Friday, 13 April 2012

Friday 13th - Lucky For Some

For the last 6 weeks or so, work has been full on and hectic. This has left little opportunity to get fishing, and the reason why my catch reports dropped off! Decided that I would set aside a day to get out for a good session, and it just so happened to be today, Friday 13th......

Conditions in West Cornwall were good, early morning sun, little to no swell, and very good water clarity. Plan was to fish a deep water rock mark over the pushing tide, spend a good few hours out on the coast. I was fishing with my new light game rod, the Daiko Spear 60th Anniversary Blue Label 8'3 and 2-14g. Lures were mainly small to micro hard plastics, with a handfull of LRF softies thrown in the bag as well.

First fish caught on the new rod was a Pollack. It smashed a DUO Tetra Works Bivi micro vib lure on the drop, close in to the rocky ledge I was fishing from.

I wanted to get down in amongst the weed and rocks, so switched over to the softies, and Texas rigged an Ecogear 2" BugAnt. Keeping contact with the bottom, and long pauses between twitches, felt the familiar knock of a Wrasse, and fish landed. The 2" BugAnts were roducing fish well, with more Wrasse and Pollack to follow.

Moving from the rocky ledges to the gullies round the point, decided to work an Ecogear VX45 & VX50 metal vib, searching the deep water. Had a couple more Pollack take on the drop.

Swithed back to the DUO lures, and hooked into 3 more Pollack. This time they were taken on the DUO Ruf Bay SV-70 vib and the DUO Tetra Works Yurameki. The SV-70 vib is a truly great lure, one I will be using a lot in the coming months. Casts extrememly well for its size, and works great then retrieved sink and draw, making it buzz, or on a slow straight retrieve.

Second time testing the new rod, but the first session with some fish on. So far feels good, the Pollack and Wrasse today were putting a nice bend in it, and the casting ability with small lures is great. The bottom reading sensitivity gives huge amounts of feedback, and sublte takes on the drop are transmitted well. Looking forward to getting out with it again soon.

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Tuesday, 10 April 2012

Sunline Small Game Fluoro

I have been using Sunline Small Game Fluoro 3lb for light game duties for a while now. Spooled onto a 2506 Daiwa Certate, the full 150m fits nicely. I have tested it in the Harbour environment, close range vertical fishing, with drop shot rigs, and light jig heads. Small species plucking at a lure register well on the line, with good sensitivity. The line cuts nicely through the water, and I prefer to use it over light braid in windy conditions. Fishing in the winter months with cold hands, one great advantage with using fluoro straight through, is that you do not need to tie a leader length. It also allows you to cut and re-tie your rigs easily and readily, without having to consider loosing leader length. On the 2506 size spool, the line does not retain much memory in the form of coils, it is well behaved, even with ultra light jig heads in the region of 0.5-1g.

Along with the shelter of the Harbor fishing, I have also had some great sessions using the 3lb Sunline Small Game Fluoro out on the deep water rock marks of West Cornwall. Here my target species have been Pollack and Wrasse. Using slightly heavier small game tackle than the in the Harbour's, I have taken Wrasse to around 3lb in weight. In this instance, matching the line to a rod that will protect it is key, and also the use of a landing net is essential for landing the fish. The Pollack have been falling to small casting jigs and metal vib lures. Casting with the Small Game Fluoro is great, due to it's low diameter. Allowing the jigs and vibs to sink though the water column, picking up hits from the Pollack on the drop. There is a little more stretch evident using fluoro straight through over braid, but this also helps cushion the dives and runs from the fighting Pollack and Wrasse. In this rough environment, the light 3lb fluoro has proved to be pretty tough, with good abraision resistance, and great knotting strength, whether tied direct or using a small metal clip.

As much as I love using fluoro as a mainline, I do not see it as a replacement to braid for light game duties, Side by side, the two lines compliment each other, both having their advantages and disadvantages. On some occasions, I will fish with 2 set ups, one with braid and one with fluoro. Or if carrying two rods is not an option, just take along a spare spool loaded with either the braid or fluoro, allowing you to chop and change when conditions dictate. I like the 3lb breaking strain, as it is fine and sensitive enough for the mini species in the Harbour, as well as being tough enough to take on the rough weedy grounds below deep water rock marks I fish a lot. The Sunline Small Game Fluoro gives you the confidence to fish areas where a bonus larger fish may take the lure.

Saturday, 7 April 2012

Daiko Spear SRS832L 60th Anniversary Blue Label Rod

With my fondness for fishing with light tackle, recently picked this rod up with the intention of using it for small plugs and vib metals. A little longer than my other light game rods, 8'3 in length, with a casting range of 2-14g. This is the tubular tip version, but there is also an 8'3 solid tip model available as well.

The rod is a Daiko Spear SRS832L 60th Anniversary Blue Label. The look and finish of the rod is superb. The tackle tart inside me loves the fact the deep transluscent blue finish, with the weave shining through in the light, matches the colour of the Daiwa Certate reels I use. The guides are the now familiar Fuji K type titaniums.

I have only had a quick test session with it, when I took the above pics. Casting a 7g surface plug, distance was not a problem, and working it back, great action can easily be achieved. The rod also performed great with a 3g jig head and 2" soft lure, but the hard lures are where I will be using this rod most. With work being super-busy over the last few weeks, have not had the opportunity to get out fishing,  but hopefully in the coming weeks, I will be putting this rod through it's paces, and will be able to provide some good feedback on it.

If you want to know some more about this rod, and also the solid tip version that is also available, drop me a message to and I will put you onto the chap who has brought a few of these rods into the UK from Japan.

Monday, 2 April 2012

DUO Lures April Contest

With the start of April, the guys at DUO are launching their latest competition. This month, all you have to do is email a photo of your best catch to date, using a DUO lure. Once again, in order to enter, you need to be a fan of DUO on Facebook Once you have chosen your best photo, of a cacth using a DUO lure, the address to send it to is

The closing date for entry is 28th April 2012. If you want to know what the prize for this months competition is, then check out the pic below! To see the original contest page on the DUO site, take a look HERE