Sunday, 25 December 2011

Merry Christmas - Win Some Sunline Braid!

Merry Christmas to one and all, and a Happy New Year! Hope you are all enjoying the day, eating and relaxing. Just a quick reminder about the Sunline competition I am running on my blog (original blog post HERE).

You have the chance to win a spool of the fantastic Sunline Momentum 4x4 braid, by simply answering the following question;

 Sunline Momentum 4 x 4 is available from Art of Fishing ( and Mr Fish (

 How many strands is Sunline Momentum 4x4 made from?

A) 4
B) 8
C) 16

Email your answer A, B or C to with the subject 'Sunline Competition'. The competition will be open until 31 January 2012, and the winner will be drawn at random and announced at the beginning of February 2012.
Cheers all, hopefully some great fish to be landed in 2012!

Monday, 19 December 2011

Sunline Comp & Bumper Christmas Blog Roundup!

It's the time of year when everyone wants to sit back and relax, enjoy the festivities. Reality however seems to mean rushing around, doing last minute jobs, frantic shopping and preparations. In my case, it has been the decoration of a living room, it's in the final stages now, so close! With everything going on, seems like a round up of whats been going on lately is in order.

First up some great news; I am very happy to announce, that along with Matt Jones and Matt Newcome, I have joined the Sunline UK team. Having been using and testing out various braided lines and fluoro's over the past year, it's fantastic to be able to be part of a company with such good products. In celebration of this news, I am going to hold a competition on my blog, with the prize being a 150m spool of Sunline Momentum 4x4 in the winners choice of either 16 or 20lb.

Sunline Momentum 4 x 4 is available from Art of Fishing ( and Mr Fish (

I have been using this line in 16lb over the past couple of months, and have to say it is a pleasure to use. The great news is it has the exact same manufacturing process as the world famous Cast Away, it just has a lightly different resin finish. All this means is that anglers may not quite get the distance you would with Cast Away. But the upshot is that it's £5 - 10 cheaper per spool. The difference in casting lengths in absolutely minimal.

To enter the competition, you just need to be able to answer the following multiple choice question;

How many strands is Sunline Momentum 4x4 made from?

A) 4
B) 8
C) 16

Email your answer A, B or C to with the subject 'Sunline Competition'. The competition will be open until 31 January 2012, and the winner will be drawn at random and announced at the beginning of February 2012.

Onto the fishing from the past couple of weeks. It has been all about the Wrasse really. With Bass still being caught around the country, at my local spots, I have not seen one for weeks, let alone hooked one! Some of my spots I regularly see them cruising close in, underfoot in the deep rock marks. The Wrasse have proved a good sport. Targeting them in 3 main areas, the Harbour, Estuary and open shoreline of West Cornwall. 

First up the Harbour; Fishing with ultra light gear, the rig that has been doing the business lately is the drop shot. Fishing with a 3 or 5g weight, coupled with  a size 10 hook and either the superb Ecogear Aqua Aji Straight or Straw Tail Grub, bith in the 2" size. Using Sunline Small Game Fluro 3lb straight through, has helped with the recent windy conditions, and has a great sink rate on the light gear. Some Urban Wrasse;

With the heavy winds and swells, I have been escaping to a large Estuary mouth, a favorite spot of mine, for Bass and Wrasse. It offers guaranteed flat water, and is sheltered from the majority of winds. The Wrasse have been here in numbers, but often of a smaller size, from around 1/2lb up to  around 3lb, but it has produced the occasional 4lb+ fish. I have been fishing here with a mixture of ultra light and light tackle, with rods up to around 15g casting weight. Soft lures Texas rigged have been working really well, with lures from 3-4" long and differing profiles. Out on the estuary, have seen some great weather conditions as well;


Finally, the rugged West Cornwall shoreline has been consistently producing (when conditions mean it's safe to go near the water!). I have been experimenting with heavy Carolina rigs, using 14g weights, with a 5" Senko lure. I have recently found the love again for the simple Senko, and the Wrasse certainly have not forgot them! One particular thick kelp, deep rough ground mark has left me hanging onto my rod, as line was stripped off the reel. Thats fishing with my morethan Branzino 8'7 5-24g rod. The Wrasse have had the better of me at this spot, and the flooding tide meant I was pushed off the rock empty handed, but I will return to finish the fight! Fishing with this heavier set up, the braid I am using is the Sunline Momentum 4x4 PE1 16lb (as seen above in the competition). I have great confidence in this braid when fishing rough, and the Wrasse are playing dirty, great abraision resistamce, and the strength to pull through the snags.

