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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?

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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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Tom Baird

Nice to be Back

Hello all. It’s been nearly a year since my last blog. I bet you are all going oh no not him again. Yes, it’s me, I’m back. I have missed you all and I’m sorry I haven’t blogged in so long. As always, everyday life gets in the way and we need to do that first before any enjoyment etc. But I have been fishing.

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Puddle Dock Farm, Upminster

So, in March last year I moved home and as we know it can be a daunting task. We didn’t move far only a few miles, but its better for the family and still near water, that’s the main thing lol.

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I did get my own fishing workshop, which I love and my own office and yes fish everywhere. The wife just rolls her eyes (She is very supportive). Lots of different types of fishing over the year from sea to freshwater. I always have my year set up, to what type of fishing I will be doing.

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River Stour, Club water. Happy Place 🙂

For freshwater fishing I would start Mid-March to August/September with my Tench (got to love a Tinca). Then Oct (First Frost) until Feb (Spawning) Pike fishing with lures and dead bait.  In between this I do other bits on the river during the season: Roach, Rudd, Dace, Bream and so on. On the lakes I’m trying for Tench and Crucians. How I can’t wait for a summers evening by the water, tiger breaded sandwich in one had and the rod in the other.

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As for sea fishing it’s been great in the summer catching Thorny-backs, Smooth-hounds and Bass then this time of year Whiting, Pouting and Dogs (Dogs all year really lol).

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Mind you I’m still enjoying my Pike season at the moment. Nothing big this season yet, but still great fun none the less. The weather has been all over the place this year, amazing sunny days and really cold nights. I feel for the fish really, they don’t know whether they are coming or going. Someone I know, who is a very seasoned angler and has had some great Pike over the years has had 7 blanks. This has never happened to him. It’s even confused the Kingfishers; I was fishing for Chub last week and I saw the male brining the female small fish (Sticklebacks & Minnows). This is part of their courtship; I would say it’s a bit early for that sort of business.

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Harry’s new PB (Cat) 11lb 6oz

I have also become a published author with my first children’s book being published in November 2021. That’s right its about fish, how I love a plan to make sure everyone has fish on their minds. It has gone really well and the feedback is just amazing. It’s set on the River Wensum and a Roach goes on an adventure to find his family, what a story. It’s for sale in all major book retailers and online too. Sorry about the plug with the book, but you have to try.

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I love my Office.

I was also on Fisherman’s Blues (TalkSport2) in January this year, that was great talking about fishing and my book. What a treat and I have some more interviews booked in with some East Anglia radio stations.

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River Stour

Well, I’m going to end it there, as I want to ease myself back into it, plus not bore you to death. Stay safe and enjoy your fishing sessions.

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Until next time, Tight Lines…….    

My lure caught species in January 2022.

January is a tough time of the year for lure fishing anywhere in the UK. The colder temperatures and regularly strong winds that results in dirtier waters are things wished away by the lure angler, especially LRF anglers. Now even though it does get more difficult in the very early part of a new year, it’s not impossible. It just takes a little bit more patience, a willingness to change up your tactics and to fish in less than comfortable weather.

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I’ve caught 7 species up till I’m writing this in January, below I’ll write a little bit about how I caught them (mainly dropshot) and throw in a few pictures.

A whiting is pretty much a given whilst fishing in Hartlepool marina in January but I’ll take nothing away from the fight that the bigger ones give you. My main tactic for catching them is a dropshot rig, a small length of light coloured isome, slowly winding in across the bottom will attract them.

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Coalie bites and fights are very different from Whiting when using the same tactics. A very strong initial pull over and strong fight regardless of the size. However, I find that a drop straight down a wall and a slow retrieve up will catch them mid water. Either with a dropshot rig or a light jighead.

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One of my favourites species to catch are Long spined sea scorpions. I’ve caught a few of these so far in January and all them have either been between boulders down the side of a pier or close to some sort of structure in Hartlepool marina. If you feel a single lunge of your tip and nothing else, there’s a good chance it’ll be a scorp keeping hold of your dropshotted camo gulp.

