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Cameron Harris Coarse Lure

The Best Species For Lure Fishing?

With lure fishing we can catch pretty much every species that swims, from Grayling, Roach to Catfish. But which is best? The most common 3 are perch, pike and chub. Pike despite getting big, fighting hard and being pretty common they are only a winter and autumn species as its dangerous to fish for them in summer. Perch, being stunning, growing big and the grind to find big perch are all brilliant being an all year round target and very fun fighters. perch really are up there as some of my favourites to catch. Chub, challenging but strong, hard fighting and stunning are another brilliant target, their weariness makes them hard to fool but when you do you know your in for something good. Again being safe to catch all year round if you haven’t targetted these on lures yet, what are you playing at! I cant speak on literally every species as we wil be here all day so im only gonna cover one more. That is the catfish, big, strong, awesome and rare these make for a fantastic catch. Catfish are mostly spring to summer fish however their size and power gives them a pass!

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a 2lb perch caught on the slick finesse 9cm dropshot style.

For me light fishing is king with strong fights and big fish feeling gigantic on a light set up. And as much as i hate fishing with rods built like broomsticks you cant deny the chance of a 30lber makes it all worth it. I haven’t had the opportunity to target catfish on lures thats coming very soon. So for me its defo the light fishing on small chalk streams for big chub and trout. In conclusion for me the best fish for lure fishing is chub due to their versatility. Whats your favourite?

https://youtu.be/TO3OZ9Cdsoo
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Cameron Harris Coarse Lure River

Lure Fishing What Makes It Tough?

Lure fishing is the most exciting method of fishing known to man, with explosive takes when the rods in your hands and light tackle helping you to feel every bite and head shake. Theres often times when you will be able to just grab your rod, rig up a drop-shot, find a boat. boom, perch. If it was that way every time we’d fall out of love with the sport. And despite the hard days being stressful they help us keep the hunger and wanting more!

My favourite lure fishing conditions are a low pressure, cloudy, little drizzly. But with a busy schedule you cant always pick and choose on days. this is why its important to be fishing in all conditions and learn how to fish, this will make you a much better all rounder angler. From what ive found (everyone will most likely find different) a high pressure affects the aggressiveness and active status of your quarry. I should say this is on rivers around me i haven’t tested this theory on reservoirs and lakes. In a high pressure the fish will be much harder to find and ive found trying to get a reaction bite rather than a feeding bite will result in finding perch and will make your life a hell of a lot easier. The best way i do this is by annoying the target into biting, IE bright colours, rattles, vibrations etc etc.

For this reason i like to pick bright loud crank baits when applicable. In winter ive found just using bright colours works well. The depth the fish hold up in will also be affected by the pressure. My theory is that the reason perch fishing is soo good in low pressure is because all of the perch rigs are on the bottom where the perch will be in low pressure. Following this same idea in a high pressure they are more suspended in the water, and as much as i hate the drop-shot its a very viable rig for high pressure situations. Rigging a lemon tiger slick shad on the drop-shot was a lethal method when i met up with Ben Smith.

Let me know what you’ve found with your fishing and any patterns you’ve managed to home in on.

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Cameron Harris Coarse

Zander Fishing At Bury Hill

Today me and a few mates decided to go to bury hill to complete a dream we’d had for years. Bury Hill is an awesome venue with a stunning lake and big toothy angry predators! We decided to go early morning to increase the amount of hours with baits in the water even tho the zander are a night fish and thats when they come alive, when driving hours to the mark you may as well make the most of it.

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I missed an absolute thumper of a take in the daylight but forgot to free spool my rod so as soon s the zd felt the resistance it dropped the bait! The rigs were single barbless size 6 hooks with half a roach and a running 1oz weight. NO BOBBINS put the reels on free spool and wait for line to start being ripped out. I put oil in which i think is very important and a few freebys to draw them in and have added scent.

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As the day got older and the light dropped the bite went mental first seeing the line run off the spool i gave it a few seconds then lifted the rod, you cant set the hook with circle hooks as you’ll rip them right out, just lift the rod and reel her in!

My mate had 2 in 20 mins with me only getting one but im happy with this as its a hard venue and my first time going there with barely any advice or help.

left at 21:00 and it was a good day. Enjoy.

https://youtu.be/coMMSyMGwyg

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Cameron Harris Fishing Tips Lure

Why Fishing Into Dusk Is Crucial!

Im sure we have all been told at one point that if you wanna catch lots and big perch you need to look at dusk and dawn and to an extent ive believed it however ive never really acted on it always starting my sessions early morning and fishing through the whole day. However ive had a good amount of time and sessions to really say that, dusk is where its at!! i have no experience fishing at dawn because i cant get up that early however dusk i can say with confident is the best time to go fishing! I have had about 6 sessions on the same lake now starting at 9am and ending at about 4pm. Throughout the day even when i fished a variety of different lakes i could not get a bite infact i think i out of all the sessions i landed maybe 5 perch in total. however when the light fell and the temp dropped the bait became alive! the perch were on it!

