Monthly Archives: May 2014

Icon M Sport Rods Back in Stock

Leeda Icon M Sport Graphics

Leeda Icon M Sport Graphics

We are pleased to have just received some more of the Leeda Icon M Sport Beachcasters. All three models have been out of stock, a combination of performance, good looks and a value for money price tag have caused quite a stir. If you are in the market for a quality beach rod at a sensible price one of these could fit the bill. The Icon Sport Match is a lovely all rounder with a sensitive tip to show those delicate bites. The Icon Sport Power has probably been the most popular, able to tackle rough ground and big fish while still retaining a more general fishablity. That leaves the Ultra Power, a real powerhouse with loads of ‘umph’ in the butt progressing into a strong mid section and a tip that is still capable of registering a bite. ”

Big Bass for Mike

Feeding Mullet

Steve Pitts image of the feeding mullet
A couple of days back I wasn’t intending to go fishing but when my pal Steve rang and said that he had a free evening and could drive down from Bristol I couldn’t resist. Now, to begin at the beginning, I’ve hardly seen a mullet this year and although we were going to a potential mullet hotspot we thought that taking the fly gear would be futile. WRONG!!! Anyway, we only took the spinning rods in hopes of a bass. When we got to our appointed place, guess what? It was heaving with surface feeding mullet. There were no obvious Coelopa maggots in the water but clearly the mullet were skimming what there were from the surface film. Bugger!!!!! We flogged away for a couple of hours with poppers, plugs and soft plastics and eventually Steve had a couple of schoolies on a shallow diving plug. He was well pleased because it is some time since he caught a bass. The weather was superb so we went home happy with our fishing.

The following day Nigel rang me and I told him about the mullet so he decided to give them a try (I had to do the shopping so couldn’t join him). As it turned out the mullet didn’t appear until much later than the previous day (WHY???), so even though he had the fly gear and some lively maggots he didn’t catch any. Again he had to be satisfied with a couple of small bass caught by spinning.

Two days later I could resist no longer so I primed the alarm for 03:30, set up the spinning rod and prepared for an early morning stint after the bass. When I got to the coast it was just coming light and I hadn’t been fishing long before it became apparent in the calm conditions that there were lots of smallish fish (0.5lb to 2lb?) attacking small fry. Whatever they were I couldn’t tempt them. I thought that it was probable they were feeding on little fish of some description and again I cursed myself for not taking the fly rod (will I never learn?). I fished for an hour-and-a-half with only two schoolies to show for my efforts (Is there a pattern emerging here?). Then I decided to walk back to the car. On my way I passed a nice looking gulley with lots of loose kelp in the water. I couldn’t resist a cast with my weedless Slandra and blow me down, on the first chuck it was followed in almost to my feet by a big bass. Ten more minutes of cast and retrieve didn’t elicit any more follows so rather disappointed I went on home for breakfast.

I was encouraged so I decided to have another go the following morning, this time taking my fly gear. When I arrived at the coast I found several early rising anglers had beaten me to it but I bashed on and began fly fishing. This time NOTHING!!! The conditions appeared to be identical but where I had seen so many rising fish the previous morning there were none. After I’d been fishing for a little while my mates Rob and Mike arrived and started spinning but it soon seemed pretty obvious that we weren’t going to tempt anything substantial. This time I’d brought a couple of Waitrose pilchards with me thinking that I might be able to tempt the biggie that I’d seen the day before and I said to Rob that I was going to go to where I’d seen it and try free-lining a pilchard on my spinning rod and a 6/0 circle hook.

I left the others flogging away and plodded back to my mark. By this time it was low water and the gulley was empty so I walked along the ledge until I found about 30cm of water and gently lowered my pilchard onto a small patch of clean ground. I opened the bale arm and walked back until I found a comfy boulder to sit on and perched myself for a bit of a wait. I had the rod across my knees and held the braid between my fingers just in case. I’d nothing to do but wait for the tide to rise and it was fifteen minutes or so before a tiny patch of weed disappeared signalling that it was on its way in. After another five or ten minutes there was probably an extra 30cm of depth and suddenly I felt the line twitch in my fingers. Now there are many exciting moments in fishing but for me this is one of the best.

