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Friday, 30 March 2018

Super Savings This Week on the Bauer SST Jet Black Fly Reels

Deal of the Week - Bauer Black SST Reels

Striking design with awesome performance Bauer Reels are Rolls Royce or Swiss Watch quality manufactured entirely on the Bauer Factory Floor in the USA these reels are as good as it gets.

Take a trip around the Bauer Factory where these reels were made

The Bauer SST Fly Reel is a large arbor reel with a narrow profile frame. This reel is used and trusted by anglers around the world. Equipped with some of the best technology, the SST provides excellent performance and durability.

The Bauer SST Fly Reel is precision-machined and built from aerospace bar stock aluminum and stainless steel for corrosion resistance, maximum strength, and low maintenance.

Wednesday, 28 March 2018

Fishingmegastore Reward Card Members Only Pre-Sale @GAC Thursday 29th of March 2018!

As a special thank-you to all our loyal shop customers who joined our rewards Reward Card Scheme, we will be offering all of our rescheduled Spring Open Weekend deals a day early to all of our Fishingmegastore Reward Card holders!
Join the 1000's of customers already reaping the Reward Card benefits!
From 5.30pm until 9pm on Thursday the 29th of March 2018 Fishingmegastore Reward Card holders who come to the store will beat the crowds and still qualify for all of our amazing deals and offers that we were keeping for the weekend! Even if you haven't received your card in the post yet, simply show a staff member a recent receipt with your unique barcode on it, and they can quickly verify your membership so you can qualify for all the deals!
Over 75,000 of our customers are already benefiting from the scheme by earning points every time they shop with us that soon add up to money off future tackle purchases!
Don't have a Reward Card yet? You still have time to sign up, just ask any member of staff instore any time or apply online HERE! Beat the crowds and still benefit from the Spring Open Weekend deals, plus you never know what angling celebrities just might be hanging around, setting up for this weekends big event!
See below for just a few of the hundreds of deals we will be giving Reward Card holders exclusive early access to from 5.30pm until 9pm on Thursday the 29th of March 2018, and of course these offers will be available to all of our customers instore on the Friday, Saturday and Sunday of the 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 the UK's largest FREE angling event!
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!

Fishing Streamers with Jim Lees

Streamer Fishing With Jim Lees
With the winter we've just had, the fly hatches on our rivers are a few weeks behind schedule, especially here in the north. This delay is making the start of the Trout season a frustrating time for anglers keen to get back to casting fly lines after spending the whole winter fishing short line, leader to hand, nymph tactics. This early in the season it will be possible to pick up the odd fish on dries - on the better days - or continue with the winter standard set-up and catch fish on tungsten nymphs. However, a great alternative is to fish streamers.

Fly Lines for Streamer Fishing
Over the years of fishing streamers, I've found a floating line with a sink tip to be the most effective set-up and one which works well under the broadest range of conditions. A sink tip will help get the fly down and keep it fishing across the stream at a sustained depth rather than coming up through the water column with every pull or mend in the line. The floating part of the fly line also makes it easier to perform line mends on the water which can help your strike rate hugely. That's not to say the Trout won't take your streamer fished on a dead drift or natural swing; they will. In my experience however if you can keep your fly fishing broadside to the current or you are able to work it around boulders in the river, you will get more hits. Line mends are the most efficient way of doing this.

Rio InTouch Streamer Tip
Like every style of fly fishing, there are dedicated tackle set-ups designed to make the experience more efficient or just that little bit easier. For example, the Rio Intouch Streamer Tip Fly Line, which, along with a sinking tip section, has a short, heavy head, to quickly load rods at close range. It features an aggressive front taper to make it easier to cast bigger weighted flies. Like everything in-store at Glasgow Angling Centre, we have options to suit all budgets. However, for streamer fishing on rivers it is possible to use the fly rod, fly reel and floating line set-up you already have and customise it with Airflo Polyleaders. Using a Polyleader can simulate the weight and length of sink tip that suits the river you are fishing.

Airflo Polyleader

For large rivers like the Clyde and Tweed, I've found a Greys 5ft Polyleader to be enough on a #5 weight rod and often use the fastest sinking polyleader available. When fishing smaller waters, you can usually fish a much slower sinking Polyleader. However it must be highlighted that stepping up to an 8ft or even 10ft Polyleader and using faster sinking speeds makes it difficult to cast quickly. This is worth considering where you are likely to be fishing, therefore set your line up to suit the conditions.

