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Thursday, 29 June 2017

Buy 1 Get 1 Free at the EAC Open Weekend!!




Mepps A deadly lure for most predators!
One of the most popular deals at the Open Weekend is Buy 1 get 1 Free deals that we run.
Included in the deal are buy 2 get 2 FREE on Powerbait and Gulp. Buy 2 get 1 FREE on
all Savage Gear lures. Buy one get one FREE on all maxima. Buy one get one FREE on Rapala lures.
And buy one get one FREE on Abu tobys and Droppens.





Savage Gear 3D line thru roach 32cm!! A monster lure for monster fish!!
 Through the incredible success of the 3D Line Thru Roach around the world, Savage Gear have developed a strictly limited number of 3D Line Thru Roach in a monster size for all Big Bait fans.
This bait will definitely tempt the biggest pike at all! Measuring 32cm and weighing in at 420g it's the killer giant with the XXL killer instinct with in an extremely slow sink rate to keep your bait in the killing zone.

Rapala BX Minnow Lures
Rapala BX Minnow Lure
The BX Minnow features a super responsive action that comes alive with the slowest of retrieves and the most delicate twitches. Yet it can handle fast, aggressive retrieves and take a beating from toothy, strong predators. Precision weighted for perfect balance and long casting.Perfect for salmon in a river to pike in a loch. A really versatile lure. And with our open weekend deal you can have Two for the price of One!!




Maxima Tried and tested for years!!

 Maxima is used by many anglers due to its high knot strenth, Abrasion resistance,And With such a fine balance of elasticity and strength, it gives the optimum fishing performance.If monofilliment
is your choice of mainline look no further than Maxima.









There really is something for everyone at these events, that's why they are the biggest in Scotland - and this one promises to be the biggest ever! With FREE parking and FREE entry, there will be loads of things to see and do on the Open Weekend dates as well as some amazing bargains on all types of fishing tackle. Keep an eye out on FacebookTwitter and instore for more info on what's going on at this event! Plus don't forget to register for your FREE GIFT on the day! Click HERE for details!









EAC Summer Open Weekend Event Deals Preview!

See below for just a few of the hundreds of deals we will be offering to all of our customers instore on the Saturday and Sunday of the EAC Summer Open Weekend Event, along with demonstrations, tuition and previews of this years up and coming products from all the big suppliers in what has become one of the UK's biggest and best FREE angling events!
Please remember that this is only a small selection of what will be on offer over the two day event - there are many deals we aren't even allowed to advertise for safety reasons! You will just have to turn up and see for yourself!
Because we have the event almost all indoors, we are unaffected by the weather, so no trudging through the mud or wasted journeys and the parking and entry is FREE, we have proper toilets and our onsite catering is very reasonably priced meaning you can easily spend the whole day with us - and leave the wellies and waterproofs at home!


There really is something for everyone at these events, that's why they are the biggest in Scotland - and this one will be our first ever in Edinburgh! With FREE parking and FREE entry, there will be loads of things to see and do on the Open Weekend dates as well as some amazing bargains on all types of fishing tackle. Keep an eye out on FacebookTwitter and instore for more info on what's going on at this event! Plus don't forget to register for your FREE GIFT on the day! Click HERE for details!



Seeland and Harkila confirm for the EAC Summer Open Weekend 2017!

Ever since our Glasgow Field Sports store was relocated into the main GAC superstore we have attracted a real mix of hunting and shooting customers who browse the store alongside anglers - and this is something we have replicated in our Edinburgh store with the birth of Edinburgh Field Sports!
It makes perfect sense then for us to welcome one of the premier suppliers and manufacturers of shooting and hunting clothing and accessories to our first ever Open Weekend event in Edinburgh -  ahead of the upcoming shooting season! So now you can browse our bespoke Shop-in-Shop for the latest Seeland and Harkila gear, who will have some amazing instore offers on clothing and accessories with an extra 10% off  over the 1st and 2nd of July 2017, plus you can get your hands on the latest brochures from one of the UK's favourite outdoor clothing brands!
We will even have a team of Seeland and Harkila staff, to help you choose the right gear for your chosen field sport and they will be on hand with expert knowledge of the many different products and technical materials they are made from - top materials such as Gore-Tex, Primaloft, Polartec and Vibram to name but a few! Seeland and Harkila produce clothing, footwear and accessories that are ideal for a whole host of outdoor activities from Highland deer stalking to Pigeon decoying, Pheasant shooting to just walking the dog - and of course for fishing too, so don't be shy, and ask these guys what selection would be best for you!
Can't make it to the store? Don't worry, you can now browse the entire Seeland and Harkila product ranges on the Fishingmegastore website in the comfort of your own home, and our award winning mail order service will deliver everything you need right to your door!

