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GRAEME PULLEN:

The shark tagging boat HI SEA DRIFTERE,gleaming and polished,and already hunting the English Thresher sharks.

The shark tagging boat HI SEA DRIFTER, gleaming and polished, and already hunting the English Thresher sharks.

The weather has still been settled and while I could have piled off to Falmouth and hit the blue sharks I thought it better to wait for the perfect conditions for Thresher or Mako sharks. Anything with an East wind in it is not good down West, and it’s always important not to take any chances with weather in a small boat. I was out yesterday on “Hi Sea Drifter” with Wayne doing some run through tests on the Navionics Platinum chart card when we heard a Mayday call go out. Wayne commented that it was only the 2nd ever Mayday he had ever heard and he lives down there. Mayday is a life threatening event, but as I said to Wayne it’s not something to radio if you’ve spilt the coffee on your chart!! By putting out a non-life threatening radio call you could actually be putting others at risk trying to help you. Later in the day we heard the coastguard calling for any boats in Chichester entrance to help locate a man swimming out to sea trying to rescue his dog. We both thought this a classic scenario where the dog usually survives but the human drowns. The current with an ebb tide in Chichester is fierce and you would be swept out to sea in minutes. Luckily we heard the man made it back to shore and I think a boat picked up the dog.

Graeme sneaks a rod out on a boat test film !!!

Graeme sneaks a rod out on a boat test film !!!

A happy ending, but a risk that need not have happened. Why does Joe Public not realise about tides/winds/current? The ocean is a (literally) fluid moving environment. Why would you throw things in the water for an animal to fetch without checking if there is a tide rip running first?

I had an afternoon out in one of the Polarkraft boats at Lindon Lewis marine. By the time I got organised it was just a short session, but a hunch made me take 4 Herring from the supermarket with me. Good job I did as soon as I saw the river was coloured I knew I would struggle. No rain, yet it was brown? Russell from L/L told me because the authorities were scared of more flooding they were letting the Thames run through and that was causing the colour. Whatever the reason it made for tough conditions, and if I had not been filming the boat review I certainly would not have fished. I wonder if other rivers are doing the same? Hopefully I can find somewhere on the River Severn or Wye for a bit of Barbel filming. The scenery as much as the power of Barbel is the draw. Apparently it’s very picturesque on many of the spots. All I have to do is drag myself away from things going on in the sea!!

The two products Graeme used to bring HSD to polished perfection

The two products Graeme used to bring HSD to polished perfection

Talking of which, I decided to give “HSD” a summer clean. The “yum-yum yellow” colour of the boat had gone dull, so I launched into it with a couple of products Wayne gave me for professional boat cleaning. We are not sponsored as you know, so I am just telling you what product I use in case it might work for you.

1) – Wash the boat first to get rid of any salt deposits/grime etc.

2)-I used 3M Marine Imperial Compound and Finishing Material designed for production gelcoat and yacht paints.You can do it manually, or with a slow speed polisher. Work on small areas, and you see it clean off many of the marks. Change polishing rags/towels using one to clean and one to remove. Follow the instructions.

3) – Then I used Megular’s Premium Marine wax polish which enriches colour and shine. Lo and behold, the original yellow of “Hi Sea Drifter” came right out at me. This polish also protects from UV damage. Just apply the polish on a small area, wait a few minutes, and then polish off with a clean soft cloth. The outside of the boat came up slick like glass, and will hopefully make it so much easier to wash off grime next time, as well as bring out all the colour. One Totally Awesome tip is to get any pieces of squid off your boat as soon as you can, as for some reason squid dries like gelcoat in a hot sun and is then a real pain to get off.

The Navionics Platinum chart card.All you need to chase down new fishing marks.

The Navionics Platinum chart card. All you need to chase down new fishing marks.

Having had success in a boat on freshwater up at Shepperton I got my gleaming craft out with Mrs Awesome to help launch at Northney marina and we set out to test the Platinum Navionics card, my latest toy. I put it into my Lowrance HDS7 unit, and wow, does it have some info on it. When you zoom right in on a mark it has far more detail than my paper chart, and it gave me an ideal opportunity to locate a channel I had been wanting to fish for three years. First cast out “Mrs A” was straight into a double figure Undulate Ray, and it was action for the first 90 mins. Then,as it does seem this year, the fishing died for no apparent reason. The inshore fishing this season has been peculiar to say the least, and nobody seems to be able to call it.

Graeme shows the double figure Undulate Ray taken by Hilary from their new-found mark in Bracklesham Bay.

Graeme shows the double figure Undulate Ray taken by Hilary from their new-found mark in Bracklesham Bay.

