Monday, 8 June 2015

A Bass at Last!

On the few occasions I have gotten out and targeted Bass this year I haven't had any success, I must confess to being very unmotivated where they are concerned.
Sods law would have it though that yesterday I went out to try for Garfish and ended up with a Bass! I hooked another right after which was a better size but somehow it escaped with the rear hook of my Metalmaru! First time that has ever happened to me on any lure.

I sort of counted myself lucky to be honest as it was a very bright afternoon and not the best conditions for Bass at all, the one thing I did have in my favour was there was a decent wind in my face which tends to push the bait close to shore.
Hopefully next time they'll be a bit bigger.

In other news, I am ever so slightly addicted at designing and making stuff lately. I revisited my Slater and refined the design some and added a variant.

I have also been learning to tie micro assists for my light game jigs, I'm a slow learner though and all fingers and thumbs when it comes to miniature things, I'm getting there though.

Next will be having a go at making jigs I think, we'll see how that goes.

Tight lines for now.

Saturday, 6 June 2015

Thinking Outside the Box

This is just a quick post for fun really.
I have been trying to think a little more outside the box recently when using my design program. I don't always find it easy to get things looking organic as the software seems quite limiting. I am only just learning all the same and tend to just stumble across some things.

Anyway, I was thinking about lures that might switch Ballan Wrasse on in a big was and I came up with this;

I thought it looked somewhat like a sea cucumber and thought it could work. Sadly I do not think it could ever be made as it just wouldn't come out of a mould due to the bobbles being larger than the stems, as a friend of mine pointed out; the only way it could theoretically be made would be to lose the bobbles.

I still think it would be a great lure for the bigger rockfish but who knows?!

Another little something I have been playing with tonight is inspired by the Ligia Oceanica or "Sea Slater", I think it would indeed work well but whether it'll get made or not, I just don't know.

Its quite nice to play around anyway, but I am quite pleased with these, I wonder what you think?

Tight Lines

Monday, 1 June 2015

TronixFishing/Seaview Roadshow

I am recently back from our TronixFishing Roadshow event held at Seaview Angling in Plymouth and what a great event it was. 
It was the first time I had met both George and my pro staff team mates, I was really quite excited about that. 
I had also heard very good things about Seaview Angling which turned out to be massively justified, the place is wall to wall lures! The amount of work Andy and Pam had put in was outstanding, there was even a hand built lure tank for demonstrating our products which Jake and Pete used to great effect, demonstrating the new light game lures and Artic Eel.

Pete Cook talking about his Artic Eel.
Many local anglers turned out too and it was great to converse with those guys, all were clearly passionate about lure angling. There was quite a buzz around the place and a nice scene in Plymouth. 

What impressed me most though was the turn out for the actual fishing sessions, they were really well attended by people wanting to share, learn and catch some fish. 

LRF meet in full swing
Jake and Ben on the hunt
Callum Graham - World Champion Angler!
The fishing was a little slow with small tides and a pressured mark in the mix but everyone caught fish and had fun. It was a great time to demonstrate the HTO Leethal and Flail which caught me some fish alongside the ever dependable Mini Stick.

Wrasse on the new Leethal
Pollock on the Flail
The ever faithful Mini Stick
Back at Seaview there was a rotation of talks and demonstrations where we tried to be on hand to give advice and aid sales. Personally I was very impressed with the way the Kayak team conducted themselves and promoted their fishing discipline.


These guys are super passionate and quality anglers, as I was travelling down on Friday, Mark and Martin were catching Red Band fish which we were all quite jealous about. Their passion is surely infectious and I admit now coveting a Kayak!

Sunday was quite an eventful day kicking off with a fish down at Rame which saw another good turnout. I think everyone landed a fish or two, the best ones falling to Jake and Pete. Pete's fish were mainly caught on his own design; The Artic Eel which has already taken a huge number of good fish around the country. Jakes fish were taken on Gulp Sandworm and light rock tackle!

Artic Eel in Aji
Pete's nice lump!
Jake and myself with fish taken after a move.

Mini Shad in Ayu, Wrasse love them!

George Cunningham MD of Tronix Fishing.

After the fish, we spent ages trying to get into Petes car as he'd locked his keys in the boot! George showed great patience and skill as he got in with his cunning(ham) ways!
After such an eventful morning I was surely glad to get back to Seaview for barbecued burgers!

Again we conversed with customers and anglers, advising and selling was the name of the game. It certainly makes a nice change selling gear that you actually had a hand in, I've always found its much easier to sell things you are passionate about!
I had some great conversations with a few people though and those I spoke to seemed very appreciative of the advise given, which is quite rewarding in itself.

Before long though it was time to wrap it up and say goodbye to everyone, it was so good I didn't really want it to end. I met so many good people and had such good laughs over the weekend, it really is great to be part of such a cool sport.