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Thursday, 30 July 2015

Toby, Mepps and Droppen Style Lures for Pike, Perch and Trout

Whether you fish for Perch, Trout or Pike, it's worthwhile having a good selection of lures to adapt to the conditions. Having different weights, colours, action in the water and designs can make a big difference.

The Stillwater range of Tobix, Dropspin and Mepspin lures are very effective variations of the original Toby, Droppen and Mepps lures but equally as deadly.  In addition, they are very affordable and sport reliable, quality materials and treble hooks to give you the confidence when fishing for your target species.

Don't miss this excellent offer where you can buy 1 get 1 free on these superb quality lures.  Stock up now while stocks last!




Friday, 24 July 2015

July 2015 Fish of the Month Entry - Kelvin Salmon!

John Tang with a nice Salmon caught fresh off the tide from the River Kelvin in Glasgow!
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in our July 2015 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 to spend at GAC, 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! 

Have A Go At Dropshotting


Summer’s warmer water increases the species potential for LRF anglers and gives the option of additional techniques to catch them. This is where dropshotting with lures comes into its own because it lends itself to catching a variety of species, and there are plenty of areas around the UK coastline which are just waiting to be explored.

Dropshotting is also adaptable and straightforward and has many advantages. You can fish a lure at a set depth; it can act in a weightless manner; can be rigged weedless; can be used for long casting, and can be altered very quickly. It can also negate the effects of poor conditions such as strong wind by allowing you to use heavier weights and still get a finesse presentation.

Dropshotting From Rocks
Although it is a simple method, it can take time to perfect, but once you get your head around it, the possibilities are endless.

A dropshot rig comprises a fluorocarbon leader to make the rig body, a hook that stands off from the leader and a dropshot weight. Use an 8lb fluoro rig body for rough ground and go lighter for clean, sandy ground or when using lighter dropshot weights.

Stillwater 50pc Dropshot Kit
Key to the rig is in the knot. There are a few dropshot knots, but the most popular is the Palomar Knot. Tied correctly, it allows the hook to stand off the mainline at 90 degrees and can pivot against it.

Nomura Invisible Fluorocarbon
Hooks
For nose-hooking soft lures, go for a wide-gape, short-shank pattern. For worm lures, such as Isome or Gulp, use a long-shank Aberdeen hook, preferably an offset design so you can rig a lure weedless.

Berkley Fusion Drop Shot Hooks
For general LRF dropshotting, use a size 8 long-shank hook, or a size 6 or less in a short, wide-gape pattern. It is worth carrying a selection of hooks from a size 2/0 down to 10.

Tronixpro Aberdeen Hooks
Weights
There are two styles Dropshot Weightscolumn or round. Column weights are ideal for cast and retrieve tactics because they snag less. Round weights are slightly better for keeping the lure in one place, such as when working against a structure such as a pier.

Fox Rage Dropshot Pencil Weights
It is recommended that you carry a range of weights from 3.5g to 7g, but you will mainly use 5-7g. Employ the lighter weights when fishing shallow water or for fishing rock pools.

A dropshot weight is not tied to the line, but has a clip that pinches the line. It is secure enough to cast, but releases the line in the event of a snag, allowing you to retrieve your rig.
Stillwater Dropshot Weights
As it is not tied on, a dropshot weight allows you to change the length of the drop (distance from your hook to the lead), meaning you can fish the lure at various distances from the seabed by merely unclipping the weight and adjusting the position.

HTO Go Box Excalibur

Lures
Many LRF soft lures work on a dropshot rig – pintails, twin-tails, paddletails and stick or worm baits. Nose-hooking a lure will give the maximum action because it makes the most of its soft material. The further down the lure you thread your hook, the less pliable the lure because it won’t flex until after the hook point. So when using shorter lures of less than 2in, it is better to nose-hook them for maximum action.

Marukyu Isome Worms
A long-shank hook can be beneficial when using longer lures, such as Gulp and Isome worm baits. It means the hook is further down the lure, but still maintains good movement due to the length of the tail.
These soft baits can get pulled off the hook when they are nose-hooked. Threading them on a long-shank pattern makes them more secure and stops tail-biting fish from stealing the lure without getting hooked.
Many soft lures float, which adds movement. When rigged, the weight of the hook is usually enough to make the lure neutrally buoyant, which brings confident bites.

Daiwa J-Braid
Rods & Reels
Standard LRF gear can be used for dropshotting. Go for a 7-8ft LRF Rod with a casting range of 1-8g, coupled with an LRF Reel up to a 3000 size and braid up to PE0.6.

HTO Nebula Spinning Rod
Ideally, the rod should have a sensitive tip and a fast action. A rod with a through or parabolic action tends to flex more as you work the weight along the seabed, causing a decrease in sensitivity.

