GRAEME PULLEN:

Well I really cannot complain too much about not getting out doing some fishing. Although the summer has been pretty poor, we still managed to find enough gaps in it to make another film or two. If I don’t get it down in the E-News I forget what fishing I had been doing as they all merge into various films and schedules. I decided on a last minute phone to drive down to Rockbourne Trout fishery, on the edge of the New Forest in Hampshire. Hard to believe but it has been well over a year since we were last down there filming, but this time Mike was away and I would be on my own. When he is back teaching I have no choice but to try and make the films on my own, and though I say it myself I am getting really adept at doing them. Fish permitting of course. But this one may be the best ever solo filming I have ever done. We often fall off our bedchairs laughing when we see those quotes like.. “Three years in the making!” etc. Why? We do most of ours in one day, and with almost 75,000 subscribers I can’t see what there is not to like about our films. Free to watch as well. But this fly fishing film has to be my best, completed entirely on my own….in ….”SIX HOURS IN THE MAKING!!!”…. And that includes running all the shots myself, catching the fish, and conducting interviews. A lot of hard graft for sure, but I just love doing it, and when you get home to load all 150 clips into the edit suite it is quite exciting. So watch out for this one, Mike is finalising and scheduling it as we speak. I caught both stocked and wild Brown trout, plus Rainbows. Won’t say too much as we know there are journos around scanning our Facebook and E-News to find out what we are up to, where we go, what we catch etc. Rockbourne itself looked as manicured as an American Golf course ,and they have plenty of stock fish to go round, so for a peaceful day fly-fishing I reckon it is worth a try. I was getting all my trout on just a 4-weight and 5 foot leader, with one of Sid Knight’s smallest Goldhead Damsel flies doing the damage. It was my last one so I assure you I cast very carefully before it finally lodged in an unreachable branch.

Then I went with Mike for a day at Willinghurst Fishery, just outside Guildford in Surrey. A regular day ticket water that anyone can fish. We were fishing on the lake bed with leger tactics, getting Bream and Roach, plus Mike lucked into a couple of nice Carp, shy of double figures but they certainly punched above their weight. In the evening I had a walk round another of the lakes and in two casts nailed a 15lb carp and a 17lb 6oz!!!   Prior to that I had managed one of 10/11lbs in one of the smaller lakes. This resulted in us deciding to try an overnight session to get some more of the larger Carp. Alas, it was to be a fishless night, and although we saw some moving they just did not want to get their heads down and start digging through our baits. However one fish Mike had was a Perch about 2lbs, and on a Carp bait. The first Perch I have seen on a boilie and bolt rig setup. It got us to thinking that now is the time to start looking at the rivers with the dropshot rigs, as the weed should have stopped growing, and with the recent rain those low rivers might just spark into life with some big Perch. Better check with Mike if you want some of those incredible Fish action Perch lures. I’ve been posting loads out for him, so better get in quick if you are into Dropshotting.

I took another shot at the Catfish at Finch Farm. Turned out a couple of days after my initial visit (blank) the Cats started feeding, someone caught four, and several others to 30lbs came out. Would I find success on this afternoon trip? On arrival I checked with owner Mick Delaney, and he said there were four anglers already on the main pool. I decided to try right behind the tackle shop as when I packed up previously there had been a large swirl. Was it a feeding Cat? So I plonked my gear down at the top end, and first thing I spotted were some basking Carp. After baiting up with Mackerel chunks and 4mm coarse pellets for a Catfish it wasn’t long before I got side-tracked with the Carp. Mick gave me a few slices of bread and despite wind and rain I was soon into a fish. Only about 5lbs, but a good scrapping Common that raised the hopes. Unfortunatelyt it raised the hopes a bit too much and I started fishing in earnest with one rod on the top for Carp and left the Cat rod on the buzzer. While no sign came from old “Whiskers” I did end up with 8 or 9 carp to 5lbs, plus several missed, so a successful session and a bit of filming done. I hope to return for another afternoon at Finch Farm and see if Mr Catfish wants to star in one of our Totally Awesome films! …Watch this space. So all in all a few fish graced my net. No sea fishing done, and now the Jetstream has gone all peculiar again those lows and rain seem to be lining up one after the other. We need the rain of course but it would be more sociable if it came through the night.

 

Spooling up for Perch

Spooling up for Perch

September can be a really good fishing month, and if anything is often the best one for many species if boat fishing. The rivers should start perking up with rain; I just hope the Otters have missed enough Barbel to let me make a film on them before they become extinct. So what items of tackle might be handy for you to be thinking of at this time of year? If you are Perch fishing then you might want to try the Hikaru Fluorocarbon coated copolymer line that we are doing for £5.99. It’s 9.7lbs  and comes on a 250 metre spool, so for dropshotting you can get several fills through a season. This line is 0.18mm diameter. For Perch lures it has to be the Awesome Attractor Shad DS3. White, Silver and Green are some of the best takers, but they are going fast so get yourself set up with line and lures ready for chasing those Perch.

