Sunday, 23 July 2017

Illex S240M Eging Special from the Pepper Series


You guys probably know by this time I have a thing for the M rated rods from Illex. 
I think to buy a rod is like pretty much the same when you buying cloth for yourself, very personal and most likely nobody like wearing the same stuff so no point to argue about it......
I don't like stiff rods at all, however, sometimes some method requires a little poker action from your wand. I do love my S230M from the Element Rider series, lovely rod just the way I like it lots of flexibility in the blank and has a backbone when it's up to big fish, first class all around soft plastic rod.......but to cast a hard lure with it way too soft, unfortunately. So my mission was to found a rod with the same action just a little stiffer to fire tricorolls out for trout earlier this season but still sensitive and gentle enough to fight those jumpy and fast moving trout what I was after. Also wanted to use the rod for perch as well in future so the research begun.....


I knew it has to be from the Pepper series.....but which one??!!!
The Akoya Pearl looks unbelievably stunning but I found it too light, the Finesse Symphoni was a little too stiff.....then came in my head a rod what I was hunting forever long and it was discontinued ages ago.... the old Eging Special 35g and M rated. Well, I was lucky enough that it's returned in 2017, in the brand new construction. Also, Illex introduces the new X5 Japanese Carbon in the Pepper, Artist and Element Rider Rod Series. This new 5 layer carbon material reduces the weight of the rods by 15% and make the blanks stronger 35% plus the sensitivity is incredible. Now, these rods was a beast before anyway but now.....just purely insane! The new Eging Special weights 122g, the casting rate 2,5-25g total length is 240cm. Designed for Offshore Squid fishing.....but I'm a little crazy and I use saltwater rods for my lure fishing mostly, the reason why because of they way more flexible than most fresh water rods. In my theory loose less fish when your rod is flexible...just need that little giving and I don't like when I have a slack line if the fish moves fast and especially trout famous of jumping a lot and head shakes, fast turns. Also, I found it important the rod action how you want animate the lures or plugs, I fishing quite soft and slow most of the time so you can't really do the same with a fast action rod.




Now since March when I first got it in my hands I managed catch some very nice Perch, some crazy wild big Irish Brown Trout, Mackerel, Pollack , hooked a really nice Salmon and of course when you give it to your friend to try it boom a monster meter+ Irish Pike (some trees and a shoes was in the inventory as well) ....so yeah basically we caught everything with this rod except squid at the end. But especially for trout with the Tricorolls is my favorite, perfect long distance cast, the animation of the lure are way slower and smoother than with any other rods and some day yes this really made a difference in the boat. To fight with a trout is magical really I only lost so far 1 but that one was fail hooked in the tail. It just simply feels like everything moves together smoothly, the pressure is on but the not too hard.....you playing with that 5-6lb "freshwater  ballerina" the most enjoyable way really.





For perch also extremely sensitive and soft so with a 1g jighead in the shallows can feel every movement of the lure and don't raping the hook out of the mouth when the perch shaking the head.
Christopher accidentally hooked a monster with it when we were fishing for trout....what a fight it was!! The rod is just locked down and with a perfect drag set up on the reel wasn't any problem to land it , this rod has a serious backbone which the other reason why I love fishing with saltwater rods, when it's up to big fish boom you absolutely have a chance to land it , but because it's a light category rod its very important to set the drag properly. I had a Salmon run on it as well, it was crazy such a powerful fish incredible but hooked while spinning after trout.....I was so close to land it but those little hooks in that huge bony mouth came out, there was nothing I can do about.




So at the end, I just simply can recommend the Eging Special, one of the nicest light category rod I have.....keep casting and tight lines! ;) 






















Monday, 22 May 2017

Warm Up - Predator Battle Ireland 2017 Killaloe




Last year first time I entered this international competition over here in Ireland. If the pressure wasn't enough I was the first women who entered. I been in Killaloe before and fished Lough Derg for the last 3 season, but every time falling more and more in love with that beautiful village and stunning lake, surrounded by mountains. Have to say sometimes I missed bites because every time I looked up while fishing the scenery just simple taking my breath away......



