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Thursday, 27 January 2011

A 'Dog in the fog...

We arrived at Loch Etive at 8 am on a freezing cold January morning. The loch was enveloped in fog and it was touch and go whether we would even be allowed to take the hire boat out. Visibility on the loch was around 5 meters, and as the boats had no lights the owner wasn’t keen to let us go out. Luckily as we were discussing the pros and cons of going out, the fog lifted slightly and with a promise that we would be very careful we were given the green light to go. As we moved out into the loch, the fog started to close in again giving us a very quiet eerie journey to the first area we wanted to try and after a bit of very careful maneuvering Jamie guided us to the mooring buoy we were going hitch up to.
Nick with a decent Spurdog
This was a fairly shallow area for loch etive, but we still expected to find some Spurdogs or Thornbacks. The tackle I used was the Penn Evo Waveblaster 8-12lb class rod with an Abu 7000 reel, loaded with Berkley Whiplash. The rig was a Mustad 3 hook Hokkai rig baited with mackerel strips, with a flowing trace at the bottom, again baited with mackerel strip. After about 20 minutes it was still very quiet and our minds began to wander to the thought of bacon rolls. Then the bites started coming. We had a lot of action from some very small spurs and Stuart took a Thornback of a couple of pounds. Jamie, was still waiting for his first fish so decided to get the food on the go, and sure enough as soon as he started trying to cook breakfast the fish started coming!
Returned to fight another day!
After a couple of hours we decided to move to much deeper water to try and connect with some better quality fish. So with another cautious journey through the fog we eventually arrived at the mark we wanted to try. As soon as we dropped down we were into fish, mainly spurs and dogfish in the 1lb - 2lb bracket then we started hitting some better quality fish including cod in the 3lb – 5lb range and Spurdogs in the 2lb-4lb range, Jamie had a big Thornback drop off just as it came to the surface which we estimated to be a double figure fish. The fish were coming thick and fast then I had a really positive take, and as I bent into the fish I knew it was better than anything I had connected with so far. When the fish finally broke the surface it was a big Spur, and a personal best for me by a mile. I held the fish for a quick photograph and then got it straight back into the water. After holding it in the water for about 30 seconds it pulled away from me and swam back down to the depths, it was around 10lb and was in pristine condition. The fish kept coming, with more quality Spurdogs in the 2lb-4lb bracket and more decent cod, topped with the 10lb Spur and left wondering at the size of the Thornback that dropped off Jamies line, just as he was about to land it. This was a great start to the year and after weeks of not being able to plan a trip because of the unpredictable weather, it just makes us want to go back for more.

Monday, 24 January 2011

Stop the Slaughter!

Following Gordon Ramsay's Shark Finning programme on Channel4, it is clear that we need to make a stand and work together to stop this sickening and needless slaughter.  Some species of shark have declined by almost 90%, therefore we are steering toward total decimation of Sharks by the end of the century!

Stop Shark Finning

Visit the Gofishing website to read more about the Angling Times' fight to stop this cruelty!  Also find details of how you can receive a free tackle gift.

Friday, 21 January 2011

Fish of the Month Competition

Want to win £100 worth of Glasgow Angling Centre Gift Vouchers? Then why not enter our Fish of the Month Competition!
Enter GAC's Fish of the Month!
Simply send us a photograph of you and your catch, when and where you caught your fish, and what tackle and method you used. You can also enter instore - just ask a member of staff for assistance. The winner will be chosen by our expert judges and will be announced on the last day of each month (starting February 28th 2011). The best entries will be featured on both our Blog and Facebook page. Good luck and we look forward to seeing the entries.

Submit your entry here...

The Dalmore Rivers Collection

Luxury malt The Dalmore has launched a collection of four bespoke whiskies to raise much needed funds to conserve Scotland’s most important salmon rivers.It’s the First time the Dee, Spey, Tay and Tweed trustees have worked together with one partner to raise funds to protect some of Scotland’s finest sport and tourist attractions.
The Dalmore Rivers Collection
The move follows the success of the Dalmore Dee Dram, which was launched last year and sold out in nine weeks raising £35,000 to help enhance this iconic fishing spot. It was this success that led to the wider partnership with the award-winning brand and the creation of four very different whiskies, each one crafted to represent and celebrate the uniqueness of each location.The money raised by the Dalmore Dee Dram is helping to open up 25 miles of river and important spawning grounds that have been blocked for as long as 100 years.

