So you want to catch some big perch this summer ? Well clear water conditions call for highly realistic lures and a different approach. Unless you have the luxury of fishing an exclusive private water, then the chances are the big perch you are after will have seen lots and lots of lures already. They will have grown wary of standard soft shads, spinners and cranks, so you need to add something “next level” to your armoury. Ladies and Gentlemen I give you the Westin Mega Teez  and Mini Teez !

The Mega Teez is next level !

The Mega Teez is next level with it’s awesome tail action

The Mini-Teez has a concealed air chamber that helps it suspend beautifully when drop shotted.

The Mini-Teez has a concealed air chamber that helps it suspend beautifully when drop shotted.

The Mega -Teez has a fantastic action that perch find fascinating, so be prepared for aggressive hits and when a subtler approach is needed then rig up a Mini-Teez on a drop shot rig and it’s inner air chamber will hep it suspend beautifully just like a real baitfish.

But don’t just take our word for it..listen to Europe’s best lure angler Luc Coppen !

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If you want to get hold of either of these lures or a whole host of other fantastic lure fishing kit, then you are in luck ! LureTour has secured a special discount for our readers at The Lure Box all you have to do is type Luretour into the discount code box when completing any order and you will get 10% discount. Click the link below to go direct to either the Mini Teez or the Mega Teez on the Lurebox’s website

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MEGA TEEZ

Don’t worry id the colour you want is out of stock…new stock is arriving soon !

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There is always plenty off competitive rivalry between lure manufacturers at the best of times, but things just stepped up a gear for two of the biggest brands in the sport as Savage Gear and Westin have gone into battle over ducklings !

There has been a mixed reaction to news of the outbreak of a Duck War from celebrity ducks...but our personal favourite Daffy certainly looks worried.

There has been a mixed reaction to news of the outbreak of a Duck War from celebrity ducks…but our personal favourite Daffy certainly looks worried.

Yes you did read that right….Savage Gear and Westin have both announced brand new lures at virtually the same time and both of them are baby duckling surface lures aimed at catching mean old pike.

The Contenders in The Great Duck Battle

  1. Westin’s Danny the Duck

Westin’s Danny the Duck  is 14cm long and weighs 44g. When retrieved slowly it wobbles along on the surface realistically, but give it more crank and the diving lip integrated into the beak pulls it down to around 1.5m max. The lure has a solid plastic body combined with soft rubber feet and is wired through for durability.

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Danny the Duck comes in 4 colours including speckled brown……….

....and mandarin .

….and mandarin .

  1. Savage Gear Suicide Duck

We have a little less information about Mads Grosell’s latest creation as so far the lure has only been publicised on social media. However the lure looks to be a very similar size to Westin’s Danny, but with a couple of key differences which might just see it win the battle of the beaks. Westin’s duck is armed with two standard and fairly large trebles that hang under the lure, meaning that it will be no good for fishing amongst surface weed or lily pads, which is traditionally very good topwater territory for pike fishing. The Savage Gear Suicide Duck on the other hand has a very neat clipped on top treble that sits on top of the ducks back, which means that if you remove the belly treble, you will be able to fish the lure relatively weedlessly. We also like the spinning feet of Savages design, which will create a load of froth and churn, just like a real life panic stricken cute little baby duckie. We also like the real feathers that Mads has included to mask the hooks.

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We like the hook layout on the Savage Suicide Duck

Here at Lure Tour we are big admirers of Westin Lures, but to us it looks like Savage may have the edge in this Duck War. At the end of the day it will be the pike that decide…we just can’t wait to get our hands on some samples so we can see what they think !

Savage Gears Mad Genius Mads Grosell had fun scaring the crap out of real ducks by telling them all about pike !

Savage Gears Mad Genius Mads Grosell had fun scaring the crap out of real ducks by telling them all about pike !

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Lure fishing can be an expensive business, so to help you guys out we have trolled around the lure fishing cyberspace to find you our top five lure bargains of the week. We refuse to include cheap tat in this list, so instead all you will get is top quality lure fishing tackle at amazing low prices ! We would also like to point out that this is an entirely independently produced list…this is our choice…not the retailers !