And of course the lake is world famous of of the monster Northern Pikes and Ferox Trout, I manage to catch a few trophy fish over the past years and have to say my favorite place to fish for them, they not only big......they fight so hard and the takes on lures stop your heart every time......every take could be a monster.......



So after all the beauty of the geographical location  where you can stay and enjoy not only the fishing but also the excellent hospitality of the local people in the village .....this competition became my favorite so far to enter again, a real jackpot to be there.

And if you think you skilled enough to catch 4x pike 3x perch and 1x trout dont hesitate to enter.
With a hint of luck you can walk home with a brand new Aluma Craft boat and trailer or a super holiday with your team mate for example a dream musky hunting for a week in Canada or a trophy catfish in the warm and sunny Spain and so on many other super cool prices you can check out on http://www.predatorbattle.ie/welcome/



 There are so many cool and skilled fishermens entering every year, I met with so many nice ppl some of them representing tackle brands like Biwaa, Fox Rage, Illex, Strike Pro, Savage Gear and also local tackle shop owners and of course the local fishermens .....so its a real challenge and need to register in time because only 25 team can enter. 

 I happily can announce our team are already in the game......and we are the youngest team so far but already did a bit of pre team fishing and so far doing well.....so however it will go on the 3 days we dont gonna give up at all and will looking forward to the pub every night to share all the good fishing storys beside a beer and meet with all the people who will be there! 




So common ladies and gentlemen send those entrys in if you want to be a part of an awesome time and hope to see you there...tight lines. ;)


Sunday, 12 March 2017

Brown Trout Lough Sheelin Ireland


Struggled with this write up a little time wise ....but get there. I decided give one more go after the trout, so far I only caught sea trout and 3 years trying for rainbows and brown trout.....cant say I didnt try haha but never actually managed one to land, I do like my pike fishing too much.
Where to start ...well of course with my massive trout knowledge I knew I cant go very far alone on this one.....so lets found a guide. Thats how I bumped into Christopher Defillon, I remembered he helped me out with some technical details before the last Predator Battle...lets go fishing then! And he is fully kitted with Illex......lots of cool stuff, like the 250 Stream Master the new BlueShadow, new Nitro Shad Colours, Pepper and endless amount of Tricorolls!



To be honest it was very cool to catch up with someone who use Illex from over here on the fresh water screen....great chat for sure! And of course then conversation about trout in the car on the way , I got so much info thrown to my head ......I listened, but secretly I was like oke if I got one happy days because the weather didnt looked very good, but didnt have much faith in the fishing .....I have to admit I might started this trip with a little negative attitude deep down that I just gonna hook one and get off again so another fishing day wasted on trout......however it changed early on the day :D


The water was very milky tea coloured as well, just didnt look good, but we manage to found some clear areas but still need it a plug with high visibility so i put my HW Tricoroll  in Black Yamame colour on and just drifting and casting around.......then boom she just smash my lure! Then straight decided to swim quiet fast towards the boat so didnt give me much time to wake up of the "yayy I got a fish".......and of course rookie mistake give a slack line even only for a second i thought thats it gone ......"some swearing" ........but no, she was come up and boom in the net! i was so so happy and angry at the same time, that fish give me a mini heart attack......and at the same time just look at it in the net swimming around with those beautiful spots and blue metallic scales. When we did the photos and let her back I started to understand a little why my french friends are so passionate about trout fishing in they culture  ......it was new to me so but I like learning.
So hold on all the stuff what i thought blah blah blah ....trout.....it is working,how look for the points and all the details work I just caught one like that!



