Icelandic Days October 2009

by David Proudfoot

Reykjavik based sea angling guide Steve Mason from Icelandic Fishing Adventures decided to take advantage of the excellent October weather and hit a local shore mark with regular companion Nick Sparkes. An hours stop at the beach saw a couple of hundred lugworm in the coolbox together with blueys, mackerel and squid.

The guys both favour Century rods for the rock fishing, the TT match for Steve and the Compressor Sport for Nick. The rods were matched up with a Penn 525 Mag Extra and a Diawa Slosh 20 respectively.

Tackle, as usual for these water was kept simple with the two mates alternating between two hook flappers, a single hook clipped rig and a clipped wishbone rig. Hook sizes varied between size 1 and 1/0, with Mustad Vikings being the preferred pattern.

The session started two hours after low water and finished fours later when high water was reached. The fish played their part on a gloriously sunny day with action non-stop from the first to last casts.

Cod to 4lb together with lots of chunky haddock around the three pound mark made up the bulk of the catch. Some of the enormous Icelandic dabs found their way to the varied baits as did excellent quality whiting weighing over 2lb.

As well as taking direct bookings Steve has now signed up with Angler’s World to provide holidays which give access to some of the best shore fishing in the northern hemisphere.

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