Well what an eventful year with so many new adventures, it’s been a year of firsts for me!
Having been completely Bass blinkered for decades it was time for a change and I felt the urge to broaden my horizons and mix it up a bit.
a very important fish for me personally, I knew that it was time to get back into the fishing seasonal circuit that I had turned my back on for twenty years or more.
The new restrictions really affected my urge to go Bass fishing and in January the inevitable happened when I was on fire one night down my local beach and fish number 14 came in deep hooked, the fish was 53cm and I did my best for her but she wouldn’t go back, and I couldn’t even take her home for the table so had to leave the fish on the beach!, BLOODY RIDICULOUS!!!
Next was the Smoothhound adventure up at Seatown beach which was another first landing a Starry eyed hound of 9lb 2oz which dragged me and the Viper along the beach and was filmed by a Dutch fisherman who I enlisted spur of the moment.
Lure fishing is highly addictive and a very exciting sport especially when guiding others, the thrill of being on the edge mixed with the anticipation of luring a fish on extremely light gear is simply awesome for me and my clients!
As well as the above I had a lot of fun on my local Carp fishing lake which I enjoy annually,
My tactics are as basic as it gets!, a light feeder rod, 6 pound line, a bubble float and a hook, surface fishing for me is the ultimate way to catch hard fighting Carp using only a piece of bread for bait,
Another HTO rod tested and definitely approved is the Rockfish 2 ML, I’ve had most of my lure caught Bass on this stick rated 7-28g, I love this rod for its forgiving action and price tag, it’s great for the Wrasse too.
Had a few cheeky Mullet also, bite indication in insane on this little gem…
They go like stink on light gear and are right under your feet!
My annual summer holiday was in Corfu and the Rockish 2 was put to good use on the mini species using tiny jig-heads loaded with Isome worm
This bucket mouthed devil I found out afterwards was poisonous, probably not a good idea to handle it!
Just to end the year on a high note this beauty was wrestled in on the Viper GT and was tricky to land in dangerous conditions but at just under 6 pound was definitely a thrill ride!
Fishing is my way of life, my passion and now a business with the beginnings of Fishing Guides Devon, a bespoke guiding service with sub guides available for different disciplines including bait fishing, lure fishing and LRF fishing around our beautiful South West coastline.
I have bookings for 2017 and our team of passionate guides look forward to the year ahead.
I would like to thank Tronixpro/HTO for there sponsorship and invaluable support and also for believing in me, also Seaview Angling Plymouth for all their support throughout the year, and to Brett Annette’s for buddying me on my first few guiding sessions making sure nothing was left to chance and giving my clients even better odds of a great guided session.
Thanks for looking 👍