FishSpy Echo Pro – The Ultimate fish and feature finder – Pre-Order !!

For the first time ever, FishSpy Echo Pro combines cutting edge sonar and live stream video camera.

If that isn’t enough, Echo Pro also allows you produce bathymetric maps using its built in GPS chip.

Priced at just £229.99, Echo Pro is now available to pre-order here.

A new era begins…. For the first time ever sonar depth sounder and underwater camera combine; the awesome new FishSpy Echo Pro is the complete fish and feature finder. Why settle for just sonar technology when you can have the power of two – Sonar AND live video? Packed with features including sonar, GPS, lake mapping, file storage and amazing high quality live video streaming and recording, Echo Pro can be cast with a rod or attached to a boat.

Uncover the secrets of the places you fish, discover underwater structures; reveal the composition of lake bottoms, riverbeds and floors, reveal the depths of your waters; Echo Pro uses powerful sonar and crystal clear video to locate features and fish. Wherever you fish, bank, boat or shore Echo Pro’s combined power of sonar and video guarantee you miss nothing. Echo Pro streams live lake information direct to your smartphone or tablet and is purpose made to be stored in your tackle box. Echo Pro is even compact enough to be carried in your pocket.

Features:

– Cutting edge Echo Sounder technology
– Live video streaming
– Record and download video footage
– Switch modes at the touch of a screen
– Offline Sonar plot history
– Built in GPS locator
– Build bathometric lake maps – study offline
– Locate features and find fish
– Huge 100m plus range
– Android & iOs compatible

ORDER FISHSPY ECHO PRO HERE

FishSpy Echo Pro Sonar and Camera – available to order now!!

FishSpy & TF Gear Carp Fishing Shows 2019

The FishSpy and Total Fishing Gear team are pleased to announce we will be attending a number of the UK’s leading carp fishing tackle shows during the early part of 2019.

The unique FishSpy camera is one of the biggest products to ever hit the carp fishing scene – there simply hasn’t been anything like this before! So naturally we appreciate you might want to take a closer look at the innovative underwater camera that is becoming an essential bit of kit.

Therefore in early 2019 FishSpy will be on the road, giving you a perfect opportunity to ‘try before you buy’ prior to the carp fishing season kicking off. So why not come along and see what you’re missing?

In addition to FishSpy products and accessories, we will be showcasing select products from our parent company Total Fishing Gear, including the popular Airflo inflatable bivvy and Airbomb bait delivery device.

In running order, the 2019 FishSpy shows are:

Brentwood carp show

Brentwood carp show 2019

Dates: 26th & 27th January, The Brentwood center, Essex.

Packed full of exhibitors from all of the top carp fishing tackle brands, the Brentwood carp show is firmly established as a winter favourite. Make sure you check this show out – what else it there to do in January anyway!?

For more information and ticket prices visit the Brentwood carp show Facebook page.

The Northern Angling Show 7

Northern Angling Show 2019

Dates: 23rd & 24th February, Event City, Manchester.

This is the 7th year of the huge Northern Angling show, and a third appearance for FishSpy in this part of the country! A great opportunity for carp anglers based in the north of the UK to get to grips with FishSpy up close. The NAS has grown bigger and bigger each year and now boasts the highest footfall of any UK carp show. This year is set to have a record attendance and we can’t wait!

For more information and ticket prices click here.

The Big One

The Big One Shows 2019

Date: March 23rd & 24th  Farnborough, Hants.

Date: April 13th & 14th Stoneleigh, Midlands.

New for 2019 the Big One has TWO carp fishing shows! As well as the favourite Farnborough showground, there is a second venue at Stoneleigh park in the Midlands.

With the extra show The BIG ONE is going to be the largest carp fishing event in 2019 by far. This year will see the exhibitions jam packed with carp fishing celebs and top tackle marques – just in time for launching your full-on spring carp angling campaign.

For more information and ticket prices click here.

The FishSpy show stand


Thinking about buying a FishSpy, but cannot decide?

Seeing FishSpy first hand will truly open your eyes to what this ground breaking device can offer carp anglers. Discover exactly how it can improve your carp fishing and give you insights you had never dreamed of.

You will be able to speak to FishSpy’s designers, meet the Total Fishing Gear development team, see examples of actual FishSpy footage and on selected shows talk with Dave Lane, one of the UK’s foremost carp anglers who has been heavily involved in the intensive field testing of this product.

