Much more fun than working.....

There's some new fishing related stuff online that I can guarantee is a whole lot more fun than working, and especially on a Monday. Not that I would condone using one's computer to look primarily at fishing stuff, of course not, but a little bit of "research" is always good for you......

There happen to be some fantastically talented anglers over in Jersey, but what Keith and Kevin White have gone and done here is just off the scale. Not content with being the guys who I would argue first really researched, implemented and became highly successful at specifically and technically targeting wrasse on soft plastics (huge credit already), the White brothers have now gone and produced the first ever guide to this fishing, or HRF as it is often called - Hard Rock Fishing. Check it out here. The fact that these guys have made this guide freely accessible to all of us is just a hugely selfless act. Huge thanks from me for starters.

Called "The Rockfish Files", this online publication is without doubt the best way I can think of for somebody to go and get started in this kind of fishing. If you are wondering why it's called "Rockfish" and not "Wrasse", then you need to know that the Channel Islanders often call wrasse "rockfish" or indeed "rockies". Makes perfect sense to me. Anyway, make sure to take some proper time and delve into this exhaustive and incredibly detailed guide to going out and smashing these awesome fish on soft lures. It's times like this when I sit back and wonder what one earth we did without the internet, and also that there are anglers out there who not only push the boundaries, but are selflessly prepared to put this hard-earned knowledge out there into the public domain.

I suppose that it's perfectly natural for each successive generation of anglers to think that fishing as a sport has to have developed fully. I used to fish for wrasse a huge amount, and always on bait, although we used to catch a fair few say when we were deep-spinning sandeels and jellyworms in the Isles of Scilly for example. But fishing is always going to develop if there are anglers out there who are hungry to try new things, and also if they refuse to agree that there is only one way to skin a cat. And it's because of these forward-thinking and highly inquisitive anglers that fishing keeps on surprising us and developing. Who would have thought only a few years ago that the wrasse (or rockfish) would become a legitimate lure fishing quarry ? Thanks to the White brothers here, we now have the first guide that fully explains how to go about making the wrasse a fish that anybody with any interest in lure fishing should go out and target. Wow. What an achievement. Please take some time to read and absorb all this information, and then go and check out Keith's regularly updated blog. I see for example that Kevin has just caught a 5lb 2oz wrasse on a soft plastic (check here) - and in January !! That is some fishing.....

My mate Nick Hart has gone and completely rebuilt and updated his blog - have a look right here. It is really worth keeping an eye on this one. Nick is a fly fishing guide and instructor, and he is a fly fisherman with a real interest in all kinds of fishing. I know for starters that he has got the bass lure bug really badly after coming over to Ireland with us a few months ago. There are lots and lots of blogs out there, but when you come across one that is regularly updated with decent content, that's what I want to see. Anyway, have a good week, enjoy your time looking at these online resources, and make sure you don't get caught not working...........