For those of you who don’t know me, my name is Nathan Edgell and I’ve recently been taken on as a consultant for Fladen Fishing which is a great honour and a privilege for someone like myself. At Fladen UK HQ recently I was absolutely blown away by the huge range of products available in every area of angling but what really caught my beady eye was the range of Predator products available, who knew? I for one certainly didn’t and with a background in predator fishing notably Pike I was amazed at the variety and the quality. The days of (and please forgive me Fladen) having just cheap products in the form of small plugs, weird spinners etc. and being totally entrenched in the sea and coastal side of the sport has certainly changed to encompass all forms of angling with great quality gear. Of course it’s my own belief that the more general products still have their place as their slogan states “Anyone Can Fish” and I love that too as that has totally been my experience and anyone who knows me and has seen my gear can testify to this.
However that said it was very refreshing to see a side of Fladen that catered for the more serious anglers and even specimen hunters and therefore I’m hugely proud to be part of their team.
So being the self-confessed pike addict that I am though, I’ve slowly begun to intentionally fish for other predators too as it’s preds that really just do it for me. It’s the savagery, teeth and the shocking brutality of it all that just keeps me going back again and again and I love and live every single moment. So expect to hopefully see more of my ugly mug with fish (fingers crossed), product reviews and accounts of fishing experiences which will include the good, the bad and the ugly of the truly beautiful game that we love.
So to kick off my introduction to the team I’ve written a short product review of the new Fladen “VERMZ” that I’ve been using for the last month or two and my experiences with them.
By now it’s probably safe to assume that “LRF” or “Light Rock Fishing” as it’s commonly known is well and truly on its way if not already firmly in place as a well-established discipline of angling. Quite rightly too in my opinion as it really is great fun and true to form I often arrive on the so called scene late. Perhaps that’s not a bad thing as you can then hopefully learn from others mistakes and just cherry pick the techniques, methods and tactics that work. Sounds good in theory anyway doesn’t it…..
I love lure fishing and it’s a fantastic method for catching fish especially when the angler is constrained by time. I have a family and two children and work long hours so finding the time can sometimes be the hardest part of my fishing and the great thing about lure fishing is the simplicity of it. Just grab a bag with a few bits, the trusty lure rod and a net and you’re fishing. It really is as simple as that and the key to it is mobility. Therefore LRF is a method of catching predatory fish that is right up my street and recently I have been having some great success with the new Fladen Vermz.
Fladen VERMZ are an exciting new product that are imitations of natural worms which look and smell/taste like natural worms but are also boosted with amino acids. The freshwater range includes earthworms and blood worms and the sea range which I’m going to concentrate on here include Sandworms which imitate Lugworms from the Polychaete family.
They taste (and yes I’ve tried them) and look like real sandworms and consequently the majority of fish species love them. They come in different sizes too ranging from 8.5cm -9.5cm although depending on the species you are targeting they can easily be cut down to make smaller sizes and can be used for static or bottom fishing too.
Trying a new method of angling can sometimes can seem like a daunting experience but I have to say I was amazed just how easy it was to get out on our coastline and catch fish with the VERMZ. It really was simple and totally supported Fladen’s slogan that anyone can fish. Armed with some Fladen Jig Heads in various sizes from 1.5 grams – 5 grams and their excellent LRF rod the “Rockbuddy” I was soon catching different species of Wrasse. Very simply I just threaded the VERMZ on to the jig head and opting for the 5 gram heads due to the conditions I just targeted the gullies and rocky areas of our coastline with a simple cast and slow retrieve or used a jigging method under large boulders and ledges. Be prepared to not give them an inch when you hook up though and bully them away from the rocks as they will soon make you regret that you didn’t.
If you’ve never fished for Wrasse then I can’t urge you to have a go strongly enough. They are the dirtiest of fighters and incredibly hard fighting fish that punch well above their weight. Big or small each one is thoroughly enjoyable and the colours and variety in each individual is remarkable.
The Fladen VERMZ are a great product especially for the pleasure angler but also the more serious angler too. They come in a re-sealable packet so they will last for ages and compared to some other brands in my experience are considerably tougher and therefore last longer. Of course the best judge of any artificial is always the fish themselves and it’s safe to say that the Wrasse absolutely love them but don’t take my word for it, why not get out on the coastline this summer and have a go for yourself.
VERMZ can be bought from Amazon or your local Fladen stockist. I still have lots to learn and by no means consider myself an expert at this type of fishing but with VERMZ my experience supports Fladen’s testimony that “Anyone Can Fish” that includes me and of course you!