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Dave Lane Zig Fishing for Carp

Dave Lane is one of the top UK specimen carp anglers, In this video he shares some fascinating insights into the world of zig fishing for Carp! Watch on to discover how Dave puts his own twist on this devastating method, which will help give you the edge when the fishing gets tough during the winter months.

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Airflo at the Glasgow Angling Open Weekend!

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The Glasgow Angling Centre is host to yet another open weekend, just in time to celebrate the new fishing season. This year the brilliant 3 day event is being held over the 5-6-7th March – With some of the biggest names in the sport on hand to offer advice on all aspects of fishing, from fishing tackle to technique.

Open Weekend Opening Times

  • Friday 6th – Open 8am – 6pm
  • Saturday 7th – Open 8am – 6pm
  • Sunday 8th – Open 9am – 5.00pm

Colin Thomas and Kieron Jenkins will be on hand at the Airflo tackle selection at the GAC open weekend, they’ll ensure you’ll get the best service and knowledge of any Airflo product stocked at the Fishing Megastore.

What to expect over the 3 days

  • Loads of help and advice to help you become a better angler
  • Meet the biggest names in fishing, including: Stevie Munn, Paul Proctor, Billy Buckley, Mike Thrussell, Hywel Morgan, Paul Young and many more.
  • Huge discounts on all the biggest brands: Airflo, Hardy, Greys, Daiwa, Savage Gear, Simms, Patagonia and Shakespeare to name just a few.
  • Fly tying demos, fishing advice, presentations and loads more
  • Casting Competition with fantastic prizes on offer
  • Learn and improve your Lure fishing with our exclusive lure tank
  • Learn all about outboard engines, motors and related services, courtesy of Clyde Outboard Services
  • Free Parking
  • On-site Food & Refreshments
  • Snack/Sitting Area
  • Clean customer Toilets
  • Casting Pool to try before you buy on fly rods and to see demos of new and exciting rods for 2015

You won’t want to miss it!

The Open Weekend has such a unique atmosphere. People from far and wide flock to the 30,000 square foot fishing superstore to rub shoulders with the biggest names in fishing. However it also gives anglers the opportunity to share experiences, meet new faces and to express their passion for the great outdoors and love for the sport.

For more information on the Glasgow Angling Centre Open Weekend, click here: blog.fishingmegastore.com

Fly Fishing Coaching with International Anglers

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If you’re in the south Wales area and are looking for some fly fishing tuition, call along to Cwm Hedd Lakes on 21st February where a selection of top Welsh International anglers will be on hand for casting tuition, fly tying demonstrations and fly fishing talk.

All proceeds of the event will go towards raising funds for the 2015 Welsh Ladies International team. The Welsh Salmon and Trout Angling Association (WSTAA) is the governing body for game angling in Wales and Cwm Hedd is pleased to be supporting the WSTAA by hosting this fly fishing coaching event.

The event is ideal for anglers of all abilities – from complete beginners through to experienced anglers – who are looking to hone in a specific technique or learn the basics of fly fishing.

The cost of coaching will be £15 per hour for adults and £10 per hour for under 18s and students, with all proceeds from coaching going towards team funding.

There will also be fly tying in the lodge and instruction for beginners on how to set up a fly rod, tie a fly to your leader, and the opportunity to get advice on choosing fishing rods and reels (no charge for activities in the lodge).

To book a coaching session, download an entry form from the Cwm Hedd Events page

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2015 Airflo World Bank Masters

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Chris Jones Winner 2012

Fancy your chances of winning a £2,000 cash prize? Enter the 2015 Airflo World Bank Masters! 

The Airflo Bank Masters is now in it’s fourth consecutive year with the prize find growing year on year. With the first prize being £2000 (excluding other prizes), it’s easy to understand why this competition is still such a success!

With over 25 heats across the UK at recognised fisheries and still waters, and the opportunity to enter more than one heat to increase your chances of qualifying, why not enter the Airflo Bank Masters and try your hand at the fantastic cash and fly fishing tackle prizes?

Entry Fee: £29 – Which includes a free goody bag for your first entry only, then any additional entries are charged at £22 with no addition goody bag.

*Your free goody bag includes, an Airflo fly line and a pack of Iain Barr flies! (Worth well over £50 RRP)

Where can you fish?

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The Final will be fished on the 18th of April 2015 at Elinor Trout Fishery

*Download your entry form here:
Airflo World Bank Masters Open Championships – Entry Form 2015

Fishing for Cod – Testing the new TF Gear Beachcaster

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Have you ever fished anywhere as wonderful as this? The Bristol channel, right along side the impressive Seven Bridge, reputable for it’s superb fishing, fast flowing, silty waters and in particularly it’s Cod Fishing.

Ceri Owen, one of our senior sea fishing customer service advisers took the new TF Gear Beachcaster rods out to test on his most recent trip to the shore, along with a TF Gear 65CTM casting reel and an handful of 8oz leads.

