Monthly Archives: September 2014

Maria FlaPen

Maria FlaPen
Something new and totally different in HP ie Hard Plastic to old timers like me, from Maria (Yamashita) in Japan. Check out these couple of clips to see how they work and the science behind the revolutionary design. The vane is at the tail and folds back when casting for maximum distance and gives a totally unique action to the FlaPen when retreiving. See below for the full sp.

Maria FlaPen

FlaPen in a clown style colour

Fla-pen 01H


yamashita Fla Pen

FlaPen in a holographic finish

ABU Rocket 6500 Blue Yonder

It has just come to our attention that I should have included the word ‘Rocket’ in the description in the last post. The full name of the new reel is Ambassadeur Rocket 6500 Blue Yonder.
Short clip showing the ABU Blue Yonder Rocket
This will avoid any confusion with the old Blue Yonder as this Rocket Blue Yonder is a totally new reel, and we like it !! Feels smoooth, has a nice weight to it and is fast but does not feel ‘graunchy’ made in Sweden and feels like it.

ABU Blue Yonder 6500 a new reel

The arrival of a new ABU distance beach reel is always exciting and this reel is no exception. Taking its blueprint as the famous old Blue Yonder, ABU have brought it right up to date. Manufactured in Sweden to a high standard of engineering, this all new version screams a whole load of exciting features including-

Blue Yonder 6500 ABU

ABU Blue Yonder 6500

* Specialised surf casting CT frame
* 2 + 1 HPCR bearing system
* Carbon Matrix drag system
* Improved magnetic cast control
* Brass frame and aluminium side plates
* Dura Brass gears
* Cranked power handle with shaped star drag wheel and EVA knob

For the serious casters amongst you the capacity has been slightly improved as the reel now holds 310m of.30mm mono, but when the going gets tough and you find yourself needing to winch the gear back double quick, the 6.3:1 retrieve will make snagged tackle a rare event!
We’re offering this great looking reel for just £159.99 (usually £199.99) and are pleased to be taking advanced orders, so be sure to be one of the first on the beach with this stunning new ABU 6500 series this coming season!!

Mitchell Mag Pro Lite 2000 & Redgill EvoStix Lure

Even more from Mike Ladle’s Blog
New Reel
When it comes to fishing tackle my mates think I’m a bit of a stick in the mud. I tend to use the same rods and reels year after year. Of course there are a number of reasons for my approach. Firstly, if I find that something ‘works’, in other words it catches fish and doesn’t let me down, then I stay with it. Secondly, in terms of reels, I tend to have a pair of the same make and model because the spools and spares will be interchangeable. For many years now I’ve been fishing with Shimano Stradic 4000s. These are excellent spinning reels and with 20-30lb braid they’ve landed me countless fish of all shapes and sizes.
To come to the point my third and oldest Stradic (now in its teens I think), originally bought for bass fishing, had been sort of relegated to freshwater fishing for a couple of years. It was attached to the little Grauvell Teklon Concept rod that I use when I’m after chub, seatrout, pike and the like in my local rivers. In truth the reel has fished for thousands of hours both here and abroad and now it looks its age. The appearance is a bit rough, the gears are rather stiff and I’d noticed that the bale arm roller was badly worn. Having said that it did help me land a near 15lb salmon last week but I could see that it was due to be ‘pensioned off’ before I had a breakage and lost a good fish.
What I needed was a fairly small, reliable, fixed spool suitable for fine braid, with a smooth clutch and a perfect line lay. After asking around I decided to try a Mitchell Mag-Pro Lite 2000. When it arrived it was out of the box and the spool (which holds 230m of 0.1mm line) was soon filled with 17lb green Nanofil. Reluctantly I took the old faithful Stradic off the rod and replaced it with my new ‘toy’. All I required was somewhere to try it out.

Mag Pro 2000 lands nice bass

Bass on a Teklon EvoStix and Mitchell Mag Pro

As it happens yesterday morning I’d been down to the coast fishing a tide race on the ebbing tide and I’d managed to catch a bass on my usual gear. Apart from the tide being an hour or so later this morning the conditions seemed identical so I thought why not give the Mag-Pro an outing to the seaside? I tied a short trace of clear 15lb Amnesia to the end of the braid attached the weedless lure (Redgill’s new ‘EvoStick’ lure) I’d used yesterday. It was pretty dark when I made my first cast into the race and for ten or fifteen minutes I cast and retrieved. The lure slid through the kelp and thong-weed without a hitch and as I gained confidence I made some longer casts in search of a fish – no problem!
Without any warning ‘wallop’ there was a strong pull on the featherlight Teklon rod and I was in. Did that fish battle? Of course the bass had all the force of the torrent of rushing sea water to help it so the drag gave line time after time.
bass in the tide race

Tide race in full flow

In fact as I played the fish it began to run up against the flow and I had to apply side strain to avoid it wrapping the line around the ledge I stood on. After quite a time I was able to slide the bass ashore and take a couple of pictures before slipping it back. Then it was down to the end of the ledge for another cast. Immediately I was into another hard fighting bass which struggled, if anything, harder than the first one. By now I’m thinking ‘it’s going to be one of those good mornings’ but I was wrong. After returning the second bass that was it! Not another sniff. Anyway at least the lure worked well and I’d Christened my new reel. It behaved impeccably. I can see that it is likely to become my favourite and at least it will take some of the pressure off my Stradics. I suppose I ought to get it a friend some time!