The Dalmore Rivers project promises to have even wider reaching conservation impact across all four rivers, helping to protect salmon, sea trout, otters, rare birdlife and many other plants and animals. The Dalmore hopes to raise in the region of £400,000 a year through the so called 'rivers collection'.

John Beard, CEO of Whyte and Mackay which owns The Dalmore brand, said:

"We are delighted to help raise money for Scotland’s big four rivers. They are not only loved by fishing fans and tourists alike, but they are also the lifeblood of smaller communities across Scotland."

"As our successful partnership with the Dee Trust has shown, this project is a fantastic way of providing a special dram to enjoy after fishing whilst also helping to protect these rivers which have been enjoyed by anglers for centuries."

Each expression within the Dalmore Rivers collection has been individually matured in a combination of bourbon American White Oak and the finest Oloroso "Matuselem" sherry wood from world-renowned bodega Gonzalez Byass, Spain. Each whisky in the Dalmore Rivers Collection retains the signature Dalmore style but each is very different from the other.

Thursday, 20 January 2011

Abel Nippers

One of the coolest little gadgets I have seen in a while, the new Abel Nipper is the next level in line cutting! The Abel Nipper is 1-3/4'' long, 3/4'' wide and tapering to 1/2'' wide at the jaws. It weighs just 0.7 of an ounce. A needle used to clean hook eyes is integrated into the jaws. Of course this level of detail and quality comes at a price - £44.99 to be exact!
Everyone loves gadgets!
The critical cutting edge jaw is Crucible CPM S35VN, an American made and developed premium grade stainless steel created especially for knives. It is powder-made steel with a uniform carbide distribution and clean steel properties. The steel is heat treated and hardened to a Rockwell factor of 58-60. As a blade material, it offers excellent corrosion resistance and superb edge qualities. If the blades ever need replacing, they will be done at the Abel factory for only the shipping and handling fee for the first three years. After three years, a minimal charge will be added to the handling fee. The standard colour will be the usual black but they can of course be custom anodised in any of the usual Abel finishes for an extra fee.

You can buy the new Abel Nipper here, but be quick, the staff all have their eyes on a set!

Monday, 17 January 2011

Hardy Zenith Sintrix - Now in Stock!

The much awaited Hardy Zenith has arrived instore! Finally you can buy and own the first ever Hardy model to use the SINTRIX material - the latest advance in rod building technology. Stocks are limited so be quick, and remember you can try out these awesome rods on our casting pool at the store.
Now in stock - The Hardy Zenith!
The next rod to be made with SINTRIX will be the Hardy Proaxis saltwater fly rods and these will be with us in March! We have a demo 9' #9 in the shop if you can't wait that long to see one!

Sunday, 16 January 2011

The all new Angling Times!

The Angling Times is the UK's largest angling newspaper and this week its getting a makeover!

Angling Times has all the BIG news!
The all new Angling Times - First for news and best for bargains!

Angling Times – Britain’s biggest selling fishing weekly – has this week been relaunched to deliver anglers an unrivalled service for 2011.
The new look – which hits the shelves on Tuesday, January 18 – sees the paper grow its news pages by 100 per cent allowing us to deliver exclusive, cutting edge stories and tactics from the sport’s most important fish captures. Specimen, carp, predator, sea and game – every significant fish will hit the headlines.
We’ve also now got a dedicated team of writers bringing you the week’s money-saving deals from the nation’s fisheries, tackle shops and holiday companies. If you money’s tight this year we’ll get you a bargain. The all-new Angling Times - you can’t afford to miss it!

