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Thursday, 28 May 2015

Greys Copolymer Tippet for Less

Fluorocarbon is very popular with fly anglers however copolymer is an unsung hero when you need natural presentation.  It's very supple, incredibly strong, boast an extremely low diameter and has a clear finish that helps in bright conditions. It also offers excellent knot strength and can cushion hard-running fish.
Don't miss out on this superb deal with our BUY 10 FOR £5 offer!  Choose from a range of breaking strains and use it to make up your own tapered leaders or if you prefer, choose your most commonly used diameter and stock up.






Friday, 22 May 2015

May 2015 Fish of the Month Entry - Norway Cod!

Davey Wright caught this awesome Cod on a trip to Norway, the fish took a Savage Gear Cutbait Shad!
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in our May 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! 

May 2015 Fish of the Month Entry - Canal Pike!

Young Sean McLauchlan has just started fishing and caught this nice Pike from the Forth and Clyde Canal!
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in our May 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, 21 May 2015

Steelhead Pro Fly Rods for Beginners Too!

Buying a fly rod can present a myriad of questions?  Right length, action, line rating etc?  But sometimes there are rods which fall into the category of being a 'safe bet'; the Steelhead Pro from Ron Thompson is one such rod.
It's a range that represents tremendous value for money and is suitable for a wide range of situations and waters.  It features a cork handle, snake rings, quality carbon fibre blank, comes in 2 piece and has a nice middle action to give more casting control.  It's practical, doesn't cost an arm and a leg but robust enough to last a very long time.

It may have "Pro" in the name but this rod is built for both beginners and intermediate casters.  It loads easily and balances well with a wide variety of fly lines.  You can now buy this superb rod for a lot less, so hurry to avoid disappointment as stock is limited!!



Thursday, 14 May 2015

May 2015 Fish of the Month Entry - Big Bass Brace!

Barry Seabrook with a cracking brace of Bass, caught from his own boat on his trusty Ugly Stik boat rod using Squid baits.
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in our May 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! 

May 2015 Fish of the Month Entry - Moriston Springer!

William Simpson with his first ever spring Salmon, caught from the Moriston on a Vision 110 lure!
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in our May 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! 

May 2015 Fish of the Month Entry - PB Lure Pike!

Chris Lowe caught this cracking Pike on a lure, breaking his PB after 16 years and ending his long term hunt for the magic thirty pounder on his favourite method!
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in our May 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! 

May 2015 Fish of the Month Entry - Ebbtide Bass!

Gearoid O'Shea caught this nice Bass on an ebbing tide, first cast on a Savage Gear Sandeel!
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in our May 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! 

May 2015 Fish of the Month Entry - Tadpole Brownie!

Darren Jenkins with a cracking Brownie that too his Black and Green Tadpole Lure and stripped him well into the backing - his biggest fish to date!
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in our May 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! 

May 2015 Fish of the Month Entry - Gryffe Salmon!

Young Courtney Cameron with a nice Salmon from the River Gryffe near Bridge of Weir!
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in our May 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! 

May 2015 Fish of the Month Entry - Pike on the Fly!

Daniel Levy caught this nice Pike on a home tied fly while fishing an Irish lough using his trusty Greys XF2 rod!
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in our May 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! 

Sea Fishing From The Shore For Less

Whether it's from the rocks or a nice sandy beach, you can't beat the feeling of lobbing your rig and bait into the sea and waiting for that magic moment when the rod tip starts it's dance.  As a method, it's so simple yet so pleasurable with an ever increasing number of coarse, game and predator anglers discovering the beauty in beachcasting. Conversely, if you've never tried sea fishing from the shore then you're missing out big time and it does't cost an arm and a leg to equip yourself with decent kit.
So for a limited time we are doing a superb deal on this fantastic Fisheagle Atlas Beachcaster and FREE Okuma Booster FD Reel.  The 14ft Atlas Beach rod features lined guides, EVA handle, Fuji reel seat and can easily handle 2-4oz leads.  The Booster Reel balances perfectly with the rod and is built to Okuma's exacting standards and features a carbon effect body, graphite spool and robust handle.

If you are going on holiday in the UK or a weekend away near the sea, you really want to give shore fishing a try - there's plenty of species to go for including Pollack, Bass and Cod - and this kit is more than sufficient to get you started. Or if you are an experienced sea shore angler looking to upgrade your kit, this combo is robust enough to last another few years.

