Shane Pullen is one the UK’s top anglers. An angling journalist and photographer for Sea Angler magazine He has inspired many young people to really get into their fishing through his informative articles. Most happy chasing his favorite quarry cod, he will be fishing all over the UK South coast after bass ray and everything in between remaining devastatingly effective. We were delighted to have some of Shane’s time so here are the questions…
Me: What are your early fishing memories and when were you hooked so to speak?
SP: Yeah from the start! I remember being in a fishing shop and just looking at the reels was fascinating. My earliest memories of fishing I suppose were with my Dad about nine years old. I had an uncle who lived by the sea and from that young age I was just attracted like a magnet to the sea. I remember watching the boats come in, in Dungeness landing cod and I was just amazed by these fish. The bug was alive then and is still going strong today.
Me: What catch has made you most excited at the time?
SP: You see I still get excited about every catch if I’m honest and thats what I love about it. There are many catches that I could say, halibut in Norway, 10lb bass from the beach last year, an 11lber from the boat it’s hard to pick really but if I had to it would be Christmas day 1988, we went to Deal and I had four double figure cod from the beach that was pretty special.
Me: Where do you enjoy fishing most?
SP: The place I enjoy fishing most is Clacton -On- Sea on The Essex coast, It’s not even that near to me but I just love it.
Me: What species have you not caught that you would still love to?
SP: I would love a surprise stingray from the beach, I’ve never really tried for one but it’s one I’d love to catch.
Me: Can you give us your advice for fishing for sole?
SP: Where I live at Gravesend on the Thames , there has always been lots of sole caught in the nets. It’s only really in the last ten years people have been targeting them more with rod and line. The main reason is we have scaled down the tackle, the backbone of the trace is only 10lb with lighter snoods and size 4’s.
Me: Where else in the world would you like to fish?
SP: The only other place that I was mad to fish was Norway and I finally went out last year. Paddy I can honestly say it was spectacular and in the first hour every fish broke my Pb’s from back home!
Me: What advice would you give someone just starting out?
SP: The advice I would give is start fishing a pier and try and get to know the locals who will show you the basics, and learn how to cast properly. In beach fishing being able to cast well is vital. If you are a long caster you can drop short but it doesn’t work the other way round….
Me: What do you enjoy besides fishing?
SP: I enjoy everything I do but of course it’s mostly fishing! Even after a bad day on the beach I’m already looking forward to the next trip.
Me: What are your plans for 2014?
SP: Well I’m back over to Norway in October, and the rest of the time I will be continuing my features for SeaAngler.
Me: Well Shane thanks a million for your time
SP: No problem Paddy