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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 ...

  • Advice
  • 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 ...

  • Advice
  • 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 ...

  • Advice
  • 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 ...

  • Advice
  • 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 ...

  • Advice
  • 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 ...

  • Advice
  • 21 September 2014

How to use catmeat

Catmeat is one of the most effective summer commercial carp baits. Everything that we anglers dislike about catfood – the smell, the mess, greasy and oily texture – is absolutely adored by fish. Especially carp. Add this to the fact that catmeat comes prepackaged in fantastic carp-attracting flavours like pilchard, tuna, salmon and sardine, and it’s easy to see why ...

  • Advice
  • 27 July 2014

Understanding the weather

Weather can be the single biggest factor in deciding if you’ll have a good day’s fishing – or suffer a bad one. Weather conditions will dictate if, when, and how hard the fish feed, and will also have a huge bearing on the comfort of the fisherman on the bank. A wet or cold angler can’t be expected to enjoy ...

  • Advice
  • 01 February 2014


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