In the low, clear water, you can even leave out the sink tip section of your line altogether and fish a longer mono leader of up to 12-14ft in length. However, for most streamer fishing, and when you are fishing deeper water, a Polyleader and a short 5ft mono leader attached to the end will serve you well. This will ensure the fly is being presented at the depth you want it to fish.

Leaders for Streamer Fishing
A strong mono with the ability to stretch will help prevent break offs as some of the takes can be fierce.  Modern pre-stretched co-polymer or fluorocarbon tippet materials, while being much less visible, struggle to cope with the shock of takes. One I've used for years which has served me well is 8lb Drennan Sub Surface Green but a more than capable alternative is Maxima Ultragreen.  One thing you have to bear in mind though is that some rivers will have restrictions on the strength of leader material you can use so always check your permit before setting up to fish.  However, it is recommended that you use as strong a leader as the river rules permit.

Drennan Sub Surface Fly Leader

Fly Choice 
The biggest issue anglers new to streamer fishing find is often fly choice. The question to ask is how big do I need to go and what colour of fly should I use? Regarding colour, there is no real hard and fast rule, however, in general, sticking to the premise of “bright day bright fly” and “dull day dull fly” does tend to pay dividends. The two primary colours I would not leave home without are Black and White but flies that are predominantly Olive, Brown, Yellow or even Chartreuse all have a place.  These colours will work better in certain rivers, water conditions, or levels of sunlight.

It is recommended that you pick a black or a white fly depending on how bright a day it is and if that's not working change to a lighter or darker pattern until you find an option that works best.  With all flies, I think it is essential to have a degree of flash built into the fly, whether it's just a hint of pearl through the body dubbing on a more imitative fly or lengths of holographic tinsel as an underwing.  Having a flashy lateral line on a general attractor patterns acts as primary trigger. Additionally, if a fly has built-in movement from the materials, like zonker strips, marabou, or flashy tail, there's a good chance a Trout will hit in.

Regarding fly choice and size, you can also fall into the trap of following fashion and believing that to catch a big fish you need to fish big articulated flies; you don't! Flies between a size 10 and 4 are more than enough to cover your needs in this country and cause less damage to the fish if you intend to fish catch and release.

Golden Bullet Black Flash
A good starting option for streamer fishing is a Fulling Mill Golden Bullet Black Flash, and a general Wooly Bugger style fly that will catch fish almost anywhere. Following on from that theme the Fulling Mill Silver Bead Eye is a fly based on the same underlying fly design, but with the lighter colouration and the extra flash under the tail. The Silver Bead Eye can be an excellent fly on brighter days.

Silver Bead Eye

In lower, more transparent water and also on smaller streams, a fly that closely resembles a Minnow, Stone Loach or Bullhead will often achieve better results. A Fulling Mill Zonker with a rabbit wing creates a lot of movement while still holding a good “baitfish” shape.  However, on smaller waters, a Minkie in various colours would be my first pick fly.

Fulling Mill Zonker TC
Fulling Mill Minkie Black

Streamer fishing is now a relatively widespread and accepted tactic in the UK, but it still has a fair way to go to reach the level of popularity it has long held in the USA and mainland Europe. It can be a hugely successful method of fishing in the right conditions and if it's something you've never tried before, now is as good a time as any to try it out.

Monday, 26 March 2018

Pike Fishing Tips and Tackle

Pike Fishing Tips & Tackle
Pretty soon there will be huge Pike to fish for this Spring. Locating them is often easier said than done in some waters. Particularly if you are fishing an expansive area. Many variable factors affect the location of Pike, but luckily for us anglers, a few remain the same. Their need for survival, feeding and reproduction can give them away.

The location & feeding habits of Pike changes throughout the year. Knowing these changes and relating them to a water will help to narrow down the search.
Springtime can be one of the most rewarding times for the Pike angler. As the Winter weather starts to disappear and the water temperatures creep up, the Pike start to move from deeper water and head to the shallower spawning grounds. Knowing these locations and likely routes will lead you to huge hauls of the fish.

It's also worth noting that permits for these key Pike locations are all reasonably priced and will not hit your pocket hard. Coarse permits can cost as little as £7 depending on where you fish.

Spawning takes place during Spring. The males gather in wait in the shallower waters to be joined later by the larger females. During spawning, Pike are too pre-occupied to be interested in feeding to hunt. Following the spawning though, things will begin to get very interesting. The condition of the Pike won’t be great after spawning, but lucky for you they will have a renewed appetite and will be keen to eat heavily to bulk up.

