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Oldest Nottingham Reel - Antique Nottingham Fishing Reel

Here you can see all the details of some different designs of classic Nottingham reels. These reels were made in late 1800's. The main material to make such a beautiful fly-reel was walnut.  And they used steel as well. Gunstock walnut has been the most preferred material for reel making during classic era.
These were designed in England and for long years they were the most popular reels in USA and around the world.
Antique Nottingham Fishing Reel Made With Walnut

Best Fishing Hooks - A List Of Best Quality Fishing Hooks

A List Best Quality Fishing HooksThere are too many fishing hook brands in the market and a lot of different producers in the world. Especially since 2000's, by the development of technology and computer systems, like all other fishing gears, quality of the hooks have changed, too and today we have really amazing designs and it is easy to find them almost in every shop at the corner or online store.

But some companies developed their engineering and invested more for the quality of materials they use. So most of both professional and amateur fishermen today prefer to pick hooks of only a couple of these big brands. Not only anglers, also biggest lure companies use the most expensive ones, too.

Here are the most preferred fishing hooks in the world.

Origin: England
Types: Mainly for flyfishing. Saltwater and Freshwater flyfishing.
Website: http://www.partridge-of-redditch.co.uk/

Origin: France
Types: Hooks for lures, special fishing baits, treble hooks.
Website: http://www.vmchooks.com/

M-art Kovo
Origin: Czech Republic
Types: Carbon steel hooks. Coarse fishing hooks, flyfishing, carp, double and treble hooks.
Website: http://www.m-artkovo.cz/

Origin: Norway
Types: All types of hooks for saltwater, game fishing, jigging, freshwater, sport and classic.
Website: http://www.mustad.no/

Origin: United States
Types: Bait hooks, sharpest bulk hooks, mainly freshwater.
Website: http://www.ttiblakemore.com/

Origin: Japan
Types: Fly-fishing.
Website: http://www.tiemco.co.jp/

Origin: Japan
Types: Bass hooks, Saltwater, lures, jigging, spinning, treble hooks, freshwater.
Website: http://www.ownerhooks.com/

Origin: Japan
Types: Sport fishing, deep sea fishing, saltwer, freshwater and all kind of designs for professionals and new beginners.
Website: http://www.gamakatsu.com/

Origin: United States
Types: All type of hooks. Double treble, snelled, jigs, rigs.
Website: http://www.eagleclaw.com/

New Lures For Marlin, Dorado and Swordfish

Sailfish are wild and merciless predators. They also like playing games. They are like wild teenagers in the water. So the lures you should use to catch them must be attractively quality. That means, appearance is important but at the same time it has to come with quality. Otherwise these predators will make you lose your time, equipment and patient.

New Lures For Dorado Swordfish Mahi Mahi Barracuda Swordish
Here some of the newest and best quality lures for Dorado, Mahi Mahi, Dolphin, Swordfish and Barracuda . Especially if you are thinking to try your change in southern seas (Around Baja and Gulf of Mexico). They work really good in Pacific and around Caribbean islands as well.

Mr. Daughtery from eastcapeguides.com explains how to use them; colours, wind conditions, sizes of hooks and the skirts and special designs of most sensational billfish lures for exciting adventures.

How to Catch Striped Bass with Alabama Rig

If you have a desire to catch striped bass this winter, try Alabama rig, especially from a kayak, if you have got one. The guy in the video gives us all the best and easy tips on how to use "Alabama rig" or "Yumbrella" for big bass game. He also shows how to use and control it as well. This is not only for just one kind of fish; if you are living in Europe or Russia, you can use this rig and style for perch and other different freshwater predators, too.
catching bass and perch with Alabama rig

Best Fishing Season in Malta

Best Time To Catch Biggest Species in Malta.

Malta is truly a fishing heaven for those who want to catch big fish in Mediterranean Sea. Malta gives all the adrenaline you desire while waiting for a strong bite on your hook. But the question is, when is the best time for such an unforgetable fishing adventure?

