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Wednesday, 31 May 2017

How To Catch Smoothhound From The Beach Or Boat


How to Catch Smoothhound
When it comes to mini-sharks, the Smoothhound (Mustelus mustelus) reigns supreme. Its sleek, shark-like shape and a ravenous appetite make it an excellent target for any angler looking for fast and furious action.

They are a warm-water fish, and there is a belief that they only exist in the southern half of the country. However, this is not the case, as many Scottish anglers will tell you that they target smoothhounds on a regular basis. There are good fish to be caught in these northernmost waters, but, on the whole, they tend to be smaller, often below double figures.

Smoothhounds don’t have any hard and fast rules with the type of ground they feed over, as long as there is a good supply of food, especially crabs. However, shallow estuaries, broken reefs, and sandbanks with a good tide run are excellent places to start your search.

Smoothhound
Inshore waters usually see the majority of fish move in with the medium-sized tides that are increasing towards the larger springs. However, it is not common for hounds to come close inshore during tides that are dropping down towards the smaller neaps.

The month of May usually signals the arrival of the hounds in the English Channel. Then it’s only a matter of a few weeks before they begin to show further north. They can be as far north as East Anglia or the Bristol Channel by the end of the month. In Scotland, you can find hounds in the Dumfries and Galloway area. The peak fishing time is usually around June, where many regions can see great sport continuing right through until late October.

Bait

If you are fishing close to the shore, then peeler crab is a good option. These can be presented whole without peeling them. Simply pass the point of your hook up through the base of the crab and out through the top of the shell.  By far the best approach is to use live crab, so keeping them in a bait bucket is the best way to keep them fresh.

Peeler Crab
The peeler gives out just enough scent to attract the hounds, but not too much scent that attracts nuisance species. If you are casting away from the boat, then you could add a couple of turns of bait elastic to ensure the best presentation.

If you’re fishing a bit further offshore in deeper water, try fishing with hardback shore crabs. You can hook one through the base of the shell, or cut it in half to allow the juices to flow out.

Another popular bait, especially in shallow estuaries, is the hermit crab. One or two live hermits removed from their shells and hooked through the soft body can give instant results, and it’s not uncommon to catch bass too.  The best way to get live hermit crab out of their shell is to put them in a bucket of fresh water.

Peeler Crab on Hook
Fresh hermits are far better than frozen, and with a sufficiently weighted dropnet, you can usually collect plenty off the back of the boat while you are fishing. There has been a lot of hounds caught on squid baits (mainly the south coast), so if you don’t have access to crabs, try small calamari or half squid.

Tackle and Technique

Because most good smoothhound ground is relatively shallow, the bulk of fishing can be done using both uptide and downtide methods.

Uptiding
Uptiding is where the bait is cast uptide and away from the scare zone around the anchor and the boat.
When uptiding, it’s a good idea to anchor the boat within casting range of a sandbank or close to an area where the rough ground meets clean. These are the areas that hounds regularly patrol in their hunt for crabs.  When uptiding, it can be difficult to keep the live crab on the hook as you cast.

Breakaway Impact Leads
If the ground is flat, then you’ll need to search for depressions in the seabed. The fish will inspect these areas as they patrol, so you should move around on this type of ground to find the fish.

To uptide successfully, you’ll need specialist uptide rods that are designed for casting lead weights between 4oz and 10oz.  A Greys GR75S Boat & Uptide Rod with a Penn Fathom Star Drag 15 Reel loaded with 18-25lb mono is an excellent set-up.

Greys GR75S Boat & Uptide Rod
Some anglers fish like to fish for Smoothhound using light gear. Depending on the depth of water, some anglers use a medium spinning rod with a fixed-spool reel loaded with 20lb braid. This allows you to use less weight, say 3-4oz, than with heavier gear. It is preferable to cast the bait down the tide, either directly astern or slightly to either side.

The most common rig used for smoothhounds is a simple running leger. The easiest way to set this up is to attach a zip slider boom to the lead weight, then run your reel line through the slider, slide on a bead and attach a swivel to the end. A popular rig to use is a Greys Smooth Hound Rig 4/0.

A Typical Smoothhound Rig
For the hook snood, you will need around 3ft of 30lb mono; any lighter and you risk the fish chomping through it. A strong pattern of hook is highly recommended such as a 4/0 Cox & Rawle Surf and Uptide Hook.

