- Jul 4, 2019
It's all relative isn't it really to the fish, the tackle and their environment.
When people say small fish don't fight I always say well no they don't much on say a 3-6lb float rod on a 3ft-4ft deep low oxgygen lake. But hook the same fish on 2-4lb float rod in a 5ft plus deep flowing well oxgygenated river and anything over about a quarter pound will put up enough of a fight that you'll have to play it a bit rather than just wind it in. Another example is how you can just wind up 6 mackerel on feathers on a boat rod but 1 mackerel on a spinning rod is like a mini tuna!
It's definitely fun on light tackle.
It was good fun on my Shakespeare 17' rod so can't wait to have a few on the Acolyte. Little Perch especially I find can be dogged fighters and I got loads of those. Like you say, you can't just wind them in.
I also had an old 3m whip I used to use a lot on the canal, nothing wrong with it as nice and soft, I think it was fibreglass and used to bend double with a small fish on. Speaking of which the latest Drennan video is whip fishing on the Thames for Roach, have you seen it, might be of interest?