Looking to test these sea fishing rods to it’s maximum potential, the heavy weights cast into the heavy swell of the Bristol channel would certainly do that. Achieving maximum distance and great accuracy.

Ceri said the bite detection was superb, much better than any other Beachcaster he’s used yet it has the backbone to cast heavy leads and set them in to the San/Mud bank easily.

TF Gear Force 8 6 series CTM was loaded with 20lb TF Gear Red Mist and a TF Gear Aftershock Tapered Leader. Casting was totally smooth and reached 100+ Yards with next to no effort.

Fishing the channel is never easy, and Ceri had only planned a short trip but landed plenty of Cod on Black Lug fished on a Pennell rigs.

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6 Bonzer Australian fishing spots

Strewth! It’s Australia Day, so it seems only proper to honour some of the most beaut’ fishing spots down under.

With thousands of miles of coastline and varied regional climates, Australia offers a huge range of fishing options, so it’s no wonder around 5 million Aussies enjoy fishing in their leisure time.

Just take a look at these bonzer locations. Warning: the following may induce severe jealousy.

For barramundi fishing: Kimberley Coast, Western Australia

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Could you catch an elusive barramundi on the Kimberley coast?

We’ll start with one of the best excuses to bring out the sea fishing tackle: barramundi fishing. Australia’s most famous fighting fish – also known as the Asian seabass – barramundi is an Aboriginal name meaning ‘large-scaled silver fish’ and it provides one of the great fishing challenges. One of the best spots to catch it (and other large fish) is the stunning Kimberley Coast, a region bordered by the Indian Ocean, Timor Sea and sandy inland deserts. So, as the Aussies say, give it a burl!

For catching something tasty: East Coast, Tasmania

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A truly stunning spot to fish.

Tasmania’s east coast is a haven for fishing and attracts both professional and recreational anglers from all over the world. There’s everything here from jetty fishing for beginners, to diving for rock lobsters, to serious deep sea sport fishing charters. You’ll definitely catch something tasty to put on the sunset barbie.

For huge variety: Gippsland, Victoria

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Why not try lake fishing in Gippsland?

Few places in the world offer the diversity of fishing opportunities found in Gippsland (in fact we had to check Gippsland wasn’t another Aboriginal word meaning fishland, but it wasn’t).  There are heaps of fish species in this area to ensure year-round fishing and a variety of spots to fish from including coastal lakes, rivers, estuaries and even a 90-mile stretch of beach. Fair dinkum, we’re stoked just talking about it!

For a fishing safari: Gove Peninsula, Northern Territory

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One of the largest areas of Aboriginal-owned land.

The Gove Peninsula is the most eastern extremity of the Northern Territory and is one of the largest areas of Aboriginal-owned land. And the fishing there is legendary. Charter a fishing safari in the pristine waters of the Arafura Sea and fish a bounty of species including tuna, marlin, barracuda and red emperor. You can even spend the night camping on Wigram Island. It’s so remote you’ll be drinking with the flies.

For tinnie boat fishing: Bega River, New South Wales

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Take a tinnie down the river.

For those of you not familiar with the lingo, a tinnie isn’t a can of beer, but rather a small aluminium motorboat that resembles a sardine can. Hire one at sparrows fart (dawn) and find a spot on the enchanting Bega River off the Sapphire Coast where you’ll find bream, bass, flathead and tailor.

For pier fishing: Tathra, New South Wales

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Fish on the pier with your peers.

For many Aussies the joy lies in tossing a line from the end of a pier and being in the company of other like-minded anglers. Tathra Pier in family-friendly Tathra, NSW is one of the most popular piers for fishing in Australia. So chill out with some fellow anglers and try your hand at catching a yellowtail kingfish, bonito or Australian salmon while you’re at it.

NEW Bruce Chard Fly Lines from Airflo

Bruce Chard is renown for being one of the most sought after fly fishing guides in the Florida Keys… and to help us mere-mortal anglers, he’s teamed up with Airflo to design a fly line for tropical angling – A fly line that will help you deliver a fly to the target quickly and accurately with minimal fuss.

The new Airflo Bruce Chard Tropical Punch fly line has been designed with Bruce and the experts at Airflo, using the latest materials technology in the fly line industry, this Topical fly line from Airflo really packs a punch.

The secret to this fly line is its compact front taper and extend rear taper. For the average fisherman who only gets a few weeks a year to chase a grand slam; wind, big flies, and knocking knees can get in the way of their goal. The Chard line uses the latest super-Dri technology, ultra quiet ridge technology, and low stretch power core to get your fly to the fish, stick it – and stay stuck.

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Available in WF 8 – 12
Head colour: Sky Blue
Running Line Colour: Pale Yellow

 

Rare Deep-Sea Greenland Shark


Sometimes watching footage of the seabed can be as exciting as watching paint dry, but when something like the mysterious Greenland shark appears where no-one has ever seen one before, people like Alan Turchik (National Geographic Mechanical Engineer) can get very, very excited indeed!

