Since Light Rock Fishing (LRF) has hit the UK there has been a certain stigma surrounding it. Some believe that LRF is about nothing more than 'tiddler bashing', pulling up gobies, blennies and the smaller species of wrasse like the beautifully marked corkwing. Although LRF is very suited to this, it's not what it's all about.
Tiddler bashing with LRF gear shouldn't be completely shunned as it certainly has it's place. I for one like a species hunt and without balanced LRF gear bite detection would be difficult affecting my catch rate. Although not something I wish to do all to often, a little bit of tiddler bashing can be good fun and throw up some surprises.
The mullet above was caught using a Graphiteleader Corto EX 0.6-8g GOCXS-762UL-T and as well as the fish went making some massive runs I still had all the power I needed to turn the fish and tire her quickly. Ben Church has also had a fair few mullet on his Corto some of which were over 5lb, now I wouldn't call that tiddler bashing, would you?
Now with the risk of going full circle there is a time when tiddler bashing can bring more joy and more good to the sport than you can imagine. I am of course talking about introducing the younger generations to fishing.
I spent much of my youth sat behind a rod waiting for something to happen and as a consequence I quickly became bored. If ultralight tackle was available like it is today, I would have been all over it and loving every second. The look on the young girls face in the picture says it all. Now if more and more kids had fun filled fishing experiences then surely that can only be good for the UK fishing scene. As much as us British don't like to admitted it we are behind the times. Other nations all over the world are introducing people much younger and I believe this is the reason the sport is much bigger in these nations. I think LRF could be the key to helping the UK to go down the same route. Ok so our distinct lack of fresh water bass doesn't help on the lure seen and I can't see the EA allowing that just yet but we can still hope.
There are a few things that need to be said before you all go rushing out with your gear. Ultra light fishing is bags of fun but it does require you to think a little more about where you are fishing. Most of us are using line between 2lb and 8lb breaking strain. I myself use 5lb and you wouldn't catch me trying to lift big fish up a harbour wall. One it isn't fair on the fish especially if the line gives and the fish swims of with your hook in his mouth trailing line. Two a quick slip and that could mean bye bye to your nice light tip. You also need to consider your target and possible bi catches, there is no point wrasse fishing with light gear over rocky or heavily weeded areas as they will run you to ground.
My advise would be to fish over sensible ground and before you start think about where you are going to land your fish. Also carry a landing net this can prevent you from high sticking your rod and snapping the tip. Also quite often it saves you having to climb down slippery rocks to the waters edge to land fish making your fishing a whole lot safer. Finally only go as light as you need to go, just as much fun can be had with a 10g rod compared with a 4g rod. My advise for anyone starting out is to get a rod with an upper rating of 8g or more. In fact something like the Graphiteleader Tiro 1-12g would be a great starter rod or even the Palms Molla 3.5-10g. If you have had experience playing fish on light gear then why not go for the Graphiteleader Corto EX 0.6-8g or the Graphiteleader Calzante EX 0.6-8g? What ever rod you choose just get out there and enjoy it. Lure fishing can be as simple or as complicated as you want it to be but just remember it's all about having fun so if you are enjoying it you're not doing anything wrong.
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