Then new EvoStix in action

the latest in lures

New Redgill EvoStix

Teklon, Nanofil and Rapala J9 by Mike Ladle

Mike all round angler and nice guy has let us ‘lift’ this from his blog as we thought it would be of interest,
from 08 July 2014
Good lure.
I love seatrout fishing but I’m no great shakes with a fly rod and contrary to the normal approach I don’t usually fish in the hours of darkness (I’m usually trying to get some sleep before I have to get up and go bass fishing at the crack of dawn). As a result I often spin with a little J9, black and silver, floating Rapala. Why do I use this lure such a lot? Well I had a think about it. It’s cheap (I am a Yorkshireman after all) and it’s a buoyant lure and will generally fish over the top of everything but the very shallowest weed or gravel runs. This can be a bit of a disadvantage when I come to deeper water and I’m sure that I could catch a few more fish by occasionally switching to something that got down nearer the bottom. However, I’m inclined to be lazy when it comes to changing lures and I get enough bites to keep me entertained. The real big advantage of the lightweight lure is that it tends to hang in the air instead of casting like a bullet. When I’m using my little Teklon Concept spinning rod and 17lb Nanofil line I generally have enough time (even with my ancient reflexes) to feather the line or stop the cast before it hits the trees on the far bank. In other words the set up gives me control over the cast. There are few things worse than casting to a good spot and getting tangled in a bush so that you disturb anything that was in residence. Also it can be a bit depressing if you have to spend ten minutes trekking to the next bridge and along the far bank to get the lure back (if there is a bridge). Above all, and most importantly, it catches me a wide range of species and lots of big fish.
Anyway, my most recent river session lasted for two-and-a-half hours (a long time for me) and I opted for the usual lure in the hope of tempting a seatrout. As I started I had a couple of chucks just to get the line moving and then I walked to the downstream end of a stretch of barbed wire fence arranged to keep the cattle from trampling the bank down. I cast up and across into perhaps half-a-metre of clear water gliding over a gravel bed and began to reel quite quickly so that the plug would work even travelling with the flow.
Almost at once there was a big swirl and the plug was taken by a decent salmon. Now I didn’t really want to catch a salmon but since it was on the hooks I had to try and land it. The fish fought like stink making a series of powerful runs upstream. Several times I managed to wrestle it back down into the deeper water under the high bank where I was standing. Then, just as I thought I was gaining control, the fish gained a whole new lease of life and decided to go upstream with a series of powerful jagging surges. I couldn’t stop it without risking the hook hold and since it was close under my bank it was impossible to keep the line out of the overhanging vegetation. It dragged the braid through a massive clump of cow parsley that was sticking out from the bank a few metres from where I was standing. Almost disaster – everything went solid.
I decided that the only way to untangle my line from the plant was to follow the salmon so I carefully stepped over the barbed wire (I hate that stuff) and cautiously made my way (holding the rod at arms length as far out over the water as I could) through the head high nettles until I was opposite the snag. The flower heads of cow parsley are awful for trapping fishing line and although the fish was still attached I still couldn’t move it. However, I was able to reach down (risking a ducking) and snap off the two entangling stems of the offending plant. The salmon then gave me a hand by dragging the remains of the stems out into mid-river. Phew!!!! At least it was free. I gingerly made my way back downstream until I could step back over the fence and, by now, the fish was clearly beginning to tire so I picked up the big carp net, reached down to the water and slid the salmon in – first go. What a relief.

Lovely Salmon taken on a J9 Nanofil and Teklon rod

Lovely Salmon taken on a J9 Nanofil and Teklon rod

The fish was 84cm long, weighed 14.5lb and by now was just as shattered as I was so, after quickly taking it’s picture, I spent five minutes reviving it in the shallows before it swam off none the worse for its adventure. Having caught a decent fish so soon in the session I was really encouraged to continue, so I pressed on fishing for a couple of hours. Then, just as I was thinking of going home for my sandwich and glass of orange juice, I had a firm bite from a nice little pike of about seven pounds. It didn’t fight as hard as the salmon and was soon on the bank, unhooked and returned. All in all it was a good session and a fair test for all the kit. The little Rapala did it again.
7lb pike on the same gear

7lb pike on the same gear