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Thursday, 30 October 2014

Okuma Safina X-Spin Rods Cover the Majority of your Needs

The Safina X-Spin is a new range from Okuma featuring Japanese design with a split handle.  These rods are very sensitive, yet with a fast to medium action, they are perfect for general spinning in all European waters, both coast and lake/river.
Featuring 24T carbon construction, screw down reel seat, X-wrap reinforcement and Titanium Oxide guide inserts and available in various lengths, the X-Spin is a very versatile rod.  With very limited stock available, you don't want to miss out on this fantastic offer!



Tuesday, 28 October 2014

October 2014 Fish of the Month Entry - Local Pike!

David West caught this nice Pike on a dyed yellow Sprat while fishing his local reservoir!
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in our October 2014 FOTM gallery HERE and hitting the 'Like' button! Don't forget to share all your favourite entries to help them win too!

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! 

October 2014 Fish of the Month Entry - Scouse Thornie!

Mohd Zakaria with his first Thornback Ray of the year, taken on a Lug/Squid cocktail fished on a Pennel Rig off the promenade in Liverpool!
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in our October 2014 FOTM gallery HERE and hitting the 'Like' button! Don't forget to share all your favourite entries to help them win too!

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! 

October 2014 Fish of the Month Entry - Herring Shad Pike!

Pawel Dabrowski caught this fine Pike from the River Derwent on a Savage Gear 3D Herring Shad! The fish was safely released after a quick photo!
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in our October 2014 FOTM gallery HERE and hitting the 'Like' button! Don't forget to share all your favourite entries to help them win too!

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! 

October 2014 Fish of the Month Entry - Sutherland Saithe!

Brahim Rami caught this nice Coalfish on an Abu Toby while fishing in Kinlochbervie! The fish was returned after a quick photo.
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in our October 2014 FOTM gallery HERE and hitting the 'Like' button! Don't forget to share all your favourite entries to help them win too!

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! 

Glasgow Angling Centre Introduces the Re-Useable Bag!

There will be a new 5p charge on single use carrier bags in Scotland from October 2014. Scotland as a nation currently uses around 750 million plastic bags each year, and we use more bags per person than England, Wales or Northern Ireland. We all need to reduce our use of carrier bags if we are to improve our environment, as they are a visible aspect of litter and a blight on our landscape - there is nothing worse than turning up at your favourite fishing spot only to find it littered with, amongst other things, plastic bags left behind by idiots, or 'Tossers' as they are known in the National Park, despite all of our plastic bags in the last 20 years being clearly marked with anti litter messages and the ATA Take Line Home emblem!
The Scottish Government is introducing legislation that will require all retailers to charge a minimum of 5p for each single-use carrier bag (including paper bags) they hand to shoppers from 20th October 2014.  The 5p charge applies for in-store or online shopping where goods are sold or delivered. The new charge aims to encourage shoppers to think about reusing bags in order to prevent litter and combat our throwaway culture. The charge aims to make using a re-useable bag a habit for shoppers, wherever practicable. Carrier bag charges already law in other parts of the UK, with bag use in Wales reduced by 75% and Northern Ireland by 80%.
To make this easier the Glasgow Angling Centre has introduced it's own Re-Useable bag! This durable woven bag is both eco-friendly and eye catching - light enough for everyday use, yet rugged enough for carrying your latest purchase home safely! But how you use it after you get home is where it starts to get interesting! Already we are seeing them in use as dedicated wader bags, storage for flotation suits, bass bags, bait bags, lunch bags, boot bags - the list is endless! And of course the new GAC big bag is much cooler than your run of the mill Sports Direct or Tesco shopping bag!
Pick up one of our new Re-Useable Bags instore on your next visit or add one to your next online order by clicking HERE!

Thursday, 23 October 2014

October 2014 Fish of the Month Entry - Scottish Pike!

Mark Brady caught this cracking Pike from a Scottish Loch on a legered Sardine deadbait! The fish was safely released after a quick photo!
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in our October 2014 FOTM gallery HERE and hitting the 'Like' button! Don't forget to share all your favourite entries to help them win too!

