New HD Movie Bass, Cod, Pollock and Conger Eels

Finally got afloat last wednesday and what a glorious day it was both weather, crew, boat and skipper of the Tiger Lily. Do my New Lures and booms WORK well not only do I say yes they DO !! and now I can show you they certainly DO CATCH FISH infact I can shout about it. The crew absolutely loved the lures and booms and they outfished live sandeels too so you can’t get better than that.

Sit back get some popcorn and enjoy what I consider a perfect days wreck fishing.

When and were to use metal sea booms by Mike Thrussell

I found this post on another forum and it backs up why steel booms have a good place in various types of sea angling. Written by a well known sea angling author Mike Thrussell. I have also just sent a selection of booms to another angling author again very well known and respected and has written for Sea Angler mags for many years so I am eagerly awaiting his revues too.

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

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.

Flounder: Wire booms can be effective for flat fish…

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.

Swivels inside the boom stop tangles Swivels inside the boom eye massively reduce any potential twist in the snood line…

Just as with my plastic boom rigs I prefer to have the wire booms moveable by positioning them between beads and sliding stop knots or rubber rig stops. Sakuma also do excellent crimps with inner sleeves that allow the crimp to semi close and semi pressurise the line to make a moveable stop.

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.

Fixing the boom just above the weight Fix the boom just behind the lead link…

Flounder rig: Spoons and beads can be deadly in suft tables and estuaries…

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.

Sea booms upgrade to custom made rigs

Seabooms custom madeToday I have implemented an upgrade to my custom made booms in changing over to a new heat shrink tube that has an internal wall coating of heat activated waterproof adhesive.

There was nothing wrong with previous tubing used as the shrink ratio was tight enough for the tube to do it’s job and for it to remain in place. This upgrade of tube has only been just been made available in smaller quantities so it’s an upgrade worth making and material costs are only slightly higher so won’t affect the costs.

Wreck and reef drift fishing using a rotten bottom

Wreck and reef drifting using a rotten bottom rig setupTip for the newcomers to wreck and reef fishing on the drift and save on mass tackle loss or at least reduce the amount lost to the wrecks or jaggy reef.

I use just ordinary elastic bands in the sizes shown on this image and they give way when the weight is caught up. There are a number of options for the rotten bottom link which can be garden wire tie, lower breaking strain mono ie about 12lb but this method I use is very quick and simple you must check the bands and change between drifts for signs of wear or damage. BOOMS IN USE HERE the rig will work with all sizes of my booms and the tubebooms too,.

This example shows a mono rotten bottom so you can see two options.

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:
Payment can be made via PayPal. You can buy just 1 boom as a tryout or in packs of 5.

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A new series of Sea Booms added for 2013


My new sea booms are detailed here with images to show off the specifications and there is a link to the Ebay store were they can be purchased, The heavy and super heavyweight versions will be here end of January 2013, initial samples the quality is top of the range.

Light and the medium weight 1mm and 1.2mm sizes we make here so have complete flexibility and can offer a full bespoke service if our standard sizes don’t fit in with your requirements.

The concept is not new I have just made the booms more braid and mono friendly and have attached all the required swivels and weight clips so setup is very quick which is what you need when drifting wrecks or reefs. Quality of materials are best we can get and the heat shrink coverings close off the loose ends where the stainless steel is wound to form the eyes.

Some sceptics may say the uncovered winding at the right angle junction could trap braid but once you see how tight that winding is the chances of it doing so is very slim. But !!! if it is a concern we can offer coating this winding with plastcoate to cover it if needs be.

I have fully tested all the sizes and the first lightweight version was part of the rig used when I took a 19lb Pollock out on the rips from Poole Dorset. A Cod trip out of Weymouth the medium weight 6″ version was part of the rig and counted for a good few nice size Cod so I know they work well.

Biggest advantage to me is the booms are all self contained so you don’t have to spend time finding all the parts to re-rig when you snap off on the wrecks or rough ground and obviously you’re back up and running quickly without losing those important fish producing drifts. Oh and the skippers will love you too if it means you carry less gear onto what can get very crowded and dangerous decks !!

I like to have a bucket of weights, bags of booms already rigged with rubbing leader and an assortment of lures at my feet on the rail and never miss a drift. Lightweight booms work really well for the micro lures and drifting for Plaice, Turbot etc as you can have a two hook rig with one on the sea boom and the weight and a second trace higher up so the two are offset.

Another advantage over plastic tube booms my stainless steel ones are stiffer and don’t break so readily as the ABS tube type plus bite detection is so positive as you have direct link between the rubbing leader and the lure / bait traces. There will be plenty of video shot this year of these and my new Eco Lures in action and here is a link to my you tube channel showing Cod taken on a short trace with one of my jig head shads and a short medium weight sea boom.


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