The Pen Rod – Mightier Than The Sword?

Ben Bassett
  · Ben Bassett  · September 6, 2016

You will have likely seen a ‘Pen Rod’ in your time perusing the internet for fishing tackle. If you’re not familiar, they are a very cheap and short telescopic rod, that collapses into a comically oversized pen, complete with lid (though lacking any ink!). For the bargain price of little over five pounds you could [...]

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Crooked lines review

Sean McSeveny
  · Sean McSeveny  · August 11, 2016

I have to admit that I would not normally have picked up a copy of Dominic Garnett’s latest book, Crooked Lines. Not because I have anything against Dominic, but because I thought I had read all the fishing tales type books that were worth reading. I came across Crooked Lines, whilst looking for a book [...]

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aww, a little fluffy duckling….. how cute!

Corsican Dave
  · Corsican Dave  · July 27, 2016

Ever wondered why there’s always a few less ducklings every time you wander past your local pond? Well, I did; so I designed a fly to catch the culprits! In this article I will show you  step by step, how to make a duckling fly. Firstly, let me apologise for both the photos and the [...]

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Varivas Saltwater Super Match Hooks review

Sean McSeveny
  · Sean McSeveny  · June 9, 2016

I don’t normally do hook reviews, because a hook is a hook, right? Wrong, very wrong. One of the main areas that many anglers, especially novices skimp on is hooks and for the life of me I can’t understand why. Hooks are probably the single most important piece of terminal tackle. You can get away [...]

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Trabucco Poetica KW Torzite Rod review

Sean McSeveny
  · Sean McSeveny  · May 18, 2016

I have been a fan of Continental style rods for a couple of years now, especially for my light fishing, for species such as Plaice and Bream. When I was asked to review the Poetica KW Torzite, for heavier work, I was a bit sceptical. When it comes to distance casting and heavier rough weather [...]

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Akios 656 CTM Reel review

Leo Toms
  · Leo Toms  · February 11, 2016

Early in 2015 I was looking for to upgrade my ageing Penn and Abu beach multiplier reels. After much searching I bought a brand new Akios s- line 656 CTM right handed multiplier which I wrote about on Fishing Tails here. I was so impressed with its performance I bought another identical second hand reel to accompany it on [...]

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Fladen Merino Wool thermals review

Sean McSeveny
  · Sean McSeveny  · January 29, 2016

When it comes to staying warm when those temperatures really drop you need to think about wearing layers. If you get your base layer right then you are more than halfway to staying comfortable on a long fishing session. There are lots of thermal under garments on the market, some made from artificial materials and [...]

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Deviltail Eels and Shads development

Allan Yates
  · Allan Yates  · December 17, 2015

The Deviltail lures are a hybrid design created from a number of previous designs tried and tested over 2014 /2015. The original Deviltail started life as a worm pattern to work in conjunction with a variety of jigheads and hook sizes and jolly effective it was too taking Bass, Cod and Pollock so the concept [...]

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Avet SX 5.3 MC Reel review

Sean McSeveny
  · Sean McSeveny  · December 16, 2015

I have long admired Avet reels whenever I have seen them whilst boat fishing, but it is only recently that I realised they made casting reels as well. I was looking for a replacement reel for my Penn 525 that I lost earlier this year. I was torn between another Penn and an Akios 656. [...]

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Rapture Delsol 802ML lure rod review

Sean McSeveny
  · Sean McSeveny  · November 26, 2015

The Rapture Delsol is often seen advertised as a specialist soft plastic lure rod, designed for medium sized fish such as Trout, Perch and Wrasse. It is through the later species that I came across the Delsol. I invited Bill Morris, who runs Outdoor Life, the UK distributor for Italian tackle giant Trabucco, down to [...]

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Yamaga Blanks Early Plus 92XML lure rod review

Sean McSeveny
  · Sean McSeveny  · October 29, 2015

I came across the Yamaga Blanks Early Plus just after it was released in the spring. Dan Konig from Adventure Angler wrote an article for us on Bass fishing in Morocco Looking at the conditions he was fishing in made me think that the Early Plus would be an ideal rod for my rougher and heavier [...]

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No.1 M2 Waterproof smartphone review

Adrian Crawford
  · Adrian Crawford  · August 13, 2015

This review was scheduled to be a special report from France featuring huge waves, Atlantic storm beaches, sun, sea and heavy metal (well Dexter wedges and Megabass Vibe lures) what could be better? Unfortunately for reasons that will become clear later it has morphed itself into a waterproof Android smartphone review. Android or IOS First [...]

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Temple Reef Mytho Rod review

Sean McSeveny
  · Sean McSeveny  · August 6, 2015

I first came across the Mytho jigging rod late last year, when I watched a video on Facebook by Dan Konig, who runs Adventure Angler. The video which I have included in this article shows him catching some lovely Cod on jigs up in the Shetland Isles. I got in touch with Dan and he [...]

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Berkley NanoFil – Review

Adrian Crawford
  · Adrian Crawford  · July 24, 2015

I’ve now been using Berkley NanoFil line exclusively for all my lure fishing since it came out in 2011,  so I think is fair to say I’ve tested it long enough to give it a review! So what is it? To quote Berkley “Not a mono, fluoro or braid — The Next Generation in Fishing Line! [...]

