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Thursday, 29 August 2013

Deal of the Week - SureCatch Battriox 400 Reel

Deal of the Week is the SureCatch Battriox 400 Spinning Reel with an RRP of £19.99, now only £8.00!
Deals 05/09/2013
This superb value SureCatch Battriox 400 Reel is lightweight, durable and features a shock-resistant plastic body with striking black/chrome-blue styling.  It also comes supplied with a cloth bag and 215yds of 10lb mono.
This is an exceptional reel for the money and is suitable for many fishing situations and species. Don't miss out on this fantastic offer!!
Click here to buy ...

Saturday, 24 August 2013

August Fish of the Month Entry - Cornish Conger!

Sue Rule with a Cornish shore caught Conger Eel that took a fresh Mackerel bait on an 8/0 hook after the smallest of bites. The Conger is a new Club and Cornish Ladies record as well as a PB for Sue!
Sue with her Cornish Conger!
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in our August 2013 FOTM gallery HERE and hitting the 'Like' button!

If you would like to enter our FOTM competition and have the chance to win £100 simply send us a photograph of you and your catch, when and where you caught your fish, and what tackle and method you used through this page of our website. You can also enter instore - just ask any member of staff for assistance. The best entries will be featured on both our Blog and Facebook page!

This competition is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. You are providing your information to Glasgow Angling Centre and not to Facebook. 
 

August Fish of the Month Entry - Luce Tope!

William Gray was fishing with Onyer Marks 2 on a windy day when he hooked this cracking Tope took his fresh Mackerel baited Lynx Tope rig! After a great scrap the fish was quickly photographed and is Williams biggest fish in all of his years sea angling!
William and his Tope!
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in our August 2013 FOTM gallery HERE and hitting the 'Like' button!

If you would like to enter our FOTM competition and have the chance to win £100 simply send us a photograph of you and your catch, when and where you caught your fish, and what tackle and method you used through this page of our website. You can also enter instore - just ask any member of staff for assistance. The best entries will be featured on both our Blog and Facebook page!

This competition is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. You are providing your information to Glasgow Angling Centre and not to Facebook. 
 

Knotting Pheasant Tail Legs with Davie McPhail

Davie demonstrates how to tie legs for your fly patterns from Pheasant Tail fibres, an extremely useful tip that lets you fine tune your tying to suit your own ideas. Of course if you find it too fiddly you can always buy them already knotted!


As ever, if you need any help finding everything you need for your fly tying we will be more than happy to help!

Thursday, 22 August 2013

Deal of the Week - Shakespeare Trion XT 10ft #6 Fly Rod

Deal of the week is the Shakespeare Trion XT 10ft #6 Fly Rod with and RRP of £64.99, now only £30.00!
Ends 29/08/2013
The Shakespeare Trion XT Fly Rod is superb value for money.  Featuring lined guides, snake intermediates and tip guide, full wells handle and aluminium gunsmoke reel seat.  The rod has a lovely action which will suite both beginner and intermediate casters.  Grab yours today at this fantastic price while stocks last!

Tuesday, 20 August 2013

August Fish of the Month Entry - Freestyler Pike!

Steve Bell was fishing a local private water when he hooked this cracking Pike on a Savage Gear Freestyler using his Jerkbait rod and Abu reel combo. The fish is his new lure caught PB!
Steve with his new PB on a lure!
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in our August 2013 FOTM gallery HERE and hitting the 'Like' button!

If you would like to enter our FOTM competition and have the chance to win £100 simply send us a photograph of you and your catch, when and where you caught your fish, and what tackle and method you used through this page of our website. You can also enter instore - just ask any member of staff for assistance. The best entries will be featured on both our Blog and Facebook page!

This competition is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. You are providing your information to Glasgow Angling Centre and not to Facebook. 
 

August Fish of the Month Entry - Perthshire Pike!

Andy Gatiens with a perfect Perthshire Pike, caught in 12ft of water on a Lamprey section! The fish was carefully released to fight another day!
Andy with his Pike!
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in our August 2013 FOTM gallery HERE and hitting the 'Like' button!

If you would like to enter our FOTM competition and have the chance to win £100 simply send us a photograph of you and your catch, when and where you caught your fish, and what tackle and method you used through this page of our website. You can also enter instore - just ask any member of staff for assistance. The best entries will be featured on both our Blog and Facebook page!

This competition is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. You are providing your information to Glasgow Angling Centre and not to Facebook. 
 

August Fish of the Month Entry - Magiscroft Carp!