Bites tend to be a couple of small tugs on the rod tip before being pulled down firmly as the fish swims away. Ideally, you should keep the rod tip low, quickly wind up the slack, and, when you feel the weight of the fish, raise the tip smoothly and firmly. Keep winding as you do so – there’s no need to strike as such.

Spiderwire Stealth Smooth 8 Translucent
It’s essential that you set your drag correctly before you hook a hound. A double-figure fish can easily strip 50yds of line on its initial run, and if your drag is too tight, you could snap your line or lose your rod over the side.

Downtiding
In deeper water, you can use more conventional downtiding tactics. However, don’t drop your bait over the side and leave it in one place. Choose a lead weight that allows you to trot the bait downtide and search the ground. A 12lb-class rod, paired with a suitably sized multiplier reel loaded with 25lb braid is ideal, but deeper venues and faster tides may require something a little more substantial. An excellent boat set up for downtiding is a Penn Rampage II Braid Rod, matched with a Penn Fathom Multiplier loaded with 30lb Spiderwire Stealth Smooth 8 Braid.

Penn Rampage II Braid Boat Rod
Shore Fishing for Smoothhound
Hounds move inshore to feed on peeling crabs, and it’s a fact that each different crab’s peeling season is targeted by sea anglers around different parts of the coast. Maybe the most sought-after (as they peel for most of the summer) are common shore crabs, but small hard crabs are also an easy mouthful.

One of the most effective inshore rigs to use for smoothhound is the pulley rig or single hook paternoster. The pulley rig is especially useful over rough ground and in this situation, there is no equal. A single hook paternoster with a long snood is also widely used and is all you need for fishing mixed or relatively clean sea beds that smoothhounds favour.

Mustad Pulley Rig
The simple hook paternoster is constructed with monofilament line with a 60lb-plus breaking strain body and 30lb hook snood. The hook snood is tied to a swivel trapped on the main bodyline of the rig by beads and crimps, stop knots or rubber ring stops.

Best dimensions are a 6ft body length and 3ft hook snood. This prevents the hook snood wrapping and catching on the top connection clip. The use of an Impact lead or an Impact shield as a bait clip is an efficient way of fishing.

Smoothhounds have rough skin, which can abrade light mono, so hook snoods should be a minimum of 30lb. In many regions, spider crabs are also hard on the hook snoods, and some anglers prefer heavier mono, say 60lb, or braid hook snoods.

Greys GR100S Beach Rods
There are two set-ups you can use for smoothhound fishing from the shore. The standard set-up is a 13-14ft beach rod such as a Greys GR100S Beach Rod with a multiplier reel such as a Penn Fathom Star Drag 15 Reel loaded with 18-25lb mono.

Penn Fathom Star Drag Multiplier
The recommended continental set-up is a Shakespeare Agility 2 15ft Surf Rod with a casting weight of 4-8oz. Regarding a reel, the Tronix Envoy 7000 Fixed Spool Reel loaded with Spiderwire Stealth Smooth 30lb braid.

Tronixpro Envoy 7000 FS Reel

Handling Smoothhounds Correctly

Never hold a fish upright by its tail but instead use one hand to support its belly and the other to hold the tail horizontally.  These fish can easily have internal organs damaged if held upright by the tail!  If you manage to catch a large, pregnant female, again, handle with care and return the fish to the water quickly.  Always support the fish as it tries to regain its strength before letting it go, and never throw the fish back in!  To safely remove the hook from a Smoothhound's mouth, use a disgorger such as the Fisheagle Disgorger.

Fisheagle Disgorger
As we approach April/May, the water temperature starts to heat up and crabs start their moult.  It is in these conditions that smoothhounds start to move inshore in search of a tasty crab meal.  Peeler is the most popular but they will also feed on hermit crab, squid and spider crab. Smoothound make an excellent target for any sea angler looking for fast and furious action, so this season, why not try Smoothhound fishing yourself.   

If you would like more information, we have a team of expert sea anglers who have experience fishing for smoothhound and have great knowledge of where and how to fish for them.  Or you can visit us in store or call 0141 212 8880.  You can also find all the right tackle for Smoothhound at fishingmegastore.

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






Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Limited Edition Hardy Hotspur Cascapedia Fly Reel - Now Taking Pre-Orders!

