We are very, very pleased to announce another new addition to the team. This guy specialises at the lighter end of the lure game, fishing almost exclusively with LRF and HRF techniques and tackle, breaking down the divide between salt and fresh water, this is very exciting for us and hopefully for you too!
We would like to introduce Jake Schogler:
Jake has been fishing light lures since the age of 8 and has a passion for it that is insatiable.
We are really happy that Jake has decided to join the team and really look forward to working alongside him.
We asked Jake to give us a few words about himself, this is what he had to say:
“Ever since I was a little boy I have always had a fascination with fish and fishing. I was born in Scunthorpe and moved to Dunbar in Scotland when I was 5 years old. We lived right on the rocky beach and I spent every day finding fish in the rock pools and fishing in the harbour with my wee hand line. When I was 8 I got my first spinning rod and my love affair with lure fishing began.
When I was 16 my first job was in a tackle shop, Forrest and Sons in Kelso, I don’t remember doing much work but I sure did a lot of fishing! A couple of years later I was working in another fishing tackle shop selling antique tackle where it was my job to catalogue and describe antique lures. This also gave me access to American fishing tackle. I spent most of my wages getting mail order lures from the U.S.A and I began to use them for Pollock, Perch, Pike and Sea Bass. In the intervening years I fished all over the country Course, Game and Sea and then progressed to Europe chasing Largemouth Bass in France, Spain and Cyprus. Apart from carp all of my big fish had fallen to lures of one type or another and I was always interested in the more finesse styles of fishing.
4 years ago I discovered The Rockfish Files, an online magazine detailing a new style of finesse fishing in the sea, Light Rock Fishing. This little gem of a book put together by the Jersey Bass guides was inspirational, the refined tackle, the techniques, It was like they took what I was already doing and refined it to a point where my 1-10gram rod and 10lb braid set up seemed heavy!
I ordered my first LRF rod and the rest as they say is History!
Over the past 4 years I have been involved in a thriving online community writing and blogging about the fun and ultimately extremely successful branch of the sport.
I have caught an incredible array of species with this style as well as many specimen sized fish, developing new techniques and a new understanding of just how predatory many of our UK species are.
I am very excited to be working with HTO a company dedicated to British lure fishing, together we have the chance to use and develop tackle for our very own British light game species. It promises to be an incredible adventure ,I can’t wait to get started!”
And we can't either Jake!! Great to have you on board and welcome!
If you would like to catch up on some of Jake's previous exploits then please check his blog here…