half! In my opinion this type of rod case should be the minimum standard I would expect from every rod sold. The Reins RAZ Ajiringer-Z has a similar rod bag but no where near as thick. The Nories rods come in a pathetic bag similar to most rod bags. So good start Tict!

The rod sports a stealthy black finish in two sections. The handle is EVA & unusual as it tapers in along the blank. Making it a very comfortable rod to hold.
The Fuji K guides are also unusual in that they are with out doubt the smallest guides I have ever seen, If your eyesight is not sharp these guides might be a tad frustrating.
So is the Tict rod suitable for UK light rock fishing? in my view yes, yes, yes.
For me especially I like my LRF rods to have more power, I always prefer Tube tip rods over solid tips. It has a similar feel to my Nories Slow retrieve 710 but sits somewhere between the SR710 & the Nories Seabass program. Both fantastic rods that I rate Highly. The price of the tict rod provided by Art of Fishing is so competitive its a no brainer, the Japanese market is often much cheaper to buy rods but you will have to risk the rat run of damaged boxes, duty paid on landing to the UK & the ever increasing stick up fro exchange rates not to mention a total lack of warranty of support. Buy in the UK get UK support.
At the same time as the Tick rod arrived Ben & Jo also had a fine selection of YAMAGA BLANKS rods, among the fine selection was the Blue Current 80 casting 1g -11g and weighing in at only 81grams. I think this rod will be a close contender for the “Mid priced Slightly heaver LRF style rod” But having not fished it I couldn’t comment on how the
Blue Current 80 & the Tict inbite 710 compare.
I know Sam Bosch from Menorca Spain has landed some of the largest fish I have ever seen on such a light rod. 😉 One day I might get the opportunity to do a direct comparison but in the mean time I know I have chosen the right rod for me.
I have been balancing the Tict with a 1000FE Stella and they seem to make a good partnership.So did I need the Tict rod, yerp……… Do you????
With the Squid around in the next few weeks, and the possibility of some larger Bass showing up I’m gona have the right rod ready.
If your thinking a rod that heavy ( in LRF terms) won’t have the sensitivity you might be mistaken. Last night was the second outing with the Tict and the first fish came from the smallest of bites resulting in this gobie, the rest of the night was spent pulling in 11 micro Pollock. All caught on Ecogear LRF lures, either a
Aqua Katsu Mebaru Shirasu in chartreuse or a white Aqua straw tail on a 1.4g jighead or a Jackall Mameta Mini Jigging Casting Metal Jig 3 g in Sardine

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Keep an eye out for those LRF rods

They say things happen in threes, well in the space of three months I’ve had three LRF rod breakages 8-(
First off was a nories slow retrieve 710r, top eye went with a 2g Jig head & Lure while casting. Mystery………
the Second was even more mysterious……This time it was a new rod again from nories in the form of a 74s.This rod ended up some how getting a crushed butt section.
Last of all again while casting a 2 g lure the tip section of my Graphiteleader travel rod went.

Yes bad luck……..But guys & gals let it be a reminder of how brittle these top end rods are.
It would seem two of the breakages happened while casting ( 1st & 3rd)
The only thing I can think of is the jig head hitting the rod or the braid was wrapped around the tip?????? either way human error.

So with out teaching you guy how to suck eggs,
Please please make it good practice to slow down and check your line before casting especially if your fishing in the dark & for heavens sake don’t attempt to lift a fish, not no matter how small with your LRF rod.

I hear about rods braking on a regular occasion in the car door.
So when your rod in not in use its not a bad suggestion to invest in a rod tube, Snowbee had a few on sale recently.
This rod tube is a glorified drain pipe with padding inside.

I’m due to fish in Poland next week and need to get my tip section fixed or a new tip section ordered on my travel rod before I go.
It’s been traumatic lately but hopefully I’ve done my time with broken rods.

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