Go Big !! Fiiish Minnow finesse Part 2
Aug22

Go Big !! Fiiish Minnow finesse Part 2

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 full supply of real food all around it . A great bass angler and friend who I suspect would rather not be named told me that the larger Fiiish Minnows have a profound effect on larger Bass . Not being the brightest pin it took about 6 weeks for this important information to sink in . First cast of a 160 mm /30 g Fiish Minnow produced this huge Bass . What more can I say !!   WhatI love about the 160/30 g Combo is the way it flutters in the tide .These days I prefer to fish a big bait up above the fish rather than fish a smaller bait down amongst the shoal. The bulky 160 body almost offsets the lead jig head adding buoyancy . This means the lure sinks slower than say a 25 g /120 body or my traditional go to Fiiish Minnow the 140 m / 40 g combo. By dropping the bulk to weight ratio we can fish the lures slower  MUCH SLOWER ! This slow larger approach seems to be the catalyst for great things . It also means we are snagging far fewer lures these days . So the added expense of the 160 Minnows is counter balanced by the reduced fatalities. Also by fishing big lures we pick up far fewer ” crap fish” . I hate ripping my baits on baby wrasse and Juvenile Pollock . The 160 bodies are lasting far longer than the 120 bodies without a shadow of a doubt . ”BIG BASS DONT LIKE  BOATS”  If my boat is drifting at 1.5 knots (wind and tide together ) I will make a very long cast across and up tide and slowly retrieve the lure . Fluttering the bait mid water . Obviously there are times when a short cast may be required depending on the structure around us and whereI think the fish may be laying . Once that lure (Or Fly ) is close to the boat I ditch it and re cast . Every day I say the same things over and over , one phrase...

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Shallow water tactics on bright sunny days
Jun16

Shallow water tactics on bright sunny days

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 my rod as much as I do with the boat. Todays sport was sufficiently busy to keep me on the console full time. I re tie all the leaders , change the lures and keep the guys supplied with a fresh rod as soon as a rod goes out of action. We made the decision to fish for fun in the shallows rather than slog it out for Large Bass on the reefs . I just love those white sand beaches and rough ground patches . It reminds me of the Permit grounds on Los Roques or even Seychelles at times I find Bass will stick to the cover of the darker patches of weed and rough ground like a limpet on these brights sunny days. Low tide and high sun enables you to identify the sweet spots with ease A great presentation if possible is cast the lure to the perimeters of these reefs and draw the fish out. They may hit you by the side of the boat but invariably they have followed the lure out into the open water from their hidey holes . Roger is great friends with Robin Morley the Marketing Director at Daiwa UK . It was Robin who referred the guys to me. As it happens today the killer lure really did turn out to be the Daiwa D Tail 4 inch we landed fish after fish on this soft plastic . These lures are softer than soft , super mobile . The pearl white has what I suspect is a UV colouring, They are quite unique. I like to rig them with the Decoy Bachi 5 g Jig heads , size 2 / 0 hook. In my opinion the rig better with jig heads than they do weedless style. When the sun is high in the sky and Im fishing shallow water then I prefer to lengthen the 15 lb Fluro leaders to 5 foot and fish small baits and quite often work them a little faster . Tap – Tap – Tap ,Take up the slack ....

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Fiiish Minnow Finesse (Part 1 of many )
May22

Fiiish Minnow Finesse (Part 1 of many )

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 style has transformed my catches . Add to this the 2013 upgraded code on the boat and I can  access offshore reefs that ” other guides can not reach” We zig zag from the shallows to offshore and back again all day every day . It makes for a day of mixed methods and styles of fishing. Some may think that fishing a Fiiish Minnow (Paddle tail lures ) is easy ,well yes it can be, but I have learned that there is an INTENSE level of finesse and technique with this style of fishing. I am learning all the time. I can sit at the helm and watch a client work a fly or surface lure and dish out various instructions and easily identify  good and bad technique. When we fish Paddle tails I often need to actually fish and feel whats going on below the surface . I often get the client to cast at the same time as me ”in sync” . He or she will follow my lead while I try to unpick the lock and find the fish or the retrieve and angle thats working . Its so hard to teach someone this method without a rod in your hand. I recently experienced a master class from a commercial rod and line Bass fisherman. This guy is a legend on the water. I wont name him out of respect for his privacy, a few reading this (assuming anyone does ) will know his name. Anyway I am heading off course here, Casting and retrieving can wait for another day and  that’s complicated ! This was all about the lure colour. I tend to stick with what I’m confident with rather than take chances , perhaps to my expense at times. Early this year we saw a couple of good Bass seduced on Zen2  by the Orange Fiiish , fishing super slow close to the bottom. The Kaki and Blues were ignored. Last week we played cat and mouse with a  vast  shoal of fish, imagine a shoal so tight that the fish finder misreads the depth. I see bass on my finder...

