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***Page 2 Updated with next session results***

Very different session in comparison to my last try at LRF, which was in a Penzance town harbour. I decided to fish the flooding tide a couple of hours before high, off one of the small boat house quays at Bantham. The neap tides meant although there was a tidal current, as the water pushed through the narrowing estuary, just round the corner from the beach, it was not too strong to over power the small LRF tackle.

The water was gin clear, pitch black surroundings, and very still, amazingly peaceful. Started out with a 2" Reins Rockvibe Gold Legend on a 1.4g Decoy head, casting out into the moving water, and slowly drawing the lure back to me, with small, smooth lifts of the rod tip.

After around 10 mins, had my first take, away from the channel, and on the drop. Imediately could tell this fish was much bigger than any of the small harbour specimens I had previously caught. On the lightweight LRF gear, it really gave a good account of it'self. Clicked the head torch on, to see a Pollack fighting below me. Next problem, how to get it out of the water - It was too heavy to simply lift out on the rod tip. So I needed to work my way round to some steps, where it was photographed and released. Had to change my lure, as the Pollack had bitten the paddle tail off. I stuck my finger next to it for scale;



Continued on, now with a King Silver Rockvibe on. Shortly after, another bite on the drop. Fair bit of line taken, then nothing, stuck, fish had gone to ground. Could not simply bully it out, gear was too light. Gave some slack, a bit of movement, and the fight continued till I had another Pollack landed, biggest one of the night;



Moved from my slightly elevated position on the quay side, to a partially submerged rock, out of the main flow. Went on to land two more Pollack, the second one was very deeply hooked, so needed the long nose pliers to release.





All fish were taken on the drop, with a very slow retrieve with small, steady lifts. The water was not very deep where the fish were taken, maybe 8' at most. Again, most impressed with the Varivas rod. Although very supple in the tip, with these fish, it showed it had some backbone as well, leading to a hugely enjoyable sport. To be fair, I probably could have fished my normal plugging rod, with regular sized soft plastics to get these fish. I went to this spot with no expectations, so was very happy to hook into one fish, let alone 4 within the short hour of actual fishing time.
 

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Paul,
Looks like a nice session there, those pollack go well for there size don't they.
 

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Nice on Paul!! Some decent size pollock there for the LRF gear. Well done.
 

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***Update Session 13/12/2010***

So I decided to fish the same spot, same sort of tide state. Again, very still, clear water, but the air temp was colder. Decided to try a different way of presenting the lure. I had a Cultiva Rock 'n Bait Ring Kick Tail 2" rigged with a size 6 hook. I fixed a 0.8g split shot approx. 14" from the lure. Casting out into the estuary flow, and drawing it back, slow lifts taking up the slack, I was into the fish almost immediately, and it was non stop action for the whole session. Again, takes were on the drop, and the fish were giving a really good fight on the light gear. One thing I do need to work on, is maybe 'striking' into the fish earlier, at the first sign of a take, as some of these larger pollack were hooked very deeply, I am also considering going barb-less to help when deep hooked. A total of 9 fish landed, I stuck them on the measure for an idea of scale;



















Definitely taking my landing net with me next time I fish at this spot, as each fish I caught had to be walked round the Quay and landed on the slip way.
 

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Lovely average size to those Pollack mate, with the deep hooking try moving the split shot closer to the lure, or even just infront of the hook eye. It will give you moredirect contact to the lure, So you will feel the take more immediately. So hopefully they won't swallow the lure as deeply.
 
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