Sunday I dragged to Northney again, this time with Wayne riding Shotgun, as it was a tentative trip for an inshore Thresher shark. The Eastern Isle of Wight area is Britain’s undisputed top spot for Thresher sharks, with the south coast of ENGLAND still being the best place for shark fishing. Threshers run 80 to 450lbs off the Isle of Wight grounds, and the occasional lunker Thresher of 600lbs having been caught in the nets off south Devon ports like Brixham. Add to that the ports of Gosport, Looe, Plymouth, Mevagissey, Falmouth and Penzance, and you have some of the biggest sharks ever caught in British history, from these, the top sharking ports in the British Isles. Many of the skippers in these ports have already had “Britain’s Big Four”…. Mako shark, Thresher, Porbeagle and Blue sharks, so if you are interested in getting a really big shark, the south coast of England is the place to try. All Britain’s top skippers have come from these ports.

The Navionics chart card just helped Graeme yesterday locate Hounds,Thornback,Black Bream and samall Tope

The Navionics chart card just helped Graeme yesterday locate Hounds, Thornback, Black Bream and small Tope

Robin and Frank Vinnicombe, Alan Dingle, The Hunkins, Ted Legg etc. All skippers who have made catches that will probably never be equalled. But Britain’s top small shark boats, the Wilson Flyer 17’s will be out there trying. To be honest it’s just an honour to be fishing the same waters where some of those top skippers made their historic catches. Will we catch??? I’ll tell you what, if there’s any sharks around, it won’t be for the lack of scent. Just look for the tiny yellow boat……Coming to a port near you!! Good luck out there.

 

 

MIKE PULLEN:

Light rod, Light line, Light jig heads. Great sport on light tackle

Light rod, Light line, Light jig heads. Great sport on light tackle

Counting down the days now until the school breaks up and I can give teaching a rest and go fishing! I do have a slot this saturday where I hope to do some fishing and filming with Dad somewhere. We’re not sure what or where yet but either way I hope to get out there! I have noticed on our YouTube Channel that we have just shot passed 40,000 SUBSCRIBERS! This is one Totally Awesome figure and to know that so many of you like our show is very humbling. THE AWESOME ARMY is growing 🙂 please spread the word and help us get even bigger, we won’t stop making these fishing videos and we work hard to get you the best fishing videos out there. Remember we have new episodes that come out every FRIDAY NIGHT at 7pm. On top of that we sometimes upload another video in the week too. We just keep churning them out!

I have had a number of emails on the recent Light Rock Fishing (LRF) video that I did down in Dorset with “Miss Awesome”. The main question that some of you are asking is why do I use braid as opposed to mono mainline? To be honest it is a case of personal preference. Here are some of my reasons why:

1.) Braided line has no stretch – therefore bite sensitivity is greatly increased. When doing LRF you need as much bite sensitivity as you can get as you are targeting small fish, you don’t want to miss that bite!

2.) Braided line can have a low diameter, which helps when casting lures and small jig heads especially in windy conditions.

3.) Because of the lack of stretch in the line, I can still have good bite sensitivity deep down in the water.

4.) The lack of stretch also helps to set the hook better.

HOWEVER – Braided mainline does have it’s downsides:

1.) It is not very abrasion resistant – Therefore when it rubs over rocks etc it will tend to give way or snap.

2.) It is a BUGGER to tie knots with! The suppleness of the material (especially with low diameter braid) makes it difficult to tie knots and sometimes difficult for them to pull tight.

3.) There is argument that due to the lack of stretch, when a fish takes your lure (This is mostly for trolling or big lure fishing) the sudden lack of stretch may mean that the pressure of the fish as it hits the lure, breaks the line at the knot. (Not so sure about this one, but an interesting point).

4.) The other argument is that when fishing for spooky fish, it is too visible compared to mono.

It’s a bit of a minefield out there when all you want to do is FISH right? Let me explain what I do and why:

Quality rod-bending action!!

Quality rod-bending action!!

When doing LRF, I am obviously using ultra light tackle as I am targeting small fish and going for numbers and the variety of species (Still happy for a big one to take my lure though!). The rod I usually use is the Rockfish Revolution by HTO. It’s a small 7ft 1-8gram casting weight rod. I use a small 1000 size Grauvell Teklon Micra reel. I then have 6lb yellow braided mainline. BUT here is the difference: I use about a 4-6ft 4lb fluorocarbon leader. The reason for this is because it is tough material, making it abrasion resistant (great for when it rubs against the rocks), it is pretty much invisible to the fish and it has stretch to it which allows me to still feel the bites but to also allow some give in the line for when a big fish might take the lure. I tend to use a 0.5g – 3g jig head with a 2″ rubber worm. The jig head size I use will vary depending on the state of the tide. If it is low to slack tide I will fish the lighter jig head as there is less movement in the water. If the tide is flooding and there is a lot of movement in the sea then I will up the jig head size.

Hopefully that has answered some of the questions you guys have been asking. It might seem very complicated and you might be thinking what the hell was all that jibberish that I just said. If this is the case then watch THIS VIDEO and hopefully it will help.

I am hoping to make some more Rock fishing videos over the summer holidays so watch out for them.

Good luck to anyone out fishing this week and on the weekend, don’t forget to send us some pics of your catches to our Facebook and Twitter. And we are now also on Instagram so come and follow us on that if you use it 🙂

Tight lines,

Mike

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