Really really cool day on the water , half way I didnt give up but just sit back and float around Sheelin........I caught a beautiful trout I was happy, enjoy the freedom and Sheelin is really pretty all around , green of course but thats Ireland for you with all the hills and rivers, lakes while you get there, the grey and green colour chart is just endless and stunning!
And yeah since we did some training for the Predator Battle Ireland 2017.......because we entered and so far I know we are the youngest team.......if we keep going like this im positive so here is some more pics :) And if you looking for a same trip get in touch with Christopher Defillon :
Tight Lines Guys ;)





Saturday, 14 January 2017

50 Shades of Ireland - Winter spinning on Lough Derg






It was a foggy morning

Magical, magical, magical place that's for sure! As might many of you guys noticed I like making things dark.....so this post will be really moody photography wise. The one and only simple reason for that is the weather....changing every 5 min, or get out of the fog like a wall and the sun was shining . Perfect drifts was destroyed in a min and move spots then just float no drift just flat calm everything so just cast, cast cast cast like a machine. Probably the super high pressure didn't helped, but that's fishing Ireland winter time anyway......4 days casting for The bite! :)


Its beginning of January....so one thing to know that this time of the year its a "one bite one monster"......or definitely a day or 2 have not a single bite. Last november I got my bite on the last day with a beauty 107........but nahh this time just didn't happened at all perhaps it was slow :)
5 fish one nice one but no monsters, however to be out there was amazing and thanks for the smaller pikes was active a little every time you got a bite have a mini heart attack that " yess this is the one"!

Sometimes the sun was out 

I was in debate with this blog for days , mostly I think because the place itself and fish the lake in different seasons is give you a completely different experience. Winter time if you decide to visit Ireland have to lower the expectations a little.....its a one fish one bite game for days specially if you drift and cast....painful! Troll well cover more water but when other boats on the lake troll all day and nothing casting might could be a difference....it made at the end "the bigfish point" and the "number point" was on the boat.   Pressure bars on the top, no wind no drift or too much wind and make difficult to drift and of course don't forget the world famous irish rain.....just cant get away. Because this elements just come and go give you a really breath taking scenery over the mountains.....really you fishing in the middle of them, my favorite spot to look back from  just after get out of Killaloe, turn around and boom you are at the feet of a mountain. Dark , angry Irish Sky's and fog, flat calm....thats how you know that leprechauns exist, something somewhere responsible to turn this place into a green wonderland every morning :) 



It was very nice of  Pierre Monjarret that take me on in january to fish, its a risky game that might dont catch anything in 4 days, but other times pays off like my last 107 from there.......one bite in 3 days, totally worth it! This time no monster but at least the weather wasn't bad , but no good for fishing eighter hahah. Last day we fished the mistery 107 drift.....and then I got a hit ....missed it but my heart was stop for a second and adrenalin up in the sky......I was like hell yeah thats what you call "mann Im a live"!!!!!
On the other hand the roaring fire in the cottage, totally made up for everything about the weather, curl up beside it and a cup of coffe, Perch Pro On....what else you can wish for really.
This is what i'm talking about ;)


If you guys looking for a trip I just truly can recommend  Pierre Monjarret or the BlackBay Lodge in Ireland, can get in touch with them by social media. (recommended season april-november) 
Super time and memorys again, see you Derg in the shallows soon.....thats a completely different ball game ;) And the Predator Battle in september......hope will see many of you guys again there or on the water.

Tight lines












Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Illex Element Rider S230M


Ahhn well 2017 is at the doorstep ......which means new goodies and discontinued models see sunlight. However sad to see the Delivrance series gone and a couple of the Element Rider Series like the 230M.....it was my first rod .....one love first cast! Firstable would change the technical details
of it, instead 7-28g should be 7-50g...can cast up to 65g but start wobble a little. I caught pike,perch,bream,bass,wrasse,pollack,mackerel with it in all sizes. Ultimate cross over rod for anything really. Its a 2 piece rod, the top section is perfectly sensitive down to 7g and even small perch fun to catch with or any small rig for bream in slight current,love it. But......when u fishing small lake for pike and there is also a chance to catch a decent one with  180-200 shads the backbone just locks down.......this yellow stick has a serious power in it for a "28g" rated rod . Probably in some shape or form you guys might came a cross with this model,  was a resident in the catalouge for long time :D


Im personally dont like stiff rods.... just need a little softness. Pretty cool that nearly all old Element Rider rods has a little bendiness just enough to not loose your fish and the strikes with them are mad......like the 250XH, absolute beast!
Favourite lure with the 230M?......has to be the 150 Nitro Shad Golden green 21g head on the drop 6m....coolest takes and strikes ever.


