Last year I released hundreds of Mackerel back into the ocean, with the faith that I would catch them again in the future after they'd had a chance to grow. Of course this is extremely unlikely - but it still poses the question "Do Mackerel survive after being handled?" In this short article I'll explain what I've found on this topic - and how we can greatly increase the chance of survival when releasing these hyper active loony's.
There is nowhere I would rather be fishing in the world than Cornwall. Its gnawed, broken coastline and its small harbour’s provide for almost all our fishing endeavours. However when Will James invited me to spend a week testing out our LRFing kit on an island off of Africa, I could not decline!
We were fishing down the side of Mevagissy harbour wall with a mixture of Pink and Brown Power Isome. When I got a series of ‘rattles’ on my rod tip and then a pulling weight as the fish dived for cover. A Scorpion Fish? No a ‘Common Dragonette’ with two large razor like spines coming out of its head with serrated edges! A new species taken on the lure for me, so I was chuffed to bits.
We had a great LRF session on Saturday with some great people. It started off with just me (Reuben Manicom-Smith), Will James and Kyle Robinson but we also ended up bumping into Luke Fox and Josh Fletcher along the way.
Will and I were after a flounder, so we could tick another species off our ‘Fish to catch list’. But not everything always goes to plan. The flounder appeared not to be there or maybe just ‘not hungry’. So...
After starting LRF Will James and I were desperate to tame one of these silver beasts, on light tackle.
This is Will's first Bass of around a pound, caught on a shallow diving plug at Charlestown harbour.
^^^ Those that know Will, know that getting a smile that big is a rare thing..
Our targeted species for a while has been Flounder. Mostly so we can ‘tick off’ another species from the list but also because we’ve heard that they’re really great fun to catch on LRF! I’ve been told by several lure fishermen that they’re fairly easy to catch, if you know where to look. One man even said “Ill be surprised if you don’t catch one….”
It’s almost been a year, since Will and I locked up our old beach casters and became full time lure fishing junkies. This style of fishing has totally and utterly transformed the way we fish. It’s got us out and about a lot more too! We’ve travelled to the Canary’s off of Africa to target micro species as well as Barracuda and Tuna. I’ve had some beastly Perch in France and Wills taken Rock Cod in the giant estuaries of Canada. But at the end of the day, it’s pretty hard to beat some of the mega Mackeral shoal’s, in April, here in Cornwall!
Reuben & Will
Two mad keen teenage lure anglers from Cornwall, with a mission to catch as many fish species on ultra light rods and lures as possible. Reuben writes this blog, does the photography/video and edits the Facebook page - while Will catches most of the fish. He learns mainly from my mistakes, I learn mainly from his success! It's a simple, yet mutually beneficial relationship!