Keeping your shore rigs tangle-free

How many times have you unwrapped your shore rigs to have to untangle them with your freezing cold hands?

Well Alan Yates has taken on board an idea from the continental sea fraternity and has begun using a series of simple rig winders that ensure his rigs are safe, the hooks are out of harm's way and they unravel quickly and easily every time.

 

 

Alan Yates shows how he stores his sea rigs, keeping them safe and tangle-free at all times. http://link.brightcove.com/services/link/bcpid1407952295http://www.brightcove.com/channel.jsp?channel=1126878784


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.


Creating a pennell sea fishing rig

Catching big sea fish like smoothhounds means presenting a big bait, but how do you do this effectively without causing yourself problems? Sea fishing expert Alan Yates has all the answers in the form of the Pennell Rig…

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Getting the best from peeler crabs

Peeler crabs make superb baits for many sea fish, but are often wrongly used. Alan Yates reveals how to get the best from peeler crabs, shows when to use them and how to prepare them for the hook quickly and effectively.

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Preparing and hooking shellfish

Shellfish, such as mussels, limpets and razorfish, are much under-rated as bait. Fish go wild for shellfish after storms, when they can find broken shells easily. Here Alan Yates teaches you how to remove the bait and use shellfish on the hook.

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How best to hook sandeel

Hooking sandeel correctly can increase the chances of catching massively. Alan Yates shows his preferred method, using a 1/0 or 2/0 long shank hook, making sure the bait oozes juices and blood to attract plenty of fish.

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Alan Yates' Pulley Rig

The Pulley Rig is Alan Yates' favourite sea fishing set-up for tackling big fish over rough ground.

It is easy to tie and creates a superb free-running link that ensures the lead always rises above any snags on the sea bottom.

In this short video he shows the rig's uses, how it's created and reveals why it's one of the best rigs a shore angler can use.

 

 


John Holden's Top Casting Tips

Founding father of the Sea Angler Casting Club and long-time sea fishing expert, John Holden, knows a thing or two to help reach those far feeding fish. Here he passes on a few very simple ideas that he uses that ensure he always presents his rigs right on the fish's noses!

 

Founder father of the Sea Angler Casting Club and long-time expert beach angler, John Holden, passes on some of the tip tops that he uses to ensure that his rig always reaches the fish, no matter how distant they are from the breakers. Some say that the best things in life are the simplest... and this video just proves that point!
 
 


Century Kompressor Sport rod on test

It's been long-awaited within the sea fishing world, but finally Century's new beachcaster has been released. Sea Angler's Paul Fenech took the brand new Century Kompressor Sport rod to a Norfolk beach, equipped it with a multiplier, tied a suitable rig and shockleader and put it through its paces. Was he impressed with this new rod's casting performance? Why not take a look and find out for yourself...

 


Impact leads for winter beach fishing

No-one knows beach fishing tactics like Alan Yates, so when he suggests which Impact leads you ought to use for this winter's beach fishing sessions, you just have to take note.

 

Alan Yates gives an insight into which impact leads you need to carry for winter beach fishing. http://link.brightcove.com/services/link/bcpid1315793597http://www.brightcove.com/channel.jsp?channel=1126878784


Alan Yates on storing beach rigs

So many sea anglers suffer from tangled rigs, ending in frustrated time wasted prizing them apart. In this short video, Alan Yates reveals a simple yet extremely effective way of storing four or five rigs on a cheap section of foam pipe insulation. And at the same time Alan also explains the principle behind the rig that he uses most when distance casting with either worms or peeler crabs from the shoreline.

 

 


Get the most from ragworm

Ragworm give sea baits plenty of attractive movement that draw in all manner of sea fish. Alan Yates shows how to hook ragworm and white ragworm effectively, plus he reveals a secret to lift the bait attractively off the bottom.

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Get the most from lugworm

Alan Yates shows how to get the most from lugworm. See how best to hook lugworm to ensure long-lasting scent trails, plus how to create great lugworm cocktail baits that provide movement to attract different sea fish.

 

 

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How to make a boom rig

Alan Yates describes how he ties the perfect Boom Rig, explaining the knots and ideal breaking strain of lines to use for various species and conditions.

 

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Using bait release systems

How to correctly use a Bait Shield to create a failsafe sea fishing rig for aerodynamic, tangle-free casting, keeping your bait secure throughout the flight.

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Rigs for beach fishing at range

Alan Yates details the rig he uses for sea fishing at range, utilising impact leads and cascade swivels to ensure the baited hooks are released when the rig settles on the sea bed.

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