Friday, May 16, 2014

Single Hooks on Hardbaits

Single Hooks on Hardbaits

I've been wanting to write something on using single hooks on hardbaits for sometime now but decided to wait until I could gain some experience first. I have been using single hooks on all my lures now for more than two years and so I would like to share with you what I have learned.
First though I would like to clarify what I mean by hardbaits. Folks tend to use different names for the same thing depending on where they live or come from. Brits generally refers to hardbaits as plugs or hardlures, our American cousins have all sorts of subdivisions - stickbaits, jerkbaits, twitchbaits, slashbaits, wakebaits, minnows, shads - the list seems endless. I will lump them all together, including poppers and walk-the-dog lures, as simply referring to them as hardbaits or the more generic term: lures.

The idea behind replacing treble hooks with single ones stems from two main concerns: one is making the lure less likely to snag and the other is causing the least amount of damage to the fish. 'Catch and Release' is gaining popularity and so it makes sense to return the fish in as a healthy condition as possible. How many times have you hooked a fish and the second (or third) treble has embedded itself in the fish's body, head or even its eye?
Fish are not the only ones to suffer injuries from treble hooks - how many times have you heard stories from fellow anglers about a struggling fish and the extra treble hooking them? Another frustrating situation is using a landing net to lift the fish out of the water then trying to remove the hooks both from the fish and the landing net - you manage to get the hook out of the fish and then the one out from the landing net only to have the free treble get caught in the net!

Treble in My Finger

Treble in My Finger

I have lost quite a few lures to the rocks and reefs. Shore fishing here in Israel is mostly over very rough shallow ground and even shallow runners like the Tackle House Feed Shallow get snagged. It is no fun loosing expensive lures! Single lures go a long way in helping to keep your lure from getting snagged. I regularly fish with my friend Omer who still uses trebles and he manages to snag his lures at least a couple of times every session. He is quite intrepid and not afraid to wade out over the submerged reefs to try, mostly successfully, to unsnag his lure. I, on the other hand, very rarely get my lures snagged.

A Selection of Lures that I have Replaced their Treble Hooks with Single Hooks

A Selection of Lures that I have Replaced their Treble Hooks with Single Hooks

My favorite hooks are the 'Decoy Pluggin' Single 27' they make them in a wide range of sizes and are definitely good quality hooks. Ones to avoid are the 'Gamakatsu Saltwater Plugging 53 Salt'; they come with something they call 'Hyper Shield' but I have only had bad experience with them. Although they are marketed specifically for saltwater the majority that I have used turn black on their first session and rust very quickly. However the 'Gamakatsu Seabass 56' withstands saltwater just fine and I haven't as yet noticed any signs of rust at all.

Some of the available single hooks for lures

Some of the Available Single Hooks for Lures

Rusty Gamakatsu 53 Salt Hooks

Rusty Gamakatsu 53 Salt Hooks (the one on the right is a new unused one)

I do have a few lures with VMC Siwash Saltwater hooks (open eyed hooks that you close with pliers) replacing the tail treble. I did try them as belly hooks but they don't have the free movement that regular single lure hooks have which are mounted using the original split ring (you can't really mount a siwash with a split ring as they will point to the side rather in a vertical orientation).
I ought to point out here that single lure hooks have a larger eyes to fit over the lure's split rings and are offset so that it will hang straight rather to the left or right. Siwash hooks on the other hand have the eye as a regular hook does since you don't need to use a split ring.

Siwash Hook

Siwash Hook

I've been using single hooks on all my lures, hardbaits, spoons and casting jigs for a couple of years now and although I haven't caught tons of fish I have caught enough to be able to say that single hooks, for me anyway, are a much better choice than trebles - both for me and for the fish.
As a rule of thumb the tail hook should always be mounted facing upwards. It just makes sense that way; the belly hook[s] are a bit of a different story however as how you mount them will depend on what you want. If you have more confidence that you will get more hookups having the hooks facing downwards then by all means mount them that way; if however you are fishing over rough ground, where you are afraid that your lure will get snagged, then mount them facing upwards - you will still catch fish on them.

Worth noting is that for some reason the VMC siwash hook sizes seem to have a size rating of their very own. I have, as you can see from the photo below, a packet of #1 VMC Siwash Saltwater Hooks; however if I put them next to a comparative sized Decoy hook then it is actually a size #2/0 rather than the stated size #1 - go figure!

