After reading a copy of the LRF article in Sea Angler I am appalled with the content and lack of accuracy within it. I have taken a few moments to try and see it from Alan Yates and Sea Anglers point of view but fail to see where they have come from. I can only surmise that by sticking the words 'light rock fishing special' on the front cover they hope to boost sales to an audience they have neglected. Fad fisherman adopting a style that will never stick.
I have heard in many fishing spots, tackle shops and even pubs that LRF is a phase and it will never last. I think we can safely say we have proved that wrong. Sea Angler might even be starting to believe that themselves now and "jumping on the bandwagon" the band wagon that many doomed before it even started. I just want to make one thing clear before I go any further, I wasn't here at the start, I'm not a pioneer in LRF and I am certainly no expert. I do however have the up most respect for those guys that spent many man hours researching the tackle, techniques and lures used, often having to translate masses of Japanese text. They then went on to educate those who wanted to learn. Most of which did all this for no personal gain other than the satisfaction of making others happy and successful in their fishing.
Right at the start of the article Alan makes a statement which could be taken as a dig at the Japanese, "Japanese struggle to catch big fish" what a statement to make! I've spent many hours checking out Japanese fishing sites, blogs and various Facebook pages and the Japanese are not struggling to catch big fish. In fact I am positively jealous of the 'Sea' bass they are catching over there, not to mention the flatfish.
After making my way through the whole article I couldn't help but think this is a poorly laid out and written advert for rods not suited to the job. After chatting to a few guys online the general consensus was it was awful and does not show LRF in the correct light. After all LRF isn't just about small fish and scratching about for mini species because we struggle to catch large fish.
Earlier I mentioned all the hard work that a few put into introducing LRF and HRF to the UK salt and fresh water anglers. So much effort was put into translating text, buying in kit, testing this kit and then writing various blogs and e-mags to save the rest of us the effort. I can't help but feel articles like this are simply undoing that work and quite frankly it's not right. It would have taken very little effort to source a writer who knows what their talking about and who could contribute some decent material. When I think of Alan Yates I mainly think beachcasters and 6oz leads I certainly would never think of LRF when I hear his name. Sea Angler do yourself a favor and never ever publish anything Alan Yates writes on lure fishing, you'll just be wasting ink.
Probably the most important thing myself and others I know have taken or even gained back from LRF is fun. It is a fun exciting and ever evolving form of fishing. Not only is it fun but it is a great way to hone your skills and improve your fish playing skills. It also teaches you masses about line control.
Without a doubt the biggest benefit of LRF is to the UK fishing industry by introducing fishing to a new audience. A young audience who I hope will continue to fish, have fun and spend there hard earned cash here in the UK. Now just to be clear I do not earn any money from the fishing trade but the bigger the lure scene grows here in the UK the more kit we get to play with and surely that's a good thing, right?
So ignore Alan's recommendations of braid is best (under 20lb) or 6-8lb mono or 10-60g rods. Do yourself a favor and speak to a reputable lure fishing shop, these guys will point you in the right direction. There is pretty much a setup for whatever your budget these days. If you want to spend sub £100 or even a grand there is an outfit out there for you.
Also if you haven't already, read the Rockfish Files and then in a year read them again. They have helped me and probably hundreds more out there no end. In fact it's probably time I read them again.
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