With very limited stock available you need to act fast and order your Fisheagle Atlas Beach Combo today to enjoy the pleasures of sea fishing from the shore for less!





Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Fishing For Mackerel With Lures and Feathers


As the sea temperature starts to heat up, so too does the popularity of Mackerel fishing around the UK. Piers, jetties, harbours and rocky outcrops become busy as holidaymakers, families, and sea anglers take advantage of this vital species. It's a fantastic way to enjoy the outdoors and it's great fun for all the family - especially when the weather is good.

Mackerel is an important species in number of ways. People gain their first experience of angling through Mackerel fishing, and indeed, many anglers' first fish ever caught is a Mackerel. There is a significant boost to the economy as tackle dealers, and charter skippers all benefit from the revenue these fish bring in. There's also the boost to tourism as families flock to UK coastal areas with campsites, holiday parks, and caravan sites adjacent to excellent Mackerel fishing spots and the opportunity enjoy some fantastic sport. So Mackerel's arrival breathes life into the economy and fishing season.

Lure Caught Mackerel From The Rocks
Mackerel are migratory fish and come to the UK in spring and early summer where they will actively feed on small fish and sandeels. From April they arrive in the English Channel, and through May and June, they move up the North Sea and the Irish Sea. However, despite their abundance and widespread distribution, they are not found everywhere. Major estuaries are not as popular due to the silty beds, causing water discolouration. Mackerel are sight feeders and prefer clearer water.

It's mainly deepwater piers and rocky shelves that are best Mackerel marks because they allow the angler to reach clear water. Piers, jetties and rocky ledges are also great spots because Mackerel use these features to trap small baitfish. In high summer the Mackerel often come close to the shoreline at dawn or dusk, especially when these times coincide with a high tide.  Mackerel can also be found in Scottish sea lochs and inshore waters throughout the UK.

Mackerel Caught On Feathers
Their arrival is very much a topic of conversation with sea anglers and locals. "The Mackerel are not in yet," or, "That's the Mackerel in now," are commonly heard in conversations involving the weather.  However, there are signs to look for to confirm this for yourself. Mackerel give away their presence by breaking the surface in pursuit of prey when the swirling shoals are not easy to spot. It's also worth watching Gulls and Gannets diving to the sea, which is a sign of major fish activity. Also, listen out for reports from Charter boats or fishing vessels because you can usually tell if only a few are getting caught or they are 'well and truly in.' When they do arrive, you don't want to miss the opportunity to get out and fish for them.  It's a lot of fun and inexpensive in terms of tackle.

Mackerel are a very easy species to catch because they are adapted to aggressively snap at anything that resembles a small fish and will therefore go for any type of lure you put in front of them.  If you are fishing for Mackerel from a pier, rocks or jetty, you can either fish using Mackerel Feathers or Sea Spinning Lures.  Fishing with feathers simply involves tying one end of your feather rig to your mainline and a 3-4oz lead at the other end of the rig.  For example, this can either be an Anchor Swivel Bomb or Anchor Pear Bomb.  Essentially anything that will bend your rod sufficiently to allow you a decent casting distance.  In both cases, cast out and reel in.  You can vary the depth by giving the weight or lure a few seconds to sink first before you start your retrieve.  In terms of the retrieve itself, you can try all manner of speeds as well as incorporate a few stops and jerks.

Lead Weight

Fisheagle 3 Hook Hokkai Rig

In terms of Mackerel Feathers, there is a huge selection to choose from.  Some of the most popular types include, 3 Hook Hokkai Rig and Shakespeare Mackerel Feathers in coloured or white.

Shakespeare Mackerel Feathers
Sometimes it can be quite weedy in some areas so it's worth having a selection of feathers at your disposal in case you lose any tackle.  It's also useful to have your rigs stored in such a way that they don't get tangled up with other bits of tackle, therefore having something like a Fisheagle Rig Wallet with 10 Assorted Rigs is perfect.

Fisheagle Rig Wallet
If you opt to fish with a spinner instead of feathers, you don't need any lead weights because the weight of the lure is sufficient to cast.  Popular lures for Mackerel include Ron Thompson Herring Jigger, Fisheagle Dexter Flashers, or Ron Thompson Slimline V2 Lures.


