Egi Cuttle fish and Squid on a Lure

I had been having problems landing cuttle fish recently, I went into the Art of fishing to get me a slightly heaver Squid Jig. Jo Pointed me over to the fish League Squid jigs he lightest being 10g. Speaking to some people about squid jigs there seems to be a bit of confession  with the info on the box. mine states 2.5 but this is not the casting weight.

I pulled out the Nories Jighead snapper rock fish bottom, this is a solidtip jigging rod but also doubles up nicely for a LRF rod with a heap of power.

Mike Sullavan was already fishing and landing Squid & cuttle.

I decided to have a try for wee fish and first cast was rewarded with a decent smelt, second cast a Polock & third cast a Poor cod. The makings of a good night you would think???? sadly it wasn’t.

“When the Squid are on the go  the Fishing is Slow”

I switched over to my new Fish League jig and the takes began, but could I land them…… meanwhile Mike was swinging the cuttle about like an Olympic sport.

I decided to pull out the Majorcraft L600 six meter telescopic landing net, and with the help of Frankie my first Squid of the year was landed. Big un an all.

Nories Rockfish Bottom, jighead snapper

LRF Cuttle fish, plymouth. Sunline small game fluorocarbon

I eventually caught a cuttlle fish, my first ever!

Squiding in Plymouth, with the help of my Majorcraft landing net my First LRF Squid was landed. I was using a Nories Jighead Snapper and a fish league jig
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Ecogear or Eco Warrior

Ecogear Bream prawn is also on the menu for our Harbour Pollock, caught using a Nories slow retrieve 74, Shimano Stella 100fe and Sunline rockfish 0.4 pe braid.

Nories Slow retreive 74 ( non F version) this rod loves to bend
Ecogear bream prawn, nories Slow retrieve 74, stella 1000 fe and Sunline rock fish braid. Pollock fishing on LRF gear in Plymouth

Aji is Japanese for Scad. Scad are probably the most fun fish to catch on a light lure rod. I'm using a Nories Slow retreive suitable for casting weights  up to 3.5g
This Fantastically powerful scad was caught using a 0.9g shirasu fine jig head with a small piece of pink Power Isome.

Plymouth Scad
This scad was caught using an ecogear 0.9g shirasu fine jig head with a small piece of pink Power Isome from Marukyu.

Mackerel from a harbour
This Mackerel went like stink, my Nories Slow retrieve can bend into a semi circle. caught thanks to the power of the isome in Pink.

Gold sinny wrasse
Gold sinny wrasse, some people say these wee fish are rare. Not in Plymouth. We are catching these wrasse regularly. Power isome cut into sections on a size 10 or smaller hook with spilt shot is a poller method of catching these. I caught this on a ecogear shirasu fine jig head weighting in a a mighty 0.9g

Had a wonderful night last night, fished a mark known for its weed and lost a far bit of tackle, I don’t like the idea of leaving my junk in the sea. I understand the jigheads eventualy  rust away quickly but what happens to all the soft plastics??

I got me thinking…..Geek stuff beware

Some of you might know I’m testing  some products by Ecogear Aquagear and Marukyu in the form Power Isome. We all know both products catch loads of fish and certainly give us the edge, accounting for most of the fish caught on the LRF shores.

Is there more to the ethos of Ecogear / Ecoaquagear? The clue is in the Name. The Ecogear / EcoAquagear products are 100%  perfectly  Biodegradable ( not just Biodegradable).

Some products decompose at faster rates than others. Ecogear products are designed to be fully fledged biodegradable plastics.

To cut out all the nitty gritty,Some companies claim to biodegradable, these plastics lose there form and become invisible to our eyes but still exist.  by taking extra measures Ecogear products go one step further by entering a cycle of nature! Totally non toxic and friendly to environment.

More info can be found here http://www.marukyu.com/eng/enviro/biodegradableworm.html

“An enzyme called lipase in microorganisms breaks up esters into alcohol and acid, which are eventually turned into water and carbon dioxide. The main material of ECOGEAR’s biodegradable plastic worms is therefore nontoxic and friendly to the environment.”

I knew Booze would play a part somewhere in the whole process 😉

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

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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The power of the power isome

Still dreaming of far away shores like Cuba & Mexico last night seen me fishing with my LRF travel rod in Plymouth. It’s a Graphiteleader finezza compatto 0.6-8g and what a beauty it is, & certainly deserves more airtime than I currently give it. The reason for using it last night was I brought a newbie a long, he was set up using my Nories rockfish bottom UL and soon got the hang of the light stuff.
After deserting our first mark due to lack of bites the loyal band of LRF’ers moved on to search for more active waters. I won’t say the fishing was easy but we did get our wish with the active water all be it very murky still from the recent rain.
Opting for a size 12 hook 1.5 g split shot and a whole power isome rigged wacky my first fish was a flounder

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After a long, long period of no action the same length of rag imatation in pink hooked me a goby at roughly the same time a Adam landed one.

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A bit of walking up and down the harbour and a slight Change of location
And Adam caught a herring and lost what we think could have been a bass. Loose drag 😦

But I managed to land one with the help of Matt Newcombe my new bass handling assistant 🙂

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Although it was a slow night all round the whole crew managed a few fish and the banter was in top gear.
Adam the newbie had a great time, it’s hard not to when to land a couple of fish on your first session .
Good stuff all round and praise be to the people at Marukyu for bringing us magic in the form of a rag worm.

“I see you brought your kids rod long mate” ( the kit I use)

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

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.

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.

‘FlatFish Program’ Sand Wave 74 7g -21g top rod! Power, bend,Power Bend, I love it.

4  Slow Retrieve 710F updated 0.8g – 5.5g  powerful & bendy built for big than normal LRF fish but fun all round.

5  Flat fish program rough surf 88    10 -40g I love the distance & power of this rod with great sensitivity

I also have a

Rein Raz Ajiringer- Z 8’0 0.6g -8g  a good solid tip rod at a reasonable price  that really shows it’s power with a decent size fish on but bends like crazy with a goby.     available from Mr fish Jersey

The reels are also fairly light weight & small

Shimano Rarenium CI4 3000 FSA with three spools currently loaded with

2lb Spinning Fluoro ,

6lb  Varivas Light Game 0.4 PE 6lb (max 8lb) 100m

12lb Power Pro

Daiwa 10 Certate 2506  With two spools, one of which is a 2500 spool currently

Dawia 10 Certate 2500

loaded with

SunlineRock Fish PE 120m 2506 spool

& 16lb Sunline Cast Away PE 150m 2500 spool

Sunline flouro carbon  2.5lb 2500 spool love this on a wind day ( slightly more wind than normal)