HTO Rockfish 2000 Reel
How to Fish Using The Dropshot Method
There are two main techniques you can use for dropshotting – a static, vertical approach, and cast and retrieve.

Fish Static Or Cast and Retrieve
Static Approach
Here the weight stays in one place and you work the lure against it. This is great for hitting structure-loving fish, such as mini species and Wrasse.

The idea is to cast or drop down the rig alongside where fish are using the structure to hide. Keeping the weight on the bottom, tighten your line against the weight without moving it, causing the lure to rise up and stick out from the trace at 90 degrees.

Dropping your rod tip lets the lure ƒflutter down under its own weight, giving a classic weightless presentation. Allow a little slack line and start shaking the rod tip to make your lure quiver and shake. A small amount of slack helps keep your weight in place but still allows you to work the lure as well as feel bites. A good technique to employ is to shake the rod tip and then pause, lowering the rod to let the lure ƒ flutter down. Some fish inhale the bait as it drops weightlessly on the rig, and the slight amount of slack in the line helps them feel no resistance, creating confident takes.

Weed beds give shelter and food for many species, but fishing these can be tricky. Dropshotting a weedless rigged lure reduces tackle loss because you can position your lure at a set depth. Setting the lure to hover just above the weed bed keeps your hook out of the snags and tempts the predators to attack from their hideout. This is a great summer tactic for Wrasse, Pollack and Cod.

Cast & Retrieve
Cast & Retrieve
Useful for covering water and finding fish or hidden structure. The idea is to cast out, allow your weight to hit the seabed, tighten your line, and start to twitch the rod tip while reeling very slowly. Mostly, it is your rod tip that is moving the lure and weight, while the reel is used to take up the slack line. This should twitch the weight and lure along the seabed and is a deadly technique for bottom-feeding species.

Keep the line under tension and pay attention to your rod tip as you began to retrieve.  Due to the sensitivity of the rod tip, you will not only notice bites, but also feel them.

Dropshotting is great fun and an excellent way to catch fish on light tackle.  The technique is simple and there is an abundance of LRF and dropshotting marks all around the UK coast.  So no matter what type of fishing you specialise in, dropshotting and LRF is worth trying.

This article was brought to you in association with Sea Angler Magazine.

Thursday, 23 July 2015

Jarvis Walker 5ft Fishing Kit for Kids

Whether you holiday in the UK or abroad, there's plenty of venues where you can take your kids fishing and you don't need to spend an arm and a leg for them to experience the thrill of hooking into their very first fish.  As a parent, you are creating valuable memories for them to cherish as they get older, and something as simple as a small fishing kit can open up so many possibilities for adventure and to enjoy the great outdoors. 
The Jarvis Walker 5ft LED Fishing Outfit is ideal for kids or even young people/adults who like things that light up. It's a great rod and reel combo that features a 5ft rod with a light to medium action, matching reel/mono and to add an element of fun, flashing LED lights when you reel in.

What's not to like about this fun, inexpensive kit.  Better still, you can choose from various colours including red, blue, green or pink - just specify in the comments section of our website when ordering.  Imagine the adventures you could have with your kids!  Don't miss out on this fantastic offer as there is a limited number of colours available.




July 2015 Fish of the Month Entry - Welsh Thresher!

Andy Turrell with a stunning Thresher Shark, the first ever caught in Welsh waters! The fish took a Mackerel flapper bait while fishing aboard Lady Jue 3.
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in our July 2015 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 to spend at GAC, 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! 

July 2015 Fish of the Month Entry - Lomond Pike!

Marc Muir with a cracking Loch Lomond Pike that took a Mackerel deadbait!
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in our July 2015 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 to spend at GAC, 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! 

Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Scottish Wild Fisheries Reform - GAC Drop-In Discussion Event

Following last year's Wild Fisheries Review the Scottish Government has commissioned a study of the economic value of freshwater fisheries in Scotland. A key element in this is an online questionnaire for anglers.
It's vital that as many people as possible respond to this, so if you do ANY freshwater fishing in Scotland (whether or not you actually live here) please complete the survey in the link below and share to encourage as many others as possible to do the same. It's fully confidential and will take less than ten minutes of your time! Click here to fill out the survey!
As you may be aware, Scottish Government are currently consulting on broad policy options for the reform of salmon and freshwater fisheries management in Scotland that will affect all freshwater angling activity - no matter what you fish for, be it Salmon, Trout, Pike or any other species! The consultation period closes on 7th August and more details can be found at www.gov.scot/wildfishreform - please check it out!
As part of this consultation, Scottish Government are also holding a number of ‘drop-in’ events across Scotland. These events will allow interested parties, and particularly the general public, to discuss the issues raised in the consultation with Scottish Government officials. You can see all the dates and venues for these events here.
The Glasgow Angling Centre will be hosting a drop-in event on 28th July from 11 am to 3 pm. If you care about angling in Scotland at all, please come along and take the opportunity to discuss the fisheries reform process. This is your chance to make a difference! Click here for directions to the store.

