Huge skate out of Oban and west of Scotland

With two record skate weighing 250lb and 280lb boated off Ireland last week, specimen hunters Steve Younger, Mark Fox, Andy Dickinson and Ian Halls took a trip up to Oban in Scotland to discover just what makes this giant flatfish such a magnificent adversary.

Their session began catching bait fish in the rich waters off the west coast of Scotland - mainly mackerel, of which there were plenty to go at.

Then the charter boat moved off to the skate's feeding zone in the Firth of Lorne, anchored up and the lads set to work baiting their rigs and waited for the skate to hunt the baits down.

They captured plenty of action throughout the trip which is available to view on the video below.

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Fishing in Norway

If you’ve dreamed of catching biggest cod in the world that grow to over 90lb then you’ve got a reason to celebrate as Angling Times can exclusively reveal that one of the sports biggest holiday companies has unveiled plans to offer trips to brand new locations in Norway.

Anglers World holidays are currently carrying out trials at awe-inspiring locations in the North Norwegian sea, which have not only been labelled ‘breeding grounds for record-breaking fish’, but already produced huge cod  to well over 80lb.

It’s such specimens that will provide the ultimate angling holiday that will be within the reach of every fisherman in the UK and you can now see exactly what you can expect from the best cod fishing in the world by watching this exclusive video footage.



Watch the biggest blue shark ever from UK waters being landed

The heaviest blue shark ever in UK waters has just been captured, weighing in at a colossal 222lb.

Caught by angler Wayne Little during a charterboat trip with AT columnist Martin Bowler out at Milford Haven, West Wales, breaks the current record by over 4lb. However, thanks to British Record Fish Committee rules the capture is set to become yet another example of an historic sea catch that will never make the record books.

To watch the video of this massive predator being played and brought in, simply click the play button on the image below...

Tope taken from the rocks in north west Wales

Ashley Martin has fished the marks in north west Wales for many years, and others on Anglesey. On this paticualar trip Ashley and his friends where fishing for mackerel for the local old folks, where they cut and wash the fish on the mark.

Ashley had tried a head on the bottom while they fished for the mackerel and both the rod and stand were almost dragged into the sea.

The following days they came prepared, fishing two rods - a 12ft Supercast and 12ft Abu. One had a large fixed spool Rovex Big Boss with 30lb Berkley Big Game line, the other Abu 7000 multiplier with level wind removed and Diawa Tournament 30lb line.

He used bimini twist knots on the end leading to a Gemini clip. The rig comprised a pulley with 60lb grey Greased Weasel, 200lb crimped nylon, and a yellow impact lead, 8/0 Sakuma hook.

The bimini twist always snaps the 60lb line if snagged, which shows how good this knot is, considering it was tied to 30lb line, albeit quality line.

Ashley quickly realised that a large pack of tope, and possibly some bigger sharks had moved into the area. This may have had something to do with the small lobster nets he had been dropping in on the previous three nights. Enjoying the crab, prawn and loster for breakfast, they may have acted as giant swim feeders for the shark.

He had been loading them with all the heads, tails and guts from the old folk's mackerel.

The pack was so big. for a week every bait which hit the sea - usually a mackerel head - was taken within 20 minutes by a large fish, sometimes much quicker.

Ashley hooked some fish which were not going to be landed, the most memorable one being on for an hour or so. They saw the shape some 30 foot under the water, but fearing it had gone round a commercial pot, he eventually pulled for a break, not wanting to tire the hooked fish to exhaustion.

He landed 1, 2 or 3 tope a day for a fantasic week's fishing. The average was about one landed for every five runs.

The video below shows the last fish he caught - not the biggest, but a nice fish nonetheless.

After this one, the fishing died off. The sharks may well have cleared the area of all food fish, and it even took a few days for the mackerel to start to show again.

Sea Angler's Ireland fishing safari video - part 3

This is the final video in a series taken of Sea Angler magazine's rock fishing adventures on the Ireland coast.

In this short film you'll see a fine wrasse landed, plus Alan Yates hauls yet another spotted ray from the roacky outcrop on the Atlantic coast.

Alan shows how best to remove the hooks from the strong jaws of a ray, how to identify this particular species, and how best to grip them - perfect to know if you're having your photo taken with a ray.

This video is the third in a series taken of the lads fishing the Irish coast.

To watch part one, click HERE.

To watch part two, click HERE.


Sea Angler Irish sea fishing safari video - part 2

Every year the team and contributors from Sea Angler magazine head off to Ireland for their Sea Fishing Safari - and this year is no different.

Here the team continue their week-long exploits fishing off the rocks at Ballyreen, in County Clare, searching for all manner of different species.

They catch pollack, dogfish and wrasse in this short video, plus sea match angler extraordinaire Alan Yates shows how best to rig a sandeel for spinning...

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To view the first part of this three-video series, click HERE.



Sea Angler team rock fishing in Ireland video - part one

Here's a video of the Sea Angler team and friends when they recently visited and fished from the rocks at Ballyreen, in County Clare, Ireland.

The team were ther to put together a series of great instructional features to help you catch lots more fish from shore and rock.

In this short video you'll see plenty of fish action with thornback rays, pollack and spotted rays being landed, together with Alan Yates revealing a few tips and tricks that show how best to hook sandeels...

This is the first of a three-part series - parts two and three will be added very shortly.

To watch part two, click HERE.



Adventures on Suffolk's Orford Island

Essex brothers Gary and Mark Poole are typical wannabe beach anglers.

They want to be on the shore catching fish but they didn't know where to they linked up with Sea Angler and Walton-on-the Naze tackle dealer, Richard Holgate to learn the ropes.

The story of how they have progressed has unfolded each month on the pages of Sea Angler, and despite the growing pains, they learnt by sheer will, determination and practice how to present a bait on the hook and launch it into the sea.

They learnt that beach fishing is no more complicated than getting the basics right. Fish the established hot spots on the best tides, use quality baits properly presented, and - vital for the Essex coast at least - cast the necessary distance. Not hard is it?

The winning formula is a combination of keying into natural history and mastering a handful of core skills. The tackle side is equally straightforward. Choose the right tools for the job, and don't get bogged down in technology. This isn't a lesson is wearing an anorak - it is a practical fishing lesson.

But like all schoolroom work, the theory gets boring so we let the lads flex their legs by getting off the Orford ferry, in deepest Suffolk, and walking the long path to the steep main shingle bank facing the North Sea.

With a welcome sun warming the air and a blue sky bathing the famous East Anglian cod mark, the Poole boys set to their task...and filled their boots with fresh spring run codling to 4lb along with welcome whiting and writhing dogfish.

Everything they learnt from instructor, Richard and published in the magazine, gelled together with the anglers regularly treading shingle as they headed for the waters edge to claim yet another fish flapping at the waters edge.

The hours of patient instruction paid dividends as brothers Gary and Mark feasted on fish after fish, underlining how important it is to listen to what you are told and fish when the shoals are running the beach.

The boys will be back hunting bigger fish... read all about their exploits in Sea Angler magazine.



First time sea fishing... Editor, Iain Toombs, has been a coarse angler all his life, never once tried fishing from the shore or boat.

After being invited to come along to Aldeburgh in Suffolk to put some budget beachcasting kits to the test, Iain jumped at the chance.

Here's an account of what happened, perfectly capturing what it was like to catch your first fish...