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LRF flounders are a special thing. I’ve had most success with a looped dropshot and either isome or Berkeley gulp but I have caught them on a cheb head, size 12 hook and and inch of isome. The fight you get off a big flatfish is like nothing else, just when you think you’ve got ready to net it’ll take another dive.

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A shore rockling on a 2.5g jighead was a first for me. Dropping an ecogear aqua shirasu in between boulders I started to get small bites then one large bend in my rod I pulled up in to nothing, something had taken my lure off my hook. I put another one and dropped it into the same place, this time after a few seconds I had a fish on and it was fighting. I pulled up a decent sized shore rockling.

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Dabs are a cool flatfish that have a very distinctive bend in their lateral line. I’ve caught quite a few of these and the seem to love pink isome, a looped drop shot rig with a couple of inches of pink isome will definitely do the job. I prefer this method over a Carolina rig for dab.

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PInk isome works great for Dabs but this one took a full camo gulp.

I’d fished the whole of January hoping for a codling and believing that I’d get one every time I went out. This wasn’t the case, in fact it took till the 24th for me to catch one and I caught 3 in the same night. The first was on a magbite bladed jighead and an ecogear aqua shirasu.

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Thank you for reading, I hope you enjoyed it. Thanks to the lads from The big lerf for putting on a winter competition, its definitely made me go out and fish more and thanks to the admin team from Hartlepool lure and LRF for fishing with me.

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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 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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Bailey Payne Coarse River

River Chelmer – A Successful evening Roaching

Today’s session is a quick after work trip down to the River Chelmer. Hoping to target some of the lovely Roach which reside in this stretch of River. I have personally caught them up to 2lbs, and heard of some 3’s.

The approach for my River Roach fishing is to keep things as simple as possible. For bait…Bread, blitzed bread to feed, breadflake on the hook.

In terms of tackle, a nice light quiver rod, in this case the 8ft Specalist Quiver, it has a lovely and soft 1oz tip, perfect for detecting the delicate bites from these Roach, Light line, 6lb in this case, down to a free running plastic cage feeder with less holes, its a deep river so I want my feed closer to the bottom. Then a quick change bead into a long (16inch) hook length with a size 16 hook.

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The session started quick, with rip round bites coming, but I could never connect to any of the bites, became frustrating, however knowing there were some fish feeding filled me with confidence that I would catch.

I plugged away, and made sure I kept holding the rod to react to the quick bites, and it paid off, hitting into the first Roach of the day, proving to be a nice one! The next few bites came quickly and the next two fish were also tidy Roach.

Sadly after the great triple start, the fish did soon slow down. And did get a bit smaller. However for a quick session after work for an hour. I was very happy with the fish I had caught. A few good size Roach, and for a first river roach session of the season, it made it even better, surely it can only get better!

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Bailey Payne Lure River

Dropshot for Perch on the Chelmer: A Ruffe End!

Today’s blog is a bit of a wet session back down the River Chelmer, targeting Perch using the Dropshot technique. This time I had my dad with me again as he fancied a taste for some Perch. It really is great fun this type of fishing, a light rod (Fish Rig 180) and some worms!

We walked the usual bridges I like to fish, giving a range of chances of catching a lot of wasp size Perch, some chunkier ones, and if we are lucky maybe a Perch of the 1lb mark. Nothing huge, but great fun!

It wasn’t long until the first bridge provided a bite, while slowly working the worm back. It a felt a good size fish, however it came off at the net! Agonising way to start the day!

I preserved on, and it wasn’t long before I had another Perch!

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The day continued catching perch of this size, and smaller wasps pretty much constantly, a lot of action and great fun!

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These bridges become such holding grounds for Perch, with slight undercuts in them, where some chunky perch reside!

The best Perch of the day came at the furthest away bridge, so about halfway through our session, as we fished the bridges again on the way back!

It smashed the worm and put a fantastic bend in the rod, and put up a great fight, It was swiftly in the net though! And what a great fish it was, not the biggest Perch, but a lovely fish!