  1. Plano Lumber Fishing Pack 3500 – Harris Sportsmail

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This Plano Hipbag is one that we can thoroughly recommend as we have used it extensively over the last 2 years. The zips are good the bag is a really nice size (not too big or too small) and generally we have found it too be really excellent quality. It could do with a couple of extra D-rings on either side…but that’s just being picky. It even comes with two  3500 ProLatch™ StowAway® boxes.

Usual price £34.99….Sale Price £18.99

Click Here to see it on the Harris website

2. Drifter tackle 8″ Believer  – Lure Lounge

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When it comes to proper old-skool pike lures, the Believer is a legend. Built to last and capable of catching pike just about anywhere the Believer is a fantastic lure for slow trolling or casting on reservoirs, gravel pits and big rivers. Normally these American imports cost an arm and a leg, but the Lure Lounge are selling them at less than a tenner !

Usual price £16.49….Sale price £9.99

Click here to see it on the Lure lounge website 

3. Bomber Model 4A Crankbait – AGM Tackle

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If you are one of those anglers who only ever use soft plastic lures for catching perch then you are missing out big time ! In the right conditions crank baits can be a devastatingly effective way of catching perch, zander, pike and chub and Bomber have been making top quality cranks for donkey’s years. At just less than 6cm the Model 4a is a perfect size for perch and the crayfish pattern will be deadly anywhere that the perch and chub like to get fat eating the signals that seem to infest our rivers and gravel pits these days.

Usual price £3.99….Sale price £2.99

Click here to see it on the AGM website

4. Nories Spoontail shads 5″ and 6″

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The spoon tail shad is one of the sexiest shads ever devised and was the brainchild of uber cool Japanese lure dude, Norio Tanabe. With it’s slimline shape, realistic insert and super-soft construction it attracts the biggest perch and zander and folds beautifully on impact, meaning you end up with more hooked fish and less bump-offs. Normally you get virtually no change out of a tenner for a pack of these beauties, but Glasgow Angling Centre and doing a big range of colours in both 5″ and 6″ sizes for a much nicer price.

Usual price £9.99….Sale price £7.99

Click here to see them on the GAC / Fishing megastore site

5. Savage Gear Soft 4 Play 13cm

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The Soft 4Play has been one of the most used lures of the last few years. There are lots of ways to rig them and lots of ways to fish them and nearly all of those catch fish ! The 13cm is our favourite size, so when we saw that the Lure Box was doing them super cheap..we just had to include them in the list.

Usual price £6.99….Sale price £3.99

 

Click here to see them on the Lure Box website

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Now that the British Lure Angling Championship is no longer running, the Lure Anglers Canal Club Pairs League is one of the few annual league events that lure anglers in the UK can enter. Last years event ran over 6 rounds on the various Midlands canal waters that the club leases and was highly competitive with over 20 teams competing during the year. The first round of the new season is due to take place on Saturday 30th April on the Grand Union Canal near Knowle and it looks set to be a cracker.

Last years LACC Pairs League Winners John Cheyne and Steve Wilson

Last years LACC Pairs League Winners John Cheyne and Steve Wilson

Although last years winners John Cheyne and Steve Wilson ended up comfortable winners, this years competition is liable to be far more competitive, with a number of very good teams keen to lift the trophy including last years runners up Vidar Thomassen and Alan Brown.

Vidar with a nice chub caught from LACC waters.

Vidar with a nice chub caught from LACC waters.

Alan Brown will be keen to get back amongst the zander and ensure that he and Vidar win the league.

Alan Brown will be keen to get back amongst the zander and ensure that he and Vidar win the league.

Entry to this years Pairs League is open to all LACC members and membership costs just £20 per year which gives access to over 20 miles of canal filled with quality Perch, Zander and occasional big pike. For full details take a look at the LACC website as www.lureanglerscanalclub.co.uk

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Plenty to Boast About

Posted: 21st September 2015 by admin in Interviews
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One of the great things about the lure fishing competition scene in the UK and Europe is that if you get involved, you get to meet and fish with so many great anglers and make so many new friends. Back at the British Lure Angling Championships Final at Chew Valley last year, I was paired up with Matt Boast and so had the pleasure of fishing with him at close quarters. We had a great day and I learned a lot from Matt and while neither of us threatened the podium ( I think we were 11th and 12th from memory) we have been friends ever since. Not long after that final Matt was signed up by Rapala/Shimano as a sponsored angler and has fished a number of big European events culminating in a third place finish at the prestigious Hobie Kayak Fishing Euro’s at Lake Lacanau in France. We thought it was a perfect time to catch up with Matt and grab an exclusive interview for Luretour.