Gordon Diak took his Grandson Kyle fishing to Magiscroft where he caught his first Carp!
Kyle with his first Carp!
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in our August 2013 FOTM gallery HERE and hitting the 'Like' button!

If you would like to enter our FOTM competition and have the chance to win £100 simply send us a photograph of you and your catch, when and where you caught your fish, and what tackle and method you used through this page of our website. You can also enter instore - just ask any member of staff for assistance. The best entries will be featured on both our Blog and Facebook page!

This competition is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. You are providing your information to Glasgow Angling Centre and not to Facebook. 
 

Friday, 16 August 2013

August Fish of the Month Entry - Monster Mackerel!

Graham Finn with a massive Mackerel he caught while boat fishing off Caithness on a home tied rig! As you can see, it dwarfs the more average sized specimen on the left!
Grahams Mackerel dwarfs a more regular sized specimen!
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in our August 2013 FOTM gallery HERE and hitting the 'Like' button!

If you would like to enter our FOTM competition and have the chance to win £100 simply send us a photograph of you and your catch, when and where you caught your fish, and what tackle and method you used through this page of our website. You can also enter instore - just ask any member of staff for assistance. The best entries will be featured on both our Blog and Facebook page!

This competition is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. You are providing your information to Glasgow Angling Centre and not to Facebook. 
 
 

August Fish of the Month Entry - Wear Sea Trout!

Carl Templeton landed this fine Sea Trout from the River Wear on a Black and Silver aluminium tube fly!
Carl with his big Wear Sea Trout!
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in our August 2013 FOTM gallery HERE and hitting the 'Like' button!

If you would like to enter our FOTM competition and have the chance to win £100 simply send us a photograph of you and your catch, when and where you caught your fish, and what tackle and method you used through this page of our website. You can also enter instore - just ask any member of staff for assistance. The best entries will be featured on both our Blog and Facebook page!

This competition is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. You are providing your information to Glasgow Angling Centre and not to Facebook. 
 
 

Thursday, 15 August 2013

Deal of the Week - Rapala Sportsman Sunglasses

Deal of the week is a pair of Rapala Sportsman Sunglasses with an RRP of £34.99, now only £15.00
Deal ends 22/08/2013
These Rapala Sportsman Sunglasses are ideal when you need to spot moving fish on bright days.  Normally sunlight bounces off water and creates an agitating layer which polarised sunglasses help to reduce.  Polarised sunglasses contain a laminated filter which allows vertically oriented light to pass through while blocking horizontal light, therefore eliminating glare.  They reduce eye strain, improve comfort, contrast, visual clarity and also allow true perception of colours. 
So if you want to experience the benefits of polarised sunglasses at a very reasonable price, these Rapala Sportsman Sunglasses are ideal.

Hardy Ultralite CLS - Now in Salmon Sizes!

Due to very popular demand and at long last the best selling Hardy Ultralite CLS cassette reel is in stock in a Salmon size - the CLS 9000! As we said in our Hardy 2014 Preview, these reels are hotly tipped to become one of the biggest selling Salmon fly reels of all time!
The Ultralite CLS 9000 Salmon reel is now in stock!
The CLS 9000 boasts the same dependable drag system and Spey line swallowing capacity as found on the Hardy Ultralite DD series but with a unique cassette design offering economical spare spools (2 included) and saving on space if, like us, you have too many different fly lines that you need to carry around! And all of this come at the amazing price of just £249 - a lot cheaper than the Demon 9000 reel it replaces!
The unique cassette spool system on the CLS
The Hardy Ultralite 9000 CLS is available to buy now from Glasgow Angling Centre, but be quick as the first batch of these reels are sure to sell out quickly! If you have pre-ordered yours from us it will be with you very soon and spare spools are also in stock at just £9.99 each!

Ultralite CLS 9000 Specifications:
  • Capacity - Spey Floater #11/12 + 150m
  • Weight - 10.5oz / 299gm 
  • Diameter - 12.0cm / 4.7in
  • RRP - £249.00

Wednesday, 14 August 2013

New World Record Greenland Shark Caught!