As you can see in the pics above, I have recently acquired a new tool, a light game grip, for fish handling. Fantastic quality machined construction, looks good and works well. Smaller size, good for the mini species and most regular fish.

 Finally, a big heads up to a new fishing group that has recently launched in the UK; Lure Games UK is all about like minded people, sharing their experiences in lure fishing, keeping it honest and fun. I suggest you check out the site, and if you are on Facebook, then take a look at the groups Facebook page, and give it the big thumbs up!

Thursday, 1 December 2011

West Cornwall - December Wrasse 01-12-2011

The strong winds of the last few days had eased here in West Cornwall, but there was still plenty of swell around. With this in mind, decided to head out to an Estuary mark, which would be sheltered from the swell. Fishing 3 hours on the drop from high tide, water was very clear, lovely conditions.

Tackle was the Daiwa morethen Branzino Urban Side Custom 8'7 5-24g rod, with a Daiwa '10 Certate 2508RH, loaded with Sunline Momentum 4x4 1.0PE. Decided to fish bigger with the lures today, with a selection of 4"+ sizes. First up was a Nories 4" Escape Little Twin, first time using this lure, so good to catch on it;

After that initial fish, it went quiet for a bit with the Craw imitation. Switched over to a GY 4" Senko. Bites were instantaneous, with the Wrasse fighting hard today. Also fished with a 5" Senko, rigged on a 4/0.

During the session, had a really strong fight from a fish that took the 5" lure in behind a rock, bringing it in, could see it was a decent size, came in at 47cm and 4lb bang on, biggest Wrasse I have had for a while;

Have fished this area a fair bit, usually on the light gear, with 2-3" lures on light lines and weights. Today, stepping up the lure size, the overall fish sizes were bigger than normal, may be a coincidence, so will try it out again soon. One thing is for sure, hook ups were not as successful, with a few fish lost from tail bites etc.. I had 3 of my GY Senko's bitten off exactly as below;

Monday, 21 November 2011

West Cornwall Wrasse Light Games 21-11-2011

Fished the flood this morning for a couple of hours, from one of my favorite West Cornwall rocky perches. Deep water, big granite towers and weed. No real swell to speak of, but the surface was choppy with the occasional surge up the rocks, with fairly clear water. Decided to fish light, with the Nories Slow Retrieve 0.9-5g, and 3lb Sunline Small Game Fluorocarbon straight through of the Daiwa '10 Certate 2506.

I enjoy fishing the fluoro straight through, no messing with leaders, quick and easy fishing. The bite detection is different to the fine 8 strand braids, and I have found takes to be more subtle on occasion, especially when deadstick. The sink rate is great, cuts through the water nicely, and as the fishing is short range, no worries over loosing casting distance.

First fish of the day was taken on a dropshot rig, with a 3.5g weight, and an Ecogear Aqua Straw Tail Grub on a size 10 strong Carp hook. The following six were taken using a combination of 2" Ecogear BugAnts, and Jackson 3" Delicious Shiner lures, both rigged Texas style on a size 4 EWG weedless hook, and a Zappu 1.8g bullet weight;

All on the smaller side, and as you can see from the last pic, this Wrasse had a very large sore, and scarring on the opposite side, no doubt caused by a net of some kind, he swam off strong after being returned to the water. So a fun session in all, the Slow Retrieve rod works so well with the light lines, really protects them well.

Thursday, 17 November 2011

LRF Wrasse on the Lizard 17-11-2011

With the wind forecast to pick up throughout the day, decided to head of for some sheltered fishing at one of my favorite spots out on the Lizard, West Cornwall. Arrived early morning, to fish an hour up on the high tide, with sunny conditions and flat calm waters, well within this large estuary mouth. The previous days days Easterly winds had churned the water up, and it was not the usual gin clear conditions, but better than the brown soup a couple days earlier.