There really is something for everyone at these events, that's why they are the biggest in Scotland - and this one will be our first ever in Edinburgh! With FREE parking and FREE entry, there will be loads of things to see and do on the Open Weekend dates as well as some amazing bargains on all types of fishing tackle. Keep an eye out on FacebookTwitter and instore for more info on what's going on at this event! Plus don't forget to register for your FREE GIFT on the day! Click HERE for details!

Come And Meet Fly Casting Master and Guide Pro Staff Jim Fearn At The EAC Open Weekend

Fly casting master Jim Fearn will be at the EAC for our Summer open weekend.Come along
and watch Jim heading some impressive fly casting demonstrations, and  get some tips to improve your own casting. Jim also represents Sage, Rio, And Vision and will be on hand to set you up with a perfect outfit to suit your style of fishing. Jim will also have a range of demo fly rods and lines for you to try out under his expert eye.




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Jim will be on hand to give you tips to help you catch fish like this!!

There is some fantastic deals to be had as well. Such as buy a Sage rod and get FREE 
Rio Fly line to match the rod!! Also buy any Sage reel and get a spare spool half price!!




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The Sage X Will be avalible to have a cast with







The Sage X rod’s all-new fast action taper built with our KonneticHD Technology delivers greater blank recovery and a crisper tip stop - creating tighter, more efficient loops throughout all ranges of casting styles. This taper allows you to dig deeper into the rod and access the lower sections, shifting power closer to the angler. Decreased lateral and medial movement and vibrations in the blank result in a more accurate and efficient presentation, resulting in a performance driven, forgiving fast action blank - refining the synergy between angler, rod, line, and fly.



A FREE Rio Fly line with every Sage rod purchased!!

The Aqualux MidgeTip fly line is one of the best fish catching fly lines in the world and has won loads of awards. Frequently a winner in national and international competitions. The MidgeTip is a floating line with a 39 inch clear Aqualux intermediate sinking tip which makes it perfect for fishing nymphs, emergers and buzzers in the top layers of water. It it also a great fly line for fishing shallow shorelines, sub-surface on windy days and over the top of weed beds. RIO has incorporated the unique XS technology into the coating that gives a far slicker line the casts greater distances.







There really is something for everyone at these events, that's why they are the biggest in Scotland - and this one promises to be the biggest ever! With FREE parking and FREE entry, there will be loads of things to see and do on the Open Weekend dates as well as some amazing bargains on all types of fishing tackle. Keep an eye out on FacebookTwitter and instore for more info on what's going on at this event! Plus don't forget to register for your FREE GIFT on the day! Click HERE for details!









Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Open Weekend Offers and Rewards








Offers and Rewards

One thing is for sure, at the Edinburgh Open Weeknd there will be amazing offers to be had.  Receive a £5 credit note for every £50 spent instore. You can also save £5 and get a free Fishingmegastore and start using it right way to take full advantage of the extra benefits that membership brings. Join tens of thousands of loyal Glasgow Angling Centre customers who are already collecting points.











In addition, our friends at GoFishing will be attending the open weekend and if you subscribe to one of their quality fishing titles, we'll give you £30 to spend in our fantastic fishing tackle superstore.



 To get your hands on this superb offer, simply sign up to either: Trout & Salmon, Trout Fisherman, Sea Angler or Improve your Coarse Fishing for just £40! Essentially it's only costing you 10 quid - we think that's an awesome deal!
 

