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Articles by Russ Symons

Russ Symons

Russ Symons has been an angling Photographer/Writer for over thirty years, the last twelve of which, writing about and photographing the sea and its fish being his full time occupation.

Progressing from a black and white darkroom in the attic of his Plymouth home, to the exacting colour requirements of today’s highly professional angling press, the evolution of electronic imagery is the latest challenge in his quest to bring the best of angling images and words to the pages and screens of anglers from around the world. Often, to get the fish necessary to make an article or photograph, he has had to catch the fish himself, resulting in two I.G.F.A World Records for Pollack and the first Gold Medal for a Conger Eel over 80 pounds ever awarded by the British Conger Club. Other European Line Class Records for Ling, Plaice, Blue Shark all hang on his office wall as a testimony to the sea time he has put in.

A Westcountryman through and through, it would be wrong to write a reprise of Russ’s angling career like this without mentioning the fact that Fly fishing for Trout(and Bass, Pollack, Mullet and anything else with scales on its back) is the fishing which has run in parallel with his Sea fishing. When it has been too rough to go deep, a #5 weight fly rod on one of Dartmoor’s streams or stillwaters has kept him fishing and his camera’s clicking.



Popping the Darkness?

Russ goes treading the sands at pre-light with a lure rod.

Rigging for the Deep Blue.

Lighten up!

The Plaice are with us!

The fish are in early on the Skerries

SEAWEEK: Spinning Rig - RUSS SYMONS

How to add distance to your lure casting

SEAWEEK: Rig for Conger - RUSS SYMONS

How to make and present a conger eel rig.

SEAWEEK: Watchlead Rig - RUSS SYMONS

Russ describes a traditional rig for Plaice

Floundering About !

Russ tells the secrets of how to tackle the really big flounder that are just coming into season down his way…

General Purpose Bottom Bumper - RUSS SYMONS

Russ describes an excellent basic boat rig for bottom fishing.

SEAWEEK: A Simple Bass Rig

How to put together a simple boatfishing rig which is proven to take bass

SEAWEEK: Bagged up Mackerel feathers

A simple storage idea which makes sense

SEAWEEK: Pollack Rig - RUSS SYMONS

A pollack rig and a history lesson

SEAWEEK: Autumn Tactics

Shads and pirk time

SEAWEEK: Superbraid Shockleader

Superbraid shock horror!

SEAWEEK: BrightLine - RUSS SYMONS

Brightly coloured line is worth looking at

Winter on the Wrecks

Be ready to go as soon as a window appears..

SEAWEEK: Mouldy Handles

Making moulds

SEAWEEK: Sounding out

Sounder advice!

SEAWEEK: Floundering About

flounder time

SEAWEEK: Rockhoppers

Time to change baits.

Fishing Frontiers Part 2….

Russ chases sailfish and trevally off the southern tip of Africa



 

 



 
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