We are now taking pre-orders for the new Limited Edition Hardy Hotspur Cascapedia 10/11 Salmon Fly Reel. Contact us now or ask instore to reserve yours, a list of available numbers will be available very soon and the reels will be due for delivery by the end of June 2017! CLICK HERE TO SEE THE REEL NOW!
The new Hotspur Cascapedia is a limited edition Hardy reel made to celebrate 950th anniversary of the Percy family. Commissioned exclusively by the The Duke of Northumberland, The Hotspur is based on the legendary Hardy Cascapedia reel of the 1930’s. This reel is exclusively designed and built by Hardys in Alnwick, England.
Reel 001 of 150 was released to The Atlantic Salmon Trust to auction off at their Gala Dinner on the 25th May 2017, the reel fetched an amazing £55,000, a world record for a reel sold at auction! This phenomenal sum will go towards helping the charity continue their vital work. A proportion of the monies generated from the remaining 149 reels will also be donated to both the Atlantic Salmon Trust and Salmon & Trout Conservation.
  • Only 150 limited edition Reels will be created
  • The Hotspur Cascapedia will feature a brushed gold anodized cage and drum in bar stock 6061 aluminium
  • The drag wheel will feature the Percy Coat of Arms, a prancing lion, blue on gold
  • Modified side plates feature a three badge design and improved drag system
  • Badges to the outer will feature production number, fin and fly logo and reel makers mark (P Lundy)
  • Reels will be protected in rigid leather stud/slit closure case with debossed Percy Coat of Arms
  • Each reel is packaged in a premium presentation box.
  • The presentation box includes an inner tray box with 6 hand tied “Hotspur” fly's designed by The Duke of Northumberland's own Ghillie, Gerald Binovec,  
  • Exclusively designed and built in Alnwick, UK













William de Percy, a descendant of Viking raiders, left Normandy with William the Conqueror and started a dynasty in the north of England. In 1309 his descendants bought Alnwick Castle and, 708 years later, Percy’s continue to live there and play a major role in the town of Alnwick where in 1837 the  Hardy Brothers set up their now world famous fishing rod and tackle manufacturing business. Since then, Hardy's have played an equally important role in Alnwick as well.
The present head of the Percy family, the 12th Duke of Northumberland, a keen angler, teamed up with Hardy's to help design a very special Limited Edition fly reel to commemorate the Percy's 950th Anniversary. Aptly named after Harry 'Hotspur', Alnwick's great medieval hero, the reel frame is based on the iconic original Cascapedia design of 1930-31. It features a superlative fully functioning drag system and a resonating classic click check sound.
Decorated with the lion crest and colours of the Percy family, this new Hotspur Cascapedia reel was numbered 001 of only 150 of this model which will be made in the Hardy factory in Alnwick. The reel sits protected in a full leather hard reel case made exclusively by Pringle of Scotland, encased commemorative outer presentation box. As a final homage to the Percy family, Hardy have included 6 hand tied “Hotspur” Salmon flies bearing the colours of the famous knight, designed, developed (and tested) by the Duke of Northumberland’s North Tyne ghillie, Mr Gerald Binovec.

 A limited number of reels will be available from Glasgow Angling Centre and Edinburgh Angling Centre and will be sold on a first come first served basis, please click HERE to buy now.



Friday, 26 May 2017

Unique New Hardy Reel Sells for 55K at Charity Auction!

A unique Hardy fly reel has sold for a world record £55,000 in an auction for the Atlantic Salmon Trust this week. This is the first time Hardy have ever released a reel to the public with the serial number 001 in over 180 years!
The Reel – The Hotspur Cascapedia – Salmon #10
William de Percy, a descendant of Viking raiders, left Normandy with William the Conqueror and started a dynasty in the north of England. In 1309 his descendants bought Alnwick Castle and, 708 years later, Percy’s continue to live there and play a major role in the town of Alnwick where in 1837 the  Hardy Brothers set up their now world famous fishing rod and tackle manufacturing business. Since then, Hardy's have played an equally important role in Alnwick as well.
The present head of the Percy family, the 12th Duke of Northumberland, a keen angler, teamed up with Hardy's to help design a very special Limited Edition fly reel to commemorate the Percy's 950th Anniversary. Aptly named after Harry 'Hotspur', Alnwick's great medieval hero, the reel frame is based on the iconic original Cascapedia design of 1930-31. It features a superlative fully functioning drag system and a resonating classic click check sound. Decorated with the lion crest and colours of the Percy family, this new Hotspur Cascapedia was numbered 001 of only 150 of this model which will be made in the Hardy factory in Alnwick. The reel sits protected in a full leather hard reel case made exclusively by Pringle of Scotland, encased commemorative outer presentation box. As a final homage to the Percy family, Hardy have included 6 hand tied “Hotspur” Salmon flies bearing the colours of the famous knight, designed, developed (and tested) by the Duke of Northumberland’s North Tyne ghillie, Mr Gerald Binovec.

