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Megabass Xlayer soft lures

0, September 7, 2009
Posted by james

I am a sucker for anything that is a little different in the fishing tackle world, the wilder the claims the more interested I am. Having fished a number of times in the US for Large Mouth Bass you always end up paying one of the many Bass Pro shops for advice and to stock up lures. If you have never been to a Bass Pro shop it is pretty hard to express how many different types of lures they have in stock. During my last visit a number of fishermen were raving about the Megabass Xlayer soft lures. So while in Vegas I picked up a packet and gave them a try.

These lures hand poured in Japan are a little different to your average soft bait. The tail contains a small plastic insert containing two very small ball bearings that vibrate and emit an audible rattle. Towards the head of the lure there are a number of ridges to create some disturbance when worked through the water. The lures are also impregnated with an odd scent that smells of fennel. The lures can be texas rigged, used with a jig head and used unweighted depending on where you are fishing.

I have tried these texas rigged and they certainly fished well in Florida for large mouth bass but I wasn’t really confident they were giving me a revolutionary edge. I managed to find some here in the UK and again hearing they are doing well for Sea Bass I couldn’t resist, especially as I have several trips on the Anne Clare at the end of this month.

You can purchase these lures from http://www.mrfishjersey.net/magento/, they are not cheap at £14 for 4 of the larger lures, but if the Bass really do love them then it’s worth it, right? The guys at Mr Fish are extremely helpful and are fast to deliver.

I have just got to keep them under wraps, if they do out fish my fellow angers there is nothing like a good old gloat.

Megabass Xlayer Lure

Megabass Xlayer Lure

Megabass Xlayer Lure

Megabass Xlayer Lure - Ridge body creating water disturbance and vibrations

Megabass Xlayer Lure

Megabass Xlayer Lure - Unique rattle in the lure tail

Megabass Xlayer Lure

Megabass Xlayer Lure - larger 6inch shad

Towards the end of September I have two fishing trips booked aboard the Anne Clare of Torquay. As mentioned previously the Anne Clare skippered by Kevin Tate is an affordable way to experience some of the best sea fishing available in the UK today. Even if the conditions prove to be tough, Kevin still manages to find specimen sized fish.

The first trip will involve live baiting and lure fishing for Sea Bass from various wrecks, Black Bream fishing and maybe some other species depending on the conditions. The second trip will be something a little more special, 3 days of fishing for Cod, Pollack, Ling, Conger, Brill, Turbot, Bass and Black Bream. Staying on the Channel Islands for two nights we will be in a great position to maximise the chance of catching a large number of specimen sized species.

Although I have been very happy with the performance and quality of my Shimano Forcemaster Boat pack I wanted something a little heavier. Both trips will require a considerable amount of live bait to be caught so having one rod set up for mackerel and the other rigged for catching the big fish is always an advantage.

Shimano Charter Special TR2000LD Reel
The Shimano Charter Special incorporates the power and feel of a ‘big game’ reel with the convience of a level wind and lever drag. Out of the box the reel looks the part, nothing too flashy, finished in matte black. Some anglers prefer all aluminum body reels but the shimano charter special benefits from re-enforced graphite and feels every bit as solid while being remarkably light. Other anglers who have used the shimano charter special assure me that there is no flex under pressure and if you want that extra security the heavy reel seat can be used with a reel clamp.

Once the drag is set correctly you simply push it to the strike position and not have to worry about adjusting it for the duration of fishing. If you do need to increase or decrease the drag then move the lever past the strike point (up to 200% more drag) or back it off slightly. Line lay is perfect thanks to the smooth level wind, another thing you don’t have to worry about while retriving or playing fish.

The shimano charter special boasts enlarged gearing supplying plenty of cranking power while also reducing the chance of the level wind jamming if you ever placed the reel under huge pressure. The large plastic grip and counter balanced aluminum handle ensure any retrieve is smooth and comfortable.

For me the Shimano Charter special is a true all rounder and suitable for nearly all types of boat fishing that the UK has to offer. Shimano have done a great job of combining power, strength and convenience in an affordable package. An amazing piece of kit for £100-125.