We will be able to answer all of your FishSpy questions and will have plenty of the cameras on hand for you to test and take a closer look at. FishSpy underwater cameras and accessories will also be available to purchase from ourselves at each show, so look out for super deals on the show days, including FishSpy cameras at just £99.99!

See you there

The FishSpy/TF Gear team

For further information please email: info@fishspy.com

Introducing TF Gear Airbomb: Shotgun Baiting

For the past 2 years we have been working on a project to improve the bait distribution market. After tireless testing, tweaking and design evolution our unique mid-air bait delivery device is now ready to take the carp world by storm. Introducing Airbomb and ‘shotgun’ baiting.

The Airbomb idea:

The Airbomb was the brainchild of Leighton Medway and Nick Rees, two Welsh carp anglers.

It was baiting up time whilst fishing Fendrod lake Swansea in 2016. Leighton Medway, 47 a Professional Golf Coach/Mechanical Engineer and Nick Rees 23 a Carpenter, both from Llanelli area South Wales had set up in tight swims with overhead trees. During their attempt at baiting up they kept catching the overhead obstacles which caused their payload of bait to burst and spread just yards in front of them. Unfortunately they were 16 rod lengths short of their mark.

This sparked the idea of trying to construct a casting style baiting tool which could offer them this spread of bait at any range they were capable of reaching. Both spent endless hours in Leighton’s garage trying to find a way of making this possible. After weeks of head scratching they managed to construct a prototype which was ready to be shown.

Fortunately Leighton had a good friend, Rob Williams, the Director of Total Fishing Gear. The natural path for this was to go there, and there was no better person to take this product to. Thanks to TF Gear and their staff’s knowledge, Leighton and Nick were able to work closely and endlessly with TF Gear to develop the Airbomb to what it is today. We hope you all enjoy using the Airbomb and it helps you bring more good fish to your nets.

The Airbomb official video

Product development – The TF Gear way

It took us a long time to get to the finished product. Over a period of over 2 years, extensive field testing and various prototype’s were used, abused and developed upon until a perfect combination was achieved.

Extreme product testing….

Built to last

The TF Gear Airbomb development team spent countless hours on the water, making tens of thousands of casts to ensure Airbomb was as durable and useful as possible. Many variables and designs were tested, and the final product bore fruit of literal blood, sweat and tears. Airbomb’s are made of a super resilient plastic polymer that is buoyant as well as almost indestructible.

How does it work?

Airbomb is triggered by a central pin, which controls opening and closure. When the Airbomb hits a reel clip in mid-air, the jolt is sufficient enough to open the chamber with such force that the bait flies out in a wide, beautifully scattered pattern several yards ahead, hence the term ‘shotgun baiting’.

Should you not hit your reel clip (or decide not too) Airbomb will not open upon impacting the water. So as well as giving you another chance to cast without wasting bait, this gives you the option of depositing your bait into an exact area. Simply overcast your spot, draw into position then open Airbomb with a shark jerk of the rod tip, thus allowing you to precision bait with incredible accuracy.

Why doesn’t it open when you cast?

We came up with an innovative system that transfers energy when the cast is made. A spring loaded rear clip takes the power of the cast, rather than the pin that triggers the Airbomb. During the cast, the spring releases a ring attached to a leader specially designed for distance casting. The transfer of energy through the leader ensures a smooth delivery without premature opening. As the clip is reached, the beads on the end of the leader trigger the Airbomb to open.

Airbomb casting

What is it made from?

Airbomb is made from a super tough and naturally buoyant plastic compound. It has been tested repeatedly in extreme conditions, including comprehensive destruction tests. We never had a single material failure during the testing process! We are confident the Airbomb has been built to the highest standard possible, meaning it will perform reliably time and time again.

Some advantages to consider

The two most common castable bait delivery products work by opening upon impact. This results in a narrow deposition of bait that can clump up tightly and even arose the suspicion of fish on heavily pressured venues. A wide bait spread can encourage confident feeding behavior and therefore more chance of a run. Some bait delivery products are prone to attack from nuisance birds; Airbomb has been shown to confuse these pests. Some other products have reliability issues, such as refusing to open, breaking easily or bursting apart early on the cast. Airbomb has been engineered to avoid these frustrating problems.

Additionally, in some waters carp have adapted to conventional baiting patterns, such as from baitboats, so we theorised this method of baiting would provide a completely new angle of attack for the carp fisher on heavily pressured venues. A wide spread of bait can encourage confidence, where carp feed and throw up silt and detritus which encourages yet more fish to investigate.

For baiting up tight to margins, snags and islands Airbomb is unbeatable. There is no risk of loosing your Airbomb through a careless cast. simply clip up and fire your bait tight onto the spot.

