An Atlantic Trip | Deep Sea Fishing

Two years ago I was asked to help crew a yacht across the Atlantic from Tenerife to Barbados via Cape Verde. Obviously, I jumped at the chance. Not only for the experience but more importantly imagine the fishing I could do.

I’ve never been deep sea fishing before. After a bit of research, and a reality check that I could land a monster as I was on a sailing boat, I decided to buy a small yet robust boat rod and multiplier. I received a lot of help from my local tackle shop about lures but they didn’t have anything in stock being in the middle of Woking.

November 11th, the date I left for Tenerife. Rod and basic gear packed, and away I went. The rod was out the back the second we got the sails up. Using a monstrous bit of polished stainless-steel bar with a treble on the back (local tip from Tenerife) 2 days later and not a single bite, although plenty of flying fish on the decks in the morning for breakfast. I thought I was seeing things when I looked over the side of the boat and saw a school of small tuna swimming along side. I tried to entice them with my big lump of metal to no avail. I had a small spoon lure with me so chucked that on as a last ditch effort. The second it hit the water bang!! I landed my first fish of the trip, a small tuna around 12 inches long. Unhooked that and tried again, again the lure was in the water 10 seconds before I hooked into my second tuna. In the space of 5 minutes myself and one of the other crew landed about 10 tuna, naturally we kept the best 2 for lunch and put the rest back.

Cape Verde came and went. We were mid Atlantic before I caught another fish. We had given up on shop bought lures and ended up making our own with pieces of rope, an old spoon and anything bright we could find. Off the rod went this time being a Dorado, only a small one but about 20lb never the less. 10 minutes from sea to plate. As cliché as it sounds, it tasted just like chicken.

About an hour later we were surrounded by 100-150 dolphins so the rods came in and we admired these amazing animals.

500-miles from Barbados my rod went screaming off. I jumped up and struck into what felt like a freight train, then about 100ft from the back of the boat a Dorado easily 6ft long lept clear of the water. And snap, my 150lb braid snapped like it was a piece of string. Obviously this was ‘the one that got away’. The only other thing we caught was a 5ft long wahoo, the size of the teeth on the thing put my mum off bringing it onto the boat, so this was unhooked and released.

All in all, an extremely memorable trip. And me? Well and truly hooked on deep sea fishing. I look forward to my next trip. Maybe I’ll gear up this time and go for a monster

Tony Russell

Theseus Carp Comfort Zone Shelter Review

Affordable Comfort Without Breaking the Bank

It’s that time of year again. Winter is upon us and the masses are starting a new season by the water. Like many who set off on those cold winter mornings, a difficult choice can face us all. Do we take an umbrella or a full-on Bivvy? For a day session, a Bivvy can seem a lot of fuss. That was until I found the Theseus Carp Comfort Zone Shelter.

This Bivvy has all the benefits of a higher brand, combined with a quick and simple setup that you can enjoy with an umbrella. Combining this shelter with the winter cover also available from Fishing Republic gives you all the protection you require for even the hardened winter carper.

This shelter measures 262cm wide and 176cm deep with a height of 134cm. It has a sewn in ground sheet to protect you from the muddiest conditions. The twin hoops are made of five lightweight aluminium poles joined by a strong elasticated bungee that runs the whole length. The two hoops are secured to the ground sheet at each end of the Bivvy. The shape of the shelter is held by the two extendable aluminium poles. One that braces between the two hoops and the second that goes from the rear hoop down to the central anchor point at the rear of the shelter. To secure the shelter to the ground there are eight anchor points around the base of the shelter secured to the ground sheet in the form of metal D rings. With the heavy-duty pegs provided this is capable of withstanding the strongest of winds. The final feature is the two Velcro retainers on the front of the Bivvy to keep your rods in place and clear of the ground.

In summary this is a very affordable and effective Bivvy that can be upgraded with the help of the winter cover to withstand the harshest of weather conditions. It has plenty of space for the solo angler for a quick overnighter or even a long weekend that packs up small and can be assembled quickly.

Happy Carping!

Matthew Robinson

Pike Fishing: The Season is Upon Us

I am proud to be among thousands of like-minded fishermen who continue to recognise the old pike fishing season.

It could be said that pike fishing takes a back seat in the warmer months purely because there are so many other species to occupy our minds; or that pike anglers don’t want the hassle of keeping sea-baits cold and fresh during summer trips. Continue reading

Klobba Waterproof Jacket and Trousers – Review

Winter is coming! Yes, it’s that time of year again when the days get shorter and the nights get longer, the temperatures start to drop, and you find yourself padding out like the Michelin man to stay warm on that overnight or day session. You still end up feeling freezing cold, but it’s not all about whacking on those layers; there’s a bit more to it and Klobba have dealt with many of the issues when it comes to surviving the winter months. Continue reading

Old, Dark, Brutish Fish

A year previously, I’d heard about an old English fish in a club lake not too far from work. Everyone I’d spoken to had stories of gruelling, hard fought battles with the old, dark, brutish fish and how some had failed to capture it after countless years of trying. The challenge and experience sounded right up my street, so the ticket was bought and the hunt began. Continue reading

9ft 6 #6 Wychwood RS – Review

After moving house, my Wychwood Aura, had involuntarily became a 5 piece instead of a 4 piece. I was gutted and after being unsuccessful in sourcing a replacement section, I had decided it was time to go all out for the 9ft 6 #6 Wychwood RS. Continue reading