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Thursday is our Big Fish Blog and it’s the turn of Pallatrax, our magazine’s Specimen Cup sponsors. New Team Pallatrax leader Jez Brown wrote this interesting instalment, covering specimen hunting, match fishing and more.

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Pallatrax, sponsors of the Mail’s Specimen Cup, blog in the Big Fish Blog section.



FLOODS followed by cold weather, followed by snow, followed by more floods – come on weather, give us a break!!

Luke Ayling with his grayling

The positive news coming out of Pallatrax continues with major financial investment from O’Neill Modern Media (OMM) being made into the company.

OMM Group founder Mike O’Neill stated, “As a lifelong angler I was aware of Pallatrax, especially their patented Stonze® weights, seriously sharp hooks and high quality baits, and by chance I met Simon Pomeroy the founder of Pallatrax and the man behind Stonze®. I quickly saw there was a serious business opportunity for us and when I see an opportunity that I like the look of and it fits in with the ethos of my companies, then I go for it”.

This is great news and a massive step forward for the brand – keep up to speed on developments on the Pallatrax & Lone Angler Facebook pages.

With February temperatures averaging only 3.3 degrees it has been tough going on most rivers for anglers. This is a big fish blog but that doesn’t mean all the fish are huge, they could just be big for the species as these grayling for team members Ray Pulford and Luke Ayling show – successful tactics were maggots coated in Pallatrax Multi Purpose Powders.

Grayling can provide awesome sport even in the coldest of conditions and if you haven’t fished for these hard fighting fish there is day ticket sport to be had on most rivers where they reside.

Ryan Lippitt has been out chasing the Zander again and the master of the self-take photo has caught some truly stunning fish – Ryan used a prototype Pallatrax hooklink material to land this impressive specimen.


Pallatrax Ryan with this impressive zander

The river’s most famous cold water feeder has to be the chub – they are a very reliable target and our river guys do really well for these with paste and a slightly different tactic.

Here below is me, Jez with a 5lb+ specimen caught on his favourite Elixir 6 paste which is simply ‘bumped’ into the slacks with the paste moulded round the hook. Just cast out into the flow, hold on to the line and let it find its own way into the slack under a tight line and be ready!! This fish was taken first cast and within ten seconds of the bait finding a natural holding spot…


Jez shows off his 5lb+ chub

James Wenglorz is a braver man than me as this Valentine day cold weather carp shows – Pallatrax Crave and Jungle baits did the business – half a boilie of each (christened as ‘Crungle’) did the business and this might catch on as this years must have bait!!


James Wenglorz cradles this stunner on the newly conceived ‘Crungle’

So let’s hope the last couple of weeks of the season prove both mild and productive with the rivers being shut from March 14th.

Hopefully this blog has given you some ideas and its always worth going fishing – just adapt your methods to suit the conditions and try something different, it’s always worth a go…

Good luck out there!



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