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Now to find the shoal, my go to searching lures are jigs and Texas rigs, both can be fished a fairly faster speed helping to cover more ground and fish through more shoals. i had a few hits on jigs but no hook ups, i swapped to a Texas for a more gentle approach and managed to start banking fish. over the past 5-6 sessions ive landed what must be 10-15 perch just in dusk!

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trust me, fish in dawn, go to work, then fish at dusk you will not be disapointed!

https://youtu.be/02Fy80OrJbs
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Cameron Harris Fishing Tips Fly River

How To Catch Pike On Fly!

Pike on fly is easily some of the most exhilarating pike fishing you’ll ever experience the impressive takes, the light tackle, the fact that you are the only drag just makes it such a raw method of fishing and we all love that! However using the correct gear is so important these fish fight hard and you need to be prepared with the correct tackle.

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The rods are usually 9-10WT rods and i use a 9ft rod as i find it easier to use in the sea too. My rod is an Airflo Delta Classic really nice action on the rod and it just looks mega!!

The reel is again an Airflo reel this time its the t6 in 9-11WT, this is a solid reel properly made for the saltwater setting it can really handle all the stick you give it. and its shiny so who wont love it!

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The line is so important, if you buy cheap good luck sending these massive flys. Iuse the airflo sniper 40+ you could cast a wet jack russel with that line! but most of the vision grand daddy lines will be just as good.

Onto the terminal tackle, i use a short length of strong fluro to 12″ of wire. Remember to make this strong as you need to strip strike hard on these fish! Now the flys anything from 10-40cm are used, streamers work well and if you want to use tailed baits be sure to pick up a 10WT. Many people make them including me if your interested in some fly then send me a message on Facebook or instagram on the account “esox express” or i recommend speaking to danny parkins as he ties gorgeous flys too.

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But beyond that now is the best time to get into some fishing for them with the temp getting cold you can work these flys so much slower than lures giving them the edge over lures, be sure to check out fly fishing for pike this winter you wont regret it!

https://youtu.be/gdHdHxIYbu0

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Cameron Harris Fishing Tips Sea

Why Navionics Is Crucial.

Navionics should be an important part to every anglers tackle box. It works best when you have a large water you need to cover like lakes, reseviours, and the sea. Most of the time fish will be stuck to structure this could be anything. For example depth changes will hold fish. Navionics has a setting called sonar chart this will show you the depth changes and the shapes of the bottom. This can show you where the predators will be holding up out of the current waiting for baifish behind underwater mountains, sat in crevaces etc etc.

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Here you can see the sonar chart which shows the depth changes.

accompanied to this they have the relief shading setting. this really benefits sea anglers as it shows rocks, sandbanks and drops. In the photo below you can see the structure. This can make finding marks an absolute breeze and should be one of the first things you reach for when searching for marks.

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Hopefully you can see the importance of navionics for finding marks and actively searching for fish. Paired up with a fish finder, sidescan or livescope system and you are on for a winner! crucial on the reservoirs

hope you enjoyed this read and its showed how important and how much of a bargain you can get by using navionics.

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Cameron Harris Lure River Tackle Reviews

Is The Ned Rig Worth The Hype?

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I saw the pressure and it just screamed perch! i grabbed my rod and went off to do a test that ive wanted to do for a long time, is the Ned rig really worth it!? is it as good as people say it is? So with the pressure low, spirits high, overcast weather and mild i got the z-mans hooked up and went to visit my favourite mark. Upon arrival i went to a boat which always has a steady shoal of perch below i, nothing big but to get the blank off the table was a brill thing. The pike were EVERYWHERE and didn’t show any signs of wanting to do pike things, so i lost about 4 lures to pike and throughout the day about 7 to snags. When the bite dried off on the z-mans i decided to change to a slick shad in young perch colour this was because id seen perch hitting bait on the surface and the bite rapidly increased, even tho the river was low the fish were on the feed hard! The day slowly got more and more annoying as kept getting bitten of and snagged but the ned rig was killing it as soon as i found the shoal id just wipe up taking what felt like the whole shoal one by one. I stuck to margins and slacks all day really as its very tidal and i cant get 7g to stick on the bottom however one mistake cast ended up seeing the z-man bugz getting crushed in the middle of the chanel by what felt like a solid fish, unfortunately there wasn’t much fight as the tide was pulling too hard when i got it into the net i saw its shoulders and realised this was a big girls child, hopefully shes out there, besides that this fish was already a pb! i don’t do too well on the perch aspect i cant get big ones to save my life but i managed to pull this one out and she was the end of the day on a lovely PB fish!