Boasty picking up his prizes for a fantastic 3rd place finish at the Hobie Euros

Boasty picking up his prizes for a fantastic 3rd place finish at the Hobie Euros

JC: I know you are a bit of an all rounder Matt, but is lure fishing still your first love ?

MB: I love all fishing but Lure fishing is my main passion.

JC: You are now a Rapala/ Shimano sponsored angler…does that mean you can only use Rapala/Storm lures? And if so how does that effect your fishing ?

MB: I concentrate on my sponsors products however always look at those of others.

JC: I’ve used quite a few of the Rapala Trigger X softbaits and there are some great lures in the range..I particularly like the Slop Hoppers for weedless work. However they are pretty hard to get hold of here in the UK, are there any plans to distribute trigger X baits more widely in this country?

MB: Storm have recently invested in new premises and we should see more presence in the soft plastic market.

The Rapala Trigger X Slop Hopper, fantastic when rigged on a big swimsuit hook but not generally available in the UK.

JC: Perch fishing on canals has become the new rock and roll of fishing..take us through your favourite canal perch set up..rid, reel, braid, lures, method the lot !

MB: For perch fishing on a canal I love the shimano diaflash rods paired with a stella or a Stradic 1000 series loaded with bite motion braid usually to 2.74lb aspire fluro on a dropshot rig using VMC Spark Point Hooks

Matt’s fave perch canal lure rod..The Shimano Diaflash

JC: If you could only fish with one Rapala lure and one Storm lure for the rest of your life..what do you choose and why ?

MB: Wow that’s difficult for pike it has to be RIP Shad 8″ in ‘pike’ for Perch it has to be DT6 yellow perch and zander storm pro minnow.

Storm RIP Shad in 'natural pike'

Storm RIP Shad in ‘natural pike’

JC: Ok five quick fire questions that just need one word answers…

JC:  Pike, perch or zander ?…choose your fave.

MB: Perch.

Matt's favourite target species..big perch !

Matt’s favourite target species..big perch !

JC: Drop shot or jigheads for perch ?

MB: Drop shot all the way!

JC: Fave softbait colour ?

MB:  Chartreuse

JC: Fave crank bait colour ?

MB: Easy..Fire Tiger !

JC: Favourite Big Pike Lure ?

MB: Storm giant wide eye curly tail shad

The Storm Wildeye Curl tail..Matt's choice for big pike.

The Storm Wildeye Curl tail..Matt’s choice for big pike.

JC: OK Finally, what would your one piece of advice be to new guys getting into the competition scene ?

MB: Practice, Practice, Practice !

Matt with Team Friendly Fisherman Buddies Andy Mytton and Greg Baffia at the Gunki tournament.

Matt with Team Friendly Fisherman Buddies Andy Mytton and Greg Baffia at the Gunki tournament.

Interview by John Cheyne

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There are few things in life as exciting as a proper “away for a few days” fishing trip. Especially if it involves fishing new places and hopefully catching new species. So I’m up to excitement level 8 at the moment as the days tick down to the start of the Cornish Lure Festival which begins on Friday July 3rd.

Blue skies and blue waters...I can't wait.

Blue skies and blue waters…I can’t wait.

This will be my first time at the Festival which is run by Ben Field at the Art of Fishing and is sponsored by SPRO, so it will be interesting to see how things pan out. This isn’t your usual fishing competition as the main focus is a species hunt and the competitors are spread right across Cornwall ! For full details of how it all works and how you can get involved, take a look at the Festival website.

So to illustrate my excitement, here is my top ten list of things I’m looking forward to.

1) Fishing Buddies. Fishing wouldn’t be fishing if you couldn’t share it with your fishing buddies and my partner in crime for the Festival is John Greenwood, who lives right down near Helston. There’s going to be a whole load of guys I’m hoping we will bump in to along the way though including Adam Kirby, Dan Sissons, Mark Taylor, Danny Parkins, Trev Gunning, Phil Medhurst, Andy Mytton, Ade Walker, John Wheeler and a whole bunch more.

