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21 Nov

Sonar Sense Part 2

In part one I covered the key features to look for in an echo sounder designed for predator fishing and how much you should be looking to pay. This time I am going to move on to looking at how I set up my sounder to give a clear image of what is going on below the surface. PORTABILITY With a few exceptions, most echo sounders are designed to be fixed permanently to a single boat. This is great if like our American and European cousins you fish from your own boat all the time, but as most of us in the UK use hire boats for much of our fishing this isn’t of great use to us. Fortunately,...
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22 Jul

WHAT’S IN THE BOX? – TENCH

My tench box is looking a little worse for wear after quite an eventful spring. Whilst sorting it out the other day and replenishing some of the items that were running low I thought I would take the opportunity to get a few pictures for this feature and run through what I use. I think the first thing you might notice is that it is a lot less ‘carpy’ than my bream box that was featured a while back. OK, I carry a few lead clips and other bits ‘n’ bobs, but most of the items are orientated towards maggot and caster fishing. Hooks are smaller in general, my main hooklength material is 10lb Berkley fluorocarbon and I...
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14 Jun

HUNG UP ON YOU

Over the last few seasons I have noticed that some swims on my local rivers have become increasingly snaggy, with some verging on impossible to fish safely. On closer inspection, in some instances, it would appear that the ‘snags’ are actually lost line and rigs that are collecting on natural obstructions. “Use stronger gear, so that you are not having to pull for a break,” you might cry. Well, yes, that is a possible option, but it is often the use of strong gear that is making the situation worse, especially when using hooklengths that are stronger than the main line. If you use a coated braid or braided hooklength then this is likely to be the case....
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10 Jun

From the archives – Contrary bream

A short article from the archives, at a time when I was finding one bream lake particularly frustrating - some things never change! Hopefully it might spark something in your own fishing if targeting bream this year.   Bream can be amongst the easiest of fish to catch, or the most difficult. Which makes the fishing when you come upon a venue where the fish stubbonly refuse to get caught even more frustrating than normal! I can catch my fair share from the easy venues, but on the harder venues I would put my results at well below the average, and that has got me thinking. So, please do not take what I am writing as gospel, but more...
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