You'll definitely improve as an angler when you're armed with the most up to date knowledge and skills, so if you are as passionate about fishing as we are, and want to improve your catch rate, a year's subscription is going to ensure you will always bring you're 'A' game to the bank. So get yourself along to the open weekend and sign up to take advantage of this exclusive offer!

 There really is something for everyone at these events, that's why they are the biggest in Scotland - and this one promises to be the biggest ever! With FREE parking and FREE entry, there will be loads of things to see and do on the Open Weekend dates as well as some amazing bargains on all types of fishing tackle. Keep an eye out on FacebookTwitter and instore for more info on what's going on at this event! Plus don't forget to register for your FREE GIFT on the day! Click HERE for details!

Monday, 26 June 2017

Come see Fly Fish Europe at the Open Weekend





We are pleased to announce tht Fly Fish Europe will be in attendance at the Edinburgh Open Weekend. The company will have representitives from around the globe to help you. Fly Fish Europe will be here with Top Brands Like Simms, Scott rods, Scientific Angler lines and Many more.



 Steve Peterson

In attendance at the open weekend for the brand will be Steve Peterson. You will more than likely find Steve in the store next to the Simms clothing. Steve knows the brand inside out, having been to the home of Simms many times for training, and can answer all of the weird and wonderful questions that you have about the products. However, it is not only Simms he can help with, Steve happens to be a excellent caster and will be able to assist on any of the Scientic Anglers lines that we have to offer.

 

 
One of the main things that Scientific anglers will be bringing to the show is their own gazebo. Inside which you will find a range of rods and lines to try out. Two lines that will be featured is the new ART line , Scientific Anglers say-
"Ultra fine presentations with dry flies, wet flies or nymphs – isn't that what we all think about first about the art of fly fishing? Scientific Anglers has developed their new ART exactly for these situations! Together with Fly Fish Europe (FFE) their designed an all new taper that suits both beginners and more advanced fly fishermen. It can be described as a true all round fly line with a tendency to delicate presentations. Yet it is possible to throw streamers from time to time because it is a half class heavier. This weight also helps to load modern rods at short distance and effectively fish small rivers. The mid-length head adds up to the all round performance and a long front taper with camouflage tip presents your flies as supple as possible – essential for skittish fish in slow moving water!"
And their new top of the line product the Amplitude, which Scientific anglers say-
"The first series of lines to feature the revolutionary AST PLUS slickness additive, the Amplitude series will shoot farther and last longer than any other line on the market. It’s slickness down to a science. Built a half-size heavy, the MPX taper starts where the GPX left off. Redesigned with more mass toward the front of the head, the MPX provides the same benefits of the GPX, with an added emphasis on presentation. The power is still there, only with an added bit of finesse. Meet your new best friend."

You will not be alone in the gazebo, there will be at least two fully trained instructors on hand to let you try the lines and give you free casting advice. 
  
 There really is something for everyone at these events, that's why they are the biggest in Scotland - and this one promises to be the biggest ever! With FREE parking and FREE entry, there will be loads of things to see and do on the Open Weekend dates as well as some amazing bargains on all types of fishing tackle. Keep an eye out on FacebookTwitter and instore for more info on what's going on at this event! Plus don't forget to register for your FREE GIFT on the day! Click HERE for details!

Sunday, 25 June 2017

EAC Summer open weekend 2017 Lure tank Demonstrations!

The Lure Tank demonstrations are one of the fastest growing parts of our Open Weekends and the next one coming up on the 1st and 2nd of July will be the best yet! We have updated the instore format and will be bringing you more of the countries top lure anglers, sponsored by Tronixpro and supported by Savage Gear and Pure Fishing, making this the premier lure fishing event on the east coast of Scotland! All of our featured anglers are at the very top of their game and will go out of their way to show you how to perform the latest techniques and how to rig and fish any style of lure you can imagine. They will even take the time to guide you round our massive lure selection between demonstrations, helping you to choose the right equipment and best lures and baits from our extensive range, so don't miss out and come to Scotland's biggest FREE angling event!