Hook Sizes

With regards to which hook size to use as a replacement for the original trebles, a good starting place is to check the size of the single hook against the original treble hook. You can do this by simply placing the single hook over the treble hook and check that the distance between the hook point and the shank of the single hook is the same as the overall width of the treble hook; although most times a size smaller is preferred.
After mounting the single hooks check that the can't get hung up on each other not that they can swing up and get stuck on the top (back) of the lure. Sometimes lures, especially 'saltwater' versions, come with larger treble hooks than their freshwater counterparts, and using the above method for checking which single hook size will result in a size, or even two, too big. Don't be afraid to downsize - especially on the belly hook. You can keep the larger single hook on the tail if you want to; just make sure that the hooks won't get hung up on each other. At the end of this post there is a chart listing several popular hardbaits with their suggested single hook sizes.

Below are some photos of a Rapala Saltwater X-Rap 10 with its original size #3 trebles (the freshwater version uses a #4 & and a #5) and #3/0 singles - which are obviously too big. The correct size replacement single hooks for the X-Rap 10 are in actual fact two #2/0's but you can even use #1/0's if you are targeting smaller species.

Measuring Replacement Single Hooks

Measuring Replacement Single Hooks

Single Hooks that are too Big

Single Hooks that are too Big

Single Hooks that are too Big

Correct Sized Single Hooks

Correct Sized Single Hooks

Some Misconceptions

There is a misconception that a treble hook will give a better hookset than a single hook simply by the fact that a treble has three hook points whereas a single hook, by its very nature of only have the one point, has a lesser chance of hooking the fish.
Actually the physics tell a different story. By way of an illustration let's suppose that you have a piece of wood in which you have slightly embedded (to stop them falling over) three nails close enough to each other so that a single hammer blow would strike all three at the same time. Then let's suppose that there is a single nail also slightly embedded in the same piece of wood. Which would take the least amount of effort to drive into the wood - the three nails or the single nail? Of course the answer is the single nail. The same is true for hooks - a single hook will penetrate a fish's mouth (especially a hard bony mouth - think of most mid-water predators) easier than a treble of the same overall size.
Another misconception is that a treble, when embedded in a fish's mouth, will give a more secure hookup than a comparatively sized single.
Have a look at the photo below, which shows a saltwater X-Rap 10, its original treble and the replacement singles, and it is pretty obvious that the single has a wider gape and is constructed from heavier gauge wire than the original treble. This means that the single will have a better, stronger hold on a fighting, thrashing fish than the weaker treble which, I'm sure you have heard from other, if not from personal experience, can even straighten out with the resulting loss of a fish of a lifetime.

Gape Comparison

Gape Comparison

The Jokers in the Pack

Suspending Lures

It might not be so obvious but switching to single hooks will affect the buoyancy of your suspending lures and they will probably need some of those Storm Suspendots™ to restore the lure's ability to suspend. Do remember though that to successfully get a lure to suspend at any given depth will depend upon at least two important factors: the salinity and temperature of the water.

Lures That Don't Like Single Hooks

Another point worth mentioning, and it is something that I have only recently become aware of, and that is that not all lures will swim properly with single hooks.
First of all, for the record, out of all the lures that I have (more than my wife knows) - minnows, poppers, walk-the-dogs etc. I have only come across one that will just not swim properly without its original treble hooks and that is the Tackle House Feed Shallow 105. Its older sibling, the 128 swims just fine with singles but the 105 won't! It turns on its side, wallows and just plain simply looks like a piece of towed drift wood. Put its original trebles back on (which presumably imparts enough drag to give it its swimming characteristics) and it transforms immediately into a bass killer!

Since one of my reasons for using single hooks is out of concern for the welfare of the fish that I catch I have crimped the barbs on the treble hooks of the Feed Shallow 105 since I can't use single on this particular lure.

Feed Shallow 105 with crimped treble hooks

Feed Shallow 105 with crimped treble hooks

Actually, crimping the barbs on hooks, whether single or treble, is a good idea; it is better for the fish but it is also good for you - if you do manage to fishhook yourself it is easy to remove the hook; it is also easy to remove hooks that have got themselves caught up in a landing net after having successfully landed your fish.

