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How to cast a carp rod accurately

Technique in carp fishing is as crucial as in any sport. Here’s how to master the casting basics for distance and accuracy It's a compliment often paid to footballers: “He does the simple things well.” A good midfielder might not win adulation for his five-yard passes, but you’d soon notice if they started going awry. The same can be said of ...

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  • 16 April 2015

How to catch tench in the margins

All-rounder Julian Chidgey shows how to use a simple two-pronged attack to bank big summer tench from the margins Standing beside the lake at dawn, it was difficult not to marvel at the sight of two large tench feeding just inches from the bank, sending up clouds of mud as they twisted and turned on their heads in the search for ...

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  • 16 April 2015

Are you using the right boilie?

Selecting the right size, colour and type of boilie for the situation being faced can be a difficult decision. We enlisted Iain Macmillan to help dispel the confusion Boilies are carp fishing’s number one bait, and by a considerable distance too.As a result, today’s tackle shops boast a bewlidering array of these hugely popular baits on their shelves, with just ...

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  • 02 April 2015

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 ...

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  • 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

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