There is potential for a huge fish. They will be very aggressive and the biggest of Pike will often be in these areas as well so be prepared for that huge catch.
Now you have a bit of background on why Spring Pike make such an attractive proposition it’s time to look at the methods available to catch them.

Pike will feast on whatever food source is closest and readily available, so the location of smaller Pike, Perch and migratory prey fish should give you a good indication of where they are what they will take.

The key to catching big Pike regularly is not only to be able to locate their feeding areas but also to locate them when they are not actively feeding but hiding away, waiting in ambush or resting up between meals.

It is important to know a bit about the topography of the water you are fishing as it may be a great indicator of where the Pike is lurking or where their prey is hiding. Feeding Pike are not particularly difficult to catch so knowing where the prey fish are at a given time of the year will greatly improve the chances of catching.

Savage Gear 3D Hard Eel Tail Bait
Savage Gear Bushwhacker XLNT2 Rod
You have several options open to you when fishing for Pike. Lure fishing is an active approach, which is best suited to the warmer months and into autumn when a Pike will chase bait. It’s also better at finding the fish when they are more spread out, as it’s a tactic that covers lots of water.

There are different options when it comes to Pike lures. Depending on water conditions you may want use heavy weighted soft lures to bounce off the bottom, or sometimes you might prefer slower sinking hard lures. Whatever your preference, it's worth having both to cover the water you are fishing.

In Winter, big Pike simply don’t have the motivation to chase fast prey and would rather conserve valuable energy, but now it’s Spring you don’t have to worry about that. A fast retrieve with your lure can be really effective, triggering a predatory instinct in the Pike as they don’t want to lose a meal.

Even though the fish are becoming more active using frozen bait, will still be the most popular approach for Pike. Dead baiting with frozen bait is a static approach that works better in winter when the water’s cooler and the metabolism of the Pike are slower, so they’re less likely to chase bait.

Pike are as much scavengers as they are hunters, and especially so when they’re looking to conserve valuable energy. This is why using frozen bait can be so effective, and there is a range of baits to use. The choice is really between sea and freshwater baits, with freshwater baits being best on waters that haven’t seen too much pressure and dead baits scoring where the Pike have seen hooks in a lot of natural frozen baits. Sea dead baits, such as Mackerel, are also more readily available and tend to be more robust and cast better.

There are a number of alternatives to Mackerel. Herring is a favourite Pike bait. In the water these fish pump out lots of predator attracting oils, however they have soft flesh which limits your casting. Smelt is another favourite when it comes to Pike. Although they are small they have been known to catch the biggest of fish, they famously smell of cucumber and can be fished in tandem on the same rig.

Fishing frozen baits require strong deadbait rods, not just because of the fish but because of the large baits and rigs, you’ll be casting out. A 3lb test curve is about right for most situations. Match this with a reel, like the Shimano Baitrunner XT-RB, that will hold lots of heavy line and you’ll have a solid setup.

Fox Rage Predator Deadbait Rod
Line wise you’re looking at a minimum of 15lb mono or go much heavier with braid. Always remember to use a wire trace as pike will munch through mono, braid and fluorocarbon if they get the chance.
Shimano Baitrunner XT-RB

Fly fishing is an increasingly popular way to fish for Pike. Catching such a large and wild fish on a Pike Fly Rod is an exciting and exhilarating thing. Anglers coming from a Trout fishing background tend to use this method as castingis similar. Although flies, tackle and leader setup is very different.

Vision Big Mama 2.0 FLy Rod
If you are coming from a Trout fishing background then new tackle may be required, especially if you are going to be casting big Pike flies. Most serious Pike fly anglers use 9 or 10ft fly rods that take a #9 weight fly line. This set up will generate enough line speed to cast and turn your large Pike fly over.
Fulling Mill Dougie's Yellow Perch

Backing is required and a good reliable drag for fighting those big Pike is also a must.

Use strong fluorocarbon for your leader with a length of knottable wire tied at the end.
Trolling is another option fishing for Pike and can give you the most interesting and productive days fishing you will ever come across. There are a number of trolling accessories on the market such as downriggers, rod holders and paravanes, that will make your experience from the boat more enjoyable and successful.
Savage Gear MP Paravane

All the variables associated with lure fishing must be considered when trolling. Every lure is an option whether it be regular jigs, spoons, spinners, jerk baits and surface lures.