Gary Henderson
Gary Henderson
Gary Henderson started fishing early on in his life. At the age of 7, he purchased his first set up and hooked his first ever fish not long after. Gary has gained a good reputation, through hard work and determination over the past 4-5 years, which have resulted in Pike weighing in at over 32lb and Perch over 4lb. However, it isn’t the list of big fish that Gary has caught that has led to his signing to angling brands Abu and Berkley. “Gary has huge potential that will greatly benefit both Abu Garcia & Berkley,” said Lucy Gourley, UK Marketing Executive, Pure Fishing. “He is very skilled, proactive and has an abundance of passion for the sport, which shows while he’s fishing and off the water. We are very excited to have him on board and have him work alongside our other ProTeam members. “ Gary will also be working with the brand teams, to provide valuable knowledge, product testing and evaluation for future UK products to be launched from Abu Garcia and Berkley.
“As we continue our focus in the Predator market, it is vital that we have a great team of experienced, passionate anglers that can help us grow in this category,” Said John Henderson, Sales & Marketing Director – UK & Ireland, Pure Fishing. “ Adding Gary to the existing team will be integral in helping us to strengthen this category further” ‘I am delighted to be joining the fantastic predator team at Abu Garcia & Berkley,” said Gary. “To be associated and working with some of the best brands in the world is a real honour. I, like many other anglers have always been a huge fan of the Abu reels and regard them as the finest predator reels available, and know when paired with the great selection of Berkley products , I will see my fishing elevated to the next level…it is a dream come true to be working with them.” First stop for Gary in his new role is the Glasgow Angling Centre Open Weekend on the 5th & 6th March 2016.


Lee Goddard


Lee Goddard


Lee has a host of personal achievements including racking up a good number of Bass on Light Game metals as well as a few other species such as Garfish, Scad, Sea Trout, Mackerel, etc.
On Dropshot, Lee has caught a number of species both in the UK and abroad, including the quite rare Baillons Wrasse among more common species such as Black Bream, Corkwing Wrasse, Goldsinney Wrasse and a host of other UK species.Abroad, Lee has used this technique for Striped Bream, White Bream, Saddled Bream, Black scorpion Fish, Rainbow Wrasse, Puffer fish, Damsel Fish, Pandora and again; a host of other species.Getting to grips with some of the techniques involved in “on the drop” fishing with jigheads has provided Lee with the most fun. Using these methods, Lee has caught Leerfish, Amberjack, Scorpion Fish, Scad, Pollock, Bass, Mullet, Garfish, Flounder, Turbot, Weever fish and so many more.

Matt Rand
Representing Salmo and Fox, Salmo brand manager will be on hand to help. It will not only be Salmo lures that the guys will have on show, they will also have a range of the Fox Range and will be there to give advice on how they will be best use them.

There really is something for everyone at these events, that's why they are the biggest in Scotland - and this one promises to be the biggest ever! With FREE parking and FREE entry, there will be loads of things to see and do on the Open Weekend dates as well as some amazing bargains on all types of fishing tackle. Keep an eye out on FacebookTwitter and instore for more info on what's going on at this event! Plus don't forget to register for your FREE GIFT on the day! Click HERE for details!

Tronix and Lee Goddard Confirmed for EAC Open Weekend

We are very pleased to announce that Tronix pro team member,Lee Goddard, will be attending the Edinburgh Angling Centre Summer Open Weekend Event on the 1st and 2nd of July! Tronix has quickly risen to the forefront of UK sea angling as a brand who brings the very latest in tackle and techniques from Europe and Japan at prices to suit any pocket and are at the forefront of the fast moving LRF scene that is sweeping the UK! Lee Goddard is a light lure and LRF expert with vast experience of using light gear in the UK, and will be instore all weekend to answer any questions you might have about this style of fishing - so don't be shy!

Lee Goddard
Lee Goddard is a competent angler including Coarse, traditional sea angling and Lure angling both in freshwater and saltwater.From quite an early age, Lee became successful at catching pike and perch on lures with his largest pike weighing in at 21lb, caught on an estate drain in Suffolk.
Lee has a host of personal achievements including racking up a good number of Bass on Light Game metals as well as a few other species such as Garfish, Scad, Sea Trout, Mackerel, etc.
On Dropshot, Lee has caught a number of species both in the UK and abroad, including the quite rare Baillons Wrasse among more common species such as Black Bream, Corkwing Wrasse, Goldsinney Wrasse and a host of other UK species.Abroad, Lee has used this technique for Striped Bream, White Bream, Saddled Bream, Black scorpion Fish, Rainbow Wrasse, Puffer fish, Damsel Fish, Pandora and again; a host of other species.Getting to grips with some of the techniques involved in “on the drop” fishing with jigheads has provided Lee with the most fun. Using these methods, Lee has caught Leerfish, Amberjack, Scorpion Fish, Scad, Pollock, Bass, Mullet, Garfish, Flounder, Turbot, Weever fish and so many more.