For surface fishing Airbomb has proved invaluable. spray biscuits and floaters at feeding carp without risk of spooking them.

Airbomb key points:

Airbomb is designed with the following functions in mind.

  • Airbomb releases payload in mid-air, creating a shotgun effect bait spread
  • Stealthy no spook baiting operation – Airbomb falls well away from the baited area
  • Spreads bait forward in a scattered pattern well beyond the reach of your cast
  • Aerodynamic design maximises casting range
  • Total accuracy every cast due to stable quad fin design
  • Massive load capacity
  • Easy and quick to fill – a once handed scoop operation is possible for efficient operation
  • Create vast beds of bait with speed and efficiency
  • Precision bait by drawing over weed gaps and localised feeding spots then jerking rod tip to open
  • No risk of spillage or wasted bait
  • Suitable for all carp fishing baits including boilies, particles and floaters
  • Naturally buoyant and effortless to retrieve
  • Heavy-duty and robust construction – will withstand extreme casting
  • Bait up far margins, snags or islands with no risk of losing Airbomb
  • Confuses nuisance birds and other bait eating pests
  • Perfect for floater fishing – release floating baits with no risk of spooking carp

When can I get one?

Airbomb’s are available from all good TF Gear dealers, priced at £14.99. or you can order your Airbomb through the website here.

Use Airbomb with any bait.

River Coarse Fishing with TF Gear Fishing Tackle

TF Gear team members Simon and Ceri recently headed down to the River Wye one evening after work. The guys picked up a decent catch of barbel and chub on a selection of TF Gear tackle, including the Airlite free-spool reel, Nantec mono and Banshee barbel rod.

This quick report with images shows what great fun you can have whilst river coarse fishing!

In the jungle, waiting for a bite!

Simon elected to use the new Nash Cultured boilie hook baits with a delivery of groundbait and pellet in PVA bags. The banshee barbel rod in 1.5lb test curve was definitely man enough for the job. These tactics paid off almost right away!

Releasing a River Wye barbel.

Using cage and feeder tactics with groundbait, Ceri started picking up decent sized chub on 8mm pellets, and also the odd minnow – some of them new personal bests!

Ground bait all ready to use.

A nice size chub.

A new PB minnow.

With 12lb nantec main line, there was no danger of loosing fish or tackle. The drag of the TF Gear Airlite reels are perfectly smooth, and excel in playing strong fish such as barbel and big river chub that like to dive for the nearest snag.

The TF Gear airlite reel size 40 is perfect for river coarse fishing.

Last knockings are often the best times for river coarse fishing – it really pays to stay on until the darkness and beyond if you can! There was a flurry of action as the light faded, with chub to 4lb and barbel to 6lb gracing the nets.

Last knockings River Wye barbel.

TF Gear fishing tackle is ideal for river coarse fishing, visit the website to checkout the entire range!

Barbel fishing – Roll on June 16th!

It wont be long before the TF Gear team turn their attention to barbel fishing – and the long awaited June 16th river opener!

A river Wye Barbel.

In the TF Gear office we are literally counting down the days when we can get onto the river bank straight after work, and fish into the late midsummer evenings.

Luckily we are within a fairly short distance of the river Wye, one of the best barbel fishing rivers in the UK. For what the Wye fish lack in size, they make up for in sheer numbers, with fish in the 4 to 8lb class being very common with the odd sprinkling of double figure fish.

The delightful River Wye.

TF Gear make plenty of fishing tackle for the barbel angler – for example our Nan-tec barbel rods, which combine power with finesse and stunning good looks. Available in 1.5lb test curve and 2lb test for ‘big river’ flood water condition these lovely rods come with full cork handles.

Another staff favourite are the Banshee barbel, which in 1.5lb test curve are ideal for low summer flows – such as we find at the season’s start. With an Airlite freerunner reel in size 40 completing the deal, this set up is often what we throw in the car for an evening on the Wye.

TF Gear Airlite freerunner reel – Size 40.

For mainline the Nantec mono in 12lb is simply unbeatable – this stuff is  very strong and abrasion resistant, so you need not fear a break off or fish loss in a snag or weed bed.

We like to keep things simple and use basic cage feeder and groundbait  tactics with  a hook link of 10lb Airflo fluorocarbon with a hair rigged trout pellet. There is no need to use a ridiculously heavy winter feeder in summer – a 23 gram cage feeder is more than enough in low water conditions.

