Pollocks to boat fishing

I had the most frustrating day out boat fishing yesterday on the Weymouth wrecks for large Pollock ! The weather was like a mid summers day and at one stage we where down from flotation suits to T shirts it was that warm, seas were near flat calm and the crew some I had fished with before were a great bunch of dedicated anglers.

So what was so frustrating you may ask, first I had two new Fishzone rods to test out and the Fishzone LW20 super fast multiplier so there straight off is using two new rods and reels too is an Omen. Ok so how does that cause frustration, in my years of experience and adding new rods and reels to my kit have I yet to christen a rod and reel on the first trip out and yesterday it was par for the course, No Fish !! Pollocks.

I had the Akita Japanese style 20lb class rod with the Spyder LW20 reel and 45lb braid as my primary rig. Using a 12″ plastic sea boom for fast drop with minimum tangles I put on a Red Gill original red and orange 175mm size on a long trace 2.5m approx and away I went.

We had ten anglers on the Katie Ann which is ok as it’s a good size cat 10m and loads of space with 4 along the back and three each side. So here is how it fished all day on every drift when the fish wanted to play, taking it in a clockwise direction looking towards the stern of the boat.

Angler 1 a novice and using the on board kit, 1 pollock and plenty of pouting, Angler 2, 2 decent Pollock and pouting, Angler 3, 6 good pollock plus pouting, Angler 4, 15 good Pollock, Angler 5, 25 good Pollock, Angler 6 10 good Pollock plus some pouting, Angler 7 8 good Pollock

Now we come to our side !!! Angler 8, 2 good pollock, Angler 9 O catch, Angler 10 ZILCH, NADA, NONE, ME !!! this has to be the worst boat trip I have ever had to not catch anything all day. What is even more frustrating I didn’t miss 1 drift due to my quick rigs of ready to fish out of the bag tackle, so even when I changed lures or caught the wreck I was still ready to drop when the skipper gave the order.

I tried everything to hit the fish and I did have plenty of snatches which in my own mind I would put down to pouting grabbing the Red Gill tails and letting go as Pollock usually don’t mess about with takes they can be quite vicious at times. Even the lures that the top catching anglers were using I had on the rig and still no fish for me.

Technique I used was to drop to the seabed and wind up 20/25 turns on a slow retrieve, similar in dropping onto the wreck same method. On a take I slowed the retrieve to try and induce a second attack. Past experiences with Pollock fishing what methods and tackle I used worked fine and returned good catch rates, but not yesterday.

Moral is don’t test new rods all day, take the old faithfulls to catch for the freezer and test the new kit after that. Other than not ctaching fish the two rods and reels worked well, the other rod is not even in the store yet and it’s the Mako sport 8ft boat rod which will be up soon with images and video and for less than thirty quid you can’t go far wrong with them.

The reels were terrific as I expected so the matched pair of LW20 and the LW12 are in my kit already,  just need to catch the FISH don’t I to confirm this kit as A1 go and buy them boys, must have kit, perhaps next time eh.

Virtual log burning fires on DVD now available


We have just launched our series of virtual realistic log burning fires on DVD. You have three disc options or you can go for the reduced cost 3 disc pack. Nothing better when you have been fishing in the cold all day or night than to come home to a roaring or romantic log burning fire. Well now you can and all you have to do is pop the DVD into your player or PC and voila instant fire with no running costs, or having to heap wood in to burn it and then have all the fuss of ash to clean up.

Turn your widescreen TV into a virtual fireplace, we even have customers who have bought the DVD, thought it so realistic they went out and purchased another flat screen TV just to run the fire DVD where the fireplace would be so they have flames running all night while they watch TV, how good is that.

So here are the options and all the DVD’s are fully authored with chapter so you can set your machine to chapter/repeat and just let it play all night until you turn it off, you don’t even need to use your remote, just too much effort !!!

The Virtual Roaring Log Fire Run Time approx 85 minutes:
The fire burns as a roaring fire would with lots of flames, crackling wood and sparks plus the roar into the chimney. The fire doesn’t burn down and flames remain constant. The images are taken from the video so you can see the quality and you can view the flash video trailer.

VIEW VIDEO TRAILER HERE. … NOTE: All images are taken from the video timeline and are a true reflection of the quality of production and effect.

The Romantic fire is a slow lazy moody flame and deep glowing fire that just ticks away without burning down Duration is approx 85 minutes.

