Friday 6 August 2021

Rockfish Zakynthos

My latest trip was not the usual jaunt with Scott and Ross, it was a family holiday more designed to get some chill time and bond together. I did however pack my Rock Rovers and managed a couple of hours here and there.

I stayed in Argassi which is about three Kilometres from Zakynthos city where the beaches are shallow and Sandy, lots of small Bream, Derbio and Red Mullet were present but were so small they even presented problematic hooking on a size 10 hook. I did manage a few Striped bream though.

A couple of days later I took Adison with me in to Zakynthos to catch his first holiday fish too. I set up Adi with a drop shot rig and I used jigheads mainly. Adi caught his first holiday fish and we both caught Goldblotch Grouper, a first for us both!

It turns out Zakynthos Port is riddled with these aggressive wee fish, while I saw other species such as Saddled Sea Bream, White Bream, Painted Comber etc, I found it challenging to get past the Goldblotch Grouper. I did get a couple of different species when I switched to a drop shot isome rig.

This Method of fishing just not my favourite no matter how effective and productive so I switched to jigheads and Paddles for the remainder of my stints, and the Grouper just loved it especially the 2” One Up Shad and Aquawave Lockhead combo, though Keitech lures were certainly popular too. 

Nothing too major but as said before; this wasn’t a serious fishing holiday, I’ll need to hit up Scott and Ross for something soon though eh?!

Tight lines.

Saturday 24 July 2021

Pack N Play

 As any reader might know, I’m a bit of a fan of one rod in particular from the ever expanding HTO rods available from Tronix fishing; namely the Rock Rover.

I own many high end rods from Smith, Apia, Yamaga Blanks and so on but, this little five piece pack rod just lives in the boot of my car.

Lure fishing for me aside from many other things is largely about convenience and fun and this is where the Rock Rover really lends itself. It is there literally ready to deploy but taking up no space for whenever an impromptu moment might arise.

This week though I received the original Rock Rovers supersession; the HTO Nebula Rock Rover.

The rod has been around a while but the original has been so good to me, I’ve caught hundreds of fish on it, large and small I resisted the upgrade out of superstitious thoughts of jinxing my fishing, but finally buckled.

On first impressions It was noticeably light which I liked but was unsure about the skeletal reel seat and what seemed like a long handle; I needed to try it.

I therefore popped out yesterday evening after work for an hour and a half to a new spot of the Suffolk Stour to give it a whirl.

Well straight away it just casts effortlessly, using a 1.4g Decoy Round Magic jig head and Keitech Easy Shiner I started catching small Perch straight away.

The rod is very sensitive and detecting bites was incredibly easy, especially when paired with some 0.8 PE Nebula braid.

I moved down the tasty, Reed strewn stretch picking up small Perch along the way, I then god a more savage take.

Not really what I was hoping for but a good opportunity to test the curve and reserves of the blank. Yep, a Pike.

Like the original Rock Rover, the Nebula is a Pack Rod that packs a punch. I was easily able to pull this lean fish from snags and the curve was such I maintained a solid hook set and bought this spirited fish to the net.

A very quick snap before release left me pretty pleased. I don’t much like catching Pike during the summer months in this water, it’s slow and low in the dissolved oxygen they very much need but they’re somewhat unavoidable.

I fished into Sundown, catching more Perch and the odd Small Chub of which I didn’t bother with Photos. Needless to say though, I am pretty pleased with this rod and look forward to racking up species with it. I’m not sure I will completely retire the older brother, but we shall see. I shall use the solid tip soon as that was in my opinion, the one thing that I wasn’t so keen on with the older variant.

I’ll report again soon.

Tight lines

Monday 19 July 2021

Becoming a theme

 I headed out after work Saturday and found the river quite heavily pressured, I guess the fair weather anglers we’re just out in force, I scored one alongside a couple of Jack Pike.

Chub of course!

Koshinmushi of course!

I did head off to explore some new water but just caught small pike but was hoping for perch, I actually find Perch strange in this area, they seem to be intermittent yet 10 minutes on the Hampshire Avon the week before and I had a decent stint in no time, maybe I’ll find some decent ones locally soon.

Tight lines