The bow in the braid straightened and then fell slack again. I was holding my breath in anticipation but it was probably another minute before the line tightened again and began to run out through my fingers. Faster and faster it went and I guessed that probably ten metres had gone by the time I decided to engage the bale arm. The braid straightened and the tip of the rod began to curve round. The clutch began to zuzz and I was in! I staggered to my feet (I’d been sitting on that cold rock for quite a while) and raised the rod to gain some sort of control. At the end of the line there was a mighty boil and the fish tore away out to sea as I guided the line round the boulders and weed. At this point I was really glad of the longish rod which allowed me to reach over a big lump of shale sticking up from the ledge. After that the bass behaved itself perfectly, stopping my heart by thrashing occasionally but mainly taking line against the clutch until eventually I was able to draw it back and slide it ashore onto the wet piles of kelp.

A couple of photos, unhook it, weigh it, 4.4kg (9.75lb) and then slip it back. Fantastic! I smiled all the way home. I almost felt that I deserved that one. Thank heavens for Waitrose sardines and I’ve still got two left.

4SureSpin and Varivas Circle hook take a 9lb+

9lb+ Bass for Mike on a Circle Hook.

Major Craft Free Competition

Csting a Major Craft Skyroad lure rod

Skyroad in Action

Majorcraft makers of the super Skyroad Rods bass lure rod ( that Henry is still raving about ) amongst other models, has just launched a fantastic FREE competition.
Everyone buying a Major Craft rod from us can enter a free draw to win a Major Craft Truzer. This is the latest top end bass lure rod from Major Craft with the latest Fuji Torzite Titanium guides with a RRP of £395.
What a prize, this a really nice ‘add on’ for anyone buying one of their classy lure rods, giving you the chance to win the latest, state of the art, all singing all dancing model.
If you buy a Majorcraft rod from us, just email them at telling them what you bought, and when and you will be entered into the draw..
Good Luck and tight lines

Boat Fishing Monthly

Dave Barham together with Jim Midgley and Darren Giles from Boat Fishing Monthly visited Veals Mail Order on Wednesday to shoot some product information videos. I hate being in front of a camera myself, but Dave makes it a bit of fun, and its a far more interesting way of showing of some of our products, plus you get some more info from Dave and myself. We shot over 20 short clips featuring loads of gear, like Rovex Tergo, Savage Gear Sandeels, chest hi’s, Fiiish Fish and Crazy Eels, right up to Akios Lever drag multipliers at over £200. Jim is editing them as I type and they will become available over the next few weeks.
We are hard at work on a complete re work of our website, and we will make all the video content we have much more ‘visible’ as you can easily miss the fact there is a clip available.

Dave Barham Boat Fishing Monthly

Dave Barham with a nice bass

Roccotop Feeders & More

Swimfeeder and lead combined

Roccotop Feeder Lead

Just in the new continental feeder and lead combined. Available in 3 sizes, 100gm, 125gm and 150gm these enable you to put attractant right by your bait. The yellow perforated nose cap is removeable and is designed to be filled with attractant that then leaches out attracting fish to the area around your hook bait.
Range of IMA colours that we will be stocking

IMA Komomo Colours

We are pleased to have an increased range of of colours for the hugely popular IMA Komomo 11 hard plastic lures. Not all have arrived here yet and we are still waiting for more stock of the Joker Flashing Plate, (Due in a couple of weeks ). So if you want to place and advanced order for one these, just give us a ring and get your name on the list, as we have only been promised 36.
10mm sequines

Sequins, 10mm cupped

We are really pleased to have tracked down some 10mm cupped sequins. We have been looking for a bigger size for some time these are great for rig making holding back bigger baits and in conjunction with 8mm beads are outstanding as attractors.