VIDEO – SKILFUL SIDE CASTING

Video: Paul Smith                 Lead image: Henry Gilbey (https://www.henry-gilbey.com/) This 40 second video shows the power and finesse that can be achieved when side casting lures correctly. Check out how close the lure goes to the hull of the moored boat in the last sequence. The billowing of the shirt sleeve shows how windy it was. It is at technique worth mastering, especially for use in … Continue reading VIDEO – SKILFUL SIDE CASTING

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UNDERSTANDING FOG AND HOW IT AFFECTS FISHING

Images: Mark Hoffman and Alan Ang Several times recently I’ve ventured out onto the flats at dawn and encountered foggy conditions. On the first occasion it was a thick “pea souper” with low visibility and two of us only hooked one fish in the entire session. Interestingly the fish took as the fog was finally starting to lift but it was an isolated incident as … Continue reading UNDERSTANDING FOG AND HOW IT AFFECTS FISHING

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USING TIDES TO PREDICT WHEN TO FISH

Text: Mike Ladle      Lead image: Paul Smith The tides, the weather, and the manner in which these effect the sea are crucial to understanding the behaviour and feeding patterns of sea fishes. The tides are due to a double bulge of water, on either side of the earth, caused by the attraction of the moon. If the moon was stationary in relation to the rotation of … Continue reading USING TIDES TO PREDICT WHEN TO FISH

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SPOOLING BRAID PROPERLY

Lead image: Henry Gilbey (www.henry-gilbey.com) When using braid it is critical to spool spinning reels properly to avoid wind knots. Most manufacturers of spinning reels made for use with braid are aware of the importance of line lay and have designed the rotor and line roller to fill the spool evenly from top to bottom with braid of a specified diameter. If you use the correct diameter … Continue reading SPOOLING BRAID PROPERLY

TROPICAL FISHING TACKLE

Text: Mike Ladle Featured image: GT with Lure (Al McGlashan – http://www.sportsfishingmag.com) Mike Ladle has visited the tropics many times on fishing holidays and written at length about his tropical fishing adventures on his Operation Sea Angler blog. By comparison, I’ve only been fortunate enough to visit Fiji a handful of times and written a solitary article on the experience.  https://activeanglingnz.com/2014/05/25/fishing-in-fiji/ Fishing in the Tropics is undoubtedly different to fishing in … Continue reading TROPICAL FISHING TACKLE

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ENSURING FISH SURVIVE AFTER RELEASE

Lead image: New England Boating I recently read an excellent article by Tony Bishop on the rules that should be followed when releasing a fish. It is well worth a look:- http://www.bishfish.co.nz/articles/general/releaserules.htm This prompted me to do some research to find out what scientific studies had been conducted on Catch & Release practices and what else had been discovered. I managed to unearth an excellent publication by Stephen … Continue reading ENSURING FISH SURVIVE AFTER RELEASE

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HOW TO SPOT FISH MORE EFFECTIVELY

Featured image: Al Barnes. One of the most important skills to learn as an angler is peripheral awareness. That is, training yourself to spot things in your peripheral vision which alert you to the movement of actively feeding fish. This was brought home to me yesterday when I was on the flats with another experienced fisherman. During the course of the session I managed to … Continue reading HOW TO SPOT FISH MORE EFFECTIVELY

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THE SCIENCE OF STALKING FISH

In order to successfully stalk fish it is important to have an appreciation of what fish can actually see. This is determined by several things, where their eyes are positioned on their head, water clarity and how deep in the water they are holding. There are some fundamental rules of physics which help understand what a fish can see and it is really useful to understand these … Continue reading THE SCIENCE OF STALKING FISH

LA LIGNE LATERALE – LE SIXIEME SENS DES POISSONS

LA LIGNE LATÉRALE – LE SIXIÈME SENS DES POISSONS Par Alan Bulmer Traduit de l’anglais par Rémi Lesmerises       Image principale: Sullivan D’Anlou Comme les humains, la plupart des poissons osseux appréhendent le monde qui les entoure à l’aide des cinq sens communs, soit la vue, l’ouïe, le toucher, l’odorat et le goût. Toutefois, ils ont un sixième sens qui nous est inconnu, retrouvé dans une … Continue reading LA LIGNE LATERALE – LE SIXIEME SENS DES POISSONS

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SPINNING REEL MAINTENANCE

It is very important to routinely maintain spinning reels when they are being used in saltwater in order to ensure optimum performance. The last thing that you need when fighting the fish of a lifetime is for the reel to fail due to poor maintenance. Recently I stumbled across an article on spinning reel maintenance while visiting the Alan Hawk website. The Alan Hawk website (www.alanhawk.com) is well worth … Continue reading SPINNING REEL MAINTENANCE