New Pike & Bass lures

New Pike & Bass lures

It also won’t be too long before I start looking at Pike fishing. Traditionally it was always 1st October when we started fishing for them, but now anglers seem to hammer them all the time. A few fisheries that do allow early Pike fishing will say lures only, and I feel it’s worth pointing out our T/A secret of the new range of Nomura lures. They really do come in a good all-round size, and the finish is really good. My favourite is the X-Minnow which is 10cm and 13g. The Mack colour is good for Pike and it’s the size of lure I like. If you are a Bass fisherman you had better check this one out as it’s a real “Go-to” for predators. Next size is the Nomura YORI, a bit bigger at 17g, with a smaller lip so you can work it a lot slower in wiggles. Finally,the Nomura SALTY is 12cm but 22g so will cast further. All these lures care fitted with VMC hooks. They are so new they are not on the website yet, so if you want try them they are £9-95 each plus £1 P&P. Not a bad price for a quality lure, but you need to mail Mike directly if you want some.

 

Get your bait elastic

Get your bait elastic

Sea anglers, make sure you have a spool of bait elastic, great for either boat or beach baits. I ran out recently and never did fish the same knowing my bait would probably slide down the hook and look an unattractive blob to any passing fish.

A cut above the rest...Line snippers

A cut above the rest…Line snippers

At just £0.97  there is 75 metres on a spool so it will last a while, but I often wonder….if you peeled off the entire spool on a playing field, how far could you go before it snaps? 300 yards? Half a mile? ….a mile?? Someone needs to let me know. If you are always biting line with your teeth why not invest £2.52 in a compact Foldaway pair of Line Clippers. Stainless steel blades that fold away, it’s one of the handiest items I have for cutting both lines and knots. And if you are a lure man, check out the popular 6” Sidewinder Super Solid colour of Candy Red. Great for Pollack, Bass and Coalfish (and Pike on big waters)

 

The last (Old design) T. A. Hoodie-£24-00 plus p&p

The last (Old design) T. A. Hoodie-£24-00 plus p&p

Finally, anyone out there who wants a piece of history? The very last of our old (we are currently brining out brand new Merchandise for TAFishing) Hoodie in Medium size, black is up for grabs at just £24-99, plus P&P (UK only) Is this going to be a lucky piece of fishing clothing for a new owner?? As the saying goes….”Once it’s gone…It’s GONE!”…..and with that, I am gone as well. Out into the garage to see what bait I have left that I can throw in the direction of those Finch Farm Catfish. It seems that Cats are so susceptible to subtle changes in the weather, and I personally don’t know the best times/ It’s all a challenge, and I feel a bottle of the deadly “RAPTOR OIL” may be finding its way into my tackle box. Just got to be careful not to spill it.Have a good one and keep watching THE TOTALLY AWESOME FISHING SHOW….more brand new films already scheduled….

MIKE PULLEN:

Perch on a snowman rig

Perch on a snowman rig

Despite Graeme getting into some fish recently, I’ve not had the same luck. Other than the nice Perch on a snowman rig designed for Carp, I’ve not really caught much else! Sometimes things go that way, but at the end of the day it is persistence that will get you the results. I’m back to work in two weeks but in the meantime I have a trip down to Cornwall to do some LRF fishing, as well as a few more carp fishing trips. After that I will be focusing on the predator fishing. I am starting to plan DropShot Diaries 3 in my head now, so once the weather plays ball then I will be out there looking to seek out the big Perch!

I’m slowly getting ahead of myself with the editing now which is much needed as I know that once work comes around time will be very limited. I’m currently two weeks in advance now, tomorrow I hope to edit and finalise a 3rd video which will free me up a bit of time to go fishing and start to plan my lessons for the start of the term. I’ve not done any river fishing this summer, which is a shame. But from what I am hearing, most of the rivers are very low and not fishing well. Perhaps this fresh batch of rain will help to freshen the river up and get the fish on the bite. I wouldn’t mind trying for a late summer Barbel!

We are very close now to revealing our BRAND NEW official TAFishing Merchandise site. It will feature everything from caps, hoodies, t-shirts, jumpers, cups, backpacks and more! We will be revealing the new site in just a few weeks so keep an eye out for it!

Attractor Shad DS 3"

Attractor Shad DS 3″

The Attractor Shad DS lures are absolutely flying from the website. I think I am sold out of the white ones now. Don’t worry if you were desperate to get them in white, the Silver colour is actually very similar to the white and I have caught plenty of Perch on this colour too. I find that the white/silver is best for coloured rivers. When conditions are clear, I find a translucent blue/green/yellow lure to work best. Especially evening time just as the sun starts to go. They are really effective in clear water conditions.

Good luck to anyone out fishing this week. Don’t forget to stay up to date on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Tight lines,

Mike

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