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Guide to carp leads

They come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes and textures, and each one is designed for a specific purpose. Here’s how to choose the right lead for the job. Pear lead The real all-rounders of the lead world, these rotund weights are well-suited to a wide variety of angling situations.Because they share the same aerodynamic qualities as a balloon, ...

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  • 02 April 2015

Guide to carp hooks

Together, these four main hook types will cover every carp-angling situation you’re likely to encounter. Learn their strengths to ensure you pick the right one for the task in hand. The wide gape Perhaps the most classic looking carp pattern, a wide-gape hook is a good all rounder. They are great for use with bottom baits but come into their ...

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  • 02 April 2015

The flatbed Method feeder explained

To get the best out of the flatbed feeder you need to nail the basics. Rob Wootton answers questions on the 10 areas many anglers struggle with. Since it first burst on to the scene in the 1990s the flatbed Method feeder has swiftly evolved into the ultimate carp-catching device on commercial venues.Fishing a hookbait tucked in the middle of ...

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  • 01 April 2015

How to catch a 2lb roach

A 2lb-plus roach would rank as the ‘catch of a lifetime’ for many fishermen, but how do you best target one of these magnificent creatures? Dai Gribble reveals his approach... Specimen-sized roach are the ‘Holy Grail’ of targets for many anglers. No matter how hard-nosed they are, few fishermen can remain unmoved by the sight of such a magnificent creature.“It’s ...

  • Advice
  • 01 April 2015

How to find fish in winter

Look for features From the bank, waters might look identical but there are underwater features on all venues that make them attractive to fish in cold weather. Find these features and you’re half way to catching. Islands In summer, fishing to an island can be an absolute winner. In winter, they can be a mixed blessing. The shallow margin areas ...

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  • 06 December 2014

Understanding catch and release

The fish you catch are perfectly adapted to living in an aquatic environment, so the second they leave the water you are responsible for their continued well-being. To ensure a fish’s safe return and recovery we need to be aware of what changes occur when we take it out of water. In this month’s Waterlife I’ll detail what happens when ...

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  • 10 November 2014

Understanding a fish's taste

The next time you hook a bait remember one thing – the fish you’re trying to catch will probably be able to taste the metal it’s made from! To help you understand this amazing ability, in this feature I’m explaining all about a fish’s sense of taste…   How fish taste Some people find it difficult to separate the senses of ...

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  • 02 November 2014

Understanding a fish's hearing

Fisheries scientist Dr Mark Burdass has a warning for you – fish might not have ears that you can see but they can hear almost every noise you make. So tread lightly... MOST anglers are aware that fish can pick up vibrations because they have both ears and a lateral line which can pick up any disturbance. The problem for ...

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  • 19 October 2014

How to catch silverfish shallow using the strangest pole fishing rig ever

John Weeden’s silverfish pole fishing tactics and the pole fishing rigs he uses really are bizarre! Incorporating a rig with a three-foot pole ‘float’, the Maver match ace regularly takes roach bags well in excess of 30lb. Crude-looking, highly unconventional, downright strange, but devilishly effective when it comes to catching rudd and roach, John’s three-foot float rig is actually a ...

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  • 24 September 2014

Understanding barbel

Stuart Walker and Bob Roberst have travelled half way round the world chasing big fish. From the Cauvery river in southern India to the Nepalese border in the Himalayas; from the Nubian desert to the Canadian Rockies, they’ve chased fish and shared untold adventures. Here's their story concentrating on the life of river barbel, told by Bob Roberts It was on one ...

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  • 21 September 2014


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