Ron Thompson Herring Jigger

Fisheagle Dexter Flashers

Ron Thompson Slimline V2 Lures

Whether it's with Mackerel feathers or lures, a good quality Spinning Rod with an adequate casting weight to handle the leads or lures you fish with is essential.  An excellent rod for this this purpose is the Shakespeare Omni Mackerel Rod.

Shakespeare Omni Mackerel Rod
This rod is ideal for beginners and more advanced anglers alike and offers maximum performance at a very reasonable price point.

Next in the spinning setup is a fixed spool reel. The Leeda Saltwater Spinning Reel perfect for Mackerel spinning is inexpensive and comes pre-loaded with line.  It has a smooth drag, 3 ball bearings and has a strong lightweight graphite body.

Leeda Saltwater Reel

Another great reel that is suitable for spinning with feathers or lures is the Lineaeffe Rapid Bass FD.  With its ergonomic design, extra large bail arm, and easy-grip EVA foam handle, this saltwater-resistant reel has buckets of power and performance.

Lineaeffe Rapid Bass FD Reel
If you don't want to buy your rod and reel separately, it is worth considering a kit that has everything to get you started.  For example, the Shakespeare Catch More Fish Sea Spin Kit has a rod, reel, line, feathers, and weights and is perfect form Mackerel.

Shakespeare Catch More Fish Spin Kit

Another great outfit to get you started is the Shakespeare Firebird Mackerel Kit.  This includes a 2 piece rod and comes with a reel full of 20lb fishing line.  Just add some lures, Mackerel feathers, and lead weights and you are ready to go.

Shakespeare Firebird Mackerel Kit

As discussed, by far the most popular and accessible way to fish for Mackerel is from piers, rocks, and jetties.  However, you can also fish for Mackerel from charter vessels, fishing boats and casual cruisers inshore using very simple tackle and techniques.  The primary style for Mackerel fishing off a boat is 'jigging' and uses a 20lb-30lb class boat rod, multiplier reel, Mackerel feathers, and 4oz leads.  

If you need the full monty and don't want to spend too much, then opting for a kit that has everything you need is ideal.  To this end, the Fisheagle Full Monty Boat Combo is very comprehensive and includes a boat rod, multiplier reel, weights, feathers, and loads more.  

Fisheagle Full Monty Boat Combo
Another great combo that's perfect for inshore Mackerel fishing from a boat is the Shakespeare Firebird Boat Rod Combo.  It features a 7ft, 2 piece blank, multiplier reel pre-spooled with 20lb line, and available in either 20-30lb or 12-30lb class.  Add to this some Mackerel Feathers and lead weights and you are pretty much sorted.

Shakespeare Firebird Boat Rod Combo

However, if you prefer to buy the items in a boat rod kit separately, the Fisheagle Saracen Boat Rod 7ft, 2pc it perfect for the job.

Fisheagle Saracen Boat Rod
It comes with fully lined guides, dependable screw lock reel seat and is rated 20-30lb class, making it ideal for Mackerel.

And to suit the Saracen Boat Rod, the Lineaeffe Multiplier Reel packs enough stopping power to handle anything the water can throw at you, including 3-4 Mackerel hook-ups!

Lineaeffe Multiplier Reel
As the sea temperature starts to heat up, so too does the popularity of Mackerel fishing around the UK. Whether it's jigging with feathers from a boat or spinning from a pier with a lure, it's great fun and a fantastic way to introduce anyone new to fishing.  It also creates great memories for the family and offers a lifetime of fishing adventures ahead.  There are a wide variety of marks around the UK coastline which are accessible and you don't need to break the bank to kit yourself out with a suitable rod, reel and other essentials. So what are you waiting for? Don't miss this abundant period in the sea fishing calendar before the window closes!

Don't forget we have loads more gear for Mackerel fishing at Glasgow Angling Centre and Edinburgh Angling Centre, so why not come and visit us instore today.  Alternatively, you can also call us on 0141 212 8880 where our helpful staff can advise you on the best Mackerel fishing kit for your budget and requirements.

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

















Monday, 11 May 2015

The Hottest Thing in Holiday Rods!