Fishing Season in Malta. Best months to catch big fish around Malta

The Season Chart For Big Game Fishing in Malta

Albacore (white meat tuna) - Mid May to Mid July
Amberjack - May to February
Barracuda - Jun to Feb
Bonito - February to October
Dentex - May to February
Dorado (Mahi Mahi) - August to November
Grouper - You can find grouper around Malta whole year. There is no special season for this fish. As long as you know where they could be waiting for your bait, you will bring them on boat in every season.
Red Bream - January to August
Skipjack Tuna (Striped Tuna) - July to December
Spearfish (Mediterranean Spearfish) - October to February
Swordfish - No best time for swordfish. It might be seen around the islands from February to October

Best Bonito Lure For Mediterranean Sea - Abolone Bullet-Head

This is one of the best trolling soft bullet head skirt lure to catch big bonitos, tuna, Atlantic mackerel and also barracuda.
I have tried different colours Abalone Bullet Head and this one is really good for trolling close to shore. Best catches were at 30-40 meters deep waters and usually with sandy bottom. The one in the video was used by a friend in south of Turkey.

He says; it attracts more fish if you speed up at calm water, and get slower at choppy times. Here you can read more about it: The best way to catch Tuna, bonito, Atlantic mackerel, Atlantic bonito.

Best Trolling Lure For Mediterranean Sea

The best way to catch Tuna, bonito, Atlantic mackerel, Atlantic bonito, or just classic big mackerel in Mediterranean Sea is trolling. Even from a small boat and only a few hundred meters away from the coast, you can catch lots of these fishes. But, of course if you use the right lures and rigs.
Many of both amateurs and professional fishermen use feathers and any kind of small lures for bonitos and for tunas they prefer bigger sizes.

For years people around Mediterranean Sea have believed that bullet head skirted lures are for wild open seas, like waters around Australia and USA. But in recent years I witnessed that more and more amateurs trying this kind of items, too. Well, I am one of them. And I am very happy with the results. This 'Abalone Bullet Head' is absolutely amazing for bigger bonitos, tunas and Atlantic mackerels. Yes, especially for bigger ones.
Here the picture of my favourite bullet head Abalone lure for Mediterranean Sea. It is 145mm and it came up without hook and leader. I attached two hooks and 5 meters fluo leader.  And here the video of a big beautiful bonito caught with this trolling skirt https://youtu.be/jJkRBxkpcVk

Best Trolling Lure For Mediterranean Sea. Alabone Bullet Head Skirt Lure

DUO Lure Factory - How They Create DUO Lures

What is the secret of DUO fishing lures? 
DUO Lures are absolutely priceless. But how do they make it? Who is crating all these exceptional lures?
This an inside report from DUO Factory that shows us all the technical part of making worlds best fishing lures.  ( This is beginning of the production;  Here you can see the video of the ending process of each lure)
Duo's Technical Office is an amazing place. It's like an heaven where imagination and creativity meet the hi-tech. These lures are not made for mass sales at the market. So each lure is a treasure. Here we will see how the mold is created, plastic bodies created and data scanned.
Secret of Duo Lures - How They Create DUO Lures

How They Make DUO Lures - DUO Lure Factory

DUO produces some of the world's best fishing lures. But how they make it? How DUO's factory looks like. You can't find these exceptional lures at every fish shop or online fishing store. Because they are not into "mass cheap production". Every lure is hand made. From the design to the finish. They are all carefully crafted, tested and checked again and again. Wherever I travel to, I meet more and more "DUO Lures" ( Designed by Ultimate Organizer )  fans from all around the world. Both freshwater fishermen and saltwater fanatics love these special "things". Absolutely amazing job they do there. You will never miss a trout , a stubborn sea bass, or a wild barracuda, or a fast tuna or even a naughty perch! Let's see an inside report from DUO's factory in Japan.
Most Popular DUO Lures

Slim Thunderstick Lure - How It Works

A perfect lure for long casting. Very effective for both freshwater and saltwater fishing. Made by STORM. Let's see how it swims in the water.
Swimming Depth 0.5-1 m
Weight 7 g
Body Lenght 10 cm

Suspending in freshwater, slow rising in saltwater
Painted in flashy metallic or subtle matte finishes
Long casting
Tight rolling swimming action
Black Nickel VMC hook
Slim Thunderstick Lure

Fishing Rules and Regulations in Greece

If you are going to fish in Greece, at any Greek island, you have to remember these Fishing Rules and Regulations .