Notably, this is the first-time Hardy have released a 001 numbered reel to the public. A contribution of all sales of the remaining 149 reels will be made to The Atlantic Salmon Trust. If you are interested in owning one of these Limited Edition reels - for just a fraction of the price the first one sold for we might add - then please contact us now on 0141 331 6330 or sales@fishingmegastore.com to get on our reserve list as these will sell out very quickly!

The Atlantic Salmon Trust was Founded in 1967 in response to growing concerns about over exploitation of wild salmon in the Faroes and Greenland Coastal waters. Since then they have acquired a reputation as an influential advocate for salmon conservation within the United Kingdom. Traditionally our work has been in the freshwater environment, but more recently we have focused on the lives of wild salmon at sea.

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Fishingmegastore Fish of the Month Entry May 2017 - Luce Bay Tope!

Scott Lindsay with big Tope caught from Luce Bay whilst fishing aboard Onyer Marks. The fish took a fresh Mackerel bait and was safely returned to fight another day!
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in our April 2017 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 Fishingmegastore Fish of the Month 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. 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! 

Fishingmegastore Fish of the Month Entry May 2017 - Oich Springer!

Young Jordon Grant with a cracking Salmon from the River Oich that took a Monkey pattern!
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in our April 2017 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 Fishingmegastore Fish of the Month 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. 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! 

Fishingmegastore Fish of the Month Entry May 2017 - Menteith Trout!

Graeme ferguson with a nice Rainbow Trout caught from the Lake of Menteith on a Buzzer pattern fished on a floating line!
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in our April 2017 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 Fishingmegastore Fish of the Month 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. 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! 

Sunday, 21 May 2017

Catch Bigger Trout on the Bung

Fly Fishing with the Bung
When fishing with nymphs and buzzers, the ideal conditions is to have a light 5 – 9mph left-to-right wind. This allows you to cast out and let your team of flies swing gently round in an arc. Using this method, you will regularly land fish up to 4lb. However, if you want to catch bigger fish, you'd be surprised to hear that the 'bung' or strike indicator is the answer.

Air-Lock Strike Indicators
Straight-line nymphing catches very well in terms of numbers, but it is becoming increasingly evident that fishing static sorts out the wheat from the chaff. On a lot of UK stillwaters and reservoirs, fishing three to four feet off the bottom, usually under the bung and straight down the wind with no retrieve at all seems to be catching more fish above the 4lb mark than with straight line nymphing.

Typical Straight Line Nymphing Rig
The theory is that by fishing across the wind with your flies (although moving slowly) they are actually moving too fast and look unnatural to educated fish, so they simply don't take them. Stockies and well-mended fish meanwhile, seem to love that slight movement and change of direction as it induces the take. Therefore fishing with a bung gives you excellent depth control and the option of fishing your buzzers ultra-slow or static, which educated fish prefer.

Fario Fly Bung Set
Of course, the bung is frowned upon by many, and some would argue that it is no different from watching a float, but if you want to be consistently successful and catch bigger fish, it is worth embracing the method and developing the patience.

Typical Bung Setup with Buzzers
So why not give the buzzer/bung technique a try. Simply use a 13ft fluorocarbon tippet material of around 8lb and fish directly into a light wind. Use this setup with a floating fly line and allow your flies to drift back dead drift, with no drag, or straight down the wind. The goal is to keep them totally static. Once you see the slightest movement in the bung, lift the rod straight away. You will be anticipating a positive take and observing the bung 'going under' however try striking when there is the slightest movement of the bung, and you will be surprised by how many more fish you will hook up.

Catch Bigger Trout in the Bung
For more information on how to fish buzzers or fishing the bung, you can visit us instore at Glasgow Angling Centre or Edinburgh Angling Centre where our friendly helpful stuff can advise you on the best setups.  Alternatively you can call us on 0141 212 8880.

This article was brought to you in association with Trout Fisherman Magazine.


Friday, 19 May 2017

Fishingmegastore Fish of the Month Entry May 2017 - River Pike!

Robert Cochrane caught this cracking Pike from a Scottish River on a float fished Smelt bait! The fish was safely returned after a quick photo!
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in our April 2017 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 Fishingmegastore Fish of the Month 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. 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! 

Fishingmegastore Fish of the Month Entry May 2017 - On the Dries!

