Tackle Box

Honest Reviews of tackle we use and abuse aboard Zen2 and on the beach


Treble hooks suck !

Treble hooks suck !


Posted By on Jul 26, 2015

Im not too sure how long it is now since I made the decision to switch to single hooks on my hard lures ? I guess it has to be a couple of years now . I do still have a few lures in the box with treble hooks but as they corrode they always get replaced with single hooks . Heres the reasons why and my  findings and feelings on the subject Fish care  If you fish with treble hooks its only a matter of time until you will experience fish...

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Help !! This crazy lady with a crazy idea just wont leave me alone !! Let me explain.   September is prime season for Fly fishing for Bass in the UK and as result I am on the water day after day. The ansaphone machine bleeps and flashes at me in an attempt to get my attention   , the emails start to pile up . I should take a day off but I don’t. I have a terrible fishing addiction and equally terrible bank balance  so I...

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In this day and age every review or mention of fishing tackle tends to focus on the  new , whats hip and in many cases what is effectively untested gear . Nice photos, nice words but often full of speculation rather than experience.  I’ve been in the game for over a decade now and somethings never change. Daiwa sponsor me or should I say Zen2 . We use and abuse  Daiwa gear , not exclusively I should add  . I like to flirt with...

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Something old , Something new

Something old , Something new


Posted By on Mar 11, 2015

This time every year I find myself sitting at the vice tying flies . The vast majority of which will be used on the boat over the season , after years of pontification I finally got my act together , clamped my vice onto the table , tied my arse in the chair and tied up dozens of new patterns, many of which have been trapped in my head for years . Something old something , new , something borrowed and yes there are a few Blue ones...

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”Inanity ”

”Inanity ”


Posted By on Sep 6, 2014

It quite funny really how we can all get sucked into all the hype and commercially driven excitement in  magazines or ” Blogs ”. I can be just as easily led up the garden path as anyone else and take the odd look at a blog to see which  latest ” must have ”  lure is being heralded . I can easily forget that I have a load of great unfashionable lures jammed into the archtrave of the door to my fishing warehouse,...

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Go Big !! Fiiish Minnow finesse Part 2

Go Big !! Fiiish Minnow finesse Part 2


Posted By on Aug 22, 2014

Here we are now getting towards the end of August . Its been a great summer. A zillion Tons of Whitebait and Mackerel are drifting back and forth on the tides. Its great to see so much life in the water but it can cause problems at times, theres so much food around that the Bass are just feeding in short intense bursts then laying up in between . It can be hard to tempt a 15 year old fish to eat some plasterzole when it has a bounty...

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Cod don’t take poppers

Cod don’t take poppers


Posted By on Aug 3, 2014

If theres one thing that defines Bass fishing its fishing disturbance lures and flies on the surface , its just the best ! I never tire of watching Bass large or small follow and boil around a surface lure before sucking it, the next fish may just smash the lure at like a torpedo . I had one Bass take the lure in the air the other day !  It also makes the process of ”Guiding” that much easier as I can interpret exactly...

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Someone flicked the switch  !

Someone flicked the switch !


Posted By on Jul 8, 2014

June can be a sketchy month down here . The large Spring Bass have been and gone , where do they go ? I just don’t know  . Once we go into Summer mode I would regard any bass over 7 Lb as exceptional . I also believe the Bass will become far more ” house trained” and will stick to their favourite spots provided the larder stays stocked and they don’t get harassed by seals or humans . These resident fish form...

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Today I fished with Roger , Dave and Dave . These guys friendships span back to the school days and its always a pleasure to become part of the gang for a day. I have a job to do but I always enjoy the banter . Its a busy task managing 3 guys and a boat on the drift in shallow water around submerged rocks . You drop you guard at your peril ! I rarely fish in such circumstances . When we struggle to find the fish I hunt for them with...

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Fiiish Minnow Finesse (Part 1 of many )

Fiiish Minnow Finesse (Part 1 of many )


Posted By on May 22, 2014

When someone invests hard earned cash and free time on a trip on Zen2 the last ting I want to do is take any chances .Failure is not an option !!!(It happens but not too often) I use Fiiish Minnow extensively for mid depth reef fishing or tidal race work and the Kaki  colour always fills me with confidence.  I prefer Fly fishing or shallow water soft plastic or surface lure work , thats my heritage with Bass , but the Fiiish Minnow...

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