Choosing the depth for your lure and finding your target is best determined by using a fish finder. A fish finder will take out all the guess work and you will see depth of water, avoid snags and you will see where the fish are. Even finding shoals or prey fish should lead you to predators like Pike.
Humminbird Helix 5 DI

Other things to consider when trolling is your depth of fishing. This will allow you to accurately choose your lure. Water temperature should also be a factor regarding depth. In colder water you should start trolling from the bottom and gradually work your way higher if the Pike aren’t biting.

The speed of your trolled lure can be decisive. Anything from a snail's pace, for a jig that is being inched along the bottom, to a fast walking pace for hungry spring feeders. Altering the speed can provoke a following predator to make its attack.

Lure colour choice can be particularly important, especially in very clear water. A good starting point is to use natural colours in clear water and brighter colours in darker water. In very murky water or at night any colour will catch. Predators, such as pike, do not need to see a lure as their lateral line sensors will detect its movement. Noise can also help when fishing at night. Lures that makes a lot of commotion can offer an advantage.

If you going to fish for Pike at night, using any of the above-mentioned methods, then it’s important to be well prepared, organised and have all the essentials close to hand. Select the right water at night and the rewards could be great.

TFG Dave Lane Mag Runner Alarms
Using sensitive bite alarms is a must as a Pike taking Deadbaits must be hit early to avoid being hooked deep. Keeping the receiver close to you while you sleep should rest any worries of missing bites.

Also having plenty of artificial light at the ready is vital. This will not only help with the unhooking process, but it can illuminate your Pike float, so you see where you are casting to and help with netting the Pike. A Starlite can also be attached to your Pike float for illumination.
Prologic Cruzade Bedchair

If you are going to fish for Pike at night, then it's important to get yourself as comfortable as possible. Getting yourself a tough and reliable Bivvy can make the world of difference to your fishing experience and if the fish aren't biting, the right Bedchair can ensure a comfortable nights sleep. Other products worth investing for night fishing are stoves, flasks, multi-tools and cutlery to name a few.
TFG Force 8 2 Man Bivvy

Remember, the most important items for any Pike angler to carry are unhooking tools. Despite their reputation and menacing look, Pike are delicate creatures and great care should be taken when returning them so don’t fish without an unhooking mat.
Savage Gear Pro Unhooking Mat

Sharp teeth and treble hooks mean a quality pair of forceps are a must because no one wants to put their bare hands in the mouth of a Pike. A cutting tool or side cutters for dealing with trebles that are stuck is also a handy addition.
Savage Gear Long Nose Plier

To get the fish unhooked, gently flip the fish onto its back, slip your hand carefully under its gill plate and carefully open its jaws. Using some long forceps, carefully clamp the forceps onto the bottom hook’s shank and twist to remove it.

Once the fish is unhooked, return it to the water ASAP and support it until it has fully recovered and is able to swim away strongly.

A combination of this knowledge and an understanding of the water you are fishing and you’ll be catching bigger Pike on a regular basis.

If you are looking to gear up and go for Spring Pike, we have a massive selection of Pike and Predator tackle here at and many of our staff are excellent Pike anglers and can give you more expert advice and information. If you are after big Pike on the East Coast you can find all your Pike tackle essentials at the Edinburgh Angling Centre.

Davie McPhail tying an Easy Tye Foam Hopper/Cricket

This week, Davie ties an easy Hopper pattern due to popular demand! A simple yet effective fly, this foam hopper is a great way to practice your tying and is highly adaptable to different locations and environments by simply changing the colour of your materials as Davie says in the video, as seen with Fulling Mill's Grasshoppers with Olive and Tan foam.

All of the materials needed to tie this fly are available from Glasgow Angling Centre as listed below, but as always if you need any help finding materials or substitutes then we'll be happy to help. Without further ado, here's Davie McPhail tying an Easy Foam Hopper.

Materials Used:
Hook: Fulling Mill All-Purpose Medium Sz12
Thread: Uni - 8/0 Rusty Brown
Body: Thin Tan Foam and Rootbeer Diamond Brite, which can be substituted for extremely similar Hends - Spectra Dubbing: Cinnamon #33 or any other colour of your choosing if you adapt the pattern to your area's hoppers!
Wing: Elk Hair and White Aero Dry Wing
Legs: Black and Yellow Rubber Legs
Thorax: Hends - Spectra Dubbing: Cinnamon #33 or any other substitute.
Head: Thin Tan Foam

Davie's preferred type of whip finish tool can be found HERE!

Saturday, 24 March 2018

Fishingmegastore Fish of the Month Entry March 2018 - Bull Huss!