Young Andrew Porter caught this Brown Trout on a small black dry fly, safely released after a photo!
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in our April 2017 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 Fishingmegastore Fish of the Month 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. 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! 

Fishingmegastore Fish of the Month Entry May 2017 - Loch Damph Trout!

Ben Mathieson with a big Brown Trout from Loch Damph, taken on a size 10 Silver Butcher!
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in our April 2017 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 Fishingmegastore Fish of the Month 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. 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, 18 May 2017

Tick Prevention & Lyme Disease

Ticks & Lyme Disease
Remember getting ticks at school? It helped reinforce what we were learning. For example, when learning to write you had to create sentences with a selection of words. So if your word was “fish,” in your best handwriting you would write something along the lines of “The fish swims in a bowl.” Sometimes the writing task was to reinforce a concept, idea or fact. This involved writing a word or sentence out 5 or so times to ingrain the concept.

In each case, if the standard was acceptable to the teacher you would receive a tick; a symbol of approval indicating you had grasped the word, learned the skill or accepted the concept. However, something that is really worth learning and needs reinforcing is that not all ticks are a symbol of approval! On the contrary. If you get a Tick bite in the countryside, you could end up getting Lyme Disease.


What is a Tick


Ticks are spider-like wee beasties that like to suck the blood out of you. They can be found in gardens, woods, moorland, grassland, heather, and vary in size. If you are an angler, dog-walker, hunter, camper or hillwalker, you should be aware that some Ticks - not all - carry Lyme Disease which is a serious bacterial infection with severe consequences.

Adult Sheep Tick


A Tick begins life as an egg which then progresses to larvae, nymph and then adult. Contrary to what you may believe, it's more common for the nymph to bite you, not the adult. To the naked eye, a nymph looks like a small seed and not far off the size of a full stop. As the nymph is so small, it's so easy for it to go undetected.  Therefore you should always be vigilant.

A Tick Nymph on the Skin

Contracting A Tick


Ticks like to hole themselves up on vegetation to await some unsuspecting victim on which to jump. This can be a mouse, bird, dog or human. They latch onto the host with their hooked legs. Once attached, they find a nice spot on the unfortunate victim's skin to feed before taking a bite. They then start gorging out on blood.  The Tick then swells in size and starts to resemble a slightly beige coloured, chocolate covered raisin.
Feeding Tick
Ticks are non-discriminatory. If its first unfortunate victim is an animal, it can pick up an infection from that animal and transmit that infection to the next animal or human it bites. You won't notice the bite as it's painless but once the Tick has latched on, it will feed for 5 or 7 days before they can't take any more. The longer they are attached, the greater the risk of infection to the host.

In humans, the common place to get a Tick is on the legs so if you are wearing shorts and walking through vegetation, a Tick will see you as a tasty meal. For small children, the most common site of contraction is above the waistline or scalp.

What is Lyme Disease


Borrelia Burgdorferi, more commonly as Lyme Disease, is a bacterial infection which is contracted from a Tick Bite. Many people with early-stage Lyme Disease develop a distinctive circular rash at the site of the bite, usually around 3 to 30 days after being bitten. The rash can resemble a red-like spot with an outer red ring that looks more like a target. The rash can expand over several days or weeks but can also be much larger or smaller than this.
Tick Bite

Symptoms of Lyme Disease


The symptoms of Lyme Disease are complicated. Besides a rash, some people with Lyme Disease also experience flu-like symptoms in the early stages. Other symptoms include tiredness, fatigue, muscle pain, joint pain, headaches, fever, chills and neck stiffness.

If untreated in the early stages, things can get serious after several weeks. In this case, symptoms to look out for include pain and swelling in the joints, problems affecting the nervous system including numbness, paralysis of facial muscles, memory problems and difficulty concentrating. Other serious issues include heart problems, heart failure and meningitis.

In the long term, a few people with Lyme Disease can go on to develop symptoms of Fibromyalgia or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

Consulting your Doctor


The seriousness of Lyme disease cannot be underestimated so if you think you have been bitten, and are experiencing the above-mentioned symptoms, you should consult your GP immediately. Because Lyme Disease symptoms are like everyday medical conditions such as flu, diagnosing it can be very difficult. So it may be necessary for your doctor to carry out a blood test to confirm the diagnosis. If the symptoms are long lasting, you may need to see someone who specialises in infectious diseases.

Treating Lyme Disease


In the early stages of Lyme Disease, patients are treated with appropriate anti-biotics and usually recover rapidly and completely.  Therefore in treating Lyme Disease early diagnosis is critical.  However more serious cases may require the use of intravenous treatment.

