4″ Slimfish Eels Eco Friendly Lure Bodies Now Available

Sea fishing lures, bodies for use with jig headsMy Slim Fish Eels went live today with the first of the stock available now in my Ebay store. The 4″/10cm size is suitable for our smaller cannon ball jig heads as they have no bulky collars or barbs that can split the lures.

Colours shown are the first of many and the flexibility built into the manufacturing process allows for colours to anglers own specifications due to the hand pouring process.

There will be a 6″ version available very soon so combine these with my jig heads and my gloopy fishy rubs you will have a very fishable replaceable parts system to go out and improve your catch rate.


8 New concentrated fishy flavour sea fishing lure rubs added.

Sea fishing lure and dead baits fish flavour concentrated rubsJust added another 8 new flavours to my sea fishing lures and dead bait rubs in smaller handy bottles either 30ml with secure flip tops or a smaller size 15ml in an eye dropper bottle.

These sizes are just right to keep in your pocket and they are so concentrated you use very little per rub / drift so even a 15ml bottle would last a wreck/reef trip subject obviously to lure or deadbaits you’re using. I am basing it on a standard 6″ shad or eel style lure so larger for every drift the 30ml bottle would be more cost effective.

I have created what I consider all the top catching flavours for your lures and pepping up frozen baits. The mixture is really Gloopy and sticks to lure bodies well so will leech off slowly when down at drift level and should last the length of an average drift so just replenish at the start of the next drift.

You don’t need a lot as the mix is concentrated so don’t waste the rub by getting the lure with it dripping off the tail so to speak, use sparingly as it’s designed to enhance the lure attraction to induce a take not to feed the whole shoal of large Cod, Pollock or Bass and any other predatory fish invited to dinner.


Be aware of the shipping advice given as to ship out one bottle either size it comes into the RM packet rate of £2.70 plus packaging. There is no extra cost for more bottles up to 16 x 30ml more for 15ml ordered as it’s less than 750grams when the RM rates shoot up again. If you get stuck follow the instructions on the sales page or mail me via Ebay messaging for help.

Wire sea booms new sizes due in next week.

My popular sea booms have new size additions going live next week, to add to my current range there are 4 new sizes to cater for the large cod, pollock and bass anglers needs. I am also including a super heavyweight sea boom with 4/0 crane swivels test to 160kg/350lb so that will suit most heavyweight anglers needs and they come in two sizes 6″/150mm and 12″/300mm made in 1.5mm stainless steel.

Sea booms for terminal rigs The smaller version same sizes but the swivel is reduced to 1/0 cranes with a 58kg/125lb test so that will suit most wreck and reef applications. Here is a spec image for a taster and I will post more details once added to my store.

I have also posted this article I found on a forum board which also highlights the use of wire booms for shore fishing and my lighter gauge booms will be ideal for this application.

Written by Mike Thrussell: When and where to use Wire Booms

You rarely see wire booms for shore rigs in tackle shops nowadays, and it’s even rarer to read about them in the monthly magazines. Also, chatting to other anglers on the beach, you rarely see them in use either.

This surprises me as I always have made up rigs utilising wire booms in my rig wallets and always carry a few spare wire booms in my tackle box to make up additional rigs if need be.

Plastic booms are popular and are often talked about, but wire booms have their place in current fishing, and if you know when and where to use wire booms they’ll add more fish to your overall catch, plus save you from a few blank days too.

One advantage with a wire boom is that the wire being stiff and used in conjunction with short 6 to 9-inch hook snoods you have a non tangle rig for fishing in tight amongst the surf tables. Presenting a bait on a short hook snood means that it has limited movement and in bumpy sea conditions when the seabed is scoured by passing waves. Baits being constantly washed around in the surf are not easy for say a flatfish to pin down, but the short travel of a bait presented on a short hook snood gives the fish a more static bait target to hit. The easier it is for the fish to find the bait, the easier it is for them to eat it.

Vibration may also be a factor. There’s a theory that tide moving over different surfaces gives off different vibrations. Obviously there would be a big difference in the vibes given off between tide over plastic and tide over metal. This especially applies to the wire booms that are formed by twisting two or more wires together. This forming action creates ripples or hollows in the wire arm which, as the tide passes through, must create more vibration that fish could potentially pick up through their lateral lines.

The biggest advantage with wire booms is their weight increase over traditional plastic booms. When fishing plastic booms if you use a three boom rig it’s really only the boom closest to the lead weight that is truly on the seabed and presenting the bait there unless you fish a few feet of slack line between the rod tip and the lead weight. However the increase in weight with wire booms means that with just a slight amount of slack line between the rod tip and the lead all three booms will be fishing on the seabed, even at short range.

What advantage does this give then? Well if the bottom boom is the only one catching it suggests that the other two are presenting the baits too far up in the water column. This is especially so when targeting flatfish. By switching to a three boom rig with wire booms, their added weight can put all three baits in amongst the fish. In a decent surf table pattern fishing plastic booms to a slack line may not be enough to keep the booms close to the seabed, but the wire ones will.