Inside this week you'll find:

• FREE 2011 giant glossy wallplanner and poster
• Shock monster pike pictures revealed
• Britain's greatest roach fishery
• This season's biggest chub

PLUS new sections including:

• Bargain Hunter - Steve Stones is angling's very own Martyn Lewis and each week he'll be scouring the tackle shops looking for all the best deals on rods, reels and poles. You'll never miss another bargain again. 
• Under a tenner - Showcases the most affordable tackle you should be using to catch more fish
• Last minute holiday offers - save £££'s on trips in the UK and overseas
• 2 for 1 deals at fisheries
• Tackle shop tokens - Redeem these tokens exclusive to Angling Times, at local dealers nationwide
And every week we'll be dedicated to bringing you the best competitions - giving away all the hottest new launches on the market.

In this issue you can win the new 16m Maver competition pole worth £2,800

Still only £1.80.

On sale Tuesday January 18th - Don't miss it!

January Clearance List Now Online!

Everyone loves a bargain!
The new sale lists for January are now on the website! With brand new product arriving almost daily we need to make room so once again even more stuff is reduced in price! We have added loads of stuff with up to 80% off list price! There's also some new sheets with flies and fly boxes, leaders and tippet plus loads of shooting and hunting clothing from Seeland and Deerhunter as we make preparations to move Glasgow Field Sports to its new home inside the GAC!

We have added some more click through links that take you straight to the product on the website so you can buy it instantly! Just click on the code if it is blue.

Click here to see the lists

Remember the stock levels are not live, and if your not fast...your last!

Thursday, 13 January 2011

Simms 2011 Products

The new Simms USA 2011 catalogue is available to view now here. Although some items will not be available in Europe this year (and you will have to ignore the $ prices), most of what you see can be purchased from us. If you don't see what you want online or in the shop give us a shout and we will get it for you!
Click on the image to see the catalogue!

Monday, 10 January 2011

Hardy Sintrix Demo Rods Available!

Today we took delivery of a couple of demonstrator models of the much awaited Hardy Zenith and Proaxis rods so if you want to see for yourself what the whole tackle trade is talking about come to the shop and try these new Sintrix rods for yourself on our casting pool. The stock should be available for sale in the next couple of weeks so all you guys who have pre-ordered and have been waiting patiently will have your new toys soon!
Come and try our Sintrix demo rods!
Contact us for more details.

Friday, 7 January 2011

MacKenzie DTX Day now on the 13th of Feb!

The Scott MacKenzie DTX day at Bangour Trout Fishery is now going to be held on the Sunday the 13th of February - update your diaries folks!

See the post below for more info!

Thursday, 6 January 2011

MacKenzie DTX Day Rescheduled!

Since the last date was cancelled due to the heavy snowfalls, Scott MacKenzie has rescheduled the rod test day at Bangour Trout Fishery to Sunday the 13th of February 2011. This is a chance for you to try out the full Mackenzie DTX rod range, including the new DTX Shooting Head rods,with the matching MacKenzie DTX lines under the watchful eye of some of the country's top instructors including Scott, Andrew Toft, Ian Kirk and Stevie Reid. As well as the current range of best selling rods and lines there will be a few new lines and shooting heads to try as well so if you are a serious salmon angler you should not miss it!
New date 13th of Feb - Ignore the Poster!
Check out the full range of Scott Mackenzie products here!

Monday, 3 January 2011

Proper Rod Test!

Here in the UK anglers love to complain about the reviews in the angling press, about how in depth they are, the sample range and of course there's always a conspiracy theory surrounding the winners! I think the magazine reviews are usually OK and quite accurate but in the shop we get to experience a lot more gear than the average angler, so I can see where the misgivings about them could come from, especially if you are relying on a review to help with a big purchase!

This in depth review from the states concentrates on 9ft #5 rods and features 18 current models including the Hardy Zenith, Sage Z-Axis, G. Loomis NRX, Orvis Helios, Sage VXP, Loop Evotec, Greys GRXi+, and the Sage TCX - all tested to a level of detail that would be impossible to fit in a monthly magazine!
9ft #5 Rods on Test
Check it out and let us know what you think! Click here to read the rod test!

And remember if you would like to cast a rod before you buy it, you can try out as many as you like on the casting pool at the shop, usually under the watchful eye of a SGAIC Instructor.