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! 

October 2014 Fish of the Month Entry - Kayak Skate!

Graham Smith caught this Common Skate from his kayak while fishing 1.5 miles of the Donegal coast!
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in our October 2014 FOTM gallery HERE and hitting the 'Like' button! Don't forget to share all your favourite entries to help them win too!

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! 

October 2014 Fish of the Month Entry - Accidental Brownie!

Young Marcus Barrett caught this nice Brown Trout when it picked up a Roach deadbait intended for Pike while fishing a Scottish Loch! The fish was returned unharmed after a quick photo!
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in our October 2014 FOTM gallery HERE and hitting the 'Like' button! Don't forget to share all your favourite entries to help them win too!

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! 

Rapala Angry Birds Lures are also highly addictive!

Based on a sketch of stylised wingless birds, and later made into a game, the Angry Birds franchise has been a huge phenomenon.  They have been dubbed "one of the great runaway hits of 2010," so what better way to introduce that same fun factor into fishing by creating a range of lures based on Angry Birds characters!
The range includes: DT Dives-To Pink, Mini Fat Rap Blue Bird, Rattlin Yellow Bird and Skitter Bad Pig, each with it's own distinctive colours and characteristics.  For example the 'Rattlin' Yellow Bird is a nippy little customer with a streamlined, cone-shaped head that allows it to zip through the water.  But don't let the 'cartoon-like' appearance fool you into thinking that fish will see this as a joke!  On the contrary.  Rapala Angry Birds Lures have a superb action in the water and are deadly, especially for Trout, Perch and Pike!  In fact, given their superb fish catching capabilities, you may find them more addictive than the game!!

This week only, you can buy any selected Angry Birds Lure and receive an Angry Birds Keyring worth £7.99 absolutely FREE.  So don't miss out and grab your Angry Birds Lures (if you are fast enough) while stocks last!




Wednesday, 22 October 2014

October 2014 Fish of the Month Entry - Record Taimen!

Steven Todd caught this 1.2m giant Hucho Taimen while fishing the river Shishgid in Mongolia. He had trekked with a team of colleagues 80km along the river and finally managed to hook this beast, the fight lasted about 15 minutes and it made several leaps out of the water, and huge runs but eventually he managed to land the catch of a lifetime! The IGFA All tackle record is 105cm and this fish smashed it!
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in our October 2014 FOTM gallery HERE and hitting the 'Like' button! Don't forget to share all your favourite entries to help them win too!

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! 

Revive the Clyde - Show Your Support and Sign Up!

The Firth of Clyde's fish stocks are under threat. Help us change the way the marine environment is managed, and help local communities bring back an economically viable and diverse fishery in the Clyde. Find out more and show your support at www.revivetheclyde.org
The shocking state of the sea bed of the Firth of Clyde!
Up until until the 1970s the Firth of Clyde was a booming fishery providing employment and prosperity for the people of the surrounding area. The Scottish Herring fishery was central to the Firth of Clyde. There had been around over 40,000 tons of Herring caught per year in the late 1940s, and in the 1960s the Clyde was still producing around 14,000 tons of herring every year. In addition to the commercial fishing operations, thousands of recreational Sea Anglers were attracted to the area every year, putting even more money into aspects of the local economy such as pubs, restaurants, hotels and guest houses. However, in the 1960s the ban on bottom trawling which had been firmly in place since the late 1800s was lifted with bottom trawling now allowed in the Firth of Clyde - although there was a ban on trawling within three nautical miles of the shore.
In the 1970s the Clyde was a Mecca for Sea Anglers!
The combination of trawling close to the shore, along with the increasing efficiency of fishing vessels due to improved engine power, electronic fish finders and seabed mapping and advances in net technology, meant that the area could be fished like never before. Bottom dwelling species such as Cod, Hake, Turbot, Haddock, Whiting and Flatfish were now all being caught along with the pelagic species such as Herring and Mackerel. However, such fishing intensity could not last and by the 1980s stocks of demersal fish were showing serious signs of depletion, while the Herring fishery was also producing much less than it had in previous years. This should have sparked both the Firth of Clyde fishing industry and politicians into action to protect the remaining fish stocks and allow both the fish numbers and marine environment to recover. Instead the absolute opposite happened. The ban on trawling within three miles of the shore was lifted allowing the entire Firth of Clyde to be intensively trawled. While this provided a short term boost to the now-struggling fishing industry it was a short-term measure which caused the remaining stocks to be effectively fished out. By the year 2000 the entire Firth of Clyde fishery was producing a fraction of the fish it had just a few decades previously. Show your support for the reinstatement of an exclusion zone and sign the Clyde Charter by clicking HERE - it only takes a minute!