Tick Repellent


If you do go outdoors and don't want to be a Tick's dinner, it's important to cover your skin and apply Tick repellent such as Care Plus Anti Tick Repellent to uncovered skin. Care Plus Tick contains Citriodiol which is the essential oil of the Lemon Eucalyptus tree. Citriodiol is DEET-free and blocks the Tick's olfactory receptors (sense of smell to you and me) that are attracted to a substance found in human sweat and breath. So basically, to a Tick, you look and smell like a big lemon and are invisible.

Care Plus Anti Tick Repellent

Ultrasonic Tick Prevention


If you don't fancy smelling like a big lemon, and don't want to be a Tick's lemonade, you can opt for a Tick Less Pet Ultrasonic Tick and Flea Repeller or a Tick Less Hunting Ultrasonic Tick and Flea Repeller. These devices emit a series of multiple sounds on different frequencies that are harmless and imperceptible to both people and animals. These sound impulses disturb Ticks and repel them away from people thus preventing bites.

TICK LESS Pet Ultrasonic Repeller

The ultrasonic approach is non-toxic, non-chemical, odourless, harmless to people and animals but target Ticks and keep them at bay. Ultrasonic devices such as the Tick-Less can operate between 1.5 to 3 metres and are very effective in Tick prevention.
TICK LESS Ultrasonic Tick & Flea Repeller

Tick Removal


If the necessary precautions have been taken: you've covered the skin, applied Tick repellent or have invested in an Ultrasonic Tick Repelling Device, this will reduce the risk of contracting a Tick and receiving a Tick bite. Yet, if you do find yourself in the situation where you find a Tick on the body, it should be removed immediately. The goal is to remove ALL parts of the Tick's body to prevent it releasing more saliva or regurgitating its stomach contents into your bite wound.
Care Plus Ticks 2 Go Tool

If you do try to remove a Tick, it is advisable to use a special Tick removal tool such as a Care Plus Tick Out Remover. The Care Plus Tick Removal Tool removes Ticks with minimal risk of damage to the Tick and thus any exchange of fluid. The tool is simple to use and operates like tweezers. Depress the button at the top to open the jaws and grab the Tick by the head without squashing the body. Next, pull the Tick out slowly without twisting it. It must be noted that perseverance is required as the Tick may offer considerable resistance.  Another Tick removal tool that does the job is the Care Plus Ticks 2 Go.  This removes Ticks quickly and safely with just a simple sliding motion.

Care Plus Tick Out Remover

After the Tick has been removed, clean the bite site immediately with an alcohol wipe and clean the Tick Out removal tool with an antiseptic solution. You must also wash your hands thoroughly afterwards to avoid further spread of the infection.

Do not try to remove a Tick with your fingernails as Lyme Disease can enter through breaks in the skin near the fingernail.

Summary


So as discussed, Ticks are nasty little blighters that transmit Lyme Disease which can be serious. So if you do spend time in the outdoors, don't be a Tick's dinner. Make sure you are protected by either covering your skin, using Tick repellent or an ultrasonic Tick device. And if you do find a tick on you or your dog's skin, immediately remove the pesky thing with a Tick tool such as the Tick Out before it does some serious damage. And don't Twist the thing. Pull it out slowly!

If you follow this advice, you will receive a big healthy tick from fishingmegastore for keeping yourself safe in the outdoors.

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Fishingmegastore Fish of the Month Entry May 2017 - Cloybank Double!

Greg Hamilton with a big Rainbow Trout caught on a Diawl Bach nymph while fishing at Cloybank Fishery near Banknock!
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in our April 2017 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 Fishingmegastore Fish of the Month 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. 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! 

Fishingmegastore Fish of the Month Entry May 2017 - Syndicate Common!

Peter Kirk with a nice Common Carp, his first from a new syndicate after prebaiting a quiet corner for three days!
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If you would like to enter our Fishingmegastore Fish of the Month 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. 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! 

Fishingmegastore Fish of the Month Entry May 2017 - Annan Brownie!

Steven Norris caught this stunning Brownie from the River Annan on a home tied dry fly!
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If you would like to enter our Fishingmegastore Fish of the Month 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. 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! 

Fishingmegastore Fish of the Month Entry May 2017 - Esk Trout!

James Clark caught this cracking Brown Trout from the River Esk on a size 16 hook and 3lb line! the fish was safely returned after a quick photo.
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If you would like to enter our Fishingmegastore Fish of the Month 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. 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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