Crimping the Barbs on Treble Hooks

Crimping the Barbs on Treble Hooks

Popular Hardbaits and their Suggested Single Hook Sizes
Manufacturer's NameCode NameSize & Number of Hooks
The above are suggestions only and can be varied depending on circumstances
DaiwaSaltiga Minnow SAM14#1 x 3
DaiwaSaltiga Minnow SAM12#1/0 x 2
HalcoRoosta Popper 80#1/0 x 2
ImaHound 125F Glide#1 x 3
ImaHound 100F Sonic#1/0 x 2
ImaNabarone#1 x 3
ImaSalt Skimmer#1 x 2
ImaSasuke SF-95#2 x 2
Lucky CraftGunfish 95#1 x 2
Lucky CraftGunfish 65#6 x 2
MegabassX-140SW#2 x 3
MegabassX-120SW#2 x 3
RapalaMaxRap 17#1/0 x 3
RapalaMaxRap 15#1 x 3
RapalaMaxRap 13#1 x 3
RapalaMaxRap 11#2 x 2
RapalaX-Rap 10#2/0 x 2
StormChug Bug 11#3/0 x 2
StormChug Bug 08#2 x 2
SebileSplasher 90#2/0 x 2
ShimanoExsense Silent Assassin 129#1 x 3
Tackle HouseFeed Shallow 128#1 x 3
XorusPatchinko II#2/0 x 2
XorusPatchinko 100#4 x 2

Tight lines!

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Summer Musings

Summer Musings

The fishing slows down a bit here in Israel during the summer months. The bigger fish move further out to deeper waters and the waves seem to be mostly higher, coupled with something I've never noticed before - that the sea level is higher too (only about 30cm) but all together it makes it a bit difficult to get out onto our favorite reefs.
Of course there are other spots to fish from and since the main target species have mostly moved out to sea, it offers a chance to change tactics and downsize for the smaller species.
I did have some fun and managed to catch a couple of small barracuda - one on an Ima Duo Nabarone that I found washed up on the beach which I cleaned up and repainted (nothing fancy just some dull green and purple auto spray - which just goes to show that a lure doesn't have to be all fancy and shiny!) The other on a Savage Gear Pencil Prey 80, which I switched to standard treble for a single hook.
The Pencil Prey is a slow sinking plastic lure and I was a bit wary of it getting snagged easily on our shallow reefs so after rigging it with a single hook I found a nice long rocky stretch of calm water between the beach and the reefs and proceeded to work it over and around the rocks - even allowing it to settle on the bottom a number of times to try and get it snagged. It worked great! Not once did it snag and it gave me a real confidence boost in fishing it over our 'lure graveyard' reefs. Not only is it a lure with a great action (you can work it several ways) it is now pretty well snag proof.

Barracuda on a repainted Ima Duo Nabarone

Barracuda on a Repainted Ima Duo Nabarone

Barracuda on a Pencil Prey 80

Barracuda on a Pencil Prey 80

So with changing tactics a bit I set of one morning at the beginning of August with my light gear (a Maya Feather, 3-15g; Shimano Aernos XT C3000 loaded with 8lb white PowerPro and a selection of small lures.
Having arrived at the Poleg beach half and hour or so before first light, I started with a small Gunfish topwater and then as the light levels started to increase, and I could make out the reefs (I'm still getting to know the southern end of the Poleg beach) I switched a few medium sized lures a few times as I made my way across the various reef formations gradually working my way further south.

Nothing doing! So I get out a Rapala Ultra Light Minnow 04 and cast it over the edge of the shallow reef and immediately I had strikes but no hookups. I changed locations to a rocky inlet and caught my first of 3 small sea bream. I then switched to some very small soft plastic grubs and again lots of hits but no hookups - these little pesky fish even bit the tails off of 2 of the grubs! Then I had the second of the sea bream with it engulfing the grub completely in its mouth.

Small sea bream on a soft plastic grub

Small Sea Bream on a Soft Plastic Grub

After having some fun with the grubs I moved back up the beach and switched to a small (3.5g) kastmaster type lure and, like the grubs before, I was have lots of hits but only after several casts did I actually manage to hook a fish. I say a fish because I really don't what it was. It was small full bodied, whitish sides with a pale green back. I did take a photo but it didn't come out at all well :-(
I then switched to a BlueBlue Mini SeaRide in pink and fished it over a small section of the beach where the sea had carved out a large area between 2 stretches of reef. The water was only about 1 meter deep but on every cast I could see (polarized sun glasses are great) several small fish hitting it on every cast. This was just before 10am and I was getting ready to call it a day (the sun was getting really quite hot I didn't bring any sun screen with me). There was an older lady stretching herself out in the water where I was fishing so I was careful where I was casting. She didn't stay long so I made a good long cast (the SeaRide casts a mile!) and started to work to lure with a twitch and sink and draw and had a good take with a small sea bass hooked nicely on the assist hook.