#Fishing with a net is forbidden

#Spear fishing is not allowed anywhere in Greece during the month of May

#It is illegal to use spears with any kind of compressed gas, including air and CO2, or any kind of explosive charge

It is illegal to spearfish with any kind of underwater light source such as a flashlight or torch at any time. This includes night fishing and fishing inside caves

#Fishing with explosives is illegal, as is fishing with compressed gas

#There are minimum sizes regarding the capture of many types of fish and of octopus.

You can find information on minimum measurements from the port authorities or on the Ministry of Nautical Affairs website: www.yen.gr
Fishing Rules and Regulations in Greece
Restricted Areas for Amateur Fisherman
Certain smaller islands may be protected or have restrictions in place regarding fishing. Check for signs stating that fishing is prohibited or check with the port authority about local regulations.

You can find more info on How To Get Fishing License In Greece

How To Get Fishing License In Greece

Do I need a fishing license to fish from the shore in Greece?
Do I need fishing license to fish from the boat in Greece?
If you are going to fish from the shore
No licence is needed.

If you are going to fish from the boat
A fishing licence is no longer required in Greece for amateur and recreational fishing from a boat.

License is not a problem in Greece but you have to be very careful about the "Fishing Rules and Regulations in Greece".  Size of the fish you cath and the equipment you use and the location you chose..  Now let's see all these rules on here before you pack your gear up for some fishing adventure in Greece.

Like this guy, you can try heavy casting for Mediterranean snapper and dentex. Click on the photo to watch how he did it.
Do I need a fishing license to fish from the shore in Greece?

When To Use Spoon For Fishing in Rivers and Lakes

Spoons are one the favorites of almost every fisherman. It is really easy to use but, do we really know how to do it more effectively?
Gene Ellison, a professional angler, a pro of Shakespeare US gives us the best tips and tells us the secret techniques about when to use spoons for best result.  Don't forget, when the fish are deep and stacked up tight together, you'll want to use Spoon Bait technique.

Berkley Braid Knot - How To Tie Berkley Knot

Berkley Braid KnotBraided lines has become so popular. So we have to know how to tie it to leaders, lures and hooks. If you are not using traditional monofilament lines any longer, the "Berkley Braid Knot" is one of the best for this kind of material. It was developed to retain good knot strength and to stop braided lines from slipping out of the knot.

How to Catch Pollock with Plastic Lures

Pollock is usually caught in deep waters from the boat. But there are also other ways to fish them without sailing into rough waters. You can go pollock fishing with simple plastic lures and easily cast it from the shore, too. This guy has got a "Jacks Prowling Shad" in his bag. It looks pretty effective and easy to use. And obviously big beautiful pollocks loves it, again, if you know how to use it properly.

Pollock fishing with plastic luresLocation: St. Abb's Head, Berwickshire, Scotland
Rod: Savage Gear Bushwacker 7ft 10-30g
Reel: Shimano Technium 2500 (old one)
Braid: Dual Hardcore x8, 16lb
Leader: 12lb Flourocarbon
Weight: 14g Cone
Hook: Jacks Own 1/0 offset
Lure: Jacks LRF 3.5 inch Prowling Shad

The Strongest Loop Knot - Kreh Loop Knot

This is the strongest "loop knot" for fishing. Most of the anglers use this knot especially for saltwater fishing. But I use it for almost every kind of fishing. For example I always prefer "Kreh Loop Knot" for fly fishing.
The Strongest Loop Knot
It gives freedom to the hook and this is really important especially if your target fish are very shy. And I strongly suggest this loop knot for unweighted rigs to use at the beach or shallow rocky waters. Those rattling fish around the rocks and pebbles love to bite freely falling baits. Try it, you will see how effective it is.