Often, we see anglers turn up in a swim and automatically lump out a cast to the far bank, with no regard to fish location or snags present in the swim. This looses tackle and results in less fish on the bank.

Think before you cast…..

We like to scout out swims and loose feed a handful of pellet before carefully and quietly casting the bait just a few yards out, looking for side creases, bankside drop offs, dips in teh river bed and gaps in the weedbeds on the our side of the river.

A short accurate cast also helps ensure your presentation is spot on. If there are fish present expect a ‘3 foot twitch’ – sometimes within minutes, provided you haven’t spooked them when approaching the swim. Make a move if nothing happens after an hour – keep roving the bank until you find them and the rewards will follow.

Good luck and may you have a successful June 16th!

A Wye barbel goes back.

Upcoming events – See the FishSpy underwater Camera in action at three major UK Carp Fishing shows!!!

The TF Gear team are very pleased to announce we will be attending a number of the UK’s largest carp fishing tackle shows over the coming months!

Our unique FishSpy camera is one of the biggest products to ever hit the carp fishing scene – there simply hasn’t been anything like this since the invention of the bait boat! So naturally we appreciated you might want to take a closer look at the innovative new underwater camera everyone has been talking about.

Therefore, we decided to take FishSpy on the road this winter and spring to three of the biggest carp shows in the UK. This is your perfect opportunity to try and buy before the carp fishing season kicks off in earnest so why not come along and see what you’re missing ?

Been thinking about buying one, but can’t decide?

Seeing FishSpy first hand will truly open your eyes to what this ground breaking device can offer carp anglers. Discover exactly how it can improve your carp fishing and give you insights you had never dreamed of.

You will be able to speak to FishSpy’s inventors, meet the TF Gear development team, and talk with Dave Lane, one of the UK’s foremost carp anglers who has been heavily involved in the intensive two year field testing of this product.

We will be able to answer all of your FishSpy questions and will have plenty of them on hand for you to test and take a much closer look at. FishSpy underwater cameras and accessories will also be available to purchase from ourselves at each show.

In running order, the 2016 FishSpy shows are:

1. The Brentwood carp show.
Dates: 6th & 7th February, The Brentwood center, Essex.

Packed full of exhibitors from all of the top carp fishing tackle brands, the emphasis this year is on NEW tackle – and that includes our revolutionary FishSpy camera! Make sure you check this show out – what else it there to do in February anyway!?

For more information and ticket prices click here.

2. Carpin’on – THE carp show.

Dates: 12th & 13th March, Five lakes resort, Essex.

Carpin’ On is the UK’s #1 carp fishing exhibition, covering all aspects of carp angling and bringing all the biggest tackle brands together under one roof!

Over 90 exhibitors, outdoor demos and displays and the best entertainment line up of all the UK shows including live forums, slide shows and tell-all interviews from leading anglers. This is your chance to meet the experts including TF Gear consultant Dave Lane!

For more information and ticket prices click here.

3. The BIG One.
Date: 19th & 20th March, Farnborough Hants.

Fishface promotions bring you THE BIG ONE! With well over 180 exhibitors, as the name suggests this is simply the largest UK carp show of 2016. This year will see the exhibition jam packed with carp fishing celebs and top tackle marques- just in time for launching your full-on spring carp fishing campaign!

For more information and ticket prices click here.

(Please note: Dave Lane is unable to attend this show.)

See you there!
The FishSpy team

For further information please email: info@fishspy.com

Introducing FishSpy – See what You’re Missing.

TF Gear would like to proudly announce what we consider to be the most exciting product we have ever developed.

FishSpy is an innovative underwater camera, which we feel is going to be a game changer for carp fishermen world-wide. Our technical team have been working intensively on this project for over two years now, and we consider this to be an innovative product that is going to completely revolutionise the carp fishing world. Uniquely FishSpy is capable of transmitting live and recorded video direct to your smartphone or tablet with it’s built in WiFi, up to 100 meter’s distance away. FishSpy retails at just £249.95 and will be on the shelves early November 2015.

We think this short video speaks for itself:

Why did we develop FishSpy?

We felt the need to create a technological fishing product that would help the carp angler. Products such as water wolf are good for entertainment value (especially if you are a predator angler), but do not actually help you catch more fish. The same with GoPro’s – they make excellent recordings but these cannot be instantly applied on the bank side to help you land more carp. We thought about making a product that would show you the lake bed and the fish instantly, via a live video feed- therefore giving the angler the ability to adapt your tactics there and then. There was clearly a gap in the market that we stepped forward to fill – there simply wasn’t anything like this out there, or indeed technically possible to manufacture. So we looked at applying this concept by integrating a water proof camera into a marker float. Two years later, after thousands of hours of testing and hardcore fishing – and this is the end result. FishSpy will change the way you fish for ever.

