This month’s newsletter brings the very latest catch reports taken by Pallatrax anglers using Pallatrax baits and news of a new appointment.......Pallatrax is pleased to report that Clint Walker been asked to expand his role within Pallatrax. Since joining the team in early 2011, Clint has had great success with Pallatrax baits and products at a variety of venues across the North West, and has now been offered the opportunity to prepare content for Pallatrax input within both the social media arena and website publishing. Further liaison with other angling websites and ‘hard copy’ publications will ensure that new developments, catch reports and the latest news is immediately available to those who need them.
The Angling Trust's Safety Code for Lone Anglers. Fishing on your own? Be Savvy, Be Safe!
Lots of us enjoy fishing alone, sometimes in remote places. None of us are immune to that unexpected accident that needs medical attention quickly. So...
- Inform someone where you're going, and when you expect to be returning. It doesn't have to be a precise co-ordinate, a general area will do. Same with the timing.
- Always carry a well-charged mobile phone. Check signal availability and strength on arrival. Put it in a waterproof case and then into pocket on the upper half of your body, the better to reach to dial 112 or 999.
- Programme the European emergency services number 112 into your mobile, or memorise it. If you have an accident somewhere outside your mobile network coverage this number will find and use other networks.
- Carry something with you that can use to alert others; a whistle is cheap. A personal/rape alarm can work, too. They're small and cost a bit more.
- Consider carrying an emergency/space blanket. Cold can make shock and pain worse than it need be. They cost and weigh very little. Try a 'Pound Store'.
- Likewise, consider wearing a self-inflating life-jacket when fishing from steep banks, or in darkness. Modern versions are small, lightweight, and inexpensive if you consider what your life is worth!
- If you regularly fish alone in remote areas, a flare or GPS-based satellite location device are recommended. A 'Spot' personal tracking device, or a more expensive electronic personal locator distress beacon (EPIRB) could be useful.
A wet week full of surprises both in the weather with torrential downpours out of the blue, and catches some stunning individual fish again being caught, a bream on Bowes of 11lb 10oz which was covered in tubercles and going into a second spawning this year, a crucian on Lookout of 3lb 14oz an excellent specimen in mint condition, and several good ghosties as well as koi on lookout to 12lb 3oz, whilst on Bowes a 29lb 2oz common as well as a 25lb 15 oz mirror was caught by Edward Wiles from Redcar up on holiday fishing for a couple of days albeit wet ones.
Bassetts has continued its constant performance with a common of 5lb 6oz caught by a first time angler 10yr old George Clowes from Gateshead, as well as constant fish a chuck.
If you have a love of the countryside, or are one of the huntin' shootin' and fishin' fraternity, then the CLA Game Fair is the place for you. This year it was held at Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire, a smashing country pad and well worth a visit in its own right.
The Fair is probably the most prestigious showcase in the country, if not the whole of Europe, for all things country living/sport related. It has more stalls, demonstrations, lectures, displays, discussions and activities related to country living and country sports than you can shake a riding crop at. It they don't sell it, talk about it, show it or discuss it, you can probably get along pretty well without it. I really enjoy going, not least because I get to try out the latest and often the most expensive fishing rods on the market and bag some tuition for free, but also because I get to wrap my sticky mitts around a few choice shotguns and create a bit of smoke and noise in the testing area. Think of it as catharsis with safety issues (a woman on the edge of reason, loaded gun - need I illuminate further?)
Welcome to the first in a series of monthly newsletters from Devon based Pallatrax. Each month will bring catch reports, offers and behind the scenes news for readers to give some insights into the company renowned for the Stonze weights and a host of other innovative bait creations.