Simple Rock Fishing With Unweighted Drifting Rig

Simple rock fishing is an amazing fun, if you know how to do it properly. Australia is a paradise for rock fishing . It's coasts are just perfect for weekend escapes with a simple rod and a hook. Plenty of fish everywhere and easy to catch. You don't need very expensive and complicated fishing equipment. Leaves the most attractive rules at home. Natural bait and unweighted drifting rig will make your day. Let's see how this Aussie doing it. You will wish you were there.

Catching Giant Trevally in Fiji

16kg Trevally from Fiji. This is Zoheb, he lives in Nadi, Fiji . This guy loves fishing and he always catches big ones. He sent this photo in June 2015. Look at the beauty of  the gigantic trevally. Its 16kg, about 35lbs.  Good catch, well done Zoheb.

Catching Giant Trevally in Fiji

How To Make Fishing Lure From A Coin or Penny

Making spinning lure from a penny is so easy. Let's see this simple instruction to learn how to make one.
Coin Fishing LureThere are millions of different lures for both freshwater and saltwater fishing. Online tackle shops are  bombarding anglers' eyes with many different type of them from all around the world. But you can still make your own special lure from a coin that you keep carrying all the day in your pocket. We all know that sometimes simple and cheap lures work much better than gorgeous looking expensive ones.

Blood Knot - How To Tie Blood Knot

Blood Knot TyingIf you want a very strong knot to tie -especially different size of lines- for all kind of rigs or fly gear or light casting, this is what you exactly need to learn. "Blood Knot" is one of the most difficult looking but actually easiest knot for enthusiastic fisherman. Four words describe is best; smoothness, strength shape and versatility. Just try to do it slowly as it's shown in this video. Once you make it, then you will do it even blindfolded. Here the most detailed instructions for tying a Blood Knot.

Suggested Lures and Flies For Trout

Summer is coming and most of us getting excited for the new trout season. But what lures and flies to choose for succesful catching?
Best Lures and Flies For Trout Fishing
Here we have some tips for you. I strongly suggest you -especially beginners- to listen to this trout Pro.  Also see this: Deadliest Lures For Winter Trout

Saudi Arabia Fish Farms and Cultured Species

Fish Farming Systems in Saudi Arabia

Who would think aquaculture is becoming a populer sector in such a desert country?
Freshwater sources are limited in Saudi Arabia and the main source of water is underground water, which is used both for aquaculture and agriculture. Therefore, freshwater farms are distributed all around the country where source of water is accessible.
The only way to establish a freshwater fish farm is to set up a traditional crop farm with the effluent water being used to irrigate crops. Consequently, fish farming and agricultural activities are joint activities. This system is beneficial for both fish health and agricultural production.
Brackish and marine aquaculture is mainly undertaken in huge shrimp farms using ponds and raceways located along the Red Sea cost.

Cultured species
Many species of freshwater, marine fish, shrimps, shellfish and ornamental fish are suitable for aquaculture activities. These species include:

Mainly the white shrimp, P. indicus, constitute the bulk of the aquaculture production in the country, comprising of about 78 percent of the total aquaculture production in 2004 (Fisheries Statistics, 2008). This species is present in the waters around Saudi Arabia and is tolerant to high water salinity. Because of its capability to breed and grow well in high saline waters, this species was found to be the best shrimp species suitable for aquaculture in the country. There were early attempts to culture P. monodon and P. semisulcatus, but failed due to water salinity issues.

