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I am a sucker for ‘Hi-tech’ lures. If it looks like it has been created in a laboratory and given a name similar to “Rage super thrust blood head mach IV” it will end up in my shopping basket. After all if you are fishing wrecks 50 miles off the coast of Devon having the “Rage super thrust blood head mach IV” in luminous pink slicing through the water will surely catch you more fish. If it doesn’t then the conditions were ‘against you’ and ‘not ideal’. Ignoring the guy catching fish on a £1 Redgill is it worth spending £6-10 for a pack of these so called “super lures”?

That question is a pretty big can of worms and I really don’t want to take it on. I do however believe that the Savage Gear range of saltwater sandeel lures are worth investing in. I was first introduced to them last year by Mark. When he was struggling out came the Savage Gear sandeel. It always managed to produce a fish of substantial size. The Mark ‘fail safe’ lure continued to produce (and consistently) for the rest of the year.  It made sense to give them a try.

Handling the lures you can start to understand why they might have that ‘edge’. They are unbelievably supple along their complete length and whatever speed you retrieve the action is superb. That extra ’suppleness’ might be the secret to their success but also an Achilles heel. They are not very robust and are easily damaged or mangled after a couple of fish. On two recent boat trips the only fish I caught were on the Savage Gear saltwater sandeels. Either I am rubbish at using other lures while wreck fishing or these really are ‘killer’ lures. I will let you decide. Awesome.

They are available in packs containing 2 bodies and 1 jig head for £5.99. They come in 6 different colours and 3 different sizes. Buy some!

Some pics…

Savage Gear Saltwater Sandeel

Savage Gear Saltwater Sandeel

Savage Gear Saltwater Sandeel

Savage Gear Saltwater Sandeel

Savage Gear Saltwater Sandeel

Savage Gear Saltwater Sandeel

Savage Gear Saltwater Sandeel

Savage Gear Saltwater Sandeel

English Channel Dolphins

0, October 11, 2009
Posted by james

Encountering a dolphin in the wild or captivity has always been a humbling experience for me. Their incredible intellect and playful charm forms a bridge between us and their mysterious underwater world.

All of my dolphin encounters have been in and around North America, some engineered and others unexpected. Florida is a great place to see large numbers of dolphins, in some places you can pretty much guarantee a sighting. If you were to ask me where to see a dolphin in the wild the UK would be one of the last places I would have suggested. However after this summer, if you asked me the same question again, the answer would be very different.

On the return journey from a days fishing wrecks aboard the Anne Clare, the skipper spotted a large pod of dolphins. 30-40 common dolphins looked as though they were herding bait fish. Swimming and creating a large circle and taking turns to eat the disoriented fish in the centre. A number of dolphins broke away from the pod and started to ride the bow wave of the boat. Leaping, rolling and enjoying the ride. After 20 minutes or so the dolphins re-joined the main pod and continued to hunt for fish.

Seeing such a spectacular display, especially in the UK was a privilege. I didn’t expect to or hope to see them again. On the way back from the Channel Islands unexpectedly we were joined by yet another group of dolphins. These were bottle nosed dolphins, twice the size of the common dolphin. A young calf swam next to it’s mother, jumping from the water when needing to draw breath.

When I look at these pictures it is a great feeling to know that they are out there now, in the English channel.

English Channel Dolphins

English Channel Dolphins

English Channel Dolphins

English Channel Dolphins

English Channel Dolphins

English Channel Dolphins

English Channel Dolphins

English Channel Dolphins

English Channel Dolphins

English Channel Dolphins

English Channel Dolphins

English Channel Dolphins