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Sadly we never had a Perch as big as this again this day, this bridge always seems to hold the slightly bigger Perch of this size, I feel like I have caught this same fish a few times now!

On the walk back we continued to catch more wasps and small yet chunky Perch. And on the last bridge before the car, we had a few worms left so decided just to try and use them, although this did become quite hard work, after a few perch they soon wise up!

However, I had a hit and struck, to what I initially though was nothing…yet it turned out to be something very special…

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A Ruffe!!!

This is the first ruffe I have ever caught, and there can’t be too many left in Essex or the River Chelmer, I was chuffed and it was a great way to end the day!

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Bailey Payne River

Roach Fishing a Tiny River

Well today’s blog is a quick after work session down a local bit of river on a lovely sunny evening. I was fishing with bread/worm in hope for a few good Roach and maybe the odd surprise. I have learnt this bit of river holds some great roach for the size of river, but also some good dace and chub, and catching any of them would be a great bonus.

The first swim was a bit more of an open part of the River, with a nice reed bed in, casting just to the side of this towards a tree too, I was hoping for some quick action, and the action did come quickly! With the first bite and fish of the day being a lovely Rudd!

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Wasn’t complaining at all with this lovely fish, I thought I would have a few more chucks here, missing a few bites, but connecting to two good fish!

Two cracking roach from a tiny river! You won’t see many complain with this stamp of Roach!

Moving onto the next swim, a lovely over hanging tree swim, I was confident again of a few fish living here!

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And again, fish where straight on the bread flake, with another few nice Roach coming from this swim!

This little river is really getting a warm place in my heart for being reliable in throwing up some fish, and those of a good stamp too!

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The last swim fished is a lovely long overhanging tree going into the river, so have to be careful while casting here, although this is a swim I have even seen goldfish swimming around! So catching one of them would be great!

The bites continued into this swim with another 2 fish from here! The first being again…another lovely Roach!

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What quality fish from this little river!

The next bite took a tad longer, however on landing, I quickly noticed is was one of the resident good Dace which live in this stretch of the river!

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And that sadly was the end of my session, and what a little evening session it was. To go to a river after work for barely 2 hours, and catch these fish, I was chuffed!

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Tight Lines all!

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Bailey Payne River

Tiny River, Big Surprise!

I had a few hours spare one weekday evening, I decided to pick up my little River Ambush quiver rod and a tub of worms, with the plan of light ledgering some worm, and hopefully getting a bite on a tiny river nearby…

The River Crouch, this river had really suffered with pollution spike after pollution going right through Wickford, the fish population has really taken a hit, however most of the river is too shallow for most species to be anyway!

I headed down and chose quite a tempting looking swim with a very out of control growing tree! I had previously seen people fish here and catch a few.

As I was getting my bits together, I saw a fish swim past…orange? It was a bloody gold fish! Swimming around this tiny urban river! Something I will definitely have to go back and try to target, a river goldfish!

As I was sitting after my first cast…I saw…another goldfish! Orange and white this time! Clearly a few people have decided to abandon their pets in this little river! And they have really put on a bit of size!

Before I could watch too much, my tip was wobbling everywhere, and for the next 10 minutes or so, I proceeded to miss bite after bite!

Until I finally hooked into the fish! As it came up, it was an eel! Not sure how I seem to attracting so many eels, luckily for me, it spat the hook and I didn’t have to worry about unhooking it!

I tried a few other swims with no touches, until after almost an hour there, I managed to break the blank, with a tiny little Perch (Check out the vid below to see it!).

I then got greedy and went for the next fish, which is the main surprise of this blog, not the goldfish!

I went back to the first swim, and got gradual little taps, until the tip went round! And I finally hooked into a decent fish, as I netted it, I thought I had a lovely chublet!

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However, from looking at the fish, it appeared to be a rather incredible dace, for a river you can jump across in parts, and also won’t go over your shoes in parts! I was over the moon with this incredible fish! Probably my PB dace, from a very unlikely place! What. A. Fish.

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Tight Lines all…