Every now & then I get to fish in Poseidon’s play ground. ( an MOD Mark, enough said) It never disappoints!!!! while most of the guys fish there are on bait and do really well, I mostly go light. ( LRF)
Last Tuesday I went with Danny & his brother. Danny & I went light and a two hours session produced a manic 20 minutes of 2lb Bass 6 total (three each). We also managed about 50 Pollock between us & a wee flounder.
I managed to get a golden ticket into a very restricted area that always fishes really for me.
I took along my Nories RockFish Bottom UL, 2010 Certate reel spooled up with Sunline Rockfish PE 0.3 braid with a two foot Sunline 6lb Siglon FC leader.
Straight away I was into pollock, Some people moan about Pollock being rats of the ocean but me, I like em. I like the opportunity to test out lures that might not always get a look in due to the mega success I’m having with Ecogear Aqua lures mainly strawtail grubs & the Power Isome rag worm imitation.
On thursday I started off with an aqua Strawtail grub in Orange with a 1.8 g Shirasu Fine Head size 6 hook also from ecogear as the games begun.
The pollock were unusually feisty battling all the way to the pontoon I was casting of many of them taking a last effort deep dive taking line off an already tight drag. the stamp of pollock was pretty good really with sizes ranging from 1lb – to almost 3lb on the bogas
I switched over to a regular straw tail in Pink ( no scent but much tougher than the Aqua so tend to last longer) first cast, I let it sink before lifting the rod gently………..Yep fish on but this wasn’t a pollock. this fish really put up a fight taking line, making dives off, surfacing allowing me to see the tell tail flash of silver before shooting off into another direction.
The rod & reel both worked well, for me my current favourite combination.
Danny came along to my rescue with a landing net, 2 1/2 pound on the bogas. Great night! a few more fish came along including a Poor cod.
I also took out for the first time my latest edition, a Nories rough surf 88, beautiful rod seems really well balanced with a Certate 2500. I fished with a Zenith z-claw ‘deadfish’ I had Sunline Momentum 4×4 16lb with a 16lb leader also sunline siglon fluro carbon.
I must admit the calling for the light gear was stronger so went back to the LRF rod of the night.
I’ve had a few so called hard core anglers take the Piss out of my gear, it’s probably fair enough as it does look like flimsy kit but I enjoy it and thats all that matters.
will add images soon but I thought a quick bit of info on the gear I fish with might be useful to someone
My main rods are specialist Japanese from Nories Imported by www.artoffishing.co.uk
1 Rock Fish Bottom Ultra Light 610ULS 1.7g -7g good for 1g – 10g in my opinion but don’t hold me to that. This is my favourite LRF rod I’ve had a few 2lb Bass on the the UL. If I could only choose one rod to fish for the rest of my life this would be it……..who knows it might be the sandwave tomorrow luckily I won’t have to choose.
2 Rock Fish Bottom Jighead Snapper 7’10” jigging up to 42g casting imho 1g- 15g Strange rod solid tip but feels like it could raise a dead horse. My Soft plastic rod for LRF & Wrasse as long as the ground is not too rough.
Well is time I put together a blog to keep track of the Methods I use to hunt a catch rock fish from the Shores of Devon & Cornwall. This Blog will be a Photo journal with a bit of a mix of styles. I will mostly fish LRF , HRF & Lures . By trade I’m a photographer but really struggle to mix the two at the same so many of my images are taken with an Iphone 4 ( cringe) I know but for me it has to be one or the other and in my time off it’s fishing 100%
In short I don’t use live bait, only soft or hard plastic lures. For me thats the attraction, the hunt! 99% of the fish I catch will be released unharmed. (Catch & release)
LRF is a term coined in Japan as LIGHT ROCK FISHING. Light being the optimum word with lures in the 1g or less category up to 7g in the case of my rods. This has to be my favourite style. For me its all about the feel resulting in catching a fish or two. In general I won’t name my marks but some popular fishing areas will be mentioned. I started proper Ultra light fishing or LRF late 2010. It was first picked up & introduced in late 2009 helped along by a few specialist angling shops. Art of Fishing & MR Fish Jersey
I would credit Jersey Bass Guides (JBG) for their endless quest to find new ways of presentation resulting in many species along with a few other dedicated blogs which I will eventually link this site to.
HRF Also coined in Japan is short for HARD ROCK FISHING.
PLUGGING is a general term for lure fishing.
I would prefer not to categorise my fishing styles to I use the term finesse fishing. I think this term covers all styles as even when lure fishing the rod I currently use is particularly light weight with a casting weight of 7g- 20g the Nories Flatfish program. I will go into more detail about my equipment in a later blog.