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Sea Fishing around the Coast of the United Kingdom
Sea Fishing around the Coast of the United Kingdom

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Lets start today with a Good Story. Gareth Gardiner up there in Sunderland found this small porpoise stuck on a sandbar, picked it up and with help from his mate Lee Warren Richardson walked it out into deeper water where it swam off safely. Fair play to you both and much respect!

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I am shortly about to embark on a new journey running my own business selling fishing tackle online. The last few months have been spent buying stock and component, as well as understand the whole world of how a sole trader operates.

With only a few weeks left before the job I have been doing for 16 years ending and my new life starting back in the real world, the excitement levels are beginning to grow with a projected shop opening day on or shortly after 6th April 2016.

I pride myself on only wanting the best for myself and my future customers so have already some testers trying things that I am making so they can tell me if they are good or should be adjusted. As a result I sent some heavy duty Huss traces off to Jason ‘the tackle destroyer’ Upham . The traces were 3 feet of 100lb mono – 7/0 hooks and a size 1 black crane swivels. One thing I wanted to test was a new knot that I was assured was much better than the uni-knot I normally use. This involves bringing the line back around the loop formed by the initial knot 3 times and not just once as per the ‘improved clinch knot’:

By the very nature of the knot it will continue to tighten on itself under pressure so the tag end has to be left slightly longer as otherwise there is the risk that the knot could pull out.

Hooks were Varivas Big Mouth XTRA (BMX) size 7/0 – and as the blurb says: “The Varivas Big Mouth XTRA (BMX) features the same wide gape pattern as the standard Big Mouth but the BMX is made from extra strong 2X wire. This means that the BMX is even tougher than the standard Big Mouth yet still maintains the same fishing qualities and high level of sharpness.The heavier wire allows Varivas to produce the BMX in larger sizes, up to an 8/0, without the risk of the hook bending out during the fight.Large baits and large fish are the BMXs forte so if you are targeting serious specimens from either boat or shore then the BMX will not let you down.” I have never had one snap on me…

However Jason The Tackle Destroyer, down on the South Devon Huss grounds, not only managed to snap a Varivas 7/0 but also managed to pull a knot out of one of the traces ….. (for any one wondering .. yes he does herd lamas in his spare time :)

.. so obviously the knot suggested to me was not tested under such extreme conditions. As a result we will stay with the the knots we know and trust, the good old Uni-knot and the Centauri Knot. In between destroying things Jason did catch a stack of tiny husslets, slugs and eels all under 1lb.

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