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)

LRF Cyprus, little remaining fish or light rock fishing

So I like a holiday, especially if it has been planned around a bit of fishing. The trip to Cyprus was booked a week before we went so I had very little time to swat up on the area of Paphos . As it turned out I went to an aqua desert!!! beautiful clear waters, amazing reefs but no fish. It was a family holiday so I had no intentions of going out deep sea fishing but we did manage to get on a glass bottom boat. We floated over a spanish wreck but I only spotted about three fish about the size of our smelt???

Later we stopped near a reef so I took the opportunity to pull out my Graphiteleader compatto travel rod,  handy ehh!

I managed about four wee fish  no pics but they kind of looked like a smelt in colour but had more of a bronto/ dorado shape, only much smaller…… a size 10 fine shirasu ecogear jighead 2.5g with added split shot just to get down, loaded up with a green  aquagear strawtail grub.

Slightly disheartened I decided to put the five piece rod together again for a few hours before returning the wet UK. using the same egogear jig head with a tiny peice of power isome in pink I managed a few tiny black bream………….. I found out later the fresh water fishing is fantastic in a near by dam with Zander & largemouth bass on the list but like I said earlier  this was a family holiday….. Look how messed up the jig head is from all the attacks from the wee bream.

Look close enough at the ecogear shirasu fine jig head you can see the bite marks left from the aggressive little black bream from Cyprus.

LRF in Cyprus, if you are thinking about a fishing holiday in Paphos Cyprus I would urge you to think again unless you plan to go deepsea fishing or fancy a bit of fresh water on the near by dams.

Black bream caught on a slither of power isome in Cyprus

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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Big top water bass

Boom!!!!! Get the net!
Moments later

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Although the Seabass program from nories is not an LRF rod thats what I have mainly been using it for. It’s easy to forget this rod has been designed to fish for Bass.
Casting my new seaspin Pro-q 90 top water lure into a dark almost cave like mark wasn’t easy but i managed with little effort to get the lure to the back wall knowing full well the Bass live there I let the pro-90 sit there as suggested on the box, very slowly I began a retrieve then stopped again. This is where it became a blur, I do however remember thinking I had brought a Knife to a nuclear rocket fight.
To fish this mark the drag is set to freaking high. The reason for this is the lack of space/ room before the fish cuts you off on barnicals from the supporting pier legs.
But the Nories hero bent in half then bent a bit more before Clark Kent the soft natured man became super man hard as steel and ready to kick A@@.

You might remember the last time I pulled the Sea Spin pro q-90  from it’s box, I had super high expectations which where met by a kamikaze seagull.

Cor Fu, Living the Bream dream

Just came back from an awesome trip to the lush green Greek Island of Corfu.

I took my travel kit with me which consists of two Graphiteleader travel rods. a 1000fe shimanio Stella loaded with a fresh spool of Sunline rockfish 0.4 pe for use on the LRF Finezza 0.6 – 8g & a 2500R certate loaded with 16lb momentum also from Sunline ready to strap to the HRF Argento compatto.

My first outing was really frustrating, I was fishing 100 yards from my hotel lodge and was getting loads of tiny but aggressive bites. I went down as far as a size 10 hook but still struggled to catch. I gave up in favour of some small plugs. No sooner than attaching a wee Dawia Sc Shiner weighing in at a megga 3.5g I spotted a decent size fish. Assuming it was a mullet I made the cast anyway……..bang straight into the mouth of passing fish. A good tussle and a welcome flash of silver confirmed it wasn’t a Mullet but a Bass.

The rock I was standing on made landing the 2 1/2 pound beauty difficult  , so carefully I hand lined the fish up & thumbed it. I could feel a treble point near my index finder and tried to get a safer grip but the lost the fish and my wee Shiner plug as my Uni to Uni knot gave up. Gutted but happy to get my hand on a fish.
The next trip was a mile away and I finally managed to catch one of the pesky lil bream. Green lures are the order of the day in the form of an Aquagear aji straight on a size ten decoy rocket 0.9g I also managed a beautiful rock fish with amazing colours.
My last session was an hour before leaving, I took some local advice and hired a pedlow. Straight away trolling an ecogear plug I had a good fish on but managed to loose it. This happened a few times. Next I tried a few plugs but I couldn’t get them deep enough so back to jig heads. Due to the lack of contact I went for a small hook. The decoy rocket size ten went on with a bit of extra split to get me down. surprisingly the fish stayed on much longer showing itself to be a much bigger bream probably just under a pound but this one managed to straighten my hook. With time running out I was getting desperate. I put a spin mad Polish lure on and got interest but I couldn’t keep my fish.
The savour of the day was an ecogear shrimp lure zx35. I’m so pleased to have caught on this lure as I have had it for ages bit never had the confidence to keep it on long enough. I ended up with about 12 decent bream.
You will notice the lack of photography to accompany my blog bit unfortunately I lost my camera bag over side of the pedlow…… 🙂 all the holiday pics gone in an instant.
Like Matt Newcome said no pics .,,.,, It never happened 😦 Unfortunately we don’t have any holiday images of our baby abroad either. I don’t really give a monkeys about the equipment although the camera bag a billingham hadley has been with me for 20 years on all my trips abroad.

Bass frenzy

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.

UFC Pollock, Heavy weight Bass & poor Cod

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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 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)