A new record Greenland Shark has been caught by Norwegian anglers Asgeir Alvestad and John Olav Floro-Larsen in Nedstrandsfjorden in Norway. The monster fish was measured at 4.46 metres long with a girth of 2.66 metres giving it an approximate weight of over 1100kg - making it possibly the second largest fish caught on rod and line in history!
The huge 16/0 Mutu hooks on the shark traces!
On their third attempt at the record the lucky anglers had been aiming to beat the 500kg mark, using heavy stand-up gear and Penn International reels loaded with Berkley Fireline and 3mm steel wire rigs armed with two Owner Mutu 16/0 Circle hooks at the business end!
The shark had an estimated weight of over 1100kg!
The team went through 60kg of bait on the trip, consisting of Cod, Pollack, SeaTrout, Mackerel, Squid and even Whale and Seal meat! Around 2kg of bait was loaded onto each hook and was changed hourly as it is attacked by Hagfish and smaller Shark species and to keep the baits as fresh as possible. Baiting was hard work as it took around 15 to 20 minutes to reel the baits up from a depth of 700 metres every time!
Asgeir gets ready to release the shark back to the depths!
At the moment Asgeir, who is a representative of Pure Fishing in Norway,  is not certain if he will make it into the official record books but releasing the fish was more important to him than any accolade. The Greenland Shark is very slow growing at around 0.5cm a year and this specimen is estimated to be between 500 and 800 years old - making it one of the oldest living creatures on the planet, and captures are quite rare with only 5 or 6 reported annually. Asgeir said 'We will try to register it, until there are changes in this section of the world of sport fishing, no one gains anything from the large specimens getting killed.'

Check out the video of this amazing capture below!

Tuesday, 13 August 2013

August Fish of the Month Entry - Whipped Carp!

Young Jamie Duxfield was fishing with his Dad for the first time and after catching a Gudgeon and a couple of small Rudd the float when under and something much bigger pulled almost all the elastic from his 4m whip! When it finally ended up in the net it was this Carp, and Jamie is now hooked for life!
Jamie and his big Carp!
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in our August 2013 FOTM gallery HERE and hitting the 'Like' button!

If you would like to enter our FOTM competition and have the chance to win £100 simply send us a photograph of you and your catch, when and where you caught your fish, and what tackle and method you used through this page of our website. You can also enter instore - just ask any member of staff for assistance. The best entries will be featured on both our Blog and Facebook page!

This competition is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. You are providing your information to Glasgow Angling Centre and not to Facebook. 
 
 

August Fish of the Month Entry - Surprise Skate!

David Craig was fishing for Spurdog, Huss and Dogfish using a baited Muppet rig when his rod bent into something a bit bigger than expected! This female Common Skate measuring 65in x 83in was brought to the surface and was quickly tagged and photographed before being safely returned to the depths!
David with his unexpected Skate!
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in our August 2013 FOTM gallery HERE and hitting the 'Like' button!

If you would like to enter our FOTM competition and have the chance to win £100 simply send us a photograph of you and your catch, when and where you caught your fish, and what tackle and method you used through this page of our website. You can also enter instore - just ask any member of staff for assistance. The best entries will be featured on both our Blog and Facebook page!

This competition is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. You are providing your information to Glasgow Angling Centre and not to Facebook. 
 
 

August Fish of the Month Entry - Highland Pike!

Colin Machray caught this monster Pike while fishing a Highland loch using a Mackerel deadbait!
Colins big Scottish Pike!
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in our August 2013 FOTM gallery HERE and hitting the 'Like' button!

If you would like to enter our FOTM competition and have the chance to win £100 simply send us a photograph of you and your catch, when and where you caught your fish, and what tackle and method you used through this page of our website. You can also enter instore - just ask any member of staff for assistance. The best entries will be featured on both our Blog and Facebook page!

This competition is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. You are providing your information to Glasgow Angling Centre and not to Facebook. 
 
 

August Fish of the Month Entry - Tay Salmon!

Stephen Bett caught this Salmon while fishing the Dalguise beat of the River Tay on a Silver Toby lure!
Stephen with his Tay Salmon!
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in our August 2013 FOTM gallery HERE and hitting the 'Like' button!

If you would like to enter our FOTM competition and have the chance to win £100 simply send us a photograph of you and your catch, when and where you caught your fish, and what tackle and method you used through this page of our website. You can also enter instore - just ask any member of staff for assistance. The best entries will be featured on both our Blog and Facebook page!

This competition is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. You are providing your information to Glasgow Angling Centre and not to Facebook. 
 
 

Monday, 12 August 2013

2014 SGAIC Course - Have You Got What It Takes?

Have you got what it takes to be a qualified Scottish fly fishing instructor?

The SGAIC organisers are now taking applications for the next round of assessments in both single and double handed disciplines. Their next course starts in October 2013!
Fancy becoming a fly fishing instructor?
SGAIC is the home of Scottish Game Angling Instruction and the aim of the Scottish Game Angling Certificate is to improve the quality and number of instructors available to game anglers in Scotland.