My Fishing Partner for the Festival, John Greenwood, is a confirmed mental caee and regularly catches these things in his crabs pots off the Cornish Coast...that would be fine, except that John doesn't have a boat, so swims out half a mile to empty them and swims back holding a massive crab in each hand !!

My Fishing Partner for the Festival, John Greenwood, is a confirmed mental case and regularly catches these things in his crabs pots off the Cornish Coast…that would be fine, except that John doesn’t have a boat, so swims out half a mile to empty them and swims back holding a massive crab in each hand !!

2) The chance to buy lure fishing stuff ! Ben at The Art of Fishing is offering 20% off all products in the shop for Festival entrants, so it would be rude not to buy some more shiny things.

As a freshwater angler I don’t have any of these cute little metal jigs, so they will be first on my shopping list at Ben’s shop. The above is a 7g Spro Castaway.

3) Pasties…Need I say more.

If just looking at that picture doesn't make you insanely hungry then you are either dead or French (or both).

If just looking at that picture doesn’t make you insanely hungry then you are either dead or French (or both).

4) Ballan Wrasse. My PB lure caught Ballan is a pathetic half pounder, so I’m determined to try to catch a decent big Ballan during the festival. There is a prize for the biggest Wrasse, so who knows I might get lucky !

Lots of celebrities are obsessed by catching Wrasse including TV Gardener Ballan Titmarsh, and Ex England Cricketer Dominic Corkwing.

Lots of celebrities are obsessed by catching Wrasse including TV Gardener Ballan Titmarsh, and Ex England Cricketer Dominic Corkwing.

5) Sleeping in a car. If there is one thing that sums up being on a trip with the lads rather than your wife it is waking up at dawn in the back of a car filled with fishing tackle. Terrible and wonderful all at the same time.

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6) Catching new weird species

I would absolutely love to catch a Dragonet or a cuckoo wrasse or a Garfish or any of the other cool things that swim about in the ocean and don't look like the perch, pike and zander that I usually catch. (the photo is shamelessly nicked from Adam Kirby's Blog because I haven't caught one so don't have a picture !)

I would absolutely love to catch a Dragonet or any of the other cool things that swim about in the ocean that I haven’t caught before and don’t look like the perch, pike and zander that I usually catch. (the photo is shamelessly nicked from Adam Kirby’s Blog because I haven’t caught one so don’t have a picture !)

7) Celebrating the capture of new weird species. It would be very rude not to toast each new species we catch in a local hostelry, thankfully Cornwall is pretty well stocked with Hostelrys.

The very first Cornish pub I ever drank in. Recognise it ?

8) Fishing from the pier for mini-species just like I did when I was a kid. The thing that really got me into fishing in the first place was fishing off the end of the pier for little “Puddlies” (coalfish), “Hornheads” (Scorpionfish) and “Gobbers” (Gobies) in Aberdour in Fife, while on holiday with my family as a kid. We weren’t stupid enough to try to catch them on lures back then, but it will be just like being about 9 years old..can’t wait !

Here is a holiday pic from when I was 10. If you look carefully there is no spool on the reel and I look like I have no idea how to hold a rod. That’s because my dad made me pose for the picture while I was trying to get the line out from behind the non skirted spool on my “Winfield Young Angler” and my dad made me hold the rod that way, because he said it made the picture look better. I got my own back by introducing live limpets to the back of his beige mark II Cortina.

9) Garfish, Cuckoo wrasse and Gurnards. There hasn’t been nearly enough pictures of fish in this top ten so these three count as my favourite sea fish that I actually have caught on a lure.

Caught from the Kayak last year in Cornwall..it will be a bit harder to get one from the shore !!

Caught from the Kayak last year in Cornwall..it will be a bit harder to get one from the shore !!

10) The prize giving. Getting together with everyone who fished the Festival and swapping stories and jokes on the last day should be awesome. Also it will give me a chance to thank Ben for doing the organising. Having organised a few events myself and know how much hard work goes in, so big thanks go to him and Spro the sponsors for making the whole event happen.

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