Contents April 2006



8 News

Yet more commercial catastrophes this month, plus a few up and coming competitions to look out for.


10 Word Up!

Here’s your chance to air your views to the editor and team at TSF.


16 World Class

We’ve pinned down ex World champ and England shore international Steve Allmark for a superb new series. He kicks off by revealing his match-winning scratching secrets.


24 Species Spotlight

It’s time to focus on flounders, with six top tips for catching them.


28 On Your Marks

TSF reader Jimmy Knowles couldn’t catch a cold in the River Mersey, so we sent in two top local shore anglers, Jamie Pickup and Phil House, to sort him out!.


34 Brainstormer

Got a sea fishing related problem? Ask our team a question and they’ll give you an answer!


38 Pier Pressure

Clacton pier in Essex has been providing some of the best cod fishing for many years. Find out how to fish it and what you can expect to catch over the coming months.


44 Record Cod Revisited

TSF steps back in time 40 years with British shore-caught cod record holder Brandon Jones for a session down memory lane!


50 Loch Etive Unlocked

Join Shaun Cumming as he explains the ins and outs of fishing one of his ‘banker’ marks for spurdogs and rays.


56 Team Challenge

Barney Wright steps in for editor Dave Barham this month to join Darren Taylor when they fish a Plymouth 24/7 club match at Slapton Sands.


63 Hitting The Horizon

Check out the latest results and ramblings from the world of tournament casting.


Total Tackle

66 What’s New

Four pages of shore and boat tackle for you to run up your credit card bill on!


72 Dare To Compare

Tripod trouble? Take a look at these nine beauties and see which one the TSF team prefer.


77 Testing Times

Barney Wright gives the new Greys Platinum XS beachcaster a damn good thrashing!


79 Testing Times

Shimano’s latest big boat reel, the Tyrnos 20 II, is going to be a winner. Discover why.


81 Testing Times

The Fladen Maxximus IM8 spinning rod is more powerful than your average lure chucker. That’s why it’s perfect for a multitude of different fishing situations.


71 Testing Times

If quality fixed spool reels at a very reasonable price appeal to you, then you’ll fall in love with the new Grauvell Dakar Z5000.


Total Boat

88 Boat Test

Mike Thrussell puts the 23-foot Jeanneau Merry Fisher 695 through its paces – at 21 knots!


91 Electronics

The Garmin 120 Fishfinder and Lowrance X-110c Enhanced Recording Sonar reviewed for you.


93 Engine Review

The Yamaha F40B 40hp outboard remains one of the best sellers in the size range, and we tell you why.


94 Tide Table

Make sure you plan your session well in advance buy using our tide table.


95 Port Of Call

TSF visits Brighton for some offshore pollack sport, and to see what’s available throughout the angling year.


100 24/7 Diary

Plymouth-based 24/7 Sea Angling Club kick off a new series that gives an insight into the goings on of an active club. No holds barred here!


106 Catch Scene

Find out what’s been caught, where from and how big.




22 Anyfish Anywhere Beachcaster Comp

We’ve got two pairs of the acclaimed 13ft 4in AA Match rods to give away this month!


84 Shimano Tyrnos 30II Giveaway

Four lucky readers will each walk away with one of Shimano’s superb new two-speed Tyrnos 30II boat reels worth £269.99 each!


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