Fished with the light gear, Nories Rockfish Bottom UL 1.8-7g rod, Daiwa '10 Certate 2506 loaded with Sunline Small Game 0.4PE. Started off with a Texas rigged Ecogear 2" BugAnt, on a size 4 EWG weedless hook, and a Zappu 1.8g bullet weight. Searching the rockline beneath the finger of rock I fished from, felt the familiar tap tap of the Wrasse, before hooking into the first of the day. Took a couple of small Wrasse on this lure;

Switched over to my go-to Wrasse lure, the 3" Jackson Delicious Shiner, in various colour patterns, on the same rig as above. Casting away from my perch, towards a partially submerged rock, let the lure drop, deadstick for around 5-10 seconds, and a big take. The fish was away from cover, able to bring it up to the surface, could see this fish was of a decent size, turned out the biggest of the day by some way. No scales with me today as fishing with the minimum, guessing between 3.5-4lb, nice and fat!

Safely returned, fished on with the same lure, moving from rock to rock, taking a few more small fish;

Final fish of the day was taken on the smallest lure, rigged an Ecogear Sansun worm on a 1.8g Ecogear Shirasu Fine size 8 jig head, worked vertically off the bottom;

Also popped out a couple more times earlier in the week, in tougher conditions. Fished near to Penzance, at a deep water rock and weed mark that has produced good fish for me previously. There were strong winds, and a decent swell rolling in, with some good soaking over the high tide period.

Fishing with plugs, rod choice was the Daiwa morethan Branzino Urban Side Custom 87LML 5-24g, paired with a Daiwa '10 Certate 2508RH. I had recently spooled the reel up with a new braid, Sunline Momentum 4x4 1.0PE 16lb. Great bright colour, and behaved very well in it's first outing in the wind and waves.

Landed a few Pollack on a Jackson Maxim vib lure, but the fish were scarce. As the tide dropped, rigged up a Nories 4" Power Balance on a Deps 3/8oz Head Lock jig, and pulled out a couple of Wrasse, the bigger of the two pictured.

Finally, a few shots of the great Cornish Coast, from a spot I fished a few days back, but pulled of a total blank! Love fishing these types of areas, with the impressives cliffs and great rocky features.

Tuesday, 8 November 2011

West Cornwall Wrasse 08-11-2011

Well, being down in Penzance, and my freshly delivered copy of Modern Warfare 3 sitting with the rest of the post back home in Devon, seemed a good time to go for a quick session on the Wrasse. Headed out of Penzance to one of the small fishing villages on the South Coast of West Cornwall. Arrived in the drizzle at low, with the tide starting to push over the weed strewn granite lumps that make this part of the country up.

Set up the Nories Rockfish Bottom Light 7-15g rod with a Daiwa '10 Certate reel, loaded with Sunline 0.8PE braid. Have found the Sunline Castaway to be a very reliable line, offering good wear resistance in amongst the rough grounds where the Wrasse like to feed.

Rigged up a drop shot rig, with a 5g drop shot weight, and a Decoy size 1 hook with wire weed guard. Hooked an OSP Mylar Minnow lure through the head, and into the dep water below the rocky perch I was on. Small surge pushing through the gully I was fishing in, soon connected with a fish, and landed the first Wrasse of the day, coming in at 2lb 9oz;

Fished on with the dropshot rig, until it became snagged, and the leader snapped off at the hook. Took the opportunity to rig a 3" Jackson Delicious Shiner Texas style, with a size 4 weedless hook and a Zappu 1.8g bullet weight. Love these small lures, they are my top Wrasse catcher this season, perfect mouthful for the fish. Hooked 2 more Wrasse, both smaller than the first, took a quick pic of the bigger one out of the two;

Tackle Update 08-11-2011

Xorus Patchinko 100 Cabot

Xorus Patchinko 100 Lemon

Daiwa '10 Certate 2506 Spare Spool

Sunline Small Game Fluoro 3lb

Mars R-32 3.5" Togoro Iwashi

Mars R-32 3.5" Onuma Shinner

Ecogear Aqua Aji Straight 2"

Ecogear Aqua Aji Straight 2"

Jackson Delicious Shiner 3" Purple Weenie