Swanage Classic 2016
21st May 2016, pop the date in your diary, make sure you can get the time off work if you are a weekend or shift worker. For the second year running Hobie will be sponsoring the Swanage Classic along with Raymarine UK and hopefully a few more companies will join in along the way.
The format won't be changing, the rules will remain pretty much the same as last year. If you want to get on the winners podium best start getting to know the venue, how it has fished in previous years and where the main holding grounds for the species are. There are plenty of fish in the bay with up to 21 species caught overall in previous years.
Hold fire on booking any camping, we are looking at different venues this year and hope to create a more sociable environment for all that attend, will keep you posted when we have more to tell.
AnglersAfloat Annual Species Hunt.
Members of the forum may have noticed that David Blair has kindly decided to run an Annual Species Hunt on the AnglersAfloat Forum, this is for members only and will be run on the forum, where you can check out the rules, who's entered and even organise and enter yourself and a few mates in as a team.
At this stage its all for a bit of fun and banter, but David thinks he might be able to get some prizes together if enough competitors.
Landing Net Review
I’m always amazed at how few anglers take a landing net with them when tournament fishing, I wouldn’t be without one… last year I lost two fish when competing, both times I could have upgraded the fish in the bag, but was busy filming and not thinking about the size of the fish I was playing, both were in the water to long and escaped whilst I adjusted the angle of the camera. One of the fish may have got me a 10th place rather than 12th, and onto the prize
table, should have had my game face on! - More
An old Palm favourite
For the past season I have been wearing the new Palm Ion bib and brace under my tournament shirts. I used the old Sidewinder bib & brace some years ago and always loved the comfort that they gave me out on the water.
The new Ion is available in two colours, Saffron and Jet Grey, I went for the Jet Grey it doesn't show the dirt so easily and a lot of my launches involve mud!
An important factor when choosing paddle trousers for me is that they have a high back, water creeps up external clothing and you can soon end up with a damp back, the high back on the Ion keeps my back nicely warm and dry. and with a breatable mesh I don't cook when the sun comes out.
The only thing I would change is the braces, I would permanently attach to the back rather than the front, I'd find it much easier to put them on.
I will be continuing to wear the Ion for as long as I can before I have to get back into my drysuit.
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