I loaded the reel with 54lb Power Pro braid in yellow. When fishing on a boat with 10 other fishermen tangles are inevitable so having yellow braid helps distinguish your line from the usual green braid.

  • Weight – 500g
  • Gear ratio – 4.2:1
  • Line capacity – 400m/17lb line
  • Ball bearings – 4
  • Lever drag
  • Level wind
  • Aluminium spool
  • XT7 body
  • Single handle
  • Waterproof drag

Shimano Charter Special TR2000LD

Shimano Charter Special TR2000LD

Daiwa Kenzaki Braid 20-30lb class rod
So many people have recommended this rod to me it sounded like a perfect match for the Shimano Charter Special reel. The first thing you notice when holding the rod is how light it is. The action of the rod is incredible, a responsive tip that loads into a smooth and powerful action. The price of the Daiwa Kenzaki Braid is ridiculously cheap at £89, again another one of those products offering quality and power.

  • Premium carbon blanks using MM35M carbon
  • Sensitive tip action for improved bite detection
  • Zirconium ceramic guides throughout for use with braided lines
  • Fuji reel seat with Aluminium hoods
  • Triangular fore grip
  • Matte and gloss black finish with gold decals

Daiwa Kenzaki Braid 20-30lb class rod

Daiwa Kenzaki Braid 20-30lb class rod

If you are interested in purchasing either Shimano Charter Special TR2000LD or the Daiwa Kenzaki Braid please contact Mark Wills or James Moore at Exeter Angling – please make sure you mention this blog.
Tel – 01392 436404
Email – internetsales@exeterangling.co.uk

Shimano Charter Special and Shimano TR200G

Shimano Charter Special and Shimano TR200G

Shimano Charter Special - Lever drag

Shimano Charter Special - Lever drag

54lb Power Pro braid in yellow

54lb Power Pro braid in yellow

Shimano Charter Special TR2000LD

Shimano Charter Special TR2000LD

Daiwa Kenzaki Braid 20-30lb class rod

Daiwa Kenzaki Braid 20-30lb class rod

Fishing at Morecambe bay: Report

0, August 11, 2009
Posted by james

Morecambe Bay is located in the northwest of England just south of the Lake District National Park. It is the largest expanse of intertidal sand and mudflats in the UK, covering a total area of 310km². This geographical wonder of the UK can also be extremely dangerous, quicksand fast moving tides and extremely strong currents demanding respect and caution.

Morecambe Bay sands

Morecambe Bay sands

I arrived at my location on the coast of Silverdale near Arnside, a luxury static caravan literally 40ft from the shore. The tide times weren’t ideal 1-3pm or 1-3am however because of my close proximity to the water I still managed to get in a decent amount of fishing over the 4 days. This  previous post describes in greater detail the tackle and bait I would be using on this trip.

Session 1
My first session started on thursday night at 12.30am when the water had risen enough to cast into and hold ground. I decided to use one rod (Greys GRX-S 12ft Bass rod and Shimano Titanos 5500 XSA reel) making it easier to see what I was doing because I had forgotten my head torch. It was particularly eerie that night, no wind and flat calm black water slowly covering the huge area of sand. I decided to fish close range casting up-tide 100ft keeping the bail arm open for a few seconds to allow a bow form in the line. I sat on the hard rock watching the isotope attached to the end of the rod twitch as a bat would occasional brush against the line. After several casts the rod tip juddered before springing upwards as a fish dislodged the 4oz weight. I lifted into the fish and wound like mad, a nice sized flounder of around 1.5lb. I was pretty tired come 2am so decided to pack up and get some sleep ready for the next day as well as removing the horrible mess the black lugworms had left on my hands and jeans.

Session 2
Session number 2 started at around 1pm on the Friday, this time fishing two rods. One with a pennel rigged sand eel to see if any other species lurked in the strong currents of the incoming tide. The other a 2 hook flapper rig with small sections of black lugworm. Broken cloud and an onshore wind provided ideal conditions to get sun burnt and compared to the session 1 the tide really came ripping through.