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Cameron Harris Sea

Only 2 of These Have Been Caught On This Boat!

So if you read my last blog know that been fishing with a close mate of mine who runs a charter boat, well today we left the rivers and went back to his prime, the sea! Whilst waiting for the punters to arrive we were talking and both know what to expect due to it being October we had the chance at literally anything! my expectations for this trip was NOT what it turned out to be. Upon arrival of the mark we dropped down baits, squid for me uptiding hoping for a late bass or hound, and ever so quickly i was blessed with a slack line bite i knew it was something proper, the tide was ripping and my mind was racing, big bass? hound? ray? blue shark?! When i finally managed to bully the big girl up in the water column Dan did a sterling job of netting her, hook was out in seconds and returned to live another day.

As expected whilst waiting for the tide to sort itself out it went pretty quiet, apart from a super interesting bite on a clients rod, no big head shakes, no line taken but a very interesting bite indeed. As he picked the rod up, an guided him and helped him with the best way to play the fish, the big net was put in hand and we were all on the edges of our seats. When it came up everyone was shocked, this was the first time id ever seen one of these, never mind hold it. It was a Dover sole! in ramsgate! Dans only had one of these on the boat before and a super rare catch for this area. Holding one was something to experience slimy like a snake and moves like one an interesting fish, a very interesting fish.

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A pretty fish non the less

A little bit later on the boat and i got another very heave bite, big rod tip movement, i kept watching it for 5 mins, id seen this bite before i knew what it was so i didn’t want to rush it, but as it just kept bobbing away instead of going solid i thought id just pick it up, as i struck into the fish and caught up with all the slack line i felt it… rod bent in double heavy shakes and a cruising fish, i knew this was a ray so instead of wearing myself out i just applied pressure and waited for it to glide up in the tide, finally netted and landed my first spiky rat since around march nice to get back on track just in time for winter. If you haven’t tried rays on light tackle i suggest it its super fun! i posted a video a couple months ago on it.

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This made a really fun video, apologies about the wind noise but if you’d like to know how to use your time wisely at this time of the year then give the video a watch there might be something for you to learn in there!

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Cameron Harris Lure River

Lures VS Dead baits!

So on this trip me and a mate decided to visit a small dyke very well known for its large perch and pike, well between me and a few mates its well known. I went with Dan Taylor a charter captain who fishes from Better Days in ramsgate marina. Hes recently got into the freshwater stuff which i think is brilliant, its always good to expand your knowledge and keep learning! Dans had some fantastic perch recently but you can tell hes fallen in love with pike more, and i cant blame him! i decided to take some dead baits so i could make a dead bait vs Lures video and its very easy to tell which was the better choice for this time of year! About 10 mins after setting my bait down i started to get takes unfortunately due to the clarity they were being a bit off and i forgot to add a weight!! so fair to say i deserved to miss that fish. about 20 yards down the river Dan had hooked up onto his first pike ever and on a lure! no better way! after wrestling with hooks, teeth and stinging nettles we finally managed to bank the slender pike, she was hungry!

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Not bad for a dyke fish!

After that fish it went quiet until we got to the area where Dan had his first, BANG fish on! weather this was the same fish or not who knows but this one was smart and managed to t-bar himself on the weeds and get off the hook, grr! As we sat patiently waiting for the next bite, Dan & I decided to take the lure rods give up on the bait and see if anything wanted to play, Dan cast a little paddle tail out and this pike came from under the weeds and smashed it, second fish, smaller but its another fish so who cares!

I blanked and today baits were 110% outfished by lures, was it luck or skill? lets call it luck 😉

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Cameron Harris Carp

The Best Bait To Use In The Margins?!

So big perch was the aim. But i didn’t only catch perch. i set up my brand new sonik vader x RS and wychwood 65S with a good ol’ korda df hair rig with the chosen bait being king prawns!

i picked the most perch spot i could think of however it didn’t produce in 1 hour so i switched and put it on the other margin almost instantly i hooked into a gorgeous little carp unfortuatly because the bait was so close to the margin it picked it up and ran straight into the weeds! grr after a couple mins of pushing and pulling he came free and hit the net, for a little common he sure was pretty and gave up an awesome fight! once landed i removed the hook let him rest then got a photo for the camera it was small, but it was a start!

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A move away from someone casting into my swim resulted in a good result in the form of two more fish one almost ripped the rod into the water and screamed of what a take! the fish never gave up ripping line and always digging for the bottom when it hit the net it looked as if it could be a pb was one of the most stunning carp i have ever caught lovely scale pattern, somehow it only went 11lb but a lovely fish no matter.

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It was getting close to home time however i continued trying to work hard and find a perch and eventually we found one a really lovely fat fish not the size i wanted but it was target species and im happy with that!

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