I was introduced to Light Rock Fishing early this year. I started with a finesse rod with a casting weight of 1.5-20gram. Not long after fishing with this I decided that this style of fishing was for me. I then made the decision to invest in a proper LRF rod. I had a budget of about £500 so started looking for a rod and reel.
After long discussions and waggling lots of rods I decided that I wanted something that could handle mini plugs and had a fairly stiff tip. I narrowed it down to a Major Craft Crostage or the Graphiteleader Corto. Well a couple of coffees later and more waggling decided that the Corto was for me. At this point I need to say a massive thank you to The Art of Fishing and Matt Newcombe for his expert advice.
Now picking the reel was a lot easier than I expected and first look at the Daiwa Gekkabijin 2004mx and I fell in love. Needless to say a brought one with a spare spool and haven’t looked back. The reel is smooth light and the drag is ideal for light lines.
I’ll do a proper review of the rod and reel in the future.
I teamed the reel up with some of the awesome Sunline Rockfish braid and some Sunline Small Game fluro for the spare spool. I’m still undecided which I prefer. I managed to get all of the above well under budget so a few jig heads were also selected, some soft plastics and a few bass lures, some leader and a few other bits and pieces. I was like a four year old at Christmas and left the shop with a very big grin on my face.
Since my first session with the rod I have been very interested in species hunting and have been amazed by the sheer number of species that will take lures. Species I thought could only ever be caught with bait.
It wasn’t long until The Art of Fishing’s LRF comp was being held in Plymouth so thought I’d give it ago and see what I could do. It was the perfect time to meet like-minded people and hopefully pick up some tips.
I spent the day fishing the harbour and tried all the techniques I could think of. I fished it hard and did all I could do. I wasn’t sure how my 6 species would do, but I was over the moon as it had won me third place and a bag of goodies.
After my success at the LFR competition then only thing on my mind was The Cornish Lure Festival. I decided I needed to do a little research and workout common methods for certain species. The Rockfish Files helped me with this and I feel was the turning point for me. Since reading the LRF and HRF issues I have quite simply been catching more fish. I now felt ready to compete and put up a decent fight. I was expecting 60-70 entrants so I was hoping to be in the top ten.
As you can imagine I was on cloud nine when I weighed in and was told I was in first place with 13 species. I kept this place until about 12.30 when Josh rocked up with what he thought was 12 species but turned out to be 14! I was well chuffed for Josh and still buzzing although a little disappointed. I haven’t managed to fish with josh yet but I have met him on a few occasions now and he has been keen to pass on his knowledge and seems a genuine nice guy. The final results saw me take second place and a real bumper pack of prizes. Once again a massive thank you to Jo and Ben at The Art of Fishing and all the others, including the sponsors involved. Report here.
In short that was my introduction to Light Rock Fishing and for obvious reasons you can see why I’m hooked.
I’ve also gone a bit bass mad but that’s another blog. Thanks for reading and tight lines all.
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