Whilst planning the annual family holiday in the sun, most anglers we know will be hatching a plan to smuggle some fishing gear in with the sun cream and flip flops - it's only natural! There is nothing worse than turning up at your holiday destination only to find it teeming with fishing spots, and being stuck there for a week or two with no gear - it would drive you insane!
Mini species like these can be you best bet for a holiday fish!
Luckily travel rods have improved immeasurably in the last few years, and we are no longer restricted to dodgy telescopic rods that usually barely last as long as your fortnight in the sun! A whole host of premium tele spinning rods like the Shimano Exage STC range, and quality multi-section fly and spin rods (bearing in mind that a 9ft four piece rod will fit in most suitcases) means there has never been so much choice for the holiday angler!
Smalls lures and fake baits are easy to take on holiday!
One type of angling that seems made for the package holidaymaker is LRF. This up and coming branch of the sport has seen an unprecedented surge in popularity in that last couple of years, targeting smaller species, some of which you won't even know the name of, in urban settings like harbours and breakwaters, having very little gear to carry around so no danger of exceeding baggage weight limits, no fresh bait required as it mostly entails small soft lures or baits like Maryuku Isome, it's inexpensive to get into and most of all it's a lot of fun for all the family!
The HTO Rockfish rods are perfect for LRF!
But LRF has one big stumbling block. The rods are short, mostly 6 to 8ft long, but are almost all 2 piece. Four section offerings like the MajorCraft Crostage Mobile are available but come at a price that's maybe a little too much for someone who wants to dabble on holiday. The best selling rods on the LRF scene are the HTO Rockfish series from Tronixpro and finally there will be a travel option in these awesome little rods - the new Rockfish Rover!
The new HTO Rockfish Rover - a 4 piece that's really a 5 piece!
Coming in at 6' 11' and casting 2-7g the HTO Rockfish Rover is a 4 piece rod with a twist - it actually has 5 sections! Yes it come with two tip sections, one a sensitive solid tip for detecting those tiny bites and one hollow tip section for when you are targeting stronger species over heavier ground that require just a little more power! The other benefit of having two tip sections is that should you have a mishap with your rod and break a tip you will always have a spare to keep you fishing for the rest of your holiday. The Rockfish Rover has the same great action as the original rods and is sure to become an overnight sensation when they hit the shelves in July - we fully expect the first batch to sell out very quickly so we urge you to place a pre-order HERE!
Two tips on the Rockfish Dual and Rover rods make them doubly versatile!
Other additions to the HTO Rockfish range will be two dedicated tubular tip rods, the Rockfish T and a 2 piece twin tip called the Rockfish Dual that will come with both solid and tubular tips - bringing the range up to 11 rods! Match any of these up with the cracking little Rockfish 2000 reel and you have an outfit as good as any for LRF style angling at home or abroad! Check out the complete Tronix range at Glasgow Angling Centre online HERE or see our huge selection instore HERE!

Saturday, 9 May 2015

May 2015 Fish of the Month Entry - Irwell Brownie!

Stewart Carson caught this nice Brown Trout from the River Irwell on a Gold Mepps Aglia spinner, a fish of a lifetime from a once very polluted river!
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in our May 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! 

May 2015 Fish of the Month Entry - Highland Pollack!

Maciej Kolodziej with a cracking Pollack caught on Mackerel strip from the shore at Ballachulish!
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in our May 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!

May 2015 Fish of the Month Entry - Hillend Rainbow!

Ryan Morrison with a nice Rainbow Trout caught on Powerbait during a competition he won at Hillend Reservoir near Caldercuix.
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in our May 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! 

May 2015 Fish of the Month Entry - Mallorca Mullet!

Baz Burton with a Mullet caught on float fished bread after a lot of patience and missed bites while on holiday in Mallorca!
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in our May 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! 

May 2015 Fish of the Month Entry - Trolled Brown!

Darrel Folks caught this monster Brown Trout on a Rapala lure trolled at a depth of 15ft!
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in our May 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! 

May 2015 Fish of the Month Entry - First Brown Trout!

Young Owen Cook was fishing for Perch with a light spinning outfit in a Highland Loch when he connected with this cracking Brown Trout, his first ever!
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in our May 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! 

May 2015 Fish of the Month Entry - First Double!

Melissa McAleer with her first ever double figure Pike, caught on a Roach deadbait fished on the bottom of a Scottish Loch.
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in our May 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! 

May 2015 Fish of the Month Entry - Venachar Pike!

John Wilson caught this cracking Pike on a legered Herring deadbait on the first day of a trip to Loch Venachar, one of ten fish landed over two days!
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in our May 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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