The Cozy Fire runs through the burn cycle from roaring to medium flame down to the embers and then by magic the flames re-kindle themselves and the cycle starts again, Duration is approx 83 minutes.

The virtual log burning fires 3 DVD package, save on cost and have all the options to suit your mood and the weather outside. Supplied in slim strong clear shell cases to protect the DVDs and give years of use.

All our DVDs are in-house productions and are exclusive to us, there are No Resale or distribution rights offered or implied. These programmes are fully authored in the Pal 16:9 widescreen format, 0 Region. The movies carry our copyright watermark which periodically appears and remains on-screen for approx 8 secs and then dissolves. Copyright Infringement is theft and a criminal act and we will uphold the protection of our Intellectual Property to the fullest extent of the law in the UK and in the World. See what happens to Pirates in the current cases.

Pollock fishing on the wrecks out of Weymouth

I didn’t make a post about going wrecking for Pollock as the last couple they were cancelled due to the weather reports. So Saturday 11th February 2012 was arranged part day for filming and the rest for fishing, and we had a trip on.

The filming is a follow on for the charter boat Katie Ann out of Weymouth as there was some more footage required about the boat plus some footage showing what the wrecks have to offer out of Weymouth. Still a bit early in the year for the wrecks to produce good catches both Pollock and Cod so it was more sail and see what happens.

Weather forecast was great but very cold but with all the crew well wrapped up in flotation suits including me the cold didn’t matter at all. We set out prompt at 07-30 with crew of 8 all new faces apart from Drew who I have fished with a few times now as he enjoys fishing aboard Katie Ann with Paul Davies and is dedicated to his boat angling.

Steaming to the first wreck to try took approx 90mins as we were under way against the tide and despite the Katie Ann being a fast boat it still took time to arrive. On the first wreck and I handed out a range of Red Gills, Eddystones, Portland Eels and worms for the crew to test out as I wanted catch footage for the store.

First drop and a good sized pollock snatched a Hot custard Eddystone Rage eel and on the first few drifts everyone was into fish on all the free samplers so they were loving that and I was getting some great footage. Nothing better than to get your products up on video doing what they should be doing.

The drifts produced plenty of fish with some over 14lbs plus one of the crew became the Pouting king as they appeared to like his kit. Once the tide slackened they went off the boil and for the next few hours only the occasional fish came on board and apart from lazy snatches nothing much doing.

I put the camera away as I had enough footage for what I needed and it was time to hit the fish that had disappeared by the time I was setup ready to fish. After a few more drifts Paul decided to move to another wreck about 10 mins steaming time and see what that would yield plus the tide had changed and was picking up speed so it gave us a chance.

Very snaggy wreck the next one and we all lost loads of gear getting the feel of it, oh and no takes either so that was becoming a non productive expensive move. We didn’t stay too long on that one and as time was moving on we tried one more but alas I was fishless and with the others not pulling either it was time to make way to home.

Good day with weather cold but kind and sea state was moderate but comfortable and with all of us going home with fish they felt sorry for me and donated fish for my freezer so a really good day with great crew and some quality video to be published soon. Good start to the year and looking forward to arranging the next trip later this month.

Big Surf 12ft beach fishing surfcast rods


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Silver Bass 11ft Rod the sports rod for the specialist


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Cancun 9.5ft Pier and Boat Rod


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Acapulco Boat 7ft Sport 10-20lb and 20-30lb Class



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Pirks and shipping costs be wise article

Shipping pirks and our range of bighead jigs are an absolute nightmare for us and even more when it comes to charging our customers what it costs to ship them out. Our largest pirk is the Scaly Fish weighing in at 465g and with all the options that are supplied with the kit it takes it over the 500g mark and into the next price band with royal mail so our shipping out cost with packaging is currently set at £3.50 for first class and cheaper if second class.

Now without prompting customers to buy more here is the option to get pirks and heavy products cheaper but it does take a few days longer for the goods to arrive. We suggest using the RM Standard Parcels the costs of shipping on a number of items drop dramatically. For example shipping up to 2kg cost currently is £4.41 so if 4 pirks and option kits are purchased cost then drops to £1.10 per set and less on the lighter pirks if you buy more.

So if you like to fish pirks regularly and on really snaggy wrecks you lose loads of gear like we do at times then contact us so we can give you the best shipping rates and cheapest way to get our product to you.

Black Rock AK Series Japanese Style Boat Rods


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