Finley Paton caught this fine Bull Huss on a night session shore fishing using a Squid and Mackerel cocktail bait!
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in our March 2018 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, 22 March 2018

Fishingmegastore Fish of the Month Entry March 2018 - Ledyatt Rainbow!

Marco Capozzella with a cracking Rainbow Trout from Ledyatt Trout Fishery, taken on a Fario Fly buzzer pattern fished with a slow figure 8 retrieve!
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in our March 2018 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 March 2018 - Tay Springer!

Iain McLaren caught this stunning Salmon from the Stobhall beat of the River Tay on a 40g Silver/Copper Toby style lure!
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in our March 2018 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 March 2018 - Pop Up Pike!

Gary Rankin caught this nice Pike on a popped up Roach deadbait while fishing a Highland loch, safely released to fight another day!
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in our March 2018 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!

LRF Fishing Tips and Tackle

LRF Fishing Tips & Tackle
We are fortunate when it comes to Light Rock Fishing (LRF) living in the UK. We have some fantastic sport on every coast where estuaries, harbours, and rocks make excellent marks.

Light Rock Fishing
Many of the lochs extend inland so not only do you have breath-taking scenery, but it is almost always possible to find shelter. Which is always a bonus when fishing in the UK.

Here is a little recap for those of you who may be unfamiliar with LRF.

Light Rock Fishing is all about ultra-light, single hook tackle presented at a very short range. LRF tackle allows you to travel light, cover a lot of water and find the fish. Spinning rods under 9ft long with a fixed spool reel and micro braid line is all you need.

LRF Caught Gurnard
We aren’t blessed with the biggest of fish here that can strip a reel of 1,000 yards of line like some global waters do. What we do have though is a wide choice of fishing from a varied coastline and we have the capability to expand our methods we use for some species.

In short, if we can’t catch big then we to change our methods and ideas to what can be caught.

It’s surprising how delicately you can fish, even amid dense weed or a rocky coastline. Probing every nook and cranny below you with your bait and lure waiting for that imminent bite. Seldom do enthusiasts fish with more than 50 metres of line out, because LRF is like engaging in hand-to-hand combat.

There are several ideal places to target with LRF. Harbours are a great place to start. Harbours are the mainstay of LRF world. Not only do they have many species of fish, but they also provide easy access and are ideal for short sessions, so you can pitch up and be fishing very quickly.

Fishing coastal rock takes a bit more preparation than fishing harbours and needs to be approached with more care. Checking tide tables and weather forecasts is essential to be safe on the rocks. It’s worth investing in the proper footwear to stop any slips and trips. It’s also a good idea to tackle these venues with a fishing buddy. Safety should always come first.

There are safer options, however when conditions allow, fishing off the rocks is the best bet for specimen-sized fish on your light gear.

Searching in rock pools should have been one of your favourite memories as a child, and it still can be today. You are unlikely to catch very large fish, but the selection of species that lurk on the foreshore is fascinating and working out how to catch them is really good fun.
You can expect to catch several species when fishing the areas mentioned above. Not all will be the kind of fish you write home about, but you will be pleasantly surprised by some of the fights you do come across.

Catching Bass on LRF gear can be great fun. A steep beach or rock edge can put you within range, but this is very much a one-on-one tactic for those that like to fish unsocial hours alone. Bass anglers tend to be secretive about their venues anyway.

If you catch a Mackerel on LRF gear you’re in for a treat, as these fish are among the UK’s best sporting species. Late evening or morning on a quiet venue away from the feathering hordes is the time.

Pollock readily take lures or bait and swim close into the rocks, often near the surface. They are not so keen on jerky lure retrieves as some of the other species, so stick with a smooth style.

Wrasse are not only common, but Ballan Wrasse grows big, fight well and live close to the surface, enabling the angler to get close. All wrasse will take wormy-type lures and small fish. Wrasse can be lots of fun to fish for.

You can also expect to catch Coalfish/Saithe, Cod, Whiting, Founder, Blennies and Mullet to name a few. What some of these species lack in size they make up for in colour and character.

Now you know what you are catching and where to catch it, it’s time to think about how you are going to catch it.

Having a range of techniques and lures to match means you can catch a variety of fish. It is just a question of working out what the fish want and how to present it to them and what gear you are going to use to do so.

HTO Rockfish Revolution Rod
An excellent rod on the market for LRF is HTO Rockfish Revolution Rods. This range of rods offers everything from ultra light fishing to targeting big Ballan Wrasse. The solid tip gives the angler excellent feedback for checking the terrain and giving you outstanding bite detection.

