If you regularly read this blog, the How to sea fishing guide you will know that the most important aspect of sea fishing for me is the use of Balanced tackle. It increases the sport in sea fishing and helps you to accurately target fish and increase your catch rate… Species you might catch include: Wrasse, Bass, Mackerel, Garfish, Pollock, Rockling, Flounder, Sea Scorpions, Sand Smelt, Whiting (comment below to add to this list)
What is this LRF then? The name is in the title, Light (light tackle) Rock (rock, pier, marina, estuary) Fishing (catching loads of mini species and targeting other better know species). It is also wonderful to introduce new anglers to our sport, tactical increasing your control and understanding of lures and fish, a sharp learning curve, sociable and bloody good fun!
UK LRF is a combination of Japanese Bream fishing, tweaked by lots of other Europeans including the French and Italians and harmonised, tweaked and twisted into the rapidly growing sport it is becoming. When I say growing, it is really taking the UK sea fishing market by storm and with the right support and marketing it will become massive.
The experience and learning curve is steep, really steep. You are going to target any fish that might be in the water and you are going to do this by fish light, really light, consider how you are going to present the lure and fish it in the optimal way to induce and feel for a take. These valuable lesson can then be used for your Bass fishing and HRF (hard Rock Fishing), substantially increasing your success and catch rate.
Light Rock Fishing Rods: Beginners Guide
We need to find a rod that has a tiny casting weight – .4g to maybe 10g. Generally a rod of about 7 foot in length will work well. I tend to prefer slightly longer rods. they give you the advantage of a little more angle to keep fish away from underwater obstacles and holds. The disadvantage is over hangs and casting in tight spaces can compromise your fishing. Longer fishing rods rods tend to give you a little more umph in strong winds.
For an introduction into the LRF world you cannot go wrong with this Abu Garcia Devil Spin Rods. A great rod for around £20 that has an amazing write up and fantastic reviews. If you want to spend more then here is a huge selection of quality LRF Rods
A fine rod like this is going to react to everything, the current pulling your lure, a small tap as it hits a stone, a drag over sand or mud, a rattle as a young Wrasse hit the lure. Once in tune you will be able to feel exactly what is going on under the water surface. Your fishing rod is going to become your underwater eyes and ears…
LRF Reels: Beginners Guide
A small strong well constructed 1000 – 2500 series front drag reel like this Shimano Exage 1000 FD Frontdrag reel
is perfect for your LRF needs and is the next step up from the one I use. It will balance the slight rod and hold enough line to play the fish. You don’t need meters of line to cast, you are not going to cast miles… You are going to cast relatively short, but considered distances, you are sometimes going to place the lures with your cast into a small, but tight space…
Most reasonable reels come with two spools, read on below to see what to do with them.
Line for LRF: Beginners Guide
Thin and high quality is what you are looking for. Line diameter massively effects casting range, wind effect and bait presentation. The thicker the line the more adversely these three effect the line. We are looking at braid and Flurocarbons.
Braid is very thin for it’s strength and has very little stretch making for good contact with your lure, we need to be considering braid in the region of 8lb breaking strain. The only disadvantage is it is very light and will get blown around a lot, here is a high quality braid I use for my LRF HTO Rockfish Ultra Braid Light Game Fishing Line 8lb
.Braid will require a leader of 2 – 4 feet of flurocarbon.
Flurocarbon has virtually no line memory, it becomes almost invisible in water, its tough as old boots and is heavy for its diameter. the only problem is it is still thicker for its breaking strain than braid, so we need to consider fluro carbon of 3 – 4lb in order to keep it thin enough for best presentation. Flurocarbon handles better in the wind! I use Airflo Sight-Free G3 Fluorocarbon 50metres
So now you know what to do with your spools. if the wind is badly effecting your fishing, switch to your spool of flurocarbon, if the fishing is very hard and you are not getting bites either increase the length of your leader or switch to your fluro spool.
LRF End Tackle: Beginners Guide
The hardest part of LRF end tackle is pronouncing the name. Many of the best products come from Japan. They are tiny but perfectly made and researched.Many soft plastic lures are scented to add to the attraction, in fact the scents are so good they can be fished stationary and still catch!
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The Power Isome by Marukyu seem to be paving the way. They are scented and biodegradable and come in a resealable packet that can sit in your pocket waiting for the next session.
This is not the only lure. There are loads of soft plastics that can be used for LRF, you can also get small metals and hard plastics. You could even use some of the slightly heavier saltwater flies if you wanted. The basic rig is a tiny jig head of 1 – 5 g in weight, tied to your leader, then a soft plastic threaded on as can be seen clearly from the image above, like these – Savage Gear New Sea Fishing Ball Jig Heads.
Here is a great video to show you how to tie an Albright knot for attaching leader to mainline.
LRF Marks and Techniques: Beginners Guide
I am only going to cover the absolute basics here on how to get started and catch your first few fish. This fishing art is as simple or complex as you want to make it, this is a beginners guide so lets make it simple.
Lets target places where lots of small fish inhabit and you can get easy safe access – piers and harbours. You have a nice level surface to fish from which makes a difference to a beginner. Fish love these safe havens, large predators are less, there is often freshwater, rotten seaweed, mud, shale, shingle, weed, cover in made made structures and food from fishing boats and humans! Its McDonalds by the sea.
You are going to loose gear, lots of it… Cast out, lets get used to the rod. Reel in straight away to get a feel for your new set up. Try and get in some clear shallow water and play, learn, watch and feel. We want to bring the lure back nice and slow trying to keep close to the bottom or feature you are fishing around, this is a basic technique. Then try jerking the rod sharply upwards and allowing the lure to sink, watch for the take by looking at where the line enters the water – it might move sharply, or go real slack…. Work all the features that might hold fish, under boats, near walls, gullies in flows between walls, think like a fish.
Before I finish, watch the video below to learn some great techniques. I know, it’s not in the UK but there is a lot to learn from this video. It has not produced by my self, reckon you guessed that!
Enjoy and comment below to let us know how you are getting along, or if you have a question.
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