Catching any new species is an achievement for Lee. It’s not so much about competing in matches for Lee – he just enjoys fishing and encouraging others to do the same.Lee’s most notable achievements would be getting a place on the TronixFishing Lure team and designing a small range of lures for the HTO brand. Lee felt a huge swell of achievement when he caught a small Bass while testing lures he had designed.
Amberjack
There really is something for everyone at these events, that's why they are the biggest in Scotland - and this one promises to be the biggest ever! With FREE parking and FREE entry, there will be loads of things to see and do on the Open Weekend dates as well as some amazing bargains on all types of fishing tackle. Keep an eye out on FacebookTwitter and instore for more info on what's going on at this event! Plus don't forget to register for your FREE GIFT on the day! Click HERE for details!

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

EAC Summer Open Weekend 2017 - Fly Tyers Confirmed!

One of the most popular attractions at our Open Weekends is always the fly tying demonstrations, and our next one at our Edinburgh Angling Centre on the on the 1st and 2nd of July 2017 will be no different! Our newest store will be bringing you some of the UK's top fly tyers, sponsored as always by Veniard and supported by Partridge of Redditch - making this the fly tying event of the summer! Both of these up and coming fly dressers are at the very top of their game and will gladly go out of their way to show you how to perform the latest techniques and how to tie any style of fly you can think of. They will even take the time to guide you round our fly tying department during the day, helping you to choose the right equipment and best materials from our extensive range, plus you can take advantage of some great deals on hooks and materials as well! So don't miss out and come to Scotland's biggest FREE Summer angling event!
Scott Aitkin

Born in Falkirk, Scott grew up in a family of keen fishermen from his Grandfather, Father, Uncles and Cousins, He mostly fished the Highland lochs of Scotland and would often spend school holidays on Loch Arkaig fishing for wild Brownies. His first ever fly caught trout was from this very loch on a Black Zulu!  These days, Scott can generally found doing the rounds within the Scottish competition circuit, but also enjoys trips further afield such as Orkney and the occasional trip down south. That is of course if you can get him off the vice long enough! Scott will be representing Veniard at the Edinburgh Angling Centre Open Weekend on 1st and 2nd July 2017.

Tim Wood

Tim has fished in Iceland and Bosnia and is a frequent visitor to the River Annan and River Clyde in Scotland. He also is a regular visitor the Upper Severn, Upper Dee and the River Vyrnwy. Tim is relatively new to fly tying compared to some, but has achieved a very high level of competence having won a number of Fly Tying Competitions in both The Fly Dressers Guild and Fly Fishing and Fly Tying magazine. His passion is tying small river flies and Grayling nymphs and his reputation for quality and consistency continues to grow in fly fying circles. Tim works closely with Partridge of Redditch who he will be representing at the Edinburgh Angling Centre Open Weekend on 1st and 2nd July 2017.

There really is something for everyone at these events, that's why they are the biggest in Scotland - and this one will be our first ever in Edinburgh! With FREE parking and FREE entry, there will be loads of things to see and do on the Open Weekend dates as well as some amazing bargains on all types of fishing tackle. Keep an eye out on FacebookTwitter and instore for more info on what's going on at this event! Plus don't forget to register for your FREE GIFT on the day! Click HERE for details!




Century Rods Confimed for EAC Summer open weekend!!

