Light Rock Fishing: What it is and how to master it

Today we are checking out the art of Light Rock Fishing (LRF)! To help us understand what LRF is, OnTheHookFishing featuring John Locker (TheFishLocker) decided to attend The Big LERF fundraiser, with organiser, Ben Bassett!

John hasn't done much LRF'ing so Ben walks him through where LRF came from, what sort of kit you need to start fishing in this method and providing tips and techniques to get plenty of species hooked up! Over the last 10 years, LRF has boomed and it has become a very popular method of lure fishing on our coastlines.

One of the best parts of LRF is the fact that you don't need a lot of equipment to get started. You'll need a sensitive tipped rod, complete with a small reel and mainline braid.  monofilament or fluorocarbon, it's your choice! Because the species you will be catching are considered micro, a lot of the bait will also have to be small. You can use tiny soft-plastic lures, small jigs and even spinners

When it comes to fishing, we tend to check the overall conditions before we set out, whether it's going to be sunny or raining. The only thing you really need to read into, is the tide times! Preferably getting to your destination an hour before high tide. Another great benefit to LRF is that you can just show up to a harbour and cast your line into the sheltered bay and pick up an assortment of different species, sometimes even landing bigger specimens!

When it comes to technique, there's a variety of ways you can make your lure or bait looks more appealing. In terms of attracting a fish to strike, Ben makes use of a technique where he holds his rod a bit like an oversized pencil and subtly dips and raises the rod tip to create micro movements in the lure! Other ways include standard jigging, retrieve and pause and more! This provides a great challenge to those who take up LRF and eventually, you'll make up your own technique which, when explaining to other anglers, just works!

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