WE’RE IN THIS TOGETHER
SIFT believes that inshore fisheries should be managed for productivity and not for decline. Decades of decline of inshore fish populations and fishery jobs must and can be reversed by adopting genuinely sustainable management policies for inshore fisheries.

THE CLYDE CHARTER
We believe the Firth of Clyde fishery should be managed to:

  1. Revive the Firth of Clyde marine environment.
  2. Support a diverse fishery, boosting jobs and the local economy.
  3. Promote fisheries management based on local input and scientific advice.

Sign the Clyde Charter by clicking HERE - it only takes a minute!

For more information please see our principles.

WHY YOU SHOULD SIGN THE CLYDE CHARTER

It is YOUR fishery!
The Firth of Clyde is a public fishery, that is managed on your behalf by the Scottish Government. By signing the Charter you will show them that you care about how it is managed and that will help them to take the management steps necessary to deliver a Firth of Clyde fishery managed in the public interest.

Support Clyde 2020
Over a number of years COAST and SIFT have worked to get the issue of the state of the Clyde onto the Scottish Government’s agenda. The Scottish Government responded by launching Clyde 2020, which aims to create and deliver a new vision for the Clyde. Richard Lochhead, cabinet secretary for the environment, has publicly stated: ‘My vision for the Clyde Basin is for a healthy and thriving marine ecosystem that supports sustainable fishing, tourism and leisure while offering protection to the fragile natural habitats’. Please help us turn that visionary statement into reality.

SIFT plans to recover the Firth of Clyde Fishery
SIFT is developing a positive model of fishery governance for the Firth of Clyde which aims to recover the diversity, strength and productivity of the Firth of Clyde fishery. SIFT needs support for this model if is to stand a chance of being approved by the Scottish Government. The model fishery is designed to deliver the outcomes set out in the Clyde Charter. Your support for the Clyde Charter will help guarantee success.

Sign the Clyde Charter by clicking HERE - it only takes a minute!

For more information about SIFT, find out what we do.

GET INVOLVED
There are many ways you can help and spread the word of the campaign…

Spread the word
If you like this campaign please share this website on your social networks. Or tell your mates about it when you are next down the chippy. Everything helps.

Become a Clyde Champion
We want to encourage Clyde Champions to spread the word in their local community. Why not contact us to find out more about how you could help the campaign in your area by providing information and generally helping out the campaign even giving talks to local Clyde organisations. Each champion will receive a campaign pack to help spread the message. If you're interested drop the Campaign coordinator, Morven Robertson, an email at revivetheclyde@sift-uk.org

Thanks for your help reviving the Clyde. Revive the Clyde is a campaign ran by SIFT (Sustainable Inshore Fisheries Trust) which aims to work to restore the Clyde and help make the changes which will once again lead to the Clyde becoming a diverse and healthy fishery. You can pledge your support by signing the Clyde Charter by clicking here, and follow the campaign on Twitter and Facebook.

October 2014 Fish of the Month Entry - Feeder Carp!

Jack Anderson with a cracking Common Carp caught on feeder fished maggot and returned safe and well after a quick photo!
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in our October 2014 FOTM gallery HERE and hitting the 'Like' button! Don't forget to share all your favourite entries to help them win too!

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! 

Saturday, 18 October 2014

October 2014 Fish of the Month Entry - First Tope!