However i think its an absolute amazing rod, my favorite so far ...what a stick to have really! I think if I break it that will be end of the world just to be dramatic. Here are some more pictures of this beauty.....tight lines ;)

















Sunday, 25 September 2016

Predator Tour Ireland Killaloe 2016


Uhh where to start .....it was a pretty intense 5 days behind. Still buzzing really much , made so many memories thats incredible. Met with all the people who I knew in some shape or form by social media and many others who dont do social media. As a first women who entered it , by the day came closer and closer to the competition my excitement turned into "I really started s@@@t myself ...what I gonna do between all those fishermens  like one tiny girl, what if they not talking to me or laugh on me"....but tell you one thing I didn't felt any different between them, perhaps everybody came over to introduce and shake hands and change story's and memories ....everybody was a super friendly gentlemen...thank you guys!



So I was like "oke this is really cool " hahaha the next big butterfly in the stomach  was the following morning when we arrived to the boat checks, there was so many cool boats its incredible! You guys really pulled out the big guns.....die hard lure anglers, I was really happy to see that, I love my lures and tackle myself so much. So another scary moment went past....and if you think its easy to compete  against all those super anglers, you are already wrong! But at the same time you itching to get to the start line and head off to the spots and just waiting tense to hear Mr. Molenaar  say " GOOOOOO!!!!" And all the engines fired up and booooom off we go!! Super absolute loved it the start!


I thought its all gonna be secret how we getting on , but everybody asked as we float past like "how you getting on" so in the middle of the comp you have some ideas about you doing bad or not. Hahaha which was silly of me because at the end of the day you will see the score charts anyway.
My favourite moment was when we found a shoal of perch under the boat and I nailed my PB 32 cm Derg perch.....deep down in 60ft of water, I loved it like in real tournament style, first small lures send down charge up the smaller ones so if any bigger one around they will bite because they really competitive about food, so in a second after a few 25+cm I changed my 3 inch lure to a 15cm shad and send it down ...then boom my rod is doubled over, then again and again, I couldn't believe it its all happened less than 5 min, there must be some monster perch down there because lost one which i couldn't moved off from the bottom at all with a 28g lure rod, will be back after them soon! 
On the pike screen we didn't do very well only jack and on the 3rd day  I lost all the dozen fish I hooked.....its a really tough game where every inch is count and loosing a fish not a good omen like...but that's  fishing as they say. Even lost our trout as well on the troll so really I think I was just really really unlucky and no idea why.



Fishing wise it was a slow days for everybody but they still manage catch some good fish and all the teams was so happy when fish was in the boat finally....at the end this is what it is all about and you can see it on the faces, I was over the moon with my 2x pike and 3x super perch too hahaha didn't go far with them on the ranking at the end but they made my day.



And the battle was started all over again next day, but before that of course heading to the pub and between a few pints and dinner the banter was flowing. Secretly this was my favorite part, probably because the fishing was slow and all the cool conversations totally made up for it at the end of the day. Shared and heard lots of big fish memories and lots of tackle talk, exchange some info about fishing from different  parts of Ireland, I love travelling and fishing around Ireland and so many places I heard about so im really looking forward in the future to catch up with you guys and fish together for a day or two one day.



Tried to squeeze as much picture as I could at least one from each team but there are lots of pictures up so here is a few of the boats..they class like, loved the start when we all head off, next year will bring the drone down and record the start from the air will look super cool .



The prize giving presentation was one of the best thing ever really.....we had local ladys playing live Irish music from the start 7pm all away trough dinner, it was amazing like everybody together sit down to get dinner with an entertainment like that ..... perfectly represented the "Irish atmosphere" loved every second of it :D




Some fun pictures of the organizers .....massive massive thank you to Herman Molenaar to put this event together, I really really enjoyed every minute  locked together with all those crazy fishermens!
I had another unforgettable  holiday from the beautiful Lough Derg and Killaloe!
SEE YOU GUYS NEXT YEAR!!! :D

Tight Lines: Gina