LRF fishing demands a smaller reel to match the downsized sensitive rods, ultrafine braids, and jigheads. A perfect example of the reel needed is the Shimano Stradic Ci4. Built with exciting technologies, it offers the angler an ultra smooth reeling experience.

There is an ever-increasing range of LRF Designed Reels now on the market as well as 1000 - 2000 sized versions of standard spinning reels like these Stradics and Ninjas from Daiwa. They are perfect for getting out on the rocks and importantly, suit all budgets.
Shimano Stradic Ci4
So, now you armed with, ideally, a 7-8ft, 1-8g LRF rod and a small fixed spool reel (1000 to 2000 size), with light braid PE0.6 or under. It’s now time to rig up and investigate what is around you.

There is a vast and varied selection of lures which are available for LRF. Experimenting to find what works and produces the best results is one of the most enjoyable aspects. Many of the lures used in LRF are incredibly realistic and do not just mimic the appearance of small creatures but are full of scent and amino acids which act as an additional stimulant.  They are also completely biodegradable and harmless to fish if consumed.
Marukyu Isome Worm

One of the most popular LRF baits is Marukyu Power Isome. These replicate the British Ragworm and are packed with scent and have a great action in the water. The scent is so pungent that you just need a small piece added to your hook. Ecogear are also very popular in the UK and have a wide range of lure kits and jig heads to match up with your outfit. Alternatively, there is nothing wrong with going after the fish with traditional mini spinners. Small metal casting lures like the HTO Fugitive Metal Lures are fantastic little blades and have caught lots of fish off the rocks.

On the pointy end you'll need Hooks or Jigheads, in most LRF sessions the largest hooks which are needed will be sizes 6-8. However, many dedicated LRF anglers will be targeting the smaller species and will be fishing with sizes from 12-18. Some anglers prefer barbless hooks as it is easier to remove the smaller species safely.
Ecogear Jig Head

Sometimes it is necessary to add an additional weight to your lure to get extra casting distance.

This can be done in various ways such as attaching the lure to a jig head, using a sliding weight which will move up and down the line, or by using split shot. The vast majority of sliding weights and jig heads for LRF will be 1-10 grams in weight, while most split shot will be under a gram.

One of the best bits of advice on retrieving is to play with the lures in some shallow water where you can see them. Work the rod with jerks, twitches and shakes to see how the lure reacts.
HTO Rockfish Ultrabraid

As the main methods involve fishing light jig heads, a fine diameter line is a must – using PE0.4 or PE0.6 braid is a good guideline. Add a 3-5ft fluorocarbon leader for abrasion-resistance.

The Palomar Knot is an easy to learn knot ideal for your LRF rigging. Not only is it one of the strongest and most reliable knots, it is also ideal for tying your line to a hook or lure. With a bit of practice, you can learn to tie it in one smooth motion.

Remember, bigger fish eat the smaller species, and discovering the predominant mini species can help you choose a lure to match what the larger ones eat.  The main methods for catching these fish are using jig heads, split-shot rigs and lures. Using the many purpose-made LRF jig heads for mounting soft plastics is a great go-to method. Some are more suited to specific techniques. For instance, a bullet-shaped version is great for a darting retrieve and off-the-bottom vertical work. However, if you are bottom bouncing then this type of jig head will rest on its side on the seabed, making it harder to hook fish. A jig head with a flat base can rest on the seabed with the hook pointing up, which can assist with hooking. A long-shanked pattern is good for worm-style baits and, as the hook protrudes further down the lure, it can help with hooking shy-biting fish.

Flounder caught using LRF
At first, LRF can look bizarre, but it all makes sense when you analyse what the anglers are doing. Looking for ways to carry on fishing when other avenues are producing very little, they use ultra-light tackle, thin lines and micro lures or artificial baits to catch fish that are, at times, right at their feet.

All things considered this brand of fishing results in a huge amount of fun and produces a lot of success with the fish, and isn’t that why we all fish in the first place?

Fish caught using LRF
LRF is still fresh and developing, but hopefully the basic techniques mentioned in the article suit whatever is in front of you. Have fun catching fish and experiment with your tackle. You could well come up with new ways of targeting the multitude of fish. 

If you are planning your next LRF trip or even looking to give it a go for the first time, don’t forget we have a massive selection of excellent tackle suited for LRF at fishingmegastore. And if you fish in the East Coast, which is an excellent location for LRF, you can shop for all your essentials at Edinburgh Angling Centre.

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