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Daiwa Sokkou Knot Tool – Review

Adrian Crawford
  · Adrian Crawford  · July 23, 2015

The Daiwa Sokkou Knot Tool If like me your hands are not as dextrous as they used to be this handy little tool does one job and one job only, namely it makes the tying of leaders to mainlines an absolute doddle. It used to take me 15 minutes to tie a leader, sometimes more [...]

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ReelTidy review

Anth Constable
  · Anth Constable  · July 11, 2015

Many anglers like myself own tackle boxes. I personally have the Shakespeare Beta Box. I have found the more organised it is, the more you can carry in it, that is why I like to keep nice and tidy. One way of doing that is by using a ReelTidy designed by Dave Mills of Damiltech Solutions. [...]

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Seaspin Stria 95 – Review

Adrian Crawford
  · Adrian Crawford  · March 11, 2015

My second lure review and my second review on a Seaspin lure, and no I’m not on the payroll they just make good reasonably priced lures which are a bit different. So what is it about the Stria that makes it different, quite simply its wiggle!. Even at slow retrieves this lure puts on a serious [...]

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Wading into it – how to pick the perfect pair of waders

Sean McSeveny
  · Sean McSeveny  · February 12, 2015

There was a time when waders were normally only worn by fly fishermen on rivers, but these days I see anglers using them in lots of different situations. They are pretty common amongst fishermen in the North East, targeting the Cod from the rock ledges, and I spend more than half my fishing time in [...]

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Fladen Maxximus 11300 Spinning Reel review

Sean McSeveny
  · Sean McSeveny  · February 10, 2015

Is it possible to buy a good spinning or lure reel for under £50? In this review we are going to take a look at the Fladen Maxximus 11300 reel, and see if it can step up to the mark. The main question is how you define the term “good”. For some it may be [...]

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Choosing the perfect multi tool as your fishing sidekick

Sean McSeveny
  · Sean McSeveny  · January 8, 2015

As most fishing enthusiasts will tell you a good multi tool certainly make your life a lot easier on a fishing trip. But how do you choose one and get the biggest bang for your buck? Let us try and dissect the question and allow you to make an informed decision. You want good value [...]

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Payo Aegis 110, can £10 buy a decent lure?

Sean McSeveny
  · Sean McSeveny  · October 3, 2014

Can I get a decent lure for under £10? That is a question that I am often asked. In truth most of the lures that make it into my “A Box” do cost at least a tenner, if not a lot more. Don’t think for one minute that I am a lure snob, far from [...]

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Cinnetic Cautiva hybrid flexi tip surf rod review

Sean McSeveny
  · Sean McSeveny  · May 14, 2014

The Cinnetic Cautiva is probably best described as a Continental style rod. I bought the rod back last August, when I was offered it by my local tackle shop. They had bought it as a demonstration model, to only find out a couple of weeks later that the distributor had decided not to import them [...]

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HTO Lure Game rod 9ft 6″ review

Sean McSeveny
  · Sean McSeveny  · November 6, 2013

Looking for a good lure rod under a £100? Lure fishing is one of the fastest growing disciplines within angling, especially with sea anglers, but knowing what rod to choose can be very confusing. I often have anglers turn up to come guiding with me, with an 11ft spinning rod, or a Carp rod, because [...]

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Seaspin Mommotti 190. Do big lures mean big fish?

Sean McSeveny
  · Sean McSeveny  · October 14, 2013

I recently entered a Facebook competition that Nice Fish were running to try and win a Seaspin Mommotti 190. James Davis, owner of Nice Fish,  the importers of Seaspin lures, Majorcraft rods and Sunline braid, wants to put a theory to the test. He believes that big lures catch bigger fish. It is a theory [...]

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Lure review: Seaspin Pro-Q 90

Adrian Crawford
  · Adrian Crawford  · October 2, 2013

The Pro-Q 90 was my first introduction to Seaspin as a company early in March 2012, Sean had been raving about its big brother the Pro-Q 120 but as I prefer smaller lures for a lot of the fishing I do I decided on the 90. My favorite top water lure at the time was [...]

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Lure review: Megabass XLush

Sean McSeveny
  · Sean McSeveny  · August 14, 2013

I had been waiting with anticipation, for about 6 weeks for the Megabass XLush to appear in my local tackle shop, as I had heard quite a bit of talk from other lure fanatics like myself, about how good it would be. Megabass title the XLush as a High Dimensional Multi Performance Pencil Bait; quite [...]

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Ultimate Fishing Adventures: Henry Gilbey

Sean McSeveny
  · Sean McSeveny  · June 18, 2013

When I heard that Henry Gilbey had produced a new book last year, I was determined to get my hands on one and see if it was as good as his others. As an added thought I decided it might be a good idea to review it and it would be nice to give one [...]

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Quantum EXO Pti Reel

Sean McSeveny
  · Sean McSeveny  · April 16, 2012

  Back last November, I needed a reel to replace my worn Shimano Technium 4000. I also wanted something a bit smaller as I didn’t think that I needed a 4000 sized reel for the type of lure fishing I was doing in the UK. Mike Fulmer  at my local tackle shop, Chesil Bait n [...]

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Century versus Conoflex on test at West Bexington in search of Plaice.

Sean McSeveny
  · Sean McSeveny  · April 9, 2012

For more than a year now I have been hearing quite a lot about the new Conoflex Chesil Beach Match (CBM). Almost living on Chesil Beach this was of obvious interest to me. When I was given the opportunity to test it out, I thought that it would only be fair to compare it to [...]

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