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4.8 Dot Crawler – The Game changer for 2014
Apr09

4.8 Dot Crawler – The Game changer for 2014

Im quite excited about this ugly lump Plastazole .I think it will be a serious game changer or  at least enhancer in 2014   , it has so many positive attributes crammed into a mould . I’ve already stumbled upon something quite unique that this lure can do  .I just need the Bass to show up and make the same discovery . The Dot Crawler is very dense and has amazing aerodynamic abilities , thats the long winded way of saying it casts miles ! It flies out. I mean this lure will cast as far as quite a few hard lures . It sinks fast , Not too fast but an impatient weightless soft plastic fisherman like myself  will find it pleasing to use . The sink rate will be perfect for Kayak and Boat fishermen . I find many weedless weightless baits soon curve up as soon as the boat starts to drift or we have wind against tide forcing my unweighted Sluggo or Xlayer up through the column. Colour wise Im a happy Bunny if I have anything olive with a pearly or Yellowy belly , The Xlayer Ayu was a classic  for that reason. Remember the Arkansas Shiner Sluggo  ?  The Fiiish Minnow Kaki is a Classic colour combo .  The Dot Crawler Ayu is spot on colour wise and fills me with confidence when i watch it swim past my rod tip. The shape is just so clever and thought through. That long extended skittle shape sends it cutting through the air, when fished subsurface it all balances out perfectly and swims nice and horizontal . The rear weighting seems to effect how it works on the surface if you work it fast. The heavy end seems to anchor the butt firmly in the surface while the front end waggles (Think soft rubbery Patchinko ! )So heres the fun twist with this lure Sluggos are excellent if you work them weightless and twitch them across the surface (Like a surface lure ) They do however tend to lack casting weight  in the smaller sizes and will fly back at you in an onshore wind. The Mighty waveform has the density to cast miles but it doesn’t quite cut the mustard if you surface twitch it .The Dot Crawler as we know , will cast into infinity . What I discovered was that if you go straight into a retrieve when it lands, High stick the rod and work it in the walk the dog style . It will stay up and slash and splash around on the top , its the best looking  small...

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Fiiish Sponsors Zen2
Mar07

Fiiish Sponsors Zen2

Ok its official ! This will not come as a massive surprise to the anyone who has lure fished with me over the last couple of seasons. Fiiish UK and I are working together . 2013 was a great year and the mighty Fiiish Minnow certainly helped to make it even better. Its a Killer lure !! This all started when Fred the designer sent me a few samples to try out in July 2011. I was instantly taken by the lure , so were the bass on the Lizard Peninsular ! I will borrow my own words here …. As a guide I’m always on the lookout for a lure that will catch an idiot a bass’ so to speak ‘. I don’t want to look into a tackle box and have to choose between 30 different sizes ,shapes and colours of lure. I would rather just have one killer lure that covers the bases . Fiiiish Minnows do that ! What does this mean ? It means more of the same hopefully. I have a few media / creative projects lining up by the look of things. I hope to be able to share some of the methods that we have figured with Paddle tail shads over the last few years on Zen2 . (Not all of them mind you .I need to keep something back ! ) It will be great to work with Fiiish , cross promote and hopefully develelop ideas ? Lets see where it takes us ! Nick Roberts from Fiiish Uk / Topwater has so much enthusiasm for the product and the UK Bass fishing / lure fishing scene. I think he has made a significant contribution to where we are right now in the Uk ” Tackle trade” . Its a miracle he manages to get to sleep at night with so much energy. That Spring vibe is here ! Thanks for reading...

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Fiiish Minnows back on Zen2
Mar28

Fiiish Minnows back on Zen2

I would hope that sometime soon spring will make an appearance and we will see the inshore sea  temperatures start to rise and with it a gigantic megashoal of double figure Bass steaming towards the shore leaving a huge bow wave behind them !! Well we can dream of such things. Perhaps if we headed across the pond to the America where commercial fishing for Bass is closely managed we could see such a sight .  Winter is the time for pipedreams and preparation ! Theres a huge great big box of Fiiish Black minnows at my feet. Various sizes but only 2 colours. I like to keep it simple when Im fishing. My quest for the ultimate fishing system has left me with a massive pile of soft plastics in all manner of shapes and sizes . Fred the creator of Fiiish sent me a few samples to fish with in 2011.  The Bass loved them. I only had a few samples and alas they went to a water grave quite quickly. Fish with me on the Cornish Rips and you will understand what heavy structure means ! I don’t really know what it is about this lure but fish just seem to be fascinated by it ?  All the time that lure is down there below you feel knocks  and bumps as  a shoal of assassins follow the lure . Wrasse go nuts for Fiish Black minnows , as I rediscovered this winter when fishing with Alex and Andrew. Some people may wonder why I have re embraced Fiiish Minnows again. Well the easiest way to explain this would be to copy and paste my own words from a recent email As a guide I’m always on the lookout for a lure that will catch an idiot a bass’ so to speak ‘. I don’t want to look into a  tackle box and have to choose between 30 different sizes ,shapes and colours of lure.  I would rather just have one killer lure that covers the bases . Fiiiish Minnows do that ! For boat fishing  I find the 25 g x 12o mm Fiiish Minnnow and the 40 g x 140 mm the optimum lure weight and size. I think the 140 mm will be my go to paddletail shad this season . Soon we will be sacrificing our rubber minnows to the sea in our quest . For more information on Bass Fishing in Cornwall click here  www.bassfishingcornwall.com If you want to purchase Fiiish Minnows look here ! www.ukbassfishing.com...

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