Two years in development – A FishSpy underwater camera

What can it do for you, the carp angler?

FishSpy is very useful to the carp fisherman because it can give you an instant idea of what is happening on the lake bed.  The major benefit is feature finding – you can find a clear patch on a very weedy lake bottom, or a silt bed loaded with bloodworm. Once you locate a prime area you can use it just like a traditional marker float, and aim your cast right at FishSpy. Another benefit is you will be able to see just how your bait and rig behave on the lake bottom- seeing how your bait presentation sits in the sediment, allows you to adjust rig type, bait buoyancy etc. See how your bait stands out on the bottom, and throw in, bait boat, or catapult free offerings around FishSpy so you know how they appear on the substrate and act in the water column. This allows you to comprehensively fine tune your bait presentation to maximize your fish catching results- as any carper knows getting a perfectly presented bait into the right area is ultimately the difference between success and failure.

Using FishSpy to find hotspots:

Using FishSpy when baiting up:

Lets not forget the purely fun element for the angler – just like Water Wolfs and GoPro’s FishSpy has the facility to actually capture fish on film. So you can view the quarry themselves, plus record and save for future viewing and social media sharing.

Carp and Tench Feeding captured on film:

As part of our development process we have involved dedicated carp anglers all over the UK to help fine tune and tweak this product, ensuring it hits the floor running.
We presented FishSpy to Dave Lane, our carp fishing and tackle consultant. This is what Dave had to say – “Feature finding made easy, what has taken me a lifetime to learn, can be achieved overnight by using FishSpy – the ultimate edge!” We filmed this great video with Dave, showing just how effective FishSpy can be in boosting your carp catches.

FishSpy with Dave Lane – Live video to your mobile or tablet:

The technical stuff:

The FishSpy camera is housed inside an aerodynamic waterproof marker float that is built to withstand depths of up to 10 meter’s. FishSpy generates it’s own WiFi network, and allows you to connect to any WiFi devise, be it a smart phone, tablet or even a laptop. You do not need mobile internet signal or even standard phone signal for this to work with your devise.
Video is streamed in 640 x 480 quality – a great compromise between image quality and file size. This is the optimum specification for maximum streaming range and signal reliability, while still giving you an incredible view into an underwater world.

On the waters surface FishSpy can transmit up to 100 m distance. This range is assisted by a foam ring, which helps buoy up the camera from the surface of the lake, increasing the reliability and strength of the signal. Bear in mind from the surface you may not be able to see the bottom directly if it is very deep, light conditions are poor or if the water is murkey and stained. This is where FishSpy really is ingenious – you can hit a record button on your devise and wind it down very close to the lake bed for a better view.
Footage is stored on FishSpy’s generous 7 hour capacity memory card. You can then float it back up to the surface and view your recording instantly by hitting the play back button on your devise.

You can repeat this procedure in order to cover a vast area of the lake, giving you a true insight into what is down there. Yes you really can see what you’re missing!

FishSpy at the surface – giving you a live video feed to the world below.

 

 

FishSpy recording video footage fully submerged. Review instantly on the surface!

You can access the data from FishSpy through a custom designed app for apples iOs system, or a web browser for Andriod operating systems. There are several great features integrated into FishSpy’s software – including an action tag allowing you to mark a particular part of your video sequence, allowing for quick location when playing back at a later time. You can play back and delete any recordings you wish there and then, and any recording you choose to keep can be easily downloaded when you connect your FishSpy to a PC or laptop back home – by simply dragging and dropping the files. Battery life is 4 hours, and FishSpy can be easily charged back up using a standard micro USB port, just like on your android phone.

Some FishSpy screen shots from the Apple iOs app.

To cast FishSpy, simply rig up and attach to your fishing line just like a regular marker float. A boom is also included with the package, which allows you to wind right down to the lake bed.

How to set up FishSpy on your line.

A technical spec chart from www.fishspy.com

 

Watch this great FishSpy tutorial video which explains everything you need to know:

For more technical specifications and informative product videos visit the Fishspy Website.

How much can I buy a FishSpy camera for, and where can I get one?