Monday, 20 July 2015

July 2015 Fish of the Month Entry - First Rainbow!

Noah D'arcy caught this cracking Rainbow Trout the Snypes Dam using a worm for bait - his first fish ever!
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in our July 2015 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 to spend at GAC, 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 July 2015

July 2015 Fish of the Month Entry - Marshland Pike!

Colin McGurk with a nice Pike, caught from Marshlands Fishery, Barton upon Humber.
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in our July 2015 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 to spend at GAC, 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!

July 2015 Fish of the Month Entry - Double Smooth!

Jason and Matthew Davies,with a brace of double figure Smoothounds, taken on squid and crab cocktails at the same time while fishing at Port Talbot,South Wales! Both fish were safely released after a quick photo.
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in our July 2015 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 to spend at GAC, 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! 

July 2015 Fish of the Month Entry - Salmon on a Nymph!

Alan Gray was fishing for Trout with a 9ft #5 outfit, 3lb tippet and a size 12 Hares Ear Nymph when he hooked this cracking Salmon!
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in our July 2015 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 to spend at GAC, 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! 

Savage Gear 3D Herring Shad Loose Body

Savage Gear Loose Body 3D Herring Shad comes complete with a matching ball jig hook and stinger treble and can be rigged up in a variety of ways.  They are also designed to swim with a side flash and rocking motion that's sure to stir predators into action.

This enticing swimming action both on steady retrieve and on the drop produces the perfect escape pattern, tricking even the most wary of predator fish to attack.

The 3D Herring Shad is perfect for Pike and Zander but also effective for other big predatory fish.  They are also excellent for trolling or fishing vertically and feature a big roll paddle tail to create a stimulating swimming action in the water. These lures are going to give you loads of fun so don't miss out and grab 3 Savage Gear 3D Herring Shads today for a tenner!

Wednesday, 15 July 2015

July 2015 Fish of the Month Entry - First Double!

Mark Goldie with a cracking Pollack caught off Portlogan while fishing on his dads boat. The fish took a pink Sandeel Lure and is his first double figure fish!
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in our July 2015 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 to spend at GAC, 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! 

July 2015 Fish of the Month Entry - First Hound!

John Thomson with his first Smooth Hound caught on a Rag/Crab bait fished on a Pulley Rig and one of 14 Hounds he caught that night!
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in our July 2015 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 to spend at GAC, 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! 

Monday, 13 July 2015

First Look - The 2016 Hardy Tackle Preview!

With the recent surprise clearance of the uber popular Hardy Zenith fly rods, Proaxis X and Ultralite reels it was clear that something really cool was on its way from the guys at Hardy - and they don't disappoint with a number of exciting new additions to the range of Hardy rods and reels!

Hardy Zephrus Fly Rod
First up is the direct replacement for the Zenith and Proaxis rods, the Hardy Zephrus - not to be confused with the Hardy Zephyrus which was a glass fibre fly rod produced for the Japanese market in the late 1990's! The new Zephrus rods come in three distinct ranges, reminiscent of a few American fly rod ranges; a freshwater series (FWS), saltwater series (SWS) and all-water series (AWS). With 33 rods in total there is a Zephrus fly rod for everyone, and if you liked the Zenith at all you will love the Zephrus - it was hard to believe you could improve on the Zenith but as soon as you pick up the Zephrus it feels light years ahead! Lighter and crisper actioned, with cosmetics close to its predecessor but just different enough.
Built using the same SINTRIX 440 material as the Zenith, Hardy are billing the Zephrus range as the evolution of carbon fibre rod technology, 60% stronger than traditional carbon fly rods and up to 30% lighter. The refined medium to fast action blank has reserve power when needed and gives incredible line feel when casting. Light in the hand, the 8-foot freshwater rod weighs only 2.5 ounces! The 4 piece freshwater blanks are finished in olive and the saltwater rods (including five 1 piece models) in blue and both are fitted with lightweight REC black pearl recoil guides with Fuji titanium strippers for optimum weight savings, durability and casting distance. Selected hardwood or triaxial carbon spacers add a touch of class to the custom reel seat on the Zephrus rod range.
The GAC team recently had a play with the Zephrus at EFTTEX 2015 - the European Fishing Tackle Trade Association's annual trade show - where it was nominated for best new fly rod and made a big impression on us. As such we can't wait to get them in stock to show all of our customers and we are opening these up for Pre-Order from today! Check them out on our website by clicking HERE!