Also the weight of the wire boom means it’s less affected by a wave surge and therefore less prone to “lifting” in the water as the wave surge passes by. Plastic is much more buoyant and when fishing very small baits the boom lifts or cantilevers upwards as the surge passes through. In calm seas getting movement in to a bait can be an advantage and the plastic boom will score over the wire, but in rougher seas the weight of the boom is better as it keeps the bait closer to the seabed.

A problem that can occur with wire booms is that when a fish is hooked the hook snoods can twist up as the fish turns in the tide and fights. Small flatfish, whiting and rockling seem particularly prone to causing this, especially if they are hooked but the bite goes unnoticed for a few minutes but before you retrieve. However if you shop around you’ll find some wire booms available are sold with small swivels positioned inside the eye of the wire boom arm. These turn to the pressure of the spinning fish and massively reduce any potential twist in the snood line

If you fish long beachcasters or a long European style rod, then you can make rigs with booms on up to 12-feet or more for close in fishing and this allows you to spread the booms well apart if the booms are moveable. This does two things, it covers a greater area of ground, but also widens the scent trail from the baits helping to pull fish in from a wider area even though the scent trail is weaker. This is a classic scratching tactic during the slow months of February, March and April.

There is another rig I use that I sussed from watching the American crank baits that use a boom with a spinner attached and prove so effective for pike, zander and perch in freshwater.

I set a single boom up and fix it between fixed crimps tight behind the lead weight link. To the booms eye attach 30-inches of 20lb clear Fluoro carbon. Slide on black bead, then a small plastic silver spoon, then 4 more alternate black and red beads. This is simply cast out in to the surf tables, or in to estuary creeks and channels, and slowly retrieved. This will catch flounders, plaice, school bass and lesser weevers amongst others.

The stiff wire boom in the above rig does not give as the spoon is retrieved, plus it dips in to the sand causing a fair amount of sand to be disturbed. This sand disturbance will pull in inquisitive fish that then see the moving bait and pounce. It’s a very simple way to fish, but is highly effective.

If you haven’t considered fishing wire boom rigs in the past, then reconsider because they give you a lot of advantages and in the right conditions will out fish standard and plastic boom rigs three to one.

Can’t disagree with this as I remember as a lad beach casting a two hook wire paternoster rig with short traces and catching place and cod/whiting behind the rollers off the Kent coast beaches. To this I will add I have just that style of design on the drawing board for the turbot/plaice and brill anglers fishing the banks on the drift by boat so stand by for another winner !!!

A New Take On Your Lure Fishing Take It To A New Level

After much research and testing I have settled on a really sticky fish rub for our existing and new Eco friendly lures. Lures that look good in action and tempt a take I have always felt can be improved on if they also could taste good and send out an attractive scent trail.

Early tests with a variety of options proved not that successful as most rubs simply flowed off the lure before it got down to the required level to attract a take. The predatory rubs have been selected for the very reason they have a really sticky consistency similar to honey and leech off the lures slowly so are much longer lasting.

Simply apply the rub from head to tail and replenish ready for each drift and your catch rate should be far higher ! well that is the theory behind all this. There is also an added bonus for this rub it can be used on deadbaits such as frozen squid or mackerel and worm or sandeel deadbaits etc so they can be pepped up too.

Supplied in 250ml flip top bottles easy to keep in your jacket pocket so all your lures can enjoy a quick glug. I also took into account what the ingredients were that the rub was made from and these predator rubs are a biodegradable concoction of food grade liquids and fish essence’s containing Omega 3 so feeding the fish if nothing else they will remain healthy.


Jig Heads two more patterns now available

I have added two more of my jig heads to the ebay store so there are now three design options with plenty of hook and weight sizes to suit a wider range of lure requirements. The tear drop pattern has a cavity to create a painted eye so the head can see were it’s going !!

Tip for doing the eye quickly is to use a waterproof marker pen and it’s also easy to touch up on the boat too. There are plenty of lure bodies to choose from too again to suit plenty of fishing requirements.


Sea Fishing Booms ABS new sizes added


I have just updated my ebay store with the new sizes of ready to fish out of the bag ABS plastic anti tangle sea booms. The key features of the designs are on the page and the main one worth pointing out is the weight clip and swivel is not only crimped to the tube at the bend but I also bond it to stop slide and twist.

The advantages of these booms are the quick turn around if you snap off on a wreck or reef drift, take them straight out of the bag, tie to main line, add new lure and weight and you don’t miss the next drift. How Easy Is That !!!!

Specifications are on the sales page and I can do custom leaders to whatever B.S. you want plus up or down rate the swivels. I don’t offer longer projections other than the 12″ as from tests carried out the tube despite thicker than most still gets too whippy and bends upwards on the drop so not really any more benefit. I do have longer stainless booms on the way up to 16″/40cm 2mm dia heavy duty design due in April 2013.

BTW if you want to buy direct and get a discount MAIL ME: allan@catchseafish.com
Payment can be made via PayPal. You can buy just 1 boom as a tryout or in packs of 5.

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