A FishSpy underwater camera unit is £249.95 retail. We think for a technologically advanced fishing product of this caliber this represents incredible value for money.
When you compare a FishSpy camera to the cost of a baitboat, or a set of three decent rods and reels, your bivvy and bait over a year plus your syndicate and license fees, then the cost of a FishSpy camera is quite insignificant. The true value of FishSpy will become apparent when your carp catches radically improve, and backed by an unconditional 12 month warranty this is an investment for the future- not just a short term toy. FishSpy camera units will be available from early November 2015.

Find your UK dealer here: http://www.fishspy.com/stockists

We plan to have have Europe wide distribution of this product in the very near future, so continental carpers need not fear missing out on this fantastic product.

Follow us on social media:

We also created several new exciting social media channels for FishSpy – YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and Pintrest.
So why not give them a follow and see what you’re missing!

TF Gear Compact Rods

Looking for a new rod to kick start your spring campaign? Look no further than the TF gear compact range of coarse fishing rods, ideal for those starting out in the sport and the seasoned veteran alike.

What are the compact rods you ask? Well the concept is these coarse fishing rods are shorter in length than the traditional fishing rods on the market. This confers many advantages to the fisherman.

  • Easy maneuvering – in tightly spaced commercial fishery swims, or on the river bank when you have to clamber through heavy bank side foliage.
  • Greatly reduced weight – These fishing rods are also significantly lighter in the hand making your fishing more pleasurable.
  • Easy transportation – these rods are guaranteed to fit in your car!
  • Better casting accuracy – with less leverage to deal with and a quicker recovery time accurate casting becomes much easier.
  • Improved control when playing a fish – its much easier to put the pressure on a decent fish and change angle of play quickly with a shorter rod.
  • Reduced cost – shorter length equals less carbon used. This cost saving has been passed on, so higher quality blanks and components are used in manufacture. You get a better quality product for less money.
  • Fish playing fun – feel everything, and put the thrill back into a fight! While at the same time there is enough power to quickly tame large specimen fish.

TF Gear produce a compact rod for every fishing scenario you will ever encounter. There are two ranges – The original compact rods, which and have a classic brown ground matt carbon finish, and feature smooth mid-tip progressive actions. These rods are great value, but no compromise has been made on quality or finish. Secondly the lighter weight and higher modulus carbon nantec range, which feature slimmer blanks and a slightly faster action. In addition most of the nantec rods come with a free TF gear Airlite reel, making them an incredibly competitive package.

The TF gear compact allrounders must be the best seller best in the range. These highly versatile rods offer you numerous options, you can go from a 8 to 10 foot length with a two foot extension piece. They are also supplied with 3 x push in feeder quiver tips and an avon top, allowing you to fish multiple methods – float, feeder, touch ledgering, surface fishing or even spinning.

 

The TF Gear Compact commercial float and feeder rods are available in either 8 foot or 10 foot configurations. The feeder rods come complete with 3 push in quivers. They are ideal for small fishery work, from roach and rudd to tench and bream, these rods handle them all. The 8 footers in particular are ideal for really crowded swims, and also make superb rods for youngsters to easily use.

TF Gear Compact carp rods are 10 foot in length with a 2.5 test curve. These fantastic rods are not just ideal for carp, they can be used for barbel, large specimen tench, chub or even pike and zander fishing using a float and deadbait presentation.

Alex Bones, expert carp and match angler talk us through the nantec compact carp rod.

Alan Yates Sea Fishing Diary July

WHAT HAVE I BEEN DOING

A busy weekend for competitions at Samphire Hoe, Dover recently when the Home Nations team Championships took place. Samphire Hoe is a very snaggy venue despite which it has become one of the favourite venue for international competitions because it’s a long fair promenade stretch that produces fish in mid summer in the calmest, clearest water conditions. The reason for this is that the sea bed out from the sea wall is a mass of rocks and kelp, many also say all the redundant dumper lorries and trucks used to construct the Channel Tunnel, the Hoe is a venue made from the tunnels spoil after all!

I tagged along on the Friday of the Home Nations with the camera and saw a few pollack, dogfish, pout and wrasse come in with the England youngsters doing particularly well fishing alongside the wall. In the event both the England Junior and Youth teams won their competitions, whilst the England seniors tied for last place and Scotland took the senior honours.

Interesting fact about the event was that like all Internationals nowadays they are bait supplied. This takes away the enormous advantage that many top match match anglers who spend several days a week digging and collecting bait have. I was very against the idea when I fished internationally because I placed great faith and effort in bait collecting, although it was a case of if you don’t like it don’t fish internationally and so I had to bow to the rule. Nowadays having retired from the international arena I am not so anti bait supplied. I suppose over the years I have become brainwashed into thinking it’s a fairer system, although in the back of my mind making an effort is always goes to by more important to me.

