Today we welcome Zak Lia to the blog. Zak has been having some fun with a LRF set up and wanted to share his experience with us!
As a sea angler, the thought of an entirely new way of fishing is a very exciting prospect. I gave it a go and before long I was hooked on LRF! The mobility of this approach and the simplicity of the tackle means that I can just get up and go fishing at the drop of a hat.
My current rod of choice is the Sonik Rock champ 3-12gm which is perfect for a variety of ‘LRF’ applications, from drop shotting with micro soft plastics to casting and retrieving metal jigs for Pollack and Mackerel. The soft tip provides brilliant sport even when targeting micro species such as blennies and gobies. The rod has a hidden backbone towards the butt and mid section which really kicks in when the rod is required to control a larger fish. The high visibility tip is excellent when you cannot physically feel the lure hit the seabed, you will see a distinct upwards jerk on the white tip when the lure has hit the bottom. Without stating the obvious, the tip stands out from the darker water colouration and provides excellent bite detection too.
I have paired the Sonik rod with the 1000 size Spro Micro Addiction. Personally I think that a 1000 size reel is the only way go as far as light rock fishing goes. It may seem quite small at first, but you’ll soon realise that it balances out incredibly well and makes for a very comfortable outfit. The combined weight of the outfit means that you’ll forget you’re even holding it when fishing for several hours at a time.
The multitude of fishing applications that you can achieve with a LRF setup is incredible. The technique that is the most simple is the basic cast and retrieve. The lure, usually presented on a jig-head, is cast and then retrieved at varied speeds. Another easy technique to learn is sink and draw.
This style is similar to the cast and retrieve only on the retrieve the lure is stopped, allowed to sink and then the slack is reeled in. Drop-shotting has proved very successful for me, especially when targeting bottom dwelling species of fish such as blennies and gobies. The drop-shot lead is submerged vertically and once the lead hits the bottom the rod butt can be tapped to induce movement to the lure. I have come to adopt the pen grip used by finesse bass anglers in The USA for this method. The rod is held like a pen with the index finger and thumb on the blank. This aids bite detection too and you can really feel all the activity below the water It also helps to map out the seabed and locate fish holding features such as weed beds and rock crevasses.
I always carry a selection of lures with me so that I can adapt my style to the fishes feeding pattern, for instance they may be taking yellow lures with paddle tails and not red static lures. Many of the lures I take with me derive from the Japanese LRF scene such as the Marukyu Isome worms. These are one of my best catching lures by far whether it’s to do with the amino acid they are soaked in or the tiny features on its body, but the main thing is – it works!
You can use the Isome worms in a variety of ways such as threaded on a jig-head, fished on a drop-shot or trailed on a spinner. One thing I would recommend is to store the worms in an airtight plastic tub as the packets are prone to leaking.