Small sea bass on a BlueBlue Mini SeaRide

Small Sea Bass on a BlueBlue Mini SeaRide

I had a great time that day with 7 small fish all released and I attained some more knowledge and experience :-)
I am using single hooks on all my lures now and haven't lost a single fish but have gained from better hooksets, less damage to the fish and, mostly for me, more confidence in fishing over really rough ground knowing that these single hook lures don't snag very easily at all!

Now I'm looking forward to the end of the summer when things start to cool down a bit and the bluefish and bigger sea bass start to show up.

Tight lines!

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Blue Runners in the Morning

Blue Runners in the Morning

So after quite a while of not catching anything (but still enjoying the time spent) I arranged with a friend to go to Herzlia marina early one Saturday morning and fish from the breakwater there.
We got to the breakwater about an hour before first light and made our way down the rocks to the water's edge. We tried poppers, pencils and minnows but nothing until just after 6am when it was already quite light, just before the sun started to rise over the top of the breakater.
I had already clipped on a Rapala X-Rap 10, after trying a small Halco Roosta popper, and after a few cast I had a fish on.

I wasn't expecting to see a small blue runner as I thought the X-Rap was too big for them but here it was, firmly hooked in the mouth. At exactly the same moment another angler fishing next to us also had one but his was on a small Kastmaster type lure. Then Omer switched his minnow for an 11g Thomson Nordic Herring (a small metal casting jig) and almost immediately was into his first of five blue runners. I switched to a 22g original Abu Krill (the new Abu Garcia ones tend to rust quite quickly in salt water) and was soon into another blue runner.

Abu Krill and Nordic Herring photo herring-krill_zps6a37a3a6.jpg

An original Abu Krill and a Nordic Herring

Over the next half an hour or forty minutes we had 9 blue runners between us and, although not that big, were enough for the frying pan and a spicy sauce. I usually practice catch and release but the blue runners are abundant at this time of year and so a few for the table won't have any adverse affect on their population.

Blue runners photo small_bluerunners_zps549409fb.jpg

Cleaning the fish before heading home

Cleaning the fish before heading home

By way of interest, the X-Rap was rigged with two Gamakatsu single lure hooks and the first blue runner had the belly hook firmly embedded in its mouth. I mention this as the belly hook was rigged facing upwards, to reduce snagging on shallow reefs, and I wasn't sure if it would allow a good hookset - that first blue runner gave me confidence to continue rigging them facing upwards!

Modified X-Rap 10 photo modified_x-rap_zps65ba273d.jpg

A modified X-Rap with upward facing single hooks

We did try again for blue runners on a couple of consecutive Saturday mornings but we didn't hit any more shoals like that first time. No reason to give up though especially when there are reports in the Israel Fishing Forum of others at differing locations having good success.

Tight lines!

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Major Craft Solpara - a bargain

Major Craft Solpara - a bargain

About a year ago I bought a Major Craft Solpara SPS-902ML spinning rod. It is a fine rod and built using good quality Fuji fittings throughout.
This particular model, with a length of 2.74m will cast lures from 10-30g and handle line between 8-14lb. It is well balanced and is one of my favorite rods.

So, over the last little while I've been thinking about getting another one but one that would cover heavier lures for longer casts and, hopefully, some big bluefish.
I looked around the web and was nicely surprised to find a tackle shop in Cyprus selling the Solpara SPS-100M (3m, lures from 15-42g and line between 8-20lb) for a very good price and with international shipping at only 15 Euros, it was a bargain that I couldn't let pass. So with a quick talk with my wife (it is my birthday in a few days time) and the deal was done.

For those interested in having a look at the shop where I bought the rod it is: Tackle4All.com

Update

Just a word of warning if you are considering purchasing something expensive from abroad via EMS: You will probably have to pay not only VAT, and maybe import duties, but also a handling charge courtesy of the Israel Post Office. I had to pay an extra 198.70 Shekels - which made the rod the same price as if I had bought it here in Israel - so in the end it wasn't so much of a bargain after all!

Tight lines!

