Thursday, April 06, 2006 

Work stress makes posting hard

I havent been able to post anything during past two weeks. Reason has been a big load of work on the company i am currently working (Broadnet Portugal) as a IT System Engineer.

I plan to update the blog over the next few days with the reports from past two weeks, where i had two interesting competitions in Fonte da Telha (Surfcasting) and in Barra, Aveiro (Float Fishing. Thanks for the support.

Thursday, March 16, 2006 

Serence is nice to get feeds

Still have to make a report about the float fishing nationals I have been past Sunday, meanwhile I have been busy making some klips for my Portuguese portal to use on Serence software. Serence is basically a RSS feed reader, but capable of many configurations and perfect to follow many websites and blogs at same time.

I made one to get latest news of Planeta Pesca and one to follow latest posts and replies of the same site forum, last but not least you can easily configure any blog that has RSS to be pushed to Serence and that is awesome.

Monday, March 06, 2006 

COMPETITION REPORT: 2nd. Regional Division - Tournament II

And I thought the worst already passed after last weekend, things were even looking better on the usual forecast for March 5. Competition was about to take place in Supertubos beach (Peniche), a known international surf spot, when heavy rain and strong wind from the north showed up. Once again I was going to compete up hill, against cold water, wind, rain and of course fiercely competitive fishermen. Ack!!! I used to enjoy this...

Things went almost lidentical to last week, just one small weaverfish was caught after being drawn a fishing place on a similar sand bank and 7th place in my section was a killer prize.

This time I didn't take my car to Peniche. I went with the guys in the team van so the camaraderie was very nice after the beating on the way back and two of my mates did catch a nice sea bass, exactly on the opposite side of the beach from me that was on the sheltered side... This happens often when there is stormy waters and some of the fish take cover in the protected places thus providing good fishing spots.

I need to start exercising during the weekdays to build up my endurance. Casting for four hours every ten minutes or so plus walking and stressing on the beach at the same time is hard work. I'm 37 years old and I was exhausted in the end. I cursed my week job as an internet system engineer that puts me in a chair for most part of the day and this gets me out of shape.

Saturday, March 04, 2006 

Why and how to do a tercina

Ok, here's a good rig detail a lot of people don't know about, it's called "Tercina". It's a very simple thing to do but also very important if we plan to use powercasting or rig with very delicate nylon.

Basically its a line twist and a knot on the top of the rig that will attach to the clip of the spool line and why we do this? Because the twist acts as a shock absorber for impact when we cast. It has many advantages from the line not breaking to preserving bait on the cast.

It's so common to see surfcasters using strong shockleaders and then forgetting to make a "tercina" on the rig... then letting the whole thing break where the weakest link lies, the rig.

Wednesday, March 01, 2006 

COMPETITION REPORT: 2nd. Regional Division - Tournament I

After some training and serious rigging I believed I was prepared for the first real challenge of the season. Looking to weather predictions on Windguru and Portuguese Meteo Institute for Feb. 26, things didn´t look good at all, heavy rain and wind would hit the Consolação (Peniche, Portugal) beach exactly when fishing would take place. Wind would come N-NE and waves would grow from 1m to 3,2m during the tournament. I prepared hard cover and strong rigs for the day.

Arriving there I saw how dificcult things would really be. Cold water and harsh conditions would make everything a gamble where resilience will also play an important role. In the end I was heavily rained upon during 3 of the 4 hours of the competition and wind raging from 10km/h to 45km/h which is very hard when you are also trying to have some fun.

The competition itself didn't go as well as I expected. I was assigned the most horrible spot on the beach, really! My side partner amd I were shaking our heads in disgust from the start. We got a big sand bank in front of us, preventing us from getting a reasonable water level in the first hour of fishing and making both of us to power cast right from scratch which is not always successful. I ended up getting a small Spotted Bass on my second cast, by then still believing things would flow nicely. Unfortunately good fish wasn't supposed to come for me that day. Things went exactly the opposite from training day.

I was very disappointed since the Weaver fish and Turbot I was ready to catch weren't there. I was exhausted in the end, and came in 8th place which was worse news. Better days will come, hopefully this following Sunday.

Friday, February 24, 2006 

Hooks used by division one

A lot of people wonder what hooks are used by the top specialists in competitions like the Surfcasting World Cup and the top European Surfcasting leagues.

This is of course a hard question, but the best probable answer is that top fisherman use the best hooks from each one of his own sponsor brand provides. And this answer of course, doesn't help you much.

Like in every sport there are also some trends that come and go that are launched by top experts that later everyone tends to copy. There is also some rules of thumb that everyone can apply to almost any brand on the market.

- Hooks with ring eye are better than others in surfaces - Why? Because worms slide better from needle to hook and then to line through the ring rather than the knot tie on other hooks. This addresses better baiting and better bait presentation. Also, during competition making a Palomar knot is faster than making any other knot, specially under rough conditions. Time matters.

- Use hooks of the color that matches better the bait. - White hooks for sardine, black hooks for worms, flat fish tend to be attracted by red. We want to disguise well the hook if needed, we want to use attractor properties if needed.

- Long shank hooks are better for fish with sharp teeth, thus diminishing the number of possible losses.

This year my rigs will be based on Sasame Wormer and Gamakatsu F31 brand hooks. The first are awesome hooks used by most fisherman of Division One and the latter is also very good having longer shanks and should be used accordingly.

Thursday, February 23, 2006 

New bait on the block

Two new fishing baits are coming soon to our market probably during March. I know this because during the past months, I’ve been one of the few selected to test them along other fisherman and the Board of Portuguese Fishing Federation.

The idea of the producer ( was to make them official bait for the current season and get some sponsoring from top fisherman. Turns out that they will only get sponsoring for now since the bait needs wider distribution through all territory in a way that
every sportsman is able to test and train enough time with it before competing.

The bait I’m talking will be labeled as "Gigante Arco-Iris" (Rainbow Giant) and Brandling, both original of the southern hemisphere but in this case produced in Europe in a protected environment resembling their habitat. They look like the usual earth worms we're used to seeing in river competition fishing but they are not geophage as the previous. The R.G. worm can grow up to 25cm which is alot and is projected for sea fishing.

The Brandling is going to be marketed as a river bait used to catch bass, carp and others.
One of the good properties of this bait, come from its easy storage properties, not needing cold thus leaving us the option for almost every possible storage place. Also, they come in a nice package with the necessary food for surviving long time, the producer guarantees 20 days... but our tests showed time beyond that period.
I left a box on purpose in my car trunk (checking everyday) under very hot temperatures and after 7 days, the bait was still fine.

The bait resisted enough to the most powerful casts (used ground cast, not pendullum) and survival on cold water was averaging the 30min. time, which is more than enough for competition where any rig only averages 10min. on water. The worm was baited through the ring they have below the head (used for reproduction) and i didn’t need a needle for the baiting process, even though I think it's advisable. My personal sessions using the worm included catching sea bass, mullet and white sea bream, all using the surfcasting technique.

I hope that these worms can fill a gap in the market with its versatile use and durability. All in all, it can only increase the choices for the fisherman.