Monday, 12 November 2012

Quick update.... Flounder and MC KG Lights Rod

Going to be a quick blog post to keep everyone up to date, A lot of the flounder marks around Weymouth have really started to heat up now, hitting them on lures is a challenge but once you nail it proves a huge amount of fun, I suggest for anyone looking to target these species to try with good old fashioned bait tactics until you have confidently found their feeding grounds. Check out Mr James Fulton Standley here with a healthy looking flounder he caught last week, I believe he was using his Major Craft Zalts LRF rod with a 3.5 cone weight with a small Aberdeen hook and ragworm, I turned up to watch the last 30 seconds of James battling out this flounder.


Something that I have been told in the past but only now starting to understand and have confidence in is that Flounder will stay close to structure and follow harbour walls and reef structures, obviously finding the sandy, silt ground is key basics for flounder, but casting up harbour walls and running the shadows of street lights has seen me finding more flounder, normally they will come out of nowhere and hit your lure or jigged bait super aggressively!

Shame about this next picture, but I was a  good 5 minutes walk away from where this fish was caught, I’ve been running a small comp for the Weymouth LRF meets for the first person to catch and land a flounder on any LRF tactic be it bait or lure, surprisingly a good few weeks have passed before anyone actually tried hard for it, and yet again Mr Simon Harris came up trumps and landed his first ever flounder on Isome, Simon went all out for this fish creating his own special receipt sauce and lure rigs. Big well done mate!

Soon after Simons Flounder I managed to hook up this stunning sand smelt another new LRF species to my 2012 list, Looking at this picture you can really see why so many of the mullet pattern lures work over sandy beaches like Weymouth and Ringstead, Just check out the reflective colours of this fish.

For the first time in ages I actually managed to fish in day light hours, wind an tide conditions were looking really good for some MuRFing fun along the Portland Bill rock marks, I could have easily of taken the HRF rods, but making the decision to go light from the start was the key to success, Both me an Lolly were into fish from the word go hitting wrasse an Pollock, Lolly even manage to pull out a Tompot Blenny out of some rougher than average conditions.


The Major Craft KGLights rod is proving one hell of a beast, with such a sensitive tip section and powerful midsection you would be surprised of what this rod can do just reading the numbers and descriptions in the catalogue, this rod has serious fish stopping power!

Due to the soft tip section at first I kept losing fish because myself and rod was allowing fish to get to ground before I pull that rod into its power curve, the trick to this rod is to have your clutch tight and slam the power down as soon as you know the fish is hooked, as soon as I realised this my catch rate went through the roof, the added sensitivity allows me to work 3g Texas rigs at range perfectly, as long as I slammed the hook home on a positive bite it was a 100% hit rate.


Here`s Lolly with the final fish of the day, a stunning typical Portland Wrasse, Both me an lolly have been using the New XL isome, which so far has been an absolute game changer of bait Lure hybrid! I can’t wait to see this stuff hit the shelves.

Until the next time...
Tight Lines!

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