Bait supplied makes the fishing fairer, to an extent, when the bait supplied is good quality and the bait the fish are looking for, but being fobbed off with bad bait is the worst feeling in the World when you are fishing for your country – I remember when the World champs was fished at Dover being given common lugworm when my team mates and all other competitors all had yellowtails – It ruined my championships and was one of the reasons I packed in international fishing.

After the Home Nations had finished, I fished the European Federation event – It was also bait supplied, although a much lower key international event. More like a Saga International with all the old timers in attendance. Two days of fishing after the Home Nations had virtually cleaned out the venue proved hard and I struggled to catch because the venues fish are mostly localised and even fishing catch and release catching the fish totally ruined the fishing for the following days. Winner of the European was Reg Clough from Salisbury who amongst his haul included a specimen three bearded rockling. I took some pics of Reg’s rockling and in the excitement of it all he returned the fish without measuring it! Fortunately it had been pictured near a measure and he was awarded 45cm – I though it was nearer 50cm, lesson learned for Reg.

COMPETIONS AND EVENTS

Coming up is the start of the major competition season, yes after a dismal summer, autumn is not that far away although hopefully there will be some sunshine in between. Lots of events to fish in the months to come with the Festivals particularly favourite for their friendliness and camaraderie. Some to look out for include:

The Filey Brigg Angling Society Sea Fishing Festival starts on Saturday 1st of September. For details contact Miss Carolyn Cammish, 01723 518457. Web: www.fileybrigganglingsociety.co.uk

Also on the 2nd of September the Weymouth Festival takes place. Contact 07967 018225.

The Torbay Sea Angling Festival takes place from September 7th until the 16th and that has boat and shore events. For details contact: Paul Vaggers  01803 551005   Mobile: 07967 647955  Email: paulvaggers@btinternet.com

Web: www.torbayfishingfestival.co.uk

The Scarborough Festival starts on the 15th September with the Bob Yarker Trophy which is a rover, there are competitions all week and the event is sponsored by Sea Angler magazine. Details on 07557 683570 or 01751 475795

Finally, its not a festival, but the week long SAMF Daiwa Irish Pairs is fished a at Dingle in Ireland from the 29th September. Places usually sell out early. www; irishpairs.co.uk Nick Haward 01502724222

TACKLE, ETC

It’s that time of year when sea anglers are starting to think about the autumn season to come. Its time for some sea fishing tackle maintenance, or an update of tackle ready for the cod and big bass season, or in the case of the competition angler, the larger autumn opens and festivals. Is your gear up to scratch, have you got the latest fishing tackle innovations and are you prepared?

A major job apart from some general maintenance of rods and sea fishing  reels is to renew the sea fishing line and shock leaders on all reels. Modern monofilament is tougher than in the past and will last on the reel for months, BUT the odd nick or damage could cost you a fish and so the new season is the time to renew line completely. On the beach nowadays I prefer to go for diameter nowadays rather than line breaking strain because its knock strength and durability that is so important from the beach. OK low diameter line casts further and resists the tide less, but if it pops on the first barnacle that counts for nothing. So I tend to stick with Nantec 0.40mm (18lb) for general fishing with a 0.37mm to 0.80mm Aftershock tapered shock leader.

Terminal rig wise have you spotted that the TF Gear rig range includes rigs that use rubber stop snood fixings? These not only allow the user to adjust the snood position at will, but also if they get snagged the snood rubber can slip and spring the hook free, sometimes.

My most recent fishing session for Sea Angler Magazine saw me join Paul Fenech and Jason Davey in search of bass from a spectacular Sussex surf venue and was lucky enough to bag a 5lber. Read all about it in the next issue of Sea Angler Magazine.

One of the better size bass at 5lb 1oz for Alan Yates whilst filming a feature foir Sea Angler magazine

Catching Fish at Last!

No matter how long you’ve been an angler, and I’ve been chasing specimens for over 50 years, a run of blanks saps your confidence. I don’t care who you are, you start to question your competence, your rigs and your baits. You know you’re doing nothing wrong, what you are doing has worked well in the past, but you simply cannot avoid that self doubt creeping in.

For that reason, it’s a good idea if you’re on a bad run to have a session at a relatively easy water, simplify your carp fishing tackle and get a few fish to restore the self confidence. That is what I did yesterday. After six gruelling two day sessions at the big tench and bream water with Alan Lawrence, after which we’d had just one tench and four jack pike between us, I was in need of the sunshine break which my wife and I thoroughly enjoyed in Tenerife.