Century Sea Fishing
See Century at the EAC Summer open weekend

                                      


                               

Top British tackle manufacturer Century  have confirmed their attendance for the Edinburgh Angling Centre's next Open Weekend Event on the 1st and 2nd of July 2017! Once again Century will be displaying their impressive range beachcasters and boat rods, and they will be giving away a FREE Century T shirt and cap to all who buy a Century rod.
Paul Johnstone
Come along and meet casting champion Paul Johnstone









Century has worked at the leading edge of rod design technology and holds the official records for the World’s longest casts. All over 300 yards on our surf rod ranges. This is important because it is only by exploring the very extremes of composite technology that really useful benefits can be incorporated in there mainstream rods. They have learnt both in combination with our tournament work and field testing that there are ways of making rods decidedly better.
The Century Eliminator T1000 Perfect for rough ground and racing tides








The Excalibur Braid boat rod
Century will also be showing off there boat rods as well. The 3 models in the range are all designed using the same well researched and tested design principles. The 12-20lb is light and super sensitive, the 20-40lb designed for stronger fish and 20-50lb with a more powerful upper tip and slightly more powerful mid zone will cater for the larger specimens.

Sunday, 18 June 2017

How To Catch Ling

How To Catch Ling
The Ling is a member of the Cod family and has long been a popular species with boat anglers, partly because they make excellent eating. Looking like a mix between a Cod and a Conger Eel, Ling are a hard fighting species which is predominantly found in deeper, offshore waters. They have a powerful body with long fins, large eyes and a mouth full of sharp teeth – the perfect attributes for hunting in the deep water.

Although their major spawning ground is near Iceland they are more common around the northern and western parts of the British Isles. Their range extends throughout Europe as they are also present throughout Scandinavian and Icelandic waters, and the Mediterranean, although only in small, isolated areas. There are also very limited populations off the southern tip of Greenland and in some areas off the coast of America and Canada.

Boat Caught Ling
Ling have a long, slender body and are rarely misidentified with other species. The average size of Ling caught on rod and line is probably between 6-18lb, but much larger fish, including specimens in excess of 20lb, 30lb and even 40lb, are taken in many areas.

Ling are a deep-water species, seldom coming into water less than thirty metres deep, and usually found around the heavy and broken ground in depths down to 300 metres. Ling are therefore mostly targeted by boat anglers who hold this species in high regard for its fighting qualities and the relatively high chance of catching a specimen sized fish. Generally, large fish baits and pirks are used to catch Ling from boats.

Most Ling caught are taken from reefs or wrecks, though fish are occasionally caught over the relatively open ground. Productive areas include the western section of the English Channel, the northern sector of the North Sea, deep-water sections of the Irish Sea, Ireland and Scotland, with the very biggest fish invariably being caught off the Shetland Islands and the west coast of Norway.

Ling have a mouth full of sharp teeth
The current British boat-caught record for Ling stands at 67lb 5oz, with a fish caught at Muckle Flugga in the Shetland Islands in 2013. However, the IGFA all-tackle record and Sea Angler Shimano Mission record for a boat-caught Ling is held with a monster that weighed 88lb 6oz, which was caught in 2002, again off the Shetlands.

Although the record-breaking sized fish are caught by boat anglers, it is possible to catch them from the shore. They won’t be as big, but they can still be caught around the 20lb mark. Ling from the shore are likely to take fish and Crab baits. Your best chance for catching from the shore is from the end of a long pier or a rock mark.

It is possible to catch Ling throughout the year, but winter weather restrictions invariably result in most of the fish being caught between spring and summer.

Ling are a strong species of fish, especially the larger specimens, and using tackle that is too light to exert maximum pressure after hook-up will invariably result in good fish being lost in the reef or wreck. Once a hooked fish is clear of tackle-snagging structures, maintaining smooth, steady pressure should see the fish successfully landed.

Century Excalibur Braid Boat Rod
The traditional set-up for Ling fishing is a 30/50lb-class boat rod featuring a multiplier reel loaded with monofilament or braid.
Daiwa Super Kenzaki Boat
Penn Fathom Multiplier
Match this to a reel holding 350-yards or more of 30lb braid such as the Penn Fathom 20 or 25 and similar reels from Daiwa, Shimano plus a number of others. Add a short leader 3-feet longer than the length of the rod of 50lb clear mono to give a little stretch to protect light hook lengths, and to protect the braid from wreck abrasion.

