As the daily temperatures continue to rise I personally find it uncomfortable fishing in the daytime heat at this time of year. Standing fishing in one hundred plus degrees is not only bad for you it is not good for your fishing equipment either. I have even had rod tip rings come off due to the glue holding them on to the rod section melting. This is not a manufacturing problem, just due to the fact that the rods are being exposed to ultra high temperatures for excessive periods. So instead, think about early morning or later at night, these are always the best times to fish in summer anyhow. There is also the advantage of there being fewer people around. The main beaches are obviously not suitable to fish from at this time of year anyway as the tourist season is in full swing and it would be a dangerous practice to fish in these areas. Try instead spinning early morning off rocks with either an acrylic sand eel or small weighted lure. I have been pleasantly surprised how much activity there is at this time of day. Find some deeper water off rocks. This will mean travelling off the beaten track a little.
The wonderful thing about this form of fishing is that you do not need loads of tackle with you - a light telescopic rod and reel, small tackle bag over your shoulder and off you go. Take a selection of lures - remember always experiment - what works one day may draw a complete blank the next. My favourites are either a Minnow 4.5 centimetres 3 gram lure or for Lubina a 4 centimetre acrylic sand eel. These can be cast out using either a bubble float filled with water or a 20 gram anti kink weight for more depth. A metre trace from the weight or float is ideal for most circumstances. Obviously if it is rough weather then maybe a shorter length would be more suitable. The fish usually attack from below so if the sky is bright and the water clear, which most of the time the Mediterranean is, then use a darker coloured lure. If the sky is cloudy or it is dark then use a lighter coloured lure with attractive colours to attract the fish.
The sand eel I find best is speckled silver with red flashes, imitating an injured fish and the action of these in the water when being retrieved is very realistic, weaving from side to side. This attracts any predator fish to chase and attack. When you have chosen a suitable place cast out in a fan pattern so you are covering as much water area as possible. The retrieve can be fast or slow. There has been a lot of discussion on the subject of how fast to make the retrieval but in my experience it does not seem to matter, I have caught using varying speeds. It is all down to the fact that if the fish can see the lure and it wants it then it will chase it. If you have no success at your chosen location then walk along the rocks continuing the fan pattern as you go, covering as much distance as you are comfortable with. This is after all meant to be for our enjoyment. Please remember to take a cool drink with you and as always when fishing off rocks remember that they can be very slippery so wear sensible footwear even though it is warm. Also if you are alone have a mobile phone with you or at the very least tell someone roughly where you are going before leaving home.
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