Mixing it up in Fuerteventura part 1 the Boat

So my wife likes a holiday, This trip was supposed to be a fishing trip for my 40th. Many of you might already know but fishing trips & family holidays don’t really mix that well.

We went to the Canaries, South of Fuerteventura to a part of the called Morro Jabel……….I really liked the area not may English about (which I like when a travel)

The main problem was the whole area is one very long stretch of beach with hardly any structure or features! I did have a harbour to fish from and the opportunity to do a boat trip!

For the boat trip I borrowed a very nice http://www.fox-sportsfishing.net/news_main.php?catalogue=0&view=53 The trek spin range are travel rods. although I didn’t really get the chance to put the Permit rod through its paces but  It felt lovely in the two hours I did use it.

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I fished from a boat called the “Hammerhead” a nice boat with a friendly crew, not much English but thats fine.

I used an Ecogear aqua gear  swimshrimp on a tenya jig head 23g.

First cast and a fair old wait for the lure to hit bottom. bang a good fish! It was fighting really well but didn’t put too much of a bend in he rod.  Everybody was looking over at the first fish  of the day.  On first sight of the fish the crew went a bit nuts shouting Poision, Poision.

They pushed me aside grabbed the rod while the Captain came over with a bat…..Smack, smack & into a separate holding tank.

It was the largest Weaver fish I had ever seen……Was.

Second cast seen the exact same re-run of the highly trained crew in action……Smack, Smack into the holding tank separated from any other fish that might get caught for the day.

This image make me smile as the crew didn’t want me to touch the Weaver! Poision, Poision. I asked so if its that bad why to you want it?

As I understood the Weaver is a really tasty fish! One spilt down the middle, opened up and dried in the sun for 4 days.

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I was having a great time but I was the only person catching, the Captain moved to another reef.

At the new spot all the other anglers began to catch, it was a faster drift so I needed to bring out the heavy Metals. I clipped on a 40g  Apia which produced 4 little Groupers.

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I think all anglers finished the day with about 5 fish each.

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Light Rock Fishing equipment I use

Below is a current list of the equipment I use for my LRF. Plymouth has a many different marks, although not really necessary I like to have a rod suited to the conditions.

I know what your thinking I’m a “tackle tart” yes I cant argue but could I say I’m a collector??

 

Rods
Nories Rock Fish Bottom Ultra Light 610ULS tube tip
Nories Slow Retrieve SR710F tube tip
Nories Slow Retrieve SR74 non F tube tip a crazy rod, so bendy casts up to 3.5g
Nories Rock Fish Bottom Jighead Snapper 7’10” solid tip
GRAPHITELEADER Finezza Compatto 7’6” Travel tube tip
GRAPHITELEADER Finezza 7’6” solid tip
Tict 710 inbite 0.9 – 12g. tube tip a great all round rod for the UK.
Megabass Shore Luck 7’4 SLX 0.8 -9g tube tip short handle, one hand casting. beautiful rod but not as sensitive as the my other rods.
Reins RAZ Ajiringer-Z 8’0″ 0.6-8g (Sold this rod on, liked it but it wasn’t for me)
Nories Sea bass program 5g -12g tube tip, almost one piece ( not strictly a Lrf rod but boy does it sling out little weights too, it’s well happy chucking 1.8g head plus softy with super sensitivity. A rod I will be using more often)

Reels
Daiwa Certate 10 2506
Shimano stella 1000fe
Shimano Stella 2500fe with spare spool favourite reel.
braid
SUNLINE Rock Fish PE 6lb

fluro straight through

SUNLINE Small Game FC 2.5 lb ( love this)

Jig heads
Ecogear Shirasu Fine Head mostly 1.8 size 8 or the Decoy SV-69 Rocket Plus LRF Jighead 1.8g size 8 but I have all weights in many sizes of both

Lures

Ecogear aquagear strawtails are my fav along with medium power isome
Anything 2 inches or less.
Bag
Large yellow prime area bag

x3 Meiho Versus VS-B6010 Waist Bag (great bag, great price, cheer Mr Fish” i’ll find a use for all three’)
I keep all my little stuff in this box

Meiho Mini Bits Box PA-10SS ( love it)

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

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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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.

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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