Tilapia Farming in Saudi ArabiaNile tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus) is the main freshwater fish cultured in the country with present production of 2 276 tonnes or about 20 percent of the total aquaculture production in 2004 (Fisheries Statistics, 2006). These are mainly cultured in inland waters, where the freshwater used is also used for agricultural crops irrigation. In the last 10 years, Oreochromis spilurus, a salt tolerant strain of tilapia was introduced from Kenya. This species is now bred and cultured in high saline waters of the Red Sea. The present production of O. spilurus is still very minimal at about 1 percent of the total aquaculture production in 2004 (Fisheries Statistics, 2008).

Other Species 
Other species of fish that have consistently registered an annual production for the last 5-10 years are North Africa catfish (Clarias gariepinus), rabbitfish or siganids (Siganus rivulatus) and flathead grey mullet (Mugil cephalus). The production of these species, however, is still very low.
Source: FAO

Future of Sailing - Flying Catamaran Above The Water

Imagine a boat not sailing on the surface of the ocean, but flies above the water.

A boat that flies above the waterIn the spirit of progression, Roman Hagara and Hans Peter Steinacher have devised a new 6 meter catamaran that is redefining what's possible on the open ocean. It's a vessel that can reach eye-popping speeds of 36 knots while hardly being affected by the ocean conditions. How, you ask? Because it doesn't sail on the surface of the ocean, but uses a hydro-foil to lift the cat above the water and over the chop while still maintaining maximum speeds. So, we'll let you be the judge...is this the future of sailing?

Dark Lures or Bright Lures: What Is The Best Lure For Pike?

Lure Test For Pike Fishing
There are a lot of diffrerent types, colours and sizes of lures for pike fishing. But do we know what actually pike prefers to attack? What is the favourite colour for such a ruthless underwater predator?
Best Lure For PikeMost of us believe that pike loves bright colours. Yes, but not always. Here you can see an amazing underwater test in different water conditions.

Grouper Fishing in Thailand

How To Catch Grouper in Thailand
Catching Grouper in Thailand is a real fun. Thailand might look so far away on the map (We usually go around Mediterranean to find these crazy bulls of the seas) but if you ever visit there, find some local fishing shops for special grouper lures and have a walk around harbours. You will definitely catch some. 
Grouper Fishing in Thailand

Let's see how these Thaispinners find their way for beautiful groupers.  More for GG fans: Grouper Rig - Hooks and Weights

Carp Fishing in Lillybelle

Carp Fishing in LillybelleLillybelle is a 5.5 acre carp lake created by carp anglers and opened in Spring 2015. Lillybelle is in France, located in the Mayenne region close to the village of St Michel et Chanveaux.
See those happy angerls who are enjoying big catches at a beautiful lanscape.

How to Make Bottle Cap Fishing Lure

Bottle caps are very useful items to create amazing fishing lures.
We all like drinking beer or coke, right? Let's save the caps and see how we can make lures.
Bottle Cap Fishing LureIt is really so easy and takes only couple of minutes. Personally, I have tried my "bottle cap lures" in different waters. It attracts every kind of fish that you usually catch with those expensives ones. Now, let's learn how to do it.

Catching Bluefish on Popper Lure

Blufefish Attack on Popper LureHave you ever caught a bluefish on a popper? This is how a bluefish aggressively attacks on popper. What a joy! This creature is a true fighter. Not an easy catch if you are inexperinced. You can find them in and around almost every harbour around Mediterranean

Sea. Wake up early, walk down to the nearest harbour,  you will see them chasing minnows. I suggest you to use slim and shiny lures or poppers as you see here.

Deadliest Lures For Winter Trout - Best Lures For Trout Fishing In Winter

Some people say fishing in the cold days of winter is not easy and they wait for the warm summer days. Wrong!
Look at these lures and listen to the guy. These are the best 5 deadliest lures for "winter trout"

Heavy Casting For Mediterranean Snapper and Dentex

Every angler who lives around Mediterranean Sea dreams to catch a giant dentex or big snappers. These fish are so strong and you feel their awesome strength when you get the first bite. Heavy casting from the beach is not easy.

