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WSF takes a look at how to catch Mullet from the shore – one of the most sporting and hard fighting fish, pound for pound you are likely to encounter in the UK. Identification of the three true mullet species is not easy unless you have a practiced eye. The body shape of all three mullet are similar, it’s the lips and eyes that give the species away. The thick...

Posted on Oct 3 2011 - 7:52am by Wayne Thomas

The autumn months of September, October and November are tope time on the North Devon and West Wales coastlines. These fish move inshore to feed on whiting and flatfish and are perhaps the greatest test of the British shore fisher’s skill. Success with tope can be hard work but is exceptionally rewarding and exciting when it goes to plan. A 45lb tope from a shallow...

Probably the most popular species of fish to catch in the British Isles, WSF takes a look at rough ground fishing for bass including when, where and how, plus other top tips to catch this prized species. SPECIMEN TARGET WEIGHT: 10lbs BASS FACTS Bass are one of our most distinctive fish and hard to confuse when an adult with anything else. The bass sports a round...

Posted on Oct 19 2010 - 8:06am by Wayne Thomas

Grey Mullet are one of the most abundant and widely spread fish around our coasts. Every niche of our coastline will find these grey ghosts browsing on a wide variety of foods. The fish will travel miles upstream sometimes wandering several miles above the tidal limit. They are also to be found on wild rocky coast lines and in bustling harbours and marinas. This huge...

Posted on Jan 10 2010 - 7:40am by Mike Thrussell

Ever heard of “predictive fishing”? I’m not surprised if you haven’t because very few anglers have, nor do many practice the art. What is “predictive fishing” then? Predictive fishing is having the ability to read the conditions and circumstances at any given time and using this knowledge make the best possible decision as to the mark or tide they intend...

Posted on Jan 10 2010 - 7:35am by Mike Thrussell

A forgotten bass tactic is pure and simple freelining. It’s not commonly used even by experienced bass anglers and yet it is the most effective form of fishing at close range over rough ground. The phrase some carp men use when stalking carp working tight in to the margins is “combat fishing” and this is the perfect description and it applies just as much to...

Plaice are another shore fish achieving cult like status amongst sea anglers. Yet the fact is that not many anglers actually catch many plaice by design. In fact check through anglers annual species lists and plaice are not a common catch for many, and often so called plaice are often misidentified flounder that happen to have faint spots on their back. Understanding...

Posted on Mar 11 2009 - 6:59am by Mike Thrussell

You rarely see wire booms for shore rigs in tackle shops nowadays, and it’s even rarer to read about them in the monthly magazines. Also, chatting to other anglers on the beach, you rarely see them in use either. This surprises me as I always have made up rigs utilising wire booms in my rig wallets and always carry a few spare wire booms in my tackle box to make...

Cod remain arguably the UK angler’s favourite sea fish, partly because of the rough and tough environment and conditions we fish for them in, but also because they put up a decent fight from the shore and also taste good on a plate. The only fish the cod can really be confused with is it’s near cousin the whiting. The cod though has a more blunt head shape, with...

Posted on Jan 4 2009 - 6:37am by Mike Thrussell

Tackle technology moves on ever at a pace, but we anglers are often slow to follow and adapt our fishing to make the best use of these advances. A prime example is that of bite detection. Rods are now lighter and slimmer in diameter giving better response, mono lines have improved, braid is getting thinner and stronger almost by the month, Fluoro carbon lines are...