Gordon Blair with his first Tope, caught off the coast of Port Logan and his biggest fish ever!
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in our October 2014 FOTM gallery HERE and hitting the 'Like' button! Don't forget to share all your favourite entries to help them win too!

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! 

October 2014 Fish of the Month Entry - Blue Shark!

James Flynn caught this big Blue Shark while fishing aboard White Water out of Milford Haven!
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in our October 2014 FOTM gallery HERE and hitting the 'Like' button! Don't forget to share all your favourite entries to help them win too!

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! 

October 2014 Fish of the Month Entry - First Fish!

Young Callum Bain was on his first time fishing with his Papa when he caught this Rainbow Trout!
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in our October 2014 FOTM gallery HERE and hitting the 'Like' button! Don't forget to share all your favourite entries to help them win too!

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! 

October 2014 Fish of the Month Entry - Barry Bass!

Bradley Cox caught this nice Bass on a Ragworm bait presented on a Pulley Rig while fishing at Barry Docks!
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in our October 2014 FOTM gallery HERE and hitting the 'Like' button! Don't forget to share all your favourite entries to help them win too!

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! 

October 2014 Fish of the Month Entry - Accidental Pike!

Graham Brown was fishing for Barbel on the River Trent when this cracking Pike picked up his 14mm Pellet bait!
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in our October 2014 FOTM gallery HERE and hitting the 'Like' button! Don't forget to share all your favourite entries to help them win too!

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! 

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Redington Sonic Pro Ultra Packable Waders

Redington Sonic-Pro Ultra Packable Waders are ideal for travel, and weighing in at only 1.5lbs, they are lighter than any other wader on the market.  They pack into their own front pocket with detachable strap belt for easy storage and carry.
Made with proven Sonic Welded Seam construction for toughness, yet they are so light and allow for excellent movement and comfort.  With very limited stock available, you better grab yours today while stocks last!



October 2014 Fish of the Month Entry - Crankbait Pike!

Marcin Janaszkiewicz with a stunning Pike caught on a Perch pattern Crankbait lure! The fish was safely released after a quick photo!
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in our October 2014 FOTM gallery HERE and hitting the 'Like' button! Don't forget to share all your favourite entries to help them win too!

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! 

October 2014 Fish of the Month Entry - Tay Raider!

Young John Telfer with a cracking Salmon from the River Forth, taken on a Tay Raider fly fished on his 13ft double hander!
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in our October 2014 FOTM gallery HERE and hitting the 'Like' button! Don't forget to share all your favourite entries to help them win too!

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! 

October 2014 Fish of the Month Entry - Cuban 'Cuda!

Ali McNab caught this Barracuda while fishing in Cuba!
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in our October 2014 FOTM gallery HERE and hitting the 'Like' button! Don't forget to share all your favourite entries to help them win too!

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! 

Christmas Fishing Gadgets Part 2 - The Fishfinder face off!