Mediterranean SnapperSo most of  the anglers try catch big snappers and dentex from the boat in deep waters, but this guy knows how to catch these beautiful creatures from the beach.
They also taste so good. Dentex is my favourite fish to grill. And the snapper is best in foil with veggies.

Adult dentex can reach a length of 1 metre (3 ft), and weight up to 16 kg (35 lb). Body is oval and compressed. While young dentex are brown-blue with blue fins, adults are grey-blue. And usually found in shallow water less than 50 m deep.

Rock Fishing in Corsica - How to Catch Big Rock Fish in Corsica

Shores of Corsica are full of big "rock fishes" and if you know what lures and bait to use, you will never return home with an empty bag.

Mediterranean Sea is a paradise for rock fishing. And anglers in Corsica is enjoying this opportunity. As you are going to see in this video, landing really huge rock fish in Corsica is a real fun and exciting adventure.

Sargos Addiction - Deadly Passion For White Seabream

Once Sargos, Always Sargos.
White Seabream FishingIt's called "White Seabr, eam" in English. This fish can cause 'addiction"
Watch these guys, in Azores, they put their life in danger to catch this gorgeous fish.

Believe me, if you ever catch a sargos once, you will never forget it.
I go all around the world for fishing and I get many different species but, at the end, I always go to my beloved Sargos. It's the best!

Davy Knot and Double Davy Knot - Detailed Instructions

Davy Fishing KnotIf you are looking for a very easy and super strong fishing knot, here I have one of the best knots for you. Especially fly fishing enthusiasts and spinners will love it.
If you like fishing with small lures and hooks this know will help you a lot. Let's see how to tie the Davy Knot and the Double Davy Knot.
Knots Hooks and Weights For Grouper Fishing

Palomar Knot For Looped Eye Hooks

Fishing Rig For Grouper - Knots Hooks and Weights For Grouper Fishing

Catching a big grouper is every fisherman's dream. And it actually is not that difficult. If you have the right rig, if you go to right place at the right time and of course with a good bait, you will definitely catch a beautiful grouper. The rig here you will see how to make is very common all around the world. I, personally tried it in several different places  and it always worked.
A Perfect Rig For Grouper
So, how to make a perfect grouper fishing rig? Here the answer. It really is easy and everybody can do it.

Double Twisted Dropper Loop Knot

One of the worst headache for an amateur is tangling leader when you are about to catch some big fish.
This "Double Twisted Dropper Loop Fishing Knot' is the only solution. Easy, quick, solid, works perfectly. And this fishing knot will stand up 90 degree even when wet.

Cancun Fishing Calendar

What fish to catch in Cancun during winter and summer.
Cancun area is a very popular fishing destination especially for amateurs as well as professional masters of big game fish. If you too are thinking to travel to Cancun, Mexico for fishing, check this calendar out.
Cancun Fishing Calendar

From January through August - Tuna, Sailfish, Wahoo, Snapper, Dorado, Grpuper
Year Around - Barracuda, Amberjack, Marlin, Bonito, Mackeral, Shark.


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ZANDERLAND - Tampere Fishing Guide

Fishing grounds and services in the Tampere Region Finland.

The Tampere Region, located in the western part of the Finnish Lake District, is ideal for anglers. After all, as much as 14 % of our region’s total area is covered by water, thus offering you endless opportunities to engage in different forms of fishing all year round.
Tampere Fishing Guide
Stocks of zander have strengthened in most large lakes since a slight decline at the turn of the millennium. At present, it is not impossible to catch a big zander. As long as conditions and the choice of lure hit the mark, the silence may not only be disturbed by the diver’s cry but also by the loud buzz of the brake on your multiplier! Visit - www.zanderland.fi

Palomar Knot For Looped Eye Hooks

This is "Palomar Knot".One of the strongest knots for looped hookes.
A very simple knot but truly strong and makes the fisherman feels he is in safe hands while fishing.
Let's see how experienced fingers doing it easily. After watching the video, I am sure you will do it at first go without a help.