Books available again

Long Distance Casting bookreelbook_cover_00002I have republished Long Distance Casting and the CT Reel Tuning books. These are slightly updated, but do not qualify as new editions. If you have an earlier edition please stick with it because updating would be a waste of money for you. These books are published as downloadable Adobe Acrobat (pdf) ebooks rather than the previous CD publications. Should it be that you cannot do downloads, please contact me.  Details and PayPal ordering are in the Store.

Chasing daydreams?

My Daiwa 7HT is at least ten years old. Apart from a new pinion gear, it’s original right down to the bearings and drag washers. Owing to my own stupidity the main gear lost a few teeth last week, so I’m about to pension the old thing off. But what to buy?

All that concerns me in a fishing reel is reasonable performance and build quality, sensible price and decent after-sales service. Unfair and narrow minded as it may be, I also prefer to stick with the long established brands. Abu, Daiwa and Shimano, basically. Other reels are probably just as good. Continue reading “Chasing daydreams?”

Zziplex boss Terry Carroll talks about surf rods

I thought you might like a couple of bits about Zziplex’s Terry Carroll that I came across in my archives. The video demonstrates the simple but deadly effective Brighton Cast, which is not that different from the Easy Cast. Terry’s comments about rods and casting come from an interview I did with him for a Sea Angler feature some time ago. But what he has to say about the important differences between casting and fishing is just as relevant today – if not more so. Many apologies for the sound quality!

Click to hear my interview with Terry


Bring that old rod back to life

Richard Holgate custom rod builder

Frozen half to death during a Sea Angler photo shoot at Walton on Naze, I dragged myself into Richard Holgate’s tackle shop to scrounge a cup of tea and to have a snout at what’s new in the Meta-lite custom rod range. Richard’s latest creation is due to hit the scene when a few details have been finalised. This new beast, as yet unnamed, will join the range of superlative fishing and casting rods that includes the evergreen Flick Tip NG and the big-hitting Storm. More about this latest toy when I’ve had chance to try it. Continue reading “Bring that old rod back to life”

Some old rods never die.

A question from Rob Allen of Bristol (and echoed by many more fishermen): What is it about old-time beachcasters that appeals to the modern generation? My mate bought one of the original Penn Sidewinders at a boot sale for £25, and he reckons it’s great.

Apart from the joy of picking up a classic for peanuts at a boot sale or in some tackle dealer’s secondhand rack, there’s a real prospect of getting hold of what could prove to be the finest rod you’ll ever use.

What’s so special about old-timers such as the Zziplex GS series, Conoflex 240T, the occasional veteran Daiwa and Penn, and even the daddy of them all the Abu 464? In a word, usability. Continue reading “Some old rods never die.”

Belt and braces magnetic reel set-up

magnet reel controller

The cast control on standard fishing reels usually contains an array of tiny magnets. Since most CT multipliers are adapted from baitcasting reels, the braking force even at minimum setting tends to be heavy-handed for beach fishing. Contrary to common sense, a spool casting light plugs and lures relatively short distances usually needs heavier braking control than the same spool throwing a heavy chunk of lead vast distances. Continue reading “Belt and braces magnetic reel set-up”

Good casting without the fuss and effort

The Easy Cast, or Brighton style as some call it, generates more questions than any other way of casting. Only the pendulum style comes close to being as popular. Even that seems to be dropping back a little, though it remains THE casting method for the more advanced fishermen.

Most fishermen are not and never will be expert casters. It’s not because they are lazy or defeatist. They are simply being realistic. Their only aim is to cast well enough to put baits into fishy territory. Without the time or patience to master a pendulum style, they’re looking for a quick, straightforward solution.

The Easy Cast does exactly what it says on tin: it blends a simple set-up and natural body action with a sweet, forgiving nature. Of all the ways to cast, it is the most tolerant of operator error and tackle mismatch. Get the basics somewhere about right, and a few practice sessions should have you fishing around the 100m mark. Continue reading “Good casting without the fuss and effort”