Here at Glasgow Angling Centre we are well aware that anglers are obsessed with gadgets and are always on the look out for the latest gizmo that will help them catch more fish than their mates and enjoy their fishing trips even more! In the run up to Christmas 2014 we will be taking a look at what are sure to be the essential fishing tackle that every angler will be hoping to find in their stocking this year - that is if they haven't treated themselves to one already! In this second part we take a look at the latest in wireless sonar fishfinders available to anglers - the Deeper Smart Fishfinder and the LuckyLaker WiFi Fish Finder!
Here at Glasgow Angling Centre we have sold and advised thousands of customers on sonar and and fishfinders in the last 15 years or so and always aim to ensure you have the right model with the right features! Many anglers only require the most basic of functions from a fishfinder so there has been a boom in great products at the lower end of the market - and with most people now carrying a powerful computer in their pocket in the form of a Smartphone it was only a matter of time until pocket sized versions of the fishfinder arrived, turning your iPhone, iPad, Android phone or tablet into a fully functional fish finders!
First up we have the exciting new Deeper Smart Fishfinder. Deeper is a sonar unit designed for smartphones and tablets supporting Android and iOS operating systems. The Deeper smart sonar works in the depth between 0.5m to around 40m (120 feet) and uses a Bluetooth connection to beam the information about the depth, the lake bed, water temperature and underwater structures onto the screen of your smartphone or a tablet. The Deeper Smart Fishfinder is completely portable, so you can use it in places other fish finder’s can’t reach. From the shore, jetties, a kayak, float tube or boat, its unique wireless technology will help you gather underwater intelligence anywhere you go. Once you attach the Deeper to your line, you will have instant information about fish, structure, depth and even water temperature – anywhere you cast it.
Fishing from boats, float tubes and kayaks will become even more productive with Deeper Smart Fish finder. Deeper turns your Smartphone or tablet into a big screen, high resolution sonar system, with dual beam combines great detail with a wide coverage area - a precise narrow beam for high accuracy detail of fish, structure and bottom profile, and a wide beam provides a bigger search area for shoaling bait fish and hidden obstructions. Simply tether the Deeper unit securely to your watercraft or use the Gooseneck attachment and away you go!
Discover new fishing locations others miss. No more fishing blind while on the bank. Simply attach Deeper to your line, cast it out, then reel in at a slow, steady rate with your rod tip up. The sonar beams will scan the area, transmitting data wirelessly in real time to your Smartphone. The Deeper comes fully assembled and ready to use directly out of the box. The system is energy efficient and can run for hours on a single battery charge.
Now with Deeper Smart Fish finder you can survey more water in less time to find productive spots. - Deeper can even be installed on a bait boat as used by specialist anglers to deposit both their baited rig and loose feed accurately at distances unachievable by casting. This is a great tool for anglers who want a convenient size sonar. Deeper is designed to exceed all expectations - compact, lightweight and easy to use, the Deeper Smart Sonar is the ideal fishing companion for every angler.
With the Deeper App installed, the main screen on your Android or iOS device displays detailed sonar information with fish positions, their relative size and the view of the bottom of your fishing spot. The sonar receiver picks up only what is underneath it. The right side of the screen displays more recent sonar scan information, the edge of it representing current information. When new sonar information is received, the view is scrolled to the left. As a result, the sonar view will scroll when you reel in the gadget or when it moves with a stream, tide or drift.
Deeper – Smart fish finder turns your Smartphone or tablet into a fully functional touch screen sonar system that will rival the performance of sonar systems costing hundreds more. There is no place the fish can hide. Learn your local waters inside out and discover why some areas fish better than others, or save valuable fishing time on a trip to an unknown water by quickly seeing the best spots as well as places to avoid on the screen!

Deeper interacts with your smartphone or a tablet computer via a Bluetooth connection and a special free App that was created for this unique sonar. Using this App, you will see all of the information required for successful fishing on the screen of your smartphone or tablet. The Deeper App lets you observe air temperature, moon phase and check the dates important to fishermen without turning off the echosounder. You can even take a photo of the fish you caught without turning off the App and post the news on Facebook and Twitter social networks directly from your fishing spot. Your device needs to be running Android 2.3 and up or iOS 5.0 and higher to ensure that the App will operate correctly.
In the box you will find the Deeper sonar unit with three attachment rings, a belt pouch, car charger and wall charger plus the charging cable. The Deeper Smart Fishfinder is in stock now at Glasgow Angling Centre but as there are only limited units available this side of Christmas we recommend you beat the rush and order now to avoid disappointment! You get get your hands on one instore or online for just £169.99 while stocks last! Click HERE to buy now!