Monday, April 1, 2013

Recommended Lures for Fishing in Shallow waters

Recommended Lures for Fishing in Shallow waters

One of the problems with fishing with lures in the shallow waters of Israel's Mediterranean coastline is in choosing the right one[s].
An expensive mistake, as I and others have done, is to buy lures that folks on foreign fishing forums and fishing websites are saying are good; but the problem is that what might be good for their situation is not necessarily good for the shallow water and reefs that we have here in Israel.
So I have endeavored to put together a short list of lures that, from my own experience, work very well, will not easily get snagged on those shallow submerged reefs that we have, will cast a good distance and, most important of all, catch fish. Most of these lures are quite expensive but I'm sure the money you save on lures you might have bought and found to be pretty much useless will make the cost worthwhile.
All the lures below come with treble hooks but I have started to replace them with special single hooks for a number of reasons, most of all to lessen the damage that trebles do to the fish and to make the lures less likely to snag.

Lucky Craft G-Splash

Lucky Craft G-Splash

The Lucky Craft G-Splash comes in two sizes: 65 (65mm, 7.5g) and 80 (80mm, 12g) and is, as are the other lures below, available in a variety of colors.

IMA Salt Skimmer

IMA Salt Skimmer

This is a silent walk-the-dog lure that casts great and has a unique action. Ideal for calmer conditions. It comes in just one size - 110mm and weighs 14g.

Xorus Patchinko II

Xorus Patchinko II

Although expensive the Xorus Patchinko is one amazing lure. It will outcast any other lure in its class and you can make it zig-zag and splash across the surface of the water with the minimum of effort. You can even get it to 'dance' on the spot which is great when you don't want to take it away from an interested bass.
This version is 14cm in length and weighs 25.8g.

Xorus Patchinko 100

Xorus Patchinko 100

The Patchinko 100 is the little brother of the Patchinko II and also has a great walk-the-dog action like its older sibling.

Halco Roosta Popper 80

Halco Roosta Popper 80

The Halco Roosta Popper is a very versatile lure. You can straight retrieve it and it will bubble just under the surface like a fleeing baitfish or you can rip it to create a huge splash of water and a stream of bubbles, or short jerks like you would a normal popper. Whichever method you choose it will be sure to get the fish's attention.
The smallest version, with a length of just 80mm and weighing in at 16g you can cast this lure a long way.

Luck Craft Gunfish 95

Luck Craft Gunfish 95

The Gunfish is already a classic sea bass lure. It is possible to work it even in the surf and it will still catch fish. Like the Patchinko, it too is a walk-the-dog lure that also spits and splashes attracting fish from a distance.
The Gunfish comes in four sizes: 75mm (6.5g), 95mm (12g) 115mm (19g) and 135mm (28g).

TackleHouse Feed Shallow 105

TackleHouse Feed Shallow 105

The TackleHouse Feed Shallow 105 is a great casting lure, is a proven fish catcher and swims at a maximum of 30cm which makes it great for working over the shallow reefs. You can still get it snagged though but if you swap the trebles for some single hooks then you have less chance of loosing it to the rocks (you actually get a better hookset with singles and less damage to the fish).

Rapala MaxRap 15

Rapala MaxRap 15

The Rapala MaxRap is the cheapest of my recommended lures and although the quality is not as good as the others (the split rings tend to rust and the paint has a tendency to peel) they are nonetheless good fish catchers. They also cast a fair distance and don't swim too deep.
Rapala are probably not having as much success with them as they anticipated and so they only offer two sizes now: the MaxRap-11 (13g) and the MaxRap-13 (15g). You can however still find the other sizes on eBay.

Like I said, these are my own recommendations based on my own personal experiences. There are of course a lot more similar lures on the market but I'll leave you with a word of advice: You only get what you pay for. If you want a long casting high performing lure that will catch fish then don't waste your money on cheap imitations.

Tight lines!

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Where to Fish - Ga'ash and Shefyim

Ga'ash and Shefyim

The coastline between Kibbutz Ga'ash and Kibbutz Shefyim has long stretches of reefs interspersed with a few sandy beaches. There are also a lot of submerged reefs in the shallow waters close to the shoreline as well as more reefs further out. These reefs offer cover and are an abundant food source for the many species of fish that are there.

Looking North from the Reefs at Ga'ash

Looking North from the Reefs at Ga'ash

When you arrive at the beach you can either head south or north. The southern part of the beach, which heads eventually to Shefyim, is mostly a long stretch of reef with relatively shallow water and interspersed submerged reefs. They provide good fishing for a variety of species especially bass, bluefish and, in the summer, blue runner.
The northern part of the beach is slightly different in that it also has a couple of stretches of sand which is a good place to fish with jigs and other lures that would otherwise get snagged on the reefs. If you continue to walk north you will eventually come to a flat reef which resembles a table somewhat that is about 40 meters from the shore. You can get out to it by wading over the rocks that lie between it and the shore. Be careful though if you decide to fish from there as if the waves are anything more than 50-80cm they will quite easily knock you off your feet.