A growing band of anglers now choose to fish lures on light tackle even for big Ling and take a lot of heavy fish. A good choice is a 12/20lb rod about 8’6” in length and a small but powerful reel loaded with 20lb braid. Again, add a short clear mono leader of 30lbs to combat abrasion and add a little stretch when playing a fish on a short line.

Many Ling are caught on pirks and occasionally other types of weighted lures, with or without bait. If you use a baited pirk for Ling, it is worthwhile swapping the standard treble hook for a strong single hook as it will result in a more efficient bait presentation.

Ling Rigs

Sema Muppet Rig

For general bait fishing a running leger, wire boom or muppet rig is perfect for Ling. It is essential to use strong hooks, Sakuma Manta Extra in the larger sizes are perfect. Likewise, a heavy-duty monofilament leader in the region of 150-200lb is essential to prevent bite-offs, as are quality swivels.

Ideally, it is best to use fresh bait whenever possible, but Ling will definitely show a strong interest in frozen baits as well. They are predominantly fish eaters, so baits such as Mackerel, Bluey, Herring will work best, but most types of baited sea fish will work well given Ling's voracious appetite.

Baitbox Frozen Mackerel
Ensuring a strong scent trail is key to success and, with this in mind, a flapper including the head and plenty of guts will form an especially attractive offering. Other effective baits include Squid and Cuttlefish.
 
A good tip when fishing whole flapper Mackerel is to add a pink or luminous muppet above the bait, then slide this down over the nose and body to add visual impact and movement. This is especially effective when fishing in very deep and coloured water.

If you prefer to use soft rubber lures, shads in colours such as black, red, white and clear blue, or mixes of these colours work really well. Use a darker lure in clearer water and change to a brighter solid colour if there is a little colour in the water.

The general method used when fishing for Ling over a wreck or reef is to position the boat uptide of the area to be fished, and either anchor or slowly drift back over the area. The angler drops his bait or lures down to the bottom, this ensures that it fishes on or very near to the seabed. Of course, tackle losses are inevitable, and if you are not occasionally getting snagged, it is likely you are not fishing the most productive area.

A solid rattling on the rod tip usually indicates bites. Give the fish a moment or two to fully eat the bait, and then reel down until you feel the weight of the fish and firmly set the hook by lifting the rod. Ling fishing is not subtle, and it is essential that the clutch on your reel has a hefty setting, especially during the early stages of the fight, because if the fish initially gains too much line, it will snag you. When a big Ling is hooked, you need to bully the fish away from the seabed structure as fast as possible or you could be left empty-handed.

Once caught it's important to remember about the ferocious dentistry the fish is packing. Those teeth are best avoided when unhooking Ling and are what enables this species to remove a Mackerel flapper from your hook without you feeling a bite.
The last few things to remember when fishing for Ling are, first, always fish a weight heavy enough to keep the line as vertical as you can. Fishing this way increases bite detection but also lessens the chance of the tackle snagging in the wreck. Secondly, make sure your hooks are sharp and it wise to recheck them regularly. Ling have tough, bony mouths and at depth blunt hooks can simply bounce out without catching. When bait fishing, try adding a double Booby Bead with ball bearings in the cavities trapped between two stop knots. These spin to add vibration and Ling love the metallic click the bearings make.

Although Ling stocks are in good shape, being a deep water species their swim bladder can be seriously damaged by being reeled up through the depths, meaning that most boat-caught Ling should not be returned to the sea. Therefore it is a good idea for boat anglers to stop fishing for them when they have caught enough for the table.

If you would like more information regarding Ling fishing you can visit us in store at either the Glasgow Angling Centre or the Edinburgh Angling Centre. Or call us on 0141 212 8880 and our expert staff will be happy to help.

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

Saturday, 17 June 2017

Fishingmegastore Fish of the Month Entry June 2017 - Highland Ferox!

Keila Masson with his PB Ferox Trout, caught while trolling in a Highland Loch. The fish was safely returned after a quick pic!
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in our June 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 June 2017 - Eden Trout!

Young Eden Rome with a cracking Brown Trout he caught on a worm bait from the River Eden!
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in our June 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! 
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