Next up, we take a look at the LuckyLaker WiFi Fish Finder, priced at just £129.99 it's a cheaper alternative to the Deeper and has its own unique features! Also compatible with most iPhones, iPads and Android smartphones and tablets, the LuckyLaker uses a reliable WiFi connection to beam information back to your device. The unit can even be used with up to 5 devices simultaneously which can be a great benefit when fishing with friends!
The LuckyLaker works in fresh or salt water in depths from 0.6m up to 45m - thats almost 150ft - and also measures the surface temperature. You can expect around 5 hours of operation from a single charge and it's wet switch means it only uses minimal power while out of the water. The robust sonar unit is designed to be tethered to your boat, float tube or kayak or you can tie a large snap swivel to your line, clip the unit on and cast it into your swim! Reeling the sonar unit in slowly with the rod tip in the air will send detailed info about the depth and bottom contours, temperature, structure, fish size and location back to your smartphone or tablet device - essential information for any serious angler!
The LuckyLaker Fishfinder is very easy to operate! Unscrewing the cap on the transducer will reveal the power button, charging port and operation LED's. The unit is charged using the supplied USB cable and can be plugged into any USB power source such as a computer. A red LED will indicate that the unit is charging and one it goes out it is fully charged. If you press the power button once, the unit will turn on and a blue LED will indicate this - it is best to wait 10 seconds or so before connecting your device to the units WiFi network just as you would do if you were connecting to a home or office WiFi network. Then screw the waterproof cap back on tightly and we are ready to go fishing!
The LuckyLaker App is much simpler than the Deeper equivalent, but still has all the features you really need from fishfinder. Once the free WiFi Fish Finder App is installed on on your device, you will need to follow the simple steps in the instruction booklet to activate the sonar unit - you will need to do this just once with every new device you add the unit to for the first time. The App menu is very simple with an Operation Mode to use the fish finder, a very handy Demonstration Mode perfect for learning how to use the unit and a button for Parameter Settings so you can set up your fish finder to your own requirements. Your device needs to be running Android 2.1 and up or iOS 4.3 and higher to ensure that the App will operate correctly.
In the settings menu you will be able to adjust the sensitivity of the transducer, the depth range shown on screen, a zoom setting if you want to concentrate on a particular depth. A shallow alarm can be set which will give an audible warning if you come into shallower water so you can save your boat and gear from loss or damage. A fish ID setting turns sonar arcs into easily recognisable fish shapes and the fish alarm can be set to alert you to the presence of fish of all sizes or just the big ones if you prefer! The displayed units of measurement can be set to Metres/Feet, Centigrade/Farenheit - or any combination and the chart scroll speed can be set to match each fishing situation whether static, drifting or trolling.
The easy to read WiFi Fish Finder App uses the high quality display on today's smartphones and tablets to show clearly the water depth and temperature, battery status and signal strength, the contours of the bottom and of course any fish that might be there including their depth and comparative size. Everything the angler needs to see at a glance is on screen in a plain and simple format!
The LuckyLaker WiFi Fish Finder will be available to purchase from Glasgow Angling Centre from late October and with limited stock arriving before the Christmas rush we will be opening Pre-Orders on this item from today! Pre-Order yours instore or online to beat the rush and guarantee you get one before the next delivery in 2015! Click HERE to order now!

Of course you should always be careful when using your expensive smartphone or tablet near water so we would always recommend you use a waterproof cover or case - there are loads on the market! It is also a good idea to carry a mobile power bank to recharge your gadgets while on the move too!

And that concludes our two part blog post on our hottest tips for the biggest selling fishing gadgets for Christmas 2014! If you are interested in buying the GoPro Hero, the Water Wolf HD, the Deeper or the LuckyLaker or just want to know more about them, please contact us here at the GAC! please remember that all four of our top picks are going to be in short supply towards the end of the year so we recommend you act sooner rather than later to avoid disappointment! We also have hundreds more great gift ideas for the fisherman in your life on our website - or if you need help to find that perfect present just call us or ask instore for expert advice on what to buy your loved one!

Friday, 10 October 2014

October 2014 Fish of the Month Entry - Isla Brown Trout!

Fred Simeons caught this big Brownie from the River Isla on a home tied hares Ear Nymph with a dash of pink sparkle!
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in our October 2014 FOTM gallery HERE and hitting the 'Like' button! Don't forget to share all your favourite entries to help them win too!

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! 

October 2014 Fish of the Month Entry - Esk Grayling!

Jordan Douglas caught this stunning Grayling from his local section of the river Esk on a Goldhead Hares Ear Nymph!
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in our October 2014 FOTM gallery HERE and hitting the 'Like' button! Don't forget to share all your favourite entries to help them win too!

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!