Yep, that’s me. I’ll make no excuses for my laziness – I’m a busy man you see!!!
Work always seems to have a firm grip on my testicles these days (and not in the nice way!), with very little time to take a crap – let alone get out fishing and then write a blog.
Contrary to my own belief though, I have actually managed to get out fishing a few times recently. I’ve not caught anything of note really, but one of my fishing chum’s, Leigh, has had a few nice fish while we’ve been out (See below). The stand out for me was seeing Leigh play a nice carp on LRF tackle and 5lb line in a veritable snag fest. Nice one brother!
Thankfully the days are getting longer now and it won’t be long before I can start grabbing the odd evening session on the water. It soothes the soul!
How’s about this for a strange catch.
I’ve seen a few images of Conger Eels caught on soft baits over the last couple of years, but never on a hard bait. Crazy!
Angler: Mauro Demurtas
Lure: Seaspin Mommotti 180
Finally finished a my first shoal of crank baits this week.
Time consuming? Yes.
Labour intensive? Yes.
In my mind, fishing is more than just going out and catching a fish. There is always that DIY element, whether that be rig making, float making, fly tying or lure building. Of course, not everyone can be assed, nor has the free time to spend fettling with stuff in a spare room, but those who do will no doubt glean that little extra enjoyment out of their fishing on the whole.
I even managed to find the time to hit the water with a few buddies!! (thanks to Jim O’Donnell for the photo)
It’s just gone 0800 and I’m at my work desk in the office. As I write this I’m awkwardly hunched over my double strong Coffee trying to find the inner strength to get through the 10 hour day that lies ahead. It doesn’t help that all I can see from the corner of my eye is a thick blanket of grey cloud shedding its juicy load over the city….
I need a pick me up! I need a f*****g holiday!!!!!!
Following on from my last post, here are a couple of the lures I’ve made with a fresh coat of paint. It’s all trial and error at this point, but with every mistake I learn and improve.
This week I acquired an airbrush and compressor, as well as a good few paints from Createx. I can tell you now, airbrushing is a bitch! This stuff is just waiting for the chance to run all over your lure and make a monumental mess. You really can’t go easy enough on the layering.
It’s a really cool process though, to see your block of wood make the various transformations along the way and become lures. There are some tedious steps along the way, like forming through wire from stainless steel wire and also designing and cutting a bib to give the desired action. Making lures is labour intensive beyond doubt, but without a doubt worth it.
These are my first attempts at lure making and especially with an airbrush. I’m pretty pleased that they’ve turned out reasonably well. I can’t wait to get a top coat on them and show ‘em to some fish!
Lipless diving minnow. Runs 30cm or so with a nice wide roll. 18g and 5”
Square billed crank bait. 15g or so with hardware. Should run to around 4′
Yep, I know I’ve been quiet for the last week. Work has gone off the scale busy and my few hours a day of personal time has been split between the Wife and tinkering around with making some wooden lures.
It’s a slow process and my work needs a lot of refining, but I’m absolutely enjoying every minute I spend wittling little blocks of wood into shapes that resemble lures.
I’ve got some cool ideas that I’ll be transferring into lures asap. With a little luck, they may just catch me a few fish!
My friends caught these…
Image by Jim O’Donnell
Image by Jim O’Donnell
I mostly did this…
Casting plugs into the wind with super-tuned reels is a bloody art form!
A fruitless day for me I’m afraid to say. I’m pretty sure Matt Jones has been creeping into my house in the dead of the night to syphon off my Angling Mojo!! Grrrr.
On the plus side, I got a chance to have a few casts with the new protoype Major Craft Zoner ‘Jerkbait’ lure that I’ve been sent. I can’t comment on it’s fish whispering abilities at this point – other than the fact that the Trout didn’t want to eat it! But I can say that it has a nice action on a medium retrieve and suspends pretty well. More info to follow.
Well it’s that time of the week again. The work hours are clocking up and it seems like the minutes to the weekend are slowing.
This week’s video, although short, shows a rig (Neko rig) that is massively overlooked here in the UK. It is basically a wacky rigging variation, but with added weight in the nose of the bait in the form of a nail sinker. You can also rig a heavier version by adding a drop shot weight onto a hitch hiker coil, which is then screwed into the nose of the bait.
I’ve tried it out a couple of times on the (Sea) Bass, with no luck so far. Though I’m pretty sure it’ll be a killer in the right situation. It should also work for the Perch and Pike in our fresh water venues.
As with last winter, I have found myself getting down and dirty on the Lakes and Canals of Devon and Cornwall in the search of Pike and Perch.
So far the Perch are throwing me a curve ball, but the Pike are always more than obliging when you pass a lure in front of them.
Here are a couple of recent fish. Not monsters, but great fun on light gear.
Check out the wounds on my Pike (on the right). Just shows there are some real monsters down there!