The camera which was placed 211 meters (700 feet) down on the seafloor and recorded over 3 hours of absolute nothingness, only to be briefly interrupted by a small jellyfish, but after staring at the sand for much of the time a Greenland shark bumped into the camera and lumbered through the frame! For a species which remains an enigma to scientists to the day, any new information such as sightings like this one – is invaluable.

Catching Turchik’s joyful reaction on camera expletive-filled reaction on film was pure luck. The cameraman Michael Pagenkopf wanted to take some shots of the team working on the boat for a film of the expedition, so he trained the lens on Turchik who was reviewing the video footage downloaded from the camera.

Just as Pagenkopf swapped his cameras battery and started filming, the picture on Turchik’s screen started bouncing around – It didn’t take long to hear how he felt about the sharks presence.

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A Deep-Sea Enigma

These sharks are a conundrum, says Greg Skomal, a senior marine fisheries scientist at Massachusetts Marine Fisheries who wasn’t involved in the survey. Scientists aren’t sure how long the sharks live—a hundred years is one estimate—how big they get, or even if they’re predators or scavengers.

Based on the sharks’ stomach contents, “they seem to be chowing down on cod, wolffish, squid, and a variety of marine mammals,” says Peter Bushnell, a fisheries biologist at Indiana University South Bend. They may also be taking bites out of beluga whales.

 They can be as big as great white sharks, but that’s about as far as the comparison goes, growing to an estimated  7.3 meters (24 feet) long. With a maximum speed of just 1.7 mph and being mostly blind one would think they’re happy to eat rotting carcasses.

However, if the history of fishing is any guide, Greenland sharks are common as muck. The sharks were fished from the early 20th century until the 1960s; mainly for their liver oil, which was used as lamp fuel and industrial lubricant. In some years, over 30,000 were taken. That suggests a very healthy population.

In line with that, a recent expedition used 120 hooks on a longline, (not your normal sea fishing equipment!) and caught 59 sharks. “I think they’re fairly common,” says Aaron Fisk of the University of Windsor in Ontario. “When we want to catch them we don’t have any trouble.”

 

 

Quiz! What kind of fisherman are you?

Are you a hunter, a lounger, a competitor perhaps?

There are as many types of angler as there are anglers, from those who take their sea fishing tackle very seriously, to those who are more concerned with a snooze by the river.

And we thought, since it’s Christmas, why not have a little fun? Here we give you the chance to find out just what kind of fishing enthusiast you are!

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What’s your ideal Christmas gift?

When you get to your favorite fishing spot, what’s the first thing you do?

When you catch a fish do you:

When fishing in company do you:

Later, you’re at the pub with friends do you:


Le Chameau Wellington Boots

Le Chameau is the name on the world’s finest wellington boots. The only boots to be hand-made by a single ‘maître bottier’ (meaning master bootmaker), guaranteeing each pair of Le Chameau wellies are unique. Utilising the highest quality materials available and with a range of iconic and innovative styles, Le Chameau is dedicated to delivering years of satisfaction to the wearer, whether they’re walking, working or fly fishing.

Normandy in 1927, Le Chameau wellies were born – purely by the fact that Claude Chamot had spent the days listening to his customers – farmers, hunters and fishermen – Complaining that their boots were neither comfortable, no durable, so- decided to do something about it… Designing and creating a new type of boot that would withstand the rigours of the countryside and at sea (or lake, or river!).

Fishtec have chosen three of the most popular styles of Le Chameau wellies, the classic Vierzonord Wellington and the two new Country Vibram boots – with and without neoprene.

Le Chameau Country Vibram Wellington Boots

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The Le Chameau Country Vibram Wellington Boots are perfect for the wandering angler who may find themselves faced with wet grass, small streams or generally wet days. The Le Chameau Country Wellington boots feature a high boot and shaped to fit the calf for comfort. The Supportive fit supports you at the ankle and instep, and the XL shape is ideal for people with a wide calf size.

A multi-use boot : outdoor activities, countryside, fishing, walking…
Comfort temperature : up to 0°

Le Chameau Vierzonord Wellington Boots

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These Le Chameau Vierzonord Wellington Boots are lined with a 2mm neoprene throughout providing first-rate insulation against cold, and offer superior comfort when walking the dog. Practical features and technical materials make the Le Chameau Vierzonord Wellington Boots the number one choice for British winters. Moulded soles make a great platform for your foot and heal when walking long distances on uneven ground.

Le Chameau Country Vibram Neoprene Wellington Boots

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The Le Chameau Country Vibram Neoprene Wellington Boots are perfect for the wandering angler who may find themselves faced with wet grass, small streams or generally wet days. The Le Chameau Country Wellington boots feature a high boot and shaped to fit the calf for comfort. The Supportive fit supports you at the ankle and instep, and the XL shape is ideal for people with a wide calf size.

A multi-use boot : outdoor activities, countryside, fishing, walking…
Comfort temperature : up to 0°