Table Reef

Table Reef

Although the waters are relatively shallow, around the 1 to 1.5 meter mark, this doesn't hinder the fish, especially bass and bluefish both of which like to feed in the breaking surf, from coming close to the shoreline. It is not unusual to catch decent sized fish 15 to 20 meters from the edge of the reef.

A Small Blue Runner Caught on a Rapala CD-1

A Small Blue Runner Caught on a Rapala CD-1

1 Kilo bass on a Gunfish 75

1 Kilo bass on a Gunfish 75

As you stand on the reefs and look carefully at the sea you will notice darker patches in the water. These darker patches are the submerged reefs. Find yourself a place where there is a good distance between these submerged reefs and fish there. Be careful of these submerged reefs as they are only about 20 to 30 centimeters below the surface and it is very easy to get snagged.

If you plan on fishing with lures then, unless you have found a good clear area, it is advisable to begin with a topwater lure until you get to know the area where you are fishing better. Saying that though the topwaters count for the most fish caught - especially bass and bluefish.

During the late spring and summer one can have great fun with ultra light gear. Even though the lures might be smaller you can still expect to catch some good sized fish.

Ultra Light Fishing from the Reefs

Ultra Light Fishing from the Reefs

Getting There

If you are coming from the north then exit the Coastal Highway at the Hof HaSharon Interchange and continue past the first roundabout and then turn right at the second roundabout. Follow the road (it's a bit bumpy) until it curves left. The car park is on your right.
If you are coming from the south then exit the Coastal Highway at the Shefyim turn off. Turn right as you exit the underpass and then left at the second roundabout. Follow the instruction above to get to the car park.

After you park your car there is a gate in the left hand corner of the car park. Follow the path down to the beach and reefs.
Have a look at this map to help you get to the beach and reefs.

Tight lines!

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Where to Fish - Poleg

Poleg

Poleg Beach

Poleg Beach

The coastline at Poleg consists of a long sandy beach with a couple of areas of rocks and a section of reefs below the cliffs at its northern end.
The sandy beach (where the lifegaurd station is), although filled during the daytime with bathers in the summer months, is ideal for beach casting. There are no submerged reefs close to shore unlike the beach's northern end, and so it is possible to fish without the fear of getting snagged. Further up the beach the reefs start to appear, first as a few patches and then developing into a continuous reef system which is a great place to fish.

You can expect to catch sea bream at any time of the year, day or night whilst other species such as bass, bluefish, greater amberjack etc. can be caught a couple of hours either side of dusk or dawn between November to April. Bluefish can be caught year round but as with the others it is best a couple of hours either side of dusk or dawn.

2.58kg Bass Caught on a Patchinko 100

2.58kg Bass Caught on a Patchinko 100

The reefs at the northern end of the beach are relatively flat and long and have a distinct edge about 10-12 meters from the shoreline. You can fish from the edge of the reef as the water is only about 5-10cm deep; there are however a lot of uneven areas where the water can be knee deep so you will need to watch your step as you move around.
After the 'edge' of the reef the reef continues underwater for quite a distance and is broken up into several large areas with a few deep channels in between. The submerged reefs are only about 30cm beneath the surface and it is very easy to get snagged on them. If you intend lure fishing and if you are not sure about how shallow the reefs are then go with a topwater lure to begin with until you get to know the reef better.

The Reefs at Poleg

The Reefs at Poleg

There is also some very good fishing for gray mullet and sea bream on the reefs and a light rod with a small bobber float, using flour dough for bait will provide some good sport throughout the day.

Getting There

Exit the main Coastal Highway at the Poleg Interchange and head towards Netanya.
Turn left at the first set of traffic lights and then left at the second roundabout. Keep going until the turning on the right which takes you to the beach car park - there is a parking fee.

Alternatively you can continue along Ehud Manor and turn back on yourself at the roundabout at the end of the road, and park on the side of the road. Then walk over the sand dunes and down to the beach and reefs.

Have a look at this map to help you find your way to Poleg Beach and the reefs (you can clearly see the submerged reefs on the map - the dark patches in the water).

Tight lines!