On my return last week, Alan confirmed that the pit still was not producing and he had left it for a while to have a couple of sessions at a more prolific water to get a bend in the rod. I decided, therefore, to have a dawn to dusk session at a local gravel pit which has a good head of carp as well as some terrific roach, backed up by very average tench and bream. The carp were my target, hopefully one of the four known thirties in the water. But, with a fair head of twenties and lots of doubles, I was hoping for a run or two.

On my arrival to the lake at opening time 6.00am, I was not encouraged by the on-site bailiff who confirmed that the water had been very dour for weeks. The ridiculous amounts of cold rain had raised the water level quite dramatically, causing the fish to totally shut up shop. As well as that, although it was dry when I arrived, by 6.30am the rain was falling. What a summer this is turning out to be.

The swim I selected looked a cracker for a carp or two, where my right hand rod could place a bait off the point of an island under an overhanging willow at 70 yards. The left hand fishing rod would be cast to the same island twenty yards to the left, where there was a little bay overhung with what looked like brambles. In view of the information from the bailiff, I was unsure of how much bait to introduce initially. My plan had been to bait heavily to start with. After a little deliberation, I decided to go with the original plan and fired out about a kilo of 14mm baits around each rod.

By the time I was ready to cast out, it was around 7.30am. Alarms set, I sat back with a cup of tea under my umbrella to wait on events. I never had time to finish it. It must have been less than three minutes after the cast and the right hand carp rod was off to a real flier; I struck into a powerful fish that was kiting right at a rate of knots. By now, the rain was lashing down and that, as well as the oppressively humid conditions making me as wet under my waterproofs as on top of them, it was decidedly uncomfortable. The fish fought well, although it was obviously no monster. Eventually, it was in the net, a really pretty, fully scaled mirror of around 15lbs. Just as I was about to lift it onto the unhooking mat, the other fishing rod screamed off! Placing the net and fish back I the margins, I struck into another fish, this one going at breakneck speed. Immediately, I said to myself that this had to be a long, lean common, and I was spot on as it turned out. It proved to weigh just under17lbs. I had a problem during the playing. I had only set up one landing net, although I always carry two, so I had to jam the rod between my legs, with an angry carp ripping line off the clutch, as I hastily assembled the second net. By the time both fish had been unhooked, released, and I was cast in again I was absolutely soaked. I had fired out another 100 baits around each rod. That had been quite a start and the confidence builder I needed.

From then on until 2.30pm, with the rain virtually non stop, I was to enjoy the most incredible action. In all, that period had produced a further eleven carp, all over 14lbs with the best at 19lb 11ozs, plus three small bream. I would have loved a shot of the 19-11, a gorgeous linear mirror, but unfortunately, when I landed it, we were in the middle of an incredible thunderstorm with mega hailstones. It wasn’t worth damaging my camera and I reluctantly slipped it back and dived back under the brolly.

Strangely, the action then stopped as suddenly as it had started and from then until 7.00pm all was quiet. At around 5.00pm the rain had stopped at last and hot sun broke through. What bliss! It stayed quite hot for a couple of hours, drying my carp fishing gear nicely, and then I noticed further ominous black thunder clouds approaching once more. I had planned to fish until 8.00pm but decided to pack up there and then and get my fishing gear back into the van before it got another soaking. Like all anglers, I suppose, I gathered all the ancillary stuff together first and was just reaching for the first rod when the alarm shrieked and line began pouring off the spool in a blur. As I struck, I felt the first few spots of rain and played the fish as hard as I dare. By the time it was approaching the net cord the rain was getting heavy again and I was soaked once more, but this time I’d already packed the umbrella away. Quickly returning the fish, a mid double common, I quickly folded the rod into its sleeve and then, unbelievably, the second rod was screaming away. In a now torrential downpour, I played in yet another hard fighting common which I estimated at about 17lbs. Minutes after returning that second late arrival, I was making a mad dash for the van, unceremoniously dumping the sodden gear into the back before scrambling into the driving seat. It would have been impossible to have been any wetter and never before has a hot shower been more welcome!

Looking back on the day, it was what I needed. I had not managed one of the water’s bigger residents, but fifteen double figure carp, from about 14lbs to 19-11, makes for an incredible days fishing in anyone’s book. I couldn’t do it too often. The odds against a really big fish are too long but, as I said at the start of this blog, when you’re struggling, action like I’d just enjoyed is tremendously therapeutic. I shall go into my next big fish session with renewed confidence.