There are many benefits of being a SGAIC trained instructor, including...

  • SGAIC is the only instructor qualification where candidates receive training/coaching, and development plans aimed at getting them to pass. Other qualifications just require that you pay the fee and turn up on assessment day.
  • Quality instruction and assessment. All lead instructors are all qualified to AAPGAI advanced level, and most also hold level 2 Sports Coach qualifications. They always use independent assessors to ensure fair and consistent assessments; these assessors are AAPGAI Masters (the highest qualification in the UK).
  • An active community of instructors across Scotland. Meet great people with like minds. Share ideas and experiences.
  • Continuous Personal Development. SGAIC hold a minimum of one CPD day a year aimed at ensuring SGAIC instructors continue to develop their skills and learn new things
  • An opportunity to progress. Holders of the SGAIC qualification automatically have equivalence with AAPGAI's provisional level. This means, should you wish to progress you can go straight to taking the AAPGAI advanced assessments.
  • Once you complete the course you can get an instructors license from SANA. This makes it easier to work with schools/local authorities (should you wish) and means you are insured as an instructor

Learn from the best!
To join the course you need to be a reasonably competent caster to begin with, and of course an experienced fly fisherman. An inexperienced angler and poor caster will struggle to make the improvements necessary to reach instructor standard in the time required. You can sit either one or both the Single Hand (Trout) or the Double Hand (Salmon) assessment but it is usually recommended that you do them one at a time! More info on the course content can be found HERE!

To find out more, or apply for a place on the next course, check out the SGAIC website for more details!

Saturday, 10 August 2013

August Fish of the Month Entry - Accidental Perch!

Ross Stewart caught this cracking Perch while lure fishing for Pike on his local water!
Ross with a nice lure caught Perch!
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in our August 2013 FOTM gallery HERE and hitting the 'Like' button!

If you would like to enter our FOTM competition and have the chance to win £100 simply send us a photograph of you and your catch, when and where you caught your fish, and what tackle and method you used through this page of our website. You can also enter instore - just ask any member of staff for assistance. The best entries will be featured on both our Blog and Facebook page!

This competition is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. You are providing your information to Glasgow Angling Centre and not to Facebook. 
 
 

August Fish of the Month Entry - Stour Barbel!

Ben Wrathall has fished the Kentish Stour for year and had only caught small Barbel until recently when a change of tactics to night fishing led to him landing this beauty!
Ben's night time Barbel!
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in our August 2013 FOTM gallery HERE and hitting the 'Like' button!

If you would like to enter our FOTM competition and have the chance to win £100 simply send us a photograph of you and your catch, when and where you caught your fish, and what tackle and method you used through this page of our website. You can also enter instore - just ask any member of staff for assistance. The best entries will be featured on both our Blog and Facebook page!

This competition is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. You are providing your information to Glasgow Angling Centre and not to Facebook. 
 
 

August Fish of the Month Entry - Super Stickleback!

Douglas Park caught this fine specimen of an unusual, and hard to hook, Fifteen-Spined Stickleback!
Douglas's 15 Spined Stickleback!
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in our August 2013 FOTM gallery HERE and hitting the 'Like' button!

If you would like to enter our FOTM competition and have the chance to win £100 simply send us a photograph of you and your catch, when and where you caught your fish, and what tackle and method you used through this page of our website. You can also enter instore - just ask any member of staff for assistance. The best entries will be featured on both our Blog and Facebook page!

This competition is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. You are providing your information to Glasgow Angling Centre and not to Facebook. 
 
 

Thursday, 8 August 2013

August Fish of the Month Entry - Magiscroft Carp!

Declin Graham from Paisley caught this cracking Carp from Magiscroft Fishery in Cumbernauld on Sweetcorn using 6lb mainline! After a brilliant fight the fish was quickly weighed and returned!
Declin with a cracking Scottish Carp!
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in our August 2013 FOTM gallery HERE and hitting the 'Like' button!

If you would like to enter our FOTM competition and have the chance to win £100 simply send us a photograph of you and your catch, when and where you caught your fish, and what tackle and method you used through this page of our website. You can also enter instore - just ask any member of staff for assistance. The best entries will be featured on both our Blog and Facebook page!

This competition is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. You are providing your information to Glasgow Angling Centre and not to Facebook.

