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Posted on Dec 3 2012 - 7:07am by WSF

With the cod fishing season well underway, WSF shows you how to boat yourself a lunker boat cod this winter. BOAT COD FACTS When offshore fishing, inexperienced anglers can confuse pollack with cod, but the pollack has a more tapered head and the bottom jaw extends beyond the top jaw. The cod has a blunter head, and the eye of the cod extends above the mouth further...

Posted on Mar 22 2012 - 7:01am by Mike Thrussell

Just a few years ago, if you were looking to catch some decent boat cod, then the standard approach were big triple shots of squid, whole cuttlefish, or heavy metal pirks armed with a big muppet adorned treble hook. Rods and reels were generally the heavier 30 to 50lb class. But tradition has a habit of becoming history and the soft plastics revolution is taking over...

Posted on May 24 2010 - 5:46pm by Dave Barham

Have you ever considered using circle hooks for catching tope? Well, a recent trip out of Langstone harbour provided conclusive proof that using circle hooks WILL improve your catch rate! NEW LEGISLATION Recent Government legislation has put severe controls on the catching of tope. Don’t panic, you’re still allowed to fish for them, but you’re not allowed to...

Posted on Nov 17 2009 - 6:56am by Mike Thrussell

With the big wreck pollack and cod season almost upon us again, the old chestnut that yellow braid doesn’t catch fish has raised its ugly head yet again. The reason why, for some anglers, yellow braid is less successful is because they make basic mistakes in their tackle set up, it’s nothing to do with the colour of the braid. I use yellow braid for the majority...

Posted on Jun 15 2009 - 6:49am by WSF

Both common and starry smoothhound are sometimes confused with tope, but the teeth on the tope are triangular and sharply pointed, whereas both types of smoothhound have flat, broad grinding teeth. The tope’s lower tail lobe is also long, whereas the smoothhounds is short and blunt. To tell common smoothhound from starry smoothhound the nasal flaps are broad, the...

Newcomers to boat fishing often question whether they should use shock leaders offshore and struggle with deciding the advantages and disadvantages of using them. If you’re uptide fishing casting away from the boat, then always use a 50lb shock leader. This takes the strain of casting big 6oz leads and huge squid or lug baits for cod, maybe whole small mackerel...

Posted on May 27 2007 - 10:29pm by Mike Thrussell

Porbeagles are the quiet sharks of the angling world. They rarely get the accolades that even the humble blue enjoys. Yet look at the record books. The world record stands at 507lbs from Scotland and reliable estimates by UK charter captains put some recent lost fish at over 700lbs. Evidence from commercial long-liner landings also show porbeagles over 800lbs...

Posted on Jan 6 2006 - 10:39pm by Mike Thrussell

Shark! Arguably the most emotive word in the English language. As humans used to being the dominant species on land, put us in the water, an unnatural element to us, and we realise the fear that certain sharks can, and will, literally eat us whole and alive. It’s just a nightmare scenario for most us, but it spawns a fascination for a fish that no other can...

Posted on Jan 6 2006 - 10:25pm by Mike Thrussell

Wreck fishing is always associated with the English Channel for pollack; cod, ling and coalfish, or maybe the Northeast off Whitby for big cod and ling. Welsh wrecking has always been the bridesmaid in the wrecking scene. Maybe its because the inshore fishing in Wales is so good that the wrecking takes a back seat, but the fact is that there are good wreck fish to...

Posted on Jan 6 2006 - 10:18pm by Mike Thrussell

Out beyond the beachcasters best range, and well inside where the charter boat fish there’s a band of water that gets little if any fishing pressure. I’m thinking about a distance of 300-metres to 1 mile out. This ground generally in many parts of the country gets little fishing attention. It’s ground the self-drive dinghy angler can exploit to the...