I think I might have a bad case of 'Tailbait Fever!
..and my shoal of BBZs..
Spent an hour this afternoon making some solid stainless steel traces using 1mm 316 welding rods and Bucher split rings from Chico. Flexible wire and FC can be prone to part when driving a trolled lure into the Earth's crust beneath Windermere! I reckon these are about as bullet proof a trace as can made. Phil Blakey uses these all the time casting from the bank and the many big pike he catches don't seem to mind. Small loop for tying the braid to and a larger one to fit the split ring and I added a little epoxy to smooth out the twist after I took the pics.
Nearly ready for the river season and a few LAS boat events!
Look what the postie brought me today! - one of Barry Robinsons gorgeous custom lures - a jacktail in his fantastic black and white livery - absolutely over the moon with this and can't wait to show itto my river pike! Cheers Baz!
As some of you may know I've had more than a fair bit of success on the Fiiish, taking perch, pike, chub, trout, salmon and even a 9lb plus barbel on them. I've been waiting for these to become available for a while now and finally got some today - the shallow 6g heads for the 120mm Fiiish Black Minnow bodies. The 12g heads are just too heavy for most of my waters and I'm looking forward to being able to use the in shallow water more easily. The pike won't know what's hit them!
Thanks to Andrew at 'The Pike Shop' for getting them to me so quickly after getting stock in!
Starting to get some lures ready to fish for the river opening and some of the LAS summer events.
This is a spro swimbait with a tail added. I think I prefer the urban camo colour scheme but wanted to try the same technique in other colours!
Todays fishing had to be timed around a rolling programme of road closures around the lake to accomodate the Windermere marathon. Consequently I was fishing before 7am. This weedy bay, where I started and finished, was stuffed with small fish. I had follow after follow - sometimes in groups but I despite going through the box I couldn't persuade any to take. I suspect these fish are either still spawning or still recovering before going on the feed.
Working along the shoreline I did eventually find fish in a taking mood and ended up with half a dozen jacks. These fish are beautifully marked and fight well above their weight, the 5lb fish hit and fight like 15lbers!
One of my favourite places on Earth- beauty on an epic scale and as I walk its banks I dream of monsters swimming in its depths!
This is the floating tailbait version of my slowsinkurbancamobengaltigerzebraprisonmonkeyface lure !
I can see this pattern in various colours becoming my 'signature' pattern! I enjoy the process so much - you never quite know what it's going to look like until the unwrapping - that I can see quite a few of my faves getting the treatment.
I have no air brush and no man cave and usually resort to using a brush and hand painting but wanted a quick result with this one - it also makes it less painful to lose them!
This was three spray cans, white primer, grey primer and matt black and various bits of wire, string, pipe cleaner and tin foil - absolutely chuffed with this one - the colour scheme was inspired by Baz Robinsons black and white jacktail jerk baits.
Early days but I think I'm going to like this one!