Deal of the Week - Okuma Carbonite Baitfeeder Reel

Deal of the Week is the Okuma Carbonite Baitfeeder Reel with an RRP of £29.99, now only £20.00!!
Ends 15/08/2013
The Okuma Carbonite Baitfeeder CBF Reel features a graphite spool with pre-spooled nylon camo line, Precision Elliptical Gearing, graphite spare spool, computer balanced rotor system and water tight drag seal that gives the angler fantastic ability and power at a great price point.  Use this reel for a number of fishing situations including: Specialist and Predator fishing.
Buy yours here ...

Wednesday, 7 August 2013

Glasgow Angling Centre Staff Run For Yorkhill Children's Hospital

Staff at Glasgow Angling Centre will be taking part in either the 10k or Half Marathon on the 6th October 2013 as part of this year's Great Scottish Run in Glasgow.
This is in response to a member of staff who's child was recently admitted to Yorkhill Hospital in Glasgow due to severe illness.  Thankfully with the exceptional care and support of the Yorkhill Doctors, Nurses and Staff, the child is in much better health.
Some staff felt really passionate about 'giving something back' as a way of showing their appreciation and gratitude for the child's recovery.  Therefore Graeme Taylor, Alex Martin, Gavin Deanie, Brian Carney, David Locke and Chris Devlin have taken on the challenge and will run in either the 10k or half marathon to raise money for the Yorkhill Children's Foundation.
All the runners with MD Paul Devlin
Every penny raised will go straight to the Foundation to help them fund any initiative that helps to save or improve the life of a child.  This can be anything from ground breaking paediatric research to buying innovative medical equipment.

If you would like to support the staff taking part in this challenge and help Yorkhill in continuing to provide life-changing care that positively impacts children and families, please donate by visiting our Just Giving page.


August Fish of the Month Entry - Annan Brownie!

Colin Burnside was fishing the River Annan when this big Brown Trout took his Rapala lure that was intended for Salmon! The fish was safely returned after a quick photo!
Colin with his Annan Brownie!
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in our August 2013 FOTM gallery HERE and hitting the 'Like' button!

If you would like to enter our FOTM competition and have the chance to win £100 simply send us a photograph of you and your catch, when and where you caught your fish, and what tackle and method you used through this page of our website. You can also enter instore - just ask any member of staff for assistance. The best entries will be featured on both our Blog and Facebook page!

This competition is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. You are providing your information to Glasgow Angling Centre and not to Facebook. 
 
 

Friday, 2 August 2013

Tying the Catgut Caddis Pupa with Davie McPhail

Davie ties the Catgut Caddis Pupa, an extremely effective weighted nymph, with a rather unique body material.

Materials Used:
Hook: Size 14 Grub Hook
Bead: Gold Tungsten Bead
Threads: Yellow UTC 70, Brown Uni 8/0 and Yellow Pearsalls Silk Thread
Underbody: Adhesive Lead Foil
Body: Natural Catgut
Thorax: Brown or Black SLF Dubbing
Legs: Brown or Grey Partridge Fibres
Horns: Hen Pheasant Tail

Davies preferred type of whip finish tool can be found HERE!

All of the materials needed to tie this fly are available from Glasgow Angling Centre - if you need any help finding them or choosing substitutes we will be more than happy to help!

Thursday, 1 August 2013

July FOTM Winners!

The winner of our July Fish of the Month Competition is David Burns with this picture of his cracking Clyde Brown Trout! As always the judging of our July competition was left to our many thousands of Facebook fans, who voted on their favourite pictures by hitting the Like button, and Rod was the clear winner with an amazing 393 Likes in our Facebook Gallery!
1st - David Burns - 393 Likes!
David wins £100 to spend at Glasgow Angling Centre on fishing gear of his choice! We would like to thank everybody that took part, especially all the youngsters who take part and all the amazing different species from up an down the UK and around the world we get sent in as well - you can check out all the entries here.

Every month our FOTM competition gets bigger and better, with amazing pictures of different fish species being sent in by our customers, so we now give a GAC Cap to the entrants that came in 2nd and 3rd place as well, so here are the runners up,  Martin Smythies and Chris Ruddy, both with cracking fish and new personal bests as you can see below - well done guys!
2nd - Martin Smythies - 128 Likes
3rd - Cris Ruddy - 122 Likes
If you would like to enter our August 2013 FOTM competition simply send us a photograph of you and your catch, when and where you caught your fish, and what tackle and method you used HERE. You can also enter instore - just ask a member of staff for assistance. The winner will be chosen by our customers, simply by hitting Like on the image on Facebook in the entries album and will be announced on the last day of each month. 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... 

If you are having difficulty using the online entry form, simply email your picture and details to any of the usual fishingmegastore addresses, with FOTM in the subject line! For Terms and Conditions please click HERE!