On previous visits I have seen various military jets fly around the bay at low altitude and at great speed. 30 minutes into the session I heard something strange coming from beyond the hills to my right. A shape appeared over the trees in the form of an Apache AH MK1 helicopter followed by two others. Grabbing my camera I started to take some photos, one of the pilots (I like to think this is what happened) saw I was snapping away and diverted course flying very low directly over me. For some strange reason I got all patriotic and started punching the air “whooping” at this small part of the £3billion British attack helicopter fleet.

Apache AH MK1 helicopter

Apache AH MK1 helicopter

Apache AH Mk1 helicopter

Apache AH Mk1 helicopter

Weed proved to be a problem throughout the afternoon building up quickly masking the bait and putting a greater amount of drag onto the line. Fishing both short and long range was unproductive and I only started to get bites very late into the session when the tide was well on it’s way out. The bites came thick and fast but nothing positive, eventually something had taken hold and I discovered what had been nibbling at the lugworm. A 2ft long sand eel was on the end of the line which although is quite an achievement it wasn’t what I was after. I unhooked the eel and quickly released it back into the water.

Large Sand Eel

Large Sand Eel

Session 3
After blanking in the day I was determined to catch and ventured out into the night. The moon was full and the broken cloud provided me with a greater amount of light than the previous nights fishing. A shooting star streaked across the nights sky but my wish of catching that didn’t come true. I packed up at around 2.30am and went to bed.

Session 4
I was under a particular amount of pressure to catch some flounder as we had guests and I had promised fresh fish for the BBQ. Previous sessions had been relatively relaxed in approach but because of the need to provide food I set myself a schedule for the next couple of hours. This consisted of fishing close range in the channel at the start of the tide, fishing longer range when the tide was at it’s highest then back to close range when the tide started to turn. I also decided to change baits every 20-30minutes to keep them fresh, in the strong current small sections of lug can become washed out very quickly.

10 minutes into my first cast I had landed 1/2lb flounder followed by couple of other small fish but still needed to land something more sizable. As the tide began to turn the tip of my carp rod started to judder. I  clambered up off my behind and watched the rod tip slam over, I was rewarded with a nice flounder of 2lb.

2lb Flounder caught at Morecambe bay

2lb Flounder caught at Morecambe bay

Satisfied with this fish I decided to pack up and join my guests. We cooked the fish on the BBQ with salt, pepper and lemon. It tasted absolutely amazing.

BBQed Flounder

BBQ'ed Flounder

Session 4
This was the final session of my trip and after my previous success I decided to take a more relaxed approach, catch some fish and get wind burnt to buggery once again. I employed the same tactics of short and long range fishing depending on the tide. I had more success when the tide was at it’s highest catching a number of fish of 1lb+.

Towards the very end of the session I think I set a record of the worlds smallest line caught flounder. I have no idea how the flounder managed to end up on the end of a 2.0 hook, it was pretty amazing to see the fish in miniature. The greedy bugger swam away to fight another day.

Worlds smallest line caught flounder

Worlds smallest line caught flounder

In conclusion Morecambe bay was a great place to fish, not only did I enjoy catching but also BBQ’ing and enjoying beautifully fresh fish with family and friends. I didn’t get round to testing out the Dvice casting capsule but will certainly give it a go in the future. I will leave you with some other photos I took during my stay. Enjoy.

Morecambe bay sands sunset

Morecambe bay sands sunset

High tide at Morecambe bay

High tide at Morecambe bay

Shiman Titanos XSA reel and Greys GRX-S bass rod

Shiman Titanos XSA reel and Greys GRX-S bass rod

Shimano Titanos 5500 XSA

Shimano Titanos 5500 XSA

Rod tip of Greys GRX-S Bass rod and carp rod

Rod tip of Greys GRX-S Bass rod and carp rod

Morecambe bay sands

Morecambe bay sands

Morecambe bay sands

Morecambe bay sands