Hardy Wraith Fly Rod
But what if you were waiting for something even more special from the Hardy rod designers? Well then there is the new Hardy Wraith. The Wraith is Hardy’s new ultra fast actioned Sintrix 550 rod!
Fittings and finish are exactly the same as the Zephrus except the Wraith has a stealth matt grey paint job with matching whippings. The Hardy Wraith series is already being touted as the best distance casting rod ever built, even though it has been used by just a few casters worldwide, but as soon as we tried for ourselves at EFFTEX it was clear that this rod was something special, if perhaps not for everyone - but hey, they have the Zephrus for that! More follows...


Hardy Ultralite CA DD Fly Reel
Next up is the stunning new Hardy Ultralite CA DD series of fly reels. With its worldwide reputation for top end quality and unrelenting performance, Hardy will introduce the replacement for the best selling Ultralite DD reels before the end of 2015. The new Ultralite CA DD fly reel has been fully designed and developed by the Hardy Team in Alnwick and aims to be the finest freshwater, large arbor fly reel ever produced by Hardy!
The Ultralite CADD fly reel features a host of improvements on the original DD that will appeal to serious anglers. The CA DD reel body is made from aerospace-grade 6061 bar stock aluminium for superior strength yet still keeping lightweight feel. The Ultralite CA DD fly reel has a stunning industrial design and its ultra large arbor is in-keeping with the latest trends, its conical arbor giving incredible line pick up and reducing drag gain on the longest runs, providing technical anglers with a lightweight, finely tuned reel that is capable of subduing the most demanding freshwater species all over the globe.
There are eight sizes in the range, from size 3000 to 10000, with the smallest size hitting the scales at just 130g (4.6oz). One important feature is the new 360 degree disc drag. The drag setting can be seen at a glance as the coloured dots on the drag knob clearly indicate between a heavy drag (red) and lighter drag setting (green) and most importantly the drag can be set from zero to maximum in just one turn of the knob. The reel also features a captive spool release that makes using spare spools a breeze.
The Hardy Ultralite CA DD fly reel is finished in either a two-tone Titanium or Black finish and comes with a soft neoprene case. Spare spools are also available in both colours.
The GAC team recently had a play with the Ultralight CA DD at EFTTEX 2015 - the European Fishing Tackle Trade Association's annual trade show - where it was nominated for best new fly reel and made a huge impression on everybody. As such we can't wait to get them in stock to show all of our customers and we are opening these up for Pre-Order from today! Check them out on our website by clicking HERE!



Hardy Ultralite MA DD Fly Reel

The new Ultralite MA DD reel series from Hardy shares most of its features with the new CA DD reels but has a Mid-Arbor design that it aimed at the angler who wants that little more capacity for line or backing for tageting bigger fish or perhaps for an application that require more space on a fly reel such as Switch rods and Pike fly rods. It shares the same great new drag system and comes in 5 different sizes.

To keep up to date with the latest news on these and many other new products make sure you subscribe to the Fishingmegastore Blog or follow us on Facebook or Twitter to receive regular updates!

Thursday, 9 July 2015

Shimano Catana DX Spinning Rod Special Offer

Fishing for Mackerel and Pollack from rocks and piers at this time of year is becoming ever more popular.   Fish are in abundance and all you need is simple tackle and a decent rod that can fire out 20g - 50g lures and leads, as well as handle the possibility of multiple hook-ups!  Alternatively, if you like to target big Pike and Perch with heavy lures in freshwater, you want to have confidence that your rod can handle those big last minute dashes for freedom.  However, no matter what your preference or target species, this is where the Shimano Catana DX comes in and sorts things out!

The Catana DX takes all the strain and lets you get on with fishing.  It features Geofibre material in the blank that creates more stiffness, maintains strength and provides an excellent fish playing action.  It also has a progressive guide set-up that gives the rod a level of performance that easily competes with similar rods at a higher price point. Shimano's Catana DX also features a Vibra Spot Reel Seat, stainless steel hardlite guides, cork handle and comes in a protective rod sock.

However don't just take our word for it! Grab one today at this fantastic Special Offer and experience the strength and power of the Catana DX Spinning Rod for yourself!!



Tuesday, 7 July 2015

July 2015 Fish of the Month Entry - Irish Pike!

Barry Kilbane with an awesome Pike that took a Savage Gear Line Thru Trout trolled in 30ft of water in a lake in Co. Clare, Ireland!
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in our July 2015 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 to spend at GAC, 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! 
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