Lure Blog #7

The summer has finally arrived!

It’s now time to take kids fishing and introduce them to the “outdoors”. Start them young and they will always want to be exploring new places with new fish to catch. Chores like reading soon become the pathway to knowledge that unlocks the secret world of fishes.

George Baldock with a nice “stripy” Perch.

I’m looking forward to taking my nephews two boys Bobby and George fishing at Bewl Water again this year. I’m not sure who enjoys it the most? Don’t think you need to catch “shed loads” of fish for a successful day out, in their eyes it’s a great adventure, whether it’s camping out overnight or going afloat. Keep things simple, basic float fishing works well but for me casting lures holds their attention the longest with all those shiny “toys” that we bigger boys get excited over. Perch, Pike and Trout can be are very obliging at this time of year; remember they don’t have to be big to be memorable.

I’m so engrossed in my own “passion for angling” that it’s easy to forget the excitement generated by the capture of your first fish. The delight in their eyes reminds me why I started fishing all those years ago. So go on take some kids fishing and be a good; dad, uncle or grandad, you’ll enjoy doing something “special” for the next generation.

Andy Lush with a jumbo summer Rainbow.

As I mentioned earlier its summer so “please” avoid fishing for Pike, they are surprisingly susceptible to heat stress while the water’s so warm. If like me you still need to get your “lure fishing fix” why not pop down to the coast and try your hand at Bass fishing or ‘LRF’ light rock fishing. Fish around rocks, piers or harbours, areas that hold scores of mini species that can be great fun on Dropshot tackle. Or you could go afloat on Hanningfield [CM11 1WT] or Bewl Water [TN3 8JH] reservoirs chasing the hard fighting, fast biting Rainbow Trout. Or maybe tease a few stripy sergeants [Perch] from around the Dam or jetties these structures are attractive features that often hold scores of fish. The clear water at this time of year adds another dimension to the fishing, being able to clearly see your lures and how they work and how the fish react to them is not only fascinating but it teaches you how to fish them more effectively later in the year.

Mark Bryant with a Red Gunard , you never know what’s going to take your lure at sea!

Finally, a date for the diary The Friendly Fisherman is once again sponsoring the annual LAS “Lure Anglers Society” completion on Bewl Water on August 9th. This fun event is open to all there will be prizes for the largest Trout and Perch as well as the heaviest 8 fish [Trout] bag and a Best Junior prize too. For more information on how to enter this event go to and click on “events”

And finally, last month I mentioned angling guide Rikki Cooper’s new web site, you can now see what Rikki can offer

Tight lines, have fun
Andy Lush

Andy owns The Friendly Fisherman in Tunbridge Wells [TN1 2PS], his shop as you would expect is full of everything a “lure angler” will need. Andy is available to offer advice on all things lure and fly fishing related.